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Beyond the Sky... Uma Punakha & Uma Paro

8 days from £4,440 per person

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Beyond the Sky is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Winter Sun Trips.

This itinerary offers a completely different way of experiencing this wonderful Himalayan kingdom, exploring the two very different valleys of Paro and Punakha; one alpine, on tropical.

Perfect for both family holidays and honeymoons, Bhutan remains to this day an exclusive, romantic and adventurous destination, and the COMO Hotels, the beautiful Uma Punakha hotel and the well-loved Uma Paro hotel, are ideal havens from which to explore this enchanting country.

This 7-night tailor-made tour has been created for luxury explorers who want to fully immerse themselves into Bhutanese culture, Himalayan Buddhism, as well as mountain sports and activities including Bhutan's national sport, archery. Highly experienced, enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides will reveal the little-known wonders of their beautiful country. And all of this whilst enjoying some of the most attentive and intuitive service, the most mouth-watering food and heavenly spa treatments found in the highest mountain range in the world. 

Our Bhutan specialists have travelled extensively throughout Bhutan on numerous occasions over the last 16 years, we have seen it change a lot in that time, and will be happy to discuss your holiday and tailor it to your individual interests and requirements.

This luxury holiday is purely a suggested itinerary. It can be booked as it is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own perfect tailor-made tour of Bhutan. If you'd like to see similar tours, take a look at our other Family Holiday itineraries as well as our Active Holidays and Honeymoons.


Itinerary details

8 days from £4,440 per person

  • Day 1 - Uma Paro - Paro
    Arrive in Bhutan and transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 2 - Uma Punakha - Punakha
    Drive to Punakha via Thimpu and the Dochu La Pass. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 3 - Uma Punakha - Punakha
    Full day sightseeing visiting the Punakha Dzong and other local sites.
  • Day 4 - Uma Punakha - Punakha
    Spend the day at leisure to enjoy the hotel, or explore the valley and local sites.
  • Day 5 - Uma Paro - Paro
    Return to Paro and spend the afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 6 - Uma Paro - Paro
    Day walk exploring local dzongs and temples.
  • Day 7 - Uma Paro - Paro
    Visit the famed Tiger Nest (Taktsang Monastery).
  • Day 8 - In transit.
    Drive to Paro airport for your onward journey home.
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