This guided tour will introduce you to the cultural highlights and most famous destinations in Myanmar. From the temple plains of Bagan to the serene beauty of Inle Lake.
Experience the most famous sights of Myanmar on this guided journey. Your trip starts from British administration constructed capital city, Yangon (Rangoon); where we visit the magnificent gold plate and gemstone decorated Swedagon pagoda; take a stroll through quaint old quarter of Yangon enjoying sights and sounds of this bustling city.
Our journey continues northbound to Ancient Kingdom of Bagan, the greatest archeological treasure of Myanmar with over 4000 pagodas and temples ruins located on the plains Bagan by the Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy). Bagan was during its heyday one the greatest kingdoms in the World and is truly a magical destination to visit.
From Bagan we continue to Mandalay for exploring Ancient Capitals of Myanmar (Burma) all situated near current Mandalay City. We visit; the last remaining palace building; centuries old teak wood monastery; the sacred Mahamuni Buddha’s temple; observe traditional gold leaf ponding, carving, tapestry and weaving in local workshops. We explore ruins of AVA kingdom by horse carriage and enjoy spectacular sunset from the Ubein teak bridge. (weather permitting).
From Mandalay we fly to Heho in Shan State, and explore the beautiful Inle Lake region inhabited by minority peoples. By Inle we visit Myanmar premier vineyard, markets, floating gardens and cultural highlights on the lake and vicinity. From Shan State we fly back to Yangon where we finish our Myanmar journey.
At a glance
- Colonial Yangon & Swedagon Pagoda
- Temples of Ancient Kingdom of Bagan
- Mandalay artisans, market & cultural heritage
- Royal Capitals Sagaing, Inwa & Amarapura
- Mesmerizing Inle Lake, minorities & boat trips
Itinerary in Brief
- DAY 1: Arrival and settling into Yangon
- DAY 2: Flight to Bagan & Bagan highlights
- DAY 3: Drive to Mt Popa, Mandalay city sights
- DAY 4: Royal capitals, Ava, Amarapura, Sagaing
- DAY 5: Fly to Inle Lake. Vineyard & lake visits
- DAY 6: Boat excursions on Inle Lake
- DAY 7: Train to Kalaw, pm flight to Yangon
- DAY 8: Transfer to airport for your onward flight
On arrival to Yangon airport, you will be welcomed by Discovery DMC guide with a sign board and your name on it. Transfer to your hotel for check-in. After freshening up we will visit some of Yangon’s highlights; including colonial heritage buildings and bustling markets. You will complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold covered bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline.
After breakfast at hotel, then transfer to airport and flight to Bagan. Our journey today takes us to the highlights of the Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan. Sights we will visit include the Swesandaw stupa, a magnificent temple that provides panoramic views of the temple studded plains of Bagan.
For sunset, a bullock or horse cart ride around the temples offers unparalleled photo opportunities of one of the richest archeological treasures in Southeast Asia as the sun dips behind the temple ruins (weather permitting).
After breakfast at the hotel Bagan drive to Mt Popa (1.5hrs), Mt Popa is extinct volcano and center for “Nat” spirits worshippers. Continue drive to Mandalay 3hrs. After lunch break explore Mandalay highlights including the artisan quarters, where some of the oldest craftsmanship is showcased dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar, as well as the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, housing one of the most significant Buddha images in the country, covered in several tons of gold leaf and the crown prize in long past wars between competing Myanmar kingdoms.
After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a morning stroll through the lively Zegyo in the heart of the city and making stops at Burmese snacks and “thanaka” (make up) stalls. Next you will explore the ancient kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay. First drive 15km to Ava (Inwa), the ancient capital of the Shan and Burmese Kingdoms for over four centuries. Continue to the Ancient Kingdom of Sagaing, located across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. From the Sagaing Hills, we enjoy magnificent views overlooking the river and hill side covered with countless pagodas. On the way back to Mandalay stop at another beautiful ancient capital city, Amarapura, famous for its weaving traditions and Ubein Bridge, a simple yet strong teak structure that spans 1,2km over Taungtaman Lake. The bridge silhouetted by the setting sun is one of the most magical experiences in Myanmar and a photographer’s dream.
Enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the Mandalay airport for the 30min flight to Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State.Next, we take a 1-hour drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields. At the lake we embark on afternoon explorations by boat, Inle is populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and reeds. Delight in the picturesque sights of fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake.
After breakfast we journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach Inn Thein, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time. To access the Inn Thein archeological site we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago. Rest of the day is for lake explorations, learn how the floating islands and cultivations are shaped and tended, marvel at lotus thread and garments making in Inn Phaw Khone weaving village. We end the day with scenic canoe ride propelled by leg rowers.
After breakfast short drive to Shwe Nyaung and board the slow morning train to Kalaw. During the 3hr ride the train will climb up to Shan highlands and plateau. Enjoy the scenery and mingle with locals many of whom are transporting local produce and live near stations that have poor road connections. You will arrive to Kalaw lunch time. Take a walk around Kalaw town, former summer hill station of the British and transfer to Heho airport 45min-1hr for your flight (1hr) to Yangon. In Yangon, transfer to hotel. Rest of day is free for your own Yangon explorations.
Free time until your transfer to Yangon airport for your onward flight.
- Private tours and transfers with air-conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary
- 2 bottles of water & 2 refreshing towels per passenger per day
- Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
- Luggage handling fees at airports
- Entrance fees or zone fees
- English speaking guide(other languages guide can be provide with additional charges)
What's Not Included
- Visa to Myanmar (note that pre-arranged visa is required for tourists)
- All entrance fees or zone fees
- Domestic Airfares (always quoted and mentioned separately from tour package price)
- International air fares
- Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
- Peak season surcharges & Compulsory dinners during Xmas & New Year’s
- Early check-in, late check-out. Normal check out time from hotels in Myanmar is 11am or 12 o’clock noon
- Drinks during meals, hotel extras and expenses of personal nature
- Camera & video fees. Some of the sites visited may ask small fees for photographing and video recording.
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