Bhutan & Nepal

Majestic Bhutan: A Seven-Day Luxury Small-Group Tour with Nepal Extension

Set amid the beautiful scenery of the Himalayas, the small mountain kingdom of Bhutan is a unique destination which retains a distinct character largely untouched by the modern world. On this luxury small-group tour (max 16. travellers), immerse yourself in authentic Buddhism and discover its impact on this unique and untouched country, witness the magnificence of the famed “Tiger’s Nest” monastery with a spectacular hike to the clifftop, visit local marketplaces with authentic local arts and crafts, and so much more. Includes six nights of luxury, hand-picked accommodation, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, local expert guides, Bhutan visa fee, private airport transfers, private transportation throughout the tour, exclusive insider experiences and more. Upgrade and extend your tour with four exciting nights in Nepal, where you’ll discover the regal beauty of famous Kathmandu, the spectacular mountainous backdrop of Nagarkot and the grand aura of Mt. Everest with an included scenic flight over the famed mountaintop.

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7 Days
TWIN SHARE - LOW SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based on TWIN SHARE - please purchase two packages
  • Six nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country, including two nights at the five-star Le Meridien Thimphu, two nights at the stunning Dhensa Boutique Hotel in picturesque Punakha and two nights at the stunning Le Meridien Paro Riverfront, offering panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, including unique local dining experiences
  • Spectacular hike to “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery
7 Days
TWIN SHARE - HIGH SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based on TWIN SHARE - please purchase two packages
  • Six nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country, including two nights at the five-star Le Meridien Thimphu, two nights at the stunning Dhensa Boutique Hotel in picturesque Punakha and two nights at the stunning Le Meridien Paro Riverfront, offering panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, including unique local dining experiences
  • Spectacular hike to “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery
7 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - LOW SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based
  • Six nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country, including two nights at the five-star Le Meridien Thimphu, two nights at the stunning Dhensa Boutique Hotel in picturesque Punakha and two nights at the stunning Le Meridien Paro Riverfront, offering panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, including unique local dining experiences
  • Spectacular hike to “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery
11 Days
TWIN SHARE - LOW SEASON EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based on TWIN SHARE - please purchase two packages
  • Six nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country, including two nights at the five-star Le Meridien Thimphu, two nights at the stunning Dhensa Boutique Hotel in picturesque Punakha and two nights at the stunning Le Meridien Paro Riverfront, offering panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, including unique local dining experiences
  • Spectacular hike to “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery
11 Days
TWIN SHARE - HIGH SEASON EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based on TWIN SHARE - please purchase two packages
  • Six nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country, including two nights at the five-star Le Meridien Thimphu, two nights at the stunning Dhensa Boutique Hotel in picturesque Punakha and two nights at the stunning Le Meridien Paro Riverfront, offering panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, including unique local dining experiences
  • Spectacular hike to “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery
7 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - HIGH SEASON
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person
  • Six nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country, including two nights at the five-star Le Meridien Thimphu, two nights at the stunning Dhensa Boutique Hotel in picturesque Punakha and two nights at the stunning Le Meridien Paro Riverfront, offering panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, including unique local dining experiences
  • Spectacular hike to “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery
11 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - LOW SEASON EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based
  • Six nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country, including two nights at the five-star Le Meridien Thimphu, two nights at the stunning Dhensa Boutique Hotel in picturesque Punakha and two nights at the stunning Le Meridien Paro Riverfront, offering panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, including unique local dining experiences
  • Spectacular hike to “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery
11 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - HIGH SEASON EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person
  • Six nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country, including two nights at the five-star Le Meridien Thimphu, two nights at the stunning Dhensa Boutique Hotel in picturesque Punakha and two nights at the stunning Le Meridien Paro Riverfront, offering panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, including unique local dining experiences
  • Spectacular hike to “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery

Your Itinerary at a Glance:

  • Take a spectacular hike to “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery
  • Explore Buddhism with included visits to Bhutan’s famous monasteries
  • Guided visits to Bhutan’s most important museums and cultural centres
  • Journey through the scenic mountain pass of Dochula
  • Visit local markets showcasing genuine Bhutanese arts and crafts
  • Join an optional extended tour to Nepal with included flight over Mount Everest

A deeply Buddhist nation, Bhutan maintains a deliberate separation from its surrounding countries, forging a divergent path from global homogenisation. Uniquely leading with the philosophy of Gross National Happiness at the forefront—where the country measures the wellbeing of its citizens rather than its economic wealth—visiting Bhutan is a rare opportunity to gain insight into a lifestyle and culture that is drastically different from anything you’ll see or experience elsewhere.

What You’ll Love…

The Accommodation – Luxury hotels amongst picturesque backdrops

Unwind in Thimphu’s most luxurious five-star hotel with two nights at the majestic Le Meridien Thimphu. Wake to a striking Himalayan backdrop and spectacular vistas of Thimphu in a room that fuses traditional Bhutanese decor with contemporary furnishings. Thoughtful, intimate and superbly located, this hotel is everything you need to enjoy your stay in Bhutan’s striking capital.

Explore the famous 17th-century fortress, majestic rivers and Buddhist monasteries that picturesque Punakha has to offer with two blissful nights at Dhensa Boutique Resort. Sitting in the heart of vibrant Punakha Valley, the resort is fringed by thick pine forests and an abundance of walking trails and overlooks the beautiful Punakha River. Enjoy a boutique stay in this all-suite property and relax on your private balcony as you take in the sweeping views.

The grandeur of the Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront will dazzle you with a two-night stay in five-star luxury, perched on the banks of Paro River. The views alone are worth writing home about: 360-degree vistas of the majestic Eastern Himalayas surround you, while the local gastronomy and high-end amenities complete the experience.

The Sights – Experience the magnificence of the famous “Tiger’s Nest” and surround yourself with the natural beauty of the Himalayas

Geographically, Bhutan sits between China and India but with a population under a million, the country feels something of an anomaly. Famous for its sacred Buddhist sites, Thimpu will be your first stop. The capital of Bhutan is a unique fusion of modern development and ancient traditions. Discover local marketplaces selling traditional crafts and Bhutanese arts, witness the beauty of the 16th-century Pangri Zampa—Bhutan’s oldest monastery—where you’ll have the unique opportunity to interact with local monks, tickle your tastebuds with lunch at a local restaurant and experience breathtaking views over Thimpu Valley from Buddha Point, which is also home to the largest Buddha statue in the country.

Journey through dense forest, past views of the towering Himalayan peaks and over the high mountain pass of Dochula to Punakha. Visit one of the oldest villages in Bhutan—in a secluded corner of quaint Punakha Valley—fringed by terraced rice, maize and buckwheat fields and be transported back in time with traditional architecture and an old-world way of life that still prevails. Hike through fields of chillies and witness the grand structures and temples of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery.

Witness the splendour behind Paro Taktsand (a.k.a “Tiger’s Nest)”—one of the most famous Bhutanese monasteries—as it sits peacefully perched on the edge of a cliff, floating 900 metres above Paro Valley. A hike to the top of the cliff is rewarded with a view of this sacred site, visited by all Bhutanese at least once.

Your Package Includes:

  • Six nights of luxury accommodation at some of the best hotels in the country, including two nights at the five-star Le Meridien Thimphu, two nights at the stunning Dhensa Boutique Hotel in picturesque Punakha and two nights at the stunning Le Meridien Paro Riverfront, offering panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, including unique local dining experiences
  • Private air-conditioned transportation throughout
  • The services of an expert, English-speaking local guide
  • Bhutan visa
  • Government royalty and taxes as applicable
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Small group size of just 16 people max. for the perfect balance of intimacy and freedom throughout your tour

Nepal Extension – Four nights in luxury hotels visiting the famous Kathmandu and mountain resort of Nagarkot with an included Everest scenic flight

Not ready to end your adventure? Choose the extension option and spend four additional nights discovering Nepal’s Kathmandu and Nagarkot, with an international economy flight from Paro to Kathmandu included.

One of the world’s oldest cities, Kathmandu is brimming with medieval streets, charming shrines and spectacular natural beauty.

Here you'll discover the grand aura of Mt. Everest with a breathtaking scenic flight high over the peak. Experience the majesty of flying above the summit of the highest mountain in the world as you take in the spectacular views over the Himalayas. Follow this with a day exploring the ageless sculptures and traditional structures of Kathmandu

Journey on to the mountain resort of Nagarkot, bypassing the rich history, ancient charm and unique culture of old-world Bhaktapur. Then surround yourself with the charming scenery and breathtaking views. Here, witness arguably one of the most amazing sunrises you’ll ever see. Wake early to watch the warm sun rise over the peaks of the Himalayas for a truly unforgettable experience.

Stay in luxury at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu – set on 37 spectacular acres of vibrant, landscaped grounds. Primely located on route to Boudhanath Stupa—the most holy of Buddhist shrines in the country as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the hotel boasts a fusion of striking Nepalese architecture and traditional Newari style.

Plus, spend one magical night at the charming Hotel Mystic Mountain Nagarkot, nestled amid dense forest, quaint villages and majestic tiered rice fields. Your sun-drenched Deluxe Room boasts breathtaking views of the Himalayas from your private balcony terrace.

Your Extension Package Includes:

  • International economy flight from Paro to Kathmandu
  • Four nights of luxury accommodation including three nights at the five-star Hyatt Regency Kathmandu and one night at the charming Hotel Mystic Mountain Nagarkot
  • Breathtaking scenic flight over Mt. Everest
  • Guided visits through Kathmandu’s most iconic temples and shrines including Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Visit to Bhaktapur known as the “place of devotees”
  • Overnight stay in the breathtaking mountain retreat of Nagarkot
  • Private airport transfers
  • Private air-conditioned transportation throughout
  • The services of and, English-speaking local guide
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Valid for select departure dates:

LOW SEASON

4 December 2019

22 January 2020

19 February 2020

2 December 2020

HIGH SEASON

18 March 2020

8 April 2020

23 September 2020

14 October 2020

18 November 2020

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Paro on your chosen tour start date.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected, you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise if travelling alone, you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Private Departures Available: Guests must be aged 18 years or older. If you wish to travel with children, or on your own private tour together with friends, please enquire for further information (minimum four travellers - surcharges apply).

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

  • Le Meridien Thimphu (Classic Room)
  • Dhensa Boutique Resort, Punakha (Suite)
  • Le Meridien Paro Riverfront (Classic Room)

Plus the extended tour:

  • Hyatt Regency Kathmandu (King/Twin Room)
  • Hotel Mystic Mountain Nagarkot (Deluxe Room)

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Private departures available: If you wish to travel with children under the age of 18 years, on your own private tour, or together with friends, please enquire for further information (minimum two travellers – surcharges apply).

Altitude Sickness: This itinerary exceeds altitudes greater than 2,500m, and as such you may be at risk of developing altitude sickness. Those more at risk include people who have had altitude sickness before, who exercise or drink alcohol before adjusting to the altitude, or who have health problems that affect breathing. It is recommended to see your doctor prior to travel to get advice specific to you and your situation. If you have previously suffered or suspect that you will suffer from altitude sickness, it is recommended to pre book an extra night in Thimphu to allow yourself to acclimatise. Ensure your travel insurance covers you for altitude sickness and medical evacuation.

Bhutan Visa Special Note: Your Bhutan visa is included as part of your package. A clear colour copy of your identification pages of the passport you will be travelling on plus the arrival and departure flight details must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to your departure date in order for your visa to be processed in time for your departure. Failure to provide this information within this timeframe my result in cancellation of your tour with full penalties applied.

Domestic Flight Baggage Restrictions and Timings: Please note that baggage restrictions apply to your included domestic flight. Passengers are permitted one piece of checked-in baggage with maximum weight of 20kg and one carry-on piece with a maximum weight of 7kg. Timing provided on the itinerary is based on current schedules provided by Druk Air and can change at any time without notice.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) international flights are not included with this package.

Luggage Allowance: Per person is 20kg maximum (unless otherwise stated) to allow for ease of transport on the journey.

Package cannot be split.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Please note: Disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note: A reasonable level of fitness is required to enjoy this trip. Travellers will encounter steep flights of steps as well as hikes that can reach five hours return. You will be at altitudes of over 2500m, which can affect even the fittest traveller, so be prepared to be a little breathless. We advise speaking to your doctor prior to travel if you have any health concerns.

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