15 Day Deluxe Nepal & Bhutan

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15 Day Deluxe Nepal & Bhutan
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A visa is required for entry into Bhutan and is obtained on your behalf by Gate 1 Travel. This visa is required in addition to and separately from a Nepal visa.


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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours and 2-5 hours driving between cities. The pace is moderate. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. We hike on moderate to difficult terrain in Bhutan and we have many early mornings. The Tiger’s Nest hike is approximately 5 hours, including over 700 steps to reach the temple. We also travel up to 10,000 feet above sea-level. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or have heart conditions.

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Your Signature Collection Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Kathmandu-Chitwan, Chitwan-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-Paro, Paro-Kathmandu
  • 13 nights accommodations in well located Luxury Hotels
    • 5 nights Kathmandu
    • 2 nights Chitwan National Park
    • 3 nights Thimphu
    • 3 nights Paro
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Maximum 26 passengers per tour
  • 35 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches with soft drinks, 12 dinners with wine
  • Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Hotel porterage and complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees per itinerary
  • Tour Managers throughout
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tips for restaurant staff, drivers and local guides
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Bhutan Visa

Your Luxury Tour Highlights

Signature Collection blends specially arranged private visits and rich cultural meetings with exceptional personalized services

  • Journey to spiritual Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world
  • Marvel at the Buddhist Stupa of Swayambhunath, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Ascend hilltop Kirtipur, an ancient town with a proud and courageous history
  • In Patan view the most stunning display of Newari architecture in Nepal
  • Spend two days at a fantastic Jungle Resort in Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site
  • Tour the impressive cluster of ancient temples and palaces in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square
  • Travel to the tiny mystical mountain kingdom of Bhutan with its striking monasteries
  • In Thimphu, a blend of old and new, observe monks serenely strolling in their crimson robes
  • Drive the high winding mountain roads to dramatic Dochula Pass overlooking the Himalayas
  • In Paro, visit Buddha Dordenma statue considered a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture
  • Hike uphill to the world-famous Tiger's Nest Monastery, 3,000 feet above the valley floor
  • Travel to ancient Bhaktapur, the "City of Devotees," a UNESCO World Heritage Site
 

Your Signature Experiences

  • Share the rich culture of the Nepalese people at a home hosted lunch and cooking class
  • Experience a sunrise Yoga Class – a tranquil way to begin the day
  • Meet members of SASANE, a survivor-led organization that combats human trafficking
  • Cruise down the Rapti River surrounded by magnificent views of the Himalayan foothills
  • Enjoy a fantastic Bush Dinner in a brilliantly illuminated natural setting
  • At Chitwan, search for the rare one-horned Rhino on a Jeep Safari led by naturalist guides
  • Visit a Tharu Village to observe the daily life, traditional culture and customs
  • In Bhutan, a government official briefs us on the philosophy of GNH (Gross National Happiness)
  • Visit the Choki Painting School where students learn 13 different Bhutanese crafts
  • Enjoy a private tea with nuns from the Zilukha Temple; listen to their unique spiritual chants
  • Visit the Takin Zoo dedicated to nursing sick animals and meet a Takin, the rare national animal
  • Exclusive Bhutanese lunch at the legendary 300-year-old Sisina Heritage Farmhouse
  • At the Temple of Kyichu, private time with a senior monk; light butter-lamps for world peace
  • Farewell Dinner at the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage site of Bhaktapur, serenaded by musicians

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours and 2-5 hours driving between cities. The pace is moderate. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. We hike on moderate to difficult terrain in Bhutan and we have many early mornings. The Tiger’s Nest hike is approximately 5 hours, including over 700 steps to reach the temple. We also travel up to 10,000 feet above sea-level. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or have heart conditions.


All of your needs are met and exceeded on this luxury tour of Nepal & Bhutan. Enjoying the company of no more than twenty-six passengers per group, tour participants travel in comfort and style. Travelers are accompanied by a professional tour manager who will introduce you to the sacred Himalayan country of Nepal and mysterious mountain kingdom of Bhutan. You'll enjoy unique and memorable experiences, breathtaking Himalayan scenery and visits to golden temples, imposing stupas and cliffside monasteries. At the end of each day, you'll retire to hotels chosen for their comfort, as well as location. Welcome to Nepal & Bhutan with Signature Collection.


DAY 1 - Depart for Nepal
Depart on your flight to Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 2 - Arrive in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Arrive in endlessly fascinating Kathmandu with its timeless cultural and artistic heritage in the shadow of the Himalayas. You'll be warmly greeted with a traditional marigold garland. At your luxurious hotel, there will be time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Kathmandu

DAY 3 - Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Home Hosted Lunch, Kopan Monastery
Join your fellow travelers and Nepal Tour Manager at a morning orientation meeting outlining the extraordinary journey that lies ahead. Then, a spiritual visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. This temple, celebrated for its magnificent architecture is the site of Kathmandu’s funeral ghats, a series of cremation platforms spread along the river. Next, on to Boudhanath, the largest stupa of its kind in the world, with its hundreds of prayer wheels and images of Buddha set into the niches around this mesmerizing 5th century structure. Afterwards, we share the rich culture and hospitality of the Nepalese people at a home hosted lunch and cooking class that reveals the secrets of preparing traditional favorites. In the afternoon, our visit to the Kopan Nunnery and Monastery* is highlighted by majestic views of the city and interaction with the monks. Tonight, celebrate your arrival in Kathmandu with a reception and Welcome Dinner at a Nepalese restaurant
*Visitors are restricted during the course of meditation retreat in Kopan Monastery during November; an alternative monastery visit in the same area will be provided
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 - Sunrise Yoga, Hilltop Kirtipur, Ancient Patan, Meet with SASANE Members
Awake early to join the sunrise yoga class - a serene way to start your day. After, we travel to hilltop Kirtipur, an ancient town with a proud and courageous history and commanding views of the valley, once part of the Kingdom of Patan. View the splendid temples scattered around the city and stroll the quaint streets of the Old City lined with artist’s homes. After lunch at a popular restaurant, on to ancient Patan, ‘the city of fine arts,’ with its graceful old Royal Palace and concentrated maze of temples, the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture in Nepal! In the late afternoon, we attend a meeting with members of SASANE. This survivor-led organization was established under the founding principle that women survivors of human trafficking have the potential to combat exploitation of Nepalese women and girls. A conversation with women who have graduated from the program is enlightening and rewarding. This evening, dinner at special Nepali restaurant along with a cultural presentation
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 - Chitwan National Park, Rapti River Cruise, Illuminated Bush Dinner
A short flight takes us to Bharatpur village with its colorful thatched-roof mud houses. From here, we drive along roads dotted with terraced rice fields to our luxury resort lodge nestled in Chitwan National Park. Meet your naturalist guide for a briefing about the park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can look forward to an incredible stay and memorable experience in the midst of one of the world’s most beautiful nature centers. Time to settle in and enjoy a leisurely lunch before this afternoon’s Rapti River Cruise. We’ll float down this picturesque river surrounded by magnificent views of the Himalayan foothills and unique species of birdlife. At sunset, return to the river for a ‘Sundowner’ followed by a fabulous Bush Dinner. As we dine on fine Nepali cuisine, the stunning natural setting is brilliantly illuminated by over 100 lamps. Tarot card readers, palmists and traditional Tharu stick dances will be there to make your evening even more special
Overnight: Chitwan National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Chitwan National Park, Jeep Safari, Tharu Village
Today is full with wondrous explorations, beginning with a morning Jeep Safari led by our naturalist guides. We’re in search of sighting the rare one-horned Rhino, deer, monkeys, and perhaps even leopard, wild elephant, or sloth bear. There is also a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spot a majestic royal Bengal tiger! This reserve with its huge forests, marshlands and grasslands makes it one of the best national parks for viewing wildlife in all of Asia. A stop for lunch at the renowned Bada Ghar restaurant in the park known for its continental, Himalayan and Tibetan specialties such as Yak cheese pizza. Continue to a nearby village for an interesting walk to observe the daily lifestyle and activities of the Tharu community and their traditional culture and customs. At tonight’s poolside Nepali barbecue, share today’s adventure with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Chitwan National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Kathmandu’s Durbar Square
An early morning jungle walk gives us time to bid farewell to magnificent Chitwan before our flight back to Kathmandu. Here, after lunch, a rickshaw transports us to Durbar Square, an impressive cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and winding lanes. Stop at sprawling Hanuman Dhoka, ancient palace of Nepalese Royalty and the Temple of Kumari, home to Nepal’s most important living goddess. See the stone-carved statue of ferocious KalBhairav, a colorful memorial to the Hindu God of destruction, followed by a visit to the magnificent Temple of the Goddess Taleju. Walk through the bustling bazaars and winding streets of the Old City before arriving at Swayambhunath, a 2000-year-old Buddhist stupa, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All four sides of this majestic structure crowning the hilltop are painted with the compassionate eyes of Buddha. Admire the exceptionally attractive woodcarvings, statues and buildings clustered in this area before free time. At the end of the day, join an interesting lecture and meeting with students. Enjoy dinner together
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - The Mystical Mountain Kingdom of Bhutan
A morning flight takes us from Kathmandu to the tiny mystical mountain kingdom of Bhutan with its striking monasteries and magnificent mountain scenery in the heart of the Himalayas. Our Bhutan Tour Manager welcomes us with a traditional khadar greeting, symbolizing purity and goodness. On our drive, see traditional dzongs dotting the landscape, a distinctive type of fortress architecture with towering exterior walls surrounding complexes of courtyards, temples, and monks' accommodations. Bhutan remains a uniquely distinct country. As we arrive in the small charming capital city of Thimphu, observe a remarkable blend of ‘old and new’ painted in traditional Bhutanese style. Time to settle in before this afternoon’s stroll through the main square. Tonight, an important government official joins us for dinner and briefs us on the nation’s development philosophy of GNH (Gross National Happiness)
Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Discover Thimphu, Choki Painting School, Sangaygang Hill, Takin Zoo, Private Tea
This morning in Thimphu, observe throngs of monks strolling serenely in their bright crimson robes and workers wearing traditional ghos and kiras. After a visit to the indigenous Medical Hospital, we travel north for a private visit to the Choki Painting School where students learn thirteen different Bhutanese crafts over a six-year course that includes papermaking, painting, sculpting, embroidery and more. Return to the city for lunch followed by a visit to the Royal Textile museum with its unique displays of innovative designs and fascinating multimedia presentation. Afterwards, ascend Sangaygang Hill for commanding views of the entire valley; pause and reflect away from the hustle and bustle of the town. On our return to Thimphu, a visit to the Takin Zoo dedicated to caring for sick animals. You’ll get to meet a Takin, the rare national animal of Bhutan. Leisure time before this evening’s delightful private tea with nuns from the Zilukha Temple; listen to their unique spiritual chants before returning to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 - The Dochula Pass, Royal Botanical Garden
An early start this morning as we drive along the high winding mountain roads to the stunning Dochula Pass overlooking the Himalayas. Here, we pause to see astonishing views accented by snow-clad peaks and more than 100 chortens (stupas) built in memory of Bhutanese soldiers killed in battle. Driving further, we reach the peaceful and colorful Royal Botanical Garden. A lakeside lunch in the center of the garden is followed by a short tour with forest officials. Before leaving, opportunity to hang traditional prayer flags for world peace, or for people who are hungry or ill (in Buddhism, a prayer flag is considered a blessing). Return to the capital city for dinner together
Overnight: Thimphu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 - Chorten National Memorial, Buddha Temple, Sisina Heritage Farmhouse
Join Buddhists this morning performing their daily ritual of turning the giant red prayer wheels at the whitewashed Chorten National Memorial, with its shining golden finial. Then, on to Buddha Point at Kuenselphodrang; marvel at the gigantic Buddha Dordenma statue that houses over a 100,000 smaller Buddha statues, each made of bronze and gilded in gold. Along the way, we stop for a private Bhutanese lunch served in the courtyard of the legendary 300-year-old Sisina Heritage Farmhouse, served by hosts in the family’s original earthenware. Afterwards, on our drive to Paro we stop to see the iron chains made in the 16th century, collected from all the damaged iron-chain bridges across the country. Arriving in Paro, enjoy views of striking hanging cliffside temples on the orientation walk through town. Dinner and overnight is in Paro
Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 - National Museum, Rimpung Dzong, Temple of Kyichu
This morning, a visit to Paro's National Museum, housed in an old hilltop watchtower shaped like a conch shell. Here, we’re guided by a local historian who interprets the museum's valuable collection of antique paintings, festival masks, religious statues and stone carvings. Afterwards, on to Rimpung Dzong, one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture called the “fortress of a heap of jewels” by the locals. Inside, don’t miss the unique frescoes and painting of Milarepa, considered the master of meditation by Buddhists. Walk down to the cantilevered wooden covered bridge to enjoy lunch in a scenic setting along with a private archery demo. You’ll be invited to join the game, or, participate in local folk dances. Towards evening, visit to the 7th century Temple of Kyichu, a reservoir of peace; private time with a senior monk and opportunity to light butter-lamps for world peace before dinner
Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 - Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Your choice! If you are adventurous and physically fit, get ready for a memorable hike to the world-famous Tiger's Nest or Taktshang Palphung Monastery that clings to a cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. This not to be missed site is accessible only by walking or, on a mule or pony (optional and prearranged only). The mystical belief is that it was at this sacred pilgrimage site that the great mystic Padmasambhava flew on the back of the tiger and brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan. Return to the hotel for a late lunch followed by an afternoon of relaxation. You may choose to pamper yourself at the spa or have a private astrology session before dinner
Overnight: Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 - Bhutan to Kathmandu, Bhaktapur “City of Devotees”
Depart Bhutan on a flight back to Nepal. Upon arrival, lunch at the hotel in Kathmandu before driving to the medieval ancient city of Bhaktapur, the ‘City Of Devotees’, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk along the maze of winding streets lined with temples dating back to the 13th century. Marvel at the intricately carved deities of the richly molded Golden Gate and the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows with its exquisite woodcarvings. See Lion’s Gate with its guarding lion statues and Nyatapola, the 17th century temple in Taumadhi Square as well as the astonishing Bhairab Temple. At the Pottery Center, skilled potters teach us the secrets of their craft. Leisure time before tonight’s festivities. Celebrate the last night of your journey with an elegant Farewell Dinner at Bhaktapur, welcomed by hosts in traditional Jyapuni dress. Enjoy superb Nepalese food while Newari musicians and dancers serenade you. Bid goodbye to newfound friends and your Tour Manager. A perfect ending to our journey in Nepal and Bhutan!
Overnight: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15 - Depart Nepal
Leisure time until the late afternoon transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Upon departure from the hotel, a khada ceremonial scarf is presented to you, symbolizing a safe journey back home
Meals: Breakfast

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