Bhutan Sampler

Get a fascinating glimpse into the ancient culture of Bhutan on this short Bhutan Sampler itinerary. Visit the quaint capital city, Thimpu, the historic Punakha Dzong and hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest monastery. Explore the beautiful Paro Valley, with its magnificent Dzong, and enjoy the rich and fascinating traditional culture of the Bhutanese people.

 
Laya village.jpg

To find out more about our Bhutan walking and trekking trips, click here

Gasa dzong.jpg

To find out more about our Bhutan festival itineraries, click here

US $1,795* 

5 NIGHT tour
DEPARTS: paro, bhutan

Availability: All year - choose your own dates
Minimum group size: 1 person (subject to surcharges)

* Price based on twin-share accommodation. Single-room supplement available for US$45 per night, subject to availability.
Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here  

TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfare to Bhutan. (This can be arranged for you. Please contact us for details)

  • Stopover hotel if needed

  • Comprehensive travel insurance. Click here for an insurance quote

  • Additional activities (e.g. massage, hot stone bath)

  • Alcoholic or soft drinks

  • Laundry

  • Tips for guide and driver

Trip Inclusions

  • Transport by private vehicle

  • All meals, mineral water, tea and coffee

  • 5 nights handpicked hotel accommodation

  • All entrance fees at monasteries and museums

  • Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes

  • English-speaking Bhutanese guide

TRIP OVERVIEW

Your five-night escorted tour begins by travelling from Paro to Thimpu, one of the world’s smallest capital cities. Here, enjoy a city walk and visit Trashi Chhoe Dzong.

We continue our journey the next day via the scenic Dochu La Pass, offering stunning panoramic mountain views, to the fertile Punakha Valley. Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, and the place where the kings of Bhutan have traditionally been crowned. 

Return to Paro, where you will wake up to breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks in your rustic villa. Visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum and the famous Nyamai Zam Bridge. Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan’s most famous landmark. A hike up through blue pines, passing water-powered prayer wheels, leads you to this holy site. This ancient monastery clings miraculously to a sheer cliff, rising 1,000 metres from the valley floor. The views are magnificent over the Paro Valley, and the only sounds to be heard are prayer flags blowing in the wind.

Our Bhutan Sampler showcases the best of Bhutan in a short space of time. It can be tailored to suit the needs of solo travellers, couples, those travelling in a group, or families with children.

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

Paro to Thimpu: You will be met at Paro Airport by your guide. Travel to your hotel in Thimpu. Explore Thimpu, and visit the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts.      
Driving time: 1 hr                                                                                                              Altitude: 2,320 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Thimpu

DAY 2

Wangdue Phodrang: Travel from Thimpu via the Dochu La Pass (3,140m) to Punakha. Visit the temple of fertility at Chimi Lhakhang, and then Punakha Dzong.                   Driving time: 2 hrs                                                                                                          
Altitude: 1,310 m                                                                                                             Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang

DAY 3

Paro: Return to Paro and visit Kyichu Lhakhang temple. 
Driving time: 3 hrs                                                                                                           Altitude: 2,195 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Paro

DAY 4 

Paro: Spend the day exploring Paro. Visit the National Museum and Paro Dzong.             Altitude: 2,350 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Paro 

DAY 5 

Paro: Hike to the iconic, cliff-hugging Tiger's Nest monastery.   
Altitude: 2,195 m                                       
Overnight:  Paro

DAY 6

Depart Paro