Highlights

  • A private chauffeur guide will introduce you to Bhutan's Himalayan beauty
  • Experience the best in Bhutanese luxury at Amankora Bumthang
  • Trek to the iconic Tiger’s Nest monastery

This comprehensive two-week Bhutan holiday gives travellers that rarest luxury of time, necessary to explore the best of this inscrutable, little-understood country of chill clouds and impossibly green mountainsides while visiting some of its more off-the-beaten-track gems. Venture to such storied corners as the iconic white cliffside monasteries of Paro and the capital city of Thimphu, a study in anachronism with thoroughly modern traffic jams overtaken by robed monks travelling on foot. This Himalayan hideaway is the only Buddhist Kingdom in existence, and a sense of striving for self-improvement permeates every temple, every piece of art, every warm smile surreptitiously spied between the local people – who only gained visitors in the late twentieth century – and their foreign guests. Enter the Dragon Kingdom, and prepare to leave some of yourself behind.


Day 1

Depart the UK

Depart for the airport with a private chauffeur transfer, and relax in the premium lounge before flying overnight from the UK to Paro, Bhutan. 

Chauffeur service

Chauffeur service

VIP airport lounge

VIP airport lounge


Days 2 – 3

Explore Thimphu, the small city at the heart of a nation

Your private chauffeur guide will meet you at Paro for the transfer to Thimphu, passing rolling rivers and roadside stupas adorned in Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese styles. On your first evening, a guided walking tour will introduce you to the capital. Over the next two days, scratch beneath the surface of Bhutan's famously insular culture as you visit the National Library and the Institute for Zorig Chusum, known as the Painting School, as well as the King’s Memorial Chorten, a monument to world peace and prosperity. More of the country's complexities will be unravelled at Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the fortress of the glorious religion, originally built in 1641. 

Breakfast & Dinner included

Thimphu Valley, Bhutan

Thimphu Valley, Bhutan

Taj Tashi, Thimphu, Bhutan

Taj Tashi, Thimphu, Bhutan


Days 4 – 5

Seek divinity in Punakha

With your private driver, cross the Dochula, a high mountain pass offering crystalline Himalayan views and the chance to get lost in the landscape and daydream. Stop for a walk through rice fields to visit the divine Chimi Lakhang, the 'temple of fertility', situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley and a pilgrimage point for Bhutanese seeking to pray for a child. The next day, head to the gleaming central apex of Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, built to remove negative forces and promote peace and stability – it dominates the upper Punakha Valley, with commanding views across the Mo Chhu River and up the mountainous peaks of Gasa. Stand in the presence of a true phoenix when you visit the Punakha Dzong – destroyed by multiple fires since its construction in 1637, the king has restored this religious and administrative hub at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. Gain a new perspective on Bhutanese Buddhism at the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery, and find clarity in its pristine white-domed stupa.

Breakfast & Dinner included

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong

Uma by COMO, Punakha

Uma by COMO, Punakha


Days 6 – 7

Set off in search of peace in Gangtey

Journey today to the Phobjikha Valley, passing through dense forests of bamboo, oak and rhododendron. Amble through the stepped village of Gangtey to visit its eponymous gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in the region; the village of Phobjikha lies just down from the monastery on the valley floor. This secluded spot is the winter home of the black-necked crane, an elegant visitor and Tibetan Buddhist symbol of peace. Your stunning accommodation in Gangtey, with its sweeping valley views and cosy fireplaces, will immerse you in Bhutanese culture; there's everything from traditional archery and darts games to meditation courses and mountain biking among the included menu of activities. Or, join morning or evening prayers with the monks of the Gangtey Shedra Monastic School.

N.B. lunch is included on day six only

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Monk and apprentice monk

Monk and apprentice

Gangtey Lodge, Bhutan

Gangtey Lodge, Bhutan


Days 8 – 9

Consider higher philosophies in Bumthang

Drive across the 3,300m Pele-La Pass, where the breadth and majesty of the Himalayas spreads out before you like a world in the clouds. Visit the 17th-century fortress at Trongsa, where an imposing sweep of white walls belies its labyrinthine interior. Continue across the Yutong-La pass to Bumthang, where an overnight stay allows you to explore the many temples and monasteries of the Bumthang Valley and trek to the Tibetan Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery. Here, colourful thangka paintings inspire visitors to raise their thoughts above the everyday. Your accommodation tonight is at the Amankora, the region's most luxurious hotel where spa treatments and fine dining are framed by cutting-edge architecture and sweeping valley views.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Amankora Bumthang, Bumthang, Bhutan

Amankora Bumthang, Bumthang, Bhutan


Days 10 – 11

Paro, where the past still lives

Fly from Bumthang to Paro for a private tour of its Ta Dzong watchtower. Now the National Museum, its collection includes everything from antique thangka paintings to textiles, weapons and even household objects. The Rinpung Dzong, or 'fortress of the heap of jewels', offers an inspiring walk along wooden galleries replete with artists' renditions of age-old Buddhist stories. Your final day in Bhutan will be spent exploring the Taktshang, or Tiger’s Nest, Monastery, perched on the side of a sheer cliff, 900 metres above the Paro Valley floor. Guru Rinpoche, founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, is said to have flown from Eastern Bhutan on a tiger's back, spreading his teachings and stopping to meditate on its dramatic precipice. Hike up to this monastery-in-the-mist with your private guide, later descending to meet your chauffeur for a scenic drive past the fortress of Drukgyel Dzong and the 7th century Kyichu Lhakang Temple. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Tiger's Nest Monastery, (Taktsang) Paro

Tiger's Nest Monastery

Private Dining Courtyard, Uma by COMO, Paro

Private Dining Courtyard, Uma by COMO

View down Paro Valley with staff, Uma by COMO

View down Paro Valley at Uma by COMO


Days 12 – 13

Return to the UK

Enjoy your last, leisurely morning in Paro, before a private transfer to the airport. After your overnight flight, you'll be greeted by one of our chauffeurs for your journey home.

Breakfast included


"Pristine, isolated, traditional, colourful and absolutely unique, this is Bhutan! From the Himalayan peaks, rivers and ravines to historical fortresses and chanting monks at evening prayers, this small Himalayan Kingdom, and the in-depth itinerary I’ve put together, will touch your spiritual side and leave you deeply impressed"

Katrin Rummer

Destination Specialist

Guide price from £8,095 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £8,095 pp
High Season from: £9,415 pp

Includes:

  • Return UK airport chauffeur service
  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK and Paro
  • Domestic flight from Bumhtang to Paro
  • Private transfers
  • 5 nights accommodation in 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a half-board basis
  • 5 nights accommodation in 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a full-board basis
  • Private touring with driver/guide throughout
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