8 - Day Myanmar Tour
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 - Mandalay & Amarapura (B/L/D)
DAY 4: Transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to MANDALAY. Upon arrival at Mandalay Airport, proceed directly to Amarapura. 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. Stop at a traditional hand-woven silk workshop en route.
Mandalay - Heho - Inle Lake (B/L/D)
DAY 5: Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to HEHO. Proceed by road to INLE LAKE (25 km - 1 hour). 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. Visits are made to PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, the weaving village of INPAWKHON and other sights. Dinner and overnight on the lake.
Inle Lake - Pindaya - Kalaw (B/L/D)
DAY 6: Visit a marketplace. En route tour a cigar-making factory and a wish-fulfilling pagoda. Continue for an excursion by road (90 km - 21/2 hours) to the small town of PINDAYA where sightseeing highlights include a scenic lake and the Pindaya Caves, unique for the thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over the span of many centuries. Continue to the hill station of KALAW for dinner and overnight.
Kalaw - Heho - Yangon (B/L/-)
DAY 7: Time to explore Kalaw, a charming hill station that is a marketing center for hill-tribe folk from surrounding regions. Transfer to Heho Airport for return flight to YANGON. On arrival, transfer to hotel for dinner (to your own account) and overnight.
Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)
DAY 8: Travelers having arrived mid-day on Day 1 will transfer to the airport for departure.
International flights need to be booked as follows:
Arrival in Yangon :
Accommodation with breakfast at hotels.
Lunch and dinner in Yangon.