The Great Myanmar Journey

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  • Duration: 12 days
  • Price: From USD 1,745

This guided journey brings you to experience Myanmar’s most famous sights, starting from the capital, Yangon (Rangoon), which was constructed by the British administration. Here, we will visit the magnificent Swedagon pagoda, decorated with gold plate and gemstones, stroll through Yangon’s old quarter and take in the sights and sounds of the bustling city. Next, […]

Tour Overview

Day 1: Arrive in Yangon

Day 2: Yangon heritage walk & flight to Bagan

Day 3: Bagan Temples

Day 4: Bagan Local Life

Day 5: Mandalay City Impressions

Day 6: Ava (Inwa) - Sagaing - Amarapura - Ubein Bridge

Day 7: Inle Lake, Floating Islands & Leg Rowers

Day 8: Inle Lake & Inn Thein Boat Excursions

Day 9: Red Mountain Estate Wineyard - Yangon

Day 10: Yangon-Bago-Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo)

Day 11: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon

Day 12: Yangon departure

General Inclusions

Domestic air fares as per itinerary
Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary
All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
Private transfers & tours with English speaking guides.
2 bottles of water and 2 refreshing towels per person on full day excursions
Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
Day 1

Arrive in Yangon

Upon your arrival, we will welcome you at the Yangon Airport and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.

After a short breather, we will visit a few of Yangon’s highlights, including the Chauk That Gyi pagoda with it’s marvelous reclining Buddha and the Karaweik Hall with its unique decorated hamsa bird-shaped floating barge on the Kandawgyi Lake.

We will conclude Day-1 beholding a spectacular monument and iconic symbol of Myanmar -- the Shwedagon Pagoda and its gold-covered dome that dominates the city’s skyline.

Included

Overnight stay: Hotel in Yangon • City Tour • English Speaking Guide

Day 2

Yangon heritage walk & flight to Bagan

Our quest to explore the highlights of Yangon continues after breakfast. We’ll start the exploration in the colonial-era city center and an over 2,000-year-old landmark, the Sule Paya Stupa, the focal point of various historic events in the city’s history.

From here, we’ll continue on foot to explore the British colonial era Yangon Old Quarter with its charming buildings, going through the bustling market streets with interesting merchants and food stalls. We’ll also learn about Myanmar’s traditional medicine at a local pharmacy, and then enjoy tea and snacks like the locals while doing some quality people-watching.

Next, we’ll continue onward to the Strand Hotel, a truly Asian landmark built by the Sarkies brothers that’s home to the River Art Gallery. Here, we’ll get to appreciate the works of famous Burmese artists before continuing to the bustling Bogyoke Market, which is packed with hundreds of gemstones, handicrafts, clothes, art and food stores. However, the market is closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.

After lunch, we will head to the airport for a one-hour flight to Nyaung U Bagan and then be transferred to our Bagan accommodation.

Included

Overnight stay: Hotel in Bagan • Tours • Flight Ticket Yangon - Bagan

Meals

Breakfast

Day 3

Bagan Temples

After breakfast, our day in Bagan begins with a journey to the Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan. We first visit the Dhamayazeka Zedi, which provides panoramic views to the plains of Bagan that are dotted with temples.

Next, we will visit the gilded Swezigon Stupa at the Archaeological Museum that is rumoured to contain a holy relic - the tooth of Buddha. A short distance away, we’ll also visit the Myngaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple that showcases the mural paintings of the Buddha’s Jataka reincarnations.

At the Myingaba Village, we will learn about Bagan’s famous lacquer ware crafts, and at the Htilominlo Temple, we will learn about Burmese sand paintings. We will wrap up our day of temple tours with a visit to the symmetric Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddhas that seem to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity, regardless of the viewer’s position.

Included

Overnight stay: Hotel in Bagan • Bagan Tour • English Speaking Guide

Meals

Breakfast

Day 4

Bagan Local Life

Today, we carry on with an exploration of Bagan, starting with the Manuha Temple’s Mon architectural lines. We will proceed to the Thanaka Museum for insight into the traditional uses of sandalwood paste, and then a visit a Cigar Workshop to see how local cheroots (cigars) are made.

Bagan’s largest market, Nyaung U Market, follows before we stroll through a local village to see a traditional brick factory. We learn more about Myanmar’s national education system at the Monastic School where disadvantaged children receive free primary education, and then in the late afternoon we will head to Irrawaddy River for a private sunset cruise with cocktails and views of temple silhouettes on the bustling shores.

Optional Tour: Hot Air Balloon Flight over Bagan
Float over thousand-year old pagodas next to the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River as the sun sinks slowly behind the mountains. One of the most remarkable sights in Asia, the magic sight of Bagan’s ancient temples dotting the landscape affords visitors an unique opportunity to see this ancient kingdom from a rare perspective. The sunrise and sunset champagne flights take off daily from October to March.

Included

Overnight stay: Hotel in Bagan • Bagan Tour • English Speaking Guide • Rive Cruise

Meals

Breakfast

Day 5

Mandalay City Impressions

After breakfast, we’re off to the airport for a quick, 30-minute flight to Mandalay. From here, we’ll head straight to Mandalay city to enjoy the morning at the Zegyo Market, buzzing with local Mandalay life.

Next, we will go to the Artisan Quarters where we’ll find some of the oldest craftsmanship dating back to Myanmar’s last kingdom. We’ll observe gold leaf pounding, teakwood carvings and Myanmar tapestry embroidering along with how Baddha statues are shaped from bronze and marble.

Next we’ll take in the highlights of Mandalay including the Mahamuni Pagoda that’s home to the country’s most significant Buddha images, covered with tons of gold leaf, the crown prize in wars between ancient Myanmar kingdoms. The Golden Palace Monastry offers a glimpse of Myanmar’s original royal architecture and last, the Kuthodaw Pagoda houses Buddha’s teachings carved in sacred Pali script from stone slabs considered the world’s largest book in terms of surface area.

We will conclude our day with panoramic sunset views of the city skyline from the highest point in the city, Mandalay Hill.

Included

Overnight stay: Hotel in Mandalay • Flight Ticket Bagan - Mandalay • Mandalay Tour • English Speaking Guide

Meals

Breakfast

Day 6

Ava (Inwa) - Sagaing - Amarapura - Ubein Bridge

After breakfast, we will journey to outside of Mandalay where we’ll find the Ancient Kingdoms of Myanmar, before heading to Ava (Inwa) that was the accent capital of the Shan and Burmese Kingdoms for over four centuries.

From here, we will then cross the Myint Nge River by ferry for a horse cart exploration of Ava’s small roads and visit a pristine Bagaya Teak Monastery still in use by monks. We’ll also see the Nanmwyin Watch Tower, known as the Leaning Tower of Ava, which is the last standing structure of the Ava dynasty palace. We’ll also visit Mah Aungmye Bonzan Monastery with its graceful curves and archways.

Next, we will then continue to the Ancient Kingdom of Sagaing on the other side of the Irrawaddy River, and enjoy beautiful vistas over the river and hillside from Sagaing Hills. At a monastery in Sagaing we learn about the life of Buddhist devotees and visit a famous Silversmith Village nearby. In Amarapura, an ancient capital city famous for weaving and textile industries, we’ll visit a cottage industry workshop to learn more about longyis and traditional fabrics.

Closer to sunset, we will head to the Taungtaman Lake to experience the impressive Ubein Bridge -- a simple, but solid teak bridge that spans 1.2 kilometers over the lake, which also doubles as a beautiful subject for sunset photography.

Included

Overnight stay: Hotel in Mandalay • Mandalay Tour • English Speaking Guide

Meals

Breakfast

Day 7

Inle Lake, Floating Islands & Leg Rowers

After breakfast, we will say goodbye to Mandalay as we travel to the airport for a 30-minute flight to Heho, a quiet transit town that is home to one of very few airports in hilly Shan State. We’ll drop by the Heho Market, a melting pot of ethnic minorities from the surrounding areas who trade handmade goods and locally grown produce (on market days only).

On the way to Inle Lake, we will stop at a local family’s workshop and learn about Shan umbrellas and paper making using traditional methods employing fibres of mulberry trees. An hour’s drive to Inle Lake takes us down a valley fringed by the Shan mountains and rice padi fields to check in to our hotel.

Our afternoon will take us on an exploration of Inle Lake, known for its floating islands and gardens growing on natural beds of tangled water hyacinth roots. The fishermen in the area us a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority only on Inle Lake, they balance and row with one leg.

Included

Overnight stay: Hotel on the shore (Nyaung Shwe) or in the lake • Inle Tour • English Speaking Guide

Meals

Breakfast

Day 8

Inle Lake & Inn Thein Boat Excursions

After breakfast, a down a small river takes us to Inn Thein Pagoda and seemingly back in time. A short walk through verdant bamboo grooves open up to a field covered with over 1,000-year-old, ancient pagodas. We then take the boat back to visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, home to sacred gold leaf covered Buddha statues. We also visit the Inpawkhon Weaving Village for insight into the local crafting of handmade silk, linen and lotus fabrics.

For a bonus treat, we will stop at a Burmese Cat house built over the lake to reintroduce this endemic, rare pure breed feline to Myanmar. Then at Nampan Village, local craftsmen will show us more about the traditional rolling and packing of Burmese cigars called cheroots, before we end our day with the graceful boatmen perched on one leg, rowing our canoes into the sunset.

Included

Overnight stay: Hotel on the shore (Nyaung Shwe) or in the lake

Meals

Breakfast

Day 9

Red Mountain Estate Wineyard - Yangon

In the morning, we will transfer by boat to the Nyauang Shwe town and visit the nearby Red Mountain Estate to tour of the lush vineyard, situated on the side of mountain.

Here, we will get to taste some of Myanmar’s premiere wines, and observe the different aging methods completed in their cellar cave. After lunch in Nyaung Shwe, we will take an hour’s drive to Heho airport for an afternoon flight to Yangon. Upon arrival to Yangon, we will transfer to our hotel. Rest of the evening is free for relaxing and own Yangon explorations.

Included

Overnight stay: Hotel in Yangon • Tour • English Speaking Guide • Flight Ticket Heho - Yangon

Meals

Breakfast

Day 10

Yangon-Bago-Golden Rock (Kyaikhtiyo)

We kick-start our morning with a pickup from the hotel in Yangon, followed by a two-hour (99 kilometer) drive to Thanatpin, where we take a stroll through colourful local market.

Next, we will board a local long tail boat for a ride through rice fields and small Mon Villages scattered along the waterway. After lunch at a local restaurant in Bago, we will continue our journey with a three-and-a-half-hour (110 kilometer) drive to the Kin Pun base camp to change our mode of transport to an open truck.

The open truck ride is shared with local pilgrimage makers for the next 11 kilometers to the Yathetaung base camp, located 500 meters below the summit ridge. A further, one-hour hike up a partly on steep road and paved trail leads us to the summit. The Golden Rock, or Kyaiktiyo as the Burmese call it, is a fascinating sacred boulder covered in gold leaf and balanced precariously on the edge of a cliff.

Crowning the boulder is a small shrine believed to contain Buddha’s hair relics, the source of the gravity defying magic. A continual stream of pilgrims from Myanmar and Asia come to witness the wonder at least once in their life time. Enjoy the tranquil sunset, soak in the unique atmosphere and share in wonder with fellow monk, nun and lay pilgrims.


Optional: The Royal Treatment
For those who would prefer relaxation the entire way, they can enjoy views from a bamboo sedan chair carried by four local porters. Arrangements can be made by trip guides at the base of the climb. Prices are determined by season, availability and body weight (typical rates run around 20USD).

Included

Overnight stay: Hotel near Golden Rock • Tour • English Speaking Guide

Meals

Breakfast

Day 11

Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon

Wake up early for lovely sunrise views and a quiet morning stroll. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before descending back to the Kin Pun base camp. We’ll take a three-and-a-half-hour (110 kilometer) drive to Bago. After lunch, we will visit a Mon Weaving Village near Bago.

The rest of the one-and-a-half (80 kilometer) drive to Yangon is broken up with visits to a Nat Three Shrine dedicated to a legendary Nat spirit, the Kyaik Pun Pagoda with its four giant Buddha images, and the Allied Troops War Cemetery honouring 6,000 war heroes of WWII. We will reach Yangon in the afternoon and the rest of the day is for relaxing or shopping in Yangon.

Included

Overnight stay: Hotel in Yangon • Tour • English Speaking Guide

Meals

Breakfast

Day 12

Yangon departure

Breakfast at the hotel and free at leisure until the time to transfer out to Yangon airport for your departure flight.

Meals

Breakfast at Hotel

1 Apr - 30 Sep 2016

 

  
 
Accommodation Yangon
Accommodation Bagan
Accommodation Mandalay
Accommodation Inle
Accommodation Kyaikhtiyo
Private Transfers
Private Tours

Luxury Package

USD2,295
Per Person
Accommodation Yangon : Chatrium Hotel - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Bagan : Bagan Lodge Hotel - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Mandalay : Mandalay Hill Resort - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Inle : Pristine Lotus Resort - Lotus Villa
Accommodation Kyaikhtiyo : Mountain Top Hotel - Deluxe Room
Private Transfers
Private Tours
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Superior Package

USD2,095
Per Person
Accommodation Yangon : Rose Garden Hotel - Bamboo Deluxe
Accommodation Bagan : Hotel Umbra - Grand Deluxe
Accommodation Mandalay : Bagan King Hotel - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Inle : Amata Inle Resort - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Kyaikhtiyo : Mountain Top Hotel - Deluxe Room
Private Transfers
Private Tours

Standard Package

USD1,745
Per Person
Accommodation Yangon : Millennium Hotel - Deluxe Room
Accommodation Bagan : Bawga Theiddhi Hotel - Superior
Accommodation Mandalay : Hotel Yadanarpon - Superior Room
Accommodation Inle : 81 Hotel Nyaung Shwe - Superior
Accommodation Kyaikhtiyo : Mountain Top Hotel - Deluxe Room
Private Transfers
Private Tours

This tour can be extended or changed according to your preferences – Valid until 31 March 2017


 

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Flexibility:

We have especially tailor-made our tours to suit the independent travellers who are not inclined to follow big groups – you are free to select the starting date of your tour based on your preference. We are also able to customize your tour packages and accommodate your special requests accordingly.

Child Policy:

– Child is 2-11 years old. If other age applies to your booking, we will let you know before confirmation of booking.

– 1st child with extra bed/mattress/day bed. 2nd child will share bed with parents. If other configuration, we will let you know before booking is confirmed.

Additional Charges and fees

– Additional High Season Surcharge might apply during special events and festive seasons.

– Many resorts and hotels have compulsive Christmas & New Year’s dinners, which are not included. Often the price and details are only available 1 months before the event.

– Flight tickets are not included. Please advise if you like us to quote and include flight tickets.

– Visas and other fees and taxes related to your air ticket and border clearance.

– Camera fees at attractions.

– Items not mentioned

Booking Terms & Conditions

– For certain transfers and modes of transport e.g. boats, flights etc. private transfers will not be available (even if private transfer is mentioned).

– Maximum occupancy for standard rooms are normally 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children.

– Prices are based on minimum 2 adults travelling and sharing room.

– If you are 6 people or more we can quote you a special group price

– Program changes can happen during festive seasons or due to weather conditions

– All room requests e.g. connecting doors, bed configuration etc. is based on request only and cannot be guarantied

– Prices can change without prior notice

– Subject to availability at the time of booking

You will find our general Terms & Conditions here

About Myanmar

Destination: Myanmar

Now is the right time to visit extraordinary Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Tourism in this country is still developing, but without a doubt, it has a great tourist potential. Myanmar takes you to a traditional setting, with some men in longyi or Burmese cloth, women in traditional make-up or grandmothers chewing betel. Locals are still riding trishaws, carts and horses, telling visitors to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Travel in Myanmar is best enjoyed by drifting down the Irrawaddy River or Inle Lake, splashing through the waters of Bay of Bengal or trekking through Shan Hills. The gentle and warm locals will be the ones to make the trip extra special for they are willing to be part of your journey to their land; you’ll be surprised with the instant connection.

Things to Know

Myanmar is a country in Southeast Asia. Its culture is a result of Indian influences mixed with local and Chinese heritage. It has six regions inhabited by around 51.5 million people. The best way to get into the country is by air, via its international airports, the Mandalay, Yangon, Naypyidaw and Hanthawaddy International Airports located in different regions. Myanmar’s capital is Naypyidaw and people mostly speak Burmese and several regional languages.

Places of Interest

Myanmar offers religious destinations and a variety of natural attractions, from beaches to lakes and nature trails. The larger cities of Yangon and Mandalay are top tourist destinations, but visitors also flock to the natural beauty of Inle Lake, ancient cities like Mrauk-U and Bagan or religious sites in Pindaya, Mon State, Bago and Hpa-An.

Bagan is a top tourist drawer, being a renowned archeological site in Asia. Also known as a Temple town, it is found in Ayeyarwady River banks. It has the biggest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and ancient ruins that date back from the 11th century.

Mandalay Palace is another interesting site, being the last palace of the final Burmese monarchy. In addition, a heritage structure is Shwedagon Pagoda or Golden Pagoda, a stupa in Yangon believed to be over 2,000 years old.

Nature lovers would be delighted to see Inle, a lake in Shan State with surrounding mountains home to about 30 tribes. It is unbelievably stunning, and can be reached through Heho Airport. The best beaches of Myanmar include Ngapali Beach and Nabule Beach. Ngapali is the ideal place to escape the noise of a crowded city. It has palm-lined walkways, powdery white sand and clear blue waters. It offers classy accommodations and a charming fishing village for a perfectly relaxing stay.

For a religious retreat, Mandalay Hill is a must-visit. It is called a holy mount and features a breathtaking view of the city and countryside. The site is also known for its abundance of monasteries and pagodas, making it a significant pilgrimage spot for Buddhists.

Dive sites in Myanmar are also worth visiting. The Smiling Seahorse in Ranong offers diving cruises for tourists. While in the country, why not try its traditional Burmese foot spa best delivered by Sapel, located in Lanmadaw, Yangon. Do not forget to buy lacquer ware and some precious stones, some of Myanmar’s specialty products.