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)
Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Kathmandu & Kathmandu Valley, Lhasa

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

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

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

Hiking and Wellness Tour of Bhutan & India
(14 Days)
Delhi, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Himalayas & Rishikesh

Journey Through Myanmar & Bhutan

(14 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Bangkok, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

This is the ultimate cultural journey—two weeks in two of the world's most fascinating destinations.

Begin in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar. See atmospheric British-colonial architecture, the spectacular golden stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda and the enormous reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Temple while touring with your private guide and driver. Browse sprawling Bogyoke (Scott) Market for traditional Burmese crafts such as lacquerware, baskets and longyis. Visit Little India, Chinatown and other dynamic neighborhoods that reflect Yangon's diverse cultural influences. Depending on your interests, other touring options include visiting art galleries, the National Museum, Myanmar's only synagogue, or other architectural, cultural and culinary highlights.

Next, fly to awe-inspiring Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where thousands of pagodas and temples cover arid plains along the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River. During private touring, learn about Bagan's history as a major Buddhist center between the 11th and 13th centuries, and see the most interesting temple ruins and their Buddhist frescoes and sculptures. Also meet with local artisans who produce Bagan's revered traditional lacquerware. One evening, enjoy sundowner cocktails during a relaxing private sunset cruise on the river. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional activities such as a spectacular hot-air balloon ride over the temples of Bagan at sunrise; a visit to a local Buddhist monastery; and a private excursion to other local villages or Mount Popa, an important pilgrimage site.

Next, tour beautiful Inle Lake and the surrounding countryside. Enjoy a private traditional boat ride on the lake and through canals to visit villages built on stilts over the water and floating gardens that the local Intha people use for growing crops. Also visit a local winery in the hills, the ancient pagodas of In Dein and active monasteries. Meet locals who produce lotus silk weavings, woodwork, cheroot cigars and other distinctive Inle Lake crafts. With a local fisherman, try the traditional fishing method using distinctive conical baskets. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange a private cooking class, biking and other activities and excursions in this fascinating region.

Fly through Yangon to Bangkok, Thailand for an overnight stay before continuing to Bhutan.

During comprehensive private touring in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, 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.

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 the tour, enjoy flexible touring with your own guide and driver and accommodation at some of the world's most luxurious hotels. 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 Yangon, Myanmar
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 2 Yangon
Full-day private tour
Day 3 Yangon – Bagan
Private airport transfer and flight to Bagan. Full-day private touring of ruins and transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Horse-drawn carriage ride at sunset
Day 4 Bagan
Option for sunrise hot air balloon ride. Full-day private tour. Evening Ayeyarwady River cruise
Day 5 Bagan – Inle Lake
Private airport transfer and flight to Inle Lake. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 6 Inle Lake
Private touring around Inle Lake and In Dein
Day 7

Inle Lake – Yangon – Bangkok, Thailand
Private airport transfer and flight to Yangon to connect with flight to Bangkok. Private arrival transfer to hotel for overnight

Day 8 Bangkok – Paro, Bhutan – Thimphu
Private transfer to airport for business-class flight to Bhutan. VIP arrival assistance and private transfer to Thimphu hotel for 2 nights, with touring en route
Day 9 Thimphu
Full-day private cultural touring, including optional hiking
Day 10 Thimphu – Punakha
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights, with touring en route
Day 11 Punakha
Full-day private gentle hiking and cultural touring
Day 12 Punakha – Paro
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights, with touring en route. Afternoon private tour
Day 13 Paro
Private excursion to Tiger's Nest
Day 14 Paro – Depart Bangkok, Thailand
Private airport transfer and business-class flight back to Bangkok

Hotels
Yangon: Rosewood Yangon or The Governor's Residence
Bagan: Aureum Palace or Bagan Lodge
Inle Lake: Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min or Villa Inle
Bangkok: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok or Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok
Thimphu: Six Senses Thimphu or Taj Tashi, Thimphu
Punakha:

COMO Uma Punakha or Six Senses Punakha

Paro: COMO Uma Paro or Amankora Paro

Cost
$17,385 Per person (double occupancy)

Testimonials

Bhutan is beautiful and fascinating. Our guide and our driver are absolutely the A-Team! They are amazing. You got us the very best with these two.
~ S.F., Chicago, IL

Our trip to Thailand and Bhutan was terrific. We really appreciate that Artisans of Leisure’s staff is so knowledgeable about the destinations, and that your trips are so thorough. We feel that really benefited as a result.
~ A.R., New York, NY

Our tour of Southeast Asia and Bhutan was outstanding. It truly was the trip of a lifetime for us. I believe that you get what you pay for, and oh my gosh did you deliver!
~ G.G., Newtown Square, PA

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