30 days in Solomon Islands & Bhutan Itinerary

30 days in Solomon Islands & Bhutan Itinerary

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30 days in Solomon Islands & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Nassau, Bahamas
Fly:  37 h
1
Honiara, Solomon Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Munda, Solomon Islands
— 2 nights
Fly + Ferry:  1 h 30 min
3
Gizo, Solomon Islands
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  31 h
4
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Punakha, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Bumthang, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Trongsa, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Paro, Bhutan
— 5 nights
Fly:  31 h
End: Nassau, Bahamas

3
nights
Honiara, Solomon Islands

Honiara ©
The hustle and bustle of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, provides a nice counterpoint to the slow pace and laid-back atmosphere in other areas of the country.
Honiara is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Tenaru Falls, pause for some photo ops at Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial, delve into the distant past at Bonegi I and II, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Honiara day trip planner.

Nassau, Bahamas to Honiara is an approximately 37- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nassau to Honiara is 16 hours. Traveling from Nassau in November, Honiara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Munda.

Things to do in Honiara

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Solomon Islands Memorial Garden ©
Solomon Islands Memorial Garden
Guadalcanal American Memorial ©
Guadalcanal American Memorial
Holy Cross Cathedral ©
Holy Cross Cathedral

2
nights
Munda, Solomon Islands

Munda ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the activities along Roviana Lagoon, then explore the striking landscape at Shark Point, then head off the coast to Mushroom Island (Tomba Tuni), and finally stop by Kashi Maru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Tetepare.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Munda trip builder website.

You can fly from Honiara to Munda in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Honiara in November, plan for little chillier nights in Munda, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gizo.

Things to do in Munda

Parks Nature
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Roviana Lagoon ©
Roviana Lagoon
Tetepare ©
Tetepare

1
night
Gizo, Solomon Islands

Gizo ©
Gizo is the capital of the Western Province in Solomon Islands. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): head off the coast to Ghizo Island, step aboard Toa Maru, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter the Apostle Catholic Cathedral Gizo.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gizo travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Munda to Gizo takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Thimphu.

Things to do in Gizo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghizo Island
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Ghizo Island ©
Ghizo Island

8
nights
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Thimphu is known for scenic drive, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), explore and take pictures at Dochula Pass, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chagri Dorjeden Monastery.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Thimphu trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gizo to Thimphu. The time zone difference when traveling from Gizo to Thimphu is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Gizo in November, expect nights in Thimphu to be cooler, around 5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Phajoding Monastery
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Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

2
nights
Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery and then don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Punakha trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Thimphu to Punakha in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi Lhakhang Temple ©
Chimi Lhakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

2
nights
Bumthang, Bhutan

Bumthang ©
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurje Lhakhang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambay Lhakhang Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Ogyen Choling Palace Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery, don't miss a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple, and then make a trip to Ngang Lhakhang.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bumthang trip planner.

Getting from Punakha to Bumthang by combination of car and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Trongsa.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Jakar
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Kurje Lhakhang ©
Kurje Lhakhang
Jambay Lhakhang Temple ©
Jambay Lhakhang Temple
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple ©
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple

2
nights
Trongsa, Bhutan

Trongsa ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): cruise along Yutong La Pass, then examine the collection at The Tower of Trongsa Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Tongsa Dzong. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Chendebji Chorten.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Trongsa online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Bumthang to Trongsa in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Trongsa

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums
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Yutong La Pass ©
Yutong La Pass
Tongsa Dzong ©
Tongsa Dzong
Chendebji Chorten ©
Chendebji Chorten

5
nights
Paro, Bhutan

Paro ©
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Spend the 28th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, take some stellar pictures from Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, examine the collection at National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paro trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Trongsa to Paro in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
National Museum ©
National Museum

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