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Program #19634RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Fran MacPherson Jan 01, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Also interested in weather in Nov/Dec ?????- went in July FANTASTIC - mind you we had Fin as our guide he is exceptionally good tho likes to try and keep a tight(ish) rein ! Fran
Glenn Steiner Jan 07, 2015 at 09:49 PM

It was chilly in the morning sometimes, it just depended on the elevation. In the late morning and afternoon it was perfect walking weather. In the lower elevations the poinsettias were in full bloom, beautiful. In the passes it was cool. No snow until the morning of the hike to Tiger's Nest. Fin delayed our start because it was raining (for the first time) down where we stayed, and it was likely to stop in an hour or so. When we got there it was lightly snowing, and very beautiful. I have a feeling many tourists stayed back, because the trail was not busy. When we got the the halfway point, the snow had stopped, but the trail was not dry. Half our group decided not to go on for various reasons. Another tour group that was there was told they couldn't go on. The post-snow fog obscured the Tiger's Nest at first, but as it cleared the sunlight and wisps were beautiful. Our small group had the monastery all to ourselves - no other groups! What a treat. It could not have been more beautiful than with that little bit of snow.

Sandra Smith Dec 31, 2014 at 09:31 PM

How was the weather for you folks on the Dec 2014 trip? Snow? Any opportunities that were missed? I'm considering Dec 2015.
Premium Email Subscriber Dec 31, 2014 at 09:54 PM

I was there the trip before which ended the r
Premium Email Subscriber Dec 31, 2014 at 09:59 PM

I was there on the Nov trip & it's quite warm though chilly at night we r talking fleece at night & on some of the higher altitudesays but most days it was shirts. Bhutan is the same latitude as Miami FL & Cario just higher. It a marvelous trip don't miss it. Take hiking boots , a bimong stick & enjoy. Fun wholesfs sl
Premium Email Subscriber Dec 31, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Premium Email Subscriber Dec 31, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Premium Email Subscriber Dec 31, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Glenn Steiner Jan 07, 2015 at 09:39 PM

Hi, Sandra, see my comment above.

Glenn Steiner Nov 17, 2014 at 09:19 PM

My wife and I will arrive in Bangkok on December 2 2014 (a day early) because of flight arrangements from Pittsburgh. We're staying the extra night at the Novotel Airport for convenience. We'll have December 3 for a short sightsee of Bangkok, jetlag permitting. Anyone else doing the same thing?
Glenn and Mary Ann
Helen Cagampang Nov 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I'm arriving on the 3rd in the afternoon. Looking forward to this trip. Traveling solo, also. Also from Berkeley. Thoughts from those who've recently completed your trip?
Allan Hoben Nov 30, 2014 at 01:35 PM

Yes, we are in Berkeley. If you want to visit call on cell phone 510 725 2884
Allan Hoben Nov 30, 2014 at 01:35 PM

Premium Email Subscriber Oct 09, 2014 at 03:59 PM

Four of us are on the November 4th Essence of Bhutan trip and would love to "meet" fellow travels on this site. We
are arriving 4 days early to relax and
explore in Bangkok. We are staying at the
Shangra-La and traveling via Cathy
Pacific from San Francisco.
Allan Hoben Oct 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

My wife and I are on the Bhutan trip. Will arrive in Bangkok on the 5th.
Premium Email Subscriber Oct 16, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Looking forward to meeting. I'm from San Diego, Dana from Sarasoto and Linda and Van Marin in N CA. We all met in India and have enjoyed traveling together ever since. Where is home for u and ur wife? Sarasota and Linda and Van from Marin. We all met in India and have enjoyed occassionally traveling together ever since. Where are you from?veling together
Premium Email Subscriber Oct 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Sorry, Part of my message duplicated itself
Allan Hoben Oct 16, 2014 at 04:24 PM

HI, I am not sure how this web site works. We live in Berkeley. It is our first trip to Bhutan.
Premium Email Subscriber Oct 16, 2014 at 05:50 PM

Our first trip also. Quite looking forward to seeing and lexperiencing Bhutan. Have no idea either how this site works. It is also r first trip with RS. Have u taken any previous ones with them?
Allan Hoben Oct 16, 2014 at 06:47 PM

We did several international trips when it was called Elderhostel. Most were well done. Our friends did Bhutan and loved it. We are retired and live in Berkeley, CA How about you?
Premium Email Subscriber Oct 17, 2014 at 02:56 PM

First I'm Suzanne not " Premium" & I live in La Jolla & am still gainfully employed 3 days a week. Van & Kinda r from Novato& Dana Sarasota. The 3 of them r all happily & busily retired. Our past tours together have been w OAT. Have heard good things about the RS trip to Bhutan the 4 of us r easy travelers who r punctual & all most always positive. We also enjoy mixing w r fellow travelers

Venencio Ferriols Oct 04, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Don't look forward to the 13+ hour flight from Seattle to Hong Kong but I am looking forward to seeing Bhutan Dec. 1 -18 2014. Have been traveling with Road Scholar for many years and always had a enjoyable experience.
Venencio Ferriols Oct 19, 2014 at 01:52 PM

Check with your doc for shots, mountain sickness and sleeping pills (barking dogs at night)

Stephen Hirt Sep 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Headed to Bhutan on 9-29. Anyone out there on this trip?

Elizabeth Rausch Aug 18, 2014 at 04:48 PM

I would love to "meet" anyone going on the December 1 - 18 trip this year. I am a novice traveler and am very excited about this trip.
Allan Hoben Oct 16, 2014 at 12:23 PM

My wife Susan and I will be on the trip. We arrive in Bankok on the 5th.
Allan Hoben Oct 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

opps different dates
Helen Cagampang Nov 30, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Hello, Elizabeth. As I posted up thread, I am also going on the December trip, traveling solo, and looking forward to it, I'm from Berkeley - you? I'm retired, but have been working very hard recently, so the "rest" will be a good change. This is my second RS trip - first to New Zealand was excellent.

Sharon Lee-Faris Jul 24, 2014 at 03:01 PM

I am on the Sept. 28 trip and am looking for a roommate, female. I am a companionable 75 year old in good shape and so looking forward to this trip. I am also Buddhist and really excited about their spiritual traditons.
Helen Cagampang Nov 30, 2014 at 12:10 PM

How was your trip? I am about the same age, and not in the shape I would have liked to be in for this trip.

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