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10 Days – Private Myanmar Tour

Destinations : Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Pindaya, Yangon

Duration: 10 days

This private Myanmar tour is a fabulous introduction to Myanmar with 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 into the local culture and lifestyle of the people.

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; early check-in is subject to availability). An afternoon, half-day walking tour explores the vibrant downtown area with its colonial-era buildings, bustling street markets and colorful religious monuments.

Lunch and dinner on your ow

Overnight in Yangon

Day 2 – Yangon

Discover the contrasts of Myanmar this morning by traveling across the Yangon River to the small village of Dhala. Travel by local trishaw through the verdant side streets and neighborhoods of this rural village that is in comparison to Yangon, untouched by time. Back in Yangon, 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 gilded stupa.

Lunch and dinner on your own.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2 – Yangon

Discover the contrasts of Myanmar this morning by traveling across the Yangon River to the small village of Dhala. Travel by local trishaw through the verdant side streets and neighborhoods of this rural village that is in comparison to Yangon, untouched by time. Back in Yangon, 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 gilded stupa

Lunch and dinner on your own

Overnight in Yangon

Day 3 – Yangon – Bagan

A morning flight takes you to Bagan– home to more than 2,000 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 and then proceed to visit several monuments, including the famous Ananda Temple. Take a break from the 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 in Bagan.

Day 4 – 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; or 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 special and solemn event known as soan is sure to be a memorable part of your Myanmar holiday. This afternoon travel by a horse-drawn carriage to explore more of Bagan at a slower pace and finish the day off by watching the sunset from an elevated temple.

Lunch and dinner on your own.
Overnight in Bagan.

Day 4 – 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; or 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 special and solemn event known as soan is sure to be a memorable part of your Myanmar holiday. This afternoon travel by a horse-drawn carriage to explore more of Bagan at a slower pace and finish the day off by watching the sunset from an elevated temple.

Lunch and dinner on your own

Overnight in Bagan

Day 5 – Bagan – Mandalay

Fly to Mandalay this morning. These days, Mandalay is a busy economic hub; 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 Kyaung 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 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, to watch a memorable sunset

Lunch and dinner on your own

Overnight stay in Mandalay

Day 6 – Mandalay – 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 center 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-drawn carriage will take you along verdant roads to the remains of the former royal capital.

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

Day 6 – Mandalay – 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 center 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-drawn carriage will take you along verdant roads to the remains of the former royal capital.

Lunch and dinner on your own.

Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 7 – Mandalay – 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 8 – Pindaya  – Inle Lake

A leisurely morning drive (2.5 hours long) will take you through more beautiful terrain to the town of Nyaung Shwe, on the edge of Inle Lake. Take a short orientation tour 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 which are then anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles. Visit the lake’s main pagoda, Phaung Daw Oo, with its five unique Buddha images and stop to discover indigenous crafts such as lotus-silk weaving.

Day 8 – Pindaya  – Inle Lake

A leisurely morning drive (2.5 hours long) will take you through more beautiful terrain to the town of Nyaung Shwe, on the edge of Inle Lake. Take a short orientation tour 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 which are then anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles. Visit the lake’s main pagoda, Phaung Daw Oo, with its five unique Buddha images and stop to discover indigenous crafts such as lotus-silk weaving.

Day 9 – 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, 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 weaving 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; and, if you wish, stop at a cafe dedicated to preserving local Inthar culture.

Lunch and dinner on your own

Overnight stay at inle Lake.

Day 10 – Inle 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 outbound flight.

 

Day 10 – Inle 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 outbound flight.

 

Price Includes:
  • Price is per person based on a 2-person occupancy at Superior hotels
  • 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)
  • Ground transportation with air-conditioned vehicles (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-drawn carriage in Bagan and Ava
  • Private, motorized boat at 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
  • 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

yangon

Bagan

Mandalay

Inle Lake

Pindaya

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