Our Essential Myanmar group tour introduces you to the culture and sights of a beautiful land that, until recently, was one of the least visited countries in Asia. Beginning in Yangon where you see the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda before continuing to Mandalay.
Visit the ancient capital cities of Amarapura, Sagaing and Inwa. As well as the hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin before travelling on to Bagan to awe in splendour of its thousands of stupas and pagodas. Visit Mt Popa, a sacred animist centre and enjoy sunset cruise on the Ayerwaddy river. Enjoy the Inle Lake and its surroundings.
Day 1 Yangon
Arrive in Yangon and transfer to the Hotel Esperado or similar for two nights. Welcome dinner arranged in the evening.
Day 2 Yangon
This morning, visit the Sule Pagoda in the centre of town. Walk around the Mahabandoola Park to see the colonial courthouse and Kandawgyi Royal Lake. Stop for tea at a local tea shop and visit the bustling Yangon harbour area. End the day with sunset at the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda.
Day 3 Yangon, Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay this morning. Transfer to the Magic Mandalay Hotel or similar for three nights. Take a tour of Mandalay in the afternoon, visiting Mahamuni Pagoda and Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble slabs of Buddhist scriptures. Drive to Mandalay Hill for a view of the city at sunset.
Day 4 Mandalay
Drive to Amarapura in the morning to witness the daily meal of over a thousand monks at the country’s largest monastery, Mahagandayon. Continue on to see the Sagaing hills, dotted with hundreds of stupas and pagodas. Take the ferry to Inwa (Ava), enjoy a horsecart ride and visit Bagaya Kyaung teak-wood monastery. Return to Amarapura for a boat ride to witness the spectacular sunset at U Bein teak bridge over a glass of champagne.
Day 5 Mandalay
Take an excursion to Pyin Oo Lwin, formerly called Maymyo. Visit the Botanical Gardens, Purcell Tower and the Church of Immaculate Conception in this erstwhile British hill station.
Day 6 Mandalay, Bagan
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Stay at the Areindmar hotel or similar for two nights. Later, visit Bagan’s many temples and pagodas including Ananda, an architectural masterpiece, and Thatbyinnyu, the highest pagoda in Bagan. End the day by enjoying the sunset over the plains of Bagan.
Day 7 Bagan
Morning visit Salay village. In the late afternoon, return to Bagan and stop at the countryside village of Minnanthu, the least visited temple area in Bagan. Enjoy a sunset boat ride along Ayeyarwaddy River in the evening. Optional excursion: Hot air balloon ride.
Day 8 Bagan, Inle Lake
Fly to Heho this morning and drive to Nyaung Shwe to take a boat transfer to a resort on Inle Lake. Stay at the Novotel Inle Hotel or similar for two nights. Take a full day tour of Inle Lake, visiting the lotus robe weaving village of Inpawkhon. Stop at a floating village at Ywama, the lake’s downtown area, to see Kan Paw Nan Paw Pagoda. End the day at the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.
Day 9 Inle Lake
Take a scenic boat tour to the village of In Dein. From the middle of the lake, the boat heads through a long channel from where farmers can be seen cultivating their produce. After a walk around the village, passing by a local school, take the covered stairway to see ancient stupas in the beautiful Alaung Sitthu area for a magnificent view over the lake.
Day 10 Inle Lake, Yangon
Transfer to Heho airport and fly to Yangon. Board your onward flight.
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