|DAY 1||Arrival to Yangon – Whole day Sightseeing in Yangon City||[-/-/-]|
Mingalabar and welcome to Myanmar! Upon arrival at the airport you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to your hotel for check in (check in possible from 2 pm. Subject to availability).Visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Afterwards, you continue through town in order to make a quick stop by the Royal Lake located in Kandawgyi Park. Catch a view of Karaweik Hall, a reproduction of a royal barge and enjoy a spectacular view of the Golden Shwedagon Pagoda. After sunset head on to Chinatown for a change of scenery and check out the dragons and incense of the colorful Khen Hock Keong Chinese temple. Explore the vibrant street stalls where vendors sell all kinds of fruit, vegetable and other goods or simply just walk around and soak in the atmosphere of this little China in Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.
|DAY 2||Yangon – Bagan Full Day Sightseeing||[B/-/-]|
After enjoying your breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Bagan.Discover the best of Bagan today! Your first port of call is an elevated location amid the temple plains to see the fields and pagodas of Bagan. From here you will have a look around the Ananda Temple – one of the most exalted of Bagan’s temples. We will ensure that our tour reaches this point before the majority of tourist arrive, enabling you to enjoy the splendor of the temple in relative tranquility. Continue to various other temples dotted around the temple plains to experience a variety of architectural styles in the area as well as the artistic wonder of the 9-14th centuries. Traveling amid the temples you will get a taste of rural Bagan life in this ‘living museum’ setting where farmers and families work amongst the monuments.After a short siesta back at your hotel, you will board a private river boat and set off upriver towards Kyauk Gu U Min. Throughout your Irrawaddy river cruise you will be treated to fabulous scenes of life on and by the water: fishermen, ferry boats, riverside villages and views of the Bagan temples. The friendly people work as farmers and fishermen, living a simple but happy life. After returning aboard the cruise continues to Kyauk Gu U Min on the eastern side of the river from where it is only a five to ten minute walk to the temple. The temple itself is built into the side of cliff and behind the main hall is access to a quiet and tranquil cave. Inside the cave there are several small recessed alcoves which are ideal for meditation. Legend has it that the cave was built during the 13th century for the locals to hide from the invading Mongols. After your exploration of Kyauk Gu U Min, you’ll return to the boat for a relaxing cruise back to Bagan (around 1 hour). Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight stay in Bagan.
|DAY 3||Bagan Balloon ride and Cruise Sunset||[B/-/-]|
OPTION: HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE OVER BAGAN
The morning will start off with an exciting hot-air balloon ride above the Bagan countryside. You will observe one-of-a-kind views when the sun begins to rise over the Irrawaddy River and various stupas in the region. You’re simply not going to find many other opportunities like this on Earth. (Only available from October/November through March).After breakfast at your hotel, your guide and driver will pick you up to start your Bagan excursion. It’s off to the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market.From here you will start with a visit of the renowned Shwezigon Pagoda.Travel over dusty lanes and tree shaded roads past temples and monasteries to a small village. Explore the village on foot, getting a glimpse of local lifestyles of Bagan’s residents. Continue to more lesser-known monuments, selected based on your interest, in the area for the remainder of the morning. If you wish, a short walk can be arranged through a series of smaller monuments which allows for a unique perspective of Bagan.You will be driven late in the afternoon (4 pm) to the jetty where a private wooden river boat awaits you. Sitting either under the shade or on the open-deck you’ll be treated to fabulous views as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River. Overnight stay in Bagan.
|DAY 4||Bagan- Mandalay Full Day Sightseeing||[B/-/-]|
A short flight takes you to Mandalay ,your orientation tour of Mandalay will kick off with a walk up to Mandalay Hill.At the top the reward is a full panoramic view, the hazy blue outline of the Shan Hills to the east, the Mandalay Palace (and the city sprawl) to the south and the Irrwaddy River to the west. Directly south of Mandalay Hill stands the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, known as the pagoda of the Great Marble Image. Admire the huge Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. It’s said that the colossal marble block took 10,000 men almost two weeks to transport it from the riverside to its current location. Proceed to Kuthodaw Pagoda, frequently dubbed as “The World’s Biggest Book” for its collection of 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Then it’s off to the Shwenandaw Monastery, the Golden Monastery which is the only enduring structure from the Royal Palace of the 19th century. This impressive structure is celebrated for its remarkable woodcarvings.Your Mandalay guided tour continues with a visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda. Next drive to Amarapura, Myanmar’s penultimate royal capital. Amarapura means “City of Immortality”, though its period as capital was relatively brief. You will start Mahagandayon monastery, home to more than a thousand young monks and renowned as a centre for monastic study and strict religious discipline. Continue on foot or by bus a short distance to the legendary U Bein Bridge, which was built in 1782 when Amarapura was the Royal center of attention. It spans 1.2 km across the shallow Taungthaman Lake and is said to be the longest teakwood bridge worldwide. Enjoy this very special atmosphere as the late afternoon sun casts long shadows and illuminates the local people heading home. As a stunning day comes to an end head back to Mandalay for the night.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart from Mandalay first thing in the morning for a picturesque two-hour drive (76 km) to the past British hill post of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), which is positioned on a plateau resting at around 1,000m above sea level. Various remnants of the colonial period are still in attendance in Pyin Oo Lwin. In 1896 The British colonial establishment decided to turn the locale into a hill post, christening it “Maymyo” after Colonel James May who was a well known soldier stationed there. The railway system traveling from Mandalay turned Maymyo into a nice summer spot. The Pyin Oo Lwin of today is sanctuary for numerous tribal groups in addition to some Nepalese or Hindus that immigrated throughout the British occupation. Take pleasure in a traditional horse and carriage outing around town. Admire the brick and timber houses, complete with English style gables, turrets and chimneys and feel like you are taken back in time. You should also go to the local market to gaze at the various flowers and vegetables they have there. Check out the Botanical Gardens sporting around 432 acres of space and habitat to a varied blend of plant species from around the globe. The Gardens were launched by Sir Harcourt Butler, a previous superintendent of Burma. On your way back don’t forget to stop by at the notorious Candacraig Hotel which was constructed in 1904. This is the eldest hotel in all of Myanmar and was even frequented by celebrated travel writer Paul Theroux as he was penning his book, ‘The Great Railway Bazaar’, as well as its follow-up ‘Ghost Train to the Eastern Star’. It is said that his room was number eleven. Afterwards you’ll be brought back to Mandalay at some time in the afternoon.Overnight stay in Mandalay.Lunch and Dinner on own account.
|DAY 6||Mandalay-Heho-Inle Lake Sightseeing||[B/-/-]|
After enjoying your breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport flight to Heho. From Heho, you will lead to Nyaung Shwe, gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to visit rural workshops, that specialize in traditional Shan paper and unique handcrafted umbrellas. Then you will board a private motorboat and begin heading out onto Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular and breathtaking sights. Along the way you will pass several villages that are built on stilts over the lake, which are inhabited by the local Intha people. Proceed to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main haven, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf. There are also many traditional crafts origininating on 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 day will come to a close with a return trip by boat back to your hotel. Overnight stay on Inle Lake.
|DAY 7||Full Day Inle Lake + 5 Days Morning Market||[B/-/-]|
After breakfast you will board your wooden motorized boat and begin heading out onto Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular and breathtaking sights. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. Pay a visit to the lake’s morning market (the market is open every day apart from dark moon and full moon calendar days). The market’s location rotates between the lake’s villages in a 5 day schedule and is also visited daily by the lake’s inhabitants as well as the surrounding natives who also come to sell and trade their wares. Along the way you will pass several villages that are built on stilts over the lake, which are inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the daily activities of the local leg-rowing fishermen and see their ‘floating gardens’, which are built up from strips of water hyacinth, earth and anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles. You will also visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses loads of early Shan Buddha Images. In the past this temple was known for its ‘jumping cats’ but these days there are only a few felines roaming around and none are jumping any more. Yet the Buddha images are still worth the visit. Proceed to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main haven, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf. There are also many traditional crafts originating on 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. If time allows you will also pay a visit to the local silversmith and a pirogue workshop in the village of Nampan. The day will come to a close with a return trip by boat back to your hotel. Overnight stay on Inle Lake.
|DAY 8||Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon Departure||[B/-/-]|
After enjoying your Breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Yangon. Unfortunately, it is already time to say goodbye to one of the most impressive and enchanting country in the world. Transfer to Yangon International Airport, check-in for flight back.Book Now