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Bhutan Cultural Expedition


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Destinations: Thimphu, Punakha
Type of adventure: icon-22.png Culture
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 11495
Duration: 9 days
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  • Type


    The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.


    Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.


    Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.

  • Support
    Daytime Guided


    Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.

    Daytime Guided

    Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.

    24/7 Guided

    Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.

  • Hotels


    We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.


    These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.

  • Level


    “I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”


    “I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”


    “I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”


    “I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”


    “I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”

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Immersed in Culture, Lost in Time

Gross National Happiness is an official development goal in Bhutan. We haven’t seen the numbers, but we’re pretty confident they’ve hit their annual targets. Set against the backdrop of sacred mountains, this isolated kingdom offers an entirely unique travel experience. Granted permission to be among the mere 14,000 visitors permitted each year, we make the most of it. Life-altering moment #523: en route to Punakha, we can stop in at the remote Tashigang monastery overlooking the Thimphu Valley, where the lamas and monks greet us, sip tea with us, and then bless our journey in an elaborate (not to mention highly musical) prayer ceremony. There’s more where that came from, but sadly, we’ve hit our space limit. Fortunately, Bhutan’s wonders know none.

Trip designed by Travel Expert Karen MacRae TRIP DETAILS per person from $11,495 USD
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Based on 4 ppl double occupancy
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Bangkok to Bangkok request a DETAILED ITINERARY

Day by Day

Enjoy a relaxing night at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi in bustling Bangkok before catching an early morning flight the next day for stunning Paro.

Walk to a little-visited and quiet temple and village situated on the cliffs above Paro Valley before catching a ride to Bhutan's vibrant capital city, Thimphu.

Sip tea in the clouds atop the Dochu La Pass overlooking the Bhutanese Himalayas before descending through stunning landscapes into the Gangtey Valley along forested and open trails.

Hike past villages and homesteads on the valley floor and visit the local village temple, as well as a water-powered grain mill and family home, virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages.

Take a breathtaking and memorable hike through the Sha Valley, visiting endless rice terraces and small, local villages rarely frequented by outsiders.

Climb to an overlook of the terraced farmlands and pine forests of Punakha Valley and visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, a fortress battered by earthquakes, floods and fire throughout its history.

Hike to the Tashigang monastery, a working 17thC temple complex, to explore the grounds and building before meeting the Lama and his students.

Climb up to the magnificent Taktsang monastery (the “Tiger’s Nest”), set into a cliff face 800 m (2,624 ft.) above the stunning Paro Valley floor.

Take a stroll up to the 4,000 m (13,100 ft.) viewing platform of the majestic Cheli La Pass for a stunning glimpse of Bhutan’s snow-capped holy mountain, Chomolhari.

Enjoy a farewell breakfast in Paro at the hotel, then laso lok le ge in vibrant Bangkok.


What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.

In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.

  • All accommodations on a shared twin/double room basis
  • A local Bhutanese guide and support vehicle
  • All meals (as indicated), including wine
  • All transfers and baggage handling, including an international return flight from Bangkok to Paro
  • Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
  • All special events and private tours
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Butterfield & Robinson
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