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Signature Myanmar: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay & Inle Lake

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,936

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This emerging and exciting destination has an myriad of treasures waiting to be discovered. Experience the colonial city of Yangon, the temples of Bagan and Mandalay and the beauty of Inle Lake.


Myanmar, formerly Burma, is now more politically relaxed. The charms of both the country and the people are enormous. Myanmar is one destination where the local inhabitants make a difference. Not only are they friendly and charming but also considerate and engaging. Just observe the smiles.  The country itself is immersed in the Buddhist religion which permeates everyday life.

The largest city, Yangon can be either viewed as a decaying city or can be a glimpse into a bygone era when colonial rule influenced everything. Everywhere, you will see wandering monks dressed in burgundy robes.

During your stay in Yangon, you will spend the first full day visiting the diplomatic area with its rich colonial architecture, the Sule Pagoda which is 2500 years old, the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda with its 6 storey high Reclining Buddha statue, General Aung San’s House Museum opened in 2012 (General Aung San was the father of Aung San Suu Kyi and is considered the Father of modern-day Myanmar), Kandawgyi Lake with its impressive royal Barge and the Shwedigon Pagoda, a most amazing religious complex which dominates the skyline and is the most sacred Buddhist temple in the country (a pagoda is not an apt description; it is more a small city containing many pavillions and shrines, most decked in gold leaf. It sits on top of a hill and its jungle of spires can be seen everywhere. 

Fly the next morning to Bagan, the former capital of the country. Bagan has to be seen to be believed with the world’s largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and temples some dating back to the 11th Century. Everywhere you look is a spire-fringed skyline. On arrival, visit the Nyaung-U local market after which commence exploration of some of the many temples including the gold-leafed Shwezigon Pagoda dating back to the 12th Century, the Gubyaukgyi Pagoda, a 13th Century temple known for its wall paintings and the Htilominlo Pagoda which is 3 storeys high and made of red brick and the highly revered Ananda Temple, known as one of the finest, largest, and best preserved of the Bagan temples.  Have lunch and head to a lacquer ware shop. Bagan is famous for its artistic handicrafts and you can observe the process of how each piece is made. At the end of the day relax on a pony cart ride where you can watch the sun go down with a panoramic view of the magnificent ruins.

The next day brings a visit to MountPopa, a short drive from Bagan. This once volcanic mountain is 1500 metrs/4980 feet high and has an interesting temple on the top. Climb the 777 steps to the summit and have lunch at the restaurant at the top while enjoying the view. Later return to Bagan and in the evening enjoy a cruise along the IrrawaddyRiver to again watch the dramatic sunset.

Manadalay, Myanmar’s second largest city and former capital, is the next stop after a short flight from Bagan. Mandalay contains half of the country’s monks. The city is dominated by Mandalay Hill. One is rewarded by a visit not only for the view but also by all the interesting pagodas and temples. On arrival, visit Amarapura just outside Mandalay and see the U-BeinBridge, the longest bridge in the world made of teak and spend time at the traditional silk weaving factories. Drive to Mandalay and check in to your hotel. Later, after lunch, visit the Mahumuni Pagoda, a major pilgrimage site and a sacred icon, second only after the Shwedigon in Yangon. Also visit the Golden Palace Monastery and the Kuthadaw Pagoda before heading up Mandalay Hill for an amazing view not only of the city but of the wonderful sunset.

Next day, a flight to Heho and then drive two hours to Pindaya, famous as a pilgrimage site and for its limestone cave with its 8000 images of Buddha.  In the evening, enjoy a stroll around this beautiful city.

The next morning, drive to Inle Lake, Myanmar’s second largest freshwater lake which is 22 kilomertes/13 miles in length. The shores of the lake are inhabited by many ethnic tribes who earn most of their living from fishing. Here visit the ornate Phaun Daw U Pagoda located on the lake with its several golden Buddha images. Then continue to the Nga Phe Kyaung Pagoda, famous for its collection of ancient Buddha images and statues. Next is the village of Nampan where the locals make cigars and boats. Also visit the village of Inn Paw Khone to see how intricate silk products are made. Stay overnight in the InleLake area,

The following day brings a visit to the five day itinerant market in Inndein where you can see colourful local tribes. Visit also the InndeinTemple complex with its wooden stupas. Also see the floating gardens and houses of the locals and have a traditional canoe ride. Return later to your hotel.

Drive back the next morning to Heho for your flight back to Yangon. There is time later to visit the NationalMuseum. After lunch, have time at the Scott Market with its cobblestoned streets and colonial architecture where you can buy antique Burmese handicrafts and jewellery. Also visit Chinatown with its fruit and flower markets.

The following day is sadly your last in Myanmar as you return to Yangon airport.

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,936

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Day 1

Arrive Yangon

On arrival at Yangon Airport, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel where you will be able to relax from your long journey.

Duration2 Nights
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The Strand Hotel

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    The Strand Hotel



    Built in 1901 and acquired soon after by the Sarkies brothers. The Strand Hotel remains one of Asia's most enduring and awe-inspiring Colonial landmarks. The Strand emerges from a programme of thoughtful refreshments. The beloved chandeliers, charming ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have …

    Built in 1901 and acquired soon after by the Sarkies brothers. The Strand Hotel remains one of Asia's most enduring and awe-inspiring Colonial landmarks.
    The Strand emerges from a programme of thoughtful refreshments. The beloved chandeliers, charming ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have long served as the backdrop to this singular meeting place of famous explorers and raconteurs, remain. Past meets present among strategic upgrades including advanced air-conditioning and in-room technologies, as well as in the extensive staff training to ensure flawless personalized service which lives up to this grand and glamorous setting.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 2

Yangon

After breakfast at your hotel, depart with your guide and explore the downtown area of the city. Sightseeing this morning will include the 2000-year-old Sule Pagoda, one of the city's most endearing landmarks and an opportunity to view the splendid colonial buildings that still dot this part of the city including the City Hall and the High Court Building.
Sightseeing will continue with an excursion to the huge reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Kyi. One of the country's most stunning reclining Buddhas, the serene face is topped by a crown encrusted with colourful precious stones.
After lunch at local restaurant and sightseeing will continue to General Aung San's Museum. General Aung San was a key figure in the country's struggle for independence and his former house is now a museum with some interesting memorabilia on display to include family photographs and other personal effects. When the sun starts to set and the air gets cooler, have a stroll through Kandawgyi Park and enjoy the changing light over Shwedagon Pagoda which is located just behind the park. Once it is dark the illuminated stupa forms the perfect backdrop for a picturesque walk.
Later visit the historic Shwedagon Pagoda which towers almost 98 meters (326ft) above the green cityscape of Yangon. One of the wonders of the religious world, it is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago and is a testament to the faith of the Burmese. This magnificent building is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the Stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest which is a single 76 carats. One of the most magical times to visit the paya is early evening as the sun is about to set; to witness the serenity and calmness that abounds at this time of the day is an experience that will remain for a very long time.

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Day 3

Yangon to Bagan

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Begin the morning with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, to see rural Burmese life. Visit Nyaung Oo market along the way to see the variety of fresh produce for sale and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the temples around Bagan. Visit Gubyaukgyi, a 13th Century temple noted for its wall paintings depicting scenes from the previous lives of Buddha. Also see the Buddhist Htilominlo Pagoda and the highly revered Ananda Temple, known as one of the finest, largest, and best-preserved of the Bagan temples. Later this afternoon there is another chance to re-visit the temples, this time by horse cart which affords the opportunity to explore some of the lesser-visited areas which cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport. Then, watch the sunset from one of the viewpoints where you can see thousands of temples across the plain (weather permitting).

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Duration2 Nights
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Bagan Lodge

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    Bagan Lodge



    The magnificence and authenticity of Bagan combined with Bagan Lodge's friendly, personalized service provides a stunning canvas on which to create personalized and memorable events and celebrations; A romantic private dinner, SPA, car rental service, on incredible Balloon ride over archaeological sites, a sightseeing tour …

    The magnificence and authenticity of Bagan combined with Bagan Lodge's friendly, personalized service provides a stunning canvas on which to create personalized and memorable events and celebrations; A romantic private dinner, SPA, car rental service, on incredible Balloon ride over archaeological sites, a sightseeing tour with horse carriage or electric bicycle. Bagan Lodge also has the flexibility and creativity to organize successful meetings or a rewarding incentive program

    Ideally set in the heart of the archaeological zone, Bagan Lodge offers convenient across to some of the world's most magnificent temples. Featuring 82 Villa Rooms and 4 Suites, Restaurant, Lobby Bar, Pool Bar, Swimming Pool and Spa, Bagan Lodge's personalized service and facilities are designed for those guests seeking a unique and unforgettable experience.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Conference Room
    • Fitness Centre
    • Information Desk
    • Jacuzzi
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Pool bar
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tour Desk
    • Transportation (Surcharge)
    • WiFi

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Day 4

Bagan

Today enjoy a full day excursion around Bagan visiting the four pagodas King Anawrahta built in the 11th Century. Along the way also stop to visit the charming rural villages surrounding Bagan. These villages rarely see tourists so don't be surprised if all locals come out to greet you and say hello. You will also visit Shwezigon Pagoda, one of Bagan's most notable pagodas due to its gilded stupa.

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Day 5

Bagan to Mandalay-Amarapura

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay, the second-largest city in Myanmar. It is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy, considered the center of Burmese culture. On arrival transfer to Amarapura, 11 km south of Mandalay, and one of the capitals of the third Myanmar Empire. It is now a township of Mandalay. Visit the U Bein Bridge (the longest teak bridge in the world), Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses one the most famous seated Buddha images in all Myanmar, Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) and Kuthodaw Pagoda which is said to house the world's largest book inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. Finish the day with a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill for sunset and a panoramic view of the city.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Pullman Mandalay Mingalar

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    Pullman Mandalay Mingalar



    Located in Mandalay, 2.7 km from Mandalay University, Pullman Mandalay Mingalar has accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. With free WiFi, this 5-star hotel has a bar and a garden. The property provides a 24-hour front …

    Located in Mandalay, 2.7 km from Mandalay University, Pullman Mandalay Mingalar has accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. With free WiFi, this 5-star hotel has a bar and a garden. The property provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests. At the hotel, rooms come with a desk. Complete with a private bathroom equipped with a shower and a hairdryer, the rooms at Pullman Mandalay Mingalar have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms include a seating area. All rooms have a closet. The accommodation offers a continental or buffet breakfast. Pullman Mandalay Mingalar offers 5-star accommodations with a sauna and terrace. Mahamuni Buddha Temple is 4.5 km from the hotel, while Maha Myat Muni Pagoda is 4.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Mandalay International Airport, 35.4 km from Pullman Mandalay Mingalar.

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Day 6

Mandalay to Heho to Pindaya

This morning you will be transferred to Mandalay airport for your onward flight to Heho. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by your local guide and transferred to Pindaya passing through some of the most fertile and lush scenery in Myanmar. Then, visit one of the biggest caves in the area. Set high on a limestone ridge above Pone Taloke Lake, Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Cave is filled to bursting point with Buddha images in an astonishing variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, many beautifully adorned with beaten gold. At the latest count, all Pindaya caves contained more than 8700 statues in total, some left centuries ago by Burmese pilgrims and others newly installed by Buddhist organizations.
After lunch, take a trek in the countryside to visit Tha Yet Kone and Kyae Dwe Kone Villages. Meet the locals and learn about their lifestyles and how they produce potato chips. Along the trek see tea plantations, bamboo forests, and a panoramic view of Pindaya town.

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Duration1 Night
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Pindaya Inle Inn

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    Pindaya Inle Inn


    Pindaya Inle Inn Hotel is conveniently located in Pindaya close to Pindaya cave with its thousands of Buddha statues. Hiking and trekking in the surrounding countryside are features of this area of Myanmar and the Inle Inn is a welcome home for the weary after …

    Pindaya Inle Inn Hotel is conveniently located in Pindaya close to Pindaya cave with its thousands of Buddha statues. Hiking and trekking in the surrounding countryside are features of this area of Myanmar and the Inle Inn is a welcome home for the weary after a long day exploring. The Inle Inn provides comfortable accommodation in well maintained motel style units surrounded by idyllic gardens.

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Day 7

Pindaya to Inle Lake

After breakfast, continue the journey to Inle. Transfer to your private boat and venture onto the lake. Firstly visit the five ancient gold-covered Buddha images at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest monastery on the lake.
Continue sightseeing with a visit to the temple at Nga Hpe Kyaung on the eastern side of the lake, which houses an impressive collection of ancient Buddha images. After lunch at a local restaurant there will be the opportunity to visit Nampan village to see local cigar (cheroot) making and then continue to Inn Paw Khone, a small village that specializes in silk weaving.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min

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    Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min



    The 101 suite Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is a luxury boutique resort ideally located on the shore of picturesque Inle lake, built between 20 acres of rice fields and floating gardens. It features authentic Myanmar style and the latest technology. The resort has 2 …

    The 101 suite Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is a luxury boutique resort ideally located on the shore of picturesque Inle lake, built between 20 acres of rice fields and floating gardens. It features authentic Myanmar style and the latest technology. The resort has 2 restaurants, 2 bars, fitness and wellness center as well as 2 swimming pools. Perfect for couples and travellers.

    Myanmar is a truly fascinating and unique destination with the spirituality of Buddhism beliefs, charming people, abundant natural resources and rich, unspoilt landscape.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Infinity Pool
    • Meeting Room
    • Parking
    • Porters
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 8

Inle Lake

The local 5-Day Market rotates between towns in the Inle Lake region. The market is a great place to observe local life with many of the ethnic minorities attending to buy and sell their goods.
After exploring the market and perhaps buying the odd local handicraft or two, it is time to continue to the ruined stupas and temples at the lake-side village of Inndein. A covered walkway leads to the main Shwe Inn Thein Paya, from where (weather permitting) there are great views across the lake.
There will also be the opportunity to visit a floating garden and it goes without saying any visit to the lake would not be complete without witnessing the unique technique of leg rowing which is so synonymous with Intha fisherman.
The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of the floating villages that are scattered throughout the lake.

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Day 9

Inle Lake to Yangon

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. With its impressive collections, the National Museum affords an excellent introduction to Burmese history throughout the ages. Highlights include the Lion Throne (Sihasana) belonging to the last King of Myanmar, King Thibaw Min, and a stunning collection of ceremonial dresses.
There will also be time to explore Bogyoke Aung San Market, still commonly known by its old British name of Scott Market. Undoubtedly offering the largest selection of handicrafts in Myanmar, the market is a great place to discover a bargain and have fun haggling with the local traders.
The last sightseeing will continue to China Town.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The Strand Hotel

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    The Strand Hotel



    Built in 1901 and acquired soon after by the Sarkies brothers. The Strand Hotel remains one of Asia's most enduring and awe-inspiring Colonial landmarks. The Strand emerges from a programme of thoughtful refreshments. The beloved chandeliers, charming ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have …

    Built in 1901 and acquired soon after by the Sarkies brothers. The Strand Hotel remains one of Asia's most enduring and awe-inspiring Colonial landmarks.
    The Strand emerges from a programme of thoughtful refreshments. The beloved chandeliers, charming ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have long served as the backdrop to this singular meeting place of famous explorers and raconteurs, remain. Past meets present among strategic upgrades including advanced air-conditioning and in-room technologies, as well as in the extensive staff training to ensure flawless personalized service which lives up to this grand and glamorous setting.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 10

Yangon Departure

At leisure until the final transfer to the airport.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Private transfers/transportation as per itinerary in A/C vehicle
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Yangon
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Bagan
  • 1 night first-class accommodations in Mandalay
  • 1 night first-class accommodations in Pindaya
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Inle Lake
  • Private-guided touring as per itinerary with English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees for the specified sites
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 5 lunches, 5 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Domestic flights as outlined in itinerary
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Other meals and incidentals
  • Beverages
  • Myanmar Visa fee

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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