12 Days Myanmar

starting from $1444

You will visit the leafy garden city of Yangon (Rangoon) with its wonderful blend of golden pagodas and British colonial architecture. Fly to Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma. Travel to Monywa to see the rarely-visited Pho Win Daung temple complex, which dates back to the 15th century. Explore Pakokku, a bustling tobacco trading centre. Travel by private boat along the mighty Ayeyarwady River to Bagan, an amazing archaeological site of 2,000 pagodas. Travel to Kalaw, a former British colonial town. Visit Pindaya, a charming village with a paper umbrella cottage industry, and discover Inle Lake, famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life out on the water.

YANGON - MANDALAY - AMARAPURA - MANDALAY - MINGUN - MANDALAY - SAGAING - MONYWA - PAKOKKU - BAGAN - KALAW - PINDAYA - INLE LAKE - HEHO - YANGON

Type of trip:
Individual tour
Duration: 12 Days
Price:
starting from $1444 (based on 2 travellers)
Availability: All-year-round
Start of trip: Daily
  • Bed and breakfast
  • High Tea at the Strand Hotel
  • 2 x lunches as detailed in itinerary
  • English-speaking, local travel guides for all transfers and tours
  • All domestic flights with private airlines
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus for all transfers and tours
  • Admission fees according to itinerary
  • All boat trips as detailed in itinerary
  • 1 x daily hire of bike or horse-drawn carriage in Bagan
  • Baggage handling fees at airport
  • International flights to/from Myanmar
  • Visa fees
  • Obligatory dinners at Christmas and New Year
  • Lunches and dinners not included in our itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Early check-in/late check-out
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
  • Hotel baggage handling fees
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Day 01 YANGON / Arrival

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport: welcome by our local tour guide and transfer to hotel. On your first walk through the city centre of Yangon and to the riverbank, you will see many notable sites from the colonial and religious past of this garden city. Old Rangoon was built based on designs by Dr William Montgomerie. He was a senior military physician who learnt about construction planning from Sir Stanford Raffles in Singapore. All culturally significant buildings in Yangon are listed as historic monuments. You’ll then enjoy ‘high tea’ at the Strand Hotel which was built in 1896 and was formerly known as the ‘the finest hostelry East of Suez’. Afterwards, you’ll go to the Botataung Pagoda where a sacred hair relic of Buddha is kept. You will spend the night in Yangon.

Day 02 YANGON (B)

After breakfast, you will travel through rural areas on the City Circular Train, with the opportunity to see cigarette sellers, betel nut traders, fortune tellers and much more at the various stations. At the halfway point, depart the train and visit the Mae Lamu Pagoda, popular for all of its Buddha images, and a much more "folk oriented" feeling than other Pagodas, and the National Museum, with the Lion Throne, which belonged to the last king of Myanmar, and royal regalia from the Burmese kingdom of the 19th century. In the afternoon, you will take a stroll through the Bahan market and then climb up the steps to the world-famous Shwedagon Pagoda, which Somerset Maugham described as follows: “The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city”. This massive, bell-shaped stupa rises 100 metres above its hilltop surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, temples and Buddha images and observe religious and secular visitors from all over the world. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the pagoda. You will spend the night in Yangon.

Day 03 YANGON – MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – MANDALAY (B)

Transfer to airport for your morning flight to Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma. Upon arrival, visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, which was originally built in 1784 by King Bodawpaya; its gilded Mahamuni Buddha, the oldest Buddhist statue in Myanmar; and some of the famous craft workshops (wood carvings, marble workshops or gold leaf production). In the afternoon, travel to Amarapura: the ‘City of Immortality’. Along with the surviving pagodas, the ancient silk- and cotton-weaving tradition using handlooms is very much alive there. You will visit a mill where weaving is still performed using handlooms, take a rowing boat across Taungthaman Lake to the picturesque village of Taungthaman, and return at sunset to Amarapura via the U Bein bridge, which, at 1,200 metres in length, is one of the world’s longest teakwood bridges. You will spend the night in Mandalay.

Day 04 MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY (B, L)

After an early breakfast, climb the 1,729 steps up Mandalay Hill, a vantage point providing breathtaking panoramic views of the city and visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, famous for its exquisite wooden carvings; the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which, owing to its stone tablets with Buddhist inscriptions, is famous for containing the world’s largest book; and the Kusinara Pagoda, with a small museum where the monks will be happy to show you the Peshawar Relics. Then set off on your half-day excursion to Mingun. At the jetty, you will have enough time to observe the lively riverside goings-on and take a riverboat trip to the ancient capital city of Mingun (approx. one hour each way). Lunch on board. Visit the Settawya Pagoda, with its Buddha footprint, and the Mingun Bell, the largest ringing bell in the world; view the nearby unfinished Mingun Pagoda, built to be the world’s biggest pagoda and visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda, a replica of the mythological Mount Meru. In the late afternoon, return to Mandalay by boat. Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 05 MANDALAY – SAGAING – MONYWA (B, L)

After breakfast, cross the Ava Bridge towards Sagaing, located 21 kilometres south-west of Mandalay, and visit the Sagaing Hills, a place of refuge for devout Buddhists, with its various pagodas, monasteries and convents. Visit the village of Sagaing at the foot of Sagaing Hill, with its markets, shops and restaurants; the Tilawkaguru Cave Monastery, with its murals; the Umin Thounzeh cave complex, with its 45 Buddha statues; and the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, which was built in 1312. This location offers outstanding views of Sagaing. Lunch with the monks or nuns, who will provide you with a glimpse of everyday life within a monastery. In the afternoon, travel onwards to Monywa, a typical Burmese town on the banks of the Chindwin River. Upon arrival, visit the Thanboddhay Pagoda--an impressive complex which, with its over 500,000 small Buddha images, is particularly worth seeing, as are the cotton blanket weavers and makers of traditional lacquerware in the village of Kyauk Kar. You will be just in time to see the sunset over the Alantaya Pagoda, which is home to the largest reclining Buddha in Southeast Asia. It is over 90 metres in length. You will stay overnight in Monywa.

Day 06 MONYWA – PHO-WIN DAUNG – PAKOKKU – BAGAN (B)

After breakfast, cross the Chindwin River and drive to the rarely visited Pho Win Daung temple complex, dating back to the 15th century, where more than 450,000 Buddha statues are carved into the mountain’s caves, alcoves and tiny niches. The cave paintings, in indigo blue and soft pastel tones, are still intact. Many of the Buddhas can also be viewed without entering the caves or niches. As long as they don’t enter the sanctuaries, visitors can keep their shoes on. A stunning Buddha not to be missed is the reclining Buddha resting on a rectangular stone mosaic that shimmers like a crystal glass.” Then travel onwards to Pakokku. En route stop in some villages to get a glimpse of the everyday lives of the people in this rural area. Upon arrival in Pakokku, a bustling tobacco trading centre, travel by private boat along the mighty Ayeyarwady River towards Bagan (approx. two hours). You will stay overnight in Bagan.

Day 07 BAGAN (B)

Today explore Bagan by bike or horse-drawn carriage--a city whose foundations were laid in the 2nd century AD and which was the Burmese royal capital until the 14th century. Here you will find the greatest historical buildings and richest ruins in Southeast Asia, which many view as surpassing even the temples of Angkor in Cambodia in size and presence. Nowadays, Bagan is a village that exudes an endless sense of tranquillity. The local inhabitants mostly make their living from agriculture and the production of lacquerware. You will constantly have wonderful views of the Bagan plains; countless pagodas and temples line the riverbanks. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 08 BAGAN – KALAW (B)

After an early breakfast, travel to Kalaw (approx. seven hours), a former British colonial town. Kalaw, another hill station and peaceful summer holiday destination, lies approximately 1,400 metres above sea level among pine-covered mountains. It is situated 70 kilometres west of Taunggyi. Many Tudor-style buildings and English gardens still remain from colonial times. Every five days, people in bright traditional costumes come from the Palaung villages and other mountain communities to the market at Kalaw, further adding to the attractiveness of this peaceful town. You will stay overnight in Kalaw.

Day 09 KALAW – PINDAYA – NYAUNG SHWE – INLE LAKE (B)

After breakfast, travel to Pindaya (approx. two hours), a charming village with its paper umbrella cottage industry. Visit the Pindaya cave, famous for its thousands of Buddha images and the paper umbrella cottage industry. In the afternoon, travel onwards to Nyaung Shwe (around 3½ hours), a small town located at the northern end of Inle Lake. From there, take a boat to the hotel to check in. You will spend the night on Inle Lake.

Day 10 INLE LAKE (B)

Boat trip along Inle Lake (25 kilometres in length), which is known for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life out on the water. Today, you will also learn why the famous Shan crackers are so popular with the Burmese people. You will visit a small Intha village to help a family make the popular Shan crackers, which will then be offered for sale at the market. In the afternoon, take a canoe trip through the floating gardens. The floating flowerbeds are tied together in shallow water, which is mostly only around three metres deep, and produce abundant fruits which can be harvested several times a year. Overnight stay on Inle Lake.

Day 11 INLE LAKE – HEHO – YANGON (B)

Morning boat excursion to Indein (approx. one-hour journey) through a beautiful countryside of tall grasses and little water steps, to view the historical Bagan- and Shan-style pagodas built during the Bagan period. The decaying pagodas, hidden in bushes, officially date back to the 12th-13th century. Afternoon transfer to Heho Airport and return flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel, check-in and overnight stay.

Day 12 YANGON / Departure (B)

You will have the morning free. Explore the Burmese metropolis on your own! If you’re feeling in the mood and want to experience the Burmese culture up close, then just take a trip on the public ferry across the Yangon River to Dala or a leisurely stroll through the Bogyoke market (closed Mondays and public holidays) for some last-minute shopping. There is a wide range of items for sale, including: wooden carvings, bronze statues, lacquer, mother-of-pearl cutlery, longyis and much more. Afternoon transfer to airport for your return flight.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.10.2020 – 30.09.2021

SUPERIOR 01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.41 01.05.21-30.09.21
1 person
2.765
2.886
2.765
2.309
2 people
1.705
1.776
1.705
1.444
3 people
1.529
1.593
1.529
1.281
4-5 people
1.421
1.481
1.421
1.185
Single supplement
321
335
321
223
Half board supplement
138
Full board supplement
260
COMFORT 01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.21 01.05.21-30.09.21
1 person
3.049
3.182
3.049
2.560
2 people
1.857
1.934
1.857
1.575
3 people
1.680
1.750
1.680
1.413
4-5 people
1.573
1.638
1.573
1.317
Single supplement
460
480
460
349
Half board supplement
145
Full board supplement
273
FIRST CLASS 01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.21 01.05.21-30.09.21
1 person
3.400
3.548
3.400
2.956
2 people
2.037
2.121
2.037
1.780
3 people
1.860
1.938
1.860
1.618
4-5 people
1.753
1.826
1.753
1.522
Single supplement
638
666
638
550
Half board supplement
166
Full board supplement
289
DELUXE 01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.21 01.05.21-30.09.21
1 person
4.447
4.820
4.447
3.390
2 people
2.589
2.790
2.589
2.013
3 people
2.412
2.607
2.412
1.850
4-5 people
2.305
2.494
2.305
1.754
Single supplement
1.156
1.296
1.156
761
Half board supplement
190
Full board supplement
317

Supplement for German-speaking tour guide: US$ 428 per group

Supplement for Italian- or Spanish-speaking tour guide: US$ 356 per group

SUPERIOR
Yangon
Best Western Chinatown Hotel
deluxe room
Mandalay
Hotel Yadanarbon
superior room
Monywa
Hotel Chindwin
deluxe room
Bagan
Bagan Arthawka Hotel
deluxe room
Kalaw
Dream Villa Hotel
superior room
Inle Lake
Inle Cottage Boutique Hotel
superior bungalow
 
COMFORT
Yangon
Rose Garden Hotel
superior room
Mandalay
Triumph Hotel
villa deluxe room
Monywa
Win Unity Resort Hotel
superior bungalow
Bagan
The Hotel Umbra Bagan
grand deluxe room
Kalaw
Dream Mountain Resort
deluxe room
Inle Lake
Ananta Inlay Hotel
deluxe room
 
FIRST CLASS
Yangon
Chatrium Hotel
deluxe room with lake view or pagoda view
Mandalay
Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort
deluxe room
Monywa
Win Unity Resort Hotel
deluxe bungalow with garden view
Bagan
Ananta Bagan Hotel
deluxe room
Kalaw
Royal Kalaw Hills Resort
villa
Inle Lake
Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min Hotel
deluxe room
 
DELUXE
Yangon
Savoy Hotel
deluxe room
Mandalay
Rupar Mandalar Resort
premier suite pool side
Monywa
Win Unity Resort Hotel
deluxe bungalow with lake view
Bagan
Bagan Lodge
villa room
Kalaw
Kalaw Hill Lodge
deluxe villa
Inle Lake
Villa Inle Resort & Spa
lake front villa

 

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