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Tucked into Lhasa’s iconic Red Hill, Potala Palace is the highest palace in the world, with its main structure sitting more than 12,000 feet above sea level. Its sprawling structures are divided into two parts, known as the Red and White palaces. Travelers who venture to this religious Mecca will find a center devoted to Buddhist prayer and impressive, detailed murals located inside the Great West Hall. The Dharma Cave and Saint’s Chapel date all the way back to the seventh century, offering visitors a chance to connect with Tibet’s rich history in a truly unique way.

The White Palace, which once housed local Tibetan government, now serves as the living quarters for the Dalai Lama. It’s also home to a school, seminary, printing house, well-kept gardens and even a jail. In addition to breathtaking views, visitors will find cultural relics, brightly colored murals and hand-carved statues dating back to ancient times.

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May-Oct 7:30am-6:40pm Nov-Apr 9am-4pm
35 Beijing Middle Rd, Lhasa, China
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7-Night Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Classic Tour

7-Night Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Classic Tour

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This spectacular, and comprehensive tour will help you discover multiple highlights in seven days.You’ll travel between spread out attractions in a comfortable vehicle, and will save time researching and planning your itinerary, as it’s all organized for you. Take the stress out of language barriers, as this tour includes a guide. Highlights included Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera monastery, Karo glacier, and Everest Base Camp. 
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  • 8 days
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$880.00
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$880.00
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6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour

6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour

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Discover the wonders of Tibet on this 6-day tour. You’ll save hours planning your itinerary, as everything is organized for you, including accommodation, and entrance tickets. Make the most of your time, and visit multiple cities, while traveling in a comfortable vehicle, with a guide. Highlights include Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Potala Palace in Lhasa. You’ll also visit attractions in Gyantse, and Shigatse.
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  • 6 days
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$757.90
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$757.90
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Fixed Departure to Lhasa Tour

Fixed Departure to Lhasa Tour

Fixed Departure Lhasa Tibet Tour falls under one of the most popular tours in the world. It will take you up to 3,000 to above 5,000 meters across the high and cold desert viewing some of the most picturesque scenes of breathtaking mountains, including Mt. Everest (8848m). Tibet overland tour offers you the most relaxing and adventurous within a concise span of time. This tour is very ideal for the budget traveler who wants to explore Tibet. Fixed Departure to Lhasa Tibet tour is equally fascinating from a cultural point of view with ample opportunities of exploration to age-old monasteries and caves along with the visit to historical towns including around Potala Palace, Norbu Linka palaces, the great Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and walk along with the crowded Tibetan market the bustling Barkor Bazaar in Lhasa. Tibet is also called the roof of the world.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,250.00
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$1,250.00

3-Night Essential Lhasa Tour

3-Night Essential Lhasa Tour

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Enjoy the services of a guide and driver without prepaying attraction tickets on this group tour that checks off the Lhasa highlights over just three nights. See the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Barkhor Street, and Norbulingka, summer palace of the Dalai Lama, and share a meal with members of your group. Tour includes travel permits and 2-way transfers between your hotel and the station or the airport.
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  • 4 days
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$473.69
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3-Night Lhasa City Small Group Tour

3-Night Lhasa City Small Group Tour

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Check off the spiritual and historic highlights of Lhasa in just three nights on this classic Tibet discovery tour. Spend your first day exploring the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street, then get to know your small group and guide over a welcome dinner. Then travel a little further to two of Tibet’s greatest monasteries: Sera and Drepung. Choose between 3-star or 4-star accommodation, which includes breakfast.
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  • 4 days
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$480.00
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$480.00
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Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Beijing

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Beijing

Discover one the world’s most wild and ruggedly beautiful regions on this seamless, 5-night tour from Beijing to Lhasa, Tibet. Set off in the evening from Beijing and choose a hard-sleeper or soft-sleeper compartment; during your 2-night journey, you’ll pass by some of China’s most remarkable scenery. Upon arrival in Lhasa, enjoy a welcome dinner and settle in at your accommodation. Spend the remaining time exploring the region’s highlights, from the Potala Palace (once home of the Dalai Lama) and Jokhang Temple to the Drepung and Sera Monasteries.
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  • 6 days
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$854.00
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$854.00

15 Days Mt Everest and Mt Kailash kora pilgrimage group tour

15 Days Mt Everest and Mt Kailash kora pilgrimage group tour

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Explore Tibet with a 15-day tour that travels from Lhasa to the northern and far western regions. Highlights includes Potala Palace, and the Drepung and Sera Monasteries in Lhasa; camping at Everest Base Camp with views of Mt Everest; and trekking around Mt Kailash. See several UNESCO World Heritage sites, the sacred Yamdrok Lake on the way to Shigatse, remote monasteries, and an abundance of stunning scenery.
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  • 15 days
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$2,221.06
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$2,221.06
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4-Day Private Lhasa Tour

4-Day Private Lhasa Tour

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Discover the highlights of Lhasa with your own private guide on a 4-day tour of Tibet’s capital. See UNESCO World Heritage sites and landmarks such as Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and Drepung Monastery, and travel with ease in a private vehicle with hotel or airport pickup and drop-off provided. Admission tickets are purchased on your own, which leaves flexibility to visit the sites that you want.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$656.29
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$656.29
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Lhasa Culture tour

Lhasa Culture tour

1) Meet local Tibetan expert on Dinner 2) Visit a Tibetan Handicraft centre 3) travel with Authentic Tibetan travel company 4) Tibetan Caligraphy Class
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$564.11
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$564.11
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Tibet 8-Day Tour including Mount Everest Base Camp

Tibet 8-Day Tour including Mount Everest Base Camp

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Go on an epic adventure in Tibet with this 8-day tour that stops at some of the most popular monasteries, including Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Pelkor Chode Monastery, Rongphu Monastery, and Tashilunpo Monastery. Along the journey, see Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple, Karo-La Glacier, and Yamdrok Lake. Plus end your tour by visiting the Everest Base Camp at the majestic Mt. Everest.
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  • 8 days
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$1,208.26
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$1,208.26

Shared Kailash Everest Tour Coach and Tibetan Local Guide

Shared Kailash Everest Tour Coach and Tibetan Local Guide

This 11-day well designed Kailash pilgrimage combines the adventure to Mt. Everest Base camp. To help travelers confirm the scheduled Kailash tour transport earlier and help save big money for their next travel stop, travelers only need to pay accommodation, entrance tickets and a shared local Tibetan tour guide after arrival. The costs are clearly stated and there is no any hidden costs to be paid. With altitude of 6656 meters above sea level, Mt. Kailash looks like a pyramid. It is the main peak of Gangdise Mountain Range with symmetrical sides. Historically, there were many Chinese and foreign monks preaching there. Thus, it became the center of worship for four sects a long time ago, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon. Every year, this fascinated holy center attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims around the world.
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  • 15 to 19 days
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$1,152.64
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$1,152.64

15 Days Mt. Kailash and Manasarova Pilgrimage Group Tour

15 Days Mt. Kailash and Manasarova Pilgrimage Group Tour

For Buddhist believers, Tibet is the holiest place to visit. Here, you can enjoy the ancient monasteries and temples, sacred mountains and lakes. This 15 days Mt Kailash Manasarovar yatra tour is the ideal tour route for those who are interested in Buddhism. At the beginning of the tour, you will spend three days to adapt to the high altitude in Lhasa city. After visiting the main temples and monasteries in Lhasa, you will head to visit EBC, Mt Kailash, Manasarovar Lake, etc. Along the, you will meet lots of pilgrims trekking to the holy mountain and lake.
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  • 15 days
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$2,368.43
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$2,368.43

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Chengdu

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour: Train from Chengdu

Explore the rich culture and architecture of this beautiful Himalayan city on a railway adventure from Chengdu. Enjoy two overnight stays aboard the Qinghai Tibet Train while cruising through northwest China’s picturesque scenery, then tour Lhasa’s landmark sites with an informative local guide. Visit landmarks like the White and Red palaces, Jokhang Temple, and the Drepung Monastery. Enjoy accommodations in 4-star hotels and some complimentary meals.
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  • 6 days
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$815.40
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$815.40

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour by Train from Shanghai

Small-Group 5-Night Lhasa Tour by Train from Shanghai

Travel along one of the world’s most spectacular rail routes during this multi-day, train adventure from Shanghai to Lhasa. Pass by stunning mountain views and scenic provincial villages as you head deep off the beaten track. In Lhasa, you’ll enjoy time to hit the highlights, from the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace to Tibetan handicraft stalls. The tour includes four-star accommodation and visits to two of Tibet’s most fabled monasteries.
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  • 6 days
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$869.20
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$869.20

Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

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Travel with ease between two of Tibet’s top attractions on an 8-hour tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple from Lhasa. Head first to Potala Palace  — World Heritage site and the highest palace in the world — and take a guided tour of the ornate Red and White palaces. See, too, the UNESCO-listed Jokhang Temple, a 7th-century structure that exemplifies Tibetan Buddhist architecture. Small-group tour limited to 12 people.
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  • 8 hours
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$236.80
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$236.80
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15-Day Small-Group Best of Tibet Tour

15-Day Small-Group Best of Tibet Tour

Tibet is famous for unique scenery and culture of Lamas which allure worldwide travelers from adventure-seeking backpackers to luxury jet-setters since opening up for tourism in the 1980's. This 15-day small group tour provides an escape for your soul from the hustle and bustle and takes you to visit Lhasa, Gyamtse, Shigatse, Tingri, Rongbuk, Mount Everest Base Camp, Saga, Darchen, Dirpuk, Zutulpuk, Manasarovar, and Payang.
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  • 15 days
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$3,636.00
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$3,636.00

8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt Everest Group Tour

8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt Everest Group Tour

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This comprehensive tour will take you to many of Tibet’s top attractions. You won’t have to worry about arranging transport, as transfers and accommodation are organized for you. Save time researching places to visit, and instead enjoy your action-packed itinerary, which has been carefully planned so you don’t miss any highlights. Best parts of the tour include Drepung Monastery, and Potala Palace in Lhasa, Lake Yamdroktso, Shigatse, Gyantse, and Mt. Everest. 
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  • 8 days
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$1,131.58
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$1,131.58
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Tibet Private Tour: 15 Days Mt.Kailash With Mt.Everest Tour

Tibet Private Tour: 15 Days Mt.Kailash With Mt.Everest Tour

This 15days tour on Tibetan Tour On Tibet Plateau will include landscapes, lakes, UNESCO world heritage sites , trekking and most sacred mountains. This will provide you Tibet adventurous odyssey from Central Tibet to Far Western Tibet. The Destinations are; Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Mt.Everest, Old Tingri, Saga, Lake Manasarovar, Mt.Kailash, Darchen, Mt,Kailash Trekking.
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  • 15 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,263.16
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$2,263.16

Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa

Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa

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Discover one of Tibet’s most important landmarks one this half-day tour of the Potala Palace. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Potala Palace was home to the Dalai Lama until 1959. Today, the enormous structure—which has more than 1,000 rooms—is one of Tibet’s top attractions. Meet your guide directly in your hotel lobby, and transfer via taxi to the palace. You’ll have several hours to explore before returning via taxi to your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$277.64
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$277.64
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8 Days Travel to Everest Base Camp

8 Days Travel to Everest Base Camp

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Lhasa-Shigatse-Everest Base Camp-Lhasa 8 Days Tour covered the essence spots.  The tourists shall launched towards Lhasa, experiencing the holy city, which abundant with the Tibetan Buddhist culture.  Here stand with the highest palace in the world – the Potala Palace, The holy worship place – Jokhang Monastery, the biggest Tibetan Monastery – Drepung Monastery, and famous Sera Monastery which is attracted with the Monks debate.  Depart from Lhasa, on the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4990 m), pass by the sacred Yamdrok Lake with the reputation of Heavenly Lake.  In Shigatse you may visit the residence of Penchen – Tashilunpo Monastery.  Finally, receives the ablution of the world’s highest peak at the Everest Base Camp.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,559.22
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$1,559.22
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7-Day Private Tibet Tour: Lhasa, Gyangtse, and Shigatse

7-Day Private Tibet Tour: Lhasa, Gyangtse, and Shigatse

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Explore Tibet on a private 7-day tour that starts in Lhasa and continues to the important cities of Gyantse and Shigatse. Travel with an experienced guide through Lhasa to see Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Street. After three days, head to Gyantse, stopping at beautiful Yamdrok Lake before arrival in Gyantse where you take in Palkhor Monastery. Keep going to Shigatse to tour the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen (Summer Palace of the Panchen Lamas) before returning to Lhasa.
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  • 7 days
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$1,920.00
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$1,920.00
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8-Night Tibet Hiking and Horseback Riding Tour

8-Night Tibet Hiking and Horseback Riding Tour

Visit the historical city of Lhasa, Tibet autonomous region, and hike from Pabongkha to Sera Monastery which is a less traveled path by most tourists as well as many other major attractions such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. In addition, you will take a horse ride to beautiful Yamdrok Lake. This is a great adventure for you to explore central Tibet!
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  • 9 days
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$2,190.79
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$2,190.79

5-Night Lhasa and Lake Namtso Highlights Group Tour

5-Night Lhasa and Lake Namtso Highlights Group Tour

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This convenient five-day tour of Lhasa and nearby areas is an ideal tour for travelers who want to see the cultural and natural beauty of Tibet but don’t have weeks to explore. Everything will be arranged for you, so you can just enjoy the cultural treasures of Lhasa, including the unmissable Potala Palace and other monasteries. Plus, visit Lake Namtso on an easy overnight excursion, one of the most beautiful lakes in Tibet.
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  • 6 days
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$790.00
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$790.00
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5-Night Central Tibet Culture Small Group Tour

5-Night Central Tibet Culture Small Group Tour

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Visit the three largest cities in Central Tibet—Lhasa, Shigatse, and Gyantse—and get a good overview of the culture and landscape of the region on this convenient five-night tour. You don’t have to worry about any permits, transportation, or accommodation, as it’s all taken care of for you. Travel in a comfortable mini-bus, make new friends on a small-group tour, and learn about Tibet first-hand from a local guide.
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  • 6 days
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$770.00
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$770.00
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Potala Palace hours of operation: May-Oct 7:30am-6:40pm Nov-Apr 9am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Potala Palace can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 174 Potala Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Potala Palace 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Potala Palace costs USD 52.64. Guided Potala Palace tours start around USD 52.64 per person. See all 174 Potala Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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