8 days from £1755pp plus international flights.
There is a lot to see and do in Bhutan and if you want to do a little bit of everything in about a week then this is the trip for you.
We've put together some of the very best bits of cultural sightseeing together with the some more adventurous activities that allow you to make the most of this wonderful Himalayan landscape. So not only do you get to walk to the world-famous Tiger's Nest monastery and see the fabulous architecture of the Dzong at Punakha, but you also have some walking, white water rafting and some downhill mountain biking.
You have a guide with you for the whole of your journey in Bhutan for this private tailor-made holiday and you can take this tour at any time that suits you.
We've priced this trip using a range of standard hotels. If you want to splash out and upgrade to something more luxurious there are also some pretty amazing places to stay here - just let us know and we'll give you the options.
Following an early breakfast, you depart for Punakha. This is about a 3-hour drive. The route crosses Dochu-la Pass at 3,088m. Clear skies permitting, you should see several impressive Himalayan peaks including Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan at 7,497m. Next you have a 3-4 hour walk to Lungchuzekha Goemba. This is quite a climb, but you will be rewarded with wonderful views. After lunch in the forest the drive continues to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Divine Madman and credited with powers of fertility. Arrive at your hotel in Punakha in the evening.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Today you travel back to Paro, about a 4-hour drive, stopping en route at Simtokha Dzong, the headquarters for The Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. Look out for the the 300 plus ornate slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard. At Paro check in to your hotel. later you'll explore the town with your guide, visiting Ta Dzong, the National Museum, which has an extensive collection of artworks and historic artefacts. You will also visit Rinpung Dzong with its fine wall paintings depicting Buddhist themes.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1755 (ex. international flights)
2020 price from (pp sharing, exc international flights):
01 Jan – 28 Feb, 01 Jun – 31 Aug & 01 - 31 Dec 2020 from £1755
01 Mar - 31 May, 01 Sept - 30 Nov 2020 from £1995
Twin share accommodation; meals as indicated; transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary; hiking, rafting and mountain biking; the service of an English-speaking guide; entrance fees; government royalty and taxes; Bhutan visa fee
International flights; taxes; travel insurance; drinks; items of a personal nature; sleeping bag
This itinerary starts and ends in Paro. Return flights to Paro from the UK operate via India or Nepal and take between 10 and 15 hours. They cost around £1,150 per person.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor-made holiday which you can take at any time to suit you.
Damchen Resort has a lovely setting on the banks of the Punachu River and is a short walk from the centre of Punakha.
Hotel Migmar is located a just one kilometre out of Thimphu city centre and offers a good range of modern amenities.
Enjoy the rural setting of Village Lodge while being just a few minutes drive from Paro town's sites and shops.
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Time: GMT +6 hours
Flight time: National carrier Druk Air flies from several locations but commonly you'll connect from Delhi (2hrs), Koltata or Kathmandu (both just over an hour). You will need to come via one of these destinations which in turn are about 12 to 15 hours from the UK depending on the routing.
Language: Dzongkha is Bhutan's national language. English is widely spoken and is used in all schools.
Visas: Visas are required and are issued from Bhutan. Tribes will arrange your visa for you through our partners in Bhutan.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.