Private luxury tours in Bhutan

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Luxury Bhutan Tours

Introduction to Bhutan
(6 Days)
Thimphu, Paro

Highlights of Bhutan
(8 Days)
Thimphu, Punakha, overnight trek, Paro

Romantic Bhutan
(8 Days)
Paro, Punakha

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

Beauty of Bhutan
(10 Days)
Paro, Punakha, Bumthang

Luxury Adventure: Trekking in Bhutan
(12 Days)
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Samtengang Trek, Gangtey

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

Multi-country Tours

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

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

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

Journey Through Bhutan

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

This is our most comprehensive tour of Bhutan.

Begin in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Enjoy comprehensive touring of Thimphu’s many cultural attractions and important Buddhist highlights. Meet local people, learn about local traditions, explore a bustling market, and visit various small museums specializing in textiles, folk heritage, and traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. If desired, enjoy a private hike to rural villages and monasteries. Upon request, we can also arrange for special experiences such as a private Bhutanese cooking lesson at a local home, a meeting with a Bhutanese astrologer, or a private meditation session with monks.

Next, you will be transferred through the mountains, passing the 108 stupas of Dochu La, to Punakha, the ancient winter capital located in a sub-tropical valley where rhododendron and magnolia bloom and orange and banana trees flourish. Relax at your luxurious farmhouse-style lodge, set among rice terraces, chili and cabbage fields and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses. Enjoy a peaceful walk through rural farming villages, receive a blessing from a monk, opt to hike up a mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the valley, and visit the stunning Punakha Dzong.

Drive past snow-capped mountains, protected valleys, fields and forests of rhododendron, juniper, and bamboo to Gangtey (locally known as Phobjikha). Visit the isolated valleys of Gangtey, which is home to the endangered and graceful black-necked cranes that fly in from northern China, Mongolia and Siberia. Its secluded monasteries and temples today represent a literary treasure trove that is largely unharmed and still unexplored.

Continue through dramatic landscapes en route to the Bumthang region, located in the heart of the country. Visit villages, orchards, forests, ancient temples, fortresses and monasteries—this area is considered the sacred heart of Bhutan and is the revered birthplace of many saints to whom the Bhutanese royalty trace their lineage. 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, a meeting with a Bhutanese astrologer, or a private meditation session with monks.

Conclude the tour with three days in Paro, a resort town nestled among the Himalayas. Visit the National Museum, browse shops for Himalayan crafts and Buddhist items, and hike to Tiger's Nest, a breathtaking monastery clinging to a cliff that is one of the most important icons of Bhutan. Other activities can be incorporated based on your interests, such as a private archery lesson, 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 overnight treks, 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. Arrival private transfer to Thimphu for 2 nights. Begin private touring
Day 2 Thimphu
Private full-day cultural touring
Day 3 Thimphu – Punakha 
Private transfer to Punakha for 2 nights with touring en route
Day 4 Punakha 
Private full-day cultural touring and gentle hikes
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 
Continue private touring in the valleys
Day 10 Bumthang Paro
Private transfer to flight to Paro. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private touring in Paro
Day 11 Paro
Private hiking excursion to Tiger’s Nest
Day 12 Depart Bhutan
Private transfer to business class flight to Bangkok

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

Cost
$16,635 Per person (double occupancy)