Enjoy connecting with Burmese culture by meeting local people, explore the pagodas and monasteries of this ancient land, visit a toddy farm and have a local lunch, step back in time at Bagan's archaeological zone, explore floating villages and daily life on tranquil Inle Lake
After decades of controversy, friendly Burma (also known as Myanmar) is opening up to travellers, which means the adventurous can experience a curious nation unbiased by hordes of tourists. This 12-day adventure offers comfort level hotels and travel between sights by plane, boat and private buses or vans. Discover the floating gardens of Inle Lake, incredible ruins of ancient Bagan, ancient capitals around Mandalay and the refreshing hill station of Kalaw. Not all of Asia follows the same beat, join in Burma's unique rhythm.
- Arrival transfer. Tour of Mandalay including Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Mahamuni Temple. Boat trip and tour of the Village of Mingun. Visit the spiritual centre of Burma at Sagaing and the ancient city of Amarapura. Excursion to Pyin Oo Lwin. Irrawaddy River boat trip. Guided tour of Bagan archaeological zone. Visit a local village and toddy farm for demonstrations and a local lunch. Visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery. Tour Nyaung Shwe by trishaw. Boat tour of Inle Lake including floating villages and markets. Visit a cheroot factory. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nge Phe Chaung Monastery. Tour Shwedagon Pagoda. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch. (Allow USD250-350 for meals not included.)
- Comfort hotels (11 nts).
- Private bus/van, plane, boat, walking.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.
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Day 1 Yangon
Arrive any time today. An arrival transfer is included.
Days 2-4 Mandalay (3B)
Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for views of the surrounding countyside. On Day 3, take a boat to the village of Mingun to visit the pagodas and local craftspeople. Visit the spiritual centre of Burma at Sagaing and the ancient royal capital of Amarapura. On Day 4, excursion to Pyin Oo Lwin, a former British hill station.
Day 5 Bagan (1B)
Relax and watch the sights on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan.
Days 6-7 Bagan (2B,1L)
Explore the ancient sites of Bagan including the temples of Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-in) cave temple and Manuha and Nan Paya temples, to name a few. Receive a blessing at a local monastery and continue to a handicraft workshop and visit the Nyaung Oo local market. On Day 7, visit a local village and toddy farm for demonstrations and lunch. Option to take a hot air balloon ride.
Days 8-9 Inle Lake (2B)
Travel by plane, bus and boat to serene Inle Lake. En route, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Nyaung Shwe by trishaw, and observe floating villages and gardens. On Day 9, explore the lake by boat and visit the floating villages, a cheroot factory and the daily market. Visit Phaung Daw Oo pagoda and the Nge Phe Chaung Monastery.
Day 10 Kalaw (1B)
Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Option for an afternoon trek.
Day 11 Yangon (1B)
Fly back to Yangon and visit Shwedagon Pagoda. Free time to explore and shop in the old capital.
Day 12 Yangon (1B)
Depart any time today.
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