Day 01. Dhaka
Arrive in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh and a mega city in south Asia on the banks of the Buriganga River. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 02. Dhaka
Full-day tour of Dhaka, known as the city of mosques, includes a visit to old Dhaka; Shakhari Bazaar, an urban street flanked with traditional craft shops; Sadarghat, Dhaka's main waterfront; Ahsan Manzil palace; 17th-century Lalbagh fort, scene of a battle during the first war of independence (1857); the National Museum, which has a fine collection of folk art and handicrafts; and Liberation War Museum, which features a moving exhibit on the 1971 war of independence.
Day 03. Dhaka/Bogra
This morning take a beautiful and scenic drive (about 4 hrs) to Bogra, north of Dhaka. After lunch, visit Mahasthangarh, situated on the west bank of the Karatoya River. Excavations at Mahasthangarh, the oldest archaeological site in Bangladesh, have revealed the ruins of an old fortress city dating back to the 3rd century BC.
Day 04. Bogra/Rajshahi
today, drive westward to Rajshahi, known for its silk industries. En route, visit Paharpur, location of one of the world's largest Buddhist monasteries and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. The architectural characteristics resemble those in Myanmar, Cambodia and Java. Afterward, visit Puthia, site of the country's largest Hindu temple complex, including the grand Govinda temple and Shiva temple. (About a 6-hour drive for the day.)
Day 05. Rajshahi/Khulna
After breakfast, head south (about 6-7 hrs) to the port city of Khulna and enjoy rural Subcontinent scenery. On the way, visit the Mosque City of Bagerhat, which has more than 50 Islamic monuments. Among them, the 60-Domed Mosque, the most impressive, is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. Built in the 15th century by a Turkish general, the city was lost for centuries and re-discovered only in the early 20th century.
Day 06. Khulna/Morrelganj/ Dhaka
Early this morning transfer by road (about 2 hrs) to Morrelganj to catch the Rocket Paddle Steamer (a remnant of a bygone age that is still very much used in Bangladesh) for Dhaka. A day and overnight boat journey takes you along the mighty rivers of Bangladesh, the land of rivers. A cruise in a first-class air-conditioned (2 beds) cabin, this river trip is an opportunity to witness scenes of rural Bangladesh that few get to see, as fishermen and farmers go about their daily lives.
Day 07. Dhaka/Chittagong/ Rangamati
Arrive in Dhaka early this morning. After breakfast at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Chittagong, the second largest city, in the southeast of the country. On arrival, a drive (about 2 hrs) takes you to Rangamati, known as the lake district and one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Cruise on Kaptai Lake, Asia's largest manmade lake, and visit an ethnic village.
Day 08. Rangamati/Bandarban
After breakfast, a scenic and hilly drive (about 4 hrs) takes you to Bandarban, an area that is home to many indigenous hill tribes. Bandarban was inaccessible to travelers only a decade ago. Afternoon, visit a hill tribe village.
Day 09. Bandarban/ Chittagong/Dhaka
This morning, drive 2-3 hours to Chittagong. After lunch, fly to Dhaka. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Transfer to the airport and board your flight to the final destination.