Tour Summary

This introductory trip will let you experience the diverse culture, history and nature by seeing Myanmar’s ‘Big Fours’ Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. Visit the former capital city Yangon with its world wonder Shwedagon Pagoda and enjoy short walk in colonial atmosphere. Delve deep into the ancient cultural heritage of UNESCO World Heritage site, Bagan. Explore the last royal capital Mandalay and discover Inle Lake, the 1st UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve in Myanmar and its people’s unique lifestyles.

Upon landing at the Yangon International Airport our guide warmly welcomes you and bring you to the hotel in the city for check in.
Start our excursion with a visit to Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha, 66-meter-long Reclining Buddha image, The Scott Market, over 70 years old market has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts under one roof. (Closed on every Monday and public holidays).
Start your colonial short walk at Sule Pagoda, an excellent landmark situated in the very centre of downtown Yangon, dating back British colonial era buildings City Hall, Immigration Office and High Court Building, then Mahabandoola Park for a good photo stop.
Our day will end with a visit to Botataung Pagoda, one of the few pagodas in Myanmar which allows visitors to step inside.
Overnight in Yangon.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia and home to over 2,000 temples and pagodas. Upon arrival, start full day sightseeing tour with a visit to a man-made viewing mound to enjoy a great view of Bagan, Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the oldest monument in Bagan and the prototype of Burmese Stupas, Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyi-In), known for its wall paintings depicting scenes from the Jatakas (life stories of the Buddha), Htilominlo Temple, famous for its traces of old murals, original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
To avoid the heat of midday Bagan we will check in to the hotel for refreshment and relaxation. In this afternoon, visit Ananda Temple, with its four huge Buddha images in standing position, facing in four different directions. Additonally, travel by horse cart through temple area and enjoy the beauty of Bagan. End of the day, enjoy a spectacular sunset at a viewpoint mound (or) a good spot since it is now forbidden to climb up a lot of the temples in order to preserve them.
Overnight in Bagan.
After breakfast at the hotel, start of today tour, visit to the colorful Nyaung U Market where dozens of vendors from near villages come to sell their fresh produce and products. We then explore Minnanthu village, an agricultural village specialized in the production of sesame and peanut oil, Nandamannya Pagoda with very interesting murals from 13th century, Laymyathnar Monastery Complex and Phayathonsu Temple.
Transfer back to the hotel for a break to avoid the heat of midday.
Later this afternoon, we start with a visit to Myinkabar village where we can observe the process of traditional lacquer ware, one of Myanmar's best-known handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan and learn how the skilled craftsmen use techniques to create beautiful artefacts. Continue to Manuha Temple with huge Buddha images, Nanpaya built with the sandstone, Gubyauk Gyi temple (Myinkaba) with its colorful mural painting from Bagan period. At the end of the tour we will enjoy sunset boat along the Irrawaddy River. Back to the shore and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Bagan
After breakfast at the hotel, we will take 1 hr drive to Mt. Popa, over 1,500 meters high and 777 steep stairs lead us to the top which takes about 45 minutes. We can enjoy an entrancing view across the plains of upper Myanmar.
On the way stop to see toddy palm juice and palm sugar (jaggery) making cottage and taste this Burmese candy. We then explore rural village life in Shwe Si Tine, see the fruit and flower market and tea plantations.
After sightseeing around Mt. Popa, we will drive back to Bagan plain with beautiful sceneries.
Overnight in Bagan.
Transfer to airport for your early morning flight to Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma. Upon arrival, start our excursion to the formal capitals of Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura.
We will cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River and drive to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hills is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar and is home to 3,000 Monks and 100 Meditation Centres.
Start our visit to Tha Kya Di That Nunnery where we can study the way of Buddhist Nun life. We will have a unique opportunity to watch the blessing of the food offered to Buddha and the resident nuns line up silently and systematically for their lunch – their last meal of the day. Continue to the Umin Thounzeh cave complex, with its 45 Buddha statues; and the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, which was built in 1312 with outstanding views over Sagaing, the Irrawaddy River and a landscape dotted with pagodas.
Afterwards we travel to Ava (Innwa) the capital from 14th to 18th centuries and visit by horse carriage. Our visit includes the 27-meter-high masonry watchtower, Nan Myint (known as the “Leaning Tower of Innwa”), the Bagaya Monastery built with 276 teakwood pillars, Maha Aung Myay Bonzan: one of the few brick-and stucco monasteries, built in 1818 and observe a Myanmar tradition alms bowls workshop.
In the afternoon, travel to Amarapura the ‘City of Immortality’ and visit a silk weaving workshop.
End of the day, enjoy with a walk at sunset over the 200 year-old U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world (1.2 km). (Optional) take a sunset boat on Taungthaman Lake and enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Overnight in Mandalay.
After breakfast at the hotel, set off on our half-day excursion to Mingun. Transfer to the jetty where we will have enough time to observe the lively riverside goings-on and take a riverboat trip to the ancient capital city of Mingun (approximated 1 hr each way).
Visit the Mingun Bell, the largest ringing bell in the world; the nearby unfinished Mingun Pagoda, built to be the world’s biggest pagoda and visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda (Myatheindan), a replica of the mythological Mount Meru. Then, stroll back to the boat for a visit to the numerous galleries lining the road. 
We will cruise back to Mandalay and transfer back to the hotel for relaxation.
In the afternoon, start our visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, the four-meter-high image is cast in bronze, but over the years it has been covered with a thick layer of gold leafs. (If time permits) We then will visit some arts and crafts workshops such as a stucco, tapestry, and a hand-made gold-leaf workshop.
Proceed to Shwe Nandaw Monastery “Golden Palace Monastery”, famous for its exquisite wooden carvings. And visit Kuthodaw Pagoda known as "the world's biggest book", the 729 marble slabs surrounding this pagoda are inscribed with the entire Tripitaka.
End of the day, we will go up to the top of Mandalay Hill from where we can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city hopefully a beautiful sunset.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for our flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive to Nyaung Shwe (around 45-minute drive), a small town located at the northern end of Inle Lake. From there, take a boat for our full day sightseeing on the Lake which is known for its unique one-leg rowers, traditional fishing method, floating gardens and villages on stilts.
We will visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda which hosts five gold-leaf-covered statues and have chance to explore local family workshops on the Lake. Depending on your interest and time permits, visit the (optional) traditional crafts workshops on the Inle Lake: Silk weaving, Gold & Silversmithing, Paper Making, Boat Making and Cheroot Making.
In the afternoon, take a canoe boat through the floating gardens. After then, we will escort you to hotel with lovely sunset upon the Lake.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
After breakfast, we will sail off to enjoy the morning Five-Day-Market on the lake. These bustling markets around Inle Lake are mostly of interest for the variety of different products offered, mainly grown on the floating gardens. The market rotates between different villages over five days.
Continue our journey to Indein village with its 1,094 stupas surrounding the main pagoda, the Shwe Indein Pagoda. Explore the area on foot through ancient pagodas, strolling around the village.
Overnight on Inle Lake.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Heho airport for our flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel in the city and check in.
In the afternoon, visit Kandawgyi Lake with spectacular photo opportunities of Karaweik Barge, the lake and the Shwedagon Pagoda. Continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any trip to Yangon. The 2,600 years old Shwedagon Pagoda appears most beautiful during the early morning or evening, when we are able to enjoy this gilded sight in different colours. Enjoy the beautiful sunset over the pagoda.
Overnight in Yangon.
Transfer to the Yangon International Airport for your departure from Myanmar full of unforgettable memories of a truly unique country.

THE PRICES INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation at the hotels in double/twin occupancy include (ABF) breakfast
  • Domestic flights including airport transfers and tax (Yangon – Bagan/ Bagan – Mandalay/ Mandalay – Heho/ Heho – Yangon)
  • Transportation for excursions and sightseeing with a private car with driver and A/C mentioned in above program
  • English speaking guide service
  • Horse cart in Bagan and Ava
  • All boat trips as detailed in itinerary
  • Government tax
  • Admission & zone fees at each destination for above tour

THE PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • International flight ticket arrangement
  • Visa arrangements for Myanmar
  • Any personal expenses for souvenirs, lunch, dinner, tips, etc.
  • Meals not mentioned in program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)