Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts

9 days from $2,781 per person*
  • Cycle through Mandalay, stopping at local monasteries and temples.
  • Picnic amongst the ancient temple ruins of Bagan.
  • Explore exotic night markets with private guide.
  • Visit the famous leg rowers and floating villages of Inle Lake.
  • Expertly selected accommodations.
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Discover mystical Yangon, cycle through Mandalay, climb a pagoda in Bagan & visit the leg rowers of Inle Lake. This bestselling tour features Myanmar's most incredible wonders.

In 1898, Rudyard Kipling famously wrote, "This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about." Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar has emerged from isolation to become one of the world's most coveted travel destinations. Westerners are still a curiosity for many Myanmar locals, and on this trip you’ll cast your eyes on sights seen by few foreigners. Witness the echoes of colonialism in Yangon’s historic architecture, discover Yangon River, Kandawgyi lake and reclining Buddha give the city its distinctive character. Journey to Mandalay, former royal capital, where you'll explore surrounding villages and experience an exotic Mandalay marionettes theater performance. Witness the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world in Bagan. Visit the quirky ‘jumping cat’ monastery and cruise through lush floating gardens at Inle Lake. ... Show More »

From comfortable heritage hotels to jungle resorts, your accommodation has been selected to showcase the diverse landscapes of Myanmar. Your private guides and drivers will bridge communication gaps and help you experience the stories and talents of the local craftsmen, chefs and stallholders that have been isolated from the west for so long.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Yangon
    Yangon
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Yangon
    Yangon
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Yangon to Mandalay
    Yangon to Mandalay
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Yangon - Mandalay [(1hr 15mins)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Tour - Private - Mandalay’s Night Market & Marionettes - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Mandalay
    Mandalay
    • Tour - Private - Amarapura by Bike - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Mandalay to Bagan
    Mandalay to Bagan
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Mandalay - Bagan [(30mins)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Tour - Private - Bagan Explorer with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Bagan
    Bagan
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Picnic in Minnanthu - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Bagan to Inle Lake
    Bagan to Inle Lake
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Bagan - Inle Lake [(1hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 8 Inle Lake
    Inle Lake
    • Tour - Private - A Day on the Lake with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Inle Lake
    Inle Lake
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Inle Lake - Yangon [(1hr)] - Economy
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Yangon

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Savoy (3.5*)

Overlooking the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, The Savoy Hotel is ideally located in a picturesque area of Yangon and is easily accessible from popular regional attractions. The hotel is just a ten minutes’ drive from the city center and 20 minutes to the International Airport. Each guest room is comfortably furnished with colonial-style wooden fittings, traditional Myanmar antiques and beautifully appointed bathrooms. Dine at Kipling's Restaurant where a splendid assortment of Asian flavors are served, or savor traditional Italian cuisines at Rossini. Sip a drink at the Captain's Bar and enjoy refreshments and tea specialties at the Cafe Yangon. Spend a day absorbing the aromas, sights and sensations of a different world, at The Savoy Hotel.

Yangon
Yangon
Hotel Savoy
Hotel Savoy

Day 2: Yangon

Yangon is a sprawling city with a relatively small downtown area including several markets, colonial buildings, the Yangon River, and a very green area with tree-lined streets and several lakes. During this full day tour you will be shown the different faces of Yangon from the landmarks to the hidden markets that have only seen a few westerners. During the day you will visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbor, Yangon Tea House, and one of the colorful local markets. The reclining Buddha will be visited just before taking a tasteful lunch of typical dishes from tribes from all over the country like Kachin, Shan, and Rakhine. A local market will lead you to a small station where you will take the famous circular train that will bring you right behind Bogyoke Aung San market before heading back to your hotel. The tour includes a drink at the Rangoon Yangon Tea House and lunch at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Savoy (3.5*)
Sule Pagoda
Sule Pagoda

Day 3: Yangon - Mandalay

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Yangon to Mandalay. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

This is a fun tour to get to know the real Mandalay, starting with a visit to a viewpoint near the Ayeyarwady River for a cold Mandalay beer during sunset. Continue to the busy Yadanar night market to have some traditional snacks and a walk around before heading to one of the most famous beer stations and BBQ restaurants in Mandalay. Your guide will order the food and make sure you’re satisfied. Continue before 8:30 PM to the excellent Mandalay marionettes theater for a show performed by a mix of traditional dancers, musicians, and puppeteers.

Accommodation: Rupar Mandalar Resort (4*)

The Rupar Mandalar Resort is a romantic boutique hotel in an exotic atmosphere surrounded by nature. The property is located 1 hour drive from the International Airport and a 15 minutes’ drive from the Railway Station. The hotel is equipped with modern facilities including a swimming pool, tennis court, and a health and beauty spa.

Mandalay
Mandalay
Rupar Mandalar Resort
Rupar Mandalar Resort

Day 4: Mandalay

Enjoy this active and interesting half day trip outside the city. Bike leisurely together with your guide from the center of Mandalay to the quiet town of Amarapura. You will stop on the way at a local tea shop and visit a colorful market. On arrival in Amarapura, park your bike and walk over the teakwood U Bein Bridge, visit the nearby monastery, and pray at a local temple to show gratitude for not having had any flat tires. On the way back you will visit a local weaving workshop and another workshop where tiny bits of gold are flattened into thin gold leaves.

Accommodation: Rupar Mandalar Resort (4*)
U Bein Bridge
U Bein Bridge

Day 5: Mandalay - Bagan

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Mandalay to Bagan. Flight time is approximately 30 minutes.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

A full day tour by car with an experienced guide through Bagan will show you the best known temples of the area. You will start the day climbing a pagoda to get an impressive view over the whole area. From here your guide plans his way to some of the other amazing temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant. Around 4:00PM, you will continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathatgyi pagoda to catch the sunset with some refreshing drinks served. 

Accommodation: Aureum Palace (4*)

Set within Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone amongst the ancient temples of The Kingdom of Bagan, Aureum Palace is a resort with a luxury spa set amidst 27 acres of tropical landscaped gardens which offers the ultimate in relaxation for guests seeking a unique experience for the historical traveler. Antiques, artifacts and local arts uniquely adorn each property, complementing the majestic ambiance of the resort and surroundings. Bedrooms are spacious and elegant with all modern facilities: bathrooms are large and lavishly equipped with luxurious amenities. Indoor or al-fresco dining options and bars, cultural entertainment or rest by the poolside for ultimate repose.

Bagan
Bagan
Aureum Palace
Aureum Palace

Day 6: Bagan

Minnanthu is probably the most favorite temple area amongst frequent Bagan visitors and you know why? It’s quiet, it’s a beautiful area, and the temples here are often completely deserted. Your guide will bring you by car to this forgotten part of Bagan and will spread out a blanket and serve you a great picnic lunch in this historical setting before or after visiting 2 or 3 ancient temples ruins in this area.

Accommodation: Aureum Palace (4*)
Bagan
Bagan

Day 7: Bagan - Inle Lake

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Bagan to Inle Lake. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Villa Inle Resort (4*)

Villa Inle Resort & Spa is located beside the cultural and natural icon that is Myanmar’s Inle Lake. Spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern fringe of the lake near the village of Maing Thauk, the property features secluded lakeside villas. All villas at Villa Inle Resort & Spa are designed to harmoniously blend in with the natural environment and feature hand-selected local paintings and antiques, high wooden ceilings, spacious living areas and well-appointed bathrooms. Rooms include king size beds, air conditioning with heating facility, LCD television, Wi-Fi access and lakefront balconies. The hotel restaurant and bar is the ideal place to unwind at the end of the day, sipping a cocktail or eating the Shan or Inle Lake traditional food as the sun sets above the lake.

Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort

Day 8: Inle Lake

Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in village built entirely on stilts on the lake. Today, you will be taken by private motorboat around the lake to discover the natural beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers and have some tea at a local family’s house. On and around the lake traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule and today you will be taken to visit a colourful market frequented by Shan and PaO people living nearby. You will certainly also visit a local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, an Intha house where a traditional Intha lunch is served and if time permits a weaving factory.

Accommodation: Villa Inle Resort (4*)
Village on the Lake
Village on the Lake

Day 9: Inle Lake

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Inle Lake to Yangon. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.

Accommodation:
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
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Savoy (3.5*): Yangon

Overlooking the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, The Savoy Hotel is ideally located in a picturesque area of Yangon and is easily accessible from popular regional attractions. The hotel is just a ten minutes’ drive from the city center and 20 minutes to the International Airport. Each guest room is comfortably furnished with colonial-style wooden fittings, traditional Myanmar antiques and beautifully appointed bathrooms. Dine at Kipling's Restaurant where a splendid assortment of Asian flavors are served, or savor traditional Italian cuisines at Rossini. Sip a drink at the Captain's Bar and enjoy refreshments and tea specialties at the Cafe Yangon. Spend a day absorbing the aromas, sights and sensations of a different world, at The Savoy Hotel.

Hotel Savoy
Hotel Savoy
Hotel Savoy
Hotel Savoy

Rupar Mandalar Resort (4*): Mandalay

The Rupar Mandalar Resort is a romantic boutique hotel in an exotic atmosphere surrounded by nature. The property is located 1 hour drive from the International Airport and a 15 minutes’ drive from the Railway Station. The hotel is equipped with modern facilities including a swimming pool, tennis court, and a health and beauty spa.

Rupar Mandalar Resort
Rupar Mandalar Resort

Aureum Palace (4*): Bagan

Set within Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone amongst the ancient temples of The Kingdom of Bagan, Aureum Palace is a resort with a luxury spa set amidst 27 acres of tropical landscaped gardens which offers the ultimate in relaxation for guests seeking a unique experience for the historical traveler. Antiques, artifacts and local arts uniquely adorn each property, complementing the majestic ambiance of the resort and surroundings. Bedrooms are spacious and elegant with all modern facilities: bathrooms are large and lavishly equipped with luxurious amenities. Indoor or al-fresco dining options and bars, cultural entertainment or rest by the poolside for ultimate repose.

Aureum Palace
Aureum Palace

Villa Inle Resort (4*): Inle Lake

Villa Inle Resort & Spa is located beside the cultural and natural icon that is Myanmar’s Inle Lake. Spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern fringe of the lake near the village of Maing Thauk, the property features secluded lakeside villas. All villas at Villa Inle Resort & Spa are designed to harmoniously blend in with the natural environment and feature hand-selected local paintings and antiques, high wooden ceilings, spacious living areas and well-appointed bathrooms. Rooms include king size beds, air conditioning with heating facility, LCD television, Wi-Fi access and lakefront balconies. The hotel restaurant and bar is the ideal place to unwind at the end of the day, sipping a cocktail or eating the Shan or Inle Lake traditional food as the sun sets above the lake.

Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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