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Visit ancient monasteries
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Savour farm to table cuisine
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Spin the prayer wheels
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Explore Paro with an acclaimed Bhutanese architect
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Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Bhutan: Is This the Last Shangri-La?

Oct 31 - Nov 10, 2023

13 days | Bhutan | Alumni Expeditions

This tour is presented by the alumni associations of the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, the University of Saskatchewan, Western University, and McGill University. All are welcome!

A trip to Bhutan feels like the perfect antidote to the last few years of uncertainty and stress. Blissfully apart from the outside world, and notably untrammeled by travelers, Bhutan remains true to itself – its rivers and mountains pure and magical; its people gracious and welcoming; its culture rich and enlivening; and its spirituality prevalent and inspiring.

Spirituality and the strong rooted Bhutanese culture can be found in almost everything the Bhutanese people do on a daily basis, including how they eat, how they work, and how they relate with the natural environment. This tour is rich with people experiences; you’ll have exclusive access to nation builders, chefs, artists, and spiritual leaders.

Bhutan has committed to being the first nation in the world to go 100% organic. We’ll enjoy meals at restaurants and farm homes serving locally sourced organic farm produce, making every meal a fresh and healthy one.

Accommodations include western style hotels with traditional architecture and textiles, a monastery stay, and a night of glamping in the extraordinary Bumthang Valley

You will savor this nature, culture, and adventure for a lifetime, uncovering paths known only to the locals; taking tea with monks at their monasteries; and venturing away from the cities to meadows filled with wildflowers, ancient hamlets, forests of blue pine, spruce and rhododendron, and terraced paddy fields and orchards.
Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
US$8995
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; transportation by comfortable vehicle; flight from Thimpu to Bumthang; most meals; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities and entrance fees; cooking class; private meditation sessions; exclusive presentations by Bhutanese experts; fully escorted by our Bhutanese Tour Director.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Paro, enjoy a meal,
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2Paro's Takin Preserve, art galleries, prayer at a nunnery and live music
3Fly to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation
4Monasteries of Bumthamg
5Scenic drive to Gangtey, visit the pretty village of Trongsa
6Phobjika Valley for one of the most beautiful walks in Bhutan
7Drive to Punakha, learning about textiles
8Visit the Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful dzong in the country
9Drive to Paro, see the Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum
10Hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, 900m above the valley floor
11Depart Paro
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Your Tour Leader

Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. Paula has degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and has recently been teaching courses on UNESCO World Heritage sites at the UBC Summer Institute and the University of Victoria.

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Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
US$8995
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; transportation by comfortable vehicle; flight from Thimpu to Bumthang; most meals; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities and entrance fees; cooking class; private meditation sessions; exclusive presentations by Bhutanese experts; fully escorted by our Bhutanese Tour Director.

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