13 Days Myanmar - Our special offer

starting from $1315

You will visit the former capital city of Yangon (Rangoon), the leafy garden city, with its wonderful blend of golden pagodas and British colonial architecture. Travel by train to Mandalay, to the last royal capital of Burma. Enjoy a one-day cruise along the mighty Ayeyarwady River to Bagan, where thousands of decaying pagodas rise majestically from the plains. Travel to Kalaw, a small, former British colonial town and starting point for your two-day hike to 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 - SAGAING - AMARAPURA - MANDALAY - BAGAN - KALAW - HIKE TO INLE LAKE (2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT) - NYAUNG SHWE - HEHO - YANGON

Type of trip:
Individual tour
Duration: 13 Days
Price:
starting from $1315 (based on 2 travellers)
Availability: October till April
Start of trip: Daily
  • Bed and breakfast
  • High Tea at the Strand Hotel
  • Lunches (L) and dinners (D) as detailed in the itinerary
  • English-speaking, local travel guides for all transfers and tours (excluding train journey from Yangon to Mandalay, river cruise from Mandalay to Bagan and bus journey from Bagan to Kalaw)
  • Daytime train from Yangon to Mandalay (upper class)
  • Express boat from Mandalay to Bagan
  • Public service bus from Bagan to Kalaw
  • Domestic flight from Heho to Yangon
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus for all transfers and tours (not for the full day sightseeing in Bagan, during the trekking trip from Kalaw to Inle Lake and during your stay at Inle Lake
  • Pick up from Kalaw to Lamine
  • 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. Rest of the day free at your own leisure. You will spend the night in Yangon.

Day 02 YANGON (B)

On a 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 visit the Sule Pagoda, which dates back over 2000 years, pass by the town hall designed by U Tin in 1925, and then stroll through Maha Bandula Park, where you’ll see its independence monument before continuing onto the Supreme Court which was built in 1911 and is an extravagant red-brick architectural masterpiece designed by architect John Ransome. Next up on the tour is the red-brick Custom House which was built in 1902 for the Port Authority and is housed in a large building on the corner of Strand Road and Pansodan Street. 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’, and late afternoon, 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 (B)

Early morning transfer to train station for your day trip to Mandalay on the 11UP (Departure around 06:00 / Arrival around 21:00). The train mostly rattles along at walking speed on the old tracks. Those who can endure the ordeal of this 15-hour journey are rewarded with exceptionally beautiful landscapes and warm acquaintanceships with the local travellers. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel, check-in and overnight stay.

Day 04 MANDALAY (B)

Early morning walk through the city centre and go for a stroll around the vast Zegyo Market, which was originally designed in 1903 by an Italian architect. The Zegyo Market is a trading centre that connects the cities of upper and lower Myanmar. Various local and imported goods (mostly from China and Thailand) are traded here. The old, Italian-style market was destroyed and rebuilt with a modern design. The clock tower next to the Zegyo Market was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1903. Afterwards, 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, visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, which is famous for its exquisite wooden carvings, and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which, owing to its stone tablets with Buddhist inscriptions, is famous for containing the world's largest book. Later on, enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill, a vantage point offering panoramic views of the city. You will spend the night in Mandalay.

Day 05 MANDALAY – SAGAING – AMARAPURA - MANDALAY (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 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 06 MANDALAY - BAGAN (by express boat) (B, L)

Early morning, transfer to Gaw Wein Jetty and take the express boat to Bagan (Departure: 07:00 / Arrival: 16:00). After a day cruise on the mighty river of Ayeyarwady you reach Bagan. Thousands of decaying pagodas rises majestically from the plain to create a timeless spectacle that recalls their glorious past. Upon arrival at the jetty in Bagan, transfer to hotel, check-in and overnight stay.

Day 07 BAGAN (B)

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)

Transfer to bus station in Nyaung Oo and bus journey 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. Upon arrival at the bus stop in Kalaw, transfer to hotel, check-in and overnight stay.

Day 09 KALAW – LAMINE – PAWKE – KONE HLA – PATTUPAUK (trek 16 km, approx. 6 hours (B, L, D)

Leave the hotel at 8:00 am and drive by pickup truck to Lamine (approx. 45 minutes), a rural Danu village and the starting point for your 2-day soft adventure trek to Inle Lake. Walk through the village and continue for half an hour downhill, with an altitude difference of 100 m. Enjoy the grassy rice terraces surrounding you. Keep a slow steady pace, cross a small stream and walk for half an hour uphill, with an altitude difference of 200 m. Immerse yourself in the spectacular mountain view from the peak and continue for one hour more along the ridge and its wondrous scenery to Pawke, a typical Pa-O village. This village is about 6 km from Lamine. People from Pa-O villages make their living from growing rice, chili peppers, sesame and potatoes. From here, continue the trek for another hour (3 km) to Kone Hla, a Danu village. A delicious meal will be served at the welcoming home of a local family. After lunch, continue the last 3 hours’ trek (7 km) of the day to Pattupauk, which is 1,300 m above sea level. The route will pass mostly through rice fields and pine trees across the isolated mountains. Upon arrival, take a short rest and walk around the village to see how people make baskets from bamboo. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the home of a local family in Pattupauk.

Day 10 PATTUPAUK – NANYOKE – TONELE’ – INLE LAKE (trek 15 km, approx. 5 hours) (B, L)

Depart from Pattupauk at 7:00 am for your spectacular trip to Inle Lake, 900 m above sea level. Follow a small trail for half an hour on a flat route, continue another hour downhill (with an altitude difference of 300 m) along a scenic hillside and walk uphill for 45 minutes (with an altitude difference of 200 m) to Nanyoke, a Pa-O village about 7 km from Pattupauk. Stop for a short coffee break while meeting welcoming local people from the village.
From here, walk for one hour (3 km) along a relaxing path with old banyan trees on the way, before the path becomes rocky and you get the first glimpse of the lake. Continue downhill for another hour (3 km), with an altitude difference of 200 m, through a small jungle. Walk with care and enjoy the view of Inle Lake. During the last 30 minutes (2 km), you will pass through an enchanting bamboo forest until you reach Tonele’ for lunch. The small restaurant is located in the bamboo forest - the perfect place to sit and rest at the end of the trek. In the afternoon, take a thrilling boat ride to your hotel in Inle or Nyaung Shwe (approx. 1 hour), a small town on the north-eastern shore of Inle Lake. You will spend the night on Inle Lake.

Tag 11 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 12 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 13 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 – 30.04.2021

SUPERIOR 01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.21
1 person
2.072
2.166
2.072
2 people
1.315
1.373
1.315
3 people
1.193
1.245
1.193
4-5 people
1.114
1.163
1.114
Single supplement
307
321
307
Half board supplement
129
Full board supplement
200
COMFORT 01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.21
1 person
2.355
2.462
2.355
2 people
1.466
1.530
1.466
3 people
1.344
1.402
1.344
4-5 people
1.265
1.320
1.265
Single supplement
446
466
446
Half board supplement
153
Full board supplement
233
FIRST CLASS 01.10.20-31.10.20 01.11.20-28.02.21 01.03.21-30.04.21
1 person
2.712
2.835
2.712
2 people
1.650
1.722
1.650
3 people
1.528
1.594
1.528
4-5 people
1.449
1.512
1.449
Single supplement
627
656
627
Half board supplement
168
Full board supplement
256

Extra cost for German-speaking tour guide: US$ 634 per group

Extra cost for Italian- or Spanish-speaking tour guide: US$ 568 per group

SUPERIOR
Yangon
Best Western Chinatown Hotel
deluxe room
Mandalay
Hotel Yadanarbon
superior 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
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
Bagan
Bagan Lodge
villa room
Kalaw
Royal Kalaw Hills Resort
villa
Inle Lake
Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min Hotel
deluxe room
 
 

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