The Top Attractions on a Lhasa Tour

Lhasa is the capital city of the Autonomous Region of Tibet; the city is located at 3650 meters above sea level in a valley alongside the Lhasa River and surrounded by the Himalayas. Lhasa, which means “place of Gods”, is the site of many important Buddhist sites, its remote location and 1300 year spiritual heritage has made it an alluring travel destination for many.

When visiting Lhasa a Lhasa tour can take a lot of the worry and organization off of your hands, for example your Lhasa tour will include airport transfers, an English speaking guide and your Tibet Entry Permit. No matter which tour of Lhasa, Tibet you choose, whether it is a 4 day, 5 day or 8 day tour and whether you are visiting in summer or winter there are several sites that will always be included in your tour of Lhasa. When you choose which Lhasa tour to take make sure that these essential sites are included in your itinerary.

Potala Palace – Although structures on this site can be dated back to the 7th century the palace we see today is best known as the home of the Dalai Lamas. The first Dalai Lama to live here was the 7th Dalai Lama who made this his winter palace in 1755. For centuries the palace was the hub of political and religious life in Tibet. The palace has over 1,000 rooms spread over 14 floors; visitors with a Lhasa tour can see the former living quarters of the Dalai Lamas and the gold tombs where they were buried.

Johkang Temple – This is a 7th century construction built to house Buddha statues from Nepal and the Tang Dynasty of China. The statues arrived in Lhasa as gifts for the King Songtsan Gampo from his future wives. Today the building is home to other Buddha statues but the most famous is the Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha given to the king by his foreign wife, Princess Wen Cheng over 1300 years ago. The building itself is a masterpiece of craftsmanship; it has four floors and a gilded roof.

Barkhor Market – The market is held on one of Lhasa’s oldest streets, when your Lhasa tour visits the market you can buy souvenirs and traditional Tibetan crafts and artifacts.

Apart from these essential stops on any Lhasa tour your tour could include the Drepung Monastery (1416); the Sera Monastery, famous for tantric teachings; the Ganden Monastery; Namtso, where you can see nomad herdsmen with their flocks Lake Yangpachen hot springs, Dezong Monastery, Tidrum Til Monastery or the Reting Monastery which is surrounded by juniper covered hills.

So choose a Lhasa tour which suits your interests, time limitations and the season you are traveling, then sit back and let the tour organizers do the work.

Beijing Airport Transport and Tours Experience

Arriving in a large and unfamiliar airport is always a daunting experience, but at the Beijing Capital International Airport you needn’t worry as efficient and reliable transport is available to take you into the city or on a layover tour. In fact even if you just want guide to be with you while you navigate the large airport Beijing Airport Transportation can provide that service. Beijing Airport is vast, there are 3 terminals and it is one of the world’s busiest airports, seeing 48,154,484 passengers passing through the airport in 2013.

Beijing Capital Airport is located 32km from the city center and so ground transport is critical. Instead of battling to understand the rail and bus system on your first day in Beijing rather book an airport to hotel transfer with our company. You’re driver will be waiting just after you exit the customs area with a sign showing your name.  The driver will then transport you to your hotel in a modern, comfortable and luxury car like the Audi A6 or Buick GL8. If you’re in a group you can order a business van or the Mercedes MB100. You won’t have to try to understand the public transport system, you won’t have to search for your hotel and you can sit back and relax as one of our drivers takes you directly to your hotel.

Alternatively if you are in Beijing on a layover why not utilize your time to see a bit of the city, and specifically Beijing’s top attraction, the Great Wall of China. One of our drivers will pick you up at the airport on your arrival and take you directly to the Mutianyu Great Wall for a 3-4 hour tour. This is the ideal entrance point to the wall if your time is limited. There is a cable car that can take you to the top or you can hike to the top of the wall. You’ll avoid the usual tourist traps and hidden fees, the tour does not stop at any tourist shops along the way and the best part is that it is a private tour. The tour includes the entrance fee to the wall and free bottled water. Your vehicle will be air-conditioned and the driver/guide will be able to speak perfect English. Other layover tours are available to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace or the Olympic Games sites of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.

Luckily for international visitors stopping in Beijing Capital International Airport on a layover flight, there is now a 72 hour Free Entry Visa. This means that you won’t have to arrange any complicated visa in order to enjoy a quick layover tour.

Warm up to a holiday in Iceland!

We usually think of holidays in the sun taking in the sand and sea, but why not a holiday in the sunshine surrounded by beautiful views and hills or mountains covered in a blanket of snow and ice where you can even take a swim in a beautiful Blue Lagoon! Then why not sign up for one or more Icelandic Excursions offered by many Tour Operators!

There are many ways of visiting Iceland – taking Icelandic Excursions with an experienced operator who knows the ropes and who can give you the best experience on your holiday making sure you don’t miss any of the superb sights, birds and other animals and sealife native to Iceland. In June this year scenes for the series Game of Thrones were filmed at Vatnajokull – the wall of ice.

Tours can vary in length and are usually taken in luxury by coach or boat and are suitable for families. An English speaking guide will be with you every step of the way offering information and sharing his/her wealth of experience with you. There will be stops where you can enjoy lunch and a drink while you write your postcards home and maybe do some souvenir shopping.
What does Iceland have to offer?

Most of us will have heard of The Northern Lights – (The Aurora Borealis) but have you heard of the Golden Circle, Whale Watching, Geysers and The Blue Lagoon.

The Full Circle Tour is an ideal first time taster tour which will take in volcanic landscape, the national park area where you can see the Thingvallir Unesco world heritage site where Icelandic Parliament was formed; there will be waterfalls, and geysers to take in with a surprise stop along the way.
A Blue Lagoon full day tour will take you past volcanic landscape, the President’s residence whale watching, bird watching – including Puffins! Lake Kleifarvatn with its black sandy beach will also be taken in.

The Aurora Borealis is an evening tour where you will see the phenomenon of the Northern Lights.

A long night with a small group of people – you will need to wrap in warm clothing and be prepared to be amazed.

Whale Watching is another popular option offered – by boat, which offers seating inside and out with a cafe lounge. An experience guide with make sure you don’t miss the most important sights including puffin spotting on the island they inhabit, geysers a waterfall and much more.
There is a south coast tour which is very scenic where you will be able to see where the more recent eruption occurred in 2010 and can hear some first hand experiences from the people who were there. You will also be able to walk along to a glacier and touch the glacier ice.

These Icelandic Excursions are just the tip of the iceberg – there are many many more depending on the time you have to spend and the sights you want to see.