14 Days / 13 Nights
An amazing tour with almost everything you can discover in Myanmar:
Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon - Mandalay - Amarapura - Mingun - Sagaing - Monywa - Pho Win Daung - Pakkoku - Bagan - Kalaw - Pindaya - Nyaung Shwe - Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon
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Day 1. Arrive Yangon (-/-/-)
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, on your first walk through the city centre of Yangon, you will see many notable sites from the colonial and religious past of this garden city. Take a short rickshaw ride along the Yangon River, enjoy ‘High Tea’ at the Strand Hotel, which dates from 1896 and was once known as the ‘leading hotel in the East’, and continue to the Botataung Pagoda, where a sacred relic of Buddha’s hair is enshrined. You will spend the night in Yangon.
Day 2. Yangon (B/-/-)
After breakfast, you will travel through rural areas on the City Circular Train, with the opportunity to see cigarette sellers, betel nut traders, fortune tellers and much more at the various stations. At the halfway point, get off the train and visit the Mae Lamu Pagoda, popular for all of its Buddha images, and a much more "folk oriented" feeling than other Pagodas, and the National Museum, with the Lion Throne, which belonged to the last king of Myanmar, and royal regalia from the Burmese kingdom of the 19th century. In the afternoon, you will take a stroll through the Bahan market and then climb up the steps to the world-famous Shwedagon Pagoda, which Somerset Maugham described as follows: “The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city”. This massive, bell-shaped stupa rises 100 metres above its hilltop surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, temples and Buddha images and observe religious and secular visitors from all over the world. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the pagoda. You will spend the night in Yangon.
Day 3. Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo (B/-/-)
Early morning drive to Bago (approx. 1½ hours). In Bago, you will visit the Kyaik Pun Pagoda, with its four giant Buddha statues and the interesting market with various types of vegetables, flowers and merchandise. Then you will travel onwards to Kyaikhtiyo (approx. 3½ hours). In Kyaikhtiyo Township, you will switch from car to a special open-top truck for your trip up to the mountain station (around 1 hour). From there, it is just a short walk (approx. 10 minutes) to the Golden Rock. At the shrine, there is a small stupa on top of a massive granite boulder known as the Golden Rock. Covered in gold leaves, it is precariously balanced on the edge of a cliff, and is reputedly “held in place by a single strand of Buddha’s hair”. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy the activities around the shrine,
before continuing to the hotel for the night.
Day 4. Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon (B/-/-)
After breakfast, departure for Bago. In Bago, you will visit the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which, at a height of 114 metres, is Myanmar’s tallest pagoda, the Pyay May Pyay Pagoda, where visitors marvel at the large python, the Shwetharhlaung Pagoda, with its huge reclining Buddha which is more than 1,000 years old, the Mon village, with its many cotton weaving mills and the Hintha Gon Pagoda, where the city of Bago was founded. In the late afternoon, return to Yangon, transfer to hotel, check in and overnight stay.
Day 5. Yangon - Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma. Upon arrival, visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, which was originally built in 1784 by King Bodawpaya; its gilded Mahamuni Buddha, the oldest Buddhist statue in Myanmar; and some of the famous craft workshops (wood carvings, marble workshops or gold leaf production). In the afternoon, travel to Amarapura: the ‘City of Immortality’. Along with the surviving pagodas, the ancient silk- and cotton-weaving tradition using hand looms is very much alive there. You will visit a mill where weaving is still performed using hand looms, take a rowing boat across Taungthaman Lake to the picturesque village of Taungthaman, and return at sunset to Amarapura via the U Bein bridge, which, at 1,200 metres in length, is one of the world’s longest teakwood bridges. You will spend the night in Mandalay.
Day 6. Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay (B/L/-)
After an early breakfast, climb the 1,729 steps up Mandalay Hill, a vantage point providing breathtaking panoramic views of the city and visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, famous for its exquisite wooden carvings; the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which, owing to its stone tablets with Buddhist inscriptions, is famous for containing the world’s largest book; and the Kusinara Pagoda, with a small museum where the monks will be happy to show you the Peshawar Relics. Then set off on your half-day excursion to Mingun. At the jetty, you will have enough time to observe the lively riverside and take a riverboat trip to the ancient capital city of Mingun (approx. one hour each way). Lunch on board. Visit the Settawya Pagoda, with its Buddha footprint, and the Mingun Bell, the largest bell in the world; view the nearby unfinished Mingun Pagoda, built to be the world’s biggest pagoda and visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda, a replica of the mythological Mount Meru. In the late afternoon, return to Mandalay by boat. Overnight stay in Mandalay.
Day 7. Mandalay - Sagaing - Monywa (B/L/-)
After breakfast, cross the Ava Bridge towards Sagaing, located 21 kilometres southwest of Mandalay, and visit the Sagaing Hills, a place of refuge for devout Buddhists, with its various pagodas, monasteries and convents. Visit the village of Sagaing at the foot of Sagaing Hill, with its markets, shops and restaurants; the Tilawkaguru Cave Monastery, with its murals; the Umin Thounzeh cave complex, with its 45 Buddha statues; and the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, which was built in 1312. This location offers outstanding views of Sagaing. Lunch with the monks or nuns, who will provide you with a glimpse of everyday life within a monastery. In the afternoon, travel onwards to Monywa, a typical Burmese town on the banks of the Chindwin River. Upon arrival, visit the Thanboddhay Pagoda - an impressive complex which, with its over 500,000 small Buddha images, particularly worth seeing, as are the cotton blanket weavers and makers of traditional lacquerware in the village of Kyauk Kar. You will be just in time to see the sunset over the Alantaya Pagoda, which is home to the largest reclining Buddha in Southeast Asia. It is over 90 metres in length. You will stay overnight in Monywa.
Day 8. Monywa - Pho Win Daung - Pakokku - Bagan (B/-/-)
Rise early to take a private boat to the other side of the Chindwin River, where you board a pick-up truck for a trip out to the Pho Win Daung temple complex, a rarely visited site dating back to the 15th century, where more than 450,000 Buddha statues are carved into the mountain’s caves, alcoves and tiny niches. The cave paintings, in indigo blue and soft pastel tones, are still intact. Many of the Buddhas can also be viewed without entering the caves or niches. As long as they don’t enter the sanctuaries, visitors can keep their shoes on. A stunning Buddha not to be missed is the reclining Buddha resting on a rectangular stone mosaic that shimmers like a crystal glass.” Then travel onwards to Pakokku. En route stop in some villages to get a glimpse of the everyday lives of the people in this rural area. Upon arrival in Pakokku, a bustling tobacco trading centre, travel by private boat along the mighty Ayeyarwady River towards Bagan (approx. two hours). You will stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 9. Bagan (B/-/-)
Explore Bagan by bike or horse-drawn carriage - a city whose foundations were laid in the 2nd century AD and which was the Burmese royal capital until the 14th century. Here you will find the greatest historical buildings and richest ruins in Southeast Asia, which many view as surpassing even the temples of Angkor in Cambodia in size and presence. Nowadays, Bagan is a village that exudes an endless sense of tranquillity. The local inhabitants mostly make their living from agriculture and the production of lacquerware. You will constantly have wonderful views of the Bagan plains; countless pagodas and temples line the riverbanks. Overnight stay in Bagan.
Day 10. Bagan - Kalaw (B/-/-)
After an early breakfast, travel to Kalaw (approx. seven hours), a former British colonial town. Kalaw, a hill station and peaceful summer holiday destination, lies approximately 1,400 metres above sea level among pine-covered mountains. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for check-in. Late afternoon have a leisurely walk through the downtown area, where you will find reminders of British colonial times, such as restored cottages and different kinds of religious monuments. A pleasant walk south of the central market takes you to the Hnee Pagoda, in which you will find a 500-year old bamboo Buddha, and the Shwe U Min Pagoda (Shwe Oo Min Paya), a cave filled with golden Buddhas. You will stay overnight in Kalaw.
Day 11. Kalaw - Pindaya - Nyaung Shwe - Inle Lake (B/-/-)
After breakfast, travel to Pindaya (approx. two hours), a charming village with its paper umbrella cottage industry. Visit the Pindaya cave, famous for its thousands of Buddha images and the paper umbrella cottage industry. In the afternoon, travel onwards to Nyaung Shwe (around 3½ hours), a small town located at the northern end of Inle Lake. From there, take a boat to the hotel to check in. You will spend the night on Inle Lake.
Day 12. Inle Lake (B/-/-)
Boat trip along Inle Lake (25 kilometres in length), which is known for its unique leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life out on the water. Today, you will also learn why the famous Shan crackers are so popular with the Burmese people. You will visit a small Intha village to help a family make the popular Shan crackers, which will then be offered for sale at the market. In the afternoon, take a canoe trip through the floating gardens. The floating flowerbeds are tied together in shallow water, which is mostly only around three metres deep, and produce abundant fruits which can be harvested several times a year. Overnight stay on Inle Lake.
Day 13. Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B/-/-)
Morning boat excursion to Indein (approx. one-hour journey) through a beautiful countryside of tall grasses and little water steps, to view the historical Bagan- and Shan-style pagodas built during the Bagan period. The decaying pagodas, hidden in bushes, officially date back to the 12th-13th century. Afternoon transfer to Heho Airport and return flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel, check-in and overnight stay.
Day 14. Departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast, according to your flight schedule, transfer to the airport for your return flight.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS FROM £2,735 pp
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Twin sharing accommodation in double/twin room in the following standard hotels:
Yangon: Best Western Green Hill ***+ or similar
Mandalay: Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel *** or similar
Kyaiktiyo: Mountain Top Hotel *** or similar
Monywa: Win Unity Hotel *** or similar
Bagan: Thazin Garden Hotel *** or similar
Inle Lake: Amata Garden Resort *** or similar
Kalaw: Hilltop Villa Resort *** or similar
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.
Domestic flights Yangon –Bagan/Mandalay-Heho-Yangon.
Private boat at Inle sightseeing.
Entrance fees for all listed attractions.
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Myanmar. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Visa fee for Myanmar.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
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