Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Classic Tibet (5 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Lhasa, Tibet , China To Lhasa, Tibet , China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019


Day 1
Lhasa, Tibet , China
Tibet, China
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort Dinner

This 5-day Tibet itinerary begins with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Potala Palace. A knowledgeable guide will show you through this incredible building, once the home of the Dalai Lama. Next, you’ll visit Sera Monastery, famous for its lively monk debates, where different aspects of Buddhist philosophy are discussed. Five-thousand monks live in this 15th-century building, which is one of three major “Gelupka” universities. After that, you’ll take a leisurely walking tour of Barkhor Square where you can bargain for keepsakes such as prayer flags or locally made jewellery. We recommend staying at the luxurious St Regis hotel while you’re in Lhasa.

Day 2
Lhasa, Tibet , China
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you’ll make a pilgrimage to Tibet’s holiest monastery, Jokhang Temple. Here, you’ll have the chance to join other pilgrims circumambulating the temple and be blessed by one of the senior monks. Next, exercise your artistic talents with a thangka silk painting lesson. These brightly-colored artworks are painted by monks, depicting various Buddhist scenes and deities. After that, enjoy a half-day hike at Sera Monastery to discover remote meditation caves. Return to your luxury Lhasa hotel for a world-class meal, or find a cozy little restaurant in Lhasa’s old district before turning in for the night.

Day 3
Zêtang, China
Tsetang Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a hearty breakfast in your hotel, you’ll travel to Tsetang - around 115 miles from Lhasa. Tsetang is one of Tibet’s largest cities and there’s a lot of ground to cover, so you’ll begin with a visit to Yungbulakang Palace, dating back to the 2nd century AD and said to be Tibet’s first building. After that, pay a visit to the ancient Tadruk Monastery where you’ll see remnants of intricate Buddhist artwork and ornate temple architecture. Tonight, check into Tsetang Hotel for the evening.

Day 4
Lhasa, Tibet , China
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Today you’ll drive back to Lhasa, with a visit to Samye Monastery along the way. Samye was the first monastery ever built in Tibet, and its impressive architecture reflects Buddhist scriptures, with different buildings symbolizing different places in religious lore. After exploring this fascinating complex, you’ll head to Chimpu Mountain caves and hike to a mountaintop nunnery for spectacular views. In the afternoon, take a trip to Lhasa Brewery, the highest brewery in the world. Return to your hotel in Lhasa tonight - the St Regis is a fantastic luxury option.

Day 5
Lhasa, Tibet , China
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your first stop today is the Lhasa carpet factory, where you can find traditionally-woven rugs bearing authentic Tibetan patterns made from handspun highland wool. Next, you’ll visit the 15th-century Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in the world. Here, you can taste traditional yak butter tea and witness monks in chanting meditation. After that, you’ll drive along a scenic mountain road a few hours out of Lhasa to see Yamdrok Tso Lake, a location so stunning it’s considered sacred. Here you can follow one of the hiking trails and enjoy a picnic with far-reaching views over jagged mountains and snow-capped peaks. In the evening you’ll return to your hotel in Lhasa for the final night of your journey.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Explore the heart of Tibet in this 5-day luxury  itinerary. Visit ancient monasteries where monks engage in lively philosophical debate, and haggle for souvenirs in the picturesque Barkhor Square. Enjoy a meditative walk with pilgrims at Jokhang Temple and see some of the oldest buildings in Tibet on a side-trip to the city of Tsetang. Each night of your journey, enjoy the comfort of Tibet’s finest hotels.



A guided tour of the resplendent Potala Palace, a UNESCO-listed site

A pilgrimage to Jokhang Temple, the most sacred monastery in Tibet

A visit to Tsetang and the second-century Yungbulakang Palace

A hike and picnic lunch at the breathtaking Yamdrok Tso Lake

About Us

Remote Lands is the world’s foremost ultra-luxe bespoke travel designer focused exclusively on Asia. We provide the very finest that Asia has to offer, from pool villas and private jets to unique experiences within far-flung cultures off the beaten path. Our attention to detail, personalized service, creativity and deep knowledge of Asia set us apart.

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Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
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