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Welcome to Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and most important commercial hub. Its colonial background and religious legacy make it one of the most mesmerizing places in all of Southeast Asia. Upon arrival at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by your guide and taken to your hotel. Thereafter, explore Yangon’s downtown and discover its treasures, including historical buildings such as the magnificent Strand Hotel and the impressive Law Court, as well as a few religious temples, including the 2,000 year old Sule Pagoda. Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Yangon.
Option: Jet lag revitalizer spa treatment at Inya Day spa
Enjoy a lovely breakfast in your room. Your butler will be at your disposal for any wishes (only in luxury hotels). Today starts with a trip across the river to the town of Dhala for a trishaw ride and a visit to its vibrant market. Afterwards you’ll see some of Yangon’s most impressive sites, including a 70 meter long reclining Buddha statue and Karaweik Hall, a reproduction of a royal barge. After a short break in an elegant tea saloon, visit the legendary Shwedagon pagoda during sunset. Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Yangon.
Option: Oil lamp ceremony at Shwedagon Pagoda
Fly today to Bagan, one of Asia’s greatest architectural sites. Upon arrival, head to an elevated temple and enjoy panoramic views of Bagan’s plains. Afterwards, explore the main temples of the area. In the evening, hop on a private wooden boat and sail the Irrawaddy River until you reach a sandbank illuminated by oil lamps. Sip delicious cocktails while a harpist plays traditional music. A private gala-style dinner will be served under the starry sky. Lunch on own account. Sandbank dinner includes free flow drinks for 2 hours (beer, soft drinks, water), harp player and cocktail. Overnight stay in Bagan.
After breakfast, visit the Nyaung Oo market. Visit thereafter the renowned Shwezigon Pagoda. Next, go to a small village monastery to participate in a traditional Buddhist ceremony. Donate food to the resident monks and receive a special blessing. Afterwards, visit a lacquer ware and a wood crafts workshop, both using century-old techniques. Enjoy a romantic horse cart ride through Bagan in the afternoon. Head to a secluded temple’s upper terrace where a private afternoon tea arrangement awaits you. Enjoy sweets and fruits while watching a stunning sunset over the temples. Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Bagan.
Transfer to airport after breakfast (1 hour) for flight to Heho. Upon arrival, proceed by road to the trekking starting point. You’ll be greeted by a local guide and commence your walk through the Shan hills. After a picnic lunch at a local house, you will reach Magwe village and encounter the Greenhill Project’s elephants. Afterwards, continue back to Kalaw, a former British hill station. Expect to reach Kalaw around midday. The rest of the day is at leisure to do as you please. Picnic lunch at a local house. Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Kalaw.
Travel time: 35 Km – 45 minutes
Trekking time: 5 – 6 hours
From Kalaw, go on a scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe, gateway village to Inle Lake. Visit workshops specialized in Shan paper and handcrafted umbrellas along the way. Next, board a private motorboat and begin heading out onto Inle Lake. Visit Nga Hpe Chaung monastery, housing many early Shan Buddha images. Proceed to the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda, containing five sacred images of Buddha. We can also stop to visit a workshop making incredible woven items from lotus silk, boat builders, a cigar making workshop, blacksmiths or even silver smiths. Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Inle Lake.
Option: Lunch in a rice carrier
Travel time: 35 Km – 45 minutes
This morning, travel out onto Inle Lake. In a scenic spot, hot tea or coffee will be served while you enjoy the sunrise. Visit the lake’s market after breakfast and thereafter the Pa-Oh village of Indein. Ascend to the top of a hill where you’ll be greeted by an iconic Buddha image enshrined by hundreds of stupa ruins and overgrown shrubbery. On your ride back you'll stop at the Inthar heritage house to learn more about the lake's indigenous people (drinks and snacks on own account). Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay on Inle Lake.
Option: shan picnic in the bamboo forest
Transfer to Heho airport after breakfast for flight to Yangon. Explore Bogyoke market and glance through its collection of Myanmar crafts. Later, “find out what the future holds” - Myanmar astrologers with deep knowledge of the ancient arts of Asia are tremendously fashionable and greatly revered. You should definitely give it a go while here. Enjoy a lavish farewell dinner at Le Planteur, one of Yangon’s best restaurants. Experience fantastic ambiance in a blend of colonial design with charming Myanmar influences combined with great food. Lunch on own account. Farewell Dinner at Le Planteur. Overnight stay in Yangon.
Travel time: 32 Km – 1 hour
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. Depending on your flight schedule it's time to bid farewell from this amazing country. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to do as you please until your departure flight. In good time your private car will transfer you to Yangon international airport (car and guide at disposal until departure flight).
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|For 2||For 4||Single Supplement|
|Price per person high season||$3,120||$2,720||$790|
|Price per person low season||$2,860||$2,460||$550|