Day 1: Arrival and Yangon Sightseeing
We welcome you to the Land of glittering Pagodas. On our arrival, our friendly guide and driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Our journey starts to the Jetty by the Yangon river and proceed to Botahtaung pagoda, one of significant temple-type pagodas in Yangon which houses a sacred hair relic of the Buddha. We will proceed to enjoy the Art Gallery at Strand Hotel and take a stroll through the streets to downtown and view the stately colonial buildings reminiscent of the British era. We are going to proceed toSule Pagoda, city hall, high court and independence monument in Mahabandoola Park for photo stop. Then enjoy your shopping at Bogyoke Aung San Market and transfer to Myanmar Food Restaurant. We will continue our visit to Chauk Htet Kyi Reclining Buddha and go to walk around Kandawgyi Park and take pictures of Karaweik Hall and Shwedagon Pagoda scenic view from afar and visit the Grand Shwedagon Pagoda in the evening for the most picturesque experience and transfer back to the hotel.
Day 2: Yangon-Bagan by morning flight and Bagan sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel, you will be greeted by our driver to transfer you to airport to fly to Bagan. On arrival, your journey begins with a visit to local colorful market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their product and other goods. Then, continue our journey with a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction to Bagan’s rich history, we will visit nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite Jataka mural paintings, the elegant Htilominlo temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. Lunch at the restaurant and transfer to our hotel to reload. This afternoon begin with a visit to Ananda temple, an architectural masterpiece which is one of the Bagan’s most beautiful temples built in the early Mon- Myanmar style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images and its expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed. From here, travel by horse carts; one of the things to do in Bagan, to Thatbyinnyu the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the pagodas. And back to your hotel.
Day 3: Bagan sightseeing
Today we will visit the rural village of Minnanthu, one of the places where you can see cotton weaving and harvesting the crops in their field. We will use this place as a starting point to explore Bagan famous temples such as Laymyathnar Monastery Complex, Phayathonsu, Nandamannya with detest mural painting from 13th century. Then, have lunch at one of local restaurants and back to hotel for a break of a few hours to hide away from the midday scorching weather. Later this afternoon begin with a visit to Myinkabar village where you can observe a traditional lacquer ware workshop about the production of one of Burma’s best-known handicraft. Our journey continue to Manuha temple with huge Buddha images, Nanpaya built with the sandstone, Gubyauk Gyi temple (Myinkaba) where you can see very colorful mural painting of Bagan period. Then, in the evening, to catch sunset, make your journey to jetty for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River by boat. As we cruise down, we will observe the lifestyle of fishermen and riverside villagers as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples. And return to your hotel and overnight.
Day 4: Bagan-Mandalay by morning flights and Amarapura, Sagaing and Innwa
After breakfast at hotel, we will be greeted by our driver to transfer airport to fly to Mandalay. On arrival, welcome by our guide at Mandalay and your journey in Mandalay starts. Today we’re going to learn more about Buddhism and practices in Myanmar, start sightseeing by visiting Mahargandar Yon Monastery – where one may observe the daily life of monks and novices studying Buddha’s scriptures. Proceed to Ava (Innwa). Innwa tour highlights include the 27-meter-high Masonry Watch Tower, Nan Myint (or) the ”Leaning Tower of Innwa”, Bagaya Monastery built with 276 teak pillars and observe Myanmar tradition Alms bowls workshop. After lunch, visit Sagaing Hill. Drive to Amarapura to enjoy Sunset at U Bein Bridge, made of teak logs and planks over 200 years ago by then Mayor U Bein. Back to Mandalay and transfer to hotel.
Day 5: Mandalay Sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel, visiting Maha Muni Pagoda famous for its life like Buddha image, then you are going explore Myanmar arts and crafts making workshop such as stucco, tapestry, gold-leave hand-made workshop and bring you to local Myanmar food restaurant for lunch. After lunch, start your exploration from the North East corner of Mandalay Palace. Visit the Shwenandaw Kyaung, the Golden Teak Monastery which was constructed entirely of golden teak. This impressive wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace. Continue by trishaw to Atumashi Kyaung monastery and on to Kuthodaw Paya, more commonly known as the world’s biggest book. The slabs of marble are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata; Buddhist scriptures. We will go up to the top of Mandalay hill where you can enjoy the bird-eye view of Mandalay and fascinating sunset and transfer back to Hotel.
Day 6: Mandalay – Heho by morning flight and Heho-Pindaya-Inle
After breakfast at hotel, leave Mandalay for Heho by domestic flight. On arrival proceed to Pindaya by car (about a 2-hr drive), on the way enjoy beautiful Shan mountain range and farms of locals and their daily routines. After lunch visit Pindaya Caves; traditional cottage industry of Umbrella Making and the scenic lake. Then continue to Nyaung Shwe (Inle, about a 2:30-hr drive). On arrival, transfer to hotel and evening at leisure.
Day 7: Inle lake sightseeing
Today, we will start Inle Lake sightseeing After breakfast at the hotel, start Inle Lake sightseeing including Floating Islands, Heya Ywama Village, Phaung Daw Oo Phaya and the unique leg-rowers and their traditional fishing style and we will visit local small cottage like Silver Smith, weaving and Long-necked Padaung women and their culture and lifestyle. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant for Inthar style meals. Continue our journey to Indein village, on the way, be ready your camera to catch the most beautiful scenic view of Lake and we will visit around Indein villages and the ancient Shwe Indein pagoda and back to Hotel.
Day 8: Biking around the Lake
Today after breakfast at the hotel, you will have to leave Inle Lake in the morning and embark on Nyaung Shwe for biking around the villages. Bike around the Nyaung Shwe Market and Shwe Yan Pay Monastery. Then head out for lunch. Bike to eastern part of the lake to explore more villages and Winery. Relax and tasting wine. Back to hotel and fly back to Yangon. On arrival, pick up and transfer to Hotel.
Day 9: Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to International airport.