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Lhasa Classic Tour 4D/3N
Lhasa Classic Tour 4D/3N
HighLights:    Lhasa's Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Norbulinka the Summer Palace, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street, Drepung Monastery
Tour Code:    TBVTA 0020
Category:    Short Break Holidays

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All rates are quoted net to U.S. Dollars at current rate of exchange and are subject to change without prior notice because we reserve the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated for any service, with immediate effect. We will use our reasonable endeavors to notify you of such corrections.

Compulsory gala dinners & peak season surcharges during public holidays (X'mas, New Year) apply for different periods at different hotels and will be advised at time of booking to different countries in Asia accordingly.

GROUP BOOKING POLICY
For group bookings of minimum 15 full-paying persons, the 16th person is free of charge in half-twin.
For group bookings of minimum 20 full-paying persons, the 21st person is free of charge in single room.

CHILD POLICY – FREE OF CHARGE FOR INFANT BELOW 2 YO
Package tours:
Children below 12 years old sharing room with 2 adults and requiring extra bed are granted 25% discount; children below 12 years old sharing room with 2 adults without extra bed are granted 45% discount.
Accommodation only:
No additional charge if children up to 11 years old shared room & existing beds with parents (no breakfast included). If an extra bed is requested, the applicable rate as per our tariff for an extra bed will be charged, which also includes breakfast


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The amount required for deposit will depend on the nature of your booking and will only be enough to cover cancellation fees imposed on VIP tour Asia by third parties in the event of "no-show" and as a demonstration that the booking is made in good faith.

Deposit of US $100,00 per booking ONLY is required upon confirmation of booking tour. You have peace of mind for months before departure dates. At that point, we would require full prepayment 60days before departure for all services by money transfer or credit card payment with all bank transfer  charges/ fees to be paid by the client.

All the tour packages on this website operate on a pre-payment basis. Payment can be made either using a major credit card at 2.27 credit card fee (Visa, Master card only) or 4% for American Express Credit card. We accept payment by credit card online or offline at your convenience. After receiving your payment, we will issue you the voucher and/or final confirmation itinerary, which can be sent to you by fax or email.

VIP tour Asia adds no extra charges on any method of payment other than those required by banks or credit providers involved. Also note that we add no extra/ hidden charges of any after your final confirmation. Options for payment depend on the guest's country of residence and will be explained in more detail during the booking process.

Prices & Fluctuation
Since prices represent low season twin share prices (unless otherwise clearly stated) and include all government levies and airport taxes as at the date of publication unless otherwise indicated. Please note that these levies and taxes are subject to change. Additionally, due to the fluctuation of currency, regrettably currency surcharges may be necessary. VIP tour Asia will without guarantee try to give clients who have paid deposits a grace period to pay in full in order to avoid any surcharge. However, the best way to avoid surcharges is to pay in full as soon as possible


Booking Amendment
Flexibility/ opening is our strongest point as we are working seriously. You can amend your booking when it is made. Just contact us at info@viptourasia.com with your booking number. Our reservation team is glad to amend your booking accordingly.


Cancellation policy
Non refundable deposit upon services confirmation
Cancellations will be charged as follows:
- >60 days before arrival: We guarantee 100% money back (US $100 administration & banking service fee per booking is forfeited)
- 30- 59 days before arrival: 10% cancellation charge.
- 15- 29 days before arrival: 40%
- < 14 days before arrival: 100%
- No show of unused services


Changes
We try best to not have to make any changes to your tour itinerary, howerver we sometimes do need to make changes based on the local situation. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary of your tour if air schedule or surface transportation changes, and/or events beyond our control make such alterations necessary.
If you have already booked with confirmation letter from us, we will let you know as soon as possible. We may offer you hotel/flight/sightseeing program alternatives in the same or higher standard if the original service is not available.

In case we cancel your confirmed reservations
we reserve the right to cancel your reservation if we have reasons to believe that your payment condition and/or health conditions may affect us to carry out the tour arrangements. We will remind you immediately and continuously about the payment status for the reserved services by e-mails or fax. We are not responsible for any inconvenience or loss caused by the cancellation.If we cancel your reservation after receipt of your full payment, we will refund full payment received within 15 days.
Please kindly understand that your co-operation for punctual payment will not only protect your reservation and ticket, but help us to serve you and others efficiently and smoothly.


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VIP tour Asia acts as intermediary between the concerned airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices providing the services. VIP tour Asia is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by tourists, including those occurring outside the tour programs. Additional expenses incurred due to delays, accidents, natural disaster, political actions and unrest must be borne by the passengers. Passengers are required to have full travel insurance.
Airline schedules and local conditions may affect accommodation and itineraries. Should this occur VIP tour Asia will endeavor to substitute a suitable arrangement of similar value. Programs, prices, services, and conditions are based on those valid at the time of printing and are therefore subject to change without advance notice before or during the tour. Participation in our services implies full agreement to the above conditions by all parties involved.

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Your passport must be valid for at least six months following your entry date to your travel destinations.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport and visa and all travel documents are valid for travel. Visa procedure or visa upon arrival is available upon your request.
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Travel insurance
Travel insurance is not included in your tour price. It is the passenger’s responsibility to verify whether his/ her local health insurance carrier provides coverage while traveling. Please contact your insurance carrier for details.
VIP tour Asia strongly advises that you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover all aspects of your tour: the loss of deposits through cancellation, lost of baggage and personal items, personal injury and death. A waiver must be signed if insurance is declined.
If you wish to speak to us, please call our Reservation center at: +84 9 18 13 10 18 and live chat/ skype during our business office hours


Tour information
Most tours are available with daily departures. We further offer several seat-in-coach tours with fixed departure dates. Since flight schedules vary from day to day, schedules of sightseeing tours may sometimes require adjustment. Although VIP tour Asia offers a selection of accommodation at various hotels, it may not always be possible to confirm accommodation as requested due to very limited room capacities during certain periods and certain parts of Asia. Alternative accommodation can in some cases be at sub-standard hotels, which lack essential facilities. No refunds can be made for any shortcomings related to accommodation there. Visa fees are not included in the tour prices. Quote is included the English speaking guide only. (Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Russian speaking guides can also be arranged at additional cost - subject to availability).

Important notice
We further would like to advise that, because of frequent flight changes and cancellations by certain airlines and visiting places close for maintenance/ seasonal reasons, we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned if any. Based on our experience changes of departure times and/or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmations for a flight have been received. Same applies for train travel - schedule changes occur frequently and sometimes without prior notification.

In case of schedule changes or flight cancellation we will always try everything human possible to arrange an alternate program within the framework of the original quoted costs. However we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.

Day01: Arrival To Lhasa (D)

Welcome with Khaada/Mala/White Scarf on arrival.

Khaada is Tibetan traditional welcomming and blessing scarf which consist meaning of goodluck too. Lhasa Gongkar Airport is 70kms from theLhasa city.  Lhasa Train station is about 5kms from the city. From airport you will start you sightseeing. This sightseeing consists of Lhasa River and Yarlungzanpo River.

Nevertheless your trasportation will not stop on any of this spot but you can ask the driver to stop for some few shot from your camera. Other scenic are mountains and the Nyetang Giant Buddha. Overnight in Hotel.

 

Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing (B/L/D)

Breakfast in the hotel. Guide will receive you on time in the hotel. Today you will do the sightseeing of Potala Palace, Sera Monastery and Norbulinka the Summer Palace.

Potala Palace:

Scared Potala Palace is percehed upon the Ri Marpo (Red Hill) 130meters above above Lhasa valley. Potala Palace itself rises 170 meters further making it the highest monumental in Tibet. Marpo Ri has legends that its rocky hill is scared cave was dwelling place of Bodhisattva Chenresi (Avalokitesvara), later used as Meditation cave of Emperor Songtsen Gampo. In 637 AD Songtsen Gompo built a palace on this hill and this structure stood untill 17th century. The construction of present palace was built in the reign of The 5th Dalai Lama in 1645. Potrang Karpo and Potrang Marpo was completed on 1648.

Sera Monastery: Sera was founded in 1419, by Jamchen Chojey (Sakya Yeshe), a disciple of Tsong Khapa.Like the Drepung and Ganden monasteries, it had several colleges: Sera Mey Dratsang, built in 1419, gave basic instruction to the monks. Sera Jey Dratsang, built in 1435, was the largest, and was reserved for wandering monks, especially Mongol monks. Ngagpa Dratsang, built in 1559, was a school for the teaching of the Gelukpa tantras. Sera housed more than 5,000 monks in 1959. Although badly damaged following the invasion of Tibet and the Cultural Revolution, it is still standing and has been largely repaired. In 2008, it housed 550 Buddhist monks, but the number dropped till date.

Norbulinka Monastery: The park was begun by the 7th Dalai Lama beginning in 1755. The Norbulingka Park and Summer Palace were completed in 1783 under Jampel Gyatso, the Eight Dalai Lama, on the outskirts of Lhasa.[1] and became the summer residence during the reign of the Eighth Dalai Lama.The stables of the Dalai Lamas in Norbulingka, photographed in 1986.The earliest building is the Kelsang Potang Palace built by the Seventh Dalai Lama which is "a beautiful example of Yellow Hat architecture. Its fully restored throne room is also of interest." The 'New Palace' was begun in 1954 by the present Dalai Lama and completed in 1956. It contains chapels, gardens, fountains and pools. The gardens are a favourite picnic spot and provides a beautiful venue for theatre, dancing and festivals, particularly the Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival', at the beginning of August, with families camping in the grounds for days surrounded by colourful makeshift windbreaks of rugs and scarves and enjoying the height of summer weather.The palace is located three kilometers west of the Potala Palace which was the winter palace. Additional buildings were added to the park during the first half of the 20th century. There is also a zoo at Norbulingka, originally to keep the animals which were given to the Dalai Lama.

 

Day03: Lhasa Sightseeing (B/L/D)

Today after breakfast you will do the sightseeing of Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street. Drepung Monastery: It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden (1397-1449), one of Tsongkhapa's main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepang was the principal seat of the Gelugpa school until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala and it retained the premier place amongst the four great Gelugpa monasteries. Drepung was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet, a reference to the great Buddhist monastic university of India. In the late 1930s Drepung was divided into four colleges, each housing monks from a different locality: "one being favoured by Khampas,another by Mongolians, and so on." Each college was presided over by an abbot who had been appointed by the late 13th Dalai Lama.

Jokhang Temple: The Jokhang or Tsuklakang (gTsug lag khang), is located on Barkhor Square in Lhasa. It was built during the reign of King Songsten Gampo (605?-650 CE) to celebrate his marriage with Chinese Tang Dynasty princess Wencheng, who was a Buddhist. During the Bon period of Tibet the temple was (and sometimes still is), called the 'Tsuklakang' (Tsulag Khang) — 'House of Religious Science' or 'House of Wisdom.'

The term tsuklak refers to the 'sciences' such as geomancy, astrology, and divination which formed part of the pre-Buddhist shamanistic religion now referred to as Bon. It is more commonly known today as the Jokhang, which means the 'House of the Buddha'.For most Tibetans it is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. It is in some regards pan-sectarian, but is presently controlled by the Gelug School. Along with the Potala Palace, it is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Lhasa. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace," and a spiritual centre of Lhasa.

Barkhor Street: Barkor Street, which has a history of over 1,000 years, surrounds the Jokhang Temple. It was originally an important route for Tibetan Buddhists to walk clockwise around to show their devotion. This religious behavior is called 'Barkor' in Tibetan Language. As one of the most bustling sections in Lhasa nowadays, Barkor Street features in sale of various kinds of handicrafts and living necessities from local areas, India and Nepal. In addition, it has also become one of the tourism attractions for visitors from at home and abroad because of its unique historical, cultural, religious, ethnic and commercial characteristics. Everyday, a large number of pilgrims walk clockwise around while turning their prayer wheels, lamas roam around, backpackers pass by, and tourists enjoy a moment of tranquility in bars around Barkor Street.

 

Day04: Drive to Gongkar Airport/Railway Station for Departure (B)

Our tour prices as programmed are inclusive of private transfers and tours with guide, accommodation in shared twin rooms with daily breakfast, meals as specified in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), all entrance fees, daily bottle of mineral water, the cost for planning, handling and operating the tour as programmed, Exclusive & Personalized services, No extra charge for Amendment, 24/7 online Support, Best rate Guaranteed!.

 

Not included are international air tickets (train ticket) in/out, insurance, visa handling, tips, personal expenses.

 

Notes:

- Traveller offen come by train or by air. It is most convenient from

from Beijing/Shanghai/Chengdu/Xi’An/Xining/Kathmandu.

- The traveling times mentioned within this dossier are approximations only. These times will vary according to weather, road, traffic or any other prevailing conditions

- We would like to reiterate at this point that whilst we are confident that our tariffs are competitive, we are as sure about our service quality. Surcharges for compulsory gala dinners during festive and peak seasons will be advised at time of booking.

- Our support team, guides and drivers has been carefully selected and trained to ensure your clients’ holiday linger as a warm and pleasant memory for many years to come. We remain at your disposal if you require any further assistance or information.

HOTELS USED IN THE TAFIFF

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Hotels

Standard hotels ***

Lhasa: Mandala Hotel; Shigatse: Manasaovar Hotel; EBC: Tent or Rongbuk Guesthouse

Superior hotels ****

Lhasa: Four Point Sheraton Hotel; Shigatse: Shigatse Hotel

 
 

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