World Journeys | Heart of Tibet

Known as the ‘roof of the world’, Tibet is the highest region on earth. Once an independent country, Tibet became an autonomous region of China in 1959. In Lhasa visit the enormous UNESCO World Heritage listed Potala Palace, once the winter home of the Dalai Lama. Tour the Jokhang Temple which melds Tibetan, Nepalese and Han architecture, and an enduring memory and highlight of your stay will be seeing Buddhist monks entertaining debate at the Sera Monastery. This tour offers a glimpse of Tibet for those with limited time.

  • Summary


    4 Days / 3 Nights from NZD $1,700*


    China, Tibet

    Type of Journey


    • Jokhang Temple • Monk’s debate at Sera Monastery • Lhasa • Potala Palace

  • Departure Dates

    Daily, year round
  • What's Included

    Tour Includes

    • Tailor-made journey with local English speaking guide
    • 3 nights’ accommodation
    • Transfers and transportation
    • Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified
    • Tibet travel permit
    • 3 breakfasts

    Not Included

  • Pricing

    Description Twin

    4 Star
    Jan – Mar
    Apr – Jun
    Jul – Oct
    Nov – Dec
    5 Star
    Jan – Mar
    Apr – Jun
    Jul – Oct
    Nov – Dec





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  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Lhasa
    On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel. We recommend taking the rest of the day easy as you acclimatise to the 3,600 metre altitude.

    Day 2: Lhasa
    Visit the impressive 1,000 room Potala Palace that once served as the religious and political centre of Tibet, and the main winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Currently a museum, the Potala Palace houses a large number of rare cultural relics, including gold handwritten Buddhist scriptures. Continue to the Johkhang Temple, constructed in 647 AD and later extended, this enormous structure is considered to be the most important Buddhist temple in Tibet and still very important to believers today. Surrounding the temple, see Buddhist pilgrims walking the circular Barkhor Street, turning prayer wheels in their hands and quietly chanting. Barkhor Street is popular for the shops and stalls selling religious and cultural arts and handicrafts, and time will be allowed here for you to explore before you return to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    Day 3: Lhasa
    This morning you are taken to Norbulingka, known as the ‘jewelled park’. Built in 1751 as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama, until 1959 commoners were not permitted access. These days the palace complex and gardens provide a beautiful venue for theatre, dancing and festivals. Then continue to 16th century Sera Monastery, one of the three largest monasteries in Tibet, that differs in style from the other Lhasa monasteries visited on the tour. Here you will see a debate, during which monks become very animated as they discuss Buddhist theology, using dramatic gestures and raised voices. Your final stop will be a visit to the Drepung Monastery, which stands on the slopes of the majestic Mount Gambo Utse. This is the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Tibet, and is the place where each reincarnation of the Dalai Lama received his training. In its heyday this monastery was home to more than 10,000 monks, although only about 700 monks reside there today. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the old part of the city or perhaps visit other monasteries or museums.

    Day 4: Lhasa
    You will be transferred to the airport or railway station for departure.

  • Booking Conditions

    Tibet Entry Permit
    Your special permit to enter Tibet is included in the cost of your tour arrangements, and can only be issued once you have obtained your Chinese visa. The permit for Tibet should ideally be applied for at least six weeks prior to your arrival, so please ensure you apply for a Chinese visa at least two months before departure if this is possible.

    Lhasa is situated at around 3,600 metres above sea level, so it is important that you take time to acclimatise to the altitude on your day of arrival. If suffering from any heart or respiratory problems, we recommend that you discuss with your doctor prior to booking whether visiting Tibet is suitable for you.


HLO Ref# 20013
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