Itinerary : Discover Burma

We think of our itineraries as melodies: they have a beginning and an end, a certain arc, dramatic highlights and a few surprises. We like to improvise, to adapt to the mood of our guests or to circumstances that arise — an invitation to a traditional wedding, say, or a local ethnic festival…

Crafting beautiful, harmonious trips with delightful twists is our trade mark and passion.

A multi activity adventure in SE Asia’s most intriguing and undiscovered country.

Our carefully designed itinerary takes you to Burma’s must-see sights, as well as the off-the-beaten track corners we’ve discovered, immersing you in the culture, history, charm and beauty of this amazing country. And there’s a unique twist: on some days you can chose between activity levels – the classic level if you prefer more gentle exercise, and the active level if you relish longer and more challenging excursions by bike or foot.

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

Day 1: Yangon
Relax by the pool in our colonial-style five-star boutique hotel, and sample gourmet Burmese cuisine in one of the country’s top restaurants.
Day 2: Yangon
Drink tea with locals in a friendly market, help serve lunch to young monks in a monastery orphanage and witness moving Buddhist rituals in the 2500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda.
Day 3: Mandalay
Check out the pampered snakes in a tucked away temple, walk with farmers and monks on the world’s longest teak bridge, and savor local beer and BBQ snacks as the sun sets over the Irrawaddy River.
Day 4: Mandalay
Follow quiet leafy lanes to ancient ruins, enjoy a picnic on the river bank, kick up your heels on a slow boat back to the royal city.
Day 5: Kalaw
Take an early flight to the Northern Highlands, then trek through the forest to meet local hill tribe people, help wash their elephants in the river and plant some trees for a reforestation project.
Day 6: Inle Lake
Wander through the evocative riverside temples of Indein, then take a skinny boat to our hotel on stilts over Inle Lake. From your deck, marvel at the leg rowers heading home!
Day 7: Inle Lake
Scoot around the lake by private boat, visiting floating gardens and vibrant markets. In traditional teak houses, see how cheroots are rolled, local boats are built and Burmese cats are bred.
Day 8: Inle Lake
Bike through the rice fields of Shan and Intha villages, stopping to visit forest monks and to shop at a lively market. Then close your eyes as we transport you to a surprise location, for a long, luxurious and unforgettable lunch!
Day 9: Inle Lake – Bagan
After a free morning to take in the beauty of the lake, hop on a plane to the astonishing Bagan. Arrive as the late afternoon sun casts golden light over a plain dotted with hundreds of exquisite pagodas.
Day 10: Bagan
By bike or horse and cart, wander the sandy lanes of this astonishing archeological site, stopping to visit ancient pagodas and temples, each with its own unique and evocative atmosphere.
Day 11: Bagan
As an option, at daybreak, drift over the wonders of Bagan in a hot air balloon - definitely a ‘bucket list’ experience! (Optional extra). Have a picnic lunch in the shade of a centuries old temple wall, and sip sundowners on a sandbank in the middle of the mighty Irrawaddy River.
Day 12: Bagan – Yangon
Revisit your favourite temples or shop for some top quality lacquer ware before returning to Yangon, in time for our farewell dinner.
Day 13
Bid farewell to newfound friends, as you head to homeward flights or onward journeys.

Please note: this itinerary serves as an example of trip highlights and is subject to change.

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