With this 8-day premium value sampler of Myanmar, explore ancient capitals, ruined temples, the lush frontiers and diverse ethnic minorities of the Shan State, and gleaming pagodas and shrines interspersed throughout the country from Mandalay to Yangon. Includes 7 nights of boutique accommodation, daily breakfasts, guided city and temple tours with expert guides, an all-inclusive day cruise along the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan, authentic village visits, private airport transfers, and a whole lot of unforgettable memories at unbeatable prices.

 

Language spoken on tour

English

Places visited

Mandalay Bagan Heho Inle Lake Yangon
Days

8

Style

Highlights

From

US$ 964

Tour highlights

Itinerary

Day 1 : Welcome to Mandalay

Min-ga-la-ba and welcome to the golden land of Myanmar—a country known for its thousands of golden temples, ethnically diverse population, and mysterious landscapes. Your tour begins in the cultural heart of the country, the poetic Mandalay. Our driver will bring you to your hotel for check-in before proceeding on a city tour to get acquainted with its most famous sites.

Start at the Royal Palace of Shwenandaw and its monastery, built almost exclusively with gorgeous teak wood. Continue on to the foot of Mandalay Hill to visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the world’s largest book, a set of Buddhist scriptures inscribed on huge stone tablets! The late afternoon will be well-spent to wander freely amongst the many shimmering gold pagodas and temples on the hill before enjoying a stunning panoramic sunset.

Head back to the hotel and enjoy a free evening.

Visited: Mandalay

Day 2 : A full tour of the ancient Burmese capital

Discover the ancient capitals of Mandalay today on a full day tour to Ava, Sagaing, and Amarapura.

In Ava, the capital of Myanmar from the 14th to 18th century, take a  horse-cart ride and admire the scattered ruins and pretty countryside at a slow and quiet pace,  stopping at Bagaya Kyaung, a teak monastery famous for its detailed wood carving and the formal royal monastery of Maha Aungmye Bonzan before heading on to the second place, Sagaing. Known to many as the living center of Buddhism, the city contains 600 white-colored pagodas and monasteries, with over 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers. Listen to the chimes of bells as they echo across the town and stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

Amarapura, the Immortal City, served as the capital of Myanmar twice, from 1783-1821 and then again from 1842-1859. The city is also well-known for its workshops that spin beautiful handmade silk weavings. Amarapura houses two very famous sites within the city, Mahagandayon Monastery, where over 1,000 monks currently study and live, and the iconic U-Bein Bridge, over 1.2 km long and the longest teak bridge in the entire world.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Mandalay

Day 3 : Have a lovely day cruising the Irrawaddy River

Set sail for Bagan in the morning and enjoy a lovely day cruising the Irrawaddy River and observing local life and the surrounding countryside. Along the way, stop in the small village of Lekkapin and learn how to create the jute hat and observe the simple way of village life. In the afternoon, there is a demonstration to learn and try on the traditional longyi clothing and thanatkha make-up, a type of powder used by women to protect their skin from the sun.

The boat will arrive to Bagan around 5 pm. Transfer to your resort just in time to catch the sunset.

 Please note the Irrawaddy Cruise is only available between November and March. For travel occurring between April to October, the transfer will occur by flight or car.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Irrawaddy River

Accomodation: Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

Day 4 : Explore magnificent architecture and stunning temples in Bagan

After breakfast, get acquainted with the rich history of Myanmar’s jewel, Bagan. Built between the 11th and 12th century, this ancient city is now a fantastic archaeological site which rivals that of even Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.

The tour will take you to visit many important sites of Bagan, from the ancient Buddhist Shwezigon Pagoda to Gu Byauk Gyi Pagoda with its beautiful mural paintings. Afterwards, continue to one of the most well-known temples in Bagan, Ananda Temple, to view its magnificent architecture and stunning wall paintings. After a visit to Tharabar Gate, enjoy a local restaurant lunch before returning to the hotel to beat the midday heat.

After your rest, in the late afternoon we will visit Manuha and Dhammayangyi Temple to learn about the interesting part these temples played in Myanmar’s history before concluding our tour at Shwesandaw Pagoda for awe-inspiring sunset views.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Bagan

Accomodation: Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

Day 5 : Take a boat tour and experience the unique lifestyle of the local people

Transfer to Nyaung U Airport for a 40-minute flight to Heho, a small town located in the Shan State. Drive to the gorgeous highland area of Inle Lake where it’s still possible to view the powerful image of fisherman gliding along the water with their unusual rowing techniques, casting glittering nets to find food.

Take a boat tour and pass by villages inhabited by local people with houses built on stilts and floating gardens before reaching Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, well-known for not only its Shan-styled Buddha statues but also the resident cats who have been trained to do various tricks. Stop by Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main shrine, before visiting a cheroot workshop where Burmese cigars are rolled out by hand.

Check into the Inle Resort and Spa in the afternoon and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Inle Lake

Day 6 : A day of leisure in Inle Lake

Enjoy your last day in Inle Lake with a day free for leisure. Popular day-trips include visiting Nyaung Shwe, a sleepy little village filled with charming nunneries, local temples, and farming lands, and the Red Mountain Estate, one of the finest vineyards in all of Myanmar. To learn more about village life, visit the morning market in Indein Village to get a first-hand look into daily life and work in the area.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Inle Lake

Day 7 : Visit the glittering city, Yangon

Transfer to Heho airport this morning for the one-hour flight to Yangon. Although Yangon is no longer the capital, it is still the most influential city in the country.

Visit Sule Pagoda, dated at 2,600 years old and said to have been built during the Buddha’s lifetime, and

Kandawgyi Park, known to be one of the greenest spots in the entire city. There are excellent views to be had of the Karaweik Palace, a glittering replica of the Pyi Gyi Mon Royal Barge which was used by Burmese kings of old to travel around the kingdom. Enjoy the vast lake with views of Shwedagon Pagoda in the background. The tour’s final stop arrives just in time to catch the glorious sunset at the 2,000-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most significant religious sites in the entirety of Myanmar.”

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Yangon

Accomodation: Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon

Day 8 : Time to say good-bye

Your day is free to discover the city and snatch up those last-minute souvenirs before returning to Yangon Airport for onward booked travel arrangements.

Meals: Breakfast

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Why book this tour

  • Boutique properties and cruises with charm and high-quality customer reviews
  • Hit major highlights and experiences throughout Myanmar
  • Guide-assisted flexible meal plans to ensure you can taste local flavours
  • Art and culture lovers can dive deep into the history and heritage of the region
  • Premium value at an affordable price

Tour information

General information HotelImportant notes

Services included

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours as per itinerary with local English speaking guide
  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
  • All boat trips as program
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals as indicated in the program

Services excluded

  • Airfares (international and domestic) and airport taxes
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Meals other than mentioned in the program
  • Visa fees, travel insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to emergency situation
  • All services which are not mentioned in “services included”

Optional Services 

  • Domestic flights: Bagan - Heho, Heho - Yangon

 

General information

Services included

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours as per itinerary with local English speaking guide
  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
  • All boat trips as program
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals as indicated in the program

Services excluded

  • Airfares (international and domestic) and airport taxes
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Meals other than mentioned in the program
  • Visa fees, travel insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to emergency situation
  • All services which are not mentioned in “services included”

Optional Services 

  • Domestic flights: Bagan - Heho, Heho - Yangon

 

Hotel
Important notes

About this tour

  • This itinerary is fast-paced and utilizes two flights to cover major highlights of Myanmar in just 8 days
  • Consider adding a beach extension on day 8 to Ngapali Beach to relax on the white sand beaches of southern Myanmar
  • An airport arrival and departure transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum of 15 days prior to travel
  • Please ensure your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining at the time of your departure and that the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets
  • This package requires a visa to Myanmar
  • This trip involves many cultural experiences which take place often barefoot. You’ll be visiting many religious sites where you must remove all footwear before entering. In places like Bagan, you may need to climb steep steps (sometimes without railing) barefoot, but the views are well worth it
  • Myanmar is a conservative country so take care to pack loose, lightweight, long clothing to be respectful and keep cool in the predominantly hot climate
  • Please note the Irrawaddy River day cruise is only available between November and March. For travel occurring between April to October, the transfer will occur by either flight or car

 

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