Day 1: Yangon Arrival (B)
Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel, check in the hotel, free time
Day 2: Yangon full day excursion (B)
Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar. Compared with other Asian cities of similar size, it gives the impression of being green and full of trees, above which shimmering pagodas seem to float.
After breakfast at hotel, our guide accompanies you to have full day sightseeing in this garden city.
Start our excursion with a visit to Sule Pagoda. It is situated in the very centre of downtown Yangon, the tall zedi of Sule Pagoda makes an excellent landmark. Nearby visit dating back British colonial era buildings City Hall, Immigration Office and High Court Building, and have a stroll at Mahabandoola Park for a good photo stop.
Then we will continue to explore the Scott Market. This sprawling, over 70 years old market has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts you will find under one roof. (Closed on every Monday and public holidays)
Proceed to Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha. It is located in a large metal-roofed pavilion on Shwegondine Road, only a short distance east beyond the Shwedagon Pagoda and worth for a short visit.
End of the day, we are going to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any trip to Yangon. The 2,600 years old Shwedagon Pagoda appears most beautiful during the early morning or evening, when we are able to enjoy this gilded sight in different colours.
We will escort you to hotel and stay overnight in Yangon.
Day 3: Yangon – Bagan (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be brought to airport for flight to Bagan. Our station guide will welcome at Nyaung U Airport and accompanies for a full day sightseeing in and around Bagan.
This deserted ancient city alongside the Irrawaddy River is home to over 2,000 temples and pagodas, covering an area of around 40 square km. Myanmar’s greatest wonder, and by far its largest attraction, is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia and represents the spiritual heritage of ancient Burma.
Firstly, visit Shwezigon Pagoda; the stupa is a graceful bell shape became the prototype for Myanmar’s pagodas. A few minute drive from here, we will visit Gu-Byauk-Gyi Temple features amazingly fine frescos showing scenes of Buddha`s life.
Explore the Htilo-Minlo Temple which is famous for its traces of old murals, original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Today visit also includes Ananda Temple, one of the finest, largest and best preserved temple and Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest building in Bagan.
Lunch at local restaurant (own account) then we may transfer you to hotel to escape day heat of the Bagan. Upon arrival, check in and free time for refreshment and leisure.
In this afternoon, continue our tour with further sightseeing to Gawdawpalin Temple, considered the crowning achievement of the late Bagan period, this is one of the largest and most imposing of the Bagan temples.
Proceed to get to learn about the local culture with a visit to local lacquer ware workshop in Myinkaba Village producing Bagan’s most famous products. We can explore and learn how the skilled craftsmen use techniques to create beautiful artefacts.
End of the day, we will watch beautiful sunset over the plains from one atop of the Bagan’s pagoda. Then transfer back to the hotel, and stay overnight in Bagan.
Day 4: Bagan – Balloon flight - Mandalay (B)
Be picked up in the very early morning (at about 05.00AM). Joining Bagan Balloon Flight. This will give you a great panoramic view over the pagodas of Bagan in Myanmar. You will definitely enjoy this experience.
After that, be brought to airport for flight to Mandalay. Once arrival you will be greeted by our local guide and depart for full day sightseeing around the city. Morning visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most revered Buddha Images in the country. This four meter high image is cast in bronze, but over the years it has been covered with a thick layer of gold leafs. From here continue to explore the traditional crafts workshops in the city such as marble carving, wood carving, tapestry embracement and gold leaf making.
Proceed to Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung; this “Golden Palace Monastery” is a fragile reminder of the old Mandalay Fort which is decorated with exquisite wood carvings and the interior walls are gilded past-life stories of Buddha. And you will visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, the 729 marble slabs surrounding this pagoda are inscribed with the entire Tripitaka, earning this pagoda the moniker of "the world's biggest book".
A nice ending of the hot day, you are going to spend a few hours at Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and surroundings in the final hours of its sunset.
Your overnight stay will be spent in Mandalay.
Day 5 : Mandalay (B)
Set off full day excursion to the ancient capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing around Mandalay. First visit Mahagandayon Monastery in Amarapura, a typical place to witness over thousand monks attending the daily meal at the country’s largest monastery. After touring this site you will continue to visit a silk weaving workshop. Observe the fascinating weaving process of colourful silk by skilful weavers work on old looms in the traditional way.
Continue your visit to Ava, the capital between the 14th and 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take visitors across the river to an awaiting horse and carriage. Explore the centuries old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort.
In the afternoon, cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River and continue to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hills is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar and is home to 3,000 Monks and 100 Meditation Centres which forms the hilly landscape. Visit Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, Umin Thonezeh Pagoda and the 17th century old Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda.
End of the day you will be driven back to Amarapura to enjoy sunset over the 200 year-old U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world.
Your overnight stay will be spent in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay – Inle Lake (B)
In the morning, we will drive to the airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival at the Heho Airport, you will be greeted by our local guide and drive by car to Pindaya; we will pass beautiful farm areas and groups of toiling farmers in their traditional dress along the way.
Start our sightseeing with a visit to Pindaya Caves. These sacred cave complex features over 8,000 Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement. The caves burrow into a limestone ridge overlooking Pindaya.
We will have a chance to explore Shan paper umbrella workshop run by a small family, a chance for a detailed look at the making of the famous Shan paper and beautiful Burmese umbrellas.
After visiting Pindaya, we will drive to Nyaung Shwe at the Inle Lake where we will board to our private boat and be ferried to hotel on the Inle Lake.
Stay overnight in Inle Lake.
Day 7: Inle Lake - Indein – Fly back Yangon (B)
In this morning, we may visit the Five-Day-Market. These bustling markets around Inle Lake are mostly of interest for the variety of different products offered, mainly grown on the floating gardens. The market rotates between different villages over five days.
Be ferried from the middle of the lake; continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of Indein. Indein is located half way along the western side of the lake and is very interesting due to its 1,094 stupas surrounding the main pagoda, the Indein Pagoda. This pagoda is the original home of the five famous Buddha images of Inle Lake.
Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school, and wander through ancient pagodas.
Late afternoon, you will drive directly to airport for your flight back to the garden city – Yangon.
Your overnight stay will be spent in Yangon.
Day 8 Yangon Departure (B)
Free time until transfer to the airport for your departure