Itinerary day by day:
Day 01: Arrival – Yangoon (Lunch included)
Welcome by our guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel and leisure. Yangon, capital of the union of Myanmar is located on a fertile delta approximately 30 km of the sea. In spite of its 4 million populations, Yangon does not know yet the stress of the large Asian cities. Larges avenues bordered of trees dating from the British time, the Victorian colonial buildings and some impressive religious monuments like the famous Shwedagon pagoda or the Reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatkyi make Yangon a charming city with very pleasant environment.
Your journey beings with the magnificent reclining Buddha Chaukhtatgyi pagoda. Lunch is taken at Padonmar restaurant. After lunch, an extended visit to the Shwedagon pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude the tour of this pictures garden city. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters. Overnight at Strand Hotel****.
Day 02: Yangon – Bagan ( Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner Included)
Following breakfast at hotel. Morning flight to Bagan. Day dedicated to the discovery of Bagan "mysticism" extraordinary archaeological site that is comparable to that of Angkor with its 3,000 temples and stupas , the zenith of Buddhist architecture of Myanmar. Departure to visit the main pagoda of the site including: La Pagode Shwezigon where pilgrims come to Buddha and the Nats 37. Discovery of the temples Shwegugyi, Gawdawpalin and colorful market located in Old Bagan.
Lunch at the hotel. Visit the Ananda Temple, with its shiny golden stupa in the sun, its colossal statues, and his monastery (whose festival in January is one of the most significant events of the festive calendar Burmese). Continue visit of the wall paintings, dating the 13th century, the pagoda Guyaukgyi. Carriage ride around the archaeological site of Bagan. Contemplation of the sunset from the top of a pagoda site is the highlight of the day, a few minutes under the effect of the oblique light of checking, the whole site seems flare up, painting the pagodas around a beautiful orange colour. Dinner at 'Amata Boutique House and we will enjoy the puppet show. Overnight at hotel Thiripyitsaya Resort****.
Day 03: Bagan ( Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner Included)
Breakfast. Transfer to the Road to Mandalay Cruise berthed on the Ayeyarwady River. At Bagan, over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered over an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. After lunch, join the guide and visit the inside of some of the more significant pagodas. Late afternoon your guide takes you to watch the sun setting over a field of glowing pagodas. Dinner and local entertainment on board.
Day 04: Bagan – Mandalay – Cruise ( Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner Included)
After breakfast, join the guide to explore some of Bagan's local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longyis and rattan goods. See Myanmar's famous lacquerware being made. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this enchanting area on your own. Mid-morning the Road To Mandalay begins its cruise north towards Mandalay. Relax on the top deck and watch the fascinating river life glide by. The guide lectures on local places and customs. The ship moors mid-river for the evening. A casual cocktail party is followed by dinner on board.
Day 05: Mandalay ( Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner Included)
Arrive at the village of Shwe Kyet Yet after lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay regarded as the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. Return to Road To Mandalay stopping enroute to admire sunset over the river. Dinner and local entertainment on board.
Day 06: Mingun – Sagaing ( Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner Included)
After breakfast, cruise to Mingun to visit the most important sights such as the pretty Hsinbyume Pagoda and the world's largest uncracked bell. Return by ferry for a late lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Sagaing Hills, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Burma. Sagaing is also famous for its silver and silversmiths who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did. Dinner and local entertainment on board.
Day 07: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya – Inle ( Breakfast/ Lunch Included)
After an early breakfast, transfer to Mandalay airport for your return flight to Heho. Departure by the road (2h30 approximately) for the caves of Pindaya, an interesting long way up into the hills and across the shan plateau, through fields of mountain rice.
Pindaya is especially famous for its natural caves in which ones were stored, with the passing of the centuries the donations of the pilgrims is more than 8000 statues of buddha out of wood, alabaster, marble, cement. an occasion to discover the evolution that knew the representations of the buddha through the time.
Lunch at Green Tea restaurant. Visit magnificent Pindaya cave set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of buddha images are a display in the various cave chambers. Continue visit some local houses where families produce shan paper and parasols.
Departure by road to Nyaungshwe, quiet village on the shores of Inle Lake. Transfer by motor boat and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel Inle Princess Resort***.
Day 08: Inle – Indein ( Breakfast/ Lunch Included)
Breakfast. Idyllic framework, blotted around the mountains, the Inle Lake is a punctuated blue oasis of villages on pile, temples and monasteries. You can discover the life of the lake: it’s surprising floating vegetable gardens, fixed on the bottom of the lake by large poles of bamboo; its fishermen inthas, principal ethnic of the lake, which ancestral mode of fishing, with a bow net and while rowing with a leg, is the unique in the world.
You can walk in the village and visit the old pagodas which were built in 12th century.
Inn Dein located on south-western bank of the principal lake, In dein close it village one can say that it is the most picturesque part of the lake Inle. The brook which leads to the village is animated with various activities on its banks. In-dein village is used as principal door to approach the western part of the lake and to discover the close villages situated on the hills.
Lunch at golden kite restaurant. Visit Monastery Nga Phe, also called “monastery of the jumping cats” since its monks drew up cats to be jumped inside rings. This monastery out of wooden, built on pile, and contains an astonishing collection of statues of buddha. Visit pagoda Phaung Daw Oo, one of the most scared shrines in Myanmar, dating back to the 18th century, and visits some of its many artisanal factories of weaving of silk, cigars…Overnight at Inle Princess Resort***.
Day 09: Heho – Yangon ( Breakfast/ Lunch Included)
Following breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Yangon . Continue visits with the Sule Pagoda, whose octagonal stupa 46 feet high marks the heart of the city and the Botathaung Pagoda. Then walk in Chinatown that houses along the facades are decrepit colonial buildings, an abundance of small shops, street vendors and street kitchens. Lunch at restaurant. Visit the largest market Bogyoke, market lacquer, precious stones, fabrics .... Free time for your own shopping. Overnight at the hotel Governor's Residence****.
Day 10: Yangon – Departure ( Breakfast/ Lunch Included)
After breakfast this morning. Free time until transfer to airport for your return flight home. End of services.
Our price includes:
- Transfers and visits mentioned in the program
- Accommodation with double or twin room
- Entrance fees & cameras for the visits mentioned in the program
- Experienced English-speaking guide throughout the tour
- Domestic flights: Yangon-Bagan; Mandalay-Heho; Heho - Yangon
- Cruising for Bagan-Mandalay (Road to Mandalay Cruise)
- Meals as indicated in the above itinerary
- Camera fees
Our price excludes:
- The airport tax 10 USD
- The personal drinks and other expenses
- Surcharge for Gala Dinners & New Year’s Eve
- Tips for guides and drivers (estimate of 2$ per day per person)
- Visa and visa stemping fees
- Travel insurances