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Signature Bhutan 2018


9 Days from $8,295

Private Journey

Immerse yourself in welcoming Bhutan, known for its friendly people, stunning scenery and fascinating culture. On this independent journey, see breathtaking dzongs and monasteries, attend a local Buddhist festival and hike to sacred Taktsang ("Tiger's Nest") Monastery.

A&K Advantages

Experience all the highlights of Bhutan including Thimphu, Paro and Punakha

Witness an exciting tsechu, or Bhutanese religious festival, with its colorful, masked dancers and bustling markets

Stay in some of the country's most intimate accommodations, including Uma by COMO in Paro and Punakha

Savor a celebratory Champagne picnic lunch after hiking to the scenic Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery

Enjoy pre- and post-night stays in Bangkok, with VIP arrival service

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Day 2
Paro, Bhutan/Thimphu | Land of the Stupas
Day 3
Thimphu | Unique Wildlife
Day 4
Punakha | Temple of the Divine Madman
Day 5
Punakha | Palaces & Temples
Day 6
Paro | Spiritual Surroundings
Day 7
Paro | Ascend to the Taktsang (“Tiger’s Nest”) Monastery
Day 8
Bangkok | Return to Thailand
Day 9
Depart Bangkok

Custom Dates | Name the date, and subject to availability, we'll confirm it at the same price as the published departures that month.

Day 1
Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
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Day 2
Paro, Bhutan/Thimphu | Land of the Stupas

Transfer to the airport and fly to Paro. On arrival, you are met with a tashi khadda (traditional welcome), and transferred to your hotel in Thimphu. En route, stop to see the Simtokha Dzong, one of Bhutan’s oldest fortresses, and its iron mesh suspension bridge. After settling into your hotel, visit the National Memorial Chorten, designed in the style of a classical stupa, with a pyramidal pillar crowned by a crescent moon and sun. Later, see Tashichho Dzong, a 13th-century Buddhist monastery and fort.

Taj Tashi
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Thimphu | Unique Wildlife

See one of Bhutan's most unique creatures today when you visit the Takin Sanctuary, a wildlife reserve set on forested slopes above the city. See the Folk Heritage Museum, which offers insight into the lifestyle, culture and artifacts of Bhutanese villages as well as life in rural households.

Taj Tashi
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Punakha | Temple of the Divine Madman

After breakfast, proceed to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. Drive over the Dochula Pass at an altitude of 10,200 feet, travelling through forests of pine festooned with hanging lichen. Stop to enjoy a cup of tea while taking in panoramic views. Continue to the yellow-roofed Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman), built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kunley; it was constructed in his honor after the lama subdued the demoness of the nearby Dochu La with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom.”

Uma by COMO, Punakha
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Punakha | Palaces & Temples

Visit the majestic Punakha Dzong (the “palace of great happiness”). Situated at the confluence of two rivers, the dzong was originally built in 1637. Damaged over centuries by fires and an earthquake, it has been beautifully restored by the king.

Uma by COMO, Punakha
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Paro | Spiritual Surroundings

Drive to Paro. Visit Rinpung Dzong, a monastery and fortress along a mountain river. It houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag.

Uma by COMO, Paro
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Paro | Ascend to the Taktsang (“Tiger’s Nest”) Monastery

Hike to cliff-side Taktsang (“Tiger’s Nest”) Monastery, a sacred Himalayan Buddhist site and temple complex. After your adventure to this sacred pilgrimage site, enjoy a celebratory Champagne picnic lunch.

Uma by COMO, Paro
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Bangkok | Return to Thailand

Transfer to the airport and board your flight to Bangkok. Check in to your hotel and enjoy time at leisure.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast
Day 9
Depart Bangkok

Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Feb 22 - Mar 02
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    Single Supplement
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    $8,295
    Single Supplement
    $2,895
    Internal Air From
    $895
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    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Mar 23 - Mar 31
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    $8,295
    Single Supplement
    $2,895
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  • Sep 18 - Sep 26
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    Single Supplement
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    $8,295
    Single Supplement
    $2,895
    Internal Air From
    $895
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Journey Details

Internal Airfare: Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok (from $895)

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

Solo traveller prices are available upon request.

NOTE: Each departure of this journey has been specially timed to include a tsechu, a Bhutanese religious festival and social gathering. Held in each dzongkhag (district) on the tenth day of the month during the lunar Tibetan calendar, they feature colorful, masked Cham dancers, religious images and vibrant markets.

Festivals by departure:

  • Feb 22, 2018 - Tsechu Festival takes place Feb 25 & 26 in Punakha
  • Mar 23, 2018 - Tsechu Festival takes place Mar 28 & 29 in Paro
  • Sep 20, 2018 - Tsechu Festival takes place Sept 20 in Thimphu

Destination Information

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Climate

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CDC Information

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