- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 8 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 15+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Experience the vibrant celebrations and grand traditions of Tibet’s Shoton Festival, like the mountainside unveiling of a 40metrehigh Thangka and a traditional outdoor opera.
- Watch giant pandas munch bamboo, relax and play at Chengdu’s Panda Breeding Centre and learn about what is being done to help this threatened species.
- Immerse yourself in Tibet’s Lhasa, exploring the grand Potala Palace – formerly the residence of the Dalai Lama – and wandering among pilgrims at Jokhang Temple.
- Watch monks debate each other on tenants of Buddhism in a highly stylised and theatrical discussion at the Sera Monastery, a fascinating spectacle even if you can’t speak Tibetan.
Travel from mainland China to Tibet and experience the splendour of the ancient Shoton Festival on this 8-day tour. Begin and end in the capital of Sichuan – Chengdu – and journey into Lhasa, the capital and spiritual heart of Tibet. Here you will encounter ancient mythology, historic temples and rich and fascinating culture the region is known for. Watch pandas at a research centre in Chengdu, discover the grand former residence of the Dalai Lama, be captivated by a monk debate and celebrate Shoton with locals and pilgrims.
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Lhasa (3656 metres)
Lhasa – Shoton Festival
Ganden Monastery – Lhasa
- Hotel (3 nights), Feature accommodation Lhasa ( 4 nights)
- 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
- Private Bus , Public Bus , Plane
- Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
- Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (entrance fee & transport included)
- Chengdu - People's Park & Tianfu Square
- Chengdu - Tea Tasting
- Lhasa - Potala Palace (entrance fee included)
- Lhasa - Sera Monastery (entrance fee & transport included)
- Lhasa - Jokhang Temple
- Lhasa - Drepung Monastery (entrance fee)
- Lhasa - Norbulingka Palace (entrance fee)
- Lhasa - Ganden Monastery (entrance fee)
- Any international flights to/from Chengdu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
- Travel insurance is not included in this Tibet's Shoton Festival - Limited Edition tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Tibet's Shoton Festival - Limited Edition tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 17 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 17 March 2021, a deposit of 600 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 55 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Tibet's Shoton Festival - Limited Edition tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Tibet's Shoton Festival - Limited Edition tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.Is this trip right for you:
- This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Medical and health information’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.
- In recent years there have been some restrictions on certain nationalities being able to travel on specific departures. Tibet has also been known to be closed to foreign tourism without warning.
- Lhasa can be very crowded during the Shoton Festival, as pilgrims and locals flock to Tibet’s holy sites. Keep an open mind, practise patience and enjoy this unique chance to meet local people.
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
- Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
- Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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