You can visit Bhutan vicariously through the many beautiful photographs, websites, and books available, but there's only one way to truly understand how special our Kingdom is: experience it first-hand. We look forward to showing you what's beyond the mere surface, at a distinctly more local level—closer to the living heart of Bhutan.
"...We went with Illuminating Tours, who managed to provide a more personalised travel approach in Bhutan for us...Most crucially, flexibility offered during the tour itself, maximising opportunities to experience Bhutanese hospitality, and the warmth of all personnel attached to Illuminating and in their extended networks, were key to this being a great trip." --Terry and Amy, Australia
“If you want a tour operator that has the knowledge, communication skills, attentiveness and conscientiousness to create a truly fantastic, bespoke itinerary in Bhutan just for you, look no further than the family-run and highly professional team at Illuminating Tours. They’ll put your faith back in the human race as much as Bhutan will, and for that and many other reasons I would recommend them unconditionally.” -- George Walmsley, Australia
Illuminating Tours is owned and operated by a group of travel professionals with a combined experience of over 30 years in tourism. We invite you to visit Bhutan with us, and see the Kingdom at a more in-depth, personal level.
Illuminating Tours is officially licensed by the government of Bhutan as a travel agent and tour operator.
We finished an exciting and successful 2012 photography tour with Peter Eastway and Robert van Koesveld, in collaboration with our travel partner in Australia, My Secret Bhutan. The photography tour dates for 2013, to be led by Robert van Koesveld and Libby Lloyd, are 7-22 October. More here!read more
Bhutan is known as the home of Gross National Happiness. It's more complicated than simply being happy, and encompasses concepts like good government and sustainable development. Bhutan is constantly trying to refine our GNH principles and discussing how to apply it to our daily lives. It's a work in progress, but a brave new way of thinking.read more