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14 Days – Myanmar Classic Tour

Destinations: Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Yangon

Duration: 14 days

Discover the highlights of Myanmar with this 2 week classic itinerary! From the timeless ancient royal capital of Mandalay to the majestic Inle Lake, immerse yourself in the rich culture of this magnificent country while making your way through bustling cities, ancient temples, and remote villages.

The detailed program

Day 1 – Yangon Arrival

Welcome to Myanmar! Yangon, formerly 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 and early check-in is subject to availability). An afternoon tour includes some of the city’s most famous sites including the 70-meter-long reclining Buddha at Kyauktatgyi Pagoda, tranquil Kandawgyi Lake, and the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda. We will end with a stop at a local tea shop and the buzzing Chinatown night market.

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

Day 2 – Yangon

This morning board Yangon’s slow-moving commuter train which loops around the outskirts of the city. Used by thousands of commuters daily, the activity on board is just as interesting as the views of passing suburbs. Disembark in one such suburb and continue exploring Yangon by local trishaw and on foot…gaining a deeper insight into the lives of the city’s residents. Head back to downtown and cross the Yangon River to Dhala where another type of local transport– the pedal-powered trishaw– will be used to explore the verdant streets of the town. This is a fascinating day that provides great insight into the culture and lifestyles of Yangon’s residents.

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

Day 2 – Yangon

This morning board Yangon’s slow-moving commuter train which loops around the outskirts of the city. Used by thousands of commuters daily, the activity on board is just as interesting as the views of passing suburbs. Disembark in one such suburb and continue exploring Yangon by local trishaw and on foot…gaining a deeper insight into the lives of the city’s residents. Head back to downtown and cross the Yangon River to Dhala where another type of local transport– the pedal-powered trishaw– will be used to explore the verdant streets of the town. This is a fascinating day that provides great insight into the culture and lifestyles of Yangon’s residents.

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

Day 3 – Yangon – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin

A morning flight to Mandalay is followed by a 2 hour drive (76 kilometers) to Pyin Oo Lwin. Also known as Maymyo, the town was a hill station used by the British in the early 1900s as its high elevation brings cooler temperatures. Upon arrival, travel by horse-drawn carriage to explore the town’s charming colonial buildings, colorful fresh market, and quiet side streets. A visit to the Botanical Gardens is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon, with winding pathways leading through the lush fields and forests.

Lunch and dinner on your own.
Overnight stay in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 4 – Pyin Oo Lwin – Gokteik – Mandalay

This morning go to the train station for a remarkable 4 hour train journey. The track goes from Mandalay up to the town of Lashio, near the Chinese border, and passes through some of northern Shan State’s most scenic areas. The highlight of the trip comes as the train crosses the Gokteik Viaduct. where the track hovers 300 meters above the valley floor. At mid-day, the train will reach the town of Naung Pan. Disembark and return by car to the flatlands of Mandalay.

Picnic lunch on the train. Dinner on your own.
Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 4 – Pyin Oo Lwin – Gokteik – Mandalay

This morning go to the train station for a remarkable 4 hour train journey. The track goes from Mandalay up to the town of Lashio, near the Chinese border, and passes through some of northern Shan State’s most scenic areas. The highlight of the trip comes as the train crosses the Gokteik Viaduct. where the track hovers 300 meters above the valley floor. At mid-day, the train will reach the town of Naung Pan. Disembark and return by car to the flatlands of Mandalay.

Picnic lunch on the train. Dinner on your own
Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 5 – Mandalay

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 Shwenandaw 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 mid-day break visit the revered Mahamuni Pagoda before continuing on to the former royal capital of Amarapura to discover the beautiful Mahagandayon Monastery. Toward the end of the day, walk up the covered stairway to the top of Mandalay Hill for lovely sunset views over the city.

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

Day 6 – Mingun – Ava – Amarapura

The day begins with a visit to the Mandalay morning market where, if you wish, you may purchase donations for a monastery or a nunnery. Proceed to the Irrawaddy River jetty and take a boat to Mingun, a village filled with historic buildings including the massive brick Mingun Pagoda and the completely white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Continue by boat and car to Ava, also known as Inwa, where a horse-drawn carriage will take you along verdant roads to the remains of the former royal capital. Before the day comes to a close, travel to Amarapura, another former royal capital, to see the sun set over the world’s longest teak bridge.

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

Day 6 – Mingun – Ava – Amarapura

The day begins with a visit to the Mandalay morning market where, if you wish, you may purchase donations for a monastery or a nunnery. Proceed to the Irrawaddy River jetty and take a boat to Mingun, a village filled with historic buildings including the massive brick Mingun Pagoda and the completely white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Continue by boat and car to Ava, also known as Inwa, where a horse-drawn carriage will take you along verdant roads to the remains of the former royal capital. Before the day comes to a close, travel to Amarapura, another former royal capital, to see the sun set over the world’s longest teak bridge.

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

Day 7 – Mandalay – Bagan (by road)

After visiting the bustling riverside markets in the morning, travel to Bagan. The scenic drive is 5 hours including a stop en route in the town of Paleik to see the bizarre tradition of python washing. Arrive in the mid-afternoon to Bagan, home to more than 2,000 red, brick temples built between the 9th and 13th centuries. The beauty of the landscapes–both natural and man-made–make Bagan one of the must-see destinations in Southeast Asia.

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

Day 8 – Bagan

Explore the best of Bagan today! Not simply a chance to see the splendid Bagan temples, this excursion is a discovery of Burmese culture, traditional crafts and the mighty Irrawaddy River. Start by climbing 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 Temple. Take a break from temples and discover two workshops – lacquerware 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 8 – Bagan

Explore the best of Bagan today! Not simply a chance to see the splendid Bagan temples, this excursion is a discovery of Burmese culture, traditional crafts and the mighty Irrawaddy River. Start by climbing 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 Temple. Take a break from temples and discover two workshops – lacquerware 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 your own.
Overnight stay in Bagan

Day 9 – Bagan

Another full day of exploring Bagan awaits! There is the option to wake up early for a sunrise hot air balloon ride 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 venturing through local villages where goats and pigs seem to be the only traffic. It is interesting to see how the lives of the Bagan people differ from those who live in the cities of Yangon and Mandalay. This afternoon travel by local horse-drawn carriage to explore more of Bagan at a slower pace and finish the day by watching the sunset from an elevated temple.

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

Day 10 – Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake

A short flight to Heho is followed by a leisurely drive ( of 1 hour) to the town of Nyaung Shwe, on the shore of the beautiful Inle Lake. Take a short orientation of this charming commercial hub 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 and 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.

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

Day 10 – Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake

A short flight to Heho is followed by a leisurely drive ( of 1 hour) to the town of Nyaung Shwe, on the shore of the beautiful Inle Lake. Take a short orientation of this charming commercial hub 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 and 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.

 Lunch and dinner on your own.
Overnight stay at Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake.

Day 11 – Inle 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 and 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 hike to Sae Ma village through bamboo forests with fabulous views of the lake along the way. Return to the boat at mid-day to cross the lake back to your hotel. If you wish, stop at a cafe dedicated to preserving local Inthar culture.

Lunch and dinner on your own.
Overnight stay at Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake.

Day 12 – Inle – Sagar – Inle

Travel by boat to the far southern waters of Inle Lake, known as Sagar. Around 2.5 hours from the main part of the lake, Sagar is quiet and pristine with far fewer boats and only a handful of villages on its shores. The main highlight for many travelers are the “sunken” stupas of Sagar–more than 100 stupas that are partially underwater for a few months out of the year. Stops will also be made to visit villages such as Thaya Gone where a mix of different ethnic groups reside and activities such as pottery and distilling rice wine are the main industries. Return to the main part of Inle Lake in the late afternoon as the sun’s last rays illuminate the water and surrounding hills.

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

Day 12 – Inle – Sagar – Inle

Travel by boat to the far southern waters of Inle Lake, known as Sagar. Around 2.5 hours from the main part of the lake, Sagar is quiet and pristine with far fewer boats and only a handful of villages on its shores. The main highlight for many travelers are the “sunken” stupas of Sagar–more than 100 stupas that are partially underwater for a few months out of the year. Stops will also be made to visit villages such as Thaya Gone where a mix of different ethnic groups reside and activities such as pottery and distilling rice wine are the main industries. Return to the main part of Inle Lake in the late afternoon as the sun’s last rays illuminate the water and surrounding hills.

Lunch and dinner on your own.
Overnight stay at Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake.

Day 13 – Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

Return to the Heho airport this morning and fly south to Yangon. The remainder of the day is at leisure with a car and a guide available for further exploration or to help with some last-minute shopping.

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

Day 14 – Yangon Departure

The day is free to relax or to soak in a few more sites in Yangon. As the time approaches, transfer to the Yangon International Airport for your onward flight.

Lunch on your own.

Day 14 – Yangon Departure

The day is free to relax or to soak in a few more sites in Yangon. As the time approaches, transfer to the Yangon International Airport for your onward flight.

Lunch on your own.

Price Includes:
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room with a daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Activities and sight-seeing as mentioned in the program
  • Local English-speaking station guides (different guides in each destination – one guide per town) according to the program.
  • Ground transportation with air-conditioned vehicles (where available) with drivers on touring days
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in the program (except camera fees)
  • Private local boat for the sunset on the Irrawaddy River in Bagan.
  • Horse-drawn carriage in Bagan and Ava
  • Local train ride in Yangon / Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Private, motorized boat on Inle Lake
  • Drinking water and moist towelettes on touring days
Price Excludes:
  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare with neither Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Air KBZ, nor Man Yadanarpon Airlines (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 checkout from hotel
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and other suppliers
  • Any other services/items not mentioned in inclusions

Bagan

Mandalay

Inle Lake

Pyin oO Lwin

Yangon

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