Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
Bhutan Luxury Travel
Gross National Happiness is an official development goal in Bhutan. We haven’t seen the numbers, but we’re pretty confident they’ve hit their annual targets. Set against the backdrop of sacred mountains, this isolated kingdom offers an entirely unique travel experience. Granted permission to be among the mere 14,000 visitors permitted each year, we make the most of it. Life-altering moment #523: en route to Punakha, we can stop in at the remote Tashigang monastery overlooking the Thimphu Valley, where the lamas and monks greet us, sip tea with us, and then bless our journey in an elaborate (not to mention highly musical) prayer ceremony. There’s more where that came from, but sadly, we’ve hit our space limit. Fortunately, Bhutan’s wonders know none.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
10 Days / 9 Nights
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Day by Day
Enjoy a relaxing night at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi in bustling Bangkok before catching an early morning flight the next day for stunning Paro.
Walk to a little-visited and quiet temple and village situated on the cliffs above Paro Valley before catching a ride to Bhutan's vibrant capital city, Thimphu.
Sip tea in the clouds atop the Dochu La Pass overlooking the Bhutanese Himalayas before descending through stunning landscapes into the Gangtey Valley along forested and open trails.
Hike past villages and homesteads on the valley floor and visit the local village temple, as well as a water-powered grain mill and family home, virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages.
Take a breathtaking and memorable hike through the Sha Valley, visiting endless rice terraces and small, local villages rarely frequented by outsiders.
Climb to an overlook of the terraced farmlands and pine forests of Punakha Valley and visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, a fortress battered by earthquakes, floods and fire throughout its history.
Hike to the Tashigang monastery, a working 17thC temple complex, to explore the grounds and building before meeting the Lama and his students.
Climb up to the magnificent Taktsang monastery (the “Tiger’s Nest”), set into a cliff face 800 m (2,624 ft.) above the stunning Paro Valley floor.
Take a stroll up to the 4,000 m (13,100 ft.) viewing platform of the majestic Cheli La Pass for a stunning glimpse of Bhutan’s snow-capped holy mountain, Chomolhari.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast in Paro at the hotel, then laso lok le ge in vibrant Bangkok.
Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Bangkok
This 4 star hotel is only a 10 min walk from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok and features excellent Thai restaurants, spa services and a business centre. View hotel website »
Amankora Thimphu, Thimphu
Aman Kora Thimphu lies just outside of Thimphu secluded by a lush pine forest. The hotel is built along traditional lines, featuring rammed earth walls, bukhari stoves in every room, and wood panelled interiors. The combined living/dining room adjoins a large outdoor deck with views onto a nearby stream and wooded hillside. The spa includes three treatment rooms and a steam room. View hotel website »
Amankora Gangtey, Phobjika Valley
Set on a forested hill, the Amankora Gangtey has sweeping views of the Phobjika Valley, fields of dwarf bamboo and the surrounding mountains. The hotel features a comfortable combined living and dining room, with cozy chairs and family-style dining tables, and an intimate yoga and meditation room. View hotel website »
Amankora Punakha, Punakha
Situated north of the grand Punakha Dzong and across a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu, the Amankora Punakha has eight suites in three rammed-earth buildings, with wood-panelled interiors, traditional wood-burning bukhari stoves, and king-sized beds. The surrounding citrus orchard has views across the nearby rice paddies and up the Punakha Valley. View hotel website »
Amankora Paro, Paro
Located in a quiet setting below Tiger's Nest, outside of Paro. The lodge has 24 rooms set in a pine forest. Built of natural rammed earth construction, the rooms feature bukhari stoves and wood panelled interiors. There are spa services and a steam room. View hotel website »
We are in the foothills of the Himalayas, so some hilly terrain is unavoidable, and this should be taken into account when preparing for the trip. We reach a maximum altitude of 4,000 metres (13,100 feet), so some people will be affected by the altitude. Some of the walking is over rough ground and primitive trails.
- All accommodations on a shared twin/double room basis
- A local Bhutanese guide and support vehicle
- All meals, including wine
- All transfers and baggage handling, including an international return flight from Bangkok to Paro
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- All special events and private tours
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We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“Exploring the Valley of Gangtey, staying at Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, and hiking in the Phobjika Valley were each so fabulous and special.”
— Moe Bertuch, Bespoke Independent Bhutan Walking 2014
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