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Bhutan: Insider's tour to be led by its former U.N. ambassador

Bhutan: Insider's tour to be led by its former U.N. ambassador
Bhutanese communities come together for religious festivals featuring masked dancers and other festivities. (Tourism Council of Bhutan)

This may be the ultimate insider's tour of Bhutan: Lhatu Wangchuk, its former ambassador to the United Nations, will escort Geringer Global Travel's excursion of his country.

Highlights of the 13-day tour include welcome and farewell dinners hosted by the ambassador at his family home, a dinner and program with a Royal Privy Council member who will discuss Bhutan's recent history and national identity, and a dinner at the Folk Heritage Museum. Also included are treks, visits to monasteries and the Tiger's Nest temple as well as the Thangbi Mani Festival, known for its traditional songs and dance. Tour limited to 16.

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Date: Oct. 21-Nov.2.

Price: From $3,690 per person, double occupancy; $250 off per person if booked by March 15. Includes transfers, tours, visa, 12 nights accommodations and all meals. Land only; does not include international airfare or round-trip airfare to Paro from Bangkok.

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Info: Geringer Global Travel, (877) 255-7438

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