Small Group Discoveries

+ At a monastery in Kathmandu, we’ve arranged for a private audience with a High Lama so you can receive sage words of advice and a blessing.
+ One of the daring few who have ascended Mt. Everest will share thrilling personal stories of grit and adventure.
+ Ascend to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched on the side of a sheer granite cliff in the beautiful Paro Valley.
+ Delve into ancient Buddhist and Hindu traditions – from the walking rite of Kora to the candle-lit Aarti ceremony.
+ Spend time with a master Tibetan artist and a local doctor for insight into ancient ways that still endure.
+ Meet talented students learning and preserving Bhutan’s traditional arts.
+ Includes 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Lhasa, Tibet

    On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the deluxe St. Regis Hotel. You’ll have time to rest and acclimate to the altitude before visiting a local family; lively discussion in their inviting home offers rich insight into Tibetan life and culture. Meals D
  • Day 2 - Tibetan Traditions

    Visit Norbulingka, the resplendent summer palace of the Dalai Lamas built in the 18th century. At Jokhang Temple, you’ll find an impressive 4-story timber structure topped with gold. Explore along Barkhor Street where you’ll see traditional homes and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze as you join local residents browsing through the many shops and market stalls. Then meet a Tangka painter in his studio for insight into this Tibetan art form. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 3 - Potala Palace

    Join residents as they perform Kora, an inspiring Buddhist meditation of walking, devotion and reflection. Tour the stupendous Potala Palace that stretches for more than 1,000 feet along a ridge against the snowcapped mountains. Tour the beautiful Sera
    Monastery, founded in the 15th century, and visit a local hospital where a Tibetan doctor will offer insight into his use of both traditional healing techniques and western medicine. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 4 - To Kathmandu, Nepal

    Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the deluxe Hyatt Regency. Then journey into the Nepalese countryside to Patan, an ancient royal city that traces its origins to the 3rd century BC. Today, it’s noted for its collection of fine palace buildings, courtyards and graceful pagodas. This evening, one of the few who have ascended Mt. Everest will share experiences and stories with you. Meals B+D
  • Day 5 - Discover Kathmandu

    This morning, we’ve made special arrangements for our guests to meet a High Lama for a private audience and blessing. Then visit Boudhanath Stupa, venerated by both Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhists, and stroll through the lively Asan district - a wonderful place to encounter the daily rhythms of Kathmandu and its residents. You’ll also explore Durbar Square and the ancient royal quarter of the city. Then venture by rickshaw to Thamel and meet the vendors in this bustling bazaar. See Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and then descend to the Bagmati River for Aarti, an ancient Hindu ceremony
    of light and devotion. Meals B
  • Day 6 - Into the Timeless Kathmandu Valley

    Journey into the Kathmandu Valley to Bhadgaon, one of three ancient kingdoms of medieval Nepal. See the remarkable Palace of 55 Windows and 5-storied Nyatapola Temple. Bhadgaon is also famed for its pottery artisans and we’ve arranged for a hands-on lesson with a master potter. Before returning to Kathmandu, visit the timeless villages of Bungamati and Khokana for further insight into enduring Nepalese arts and traditions. Tonight, you’ll enjoy the organic farm-to-table cuisine of Krishnarpan. Meals B+D
  • Day 7 - Into Bhutan

    Fly over soaring Himalayan peaks to Paro and continue overland through lush valley landscapes to the deluxe Taj Tashi Hotel in Thimpu. Visit Memorial Chorten with its circumambulating pilgrims and Tashichho Dzong, an imposing medieval fortress. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 8 - Art, Culture + Life in Bhutan

    At the National Institute, you’ll meet students learning and preserving Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts – like wood carving, painting and embroidery. Then visit Dechen Phodrang, a monastic school that hums with the Buddhist recitations of its young students. Join locals at the market and see the immense seated-Buddha statue at Kuensel Phodrang. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 9 - Onward to Punakha

    Visit Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan’s oldest fortress, and continue over the 10,300-foot Dochula Pass. On a clear day, you’ll have 360° views over the Himalayas. At Dochula Monastery, you can light a traditional butter lamp – a Buddhist act of wisdom.
    Descend into the valley with its farms and fluttering prayer flags to visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1671. Overnight at the luxurious Uma Lodge, Punakha. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 10 - Scenic Drive to Paro

    Delight in the mountain scenery on the drive to Paro Dzong, a superb example of Bhutanese architecture and a bustling monastic school with nearly 200 resident monks. Then join a local archery team to learn about this national pastime and enjoy a lesson. Continue to the wonderful Uma Resort, Paro for a 2-night stay. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 11 - Tiger's Nest Monastery

    Ascending on horseback and by foot, you’ll have ample opportunity to behold and photograph Taktsang Lhakhang – the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery that’s perched on a granite cliff 3,000 feet above the valley. Along the way, you can hoist a prayer flag for health and good luck. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest shrines, before returning to your hotel. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 12 - Depart Paro

    Transfer to the airport for your homeward journey. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

  • Explore Beijing before your expedition...

    3-Day Pre-Tour Extension from $1,149

    Enhance your Himalayan adventure with the treasures of Beijing. Enjoy 2 nights at the Fairmont Hotel, daily breakfast, city tour & Great Wall excursion, delivery of your Tibet Travel Permit, and the flight from Beijing to Lhasa.

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  • Chengdu Pre-Stay

    3 Day Pre-Tour Extension from $1,299

    Our perfectly-planned Private Tour in Chengdu includes 2 nights at your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, chauffeured airport transfers, city sightseeing, our unique Encounter a Panda program, and more!

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Check In!

  • The St. Regis Lhasa Resort - Tibet, Lhasa

    Standing on the "Roof of the World" at 3,680 meters above sea level, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort provides awe-inspiring views of the Potala Palace, and is within walking distance to the famous Barkhor street and Jokhang temple. The 162 guest accommodations are decorated with local artifacts and distinctive decor reflecting the rich Tibetan culture. Guest rooms include plasma TV, multi-channel cable, high speed internet access, and spacious marble bathrooms. The three onsite restaurants specialize in Tibetan, International and Chinese cuisine. Guests can also enjoy the Tea Room, which offers tea tasting and serves vintage teas from 10-25 years; as well as a wine bar with over 140 labels and a cigar humidor. Iridium, the Spa, brings a unique experience with traditional Tibetan herbal treatments to ensure soothing relief from altitude stress. To soothe the body, guests can take a plunge in the luxurious gold-leafed pool. A meditation garden, yoga and Pilates room is available to soothe the mind. A collection of 20 antique buddhas completes this mystical experience.

  • Hyatt Regency - Kathmandu, Nepal

    Located on the road to Boudhanath Stupa - the most holy of Tibetan Buddhist shrines - this resort hotel is close to shopping and attractions. The 290 guest rooms include mini-bar, in-room safe, and hair dryer. Accommodations also include swimming pool, fitness center and restaurant.

  • Taj Tashi - Thimphu, Bhutan

    Set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, the Taj Tashi, is a gateway to a land steeped in mythology and magic. Set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, the Taj Tashi, is a gateway to a land steeped in mythology and magic. Continuing the journey into mystical Bhutan at the Taj Tashi, guests can sample Bhutan's fiery cuisine, gaze at the mesmerising prayer wheels through its panoramic windows, make short but rewarding forays into the vibrant local markets. Guest amenities include a fitness center, spa, swimming pool and restaurant & bar.

  • Uma by Como Punakha - Punakha, Bhutan

    Uma by COMO, Punakha, our second hotel in Bhutan, is an intimate, luxury lodge located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley. From our picturesque base overlooking a snake-like bend in the Mo Chu river, Uma Punakha is ideally located for those who wish to explore this remote Himalayan Kingdom.

  • Uma Paro Hotel - Paro, Bhutan

    Ancient Bhutanese motifs complement the magnificent mountain and forest views from this outstanding deluxe hotel.

Our Small Group Journey Value

+ Comprehensive sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
+ 28 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 10 dinners
+ 11 nights in our enchanting 5-star hotels and lodges
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and both internal flights
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges
+ Family+Friends


There are no upcoming departures for this tour, but our Custom Travel Team can arrange a private departure just for you at an affordable price and on the dates you want.  With your own private car, driver and guide and custom tailored hotels, meals, and sightseeing we can create the journey of a lifetime exactly to your specifications.

Contact our Custom Travel Team:    800-221-2216  or  Email Us

 

Extend Your Trip

  • Explore Beijing before your expedition...

    3-Day Pre-Tour Extension from $1,149

    Enhance your Himalayan adventure with the treasures of Beijing. Enjoy 2 nights at the Fairmont Hotel, daily breakfast, city tour & Great Wall excursion, delivery of your Tibet Travel Permit, and the flight from Beijing to Lhasa.

    View Day by Day »

  • Chengdu Pre-Stay

    3 Day Pre-Tour Extension from $1,299

    Our perfectly-planned Private Tour in Chengdu includes 2 nights at your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, chauffeured airport transfers, city sightseeing, our unique Encounter a Panda program, and more!

    View Day by Day »

Our Private Journey Value

+ The attentive services of our highly-experienced mountain guides and drivers
+ Comprehensive sightseeing throughout, including all entrance fees
+ 20 meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
+ 9 nights accommodation in our carefully selected hotels
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and your own 4x4 vehicle with a professional driver and mountain guide for your Trans-Himalayan adventure.
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges.

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Travel Any Day - Per Person Double

Dates   Enchanting Hotels & Lodges
Departure Return   Regular Deal
1/1/2019 6/28/2019 $9399 $9099
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $600 per couple + $300 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking.
  • Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Prices are per person, land only. Holiday surcharges may apply. We offer air on Cathay Pacific or United. Add extra nights. A single entry China visa is required for U.S. citizens. Entry to Tibet is through China and we provide the Travel Permit. One night accommodation is required in China prior to your arrival in Lhasa for delivery of the included Tibet Travel permit.

Extend Your Trip

  • Explore Beijing before your expedition...

    3-Day Pre-Tour Extension from $1,149

    Enhance your Himalayan adventure with the treasures of Beijing. Enjoy 2 nights at the Fairmont Hotel, daily breakfast, city tour & Great Wall excursion, delivery of your Tibet Travel Permit, and the flight from Beijing to Lhasa.

    View Day by Day »

  • Chengdu Pre-Stay

    3 Day Pre-Tour Extension from $1,299

    Our perfectly-planned Private Tour in Chengdu includes 2 nights at your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, chauffeured airport transfers, city sightseeing, our unique Encounter a Panda program, and more!

    View Day by Day »

Private Tour Add-Ons

  • Be a Beijing Insider

    4 Day Privately Guided Tour

    This Private Tour just for your traveling party includes your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, 5 meals and extensive sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

  • Delhi & the Taj Mahal

    4 Day Private Tour

    Our 4-day Private Tour features your choice of hotel, daily breakfast, in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide and chauffeured airport transfers.

  • Xian

    3 Day Private Tour

    Our 3-day Private Tour includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, full day sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide and chauffeured airport transfers.

  • Chengdu

    3 Day Private Tour

    Our perfectly-planned Private Tour in Chengdu includes 2 nights at your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, chauffeured airport transfers, city sightseeing, our unique Encounter a Panda program, and more!

Trip Reviews

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(21 Traveler Reviews)

  • Liddi from CA gives this tour 

    Loved the experience of being in a very remote part of Asia. The tour guides and drivers on each of the places we visited were very polite and very helpful.


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    Date Traveled: 4/7/2018

  • William from SC gives this tour 

    The beauty and great hiking trails of Bhutan were surprising as well as the incredible hospitality of the Bhutanese people. Tibet has spectacular desert mountains everywhere. Standing on Mount Everest at 17,500 feet was 'breathtaking'.


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    Date Traveled: 5/10/2016

  • Kathy from DC gives this tour 

    Delighted by the beauty of the country, great guide & amazing hotels.


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    Date Traveled: 10/30/2015

  • James from OH gives this tour 

    Delighted by the Taj Mahal, palaces, people


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    Date Traveled: 10/19/2014

  • William from CO gives this tour 

    Learning about the culture was delightful.


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    Date Traveled: 10/17/2014

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