Tibet holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Our Tibet holidays take in the best sites & off the beaten track places from the Potala Palace in Lhasa to the spectacular Tibetan Plateau. All our Tibet holidays are provided by operators committed to supporting local people & the environment.
Tibet cultural tours
Experience life styles of Tibetan people, from £895 (14 days) ex flights
Tibet holiday
Roam the Roof of the World, from £1830 - £1895 (15 days) ex flights
Himalayan cultural tours, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal
Explore stunning Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, from £2055 (16 days) ex flights
Himalayan adventure holiday
A great cultural sightseeing taste of the Himalayas, from £2940 (16 days) ex flights
Lhasa to Kathmandu cycling holiday
A tough trip with a guaranteed sense of achievement, from £2899 - £3049 (21 days) inc UK flights
Small group holiday to Tibet
Forbidden City of Lhasa & cross the Tibetan plateau, from £3049 - £3099 (14 days) inc UK flights
Tibet wildlife holiday, Tibet Plateau mammals
Explore the vast Tibetan Plateau in search of rare mammals, from £7450 (20 days) ex flights
China, Tibet and Nepal tour
Journey across the Himalaya from the Great Wall to Everest, from £2290 (19 days) ex flights
Yarlung Valley tour in Tibet
Visit the cradle of Tibetan civilisation, from US $810 (6 days) ex flights
Tibet cultural tour
Enjoy fabulous Himalayan mountain scenery & temples, from US $1160 (8 days) ex flights
Mount Kailash Full Moon holiday
Circumambulation of Mt Kailash, from £1699 (18 days) ex flights
Kathmandu to Lhasa tour, tailor made
A spectacular overland tour from Kathmandu into Tibet, from £1595 (12 days) ex flights
Beijing to Kathmandu tours, Mountains & Monasteries
A true overland journey, from £2585 - £2790 (18 days) ex flights
Tibet Everest Base Camp tour
Experience the people,live in the roof of the world !, from £2105 (12 days) ex flights
Tibet trekking holiday, Lhasa to Kashgar
A stunning journey through the isolated lands of Tibet, from £4795 (26 days) ex flights
Tibet cycling holiday
Exploring Tibet by cycling, a trip of a lifetime, from US $4619 - US $6969 (16 days) ex flights
China holiday and rail journey across Tibet
Travel along the newly opened Qinghai to Lhasa railway, from £2866 (17 days) inc UK flights
Tibet cultural holiday
Sacred peaks of Tibet & lush Nepalese valleys, from £1699 - £1749 (14 days) ex flights
Cycling holiday, Lhasa to Kathmandu
Cycle though the Friendship Highway, from US $3700 (15 days) ex flights
Tibet adventure holiday
Take part in rituals and haggle for a bargain, from £1699 (15 days) ex flights
Mount Kailash trekking holiday in Tibet
Trek Mount Kailish in Tibet, from £1595 (15 days) ex flights
Lhasa to Kathmandu bike holiday
Experience the trip of a life time... Cycle Tibet and Nepal, from US $4590 (4 weeks) ex flights
Tibet & China cycling holiday
A 15 day cultural and scenic journey by bike, from NZ $4490 (15 days) ex flights

33 reviews for Tibet holidays4 star overall rating

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Tibet cultural tours
A real adventure. The whole trip was thoroughly enjoyable. The highlights for us were Lhasa Old Town, the Potala Palace and Mount Everest. (more)Christopher Ashley-Jones
It was my dream to travel to Tibet and I wasn’t disappointed... (more)izabela spero
The holiday was excellent and we could not fault the service provided. The stunning beauty of Tibet and the Himalayas, and the warmth of the ethnic Tibetans, cannot be overstated. (more)Thomas Miles
From £895 excluding flights
Tibet holiday
Very good, enjoyable, hard work but always worth it. (more)Victoria Hart
See Mt. Everest from Base Camp. Excellent. Group leader Gorpal was terrific. (more)Brian Dahlstedt
From £1830 - £1895 excluding flights
Himalayan cultural tours, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal
The whole trip was memorable and exciting but one highlight was the hike up to the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan - quite a grueling walk for a Sunday afternoon but what memories! Also, visiting Lhasa in February when pilgrims from the furthest reaches of Tibet were there was a joy. (more)Carolynn Peace
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing new places and meeting new people from completely new cultures. (more)Dietrich Yap
Watching the sun go down on Everest on the most perfect evening. Celebrating Diwali with the locals were the most memorable parts of the holiday (more)Rosemary Chinchen
From £2055 excluding flights
Kathmandu to Lhasa tour, tailor made
Memorable parts? Seeing the Polata Place and the Nunnery in Lhasa. Tips? Spend more time - due to time constraints, I only got to Lhasa - it would have been nice to see another town. Local benefits? Yes, I think it benefited the local people as I only purchased from the Nunnery store. Overall rating? It was a great holiday. Loved Tibet and the Tibetan people. (more)Evelyn McKinnon
From £1595 excluding flights
Yarlung Valley tour in Tibet
Memorable parts? Everything: unbelievable scenery; what's left of an amazing culture of architecture, music, dance, and Buddhist sculpture and painting; stoic Tibetan people. It's a stunningly and unremittingly harsh yet astoundingly beautiful environment. We had a great guide, excellent driver: this got us through the bureaucratic and security barriers with ease. They did all they could to assist us to see we saw what we wanted to see. Tips? Do it. It's one of the world's great experiences,... (more)Alan Wall
From US $810 excluding flights
China holiday and rail journey across Tibet
Memorable parts? The amount of sights that were packed in to a 10 day trip - the bustle of Hong Kong, the scenery and rural setting of Yangshuo, the ancient city of Xian and the mixture of history and modernity of Beijing, as well as icons such as the Great Wall, the terracotta army and the best of Chinese entertainment. Tips? Consider adding a couple of days relaxation time on to the end of the trip to wind down and let everything you've seen sink in before heading home. Local... (more)Patrick Burke
From £2866 including UK flights
Tibet Everest Base Camp tour
Memorable parts? Seeing the Himalaya Mountains, seeing Everest so close up at base camp, TIBET, was amazing. The beautiful city of Lhasa, the debating monks in the monasteries. The scenery overall was breathtaking. Tips? We travelled as a family of 4, with kids aged 13 and 11. Be prepared for the effects of the high altitude, although it doesn't stop you from doing everything on the trip, it does make you feel tired and headachy. Also, pray for good weather in July/August, we were... (more)Alan Levy
From £2105 excluding flights
Beijing to Kathmandu tours, Mountains & Monasteries
All of the holiday was fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the train journey from Beijing to Lhasa. The visit to the nunnery was fun. There was nothing on my trip that I didn't enjoy so it's hard to choose 1 thing I enjoyed most. (more)Jules Palmer
Excellent....Go with an open mind, an attitude of adventure. It is a different country. You will not find the same facilities as at home. The food is different. But it's all part of the adventure. (more)Yoginee Patel
It was very memorable and exciting, and a good idea to go on a tour through a country that would be difficult to navigate alone. (more)Laura Tomlinson
From £2585 - £2790 excluding flights
Mount Kailash trekking holiday in Tibet
Highly recommended. The company was very efficient in their organisation and everything went seamlessly. (more)David Conway
Our holiday organisers took great care of us. Throughout they took great care of us - we felt that we were getting great personal service from a company that were treating us like friends. (more)Neil Small
Trust this agent who quietly and with much courtesy arranged this link up. (more)David Elsey
From £1595 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Tibet holidays

Known as "the roof of the world", Tibet was virtually impossible to visit until the 1980's, its relative isolation serving to preserve its spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage. Lhasa is a truly fascinating city, its streets, temples, monasteries and palaces living repositories of traditional artistic, cultural and religious richness.

When travelling in Tibet responsible travel issues take on greater significance due to the isolation and relatively unspoilt nature of this country. This makes it especially important to respect cultural differences, minimise your impact on the communities you visit, and make a positive contributions to the areas that you travel through.

One highlight is undoubtedly the 17th century Potala Palace, with gigantic bejewelled Buddhas, thousands of wonderfully frescoed chapels, and vast numbers of treasures. Monasteries and monastic towns beyond the capital also exhibit centuries of artistic heritage, some showing a unique fusion of Mongol, Nepali and Chinese styles. Tibet's high plateaux, snow-covered in winter but supporting steppe and prairie vegetation in summer, are overlooked by the highest peaks of the Himalayas and there are fantastic views of mountains and glaciers, including the magnificence of Mount Everest.

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Find out more about Tibet by reading these articles.

China’s plans to build a road to the Everest slopes to open the area up to tourism, despite fears that Everest is already overcrowded, has caused controversy around the world. Not only would a road put further pressure on the area’s unique wildlife and habitats (known for example for being the home of the endangered and elusive snow leopard) but it would also mean further repression for the local Tibetans. Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, now can be reached by train from Beijing and over 2 million Chinese visited in the past year alone. In fact Tibetans are now a minority in Lhasa as cheap rail fares encourage migrant workers and tourists. A local Tibetan guide said he felt that they were turning Tibet into 'Everestland' and by doing so hoping to obliterate the history of Tibet, and of China's occupation of Tibet – a plight which China has been trying to keep hidden from the rest of the world for 50 years now. The Tibetan guide told the Observer: "They are turning Tibet into Everestland, that way it's easier to forget the past and make us into a theme park." By turning Tibet into a theme park or 'Everestland', it would appear that China is trying to disconnect any associations of oppression which the notion of Tibet conjures up; thereby erasing its history and years of struggle for independence. Although China’s intentions are to increase tourism to the area, there are real concerns it will lose its magic, becoming just another gimmick on the mass tourism trail. Find out more in this Tibet article.
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