Tailormade Myanmar Art & Culture Tour

This private Myanmar Art & Culture tour is the perfect itinerary for the curious traveler. Interspersed with the main sites of Myanmar, this tour includes specially designed excursions focused on art, music, culture and heritage. During the 2 weeks, travelers will discover the richness and diversity of Myanmar’s talented artisans, both past and present.

Day 1

Yangon-Strand-HotelYangon Arrival

Mingalabar and welcome to Myanmar. Start your tailormade Myanmar tour in Yangon. Also known as Rangoon, it 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 you hotel for check in. (Note: check in time at most hotels is 14.00; early check-in is subject to availability) Ease your way in to your holiday with High Tea of Burmese or Western treats at the famous Strand Hotel. Built in 1901, this British-era hotel is situated on the edge of the Yangon River and is a nice retreat from the heat and buzz of the city.

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

Day 2

Yangon-Art-GalleryYangon

Delve in to Myanmar’s arts and culture scene with a full day centered on traditional and contemporary Myanmar fine arts. Through this day’s outing you will gain a much deeper insight and understanding into the regional arts and culture scene. Visit a few of the city’s best art galleries in the morning followed by lunch in a historic and architecturally fascinating building. The afternoon will be spent perusing antique showrooms and discovering traditional dance and music at a non-profit community music centre.

Lunch at House of Memories and Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 3

Yangon-ShwedagonYangon

 

We begin today with a walking tour of downtown Yangon to study the variety of colonial buildings and historical sights in the former capital. A visit to a local NGO working on preserving these wonderful landmarks is a great way to wrap up the morning’s tour. Then head to the famed Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset. Myanmar’s most holy monument and perhaps its most recognized landmark, visiting Shwedagon in the late afternoon is an unforgettable experience.

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

Day 4

Bagan-Puppet-ShowYangon – Bagan

A morning flight takes you to Bagan, home to more than 2000 Buddhist monuments dating from the 9th – 14th centuries. Spend the day with a local guide exploring the temples and discovering the rich history, Buddhist symbolism and archeological wonders of Bagan. An afternoon boat trip along the Irrawaddy river affords gorgeous views of the temple plains and you will stop at the unusual cave-like Kyauk Gu U Min temples before returning to Bagan in the early evening. Round out your first day in Bagan with dinner accompanied by a traditional puppet show.

Lunch on own account. Dinner at a local restaurant with puppet show. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 5

Bagan-templesBagan

Should you wish, there is an option for an early morning hot-air balloon flight over Bagan. Otherwise start the day’s touring after breakfast with a visit to the vibrant morning market. Then continue our temple discovery with an option to take a midday break for a cooking class in a local home. The afternoon will be spent traveling by horse cart to more breath-taking monuments. The slower pace of the horse cart and tranquil lanes make for a relaxing way to enjoy your final afternoon in Bagan.

Lunch and dinner on your own account. Overnight stay in Bagan.

 

Day 6

/Mandalay-MahamuniBagan – Mandalay

Drive north to Mandalay (app 5 hours), an enjoyable journey through the dry zone and out toward middle Myanmar’s hiller terrains. The afternoon will be spent visiting some landmarks of the last royal capital including the marble Buddha at Kyauktawgyi, the ‘world’s biggest book’, the Golden Monastery and finally Mahamuni Pagoda. If time allows, you can visit some of the workshops making traditional crafts of the royal era. Should you wish, you can attend a performance of traditional marionettes this evening.

Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Mandalay

Day 7

Mandalay-SagaingMandalay – Sagaing – Ava – Amarapura

Head to the outskirts of Mandalay to discover the ancient cities surrounding the region. Start with a visit to Sagaing, the Buddhist Centre of Myanmar, with more than 3000 monks and 100 meditation shrines dotting its rolling hills. Continue to Ava, the capital from 14-18th centuries, traveling by horse and car to see the crumbling ruins of the palace, monasteries and other buildings. The final stop of the day is Amarapura where we will enjoy the sunset along the banks of the Taungtaman lake and its famous U Bein teak bridge.

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

Day 8

Inle-LakeMandalay – Heho – Inle Lake

Leave Mandalay by plane and fly to the central Shan State, a mountainous, fertile region. The first destination is Inle Lake where you will take a boat trip on the calm waters to see several villages that are built on stilts over the lake, which are inhabited by the local Intha people. With luck you will also see the famous leg-rowing fishermen and see the ‘floating gardens’ on the way. A visit to some of the main pagodas and fascinating cottage industries, including lotus weaving, will also be included before continuing to the hotel for the evening.

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

Day 9

Inle-Lake-IndeinInle Lake – Indein

The day starts with an excursion to the lake’s morning market, which changes location each day. Continue to Indein, an adventurous 1-hour boat trip through small channels and canals to the Pa-Oh village of Indein. Take a leisurely stroll around the village before ascending to the top of a hill where you will have fantastic views over the lake and Indeins numerous stupas. Continue with a trek through bamboo groves to a local village before returning to the boat. A stop will be made at a ‘heritage house’ for tea and snacks before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Lunch and Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Nyaung Shwe or on Inle Lake.

Day 10

Inle-Lake-SagarInle Lake – Sagar

Our final day on the water takes you to Sagar, the far southern region of Inle Lake. The boat journey takes 2.5-3 hours but is full of fabulous views and home to many unique species of birds, both indigenous and migratory. Upon reaching Sagar you will see the 108 ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar- 16-17th century monuments that are partially underwater a few months a year. Also visit many of the small villages on the lake shore to observe their ways of life and see their crafts such as pottery and rice-wine making. You’ll return in the mid-afternoon with the setting sun casting a different light on the water and mountains.

Lunch and Dinner on own account. Overnight stay in Nyaung Shwe or on Inle Lake.

Day 11

Yangon-Sightseeing.Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

After breakfast return to the Heho airport for the flight to Yangon. You will be greeted at the Yangon airport and transferred to your hotel (note: Check in time is 2pm. Early check-in subject to availability). The afternoon is free at leisure for additional sightseeing, shopping or relaxing.

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

 

 

 

 

Day 12

Yangon-Departure.jpgYangon Departure

Today is departure day and time to bid farewell to this amazing country. Depending on your flight schedule there may be time to visit Bogyoke Market (the market is usually closed on Mondays as well as public holidays) or enjoy a spa treatment before transferring to the airport by private car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did we spark your interest? Then contact us and we can start to tailor your tailormade Myanmar holiday today.

  • 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
  • Private motorized boat on Inle Lake
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels on touring days
  • 1 Book of Yangon Heritage Trust Association per traveller
  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfares with either Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airways, Air KBZ or Man Yadarbon Airways (please refer to the airfare table)
  • 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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