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Highlights of Bhutan - 2018

Small group tour
10 days - From US$3105*PP

Shadowed by snow-capped Himalayan peaks, the Land of the Thunder Dragon elicits visions of a Shangri-la perched on the top of the world. Visit ancient fortresses, temples, monasteries and traditional villages amidst the spectacular Himalayas. Experience the color and excitement of one of Bhutan's famous festivals. Trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery and admire stunning views.

Inclusions

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • breakfast
  • lunch and dinner daily
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • small group touring
  • visa fees
  • entrance fees
  • tour leader (based on a minimum ten travelers)
  • local English-speaking guides
  • arrival and departure transfers

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MARCH 22nd
(Thursday)

End

MARCH 31st
(Saturday)

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US$3105*

Single supplement:
US$550*
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SEPTEMBER 20th
(Thursday)

End

SEPTEMBER 29th
(Saturday)

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US$550*
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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2018

DAY 1: PARO TO THIMPU
Arrive in Paro, and transfer to your hotel in Thimpu. Meet your fellow travelers and Tour Leader (or local guide). Get your bearings on a walking tour and in the evening, savor your first taste of Bhutan’s cuisine at a welcome dinner.

Hotel: Jomolhari Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2: THIMPU
Explore some of Thimpu’s cultural highlights including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, National Arts School, Folk Heritage Museum and National Textile Museum. In the afternoon, explore Tashi Chhoe dzong, perched next to the Wang Chu River and one of Bhutan’s architectural gems.

Hotel: Jomolhari Hotel (or similar)

DAY 3: THIMPU TO PUNAKHA
Travel on the scenic east-west National Highway crossing Dochu La, the first of several Himalayan passes on your journey through Bhutan. The scenery on these winding roads is superb with rhododendron forests, terraced fields, ancient temples and rushing mountain streams. Descend into the Punakha Valley and take a village walk to the Divine Madman’s Temple. Stop for lunch before continuing to Punakha.

Hotel: Drupchu Hotel (or similar)

DAY 4: PUNAKHA
Visit the spectacular 17th century Punakha dzong. Walk to Bhutan’s largest suspension bridge, taking in beautiful valley views along the way. In the afternoon, there’s an opportunity to visit the revered ancient monastery at Wangdue Phodrang, depending on the progress of the rebuilding of the monastery after it was destroyed by fire in 2012.

Hotel: Drupchu Hotel (or similar)

DAY 5: PUNAKHA TO TRONGSA
Continue the ascent into the forests around Pele La where you may see your first yaks. Soak in views of Black Mountain on the journey to Trongsa, one of Bhutan’s most attractive towns, and home to spectacular Trongsa dzong.

Hotel: Tashi Ninjay Guest House (or similar)

DAY 6: TRONGSA
Visit Trongsa dzong, ancestral home of Bhutan’s royal family. Explore this dramatically-perched fortress which cheeky Macaque monkeys also call home. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to independently explore Trongsa town where you can visit the local market, tower museum or enjoy a scenic stroll back to your hotel.

Hotel: Tashi Ninjay Guest House (or similar)

DAY 7: TRONGSA TO PARO
Travel back to Paro, stopping en route in Thimpu. Arrive in Paro in the late afternoon and enjoy free time to explore independently.

Hotel: Khangkhu Resort (or similar)

DAY 8: TIGER’S NEST MONASTERY
Hike to Taktshang Goemba or ‘Tiger’s Nest’ monastery. This monastery is perhaps Bhutan’s most well-known attraction with its dramatic setting perched high up on a cliff face. The two hour climb is a challenging yet rewarding one.

Hotel: Khangkhu Resort (or similar)

DAY 9: THE CHELE LA
Ascend from the Paro Valley to the Chele La, Bhutan’s highest road pass. In clear weather, there are fine views of both the Paro and Haa Valleys. The landscapes around the pass are magnificent especially with a dusting of snow or ice as is often the case at this time of year. On the descent to Paro, walk part of the way to enjoy beautiful views of the traditional farmhouses and fields in the area. Back in Paro, wander along the town’s sole market street.

Hotel: Khangkhu Resort (or similar)

DAY 10: PARO
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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