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Escorted Tours

Kingdom of Bhutan

  • Route:
  • London
  • Kathmandu
  • Thimphu
  • Punakha
  • Paro
  • Kathmandu
  • London
10 DAYS from £2315pp

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a full day tour of Thimphu, Bhutan's bustling capital
  • Explore the picturesque Punakha Valley
  • Horseback ride to the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Meet students at the famous 'Painting School'
  • View ancient Buddhist texts in Thimphu
  • Full day city tour of Kathmandu, Nepal

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Kingdom of Bhutan

Nestled between China and India, Bhutan is largely isolated from the outside world and has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. Boasting stunning natural scenery and quiet townships, the country is dotted with ancient Buddhist temples, welcoming smiles and crimson-robed monks.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Kathmandu, Nepal

Depart London on your scheduled overnight flight to Kathmandu in Nepal.

    Day 2: Kathmandu

    On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

      Day 3: Kathmandu to Thimphu

      Following breakfast fly to Paro in Bhutan where your guide will welcome you into the fresh Himalayan air. After lunch, commence a short tour of the nearby Rimpung Dzong to learn about the painting of the great Saint Milarepa. Tracing the Pachu River, your group will arrive in the city of Thimphu in the early evening.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 4: Thimphu

      Once a rustic village sitting in a low lying broad, Thimphu is the nation's bustling capital and the only city in the world that does not use traffic lights. Today enjoy a full day tour, beginning with the Memorial Chorten where locals gather to spin their prayer wheels and murmur Buddhist mantras. Next visit the 12th century Changangkha temple and Drubthob Nunnery before continuing to the National library to see some of the most ancient Buddhist texts. After lunch a trip to the Painting School reveals where students undergo a six year training course in Bhutan's traditional arts. Before dinner, make a short drive to the large golden Buddha known as Kuensel Phodrang, situated on a hill with views over the capital.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 5: Thimphu to Punakha

      After an early breakfast take a scenic drive to Punakha across the Dochula pass, which on a clear day affords stunning vistas of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. On arrival in Punakha visit the Punakha Dzong, also known as the Palace of Happiness, the winter headquarters for hundreds of monks who migrate from Thimphu to enjoy its warmer climate.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 6: Punakha

      This morning drive to Yabesa village to begin a gentle yet beautiful hike to Khamsum Vuelley Namgyal Chorten, a monument perched high on a hill of the Punakha Valley built to bring peace, stability and harmony to the world. Later visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who famously revolted against orthodox Buddhism in the 14th century.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 7: Punakha to Paro

      Departing Punakha after breakfast begin the journey to Paro, stopping en route to visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest in all the Kingdom. Arriving into Paro, you will have some time to look around the local handicraft shops in the town before dinner.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 8: Paro

      Today includes one of the highlights of any trip to Bhutan: a horseback ride up to the famed Tiger's Nest Monastery clinging to a granite cliff more than 3,000m above sea level. Local lore claims that it is here that Guru Padmasambaya arrived on the back of a tigress in the 8th century and then proceeded to meditate for three months.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 9: Paro to Kathmandu

      After a morning flight to Kathmandu begin your foray into Nepal's capital city visiting Boudhanath and the ancient religious complex of Swayambhunath. Finally return to Patan to explore the enchanting melange of temples and former royal palaces of Durbar square before concluding your day with a trip in Thamel for a chance to barter for souvenirs.

      • Breakfast

      Day 10: Kathmandu to the UK

      Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

      • Breakfast
      Your Meals
      • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
      • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

      Included in the Price

      • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
      • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
      • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
      • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
      • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

      Important Information

      Visas

      Visa Information Nepal
      British passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for Nepal prior to departure. A Nepalese visa can be purchased on arrival into Kathmandu; you will need to download a form from the Nepal Embassy website and present this completed form on arrival at immigration together with a passport sized photograph and payment (currently USD $25). When applying for the visa on arrival you will need to ensure you apply for a multiple entry visa. We recommend you check the following website before travelling for all the most up to date advice, requirements and any changes www.nepembassy.org.uk/visa
      Visa Information Bhutan
      British passport holders do need to obtain a visa for Bhutan prior to travel. We have included this in the cost of your tour and will apply for this on your behalf but for us to do this it is essential that you supply us with a colour photocopy of the photo page of your passport you will be travelling on at least 30 days before you leave the UK. You can either scan or email this to us or put a copy in the post.

      Insurance

      You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

      Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
      Up to 10 days cover£37£72£104
      For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

      Payment

      If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

      Flight Information

      Your flight is to Kathmandu International Airport with Jet Airways (9W), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4 and flying via Delhi. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage of 7kg not exceeding 55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. Your return flight from Kathmandu to Paro will either be with Bhutan Airlines or Druk Air. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage and hand luggage of 7kg not exceeding 55cm x 40 cm x 20 cm and a maximum weight of 7kg.

      Health and Vaccinations

      It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

      Physical Accessibility

      This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties. The tour also includes a full day hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro, Bhutan. Whilst a horse ride to the top is included, they can only take you so far and towards the end of the trek, to get to the very top of the Monastery, there are around 800 steps that must be walked on foot. You will also need to descend the entire way from the monastery as horses cannot take passengers down as the path is steep and uneven. It is important that you make us aware of any health issues before you travel. Please note that it may not be recommended for you to participate in the Tiger's Nest Monastery excursion if you are not in good physical health.

      Group Size

      The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 3, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable. From 2017 this tour will operate on a private basis meaning you will journey on the itinerary alone with your own personal tour guide.

      Tour Guide

      This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will be accompanied by a guide throughout your stay ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Please note that you will not be accompanied on the flight from Kathmandu to Paro.

      Currency Information

      The currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR) and the currency in Bhutan is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN). The Bhutanese Ngultrum is officially pegged to the Indian Rupee and Indian currency is accepted all over Bhutan. Credit cards have limited acceptability in Bhutan, particularly in local shops and for smaller payments. There are ATMs in Bhutan but they generally only accept local cards, therefore, it is important that you take sufficient cash to exchange with you.

      Personal Expenses

      You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 per person will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

      Tipping
      Tipping is customary in both Nepal and Bhutan for your guide and drive and is at your discretion. We recommend you allow around £3 per person per day.

      Tour Dates & Prices

      Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
      2017 Dates
      27 Feb 201708 Mar 2017£2315ppBook
      01 May 201710 May 2017£2445ppBook
      28 Aug 201706 Sep 2017£2445ppBook
      25 Sep 201704 Oct 2017£2465ppBook
      13 Nov 201722 Nov 2017£2435ppBook

      Travelling alone?

      We have a limited number of single places with no supplement on this tour. Once these have been sold, a single supplement will apply for single travellers on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner.

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      Fact File

      • Minimum temperature: 10°C
      • Maximum temperature: 32°C

      Here to help

      • Get in touch with one of our experts on Bhutan
      • 0800 781 4893 (free)
      • 0333 321 3144(mobile friendly)
      • Request a call back

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