It’s no wonder Bali is known as the “Island of Paradise.” Every facet of this island captures the senses with natural scenery and vibrant culture. Mighty volcanoes, lush terraced rice fields, pristine beaches and warm, friendly people make up this paradise that exudes peace and tranquility. From here, we move to Bhutan where the simplicity and hospitality can be a humbling experience. Bhutan is often compared to Switzerland not only for its size, but also for its green alpine meadows, chalet-style homes and snowy peaks. However, there is also the truly exotic within the walls of the beautifully preserved ancient temples and monasteries. Monks, nuns and the general population converge daily to practice the ancient mystical culture of Himalayan Buddhism. Harmonious chanting and pounding drums coupled with incense and butter lamps heighten this unique experience.
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Welcome to Bali! We'll drive you to your hotel in Ubud where you can freshen up after your flight, relax or check out the town.
Start your downhill cycling from the aptly named village of Penelokan, which means, “place to look.” Along the way down, we will visit the Wayan family for coffee and tea served with Balinese cakes. From their home, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Ganung Batur, the island’s most active volcano.
Start the morning by receiving a special blessing from a Hindu priest and taking a private stroll experiencing the real Bali—a walk through quaint villages and emerald rice paddies.Lunch, included, will be a sampling of some of Bali’s most succulent dishes. In the afternoon, take part in a workshop on Hindu Astrology, a useful accompaniment to your visit later in Bhutan.
From Kastala Village you will cross a creek and walk through the rice terraces. You’ll discover the village of Gumung, which means “on top of the hill” and reach Tenganan Village, a special community where conservative ancient values still live today.
As you head to your hotel in south Bali, you’ll get to do some sightseeing along the way. Visit Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot Temple, two of Bali’s most famous and beautiful temples. In the evening enjoy dinner at the luxurious Bumbu Bali Restaurant before calling it a night at your beach hotel.
This morning is yours to enjoy before your afternoon flight to Bangkok. Feel free to get a massage at the hotel or go shopping.
You will land in the remote wilderness of Bhutan. Walk up to a seldom-visited temple and village set on the cliffs above the Paro Valley. Afterwards, take a drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, and get settled in your hotel.
Explore the grounds of Tashigang Goenpa, a monastery built in 1786. Meet the Lama and his 40 students then hike through a picturesque route of beautiful magnolias, birches, firs and meadows.
After visiting Punakha Dzong, drive to Yabesa village and hike through emerald rice fields up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten. You’ll have a picnic lunch on the picturesque riverside before a traditional cooking and farming demonstration, including milking cows and producing cheese and butter.
Drive back to Thimphu to visit handicraft and souvenir shops. Afterwards proceed to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. The Dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture studies.
After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Monastery above the Paro valley. The Monastery is an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. Later, we'll enjoy a memorable final night in this beautiful magical land!
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll fly to Bangkok to connect with your international departure. Farewell!Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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