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Splendors of the Golden Land

Myanmar
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From Bagan to Mandalay, discover the cultural and spiritual riches of Myanmar (Burma) in a preserved natural setting. See Myanmar's highlights as well as its hidden secrets..

After arriving in the charming city of Yangon, you will discover the ancient kingdom of Bagan. Take the time to stroll through its traditional market and visit the majestic temples. Explore the fascinating temples of the Bagan Archaeological Park, and admire the sunset and golden glow on the temples - an unforgettable experience.

You will then proceed towards the center of Myanmar, along the rugged and tranquil Irrawaddy River. The cities of Mandalay, Sagaing and Pindaya that you will visit are true cultural treasures. These cities also represent the religious heart of the country with a very high concentration of monasteries and Buddhist temples. After this immersion into Buddhist culture, enjoy the mountain scenery of Inle Lake. You will mingle with the Shan and Intha people and experience their traditional way of life. This comprehensive 10-day trip through Burma shows multiple sides of Myanmar: a glorious past, a very present spirituality and way of life still deeply rooted in tradition.

Duration
10 days
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Jules
Myanmar Travel Expert

This tour of Myanmar is perfect for travellers who are looking to discover more than just the main highlights of Myanmar. It will bring you through the less-visited cities of Sagaing and Pindaya, true cultural treasures. Also perfect for travellers who are interested in learning more about Buddhism through the discovery of Buddhist temples and monasteries.

Your tailor-made trip - Myanmar

Arrival in Yangon
Day 1
Arrival in Yangon

Welcome to Myanmar! Your driver will welcome you at the airport (usually in the morning) and drive you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, why not go for a walk around the Colonial, Chinese and Indian neighborhoods of Yangon to admire the fascinating architecture? Overnight at the hotel .


Yangon
Day 2
Yangon

City exploration

In the morning, depart by ferry to visit the floating market in Yangon. In the afternoon, set off to discover the historic city of Yangon, why not start your tour with a visit to the famous 103-metre tall Shwedagon Pagoda? Continue to the ancient Sule Pagoda, believed to enshrine a strand of Buddha's hair, and the colonial district of Yangon for a stroll through the heart of its fascinating architecture. Overnight at the hotel.


Yangon - Bagan
Day 3
Yangon - Bagan

1h30 flight

After breakfast at the hotel, your driver will pick you up from your hotel to catch your flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel where you can drop your bags and freshen up. In the afternoon, get ready for a highlight of your trip: a visit to the Bagan Archaeological Zone. Explore the dirth paths that lead through the remains of this ancient kingdom and marvel at the size and craftmanship of these fascinating structures. When you've had your fill of temples for the day, set off to visit some traditional craft workshops, where you can see how Bagan's famous lacquerware crafts are made. End your day with a relaxing sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River, watching the sun sink behind the distant mountains. Overnight at the hotel.


Bagan
Day 4
Bagan

Modern and ancient temples

In the morning, discover the vibrant market of Nyaung Oo, Bagan's largest market, and admire the dazzling golden Shwezigon Pagoda, believed to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion in a carriage around the temples of the Bagan Archaeological Park. The highlight will be a visit to Dhammayangyi Sulamani, the largest and most impressive of Bagan's many temples, renowned for its fine brick work and the legends of the cruel king who constructed it. Overnight at the hotel.


Bagan - Mandalay
Day 5
Bagan - Mandalay

30 minute flight

Wake up early today to catch your morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, visit the palaces and temples of the city, including the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses one of the most significant Buddha images int he country, the crown prize of past wars between competing Burmese kingdoms. Next, set off for a discovery of the former royal capital of Amarapura, famous for its weaving traditions and monastery. In the late afternoon, admire the sunset from the famous U-Bein bridge, a wooden bridge that spans 1.2km over Taungtaman Lake - a photographer's dream. Overnight at the hotel


Mandalay - Sagaing - Ava - Mandalay
Day 6
Mandalay - Sagaing - Ava - Mandalay

Ancient royal capitals

Start your day with a visit to the local market of Mandalay in the morning. Then continue your journey to the Sagaing Hill, from where you can enjoy magnificent views of countless pagodas and visit a traditional village of potters and weavers. Next, discover the ancient city of Ava, capital of the Shan and Burmese kingdoms for over four centuries. Ava has a number of beautiful wooden structures including the Bagaya Teak Monastery, more than 300 years old and still in use, the Nanmyin Watchtower and the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery. Return via carriage. Overnight at the hotel.


Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya
Day 7
Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya

45 minute flight + 2 hours drive

Today, you will take a flight to Heho, located in the Shan territory, in order to reach Pindaya, a peaceful lakeside city, famous for its limestone caves. Discover the villages, famous for their traditional Shan paper umbrellas, and tea plantations before visiting the Thousand Buddha Caves, which contains more than 6000 Buddha statues of various sizes. This cave, extending up to150 metres into the rock, has many legends surrounding it, including one that tells of a blocked-off passage at the end of the cave which leads to the ancient city of Bagan..


Pindaya - Inle Lake
Day 8
Pindaya - Inle Lake

2h30 drive

Today, you leave Pindaya and take the road to Inle. Sit back and admire the beautiful scenery of the Shan countryside as your driver navigates towards Inle Lake, located more than 850 metres above sea level. In the afternoon, hop on a boat to discover traditional floating villages, the lake and the Nga Hpe Kyaung Monastery, known for its jumping cats which have been trained to leap through hoops. If you wish, a visit to local workshops manufacturing cigars and silver jewelry can be organised. Overnight at the hotel.


Inle - Inn Thein (Indein)
Day 9
Inle - Inn Thein (Indein)

Overgrown stupas of Inn Thein

After a hearty breakfast, set off to explore the local market of Inle, held every day at a different location on the lake, where various tribes meet every morning. In the afternoon, you will go by boat to the village of  Inn Thein (Indein) on the western bank of the lake. With hundreds of ancient stupas, overgrown with shrubs and trees, you feel as if you have stepped back in time as you explore this mysterious site. Head back to Inle between stilt village houses and floating vegetable gardens, admiring the graceful fishermen, paddling on one leg using the Inn Thar technique as you pass. Overnight at the hotel.


Inle - Heho - Yangon
Day 10
Inle - Heho - Yangon

1 hour drive + 1 hour flight

After enjoying breakfast in your hotel, you will catch the morning flight to Yangon. Enjoy a day of strolling and relaxing in the city before your driver brings you to the Yangon Airport for your international flight. End of our services.


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Price includes

  • 24/7 assistance from your Shanti Travel Expert.
  • Welcome by your Travel Expert or our representative upon your arrival in Yangon.
  • A local SIM card to allow you to communicate with your driver and Travel Expert during your tour.
  • Government taxes and service taxes.
  • Transfers and land transport by private vehicle with driver. The driver is available from 8am daily and at the latest until nightfall. During the activity days, only transfers are included, unless stated otherwise. The vehicles are equipped with air conditioning, radio, safety belts, and fire extinguishers. The price includes petrol, road taxes, car parking, insurance of the vehicle and driver, and accommodation and meals of the latter.
  • Domestic flights (prices subject to change depending on seat availability. Domestic flight schedules may be delayed or changed without notice). Note that domestic flights do not always include the same baggage allowance as your international flights. Any extra baggage fees will be at your expense, to be paid by you during the check-in.
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program in a double room.
  • Breakfasts.
  • Activities marked "included" as described in the program, most of the time accompanied by a local English-speaking guide.
  • Not including any other item not mentioned in the quotation.

Price does not include

  • Visa fees and bank charges for payments made by credit card and/or bank transfers.
  • International airport taxes.
  • International flights. 
  • Tips. They are part of the culture of the country (the locals themselves are used to giving it).
  • The main meals (budget € 2 to € 3 for a local meal in a local restaurant, and from € 8 to € 20 in an international restaurant per meal/person). Except for the meals mentioned in the program.
  • Drinks and personal expenses.
  • Entrance fees, excursions and optional activities.
  • Repatriation assistance.
  • Anything that is not listed in the "Price includes" section.

Details

  • Starting from 2 per person based on 2 travellers
  • Quotation is subject to change according to availability, exchange rates and government tax rise. All the rates mentioned are based on current best available rate and can be modified at the moment of the booking.

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