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2022 Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya

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Tour Itinerary

Discover Bhutan and Nepal, two Himalayancountries little touched by the passage of time, asyou ascend to stunning “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery,stroll through Kathmandu’s Durbar Square andenjoy a meal in the home of a local Nepali family.

Countries Visited

Bhutan , Nepal , Thailand

Cities Visited

Bangkok , Kathmandu , Paro , Punakha , Thimphu

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
    Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred toyour airport hotel. Hotel: Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport  
  2. Day 2
    Paro & Thimphu, Bhutan
    Fly to Paro, your gateway to Bhutan, a nation whose culturaltraditions remain well preserved. Travel to Thimphu,admiring the mountain scenery, before visiting theNational Memorial Chorten. Later, see Tashichho Dzong, a13th-century Buddhist monastery and fortress. Then, gatherfor your welcome dinner.Hotel: Taj Tashi, Thimphu  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Drive over the Dochula Pass, seeing the colorful prayer flagsen route to Punakha. Stop at Chimi Lhakhang (Temple ofthe Divine Madman), a storied fertility temple, continuing toPunakha Dzong, also called the '''Palace of Great Happiness.'''Hotel: Taj Tashi, Thimphu  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  4. Day 4
    Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities. Hike Wangditse Nature Trail, a two-hour scenic walkthrough fields to Wangtse Monastery, with stunning views.Offer Butter Lamps at a Monastery in Thimphu, andexplore the Folk Heritage and National Textile museums.Visit Pangrizampa, where you meet with a local astrologerand practice meditation with an expert.Tonight, gather for dinner at a local restaurant.Hotel: Taj Tashi, Thimphu  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Journey overland to Paro, stopping to visit local farmers attheir farmhouse to better understand their traditional way oflife. Once in Paro, view the religious thangka (scroll) paintingsand the natural history collection at the National Museum ofBhutan. Proceed to Rinpung Dzong, a monastery and fortresson a mountain river.Hotel: Zhiwa Ling Heritage  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Today, you may choose to attempt the climb to TaktsangMonastery ('''Tiger'''s Nest'''). This hike is intentionallydifficult, intended as an arduous pilgrimage for Buddhistdevotees. Upon your descent, celebrate your trek with aChampagne toast and a specially arranged picnic breakfastwith local entertainment.Hotel: Zhiwa Ling Heritage  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    Fly to Kathmandu. Ride Like a Local by rickshaw toKathmandu Durbar Square and Taleju Temple, see theHouse of the Living Goddess (Kumari), and stroll through the bazaar and old city. Continue to Swayambhunath, one ofthe most sacred shrines for Tibetan Buddhists. Later, hear alecture by a summiter on the epic challenge of scaling MountEverest.Hotel: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Visit Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple built in a pagodastyle. Then, on an experience exclusively for A&K guestsmade possible by our local office, enter Kopan Nunneryand Monastery, where a monk or nun leads you in a privateguided meditation session. Continue to Boudhanath, hometo one of the world'''s largest Buddhist shrines, and enjoy aScenic Sundowner.Hotel: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  9. Day 9
    Explore Patan to see Durbar Square and the former royalpalace. Participate in a Chef '''s Table cooking class at a localfamily'''s home, learning about local cuisine and daily life inNepal. Later, savor a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.Hotel: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 1011
    Depart Bangkok
    On Day 10, fly to Bangkok, where you enjoy the use of anexecutive room, available through Day 11, when you departon your flight home.Hotel: Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport  
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Our more than 55 local offices work tirelessly with our partners behind the scenes.
Abercrombie & Kent’s local staff have longstanding relationships with our suppliers, including restaurants, hotels, boats, transportation providers and venues. These partners know our exacting standards and have been fully vetted by our staff to make sure they comply with all local regulations regarding health and hygiene.

We’re adhering to best practices for cleanliness and disinfection.
We follow the guidelines established by the leading health experts (including the World Health Organization) to minimize any opportunity for coronavirus exposure during your journey. We’ll have hand sanitizer readily available, ensure enhanced cleaning in hotels and restaurants, sanitize vehicles at every arrival and departure (with a focus on high-frequency touchpoints such as door handles) and provide individual service at all meals.

We’re committed to facilitating physical distancing.
Abercrombie & Kent’s private and small-group journeys are already well-suited to exploring with safe physical distancing in place: Your transfers are private, for example, and on group journeys, your vehicles are never more than half full. Moving forward, your guides will forego shaking hands when saying hello, and you’ll experience no-contact check-in/check-outs in many hotels and dining arranged to allow for plenty of space from other guests.

Our small groups make travelling safely that much easier.
Abercrombie & Kent’s small groups make it much easier to maintain cleaning and hygiene procedures and ensure adequate physical distance between guests. On a custom Tailor Made Journey, your group size is completely up to you, of course, and you travel only with the people you choose on most activities.

Wearing masks on your journey keeps everyone safe.
To protect all guests on Abercrombie & Kent small group journeys and Luxury Expedition Cruises, wearing a mask is required in vehicles, indoor spaces, and any outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. On Tailor Made journeys, masks must be worn in accordance with local regulations. We encourage you to bring your own masks; a supply will be on hand where needed.

Our Resident Tour Directors and local guides are trained in health and safety.
In addition to being experts in your region’s culture, history and wildlife, your guides are fully versed in your destination’s health regulations as well as Abercrombie & Kent’s practices and protocols. They oversee the many procedures that go into making your journey safe, from confirming a restaurant is freshly cleaned before you arrive to ensuring your luggage is always handled carefully (and disinfected properly) between destinations.

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Everyone involved in running your journey — from the guides you travel with to the drivers, baggage handlers and others behind the scenes — observes a strict, round-the-clock health and safety regimen, including regular staff health and temperature monitoring. Abercrombie & Kent staff wear masks at all times and additional personal protective equipment as required.

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