Established in 1984, Tibet Vista might be one of the first batches of Tibetan Travel Agency that located in Lhasa. And they started to make online business since 2005. Their choice is right, for the past 12 years, they have arranged inbound Tibet tours for more than 4000 international tourists per year.
Tibet Vista has a great advantage--- the good business combination online. Besides Tibet Vista tibettravel.org, there are another 3 websites share the same booking database, they are tibettour.org; chinatibettrain.com and 3rdpoletour.com. All of these four websites drive a lot of traffic to each other. So, if you search Tibet tour online, the most popular websites you found are all them, that makes them take a big share of the Tibet tour market. So, there is no doubt they can arrange so many tours for travelers compared with other agencies in Tibet.
You can browse itineraries on their sites, after find out the most interested package, click the email address that shows up on the top right corner to send them an inquiry by email. Tibettravel.org and chinatibettrain.com have an email symbol on the right sidebar for your option. Or you can leave a message to them by filling up with a form including name, email address, phone number and other relative information about your tour plan, then wait for their email within 24 hours. They list their phone number as well, but most of the people will not choose to make an oversea phone call unless they have emergency cases.
All of the top Tibet travel agencies have both group and private tours to match visitors’ different needs. And obviously, the itineraries of those competitive sites are similar. There are no fixed prices of private tours as they are all customized for various travelers. So, we just can compare the price of the most popular group tours that list on their websites for your reference.
4 days Lhasa Small Group Tour----------From USD460 p.p.
This is a short trip only in Lhasa city, with attractions including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery. This is the most common choice for the people who have a tight schedule or no going to Mt. Everest.
8 days Everest Base Camp Small Group Tour--------From USD850 p.p.
Except for the three days of Lhasa sightseeing, there are 4 days of Mt. Everest tour. Drive from Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, to famous EBC and Rongbuk Monastery and spend one night there.
Visitors can enjoy the gorgeous sunset and sunrise if weather permits and have a glimpse of the grand highest mountain on earth.
15 days Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar Small Group Tour------From USD1780 p.p.
This is Lhasa Tour+ Mt. Everest Tour+ Mt. Kailash Kora tour. Travelers can learn the western part of Tibet by following this itinerary. But it’s also a challenge for the body that requires tourists in a good physical condition so that they can complete the three days off-the-beaten-path trek under the bad situation both in geography and climate.
1.Necessary papers, like Tibet Entry Permit, Alien's Travel Permit
3.The first admission fees to all attractions listed in itinerary
4.Driver and English-speaking guide
5.Accommodation based on comfortable class in the city, tent or guesthouse for EBC and Kailash trekking
6.Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
1.International or domestic flight or train
2.Meals not specified in itinerary
3.Tips to guide and driver
4.Single room supplement
5.Personal expenses, like laundry, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
Tibet Vista is a general site that lists many posts of the story about Tibetan history, Buddhism, or cultural life, which are interesting and help tourists learn Tibet more deeply. Besides, it lists some reviews of their travelers, which is a good way to expand their influence in the world as those travelers they ever invited to join their group tour are all some celebrated columnists, travel bloggers or contributors of some world-known travel websites. People gains the confidence to book from them by reading those positive responses.
Tibettravel.org and tibettour.org mainly offer the tour packages for choosing.
3rdpoletour.com more tend to run the tour of other provinces around Tibet, such as Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu, etc.
chinatibettrain.com focuses on the booking of train tickets that come and out of Lhasa, and the main offer is Tibet train tours.
Safety and Privacy
But according to tibettravel.org and chinatibettrain.com, they have declared that they would not disclose tourists’ personal information to the third party without their prior consent unless it’s involved in a law case.
And they promised to destroy the fax paper having tourists’ credit card information after they complete the proper payment procedure.
About the search
There is no search function in these four websites. People can only browse the itineraries to find out their wanted package or contact the trip consultants directly by emails.
You can easily find Tibet Vista on google by searching any relativekeywords of Tibet tour, like Tibet agent, Tibet travel, etc. Since there are five websites, you can always find any one of them on the first page. And it all goes to Tibet Vista finally.
And you can see it mentioned in many forums about Tibet tour. Generally speaking, Tibet Vista did pretty good in Google SEO.
The most popular one site of these five is tibettravel.org. According to SimilarWeb, its global rank is 607,603 and had 41.1 thousand of estimated visits last month with an average time on site more than 3 minutes.
Plus with the other four sites, you can see quite a number of the travelers that engaged to Tibet Vista. As reported by itself, Tibet Vista has a capable of organizing over 5000 visitors each year.
The overview on tripadvisor.com, it shows that the rate of good evaluate of Tibet Vista is 76.8%. The main weakness of them are the following points:
1.Sometimes the guides could not pick up the travelers from scenic spots on time.
2.Some hotels they use may not as comfortable as they promised, you need to double check with them when you’re booking tour.
3.According to Sarah, a traveler from Norway, there were rats in her room of a hotel in Shigatse. And she was told to book her return flight in the late morning which was 100 dollars more than the earlier one in order to get a free airport transfer. But when she did, the other group members all booked the earliest flight as they didn’t get the same information. She or the other group must pay for one airport transfer. She changed her flight because of guilty for others. So, she lost 100 dollars as a consequence of the different communication among the consultants of Tibet Vista. And it turned out they didn’t even care.
Tibet Vista has an enormous networking links, people who are planning a Tibet trip can easily go to them by searching online. Their basic business is running Tibet tour, and for more development, they are aiming to organize the tourism of provinces next to Tibet. And maybe in another day, they will try to tap into the whole of China. It seems they will become the cyber intermediary of China tour business. Which also means their prices properly will be higher than the local agencies.
With the rapidly developing of tourism, the prices of tour packages become more and more transparent. So, when travelers are comparing agencies online, their focus will be shifted to the service of the suppliers.For now, Tibet Vista’s customer service is above average in this industry. But certainly, there is still an improvement for them. Otherwise, they will not be chosen by tourists since the competition nowadays is more and more fierce.