The Tibet Autonomous Region of China is one of the most unique places any traveler can visit, and gives one unique experience of the culture and religion of the Tibetan people. Located high on the Tibetan plateau in the far west of China, the plateau has an average altitude of over 4,000 meters, making it the highest plateau in the world. This high-altitude location often referred to as the “roof of the world” and the “third pole”, is one of the most remote destinations on the planet. Yet is one of the most popular places in Asia for travel by foreign tourists.
Set at this high altitude, and changeable Tibet travel permit regulation, traveling to Tibet can be an expensive experience. Unaccompanied travel in Tibet, as a backpacker or individual tourist, is not permitted, and all visitors to the region must be on an organized tour with a registered Tibet tour operator such as Explore Tibet. This makes the costs of traveling to Tibet a little higher than many places in Asia. Add to that, the fact that a registered Tibetan tour guide must also accompany all travelers, and they must have a private vehicle and driver, and the costs start to spiral immensely.
However, there are ways in which one can make savings on a trip to the region. Traveling in the off-season, taking the train, and joining a group tour with other travelers can help to reduce the cost of the Tibet tour.
Group tours to Tibet are specially designed tours that allow people to join in with other travelers, on a pre-organized tour where anyone can join by simply booking the tour with the tour operator. Tibet Group tours are ideal for solo travelers to Tibet who are running on a budget or just want to save a little money on their Tibet tour, and for groups of friends who want to travel together while in the region. Not only are they a great way to save money, but it is a good way to meet new people and make some new friends, as you will often be traveling with complete strangers. Though they will not be strangers by the time your tour is complete.
So why choose a Tibet small group tour? Explore Tibet have been running tours to Tibet for more than ten years, and are one of the oldest running tour operators for the region. With all of this experience, they know what their customers want, and how to give it to them.
What is Tibet Small Group Tour?
Tibet small group tours are tours that are pre-set by the tour operator, usually for a certain tour experience and a set start date. These group tours are advertised on the website, and potential clients can call up and book a tour with one of the pre-set group tours, to leave on a certain date. Group tours are the cheapest way to travel to Tibet, since they reduce the cost of the tour from an individual tour.
The group tour normally includes up to ten people on each tour, and has a set cost per head for the tour. This is done to make things cheaper for the tourists on the tour by reducing the total cost of the tour. In a normal individual tour, your costs include the tour price, accommodation costs, cost of the guide and driver, cost of the vehicle and fuel, and many other things.
What are the Benefits of Tibet Small Group Tours?
With the Tibet small a group tours, major cost of the Tibet tours like driver, guide, vehicle, and fuel, are split between all the members of the party, making it cheaper for everyone than when traveling individually. Traditionally, there are also tips to pay to the driver and guide, which can vary depending on the tour operator. These tips are also shared between the group, further reducing the cost. Accommodation is also a major cost on a Tibet tour, especially if you are not into the cheapest lodges that are available. Sharing a room with other members of the tour can also help to reduce costs, as all rooms in Tibet have a single occupancy premium, which needs to be paid to have a room to yourself. If you do not mind sharing, this helps with reducing costs too, and it gives you a chance to get to know some of the other members of the tour better.
An Ideal size for a group tour would be a maximum of ten people. This guarantees that the guide can manage to communicate with all members of the party easily, and is not overstretched in helping them to understand more about the Tibetan people and culture. Explore Tibet actually limits the size of their small group tours to ten people, and provides a suitable vehicle to transport them in comfort across the Tibetan Plateau. This means that you can get the most out of your tour, and learn more about Tibet and its unique people from your guide without straining to hear what he is saying amidst a large crowd of people.
With a fixed date and set itinerary, you can choose from dozens of tour packages that meet your requirements for travel, taking you to the places you want to see most, and making sure that your holiday in Tibet is the best possible. Itineraries are put together to include the most popular Tibetan attractions, such as the Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Mt Everest Base Camp etc. The different tours cater to a varied range of budgets, and have different lengths of trips and places to see depending on the tour.
You can choose from tours that are spending four days in and around Lhasa taking in the best sights of this holy city, or take a trip to Mount Everest Base Camp and see the world’s tallest mountain. Alternatively, take an overland journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu in Nepal, and continue your travels there, in the lush Kathmandu Valley.
With a huge range to choose from, you are guaranteed that there is a group tour to suit both your needs and your budget.
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