5 Days Tibet Shoton Festival Tour

5 Days Tibet Shoton Festival Tour
AugustTravel Time
LeisureTour Pace
3650mMax Altitude
Physical Demands
Lhasa & Shoton Festival Celebration
Share the happiness with locals and enjoy the extraordinary culture feast in Tibetan folk-festivals. This tour provides you an opportunity to celebrate the famous Tibet Shoton Festival together with the highlights in Lhasa. It could give you a special experience of Tibetan customs and a glimpse of Tibetan people’s colorful life.
D1: Arrive in Lhasa
D2: Lhasa Sightseeing
D3: Shoton Festival Tour
D4: Shoton Festival Tour
D5: Tour Ends
Itinerary Details
Includes & Excludes
Tour FAQs
Itinerary Details

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa [3650m]

Once you land in Lhasa, our local Tibetan guide and driver will wait you the exit of the airport (or train station) and then drive you to your hotel in Lhasa. You can have a good rest in the van or enjoy the great view along the Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa River while driving from the airport to your hotel. It takes about 1 hour from the airport and 20 minutes from the train station. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Today, you’ll have a tour to Lhasa's cardinal landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site-Potala Palace. Renowned as one of the great wonders on earth for its elaborate architecture built at an elevation of 3700m, this awe-inspiring palace will not disappoint you. In the afternoon, pay a visit to Jokhang Temple, the most respected shrine in Tibet. Thick with the smell of incense and yak butter, you’ll witness a throng of prostrating pilgrims cramming out there. The temple is the masterpiece of Tibetan, Chinese and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then take a stroll around the Barkhor Street, the oldest bazaar in the city. You'll also enjoy a welcome dinner gathering with all travel mates in the group after the sightseeing activities. Overnight in Lhasa.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple

Day 3 Shoton Festival Tour [B]

Morning, you’ll visit Drepung Monastery, which locates about 8km west of central Lhasa and was once one of the world's largest monasteries with the population of around 10,000 monks in its heyday. The Great Buddha Thangka Unveiling Ceremony is the prelude to the Shoton Festival. In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to witness the famous 'Scriptures Debating' session at Sera Monastery, spectating their featured way of Buddhist dialectics and hand slapping in a landscaped courtyard with lush trees. Overnight in Lhasa.

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery

Day 4 Shoton Festival Tour [B]

Today, you’ll have a tour to Norbulingka Summer Palace, where traditionally the Dalai Lamas would leave the Potala Palace every spring and spend the summer. During the Shoton Festival, traditional Tibetan operas will be performed by local artists at Norbulingka. There are a wide variety of stories sung in the operas such as “Nosa Buddha” and “Princess Wencheng”. Overnight in Lhasa.

Norbulingka Summer Palace
Norbulingka Summer Palace
Tibetan Opera
Tibetan Opera

Day 5 Lhasa airport / Train station dropping off [B]

Today, your guide and driver will be on time to transfer you to the airport / train station. Thanks for traveling with us. Hope to be at your service next time.

Includes & Excludes
What’s included in this tour package?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with professional driver
Free airport / train pick-up and drop-off
Twin-sharing / double room accommodation
Local English-speaking guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary except the optionals
All necessary Tibet permits
Government tax
Second class train cabin from Beijing to Xi’an and internal flights
What’s excluded in this tour package?
Chinese Visa fee
Tips for the guide and driver
International flight tickets
Meals not included in the itinerary: [B] = Breakfast, [L] = Lunch, [D]= Dinner
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, etc
Tour FAQs

A Private Tour Package means you will have your own private guide, driver, and vehicle for your own disposal. You don't have to share the vehicle with others even if you are a single traveler. You would have full attention of your guide and driver. Our professional guide would love to share local culture, knowledge and stories.

Your private guide would also help you make an easier, comfortable, flexible and enjoyable tour. You can stop on the road to get a rest or take pictures during the drive. You have the flexibility of changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time at some tourist sites.

We will arrange the private airport or train station pick-up and see-off for you. Upon your arrival, you can find our guide waiting at the pick-up area, holding a name sign, welcome you with a warm smile. You will be transferred to hotel.

When traveling with your family or friends, a private tour would be your first choice.

※Accommodation Choices

For private tour, we can arrange hotels according to your requirements. There are options of budget guesthouse, 3 star hotel, 4 star hotel, high-end luxury hotel or bouquet heritage hotel. If you have your own preferred hotel, just let us know, we will help you with the booking, everything would be arranged as per your interests.

※Meal Choices

Our tour packages generally include breakfasts. Meanwhile, lunches and dinners are optional to be arranged either by yourself or by us.

It’s easy to find nice restaurants in China, and you could also ask for suggestions from your guide. They always know where you can find something tasty.

The price would be different according to different food:

1. If you choose noodles, around RMB 15-30 per person.

2. If you like some fast food like KFC, around RMB 25-40 per person.

3. If you prefer some food at a decent restaurant, around RMB 70-150 per person.

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Client Feedback

From Mr. Gerard Adrien From Mr. Gerard Adrien
GTT-D-2660, 29-07-2023

Hi Daniel. We are already on our way back to Shanghai. We would like to thank you for the great trip we had. Our guide Jampa and our driver did an excellent job. They are both very recommendable! We enjoyed the trip despite the altitude discomfort we experienced during the first 3 days. Thank you!

From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi
GTT-V-3371, 10-09-2019

I highly recommend this agency. I travelled with other 2 couples who booked through different agencies and they paid a lot more to have less assistance, same hotels/tour/guide/car, less flexibility and no travel insurance included.