Private luxury tours in Bhutan

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Luxury Bhutan Tours

Introduction to Bhutan
(6 Days)
Thimphu, Paro

A Week in Bhutan
(7 Days)
Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

Highlights of Bhutan
(10 Days)
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha

Essence of Bhutan
(9 Days)
Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

Romantic Bhutan
(12 Days)
Paro, Bumthang, Thimphu, Punakha

Journey Through Bhutan
(12 Days)
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey

Luxury Adventure Tour of Bhutan
(10 Days)
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha

Multi-country Tours

Discover Thailand & Bhutan
(12 Days)
Bangkok, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Chiang Mai

Best of the Himalayas: Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet
(13 Days)
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Kathmandu, Lhasa

Best of Bhutan & India
(16 Days)
Delhi, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur

Journey Through Burma & Bhutan
(14 Days)
Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Bangkok, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

Essence of Nepal & Bhutan
(13 Days)
Kathmandu, Chitwan, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

Journey Through Bhutan

(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, Paro

This is our most comprehensive tour of Bhutan, featuring in-depth touring throughout the kingdom and stays at top luxury properties.

Begin in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. During comprehensive private touring, experience cultural highlights such as important Buddhist sites, local markets, and various museums specializing in textiles, folk heritage, and traditional arts and crafts. Artisans of Leisure will also arrange a meeting with a local astrologer, an important figure in Bhutanese daily life, as well as a visit to Tashichho Dzong, an impressive traditional fortress that houses the Bhutanese civil government. If desired, enjoy a private hike to rural villages and monasteries tucked into the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon request, we can also arrange for special experiences such as a private Bhutanese cooking lesson at a local home or a private meditation session with monks.

Next, enjoy a scenic transfer through the mountains to Punakha, the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. Stop en route at Dochula Pass to see its 108 chortens and take in views of the Himalayas. Descend into Punakha, a subtropical valley filled with rhododendrons, citrus trees and banana plants. During private touring, enjoy peaceful walks through rural farming villages, light a butter lamp at a local temple, opt to hike up a mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the valley, tour the stunning Punakha Dzong, and visit a Buddhist nunnery overlooking the valley. Accommodation will be at a luxurious hotel overlooking the Mo Chhu River set among rice terraces, chili and cabbage fields and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses.

Next, you will be transferred over forested mountains to Gangtey (Phobjikha Valley), a broad glacial valley and protected area of grasslands and dwarf bamboo where endangered black-necked cranes from Tibet spend the winter. Visit Gangtey Monastery, a 17th-century hilltop Buddhist complex with panoramic views of the valley, and learn more about the region's iconic birds at the Black-Necked Crane Information Center. Also take scenic walks or bike rides along nature trails in the valley and surrounding hillsides, and visit other secluded monasteries and temples.

Fly to Bumthang, a beautiful and remote region that's considered the spiritual heart of Bhutan. During private touring in the four valleys of Bumthang, visit ancient temples dedicated to revered early Buddhist saints, explore Wangdichholing Palace and local monasteries, and see traditional farming villages surrounded by fruit orchards and terraced fields. Other options include learning about local Yatra textile weaving and visiting the sacred Burning Lake. Upon request, we can also arrange for special experiences such as a traditional Bhutanese meal at a local farmhouse, tastings at local cheese producers and a brewery, or a private meditation session with monks.

The tour concludes in Paro, a picturesque town in a verdant river valley with a charming main street brimming with shops and cafes. During private touring, visit the National Museum, browse for locally made crafts and Buddhist items, and take an excursion to breathtaking Tiger's Nest, a cliffside Buddhist monastery that's a highlight of Bhutan. Also enjoy a private lesson in archery, Bhutan's national sport. Other activities can be incorporated based on your interests, such as yoga, a biking excursion, or traditional Bhutanese spa treatments.

Throughout Bhutan, Artisans of Leisure will arrange for you to experience the best the country has to offer. Please let us know your interests so we can tailor the touring accordingly. Upon request, we can incorporate activities such as meetings with local specialists, farm visits, monastery visits, soft-adventure activities (hiking, biking, archery, rafting or golf), shopping, cooking classes, blessings and meditations led by monks, and more.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Paro – Thimphu
Business class flight from Bangkok or Delhi. VIP arrival assistance and private transfer to Thimphu for 2 nights with touring en route
Day 2 Thimphu
Full-day private cultural touring and option for hiking
Day 3 Thimphu – Punakha
Private transfer to Punakha for 2 nights with touring en route
Day 4 Punakha
Private full-day gentle hikes and cultural touring
Day 5 Punakha – Gangtey
Private transfer to Gangtey for 2 nights with touring en route
Day 6 Gangtey
Private full-day touring
Day 7 Gangtey – Bumthang
Private transfer to Bumthang for 3 nights with touring en route
Day 8 Bumthang
Private full-day touring
Day 9 Bumthang
Private full-day touring including option for hiking
Day 10 Bumthang – Paro
Private transfer to business class flight to Paro. Accommodation in Paro for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour
Day 11 Paro
Private full-day cultural touring and activities
Day 12 Paro
Private hiking excursion to Tiger's Nest
Day 13 Depart Paro
Private transfer to business class flight to Bangkok or Delhi

Hotels
Thimphu: Taj Tashi or Amankora Thimphu
Punakha: COMO Uma Punakha
Gangtey: Amankora Gangtey
Bumthang: Amankora Bumthang
Paro: COMO Uma Paro or Amankora Paro

Cost
$18,965 Per person (double occupancy)