This 9 days tour starts exploring Yangon and its stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, the centrepiece of the city, and it continues going to Bagan, one of Southeast Asia’s architectural wonders and the Myanmar’s headline attraction, featuring thousands of temples. There will be time for a visit to the nearby Mt. Popa, an important pilgrimage destination in Myanmar, before heading towards Mandalay and the ancient capitals Amarapura and Inwa (Ava). The magical watery world of Inle Lake will be the perfect place to relax before returning to Yangon.

Trip Duration: 9 days 8 nights

Starts/Ends: Yangon / Yangon

Route: Yangon arrival – Yangon – Bagan – Mt. Popa – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun – Heho – Nyaung Shwe Jetty – Inle Lake – Yangon departure

Activities: sightseeing/ boat cruising

Tour Operates: Year Round/ Upon Request

Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Tour Information

Day 1: Yangon arrival

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B)

Day 3: Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan (B)

Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Mandalay (B)

Day 5: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay (B)

Day 6: Mandalay – Heho – Nyaung Shwe Jetty – Inle Lake (B)

Day 7: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake (B)

Day 8: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (B)

Day 9: Yangon departure (B)

Day 1
Day 1: Yangon Arrival

Arrival at Yangon International Airport by international flight, where you will be met and welcomed by our experienced English speaking guide. Transfer to the hotel to enjoy some leisure time. In the evening, we will make the most of our first day in Myanmar visiting one of the world’s most spectacular monuments: the Shwedagon Pagoda, the golden ‘heart’ of Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to be 2,600 years old and the central golden stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. The pagoda is the social centre of Yangon, and there are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings there. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B)

After having breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport and departure to Bagan by flight (approximatedly 1h and 20 minutes). Once in Nyaung-U airport, first we will visit the Nyaung-U morning market to see people’s ways of life. We will continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan, including the Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th as a religious shrine; the Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery with the beautiful well-preserved 18th century murals; the Thatbinnyu Temple, also known as the “temple of omniscience” and dating from 1144; and the Sulamani temple. Transfer to the hotel and leisure. In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most treasured handicrafts in Myanmar, a lacquer ware home workshop near Myingabar village. The next stop will be the massive Damayangyi Temple, before experiencing a local horse-cart ride while enjoying the sunset. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 3
Day 3: Bagan - Mt. Popa – Bagan (B)

Morning breakfast at the hotel. Then drive directly to Mt. Popa for 1 hour. On the way to Mt. Popa, we can observe toddy farmers’ life and process of jiggery making. Mt. Popa is believed to be the sacred home of the Nats, being now a national park. On top of a rocky crag is a picturesque complex of monasteries, pagodas and shrines, which can be climbed to via a winding, covered walkway. Drive back to Bagan and on the way visit to some villages near Bagan. In the evening we will get aboard a local river boat to enjoy the sunset. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 4
Day 4: Bagan - Mandalay - Amarapura - Ava – Mandalay (B)

Morning breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Nyaung-U airport and departure to Mandalay by domestic flight (approx. 30 min flight). Once there, first we will head to Amarapura (45 minutes drive) and visit the 200 years old U Bein Teak Bridge and the Mahagandayone Monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study. Time permitting, we will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. We will also visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop.

Next we will go to the former Royal Capital of Inwa (Ava), located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers, with a local boat (10 minutes). Visit Inwa by charming horse-drawn carriage, passing through the ancient’s city walls to visit a brick and continue the visit to the impressive monastery of Maha Aungmye Bonzan, built of brick and stucco, as well as the Bargayar Monastery, famous for its ornate woodcarvings and teak posts (also known as Ok Kyaung). Visit to the Nanmyint Watch Tower (outside), the remains of the palace building nicknamed ‘leaning tower of Ava’. Drive back to Mandalay and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Mandalay

Day 5
Day 5: Mandalay - Mingun – Mandalay (B)

Morning breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the jetty and excursion by local boat to Mingun (approx. 1 hour). Once there, we will visit the 90 tons Mingun Bell, the world second largest uncracked bell as well as Hsinbyume and the unfinished Pagoda, built as one of the world’s largest cherish by King Bodaw Paya. After the visit, sail back to Mandalay. In the afternoon, we will visit the famous Mahamuni Pagoda and stop to see stone carving and gold leaf being beaten into wafer thin pieces. Next, we will continue visiting Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world’s largest book made of marble and the Shwe Kyaung Monastery, an excellent example of a traditional wooden building. Finally, we will end the day enjoying the sunset at Mandalay Hill. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Mandalay

Day 6
Day 6: Mandalay - Heho - Nyaung Shwe Jetty - Inle Lake (B)

Morning breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Mandalay airport and departure to Heho by flight (approx. 30 minutes flying). After arriving in Heho, we will drive to Nyaung Shwe jetty, located on the edge of Inle Lake, famous for its unique leg rowers (1.5 h drive). From Nyaung Shwe, we will proceed to Inle lake by local boat and do the check-in at the hotel. Next we will get on an excursion by boat around Inle Lake, heading to the middle of the lake to find Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in Southern Shan State. On the way we will come across some of lake’s floating villages and gardens, where fruits and vegetables are grown just floating over the lake. We will also visit some traditional handicrafts workshops, such as silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop. The last stop will be at Ngaphechaung Monastery, the most famous and ancient monestry in Inle Lake. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 7
Day 7: Inle Lake - Indein - Inle Lake (B)

Morning breakfast at the hotel. In today’s excursion by boat on Inle lake we will enjoy sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and, of course, the magnificent sceneries. On market days, we can even visit one of the local markets of the Inle lake region. The excursion will take us to the western shore of the lake, where a stair path will lead us to the hidden and unknown Inn Dein Pagoda complex. Return back to hotel to enjoy the sunset.

Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 8
Day 8: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B)

Morning breakfast at hotel. Then, transfer to Heho airport to take a flight to Yangon (approx. 1 hour 20 min flying). Once in Yangon we will start the city tour heading to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image. The next visit will be to the Karaweik Royal Barge, a royal floating barge on a lake with a fantastic photo view. Check-in to your hotel. In the afternoon there will be time for some free shopping at the Bogyoke Market (Scott market), with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores. In the evening, we will finish our trip by doing a walking tour around Yangon’s colonial style city center. Transfer to the hotel.

Important notice: The famous Scott market will close every Monday and Gazette Holidays.

Overnight in Yangon

Day 9

Morning breakfast at hotel.  At the departure time, transfer to Yangon International Airport and departure for next destination.

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