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Bhutan & the Maldives with COMO Resorts

12 days from £8,450 per person

This bespoke itinerary combines two contrasting but equally beautiful destinations; the astonishing mountain ranges of the Himalaya and the powdery white sand beaches of the Maldives, all the while staying in the luxurious comfort of COMO Hotels.

Begin you journey in the tropical valley of Punakha. This valley is blessed with fertile farmlands. Patchworks of orchards roll down the wide valley to the banks of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, which gently carves its way through the mountain peaks. At 1,300 metres, Punakha is lower than other areas of Bhutan, which means you will have a chance to acclimatise before moving on to your next stop.

The alpine valley of Paro is perhaps one of Bhutan’s most beautiful. Often referred to as the gateway to Bhutan, in Paro you will get a true sense of the rich culture, scenic beauty and the hundreds of myths and legends that are linked to Bhutan. Paro valley is also home to one of Bhutan’s most iconic landmarks, the Tiger’s Nest, an awe-inspiring temple constructed upon a sheer cliff face, 900 metres above the valley floor.

Depart and find yourself basking in the gloriously warm climate of the Maldives, famous for their astonishing pure beaches and gin-clear waters. While away the days in the shade of palm groves, swinging in a hammock or snorkelling beneath the waves.

This is purely a suggested itinerary, so it can be booked as it is, or used as a starting point for creating your own luxury tailor-made tour of Bhutan and the Maldives. If you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our Active Holiday collections and our favourite Mountains & Trekking itineraries, as well as our top Beach Holiday suggestions.


Itinerary details

12 days from £8,450 per person

  • Day 1 - Uma Punakha - Punakha
    Arrive in Paro, Bhutan, and drive to Punakha. Spend the rest of day at leisure.
  • Day 2 - Uma Punakha - Punakha
    Full day sightseeing in Punakha visiting the famed Punakha Dzong and the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten stupa.
  • Day 3 - Uma Punakha - Punakha
    Morning rafting on Mo Chu River. Walk to the Drukpa Kuenley fertility temple.
  • Day 4 - Uma Paro - Paro
    Drive to Paro, zigzagging through forests and over passes with fluttering prayer flags. Arrive and spend the afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 5 - Uma Paro - Paro
    Visit the Haa Valley for a day of sightseeing and local activities.
  • Day 6 - Uma Paro - Paro
    Take a day hike in the valley ending at the Tiger's Nest.
  • Day 7 - Cocoa Island by COMO - Male
    Transfer to Paro airport for your flight to Bangkok. Catch your connecting flight to Male and transfer to your hotel.
  • Day 8 - Cocoa Island by COMO
    Day at leisure.
  • Day 9 - Cocoa Island by COMO
    Day at leisure.
  • Day 10 - Cocoa Island by COMO
    Day at leisure.
  • Day 11 - Cocoa Island by COMO
    Day at leisure.
  • Day 12 - In transit.
    After checkout transfer back to Male airport for your onward journey home.
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