11 DAYS ●
Tour price from $10,525 per person twin share
Senior coloumnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age who has reported on the subcontinent for two decades.
Award winning adventure photographer who has visited and documented Bhutan six times.
Eco-lodge Owner and co-founder of Eastern Safaris and Balloons over Bagan - one of the world's largest hot air balloon operations.
Bhutanese writer and author based in Thimphu.
Our Traveller Tour: Bhutan itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Meet your guide at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and take a private transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals none. Rembrandt Hotel&Towers.
Visit some of Bangkok’s finest temples in the company of MattWade, a columnist and former SouthAsia Correspondent for The Sydney MorningHerald and The Age.AtWat Traimit,
you can see the largest solid gold Buddha statue in the world whileWat Pho ishome to the
46-metre-long Reclining Buddha. Stop by the magnificent Grand Palace, a sprawling temple
complex that boasts someof Thailand’s finest Buddhist architecture. In the evening, join Matt for dinner and a performance of classical Thai dance at the exquisite Silom Village in
downtown Bangkok. Tonight,Matt will preview your trip to Bhutan in an informal presentation and touch on his eventful time as a foreign correspondent in the South Asia region. B,L,D. Rembrandt Hotel&Towers
Matt and the award-winning photographer Scott Woodward will travel with you to Bhutan.
The flight to Paro, a valley town west of the Bhutanese capital Thimphu, takes a spectacular route across the Himalayas .On arrival, meet your tour representative for the drive to Thimphu, where you’ll check into your hotel. Thimphu is a unique mix of modern
development and ancient traditions, and one of the only capital cities in the world without a
traffic light. Enjoy a walk around the city’s main street and market area. Later, join Scott for a photography workshop where he will talk about his amazing experiences in Bhutan and
share his tips on capturing the best nature and travel shots. Scott and Matt will join you for
dinner this evening. B,D. Le Meridien
Today, take a guided tour of Thimphu’s main attractions. Learn about the unique art of
Bhutanese weaving at the Bhutan Textile Museum and see thousands of manuscripts,
ancient texts and prayer-flag printing blocks at the National Library. The Institute for Zorig
Chusum offers a six-year course on the nation’s 13 traditional arts and crafts while the newly commissioned Simply Bhutan Museum offers insights into ancient Bhutanese architecture. Scott will join you after lunch as you continue your city tour and will be on hand to help you capture the best photo of Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). The last stop for the day will be the Trashichhoedzong – “fortress of the glorious religion”. Constructed in 1641, it now serves as the nation’s centre of government and religion. This evening, Matt will join you for dinner and give an in-depth talk and Q&A about Bhutanese society, politics and royalty based on his time as correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.Hewill deliver the talk in the national attire, the gho. B,L,D. Le Meridien
After breakfast, enjoy a dramatic drive to Gangtey (Phobjikha) Valley, passing through a
dense forest of oak and rhododendron trees before emerging into one of the most beautiful
spots in Bhutan. On arrival, check in to the multi-award-winning Gangtey Lodge, where
lunch will be served. Phobjikha sits at 2900 metres, on the periphery of Black Mountain
National Park, and is the winter home of a group of black-necked cranes, an endangered
species, who migrate from the Tibetan Plateau. You’ll get the chance to meet and hear from a black-neck crane expert. Later, visit Gangtey Gompa, an important monastery of the
Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. For the reminder of the day, explore the tiny surrounding village of Gangten by foot and take in the fresh mountain air. This evening, Khin Omar Win, co-founder of Gangtey Lodge, will join you for dinner and deliver a short talk and Q& A on the concept behind Gangtey Lodge. B,L,D. Gangtey Lodge
After breakfast, explore Gangtey with Omar on a walk to Kilkhorthang (Gangtey nature trail).
From the small hilltop overlooking Gangtey Goemba, you head downhill through flower
meadows to Semchubara village and from there through beautiful forests and into the
open valley. Enjoy a barbecue lunch after the walk. In the evening, take a leisurely walk
through the village for a glimpse of everyday life and to see beautifully embellished farmhouses which are constructed without nails. You will also have an opportunity to try
making suja (tea churned with salted butter) at a local farmer’s home. B,L,D. Gangtey Lodge
After breakfast, drive back to Paro through the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river
valleys. En route, visit Simtokha Dzong, The Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret
Mantras, which nowhouses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.Walk down
the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong – “fortress of the heap of jewels” –which is known for its
courtyard of fine Buddhist wall paintings. In Paro, take a tour of the recently established
Namgay Artisanal Brewery, sample its distinctive beers and enjoy lunch in the taproom. Later,meet Bhutanese writer and author Tshering at a local cafe for afternoon tea where he’ll give a talk about his life as a journalist and author, and his passion for conserving culture and the protection of the environment. B,L,D. Le Meridien
After breakfast, travel to ancient Taktsang Monastery (known as Tiger’s Nest) which is one
of Bhutan’s most famous monasteries. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, an 8th-century
Buddhist master, arrived here on the back of a tigress. The monastery is perched on the side of a cliff, 900 metres above the valley floor, and it takes about five hours to hike there and back. On the way back to town, stop by the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, which was built in the 17th century to cement Bhutanese control over the main route to Tibet, and visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang temple, which marked the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Those whodo not want to make the trek to Taktsang Monastery can join an excursion to the 15th century Dumtseg monastery with Tshering. Tonight, enjoy a dinner with Tshering to
celebrate your amazing journey to a country that measures its gross national happiness.
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Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. On arrival, meet our guide and take a private transfer from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to your hotel. Enjoy free time at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy an international buffet and seafood dinner at Baiyoke Sky Hotel. B,D. Rembrandt Hotel&Towers
Take a private transfer with a guide to Bangkok Airport for your flight home. Note: If you’re
flying to Melbourne, you will have a late-night transfer to the airport for a flight home in the
early hours of October 11. B
Arrive home in Australia.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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