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Cultural Heartland Tour - Ace the Himalaya
10 days

Cultural Heartland Tour

Start and end in Paro
Tour Operator:
Ace the Himalaya
Max group size:
15
Age range:
13 to 75
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
20039
From
US $4,000
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Itinerary

Start and end in Paro! With the Sightseeing tour Cultural Heartland Tour, you have a 10 days tour package taking you through Paro, Bhutan and 4 other destinations in Bhutan. Cultural Heartland Tour includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 01 - Arrival at Paro Airport
  2. Day 02 - Sightseeing around Paro then evening drive to Thimphu
  3. Day 03 - Sightseeing in and around Thimphu
  4. Day 04 - Drive from Thimphu to Gangtey/Phobjikha
  5. Day 05 - Drive from Gangtey to Bumthang
  6. Day 06 - Sightseeing in and around Bumthang
  7. Day 07 - Drive through Trongsa to Punakha
  8. Day 08 - Sightseeing in Punkha with overnight accommodation in Paro
  9. Day 09 - Sightseeing in and around Paro
  10. Day 10 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
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What's Included

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  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • Additional Services
  • Transport
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Additional Services

Reviews About This Operator

  • sharon
    · May 11th, 2019
    Pawan was an excellent guide. His information was excellent. He was caring of us and our welfare
  • Holly
    · October 27th, 2016
    We took a custom trip to Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Everything went smoothly except for a bad driver in Tibet. The... Show more
  • David
    · March 31st, 2020
    I loved the trip. It was very well organised and the people who were running the company were very caring. The guide... Show more

Dates & Availability

10 days
Cultural Heartland Tour
From Paro to Paro
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Upcoming departures
  • Saturday
    17 Apr, 2021
    English
    Monday
    26 Apr, 2021
    $4,000
  • Saturday
    24 Apr, 2021
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    Monday
    3 May, 2021
    $4,000
  • Saturday
    1 May, 2021
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    Monday
    10 May, 2021
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    8 May, 2021
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    Monday
    17 May, 2021
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  • Saturday
    15 May, 2021
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    Monday
    24 May, 2021
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    22 May, 2021
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    Monday
    31 May, 2021
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  • Saturday
    29 May, 2021
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    Monday
    7 Jun, 2021
    $4,000
  • Saturday
    5 Jun, 2021
    English
    Monday
    14 Jun, 2021
    $4,000
  • Saturday
    12 Jun, 2021
    English
    Monday
    21 Jun, 2021
    $4,000
  • Saturday
    19 Jun, 2021
    English
    Monday
    28 Jun, 2021
    $4,000
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • What immunizations will I need?

      No vaccinations are compulsory fro traveling in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

      We also recommend:

      · A dental check-up prior to traveling
      · That you know your blood group in case of emergency

      If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

    • Will it be possible to get any clothes washed/Laundry?

      Laundry service is easily available at your hotel. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

    • Is there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

      We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

    • Can I add extra days to my trip?

      No, because we can’t change your Druk air flight once it is booked.

    • What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

      Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:

      · Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour (Keep a separate photocopy)
      · Travel insurance (Keep a separate photocopy)

      · Cash and Traveller’s Cheques (Keep numbers and proof of purchase separately)
      · Flight tickets
      · Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts

    • Are the Ace the Himalaya's staff insured?

      Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

    • Is the water fine to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

      The trip price included the drinking water for the all Bhutan trip. You don’t need to bring any bring purifying tablets/filter or pay for the water.

    • Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

      This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

    • Do I need to obtain the visa for Bhutan?

      We will handle the visa procedures for you. The Govt. will sanction the VISA only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included with our tour price. Actual Bhutan VISA will be stamped in your passport on arrival on Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country.

      The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets.

      All you need is to carry 2 copies of original passport-sized photographs, which are required on arrival in the country. Please e-mail us the clear color copy of the passport for the visa procedures.

    • Do your guides have guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

      Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training

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    Good to Know

    • Currency
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      Ngultrum
      Bhutan
    • Plugs & Adapters

      As a traveller from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, D, M, G. As a traveller from England you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, D, M. As a traveller from South Africa you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, G.

      Type C
      Bhutan
      Type E
      Bhutan
      Type F
      Bhutan
      Type D
      Bhutan
      Type M
      Bhutan
      Type G
      Bhutan
    • Vaccines
      • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
      • Typhoid - Recommended for Bhutan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Bhutan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Cholera - Recommended for Bhutan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Tuberculosis - Recommended for Bhutan. Ideally 3 months before travel.
      • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Bhutan. Ideally 2 months before travel.
      • Rabies - Recommended for Bhutan. Ideally 1 month before travel.
      • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Bhutan. Ideally 10 days before travel.
      • Japanese B encephalitis - Recommended for Bhutan. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    • Visa
      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before May 16th, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after May 16th, 2021, a minimum payment of 30% is required to confirm your booking with Ace the Himalaya. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 35 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
      • Some departure dates and prices may vary and Ace the Himalaya will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
      • The following cards are accepted for "Ace the Himalaya" tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.
    • Accessibility
      Some tours are not suitable for mobility-restricted traveller, however, some operators may be able to accommodate special requests. For any enquiries, you can contact our customer support team, who are ready and waiting to help you.

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