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Mingalabar and welcome to Myanmar! The former capital Yangon, also known as Rangoon, remains Myanmar largest city and continues to be the country's the most important commercial hub and gateway for most of its international visitors. Its colonial background and religious legacy make it one of the most mesmerizing and genuine places in all of Southeast Asia. Upon arrival at the airport you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Feeling jetlagged? Start your vacation off with a trip to a day spa for the “Jet La- Revitalizer” - an aromatherapy body massage that restores your mind, body and soul with a potent blend of eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint. If you find that you need to re-balance and rejuvenate your body throughout the course of your travels, a relaxing spa treatment is your salvation in Yangon. The rest of your day is at your leisure. Lunch on own account. Welcome dinner at hotel.
The day will start off with a half-day heritage tour, an ideal introduction to Myanmar and Yangon's rich history. A local expert will accompany you on the walk, explaining in detail the significance of each edifice and what is done to maintain them. This tour will surely not only open your eyes to some of the most impressive buildings, but also provide a deeper understanding of Yangon's rich past. In addition, you will visit the Yangon Heritage Trust Fund: a local organization that is actively working on the preservation of the city’s historical colonial centre.
Afternoon city tour in Elephant Coach (6 hours). Feel like having a break before your next venture? Head on to “Acacia Tea Saloon” in Yangon; an imposing colonial mansion in the tropical setting of Yangon for a relaxing “Afternoon Tea”. Visit the 70-metre reclining Buddha at Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda and the gleaming royal barge at Kandawgyi Park. Then, as the sun begins to set, travel to the resplendent Shwedagon Pagoda.
Lunch on own account. Dinner at Monsoon Restaurant (Indochina Set Menu).
After enjoying your breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Bagan. It is one of Asia's most impressive sites, with more than 4000 religious monuments built between the 9th and 14th century. You'll continue directly to the boat jetty and board the majestic Sanctuary Ananda, your home for the next few nights. Check in and settle into your suite in time for lunch (guests arriving on earlier flights can enjoy optional tours to Minanthu weavers' village, Myinkaba Village and a jaggery workshop).
In the afternoon, travel to Bagan by coach to visit some of the most important temples and pagodas - Ananda, Htilominlo and Pyathatgyi - with its magnificent archaeological site. Your visit to the elevated temple of Pyathatgyi will lead you to a gorgeous view as the sun sets behind the hills on the far side of the Ayeyarwady, filling the sky with a reddish glow. Lunch and dinner on board. Overnight stay in Bangan.
For early risers, there are two optional excursions on offer - a hot-air balloon ride over Bagan (additional charge) or sunrise meditation in one of the temples. After breakfast visit a bustling local market and the sacred Buddhist Shwezigon Pagoda, which houses a bone and tooth of the Gautama Buddha. Continue to the Indian-influenced Gubyaukgyi Temple and visit traditional lacquer ware workshops before returning to the ship to sail northwards towards Sagaing.
A choice of lectures and demonstrations are on offer during the afternoon or simply relax on board. In the evening, enjoy sandbank sunset cocktails followed by dinner. Lunch and dinner on board. Overnight stay in Bangan.
Awake early for meditation or yoga classes on board or enjoy a leisurely morning as the ship sails towards Ava. Ava was the ancient imperial capital for five centuries. After lunch you will go ashore to visit its main sites by horse and cart. You will also visit Sagaing and Amarapura to see the local silversmiths and textile workshops. The day comes to the U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teak bridge, where you will enjoy drinks at sunset.
A memorable farewell dinner will be held on a sandbank overlooking Mingun, followed by a traditional musical performance. Lunch on board and dinner on sandbank. Overnight stay in Mandalay.
For those who wish, an early morning visit to the Sanctuary-adopted village of Sinjun is offered. This small community is a great place to observe the typical life of Myanmar villages and to see a way of life seldom viewed by outsiders.
Around mid-morning, the ship will reach Mandalay jetty and it’s time to disembark and say goodbye to the crew. An introductory tour of Mandalay includes visits to Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, just a few of the city's most famous sites. Lunch on own account. Dinner at hotel (Western Set Menu).
After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Mandalay airport for your flight to Heho. From Heho, enjoy a scenic one-hour drive (32km – 1 hour) which leads to Nyaung Shwe, gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to visit rural workshops that specialize in traditional Shan paper and unique handcrafted umbrellas. Then you will board a private motorboat and go to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular and breathtaking sights.
Visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses loads of early Shan Buddha Images. Finally, proceed to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf. There are also many traditional crafts coming from Inle Lake and, should you wish, we can stop for a visit to one making incredible woven items from lotus silk, boat builders (depending on the time of year), a cigar making workshop, blacksmiths or even silver smiths. The tour will come to a close with a return trip by boat to your hotel. Lunch on a rice boat. Dinner on own account.
In the morning, you will set off for some of the most remote villages on Inle Lake. The day may start with a visit to a morning market, which rotates location every day (Note: market is closed on dark moon and full moon days). Continue to Kaung Daing, a quiet Intha village on the northwestern shore of the lake, 10 km from Nyaung Shwe. The village is known for its production of tofu, made from yellow split peas, rice crackers and fried beans. Walk through the village, get a glimpse into the lives of the villagers and taste some of the local delicacies they produce.
A 1 hour boat ride down a small canal will take you to the Pa-Oh village of Indein, positioned on the western shores of Inle Lake. Take a leisurely stroll around the village before ascending the moss-covered stairway to the top of a hill. Once you’ve arrived at the summit, you will be greeted by an iconic Buddha image which sits enshrined among hundreds of stupa ruins and overgrown shrubbery. Then it’s time to embark on a 45 minutes trek to Sae Ma village. On your boat ride back, should time allow, stop at the Intha Heritage House to learn more about the history and culture of the lake's indigenous people and enjoy a delicious coffee and cake (snack break not included). As an exciting day comes to close, transfer back to your hotel for some well-deserved relaxation.
Luxury picnic lunch in a bamboo forest. Dinner on own account.
The day is at your leisure at Inle until the evening flight back to Yangon. Or if you prefer, opt to go on a light trek through the Shan Hills.
Optional : Set off on foot for a 2 to 3 hours trek in the Shan Hills accompanied by a local guide. You'll pass through fields growing an array of crops such as sugar cane, chilies, cauliflower and rice as you make your way up the gently sloping hills. A visit will be made to a local village where you will observe their traditional way of life, one that has remained mostly unchanged over the years. You will also have the chance to experience the natural beauty of the Shan State and perhaps even have a glimpse of Inle Lake in the far distance. Transfer to Heho airport to catch the evening flight for Yangon. Lunch on own account. Farewell dinner at Le Planteur (full à la carte menu).
Enjoy last minute shopping or sightseeing before departing Myanmar. Should you have time, you may wish to visit Bogyoke (or Scott) market. The market is filled with stalls selling craftworks, jewelry and fabrics among other items. Or go to some of the many art galleries downtown or simply relax at your hotel. You will be transported to the Yangon International Airport for your departure.
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||$6,640||$6,390||$3,200|
|Price per Person Low Season||$4,090||$3,840||$1,560|