You'll explore the marvels of Myanmar's regal history and local culture as you're transported to glittering pagodas, enigmatic ruins, and welcoming craft workshops on your Burma Tour from Yangon to Mandalay, Bagan, and Inle Lake. After checking into your comfortable Rangoon accommodation, your Myanmar travels will start as you discover Yangon, a city of gracious boulevards and dazzling shrines. Your tour will take a look beyond the faded colonial shop fronts to gain insight into the diverse lives of this city's inhabitants.
Your Burma Tour continues as you fly to Mandalay, the spiritual heart of Myanmar. After visiting the town's craft workshops and Buddhist sanctuaries, you will venture into the outlying plains on a tour through three of Myanmar's ancient capitals. A fascinating riverboat journey down the Irrawaddy River will take you to Bagan, a city scattered with thousands of stupas and pagodas. You will quickly be lured in by the majesty of Bagan as you visit its monasteries, markets and ruins. Bagan will also be your jumping-off point for a voyage to inviting villages and out-of-the-way temples.
After a flight to Heho, you'll be driven to a dock where a private motorboat will be waiting to whisk you out among the floating hyacinth gardens and stilt-house villages of Inle Lake, where you'll get a rare glimpse into rural Burmese life. From there you'll return to Yangon, where your thrilling Myanmar travels will come to an end.
Day 1: Arrival in Yangon. On arrival you will be welcomed by your tour guide and taken to your comfortable Rangoon accommodation at the Park Royal Resort Yangon. Begin your Myanmar travels by experiencing the allure of Yangon as you visit colonial buildings, Buddhist pagodas, and the stately National Museum. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon-Mandalay. Today we continue your Burma Tour with a flight to Mandalay, the spiritual heart of Myanmar. Visit Mahamuni Pagoda, then tour local workshops to observe craftwork such as woodcarving and tapestry making. After spending this afternoon among the Kuthodaw Pagoda and the Shwenandaw Monastery, you will end today at Mandalay Hill, the ideal spot to watch the sun set over the town and the surrounding plains. Overnight in Mandalay. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Mandalay-Amarapura-Ava-Sagaing-Mandalay. Departing from Mandalay, you will you will discover the charms of old Burma as you take a journey through three of Myanmar's ancient capitals. You will you attend the monks' daily meal at a monastery in Amnapura, amble through Ava by horse carriage, and visit historic ruins in Sagaing, before ending the day with a twilight stroll across a 200 year-old teak bridge. Overnight in Mandalay. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Mandalay-Bagan. After breakfast, board the public ferry for your voyage to Bagan, a town of a thousand stupas and temples. Catch a glimpse of rural village life as you make your way south on this fascinating trip down the Irrawaddy. Arrive in Bagan in the late afternoon. Overnight in Bagan. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Bagan. Spend this morning discovering the beauty of Bagan as you visit the Nyaung Oo Market, the Shwezigon Pagoda, and the cave temple of Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi. After visiting Ananda, Bagan's holiest temple, you will pass among brickwork temples and quiet country towns on a horse carriage ride through the plains. Overnight in Bagan. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Bagan. This morning, take a walk to Myinkaba village, where you have the chance to observe the production of lacquer ware, one of Myanmar's most distinctive traditional crafts. This afternoon, travel out through the countryside to Minnanthu, where you'll see some of Bagan's most intriguing and least visited temples. Enjoy the sunset from the top of Tayoke Pyay Temple. Overnight in Bagan. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Bagan- Heho- Inle Lake. Today you fly to Heho, the gateway for your excursion to the idyllic Inle Lake. After a scenic drive and a stopover at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, you will arrive at the dock to find a private motorboat waiting for you. After an exciting trip past floating gardens and stilt-house villages, you will visit the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and a cheroot factory where the local Burmese cigars are made by hand. Overnight on Inle Lake. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Indein- Inle Lake- Heho- Yangon. Start today among locals as you explore the morning market on Inle Lake. Traveling from the lake by canal, you will be taken to In Dein, a Paoh village where you will tour a local school and view evocatively overgrown stupas. Return to the lake this afternoon to catch your flight back to Yangon, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Yangon. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Depart Yangon. Enjoy your final morning in Yangon by soaking up its faded colonial atmosphere and modern pace. In the afternoon, you will have free time to visit the Bogyoke Market before you are transferred to Mingaladon Airport, where your fascinating Myamar travels will come to an end. Includes: (B).
- 8 nights accommodation on half-twin room basis with daily breakfast
- Services of an English speaking guide throughout the trip (from Yangon to Yangon)
- Horse cart tours in Bagan
- Porter fees at airports
- Private motorized boat in Inle Lake excursions
- All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles
- Entrance fees for the visits mentioned.
- International ticket to/from Yangon
- International airport departure tax at Yangon International Airport (USD 10/pax at present)
- Domestic flights including insurance surcharges & current fuel surcharge
- Meals other than those mentioned above
- Visa arrangements for Myanmar
- Visits not mentioned in the program
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Tips and porters at the hotels
- Other services not clearly indicated in the Inclusion Package above.
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