Amcan Travel introduces you to the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Bhutan is the Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas with spectacular mountain views, immense scenic beauty and a unique culture and lifestyle. You can see beautiful Buddhist monasteries, carved wooden houses and the fine crafts.

17-Day Bhutan Tour - Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Phorang, Ganteng, Bumthang and Trongsa

Package includes:
All international (from West Coast) airfares
Services of local English-speaking escort, admissions
3 and 4 star hotel(or local best) accommodations (based on double occupancy)
Ground transportation and transfers
Meals listed. B-Breakfast L-Lunch D-Dinner SD-Special dinner
All service charges and hotel taxes
Package excludes:
Airport departure taxes
Bhutan Visa
Gratuities to guide/driver
Departure dates:
Second Tuesday of each month, June - December 2007
Day 1 West Coast/Hong Kong
Check in this evening for late night flight aboard Cathay Pacific Airways.
Day 2 En route
Depart either just before or just after midnight, depending on the season.
Day 3 Hong Kong/Bangkok (SD)
Arrive Hong Kong this morning and connect with your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Sofitel Silom Hotel (or similar). At leisure for shopping or optional sightseeing tours. This evening enjoy a Thai Dinner aboard the Wan Fah riverboat. Cruise along the Chao Phraya River while being entertained with traditional Thai Music.
Day 4 Bangkok/Paro (AB, L, D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight aboard Druk Air to Paro, Bhutan. En route you'll enjoy spectacular views of the Himalayas from your aircraft. Arrive in Bhutan, called by the Bhutanese "Druk Yul," or "Land of the Thunder Dragon." After passing through immigration and customs you will meet your guide and driver and transfer to Pelri Cottages (or similar). This afternoon begin your exploration with a visit to Paro Dzong, which controls all the secular and religious activities in the area. The "Dzongs" are the most impressive structures in Bhutan. Combination fortress and Buddhist monastery, they are the center for religious activities as well as Bhutan's famous festivals. Time permitting, you'll also visit the National Museum, with collections ranging from traditional paintings and carvings to costumes and armour.
Day 5 Paro (AB, L, D)
This morning hike up to Taktshang, the "Tiger's Nest Monastery," perched dramatically on a cliff about 3000 feet above the Paro Valley. Legend has it that the Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of a tigress. It is a half day walk up and back, or you can travel on horseback. Many opt to go halfway where there is a teahouse with magnificent views of the monastery. In the afternoon you'll visit the ruins of Drukyel Dzong, which dates to the 17th century and is known for repelling Tibetan invaders, and Kyichu Lakhang, a small, peaceful temple dating to the 7th century.
Day 6 Paro/Thimphu (AB, L, D)
Drive 2 hours to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan, at an elevation of 7600 feet. Check into Yeedzin Guesthouse (or similar). Visit the Memorial Chorten (stupa), focus of daily worship for many local people, and the School of Arts and Crafts, where students learn the art of traditional Thangka painting. Visit temples such as Changangkha Lakhang and Zangto Pelri Lakhang, and Zilukha Nunnery. You'll also stop at the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, with fascinating anatomical paintings and displays of ingredients which have been used for traditional healing for centuries. Time for shopping along Norzim Lam, Thimphu's main street. You may wish to be fitted for a traditional Bhutanese outfit, Gho for the Men and Kira for the Ladies.
Day 7 Thimphu (AB, L, D)
Excursion to Tango Monastery, located 8 miles outside of Thimphu, at an elevation of approx. 8500 feet. You'll pass Cheri Monastery en route. It is about a 2 hour walk up to Tango through beautiful forest with excellent birds watching. Enjoy a picnic lunch, and return to Thimphu in the afternoon. You'll have time to visit the Folk Heritage Museum, the Textile Museum, or the National Library if you wish. On the weekend you can also visit the Sabji Bazaar, a local farmers' market, featuring produce and handicrafts. Late afternoon visit to majestic Trashichoe Dzong, seat of government and the center for the Kingdom's religious activities.
Day 8 Thimphu/Punakha/Wangdue Phodrang (AB, L, D)
Drive over the Himalayas via the Dochula Pass, elevation 10000 feet. Along the way you'll stop to visit Chimi Lhakhang, a pilgrimage site for childless couples, reached by walking through a village and rice paddies. Arrive Punakha midday and visit the Punakha Dzong, one of the most splendid in Bhutan. You'll also visit Khamsum Yuelly Temple with a wonderful collection of paintings. Continue to Wangdue Phodrang and check into the Dragon Nest Hotel (or similar).
Day 9 Wangdue Phodrang/Gangteng (AB, L, D)
Visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, located on a spur between two rivers. Enjoy the impressive views, then say goodbye to the main group and continue to Gangteng in the Phobjikha Valley. Check into Phuentschochholing Guesthouse (or similar).
Day 10 Gangteng/Bumthang (AB, L, D)
Explore the Phobjikha Valley including the Khebethang Nature Study Centre, home in winter to Black Neck Cranes who fly in from Tibet. Drive to Bumthang in Central Bhutan with a stop at Chendebji Chorten on the way. Check into Gongkhar Guesthouse (or similar).
Day 11 Bumthang (AB, L, D)
Begin your discovery of Bumthang, comprised of four valleys: Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura, with altitudes ranging form 8500 to 13000 feet. Visit Jakar Dzong built in the 16th century, and temples such as Kurjey Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang or Tamshing Germba.
Day 12 Bumthang (AB, L, D)
Excursion to beautiful Ura Valley to see the traditional way of life of farmers, sheep herders and yak herders. Visit the village and a local farmhouse where you'll have the opportunity to taste some local snacks.
Day 13 Bumthang/Trongsa/Wangdue Phodrang (AB, L, D)
Drive to Trongsa and visit Trongsa Dzong, a labyrinth of temples, corridors and offices holding court over the local community. Also visit Ta Dzong Wathctower before continuing to Wangdue Phodrang. Overnight Dragon Nest Hotel (or similar).
Day 14 Wangdue Phodrang/Thimphu (AB, L, D)
Drive from Wangdue Phodrang to Thimphu. Check into Yeedzin Guesthouse (or similar). If you're lucky you'll be able to see an archery competition this afternoon, Bhutan's National Sport.
Day 15 Thimphu/Paro (AB, L, D)
Drive form Thimphu back to Paro today. This evening you may wish to enjoy a traditional Bhutanese hot tub, filled with mineral water which is heated with hot stones.
Day 16 Paro/Bangkok (AB)
Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Sofitel Silom Hotel (or similar). Balance of day at leisure.
Day 17 Bangkok/West Coast (AB)
At leisure until you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA.
Total Price:
$6295 per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement $1250.
Cash/check only, credit card payment has 5% surcharge.
Add-on fare from other US cities available.

For more information, contact Ms. Barbara Hua Ye at our Seattle office.