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Road Scholar
Program #19634RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
Shrouded in mystique, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan sits wedged amongst the mighty Himalayas in a mountainous landscape cut by deep river valleys and terraced rice fields. Known to its people as Druk Yul, or “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” it is the last bastion of authentic Himalayan Buddhism.


Highlights

• Encounter the warmth and hospitality of Bhutanese people from many walks of life as they share with you their cherished traditions, history and crafts.
• Take leisurely but sometime strenuous hikes to visit a remote village, a tiny monastery tucked in the midst of rice paddies and the awesome Tiger’s Nest, perched on the side of a cliff.
• Learn about Bhutan's Gross National Happiness philosophy.

Program Notes

The elevation of areas traveled on this program range from 7,000-10,000 feet for the entire duration of the stay in Bhutan.

Activity Notes

Moderate to moderately strenuous walking at altitudes of 7,000-10,000 feet for up to 2 miles/3 hours per day over uneven ground and unavoidable stairs.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Bangkok (Thailand), 1 night; flight to Thimpu (Bhutan), 3 nights; coach to Phobjikha Valley, 2 nights; coach to Bumthang, 3 nights; coach to Trongsa, 1 night; coach to Wangdi Phodrang, 2 nights; coach to Paro, 2 nights; flight to Bangkok, 1 night.

Date Notes
9/28/2014
This program date corresponds to a Festival in Bhutan. Please note that the Festival may change without prior notice.2/16/2015
This program date corresponds to a Festival in Bhutan. Please note that the Festival may change without prior notice.3/18/2015
This program date corresponds to a Festival in Bhutan. Please note that the Festival may change without prior notice.11/4/2014
This program date corresponds to a Festival in Bhutan. Please note that the Festival may change without prior notice.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
15 nights of accommodations
43 meals: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 15 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
2 Flights during the program
Visas: 1(out of 1 required)

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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