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- Meet the Locals
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- Car with driver
Main travel focus
Classics of Golden Myanmar - 13 Days
- A circular train ride around Yangon
- Natural and Local experience at Inle Lake
- Horse carriage and day cruises
- Tremendous sunsets and breathtaking views
Having always wondered what life is like at the other side of the world? Pondering upon which should be your next exotic and not traditional destination? Think no more! We can offer you the perfect combination of cultural heritage, natural beauty and local experience around Myanmar.
This 13-day journey will take you to the world-famous sites in the country, as well as to its best hidden gems. You will get the chance to visit the four main destinations, explore impressive religious temples and pagodas, travel back in time to discover the country's history and get to know the locals and their culture.
You will be provided with unique service by professional travel guides who will ensure that you spend the time of your life on this fantastic journey.
- Accommodation at the hotels include (ABF) breakfast
- Transportation for excursions and sightseeing with a private car, driver and air conditioning (as mentioned in program)
- Domestic flights including airport transfers and tax (Yangon-Mandalay/ Bagan-Heho/ Heho-Yangon )
- Horse carriage and ferry fees in Ava
- Day cruise from Mandalay to Bagan
- Boat excursion in the Inle Lake
- English speaking guide service throughout
- Government tax, admission and zone fees at each destinations
- International flight ticket arrangement to/from Yangon
- Visa arrangements for Myanmar
- Any personal expenses for souvenirs, lunch, dinner, tips, etc.
- Meals not mentioned in the program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- All other services not mentioned in inclusions
- New Year Eve Dinner & Christmas Eve
- Special Request for Honeymooners & Anniversary on trip
- Full Board ( lunch and Dinner can be added )
- Other Languages Guides like Italian and French Guides
- Any special personal requests
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Myanmar!
The moment you’ve anticipated for so long has come and you have arrived at your desired destination! Welcome to Myanmar! After your hopefully pleasant flight, you will be warmly greeted at Yangon International Airport by our friendly guide who will accompany you to the hotel in the city. Depending on your arrival time, you may have some time available to get used to the lovely atmosphere in Myanmar and gather the first impressions on your own until the end of the day. Relax and get yourselves ready for a wonderful fortnight in Myanmar.
Today you will set off to explore Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar. Comparing it with other Asian cities of similar size, it feels greener and full of trees, above which shimmering pagodas are floating.
The tour around the colorful countryside of Yangon starts with a ‘city circle train’ around various neighborhoods and on the outskirts of town. The ride will give you a thorough feel of the atmosphere around the city. Next on your list is one of the main sights: the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha, located in a large metal-roofed pavilion.
The highlight of any trip to Yangon is a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda which appears most beautiful during the evening. You will spend the late evening in the two fabulously diverse neighborhoods of Yangon- China and little Indian Town, where you can enjoy the bustling street markets and visit Kheng Hock Keong, the largest China Temple.
Cultural Drive to Golden Rock
On day three you will go on an exciting drive to Kyaiktiyo, which is one of the most interesting and sacred Buddhist sites of Myanmar. On the road there, you will enjoy the “Golden Rock”, a boulder covered in gold, which is balanced precariously on the very edge of a cliff. According to a mystical legend, it is kept from rolling down the hill by a strand of Buddha’s hair, precisely placed in the 730 m stupa that crowns the rock. There are amazing sunsets and the huge rock shows its most beautiful colors during dawn, while the pilgrims light candles and meditate all through the night. You will get the chance to enjoy and take in these wonderful sceneries and get close to this fascinating yet distant culture.
Holy Pagodas in Bago
Take a scenic drive back to Yangon, but wou will make a stop in Bago, famous for its huge and one of the most lifelike reclining Buddhas, built in 994 AD. You get the chance to visit various pagodas, each of them has something unique to offer.
Shwemawdaw Paya, which is over 1000 years old can be seen from great distances. Hintha Gon Paya and Mahazedi Paya offers you a brilliant view over Bago and the surrounding region. Shwegugale Paya looks fairly modern, it features a dark gu (tunnel) with 64 seated Buddha images inside. Kyaik Pun Paya is the most mysterious one. Legend says that there were four Mon sisters connected with the construction and if any of them were to marry, one of the Buddhas would collapse.
You can also visit the Kanbawzathadi Palace & Museum and the Allied War Cemetery in Htauk Kyant. After a overwhelming day of sightseeing, you will be safely driven back to relax.
Colorful Diversity at Mandalay
Now that you know the Yangon area better than your ten fingers, you’d better head to Mandalay. We are highlighting the most worthwhile things to see in this bustling city and the surrounding ancient cities.
Myanmar is all about its religion and culture, so do not be surprised by some more wonderful pagodas, Mahamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Kyauktaw-Gyi Pagoda, famous for its huge seated Buddha image, carved from one single block of marble.
A definite must see is the Miniature Royal palace. For wonderful views over the whole palace compound and the city, you should climb the watchtower.
You’ll get the chance to observe some crafts in Mandalay such as marble and wood carving, as well as some embracement tapery on Sagaing Mandalay Road.
And could you imagine a better way to finish the day other than observing a colorful sunset from the pagoda on top of The Mandalay Hill!
History Lessons: Amarapura, Inwa and Sagaing
Prepare for a break from the city and depart for an excursion to the former capitals. You'll have an unique opportunity to attend the daily banquet with over a thousand monks at the country’s largest monastery, Mahagandayon in Amarapura and then visit an inspiring silk-weaving workshop.
Your tour continues on an traditional horse carriage to Inwa, the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the ruins of the Royal Palace and fortress. Crossing the bridge over the Irrawaddy River will take you over to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hills is the religious center of Myanmar and home to 3000 Monks and numerous meditation centers. You will visit Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda and Umin Thonezeh Pagoda to experience the peaceful atmosphere and the purity of the place.
Day Cruise to Bagan
This morning, you’ll go to the jetty in Mandalay to embark on a boat to Bagan. You cruise the famous Irrawaddy River. On the way, you will experience charming rural villages, which are examples of the typical river community. You’ll also pass by the confluence of the Irrawaddy and the Chindwin River. The cruise will take the full day, so you’ll get the chance to relax on board, have a good lunch, enjoy the weather and capture the moment in beautiful photographs. Arrival in Bagan is expected in the evening, so you’ll get plenty of time to check in at the hotel and prepare yourselves for your next adventure.
Bagan is one of the most challenging sites in Myanmar, so you’ll have to spend two full days to really get to know it.
This deserted ancient city is home to over 2,000 temples and pagodas. Myanmar’s greatest wonder, and by far its largest attraction, is one of the most remarkable archeological sites in Asia and represents the spiritual heritage of ancient Burma.
Shwezigon Pagoda: The stupa's graceful bell shape became the prototype for Myanmar’s pagodas. Supposedly the Shwezigon was built to enshrine one of the four replicas of the Buddha tooth and to mark the northern edge of the city.
Ananda Temple and Dhammayangyi are so impressive, they’ll make you forget all other temples you’ve seen until now.
Take Two: Bagan
Think you have already seen everything at Bagan? Not even close!
Today you will visit Htilo-Minlo temple, a massive complex, which features traces of old murals, original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. A must-see is the Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest building in Bagan. Its monumental size and vertical design make it a classic example of the Middle Bagan period architecture. The Dhammayazika Pagoda was built on a pentagon terrace with five little temples, each containing a Buddha image and offers a terrifically nice view over the Bagan Plain. Gawdawpalin Temple is one of the largest and most imposing of the Bagan temples. Gu-Byauk-Gyi Temple features amazingly fine frescos showing scenes of Buddha`s life.
On board on Inle Lake
Time has come for your next domestic flight, taking you to Heho. After your arrival, you’ll take a scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe at the Inle Lake. On the way it is a great idea to visit red-painted wooden monastery – Shwe Yan Pyay. With its interesting architectural features it is a great place for taking pictures!
In the afternoon, board a private boat and discover Inle lake, surrounded by high plateaus and overlooked by the misty Shan mountains. You will havethe chance to observe the unique one-leg rowing style of the Intha People, who have adapted to their environment by building bamboo stilt houses on the shallow waters.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is the holiest religious site and there is a great variety of traditional workshops dotted around Inle Lake, such as gold and silver smithing, silk, cotton weaving workshop, boat making workshop and Burmese cheroot making factory at Nam Pan village.
Inle Lake: Getting Local
This morning you will sail off to enjoy the floating Five-Day-Market on the lake. These bustling markets around Inle Lake offer a variety of different products, mainly grown on the floating gardens. The market rotates between different villages over five days. You will continue down a small canal leading to the village of Indein. It is a very interesting site due to its 1,094 stupas surrounding the main Indein Pagoda. It is the original home of the five famous Buddha images of Inle Lake. Explore the area on foot, take a stroll around the village, visit a local school and wander through ancient pagodas. Next on the itinerary a visit to Kaung Daing village, which is famous for its natural hot springs and traditional homemade snacks of rice and tofu. After walking around the village you will head back to Inle Lake to to spend the rest of the day at your own pace.
Last Sip of Yangon
Today it is time for a round trip back to Heho and Yangon for one last night in the South East Asian Garden City. You will have enough time for a last look around and we can recommend visiting the Scott Markеt. This expansive 70 year old market has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts found under one roof. Even if you do not wish to purchase anything, a ramble through the different stands provides a pleasant addition to your itinerary. It is a great opportunity to hunt for some souvenirs and get a bargain. While driving downtown, you can stop by at a famous local tea house where you can try Burmese tea, local food and enjoy a conversation with the locals. Then you may visit the Kandawgyi Lake with spectacular photo opportunities of Karaweik Barge, the lake and the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before setting off to the Airport for your departure flight home. Take a moment to ponder upon the unforgettable memories of this truly unique country and your amazing experience here. Hopefully you have enjoyed all these adventures and will be reminiscing them often. Have a safe journey and see you again soon!