Bhutan Dream Photo Tour

Your photo tour leaders, Elia Locardi and Naomi Locardi, have led photo tours and workshops across the globe, and together they’ve spent more than 5 weeks scouting and exploring the most beautiful locations that Bhutan has to offer. Along with expert guides, they’ll take you through the incredible landscapes and breathtaking natural beauty of this gem in the Himalayas. Nestled between India and Tibet, the remote and breathtaking Kingdom of Bhutan first opened its borders to tourists in 1974.

Hidden for centuries, this high himalayan paradise, with its ancient monasteries, unique architecture, untouched glacial mountain regions, subtropical forests, and diverse spectrum of various climates and terrains has continued to capture the imaginations and hearts of even the most seasoned of travellers.

Accommodation:

Clean Western style Hotels of 3 stars or better, which normally in-room include tea and coffee and en-suite bathrooms

Transportation:

Private Bus, Van or Minibus

Physical Rating: Average

Aside from the hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery—where there’s an option for mules to carry gear or people up half way—most of the access to our locations can be made by vehicle and a short walk. We will be at varying altitudes, but the trekking and hiking itself is very minimal. Please be sure to have comfortable walking or hiking shoes.

Trip type: Small Group

Small group experience (max 12)

Tour Length: 14 Days

Sep 23rd-Oct 6th, 2017 (with arrival & departure)

Location: Bhutan

Paro and Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Thimpu, CheleLa Pass, Punaka, Phobjekha Valley, Trongsa, Ugen Choling, and Bumthang

Tour Price: $5,995 USD

$1500 USD deposit to reserve your spot.
*Airfare BKK-PBH NOT INCLUDED. Est. $750 USD*

Tour Leaders *

Elia Locardi and Naomi Locardi

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Bhutan Photo Tour

Bhutan, The Land of Happiness.

While Bhutan is a land that offers unique and untapped photographic potential at nearly every turn, it’s also one of the most pleasant places to visit on earth. With a wealth of pristinely preserved cultural heritage and traditions, the people of Bhutan are kind, humble, generous, and always willing to share a window into their unique lives with the people around them. Bhutan often calls itself the richest county in the world but for the Bhutanese, wealth is not measured by finances or GDP, but rather by the pristine preservation of their unique cultural and historical identity through the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), which measures prosperity though the spiritual, physical, social and environmental health of its citizens and natural environment. This belief that wellbeing should take preference over material growth has become a shining beacon of hope for our modern world and it’s incredibly inspiring to experience in person.

Trip Highlights:

Paro and Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery, Thimpu, CheleLa Pass, Punaka, Wangdi, Phobjekha, Trongsa, Ugen Choling, Bumthang.

Planned Itinerary & Dates:

Day 1 – Arrival to Paro from Bangkok* & Paro City Tour
Day 2 – Tiger’s Nest & Paro
Day 3 – Visit CheleLa Pass to Thimphu
Day 4 – Thimphu sites
Day 5 – Thimphu, Dochula pass and Punakha
Day 6 – Punakha and Wangdue area
Day 7 – Punakha to Trongsa
Day 8 – Drive from Trongsa to Tang Valley, Ugyen Choling Manor
Day 9 – Tang Valley to Bumthang
Day 10 – Bumthang  Visiting ancient temples
Day 11 – Bumthang to Gangtey
Day 12 – Gangtey and Phobjikha Valley to Punakha
Day 13 – Punakha to Paro
Day 14 – Depart Paro to Bangkok*

Photo Tour Price: $5995 USD Includes Bhutan Visa Entry Fees, Meals, Lodging based on Double Occupancy (Single Occupancy with extra fee), Transportation during tour, Guided Instruction, Tickets & Entrance Fees, English Speaking Guides and Driver.

*VERY IMPORTANT: Round Trip Flight from Bangkok to Paro is NOT Included. Est. $750 USD* Once you have confirmed your spot for the tour, we’ll ask you to finalize your airfare booking with us through our agent in Bhutan. Space on incoming flights is extremely limited and we have a limited window to keep the flights we have reserved on behalf of participants.

What's Included and Excluded in the Photo Tour Fee

What’s Included:

2 Photography Instructors

Accommodations (Based on Double Occupancy)

Single Occupancy upon availability and with added fee

Meals

Including Lunch and Dinner on arrival day & Breakfast on departure day

All Tickets and Entrance Fees

Transportation in private mini bus

Bhutanese Entry Visa Fees

What’s Excluded:

Airfare BKK to Paro

Est. cost is $750 round trip. We have held tickets through our agent in Bhutan, but there is very limited availability so please confirm your booking with us right away after making your tour deposit.

Snacks and Drinks outside of normal meals

Soda and Alcohol

Drinks besides water and tea or coffee are not included.

Tips for tour guides, drivers, bellhops etc. 


International Medical and Travel Insurance Coverage

*REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION!* Please read About Minimum Coverage Requirements & Suggested Inclusions Here

Supplemental Fees:

Single Room Supplement: $550 USD Prices are based on double occupancy unless noted. Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate participants who request single accommodations, as well as those looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Small Group Charge: $500 USD Photo Tour price is in US Dollars based upon a minimum of 6 paying participants. In the unlikely event the photo tour does not fill, we reserve the right to levy a small surcharge of $500.

Bhutan Photo Tour Leaders

Elia Locardi

Elia Locardi is a pro travel photographer, videographer, public speaker and highly sought after educator who has visited more than 55 countries since 2009.

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Naomi Locardi

Naomi Locardi is an photographer, writer, artist and entrepreneur, responsible for most of the logistical planning for Dream Photo Tours.

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Cancellation Policy

Your deposit is a firm commitment, and will be subject to a cancellation fee, which is why we recommend trip insurance. Please refer to the Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds section in our terms and conditions to read the full details of our policies. Please do not make air travel arrangements until checking with us first.

Disclaimer

While these descriptions represent the photo tour’s planned itinerary, we reserve the right to revise it without notice as we see fit. Details on this page are also subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants is not met. And while we don’t anticipate this happening, we reserve the right to adjust the fees for this photo tour due to factors outside of our control, such as fluctuations in currency rates, political or governmental action, new applicable taxes, and such related issues. Please do not purchase air travel before confirming with us. Participants are expected to be in fair health and be capable of spending the days walking around the various areas while carrying their own equipment.

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