Day 1: Yangon. Arrive in Yangon and transfer to the hotel. Time permitting begin sightseeing including colourful downtown Yangon, Chaukhtatkyi, a colossal reclining Buddha; a scenic photo stop on beautiful Kandawgyi Lake and the Shwedagon Pagoda, arguably the world's most impressive golden stupa. Overnight at Sedona Hotel or similar.
Day 2: Heho - Inle Lake. Transfer to Inle Lake and begin sightseeing of this magical lake via private boat. Highlights include the boatmen with their unique 'one-legged' rowing style, the floating gardens and the 'jumping cats' monastery. Overnight at Inle Khaung Daing Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Inle Lake and Pindaya. Continue exploring Inle Lake with a memorable visit to idyllic Indain village with its 16th century pagodas. We can also visit a local silk weaving 'factory' which sits on stilts on the lake. Afternoon drive to Pindaya. Overnight at Inle Inn or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Pindaya - Heho - Mandalay. Morning drive to Pindaya caves which contain more than 8,000 Buddha images. After exploring these caves we drive to Heho airport for an afternoon flight to Mandalay. Overnight at Sedona Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Mingun excursion and Mandalay sightseeing. Morning transfer to Mandalay jetty for a short and pleasant ride upriver to the massive ruins of the unfinished Mingun pagoda. Nearby we can also visit the Mingun Bell and Mingun village. Return to Mandalay to visit the town’s many attractions including Mahamuni Pagoda, gold leaf hammering, Shwe Inbin Monastery and Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings. Overnight at Sedona Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Amarapura and Inwa. Visit the former royal capitals of Amarapura and Inwa. At Amarapura, stroll along U Bein's Bridge, the world's longest teakwood bridge. Afterwards we visit Inwa, another former royal capital and travel by pony cart down tree-lined paths to see old palace walls, wooden monasteries and the 'leaning tower of Ava'. Overnight at Sedona Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Mandalay - Maymyo. Afternoon drive to the former British hillstation of Maymyo (Pyin U Lwin). A tour of the town reveals elegant old colonial houses, and the famous 237 acre botanical garden. Overnight at Kandawgyi Lodge or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Mandalay - Bagan by Irrawaddy Flotilla Company boat. We board the colonial Pandaw river boat and start our journey on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Bagan. Overnight at Pandaw river boat (en-suite cabin). Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 9: On board the Pandaw. Stop for an early morning village walk at Sameikkon, and later visit the tobacco trading town of Pakkoku. Overnight at Pandaw river boat (en-suite cabin). Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 10: Bagan. We arrive this morning in Bagan where we leave the Pandaw. Bagan is one of Asia's premier archaeological sites and we spend our time visiting the spectacular temples and pagodas to be found here. This evening we watch the sun set over Bagan – a very special and immensely photogenic experience. Overnight at Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 11: Bagan - Yangon. Continue our exploration of Bagan's unique pagodas. We also visit the colourful Bagan market, and see some of Bagan's famous lacquer ware being handcrafted. Transfer to airport for late afternoon departure for Yangon. Overnight at Sedona Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 12: Yangon. Tour ends. Includes: (B).
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