12 - Day Myanmar Tour
Option Bago

Yangon - Bago - Bagan - Mandalay - Maymyo - Pindaya - Inle Lake - Yangon

Yangon (-/-/-)

DAY 1: Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel. Today's sightseeing tour includes the old colonial-style city center, the gilded SULE PAGODA, dating back over 2,000 years, BOGYOKE (SCOTT'S) MARKET (closed on Mondays) and a visit to a gem shop. The tour continues to CHAUK HTAT GYI, a huge reclining Buddha image, followed by a photo stop at the KARAWEIK HALL royal floating barge. An extended visit to SHWEDAGON PAGODA, one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude the tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. If arriving on a late afternoon flight, transfer to hotel only. Dinner to your own account and overnight in Yangon.

Yangon - Bago - Yangon (B/L/-)

DAY 2: Full day excursion out of Yangon to BAGO (84 km - 11/2 hours). Stop at a handicraft village that produces woven bamboo wares. In Bago sightseeing includes the SHWEMAWDAW PAGODA, as well as the 55-meter-long reclining Buddha called SHWETHALYAUNG, an image that is among the country's most revered. Return to Yangon through the rural landscape of paddy fields and small villages. En route visit KYAIK PUN PAGODA, famous for its four giant Buddha figures, the Allied War Graves Cemetery in HTAUK KYAN and a tree shrine dedicated to legendary animist spirits known as "Nats". Dinner to your own account and overnight in Yangon.

Yangon - Bagan (B/L/D)

DAY 3: Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to BAGAN. Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to the hotel and proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with a busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, KU BYANUK GYI, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its spectacular panoramic view of the area's many monuments, and ANANDA TEMPLE with four huge standing-Buddha images and numerous seated figures arranged around the interior gallery. Lunch is followed by a visit to a lacquer craftsmen's workshop in nearby MYINKABA village. Sightseeing continues with visits to MANUHA TEMPLE, built in Mon style in 1059, NANBAYA TEMPLE, a unique sandstone monument that is said to have been the palace of King Manuha, and MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE (under the protection of UNESCO), noted for its ancient mural paintings. The ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM and its collection of bronze, stone and lacquer Buddha images, clothes and gems, may also be visited. Observe a sunset in the vicinity of Bagan's ancient monuments. Dinner at a riverside restaurant and overnight in Bagan.

Bagan (B/L/D)

DAY 4: Visit the site of TAYOKEPYAY TEMPLE in Min Nan Thu Village, the PHAYA THONE ZU and NANDAMANYA TEMPLES (noted for exquisite13th century murals), and KYAT KAN CAVE monastery, a famous meditation center in Bagan. Visit farming villages around Bagan. 
Sightseeing continues after lunch with an excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River to the nostalgic NAT HTAUNG KYAUNG, a monastery famous for woodcarvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Bagan.

Bagan - Mount Popa - Meikhtila - Mandalay (B/L/D)

DAY 5: Overland journey (300 km - 8 hours) to MANDALAY. En route visit MOUNT POPA, an extinct volcano with a shrine dedicated to animist spirits known as "Nats". For the energetic, time to climb 777 steps to a shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Continue to MEIKHTILA and stop for lunch at a local restaurant en route. Continue to MANDALAY, a scenic journey of varied agricultural landscapes and small villages. Dinner and overnight in Mandalay.

Mandalay & Amarapura (B/L/D)

DAY 6: Drive to AMARAPURA, 15 km from Mandalay. Visit MAHAGANDAYON, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study; continue to the 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Visit BAGAYA MONASTERY with its superb collection of Buddha statues. Before returning to Mandalay, stop at a traditional hand woven silk workshop. After lunch, proceed on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Mandalay. Included are MAHAMUNI PAGODA, with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, SHWE NAN DAW KYAUNG (or golden PALACE MONASTERY), a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA (known as the world's largest book), consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. A visit is also made to a jetty to observe daily life along the river and to a craftsmen's workshop to see Kalaga tapestries being created. Sunset from MANDALAY HILL. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Mandalay.

Mandalay - Maymyo ( B/L/D )

DAY 7: Drive (80 km - 2 hours) on a scenic route to the cool hill station of PYIN OO LWIN (MAYMYO) with its lovely lake and waterfalls, botanical garden and colonial era buildings. Sightseeing continues after lunch with the famous PEIK KHYIN MYAUNG CAVES, since ancient times a Buddhist shrine. Time to relax until dinner. Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo).

Maymyo - Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay (B/L/D)

DAY 8: Visit the local market center by the famous horse-drawn carriages (if available). Return by road to MANDALAY for lunch, then proceed for a boat excursion (one hour each way) up the AYEYARWADDY RIVER to MINGUN, site of the world's largest intact bronze bell, 3.7 meters high and weighing 87 tons. Also visit the huge but unfinished MINGUN PAYA (built with the intention of being the world's biggest pagoda) and the beautiful HSINBYUME PAYA. Return to Mandalay. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Mandalay.

Mandalay - Meikhtila - Pindaya (B/L/D )

DAY 9: Very early start for an overland journey (320 km - 8 hours) to PINDAYA with stop in MEIKHTILA. Lunch at a simple local restaurant or boxed lunch. Visit the PINDAYA CAVES, unique for the thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over the span of many centuries. Dinner and overnight in Pindaya.

Pindaya - Nyaung Shwe - Inle Lake (B/L/D )

DAY 10: In the morning drive to NYAUNG SHWE (90 km - 21/2 hours). An excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include seeing the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. Lunch at a local restaurant on the lake. Further visits are made to PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, the weaving village of INPAWKHON and other sights. Dinner and overnight on the lake.

Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B/L/-) 

DAY 11: Take an excursion by boat to the western shore of Inle Lake to visit the INN THEIN PAGODA complex. Follow a stair path lined up with magnificent columns to the top. After lunch, transfer by road to Heho Airport for domestic flight to YANGON, visiting a cheroot factory en route and a wish-fulfilling pagoda. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to the hotel for dinner (to your own account) and overnight.

Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

AY 12: Travelers having arrived mid-day on Day 1 will transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure. For those having arrived in the afternoon, a morning of sightseeing will include city highlights as shown on Day 1 of the itinerary, then transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure.

International flights need to be booked as follows:

Arrival in Yangon : any
Departure from Yangon : see Day 12 of itinerary

Services Included: 

Accommodation with breakfast at hotels.
Meals on table d'hÔte basis as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) in the itinerary (breakfast only in Yangon, full board upcountry).
All entrance fees.
All domestic airfares (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Heho-Yangon).
Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally- stationed guides.
Service charges, room tax and baggage handling.
One (1) tour leader FOC for every 15 full-paying participants.

Services Excluded: 

Lunch and dinner in Yangon.
Visa fee for Myanmar.
Meals other than those specified in the itinerary.
International air tickets to/from Yangon.
International airport departure tax of US$ 10 per person.
Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.