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Bhutan, Tibet, and Nepal

12 Days / 11 Nights

  • Lhasa, Tibet
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Bhadgaon, Nepal
  • Paro, Bhutan
  • Thimpu, Bhutan
  • Punakha, Bhutan

Meet the High Lama | Lecture from a Mt. Everest Climber | Visit the Tiger's Nest Monastary | Attend Buddhist and Hindu Ceremonies | Meet a Master Tibetan Artist | Learn about Ancient Eastern Medicine from a Local Doctor | 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Take a spiritual journey to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan and you’ll find yourself receiving a personalized message from the High Lama, hearing stories of adventure on Mount Everest, stopping in at the magical Tiger’s Nest Monastery, delving into Buddhist and Hindu traditions and learning how people are working to preserve Bhutan’s traditional arts. This 12-day trip features visits to the Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery, the Boudhanath Stupa, Durbar Square, Palace of 55 Window, the five-storied Nyatapola Temple, Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong and more. Accommodations are luxurious, including the stunning St. Regis Lhasa Resort, the Taj Tashi in the Thimphu Valley and the intimate luxury lodge Uma by Como Punakha.
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Lhasa, Tibet
Day 1

On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the deluxe St. Regis Hotel. You’ll have time to rest and acclimate to the altitude before visiting a local family in their home for a lively discussion and insight into Tibetan life and culture.

Meals | Dinner

Ancient temples, Lhasa, Tibet
Lhasa, Tibet
Day 2

Visit Norbulingka, the resplendent summer palace of the dalai lamas, built in the 18th century. At Jokhang Temple, you’ll find an impressive 4-story timber structure topped with gold. Explore along Barkhor Street, where you’ll see traditional homes and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze as you join local residents browsing through the many shops and market stalls. Then, meet a Tangka painter in his studio for insight into this Tibetan art form. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Lhasa and the Potala Palace
Day 3

Join residents as they perform Kora, an inspiring Buddhist meditation of walking, devotion and reflection. Tour the stupendous Potala Palace that stretches for more than 1,000 feet along a ridge against the snowcapped mountains. Then you'll tour the beautiful Sera Monastery, founded in the 15th century, and visit a local hospital where a Tibetan doctor will offer insight into his use of both traditional healing techniques and western medicine. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Kathmandu / Patan, Nepal
Day 4

Today you will fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the deluxe Hyatt Regency. Then, journey into the Nepalese countryside to Patan, an ancient royal city that traces its origins to the 3rd century BC. Today it’s noted for its collection of fine palace buildings, courtyards and graceful pagodas. This evening, one of the few who have ascended Mt. Everest will share experiences with you. 

Meals | Breakfast, Dinner

Boudha Stupa UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 5

This morning, we’ve made special arrangements for our guests to meet a High Lama for a private audience and blessing. Then visit Boudhanath Stupa, venerated by both Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhists, and stroll through the lively Asan district - a wonderful place to encounter the daily rhythms of Kathmandu and its residents.

You’ll also explore Durbar Square and the ancient royal quarter of the city. Then venture by rickshaw to Thamel and meet the vendors in this bustling bazaar. See Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and then descend to the Bagmati River for Aarti, an ancient Hindu ceremony of light and devotion. 

Meals | Breakfast

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Bhadgaon / Kathmandu Valley
Day 6

Journey into the Kathmandu Valley to Bhadgaon, one of three ancient kingdoms of medieval Nepal. Here you will see the remarkable Palace of 55 Windows and 5-storied Nyatapola Temple. Bhadgaon is also famed for its pottery artisans, and we’ve arranged for a hands-on lesson with a master potter. Before returning to Kathmandu, visit the timeless villages of Bungamati and Khokana for further insight into enduring Nepalese arts and traditions. Tonight, you’ll enjoy the organic farm-to-table cuisine of Krishnarpan. 

Meals | Breakfast, Dinner

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Paro & Thimpu, Bhutan
Day 7

Fly over the soaring Himalayan peaks to Paro, and continue overland through lush valley landscapes to the deluxe Taj Tashi Hotel in Thimpu. Visit Memorial Chorten with its circumambulating pilgrims, and Tashichho Dzong, an imposing medieval fortress.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Thimpu, Bhutan
Day 8

At the National Institute, you’ll meet students learning and preserving Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts – like wood carving, painting and embroidery. Then visit Dechen Phodrang, a monastic school that hums with the Buddhist recitations of its young students. Join locals at the market and see the immense seated-Buddha statue at Kuensel Phodrang.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Punakha, Bhutan
Day 9

Visit Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan’s oldest fortress, and continue over the 10,300-foot Dochula Pass. On a clear day, you’ll have 360° views over the Himalayas. At Dochula Monastery, you can light a traditional butter lamp – a Buddhist act of wisdom.

Descend into the valley with its farms and fluttering prayer flags to visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1671. Overnight at the luxurious Uma Lodge, Punakha.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 10

Delight in the mountain scenery on the drive to Paro Dzong, a superb example of Bhutanese architecture and a bustling monastic school with nearly 200 resident monks. Then, join a local archery team to learn about this national pastime and enjoy a lesson. Continue to the wonderful Uma Resort, Paro for a 2-night stay.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Paro and the Tiger's Nest Monastery
Day 11

Ascending on horseback and by foot, you’ll have ample opportunity to behold and photograph Taktsang Lhakhang – the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery that’s perched on a granite cliff 3,000 feet above the valley. Along the way, you can hoist a prayer flag for health and good luck. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest shrines, before returning to your hotel.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Farewell to Paro, Bhutan and the Himalayas
Day 12

Transfer to the airport for your homeward journey.

Meals | Breakfast

Activities in this itinerary should be considered a sample only. Final itineraries are sent to guests one to two weeks prior to departure.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Standing on the "Roof of the World" at 3,680 meters above sea level, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort provides awe-inspiring views of the Potala Palace, and is within walking distance to the famous Barkhor street and Jokhang temple. The 162 guest accommodations are decorated with local artifacts and distinctive decor reflecting the rich Tibetan culture. Guest rooms include plasma TV, multi-channel cable, high speed internet access, and spacious marble bathrooms. The three onsite restaurants specialize in Tibetan, International and Chinese cuisine. Guests can also enjoy the Tea Room, which offers tea tasting and serves vintage teas from 10-25 years; as well as a wine bar with over 140 labels and a cigar humidor. Iridium, the Spa, brings a unique experience with traditional Tibetan herbal treatments to ensure soothing relief from altitude stress. To soothe the body, guests can take a plunge in the luxurious gold-leafed pool. A meditation garden, yoga and Pilates room is available to soothe the mind. A collection of 20 antique buddhas completes this mystical experience.

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Located on the road to Boudhanath Stupa - the most holy of Tibetan Buddhist shrines - this resort hotel is close to shopping and attractions. The 290 guest rooms include mini-bar, in-room safe, and hair dryer. Accommodations also include swimming pool, fitness center and restaurant.


Taj Tashi

Set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, the Taj Tashi, is a gateway to a land steeped in mythology and magic. Set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, the Taj Tashi, is a gateway to a land steeped in mythology and magic. Continuing the journey into mystical Bhutan at the Taj Tashi, guests can sample Bhutan's fiery cuisine, gaze at the mesmerising prayer wheels through its panoramic windows, make short but rewarding forays into the vibrant local markets. Guest amenities include a fitness center, spa, swimming pool and restaurant & bar.

Uma by Como Punakha

Uma by COMO, Punakha, our second hotel in Bhutan, is an intimate, luxury lodge located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley. From our picturesque base overlooking a snake-like bend in the Mo Chu river, Uma Punakha is ideally located for those who wish to explore this remote Himalayan Kingdom.

Uma Paro Hotel

Ancient Bhutanese motifs complement the magnificent mountain and forest views from this outstanding deluxe hotel.

  • Exclusively escorted sightseeing

  • Expert native guides

  • 11 nights in enchanting 5-star hotels and lodges

  • 28 meals, including 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 10 dinners

  • Small group size, never more than 16 guests

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and both internal flights

  • Luggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges, and all airline fees for both included flights

  • 24-hour emergency customer service hotline

*Trip-cancellation coverage available for an additional fee through Allianz.

DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
Single Occupancy
Apr 9 – Apr 20, 2019$8,299$10,799  
May 7 – May 18, 2019$8,299$10,799  

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single-occupancy pricing add $2200 for Aug 21 & Sep 4, 2018 departures. Add $2,500 for Apr 9 & May 7, 2019 departures.

SAVE $1,000 per couple or $500 solo on this tour when you pay-in-full at the time of booking.

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