Bhutan Insider

Explore the Land of the Thunder Dragon, enjoying top-notch retreats and extra flexibility

  • 5-star hotels that provide all the creature comforts without ostentation
  • Western Bhutan’s highlights, including Paro, Punakha, Phobjikha, and Thimphu
  • Stroll through villages, meet local artisans, and ponder majestic hillside dzong
Explore Bhutan with GeoEx
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 9 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking
Trip Extensions: Angkor Extension
Laos Extension

Twenty years ago, Bhutan was a destination for hardy travelers—those who didn’t mind sleeping on rough cots or eating bland food for the sake of experiencing this glorious destination. Even back then we thought Bhutan was well worth the trouble, so you can imagine our delight when several world-class hotels opened. This trip combines the kingdom’s beauty and the spiritual generosity of its people with the comfort of a diverse array of its most luxurious hotels.

Your journey focuses on Bhutan’s western valleys: their stunning topography, unique culture, and the inhabitants’ fervent desire to preserve both. You explore villages, visit with local farmers and artisans, and ponder majestic hillside dzong. And, weather permitting (winter views tend to be clearest), you can lift your gaze to grand views of the Himalaya, rising like permanent white clouds floating above densely forested foothills.

Our lodgings include the brilliantly conceived Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, the Uma Punakha, Uma Paro, Zhiwa Ling, and Taj Tashi. After a long day of exploring, you’ll relish their rarely paralleled comfort, flawless service, and scrumptious meals. And of course we include the usual GeoEx touches: school visits, prayer-flag ceremonies, cooking classes, traditional tea ceremonies, meetings with Bhutanese dignitaries, and more.

Bhutan luxury lodge tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Paro
  • Day 2: drive to Punakha
  • Day 3: explore Punakha
  • Day 4: drive to the Phobjikha Valley
  • Day 5: explore Phobjikha
  • Day 6: drive to Thimphu
  • Day 7: return to Paro
  • Day 8: explore Paro, hike to Tiger's Nest
  • Day 9: depart Paro.