Bhutan cultural vacation

An eight trip, tailor made trip to Bhutan focussing on Western valleys, traveling with your own driver guide and staying in hotels along the way. With some good optional hikes included.
Paro Thimphu Dochu-La pass Phobjikha Valley/ Gangtey Phobjikha Sanctuary Black necked cranes (Nov to March) Punakha Chimi Lhakhang Taktsang Monastery
Price
US $1894ToUS $2280 excluding flights
Duration
8 Days
Type
Tailor made
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Bhutan Tariff Royalty & Visa fees. English speaking local guide. Inland transfers with experienced driver. Accommodation in highest standard goverment approved hotels & resorts. All meals in Bhutan. All entrance fees and permits.
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Description of Bhutan cultural vacation

Price information

US $1894ToUS $2280 excluding flights
Bhutan Tariff Royalty & Visa fees. English speaking local guide. Inland transfers with experienced driver. Accommodation in highest standard goverment approved hotels & resorts. All meals in Bhutan. All entrance fees and permits.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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2 Reviews of Bhutan cultural vacation

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Reviewed on 24 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The most memorable moment has to be the Tigers Nest Monastery outside Paro - lovely climb through the trees, then such a beautiful set of temples. Makes the trip to Bhutan worthwhile just by itself.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


There are only a few ways to travel to Bhutan - we went via Kathmandu. Make sure that you leave leeway for travel problems if you go this route. Our flight from Paro to Kathmandu took 5 hours rather than 1 due to traffic congestion resulting in diversion back to Paro then on via Delhi. Also our flight home was delayed meaning we missed a connection in Muscat. Don't let this put you off but be aware.

At first glance Bhutan may seem expensive but it's not really when you consider how much is included in the daily tariff. It turns out to be good value.

Some of the ATMs and card readers read the magnetic strip on your card rather than the chip. This can trigger blocking of the card by your bank. Make sure that you are contactable so that the card can be unblocked.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - guide and driver were locals. Hotels (as far as we can tell) were locally owned rather than international chains. So the money we spent stays in the
country.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A beautiful relaxing country to visit. Scenery and sights are fantastic. Our driver and guide were top class. No complaints whatsoever.

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Climbing up to Tiger's Nest Monastery and enjoying the views back down!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It's worthwhile working up your fitness - you have the opportunity to enjoy some great walks!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


In terms of income to the firm and government from the travel, then yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Bhutan is a wonderful country to visit although clearly more expensive than its neighbour's due to the government's pricing policy. That said, it is generally
much cleaner than other countries nearby and there is less hassle. One or two of the hotels were slightly disappointing for the price paid but that doesn't
detract from the fabulous views and memories from this vacation.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Environment has always been our major concern. We try our best to implement the policy of environmental conservation on every service and tour. Our main direction is to provide first class adventure and vacation experience in Bhutan.
We have also conducted various plantation and river cleansing campaigns, in order to contribute to environmental conservation.
Explanations are given during any trekking tours of how to conserve scarce fuel resources, as well as reducing litter & waste production (for example by not ordering numerous different items from trekking lodge menus, and by treating water rather than buying numerous mineral water bottles).
We have recycling information booklets we provide to every client on arrival wherever possible. We do not produce a glossy brochure, concentrating on a comprehensive website, and providing as much information to our travelers as possible electronically, reducing the use of paper and inks.
In the field, guides, porters and clients are all oriented in responsible travel. A zero litter policy is in place so that it minimizes wastage in the region.

People

Our Company operate as such that the journeys ensure benefits to the local people and their surrounding as much as possible and any potential negative impacts at the destinations are minimized. We are dedicated to giving something back to the local community.
We understand and appreciate the hard work the guides and porters perform. Therefore we treat and obey the following Guide and Porter Policy to ensure the conditions for our guides and porters are of a humane standard. We work towards eliminating avoidable illness, injury and death.
All our staff are from local communities. Our guides are English speaking and have years of experience as they live locally. Each guide comes fully equipped and supported by us, having obtained the training in the related tourism sectors including Department of Tourism, Guide Association of Bhutan and Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators.
We also organize a small donation foundation where the travelers can also help the locals by supporting one student by giving educational materials such as pencils, crayons, books and paper etc.

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