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5 Day tour from Xining to Tibet by train

Xining to Tibet by train

From $440
TOUR CODE: G-XT-001
TOUR TYPE: Group

Summary

Qinghai is just next to Tibet and the closed province to Tibet. It is the start points for Qinghai- Tibet plateau.  Xining Train station is the closed train station where tourists can take the train to Tibet. The railway from Xining to Lhasa is 1956km, about 21 to 23 hours train journey. The Qinghai Tibet Railway trains shall stop at Delingha, Gomud, Naqu, during the train journey, view of Qinghai lake, Tangula Pass shall be able to taken.  For tourists who want to travel to Tibet by train, Xining probally is one of the best option

Itinerary

5 Day tour from Xining to Tibet by train

Day 1 Board the train in Xining to Lhasa

Board the train in Xining to Lhasa. While take the train, Permit shall be required, so you will need to arrange Tibet in advance before taking the train. We will help you to book the train ticket in advance, however train tickets booking order must be placed 30 days in advance.  During peak seson like July and August, need to pay commission fee to ensure the train ticket availability
Xining to Lhasa by trainTibet Sky Train

Day 2: Lhasa arrival

Upon arrival, our guide will be waiting for you at the airport/train station and welcome you and take you back to Lhasa city for check-in. You will see the Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa River on the way back. After you arrive the hotel, the rest day is for you to rest and get acclimatized. If you feel well, it's OK to walk around or nearby but it's suggested to take good rest so you can be prepared for the sightseeing next day.

Day 3: Lhasa city tour

Today we will visit the famous Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

Drepung Monastery is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries that housed for more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. It was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit the biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near Drepung.
Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. We will watch the Monks Debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour  the Tibetan religious scripture printing house and see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside the Monastery.
Sera Monastery Sera Monastery

Optional: If you want to, we can arrange the Wencheng Princess Show at night. Price starting from 60 USD.

Day 4: Lhasa city tour

Today we will visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.

Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Potala Palace Potala Palace

Jokhang Temple is known as the center of the Tibetan Buddhism, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. Around the temple, you can see a great many of pilgrims praying in front of the temple. If you want to, we can do kora with local pilgrims.
Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple

We will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor Street where you can drink the sweet tea, chat with locals and even bargain with the street vendors to understand the real life in Lhasa.
Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Later we will have welcome dinner together with the whole group members.

Day 5: Lhasa departure

Our guide will drop you to the airport/train station based on your departure time. Tour ends.

Price Guide

Discount

1. 3 pax booking together get 5% discount.
2. Booking 3 months in advance get 5% discount.
Notice: 2 discounts cannot be used together.

Price Includes

1.   Local Transfer: from 5-23 seat depending on the group tour size
2.   Accommodation (3-star sharing twin room)
3.   Local English speaking guide
4.   Entrance tickets listed above
5.   Tibet Travel Permit 
6.   Daily Water
7.   Oxygen supply when needed
8.   Welcome dinners
9.   Service fee
10. Government tax
11. Travel Accident Insurance
12. Pick-up service and drop-off service at fixed time
13. Permit delivery fee inside China


Price Excludes

1. Tips to guide and driver
2. Meals 
3. Your own expenses
4. Single room supplement
5. Domestic/international train/flight to and leave Tibet

Notice

1. Train tickets booking need to be placed at 30 days in advance as the demand for the train from Xining to Lhasa is very high.  Especial in peak season like July and August, It's super hard to get the tickets, need to pay high commission fee to guarantee the avaialbility

2.As it is group tour ,  when matching the roommate for you, we will try to find same-sex travelers for you as our priority. If there is no suitable roommate, we will inform you first to see if you are OK to share with a different-sex traveler. If no, we can consider to pay single room supplement to have a single room or get some refund to have a guesthouse (4-8 beds per room, no breakfast, no private bathroom).

3. We will only deliver the permit to your hotel/address in China. If you don't stay any night at China or if you prefer to get the permit in your home country/at the airport in Mainland China, there will be extra cost (about 50-75 USD dollars).
4.This tour itinerary is for your reference only. We may adjust the sequence based on the current situation (road condition, weather, reservation of Potala Palace, etc.). Our company will not be held responsible for uncontrollable forces like political policy, unrest, protest, natural disaster, weather, delay/cancel of train/flight.
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