Land of the Thunder Dragon


Tales of Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, are interwoven with magic and mystery. Long cautious of the outside world, delve into this deeply spiritual Himalayan Kingdom on a tour that includes capital Thimphu and the incredible Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

tour duration 8 Days from
tour price On Request
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Paro (1N) - Thimphu (2N) - Punakha (1N) - Phodrang (1N) - Paro(1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Explore the friendly Buddhist city of Thimphu
Walk to Chimi Lakhang, the 'Temple of Fertility'
Learn about Bhutanese culture at the National Museum of Bhutan
Discover Wangdue Phodrang’s Old Town and Market
Visit Rinpung Dzong, home of the Paro Festival
Take in the dramatic setting and layout of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Day 1 Fly UK to Paro
Fly overnight to Paro.
Day 1 Fly UK to Paro
Day 2 Arrive & Explore
Upon arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your Thimphu hotel. (L,D)
Day 2 Arrive & Explore
Day 3 Thimphu Heritage
Discover beautiful Thiumphu, including a visit to the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (painting school), the National Memoriual Chorten and the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums. This afternoon, tour the Trashi Chhoe Dzong. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Thimphu Heritage
Day 4 Journey to Punakha
Drive to Punakha via Dochu La; if the sky is clear you may be able to view the Himalayan peaks in the distance. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong and the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Journey to Punakha
Day 5 Explore Wangdue Phodrang
Tour Wangdue Phodrang's Old Town and market, followed by Chimi Lakhang, known as the Temple of Fertility. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Explore Wangdue Phodrang
Day 6 Paro
Head back to Paro and visit the Simtokha Dzong en route. Upon arrival visit Ta Dzong. Walk down a hillside trail to Rinpung Dzong, home of the Paro Festival (23-27 March). (B,L,D)
Day 6 Paro
Day 7 Tiger's Nest Monastery
Trek to the Taktsang Monastery, known as Tiger's Nest, for astonishing views across the mountains. Return to Paro in the afternoon, visiting Drugyal Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang en route. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Tiger's Nest Monastery
Day 8 Fly Paro to UK
Fly to the UK. (B)
Day 8 Fly Paro to UK

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. 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
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. 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.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Mongolia is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so 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 for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
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, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

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.

What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
meals as stated
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Please contact our Reservations team for prices for 2016/2017

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those who are looking to get more off the beaten track and have a short period of time available to travel. This tour is rather active and involves some walking, outdoor activities and times at high altitude.

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