Cultural holiday to Bhutan

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2016: 7 Nov, 21 Nov
2017: 31 Jan, 6 Mar, 20 Mar, 3 Apr, 17 Apr, 25 Sep, 23 Oct, 6 Nov, 20 Nov
Holiday type

Small group cultural tours

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends it's good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as experiencing new cultures.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cultural holiday to Bhutan


The natural landscapes we explore on our cultural holiday to Bhutan are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.

Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.

Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while travelling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!


This trip allows ample time to appreciate the rich cultural history of this secluded Himalayan Kingdom. In the company of our local guides and with the use of local transport and accommodation you can be assured that as much of your money as possible feeds back into the local communities that you visit. Our strict policy of small groups ensures that this trip is both environmentally and culturally sensitive.

As with all travel to Bhutan, this trip is carefully controlled by the Bhutan Tourist Authority which exists to protect the country’s unique culture and thus minimise the negative effects of mass tourism. It also ensures that local people benefit from the revenue such tourism brings to the country.

Our responsible travel principles: Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.

We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.

We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.

We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travellers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.

We strive to educate our travellers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.

No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.

Reviews of Cultural holiday to Bhutan

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 04 May 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Meeting two of Bhutans Queens (there are 4 from the last King and one from the current one) in beautiful temples and listening to their wise words, experiencing their humble characters.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The trip offers a multitude of things:nature,very nice people,culture,buddhist spirituality, lovely walks,you can't go wrong going

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely benefitted people financially.The other 2 I cannot judge.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

unbelievable and above expectation in every respect

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Bhutan was a wonderful destination to visit. This beautiful mountainous country had picture postcard views almost everywhere one looked. The local people are friendly, the Dzongs are amazing and located in fantastic positions. The festival we saw was brilliant with highly colourful costumes and masks. Our visit to one monastery was special as only our group had the chance to just listen to the chanting monks with their drums and horns. Although this country is starting to modernise it is still very traditional. I am glad we visited it when we did, but I fear that in 10-15 years this country may have changed too far.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It can get cold at night and although our accommodation was in resorts, hotels and guesthouses we were glad that we took our sleeping bags when we stayed in Bumthang. The temps dropped below zero and heating in the rooms was a little tricky. Also beware of eating meat as most of this is imported from India and Indian hygiene can be poor. Half our group went down with food poisoning after eating meat in our Thimpu hotel.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

That is a hard question to answer. We spend money on souvenirs and refreshments but I presume the high cost of visiting Bhutan helps to finance the country’s infrastructure. Where ever you go the price of souvenirs seems to be reasonably well fixed.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was a great destination and I am truly pleased that I have had the chance to visit it. But it is an expensive destination. I would still recommend Bhutan to anyone who can afford to go.

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