Destinations: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo – Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Mingun – Amrapura – Ava – Sagaing –  Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake 

Day 01: Yangon Arrival

Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, you will visit to 2000-year-old Sule Pagoda and Mahabandoola Park with Independence Monument. You then have some free time for shopping at Bogoyke Aung san market. Continue to visit the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda which houses a 72-meter reclining Buddha statue and the 2500-year-old Shwedagone Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 02: Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo (B, L)

Depart for a trip to Kyaikhtiyo (a 4-to 5-hours drive). En-route, you will have a stop in Bago where you will visit the huge 55-meter long Shwethalaung reclining Buddha image, the Mon style 376ft-high Shwemawdaw Pagoda and Kyaikpun Pagoda. Continue to Kyaikhtiyo Kinpun base camp. From the base camp, ride one of the large open trucks with wooden salts for benches along a winding road to Golden Rock. At the top, head for one of the best spots from which to have magnificent natural scenery, watch the people offer flowers and incense to this sacred site and listen to the monks’ chants. Check in at a hotel near Golden Rock where you are able to catch sunrise or sunset, contemplating how the bright glare of afternoon, the soft light of dusk and descending darkness of evening change the appearance of the Golden Rock over the course of hours. Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo.

Day 03: Kyaikhtiyo – Yangon – Bagan (B)

After breakfast, transfer back to Yangon airport for a flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 04: Tour in Bagan (B, L)

Transfer to visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market. You then continue to Shwezigon Pagoda, its graceful bell shape became a prototype of later Myanmar stupa, Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi, a cave temple with exquisite Jatakas mural paintings and the Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. After lunch, get to learn more about the local culture with a visit to workshop producing Bagan’s most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Visit to Ananda, an architectural master piece reflecting the early-style of Bagan temple construction and containing four 9.5m standing images. From Ananda, you embark on a horse cart ride amongst the ancient stupa ruins giving you a chance to take in more of Bagan’s surroundings. Ride through heading to see the Thatbyinnyu Pagoda, named for “omniscience”, Bagan’s highest temple, the massive walled, 12th-century Dhammayangyi Pagoda and finish the day’s sightseeing tour by a sunset shoot from Bagan’s most famous ‘Shwesandaw Pagoda’ and follow the steps up to one of the high terraces for a great view out over the plains. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 05: Bagan – Mandalay – Mingun (B, L)

Transfer to airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will head straight to the jetty and board a one-hour private local boat for a trip up the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun. Upon arrival, visit to a huge, unfinished temple (i.e. Pahtodawgyi , the World’s largest pile of bricks), follow by visits to Mingun Bell, the world’s second largest un-cracked ringing bell of 90 tons of bronze standing 4m high and over 5m across at the lip and Hsinbuyme Pagoda (Myantheindan) which is a breathtaking all white structure situated on the bank of Irrawaddy River. Return to Mandalay by a 40-minute boat ride for down river. Transfer to hotel for check in. In the afternoon, visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, a 4-meter-high statue covered with a thick layer of gold leaf applied by generations of pilgrims seeking merit. Here you will see various craft area in which gold leaf manufacturer, bronze casting, Carpenter, weavers and stone masons live and work. Stroll along the shops & workshops and get an insight into the craftsmanship of the Burmese. Tour continues to the elegant wooden Shwe In Bin Kyaung dates from 1895, the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, where Buddhist scripture are carved on 729 marble tablets, billed as the “biggest book” in the world. End the day with enjoying the magnificent sunset view from the top of Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 06: Mandalay – Amrapura – Ava – Sagaing (B, L)

Depart for the ancient cities of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing. Your journey into the kingdom’s regal history will take you to country’s largest monastery “Maha Ganyon Kyaung”, home to several thousand young monks and then explore a silk weaving workshop where colourful silks are woven. Your next stop will be Ava. Here, you will travel by a native horse cart to the ancient sites surrounded by village life and visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery (the Me Nu Ok Kyaung), the ruined remains of the 90ft-high masonry watchtower Nanmyint, the brick-and-stucco monastery Maha Aung Mye Bonzan, the Royal Palace, old fort walls and several faded white pagodas. Afterward, return to jetty to take the ferry back to car. Continue to Sagaing. Your visit in Sagaing include the Sagaing hills, “Buddhists studies and a meditation center of Myanmar”, with numerous pagodas and over 600 monasteries and nunneries dotted along the Hills. Visit the impressive 29.3m-high Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin pagoda and U-Min Thounzeh (30 Caves), which has 45 Buddha images in a crescent-shaped colonnade. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 07: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya (B, L)

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho. Upon arrival, pick up and drive 1,5 hours through the countryside leads to a small quiet town of Pindaya perched on the banks of the placid Botoloke Lake where you will visit Shwe U Min Cave, this complex of natural caves and tunnels is filled with more than 8,000 Buddha statues dating back hundred of years. Then a brief stop at over 250 years old Banyan trees and tour continues to visit to Shan Paper and umbrella-making workshop, where you can find workshop specializing in Shan’s traditional paper made from mulberry bark, is used in making umbrellas, fans and other items. Workshop shows you the step-by-step process of hand-painted umbrella. Overnight in Pindaya.

Day 08: Pindaya Day return trekking – Inle (B, L)

Hike to Htut Ni village (1,5 hours). You will see the life style of Danu People (one of the ethnic minority of Myanmar) living on growing tea leaf as their main business and other crops. Proceed to See Kya Inn village (meaning the village of misty lake) located in the forested mountain (1 hour) passing through tea leaf plantations. Traditional home cook lunch will be served at one of the local family houses. After lunch, continue walking back to Pindaya through the Shaw Pin and Taung Paw Gyi villages (2,5 hours.) At the end of your hike, your vehicle will pick you up at the starting point and drive to Inle. Overnight in Inle.

Day 09: Inle Lake (B, L)

Visit the most famous Paungdaw Oo Pagoda which houses five ancient Buddha images that have been transformed into amorphous blobs by the complete volume of gold leaf applied by devotees. From here, you venture into the Nampan floating villages that host a whole variety of local artisans from knife makers, weavers, cheroot rollers, parasol makers and market gardeners and also visit workshops of the boat carpenters. The tour takes in these local workshops and you get to see how these local products are made, in these small scale local operations. Tour continues to Inn Paw Khone weaving village and floating gardens of Hydroponics system (especially tomato, other vegetables). One of the most fascinating was the lotus silk tread production. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and where inside its large wooden meditation hall and are over 200 year old ancient Buddha statues. Overnight in Inle.

Day 10: Inle – Heho – Yangon (B)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival, head to Yangon airport for your own departure flight.

Price per person (US$/Pax) & Validity until December 31, 2017

Number of Group 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Sing-Sup
Superior Category 2950 1838 1650 1558 1482 1462 1450 1447 383
Deluxe Category 3379 2067 1879 1787 1710 1691 1680 1675 585
Luxury Category 3943 2375 2186 2095 2016 1992 1987 1979 848

Accommodation

Destination Hotel/Resort Room Type
Superior Category
Yangon Central Hotel –  www.centralhotelyangon.com Superior
Kyaikhtiyo Golden Rock – www.goldenrock-hotel.com Deluxe
Bagan Bagan Thande Hotel – www.baganthandehotel.net Superior
Mandalay Ayarwaddy River – www.ayarwaddyriverview-hotel.com Deluxe City
Pindaya Pindaya Inle Inn –  www.pindayainleinnmyanmar.com Superior
Inle Hupin Khaung Daing – www.hupinhotelmyanmar.com Superior
Deluxe Category
Yangon Rose Garden Hotel – www.theroseyangon.com Superior
Kyaikhtiyo Mountain Top – www.mountaintop-hotel.com Deluxe
Bagan Myanmar Treasure – www.myanmartreasureresorts.com Superior
Mandalay Sedona Hotel – www.sedonahotels.com.sg Superior
Pindaya Pindaya Inle Inn – www.pindayainleinnmyanmar.com Superior
Inle Myanmar Treasure – www.myanmartreasureresorts.com 2nd Mt. View
Luxury Category
Yangon Park Royal Hotel – www.parkroyalhotels.com Deluxe
Kyaikhtiyo Mountain Top – www.mountaintop-hotel.com Deluxe
Bagan Aureum Palace Hotel www.aureumpalacehotel.com Deluxe
Mandalay Mandalay Hill Resort – www.mandalayhillresorthotel.com Superior
Pindaya Conqueror Resort – www.conquerorresorthotel.com Superior
Inle Aureum Palace Resort – www.aureumpalacehotel.com 2nd Row Villa

Inclusions: Hotel accommodation as mentioned; Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner; Domestic flights: Yangon – Bagan, Bagan – Mandalay, Mandalay – Heho, Heho – Yangon; Transport by private with AC; English speaking guide (Other languages on request); Boat trips; Horse cart in Bagan; All entrance and sightseeing fees; Mineral water and wet towel; All taxes and service charges.

Exclusions: International flights to/from Myanmar; Visa fees; Early check-in & Late check-out at all hotels; Insurance; Personal expenses; Tipping/Gratuities; Other drinks; Surcharge on special days; Any other services not clearly mentioned above.

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