10 Days Private Myanmar Tour

This private Myanmar tour is a fabulous introduction to Myanmar, its architectural wonders, rich culture, exotic landscapes and friendly people. Covering the main destinations of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake the itinerary highlights the best of Myanmar while also incorporating unique excursions that immerse travelers in to the local culture and lifestyles.

***Price per person based on 2 persons and Superior Hotels

Day 1

Yangon ArrivalYangon Arrival

Welcome to Myanmar. Yangon, also known as Rangoon, is the former capital and its colonial background and religious legacy make it one of the most mesmerizing places in all of Southeast Asia. Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel for check in. (Note: check in time at most hotels is 14.00; early check-in is subject to availability) An afternoon walking tour explores the vibrant downtown area with its colonial-era buildings, bustling street markets and colourful religious monuments.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 2

Yangon DhalaYangon

Discover the contrasts of Myanmar this morning, traveling across the Yangon River from the busy, expanding city to the Dhala. Travel by local trishaw through the leafy side streets and neighborhoods of this rural village that is, in comparison to Yangon, untouched by time. Back to the city, visit the massive reclining Buddha at Khauktatgyi Pagoda and the beautiful Royal Lake at Kandawgyi Park. As the end of the day draws near, visit the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda and watch the sun cast its last rays on the gold-covered stupa.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 3

Bagan-WorkshopYangon – Bagan

A morning flight takes you to Bagan. Home to more than 2000 monuments from the 9th to 13th centuries, Bagan is one of the greatest architectural sites in Asia. Climb atop an elevated temple for a panoramic view to get an overview of the temple-studded plains then proceed to visit several monuments, including the famous Ananda Paya.  Take a break from temples and discover two workshops – laquerware and wood carving- where artisans use techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation in Bagan. A relaxing sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River caps off the day.

Lunch and Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 4

Bagan TemplesBagan

Another full day exploring Bagan awaits! There is the option to wake early for a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the town, alternatively your morning will start with a visit to the morning market. Continue on to more temples, including the glittering Shwezigon Pagoda, before pausing at a local monastery to partake in a donation offering to the resident monks. This is a special and solemn event that is sure to be a memorable part of your Myanmar holiday. This afternoon travel by local horse and cart to explore more of Bagan at a slower pace and finish the day by watching sunset from an elevated temple.

Lunch and Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 5

Mandalay U Bein BridgeBagan – Mandalay

Fly to Mandalay this morning. These days Mandalay is a busy trading city but as it is the last of Myanmar’s Royal Capitals it retains a sense of rich history and traditional culture. Your visit starts in the north of the city where you will see the great marble Buddha image at Kyauktawgyi and Shwednandaw Monastery, the only original building remaining from the Royal Palace. Nearby sits Kuthodaw Pagoda which is dubbed ‘The World’s Biggest Book’ thanks to its 729 inscribed marble slabs.  After a midday break visit the revered Mahamuni Pagoda image before continuing to the former royal capital of Amarapura to discover the beautiful Mahagandayon monastery. Toward the end of the day continue to U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, for sunset.

Lunch and Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 6

Mandalay SagaingMandalay – Sagaing – Ava – Mandalay

The day begins with a visit to the Mandalay morning market where, if you wish, you may purchase donations for a monastery or nunnery. Proceed to the western banks of the Irrawaddy River and the town of Sagaing. With more than 600 monasteries, pagodas and nunneries, Sagaing is the centre of Buddhism in Myanmar. Visit some of the major temples as well as a small pottery village known for their handmade water pots. Continue to Ava, also known as Inwa, where a horse and cart takes you along leafy roads to the remains of the former royal capital.

Lunch and Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 7

Mandalay – Heho – PindayaPindaya Tea

Leave the flat dry zone behind as you board a flight to the town of Heho, set amid the Shan State hills.  Your final destination is Pindaya, a small town surrounded by rolling hills dotted with farms and tea plantations. The two-hour drive from the airport is beautiful and there is ample opportunity to stop for photos. In the afternoon, visit a local family on the outskirts of town. Walk to their farm where they grow tea, capsicum and other vegetables and learn about traditional farming techniques in Myanmar. Return to their house for a tea break and a demonstration of making tea leaf salad. Before returning to your hotel, visit the Pindaya caves where thousands of Buddha images fill the crags of this 200 million year-old cave.

Lunch and Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Pindaya.

Day 8

Inle-LakePindaya  – Inle Lake

A leisurely morning drive (2.5 hours) takes you through more beautiful terrain to the town of Nyaung Shwe, on the edge of Inle Lake. Take a short orientation of this charming trade town before boarding a private boat to explore Inle Lake. Pass several villages that are built on stilts over the lake and the ‘floating gardens’ which are built up from strips of water hyacinth and earth then anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles. Visit the lake’s main pagoda, Phaung Daw Oo, with its 5 unique Buddha images and stop to discover indigenous crafts such as lotus-silk weaving.

Day 9

Inle Lake Indein StupasInle Lake – Indein

An adventurous excursion today showcases the natural beauty of the lake’s shoreline. Set off by private boat to the Pa-Oh village of Indein, traveling down jungle-like canals to reach the jetty. Take a leisurely stroll around the village before ascending a moss-covered stairway where you will be rewarded with views of the hundreds of stupa ruins dotting the hill. Continue with a 45-minute trek to Sae Ma village, a beautiful stroll through bamboo forests with fabulous views of the lake along the way. Return to the boat at midday to cross the lake back to your hotel stopping, if you wish, at a cafe dedicated to preserving local Inthar culture.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Inle Lake.

Day 10

Yangon-DepartureInle Lake – Heho – Yangon Departure

Today is departure day. After breakfast, transfer to the Heho airport and fly south to Yangon. A car will be at your disposal until it is time to return to the international airport for your onward flight.

 

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  • Price per person based on 2 persons and Superior Hotels
  • Accommodation on shared twin room basis with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Activities and sightseeing as mentioned in the program
  • Local English speaking station guides (different guides in each destination – one guide per town)
  • Ground transportation with air conditioned vehicle (where available) with drivers on touring days
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in the program (except camera fees)
  • Boat tour to Kyauk Gu U Minh in Bagan
  • Horse cart in Bagan and Ava
  • Private motorized boat on Inle Lake
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels on touring days
  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfares with either Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airways, Air KBZ or Man Yadarbon Airways
  • Visa fee for Myanmar
  • Tour options (quoted separately)
  • Transfer for dinners if meals are not included in the itinerary.
  • Drinks during meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, laundry etc.)
  • Peak season surcharges (Myanmar Water Festival, Christmas, New Year, etc.)
  • Christmas and New Year compulsory dinner supplement (TBA at time of booking)
  • Early check in and late check out from hotel
  • Tips for guides, driver and other suppliers
  • Any other services/items not mentioned in inclusions

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