18 Day Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan

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5 Kathmandu, 2 Chitwan National Park, 2 Pokhara, 3 Thimphu, 1 Punakha, 3 Paro
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

What's this trip about?

    5 Kathmandu, 2 Chitwan National Park, 2 Pokhara, 3 Thimphu, 1 Punakha, 3 Paro

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age range18 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Asia

Attractions

  • Chitwan National Park
  • Himalayas
  • Kathmandu
  • Paro
  • Pokhara
  • Punakha
  • Thimphu

Trip includes

    • Small groups of maximum 16 travelers guaranteed
    • Round trip flights New York-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-New YorkOther departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
    • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
    • All intra-flights: Kathmandu-Chitwan, Chitwan-Pokhara, Pokhara-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-Paro & Paro-Kathmandu
    • 16 nights accommodations
    • 5 nights Kathmandu 2 nights Chitwan National Park 2 nights Pokhara 3 nights Thimphu 1 night Punakha 3 nights Paro Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
    • Hotel porterage
    • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
    • 41 meals: 16 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners (including 2 home hosted dinners, and welcome & farewell dinners)
    • Coffee and tea with all meals
    • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
    • Services of English-speaking tour managers throughout
    • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
    • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
    • Bhutan Visa

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Nepal
Depart for Nepal

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Late morning arrival in Kathmandu, the "Roof of the World," in the shadow of the Himalayas -- you'll be warmly greeted with a traditional flower garland. At your hotel, time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone Overnight: Kathmandu

DAY 3, Wednesday - Swayambhunath, Cooking Demonstration, Boudhanath
Rise early this morning to join the one hour optional flightseeing of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Back at the hotel, join your fellow travelers and Tour Manager for an orientation meeting outlining the extraordinary journey that lies ahead. Then, begi...
DAY 4, Thursday - Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath, Mt. Everest Mountaineer
An excursion takes you this morning to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, called the "City of Devotees," a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lined with palaces, temples, statues and squares connected by a maze of pedestrianized streets. The 14th century Dattatreya Temple and the ...
DAY 5, Friday - Chitwan National Park, Jungle Resort
Flight this morning to the village of Bharatpur, with its ochre-colored thatched roof houses. Continue past small villages and terraced rice fields to the Tharu villages of Chitwan. Arrive at Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort, nestled on the banks of the Narayani River an...
DAY 6, Saturday - Chitwan National Park, Jungle Resort
Your day is filled with wonderful adventures starting with a morning Jeep Safari. Afterward, you can choose to board a boat or paddle a canoe down the Narayani River. There'll be plenty of opportunities to view the Gharial or Mugger crocodiles as well as a variety of wat...
DAY 7, Sunday - Pokhara's Natural Wonders
Depart the national park and transfer to the Bharatpur Airport for your flight to Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal. Arrive in scenic Pokhara, home to three of the highest mountains in the world. Lunch is at the hotel. Take an afternoon tour of some of the Pokhar...
DAY 8, Monday - Pokhara and the Annapurna Mountains
Early morning hike to the viewpoint at the Peace Pagoda; see the unforgettable sunrise over the mountain peaks. The Annapurna mountain range dominates your northern view while the sweeping expanse of the Pokhara Valley looms over the south and east. This is a not-to-be-m...
DAY 9 Tuesday - Return to Kathmandu, Ancient Patan, Farewell to Nepal
Return flight to Kathmandu for an excursion to the ancient city of Patan, known as the "City of Fine Arts." Your tour begins at the main square, filled with breathtaking Hindu temples and striking Buddhist monuments. See the old Royal Palace, dominating all others in gra...
DAY 10, Wednesday - Kingdom of Bhutan
A traditional "khada" ceremony this morning as a symbolic scarf is wrapped around you, with blessings for a serene and safe journey. Travel by flight to Paro in the spiritual mountain kingdom of Bhutan with its striking monasteries and magnificent mountain scenery. Here,...
DAY 11, Thursday - Discover Thimphu
In Thimphu, you observe monks strolling serenely in their crimson robes and workers wearing traditional ghos and kiras. Your day begins with a visit to the indigenous medical hospital, and the Painting School where students learn thirteen different Bhutanese crafts over ...
DAY 12, Friday - Memorial Chorten, Big Buddha Hill, School of Astrology, Takin Zoo
This morning, you join Buddhists performing their daily ritual of turning the giant red prayer wheels at the whitewashed National Memorial Chorten with its shining golden finial, dedicated to the third king of Bhutan. Next, drive to the Big Buddha Hill. Here, stop at the...
DAY 13, Saturday - Lobesa, Punakha Dzong, Punakha
An early start this morning as you drive through the scenic terrain of the Himalayas to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan, pausing at Dochhula Pass to view the astounding snow-clad peaks of Bhutan (on a clear day.) You pass over one hundred monuments and see many co...
DAY 14, Sunday - Chimi Lhakhang Monastery, Sisina Farm House, Tachogang Lhakhang, Paro
Visit Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery and fertility temple dedicated to a famous monk also known as "the divine madman." Famous for being unorthodox and trying to make Buddhism more relaxed, he is considered a hero in Bhutan. The monastery is also a fertility temple and coup...
DAY 15, Monday - National Museum, Rinpung Dzong, Temple of Kyichu
Morning tour of Paro's National Museum, housed in an old hilltop watchtower resembling the shape of a conch shell. You're guided here by a local historian/writer who interprets for you the museum's valuable collection of antique paintings, festival masks, religious statu...
DAY 16, Tuesday - Ascend to "Tigers Nest"
If you're adventurous and physically fit, get ready for a memorable hike to world-famous "Tiger's Nest" or Taktsang Palphug Monastery. Located on the face of a sheer cliff above the floor of the Paro Valley, this not to be missed site is accessible by hiking. It is a str...
DAY 17, Wednesday - Depart Bhutan, Arrive in Nepal
Early this morning, depart from the airport in Paro on a flight that takes you back to Kathmandu, Nepal. The remainder of the day is at leisure for individual pursuits Overnight: Kathmandu Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18, Thursday - Depart Nepal
Morning is at leisure to prepare for your departure. In the late afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight back home later this evening Meals: Breakfast

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Last Updated: 2/23/2024

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Optional Activities
Mount Everest Flightseeing Enjoy an early morning flight on a small aircraft, with a window seat, for an hour of spectacular scenery over the tallest mountain peak on earth. You will be able to view some of the most incredible, and famous sights that Nepal has to offer. This is weather permitting so tour might be delayed or an alternative day may be scheduled. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours. OnDay : 3 Price : $260 Mount Everest Flightseeing Enjoy an early morning flight on a small aircraft, with a window seat, for an hour of spectacular scenery over the tallest mountain peak on earth. You will be able to view some of the most incredible, and famous sights that Nepal has to offer. This is weather permitting so tour might be delayed or an alternative day may be scheduled. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours. OnDay : 3 Price : $260
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Additional Information: Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Kathmandu-Chitwan, Chitwan-Pokhara, Pokhara-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-Paro & Paro-Kathmandu.

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