DAY 01: ARRIVAL YANGON
Arrival to Yangon and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Hotel, Yangon.
DAY 02: YANGON - BAGAN
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezi Gon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. See 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Visit the Taungphi village to see old monasteries, which have beautiful Khone Baung dynasty frescoes.
In the afternoon, visit continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144.Continue to Mingalazedi, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River.
Overnight at Hotel, Bagan.
DAY 03: BAGAN and surrounding
This morning we have time to explore the Myinkaba village area either by bicycle or by horse cart. First, we visit Gubyaukgyi Temple admiring the fine stuccowork. We continue to Nanpaya temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda and later stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages.
In the afternoon, visit Lacquer ware factory to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. After that visit to Abeyadana Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 that is famous for its interlocking mortarless brickwork. Next, visit Sulamani, one of Bagan’s great two-storied Bamar style temples, which has 4-seated Buddha images. Observe a sunset in the vicinity of Bagan’s ancient monuments.
Overnight at Hotel, Bagan.
DAY 04: BAGAN - MANDALAY
Transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay .Upon arrival at Mandalay Airport, drive to Mandalay and visit Mahamuni Pagoda with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Stop to see stone carving and, later, to see gold leaf being beaten into wafer thin pieces. Check into your hotel late morning
In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's home. Continue to see the 'world’s largest book', being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw Pagoda. Visit Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda to see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Enjoy spectacular views at sunset (if the weather permit) from Mandalay Hill, where there are interesting glass-studded temples. Overnight at Hotel, Mandalay.
DAY 05: MANDALAY - AVA - SAGAING - AMARAPURA
Drive to Ava, located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers. You will visit Innwa by horse cart and pass through the ancient city walls to visit a brick and stucco monastery called Maha Aungmye Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung). Continue to Nanmyin Watch Tower – the climb to the top offers lovely views of the river. See also the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. Time permitting, visit some village homes to see local handicrafts, such as silk weaving, cane mats, and alms bowls.
In the afternoon, visit picturesque Sagaing Hill which is perhaps the living center of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Hillsides are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Return to Amarapura via the Ava bridge, built by British engineers. Walk over U-Bein bridge, which is over a kilometer long and made entirely of teak. Proceed to Mandalay.
Overnight at Hotel, Mandalay.
DAY 06: MANDALAY - HEHO - INLE LAKE
Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive into the valley of Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to your hotel. In the afternoon, excursion by boat on picturesque Inle Lake. Inle Lake is simply magical; located at 1000 meters, its calm waters are dotted with Intha stilt house villages, floating vegetable gardens and fishing canoes against the backdrop of the beautiful Shan hills. Motorized boats are the means of transport across the lake although the Intha people get around in traditional flat-bottomed boats using a unique and skillful form of leg rowing. We see the famous leg rowers, the typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. Further visits are made to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and where inside its large wooden meditation hall and are over 200-year-old ancient Buddha statues. Returning back to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel, Inle Lake.
DAY 07: INLE LAKE
This morning, explore one of the 5-day markets (on market day only). By visiting 5-day markets, clients will get insight into the lifestyle of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods. During today's excursion by boat on picturesque Inle Lake we see the famous leg rowers, the typical floating gardens where fruit and vegetables are grown, local methods of fishing and village life. Continue to take a long-tailed boat across the lake to Indaing at the western end of Inle for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake. Passing through the busy village of Yawama, the largest on the Lake with its many channels and tall teak houses on stilts, enter a long often tree-lined canal towards Indaing Jetty with farmers cultivating their land on either side under the backdrop of the Shan Hills. After disembarking it is a 15-minute walk through Indaing village to reach the 14-18th-century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak; many pagodas here remain charmingly unrenovated with plants and even small trees growing out of them making it very atmospheric. A covered walkway, popular with souvenir stalls leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten zedi; some sadly reconstructed although the views from the top make it worth the ascent. Returning to the river jetty we take our long-tailed boat back along the canal to the Lake.
In the afternoon, the boat construction workshop at Nampan village as well stops to see some traditional handicrafts - silk weaving on wooden handlooms in Inpawkon village, a cheroot workshop and a blacksmith shop.
Overnight at Hotel, Inle Lake.
DAY 08: INLE LAKE - HEHO - YANGON DEPARTURE
Transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and then proceed to Heho Airport (25 km - 1 hour). Return domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, visit Yangon which is the former capital of Burma till to 2005, still one of the gateways to the country. Drive through the colonial style buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter.
Visit to Chauk Htat Kyi, a huge reclining Buddha image. The day ends at the world famous Shwe Dagon Pagoda, the golden stupa is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon.
Lastly, leave for the Yangon International Airport to connect the international flight.
Prices in USD in shared twin or double room/ Price based on 6 people traveling together Price based on 10 people traveling together Price based on 15 people traveling together
Services included for the package tour price
USD 1770 net per person USD 1690 net per person USD 1640 net per person
Accommodation at hotels as specified in the itinerary/above
Domestic airfare ( Yangon-Bagan, Bagan- Mandalay, Mandalay-Heho, Heho-Yangon)
Border crossing permit and formalities at border
All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air-conditioned vehicle as detailed
in our itinerary
All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
Transfers and tours with a throughout English-speaking guide
Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour
Services excluded for the package tour price
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Meals (see separate price)
Drinks during meals
Personal expenditure such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fee,
Communications, postage, gratuities etc.
Myanmar visa fee