Bhutan vacations, cultural tours

“A chance to get to grips with Bhutan's fascinating culture, this tour unravels the country's mystery through historical tours, unmissable sights and lots of local interaction.”

Highlights

Kathmandu | Patan | Paro | Thimpu | Tashichhodzong Monastery | Zorig Chusum traditional arts and crafts school | Punakha | Punakha Dzong | Wangduephodrang local market | Simtokha Dzong | Ta Dzong National Museum | Rinpung Dzong | Drukgyel Dzong | Taktsang Monastery

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Our top tip:
Bhutan's roads cab be twisty and bumpy - take travel pills if you're prone to sickness.
Trip type:
Small group, 4-20 adults.
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate - some steep walking involved.
Accomm:
10 nights 4* hotel.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
All meals provided.
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Accommodation, transport, listed activities and guides.
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Vacation type

Small group cultural tours

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travelers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are traveling alone or with friends it's good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travelers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as experiencing new cultures.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bhutan vacations, cultural tours

Tourism generates income for local communities in Bhutan. We encourage our customers to purchase local products such as fresh fruits, handloom products, meat, drinks, and fresh vegetables and visit local markets for this purpose. We help to provide job opportunities and use local Bhutanese guides and drivers on this trip. We use the best tourist standard category hotels on full board basis in Bhutan.

We support the local school and health post, for example, by donating money and educational materials to the children according to the condition of the school and students. We support the local health post by giving medical materials. We support the Kvresthali Women society by donating a certain percentage of the income raised from this trip, to help repair the Culvert Bridge and provide training in goat farming and adult literacy for women.

We provide information on how to preserve the environment in Bhutan, for example, place rubbish in the proper place like rubbish box or establish a fire pit and burn waste like papers etc, or keep in underground wastage things. Non disposable things bring back with you and hand over to the garbage management organization. The group size, 4-12 people, is small and thus we ensure that we are minimizing our impact on environment.

Reviews of Bhutan vacations, cultural tours

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2016 by

Bhutan was the most wonderful friendly country...Tiger's nest was the highlight, amazing place. The tour operator organised the whole tour to perfection even organising my friend's 70th birthday evening. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2016 by

The most memorable part was trekking up to tigers nest. A lifelong wish finally coming to fruition with a super guide and lovely fellow tourists...I cannot fault any part of the vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 May 2016 by

I was immersed in the Nepalese way of life and found it to be enchanting ! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Apr 2016 by

I absolutely loved it and even now a few weeks later, the wonderful sights and sounds are still with me. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2016 by

The climb up to the Tigers Nest was hard but worthwhile as the views and the Monastery were amazing. The walk through the Phobjikha valley to see the Black Necked Cranes had staggering scenery. I had a great guide who was very knowledgable... Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2015 by

The whole journey on the roads in Bhutan was something special, but of course the most momentous was the hike up to the Tiger's Nest. It was really something special. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2015 by

The best bits: People and countryside. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2015 by

It was an excellent vacation. Experiencing the hospitality of the Bhutanese and Nepali people. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2014 by

This was an excellent vacation with huge contrasts between the mountain countries of Nepal and Bhutan. Both countries are steeped in their unique cultures and histories - it was a joy to learn so much. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2014 by

Everything about Bhutan and Mt.Everest in Tibet was memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2013 by

My vacation was amazing the guides were so helpful and made my experience wonderful. The most memorable part of my vacation was the beautiful scenery on the treks in Bhutan and Nepal and the 51 metre Buddha high on a mountain in Thimpu is impressive and inspiring. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2013 by

The most memorable parts were the visits to the Dzong in Thimpu and Tiger's Nest...It was very good. The operator in Katmandu were attentive and well organised as well as very helpful people. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 May 2013 by

I really enjoyed my trip and feel that traveling from Nepal allowed an excellent opportunity to visit two - so different - places. I really enjoyed both counties. In Bhutan, Punakha was a favourite place for me as it's a little more rural and remote. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2012 by

The flight to and from Bhutan, the views of Mount Everest and the Himalayan range is as impressive as the landing at Paro airport. Excellent tour guide and driver, exceptional hotels, very friendly people in an incredibly beautiful country. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2012 by

We have so many fond memories of Bhutan but if we had to pick one it would be trekking up to Tiger's Nest monastery - even though it was drizzling! Thoroughly atmospheric. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2012 by

Bhutan-hiking to tiger monastery was the most memorable part of the vacation...Great trip. Bhutan is indeed a hidden kingdom. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2012 by

The climb to the Tiger's Nest was the most exciting part...Absolutely magnificent. Enjoyed every minute of it. It was extremely well organised, and everyone involved provided us with the most friendly and efficient service. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2012 by

The most memorable part of our vacation was seeing the beautiful Dzong at Punakha bathed in sunshine. It is sited at the joining of 2 mountain rivers and with its white walls and glowing painted wood was like something out of fairytale. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2011 by

The vacation was a once in a lifetime experience and everyone involved made sure my interests were catered for with their flexibility. It was amazing value for money... Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2011 by

Visiting Bhutan was most memorable - a wonderful unspoilt place with excellent facilities and guides Read full review

Reviewed on 04 May 2011 by

My trip was organized very well by the operator. It gave me the rare opportunity to see Bhutan - everything was exciting about the country!...The vacation was great! Truly unforgettable! Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2011 by

So many things - flying over Everest on the way to Bhutan. All of our experiences in Bhutan. Driving on crazy roads from Kathmandu to Pokhara were all memorable parts of the vacation Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2011 by

The lovely and wonderful nature and friendly people in Bhutan and Nepal were most memorable. One of the best of five best countries I have ever visited, now 72. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2011 by

The Punakha Dzong was breathtakingly beautiful. The trek to the Tiger's nest and the views through the rhododendron forests to the monastery were stunning...I really enjoyed it. Achut, who runs the trekking company in Kathmandu was very helpful in organising some further travel in Nepal at the end of my tour. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Apr 2011 by

A great and unique vacation overall that i will unlikely to be able to copy anywhere else. both Nepal and Bhutan were very different but equally as accommodating as each other. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2011 by

Excellent vacation - fascinating country shared at a very personal level - I had a guide and driver to myself and it is normal to have just one or two persons traveling together. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2010 by

An amazing experience - full of contrasts: The energy and bustle of Kathmandu compared with the beauty of the lake at Pokhara; the magnificence of the dzongs in Bhutan with beautiful views. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2010 by

Wonderful experience and I would rate the Tiger's Nest temple as one of the most spectacular one I have seen. 4 stars. Will revisit soon and for a longer period of time. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2010 by

Bhutan was a beautiful country (I would definitely recommend going before all the western influences creep in!). The Tigers Nest was something else and certainly worth the climb!! The people were great, so friendly and generous. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2009 by

Highlights included the short trek to Tiger's Nest monastery in Paro, Bhutan, seeing students at work in the handicrafts school in Thimphu and having an elephant bath in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2009 by

Then I flew to Bhutan which was amazing right from the plane trip with great views of Everest. The guides in Bhutan were exceptional hosts and guides to their beautiful country. Read full review

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