Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts

9 days from $2,925 per person*
  • A privately guided exploration of mysterious Myanmar’s top spots; Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay.
  • Spend a day on the lake visiting stilted villages, picnic beside ancient temples, wander exotic night markets, and learn the compelling history of an emerging nation.
  • Stay in well-appointed, premium hotels throughout, and enjoy the freedom and ease of a private driver.
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Watch the sun set over Myanmar as you sip cocktails perched high on Pyathagyi pagoda and reflect on the rich cultural heritage of this mysterious region.

Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar was closed to foreign tourists for many years as politically instability rocked the once wealthy country. Westerners are still a curiosity for many Myanmar locals, and on this trip you’ll cast your eyes on sights rarely seen by foreigners. You’ll witness the echoes of colonialism in Yangon’s historic architecture and meet the friendly locals in the city’s many open-air markets. The Yangon River, Kandawgyi lake and reclining Buddha give the city its distinctive character. You’ll journey further on where you’ll picnic beside rural temples; bicycle past local villages; visit the quirky ‘jumping cat’ monastery; and cruise through lush floating gardens.

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.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Yangon
    Yangon
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    Savoy (3.5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Yangon
    Yangon
    • Private - City Tour with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Savoy (3.5*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Yangon to Mandalay
    Yangon to Mandalay
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Air - Yangon - Mandalay [(1hr 15mins)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private - Mandalay’s Night Market & Marionettes - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Rupar Mandalar Resort (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Mandalay
    Mandalay
    • Private - Amarapura by Bike - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Rupar Mandalar Resort (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Mandalay to Bagan
    Mandalay to Bagan
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Air - Mandalay - Bagan [(30mins)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private - 1/2 Day Picnic in Minnanthu - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Aureum Palace (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Bagan
    Bagan
    • Private - Bagan Explorer with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Aureum Palace (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Bagan to Inle Lake
    Bagan to Inle Lake
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Air - Bagan - Inle Lake [(1hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    Villa Inle Resort (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Inle Lake
    Inle Lake
    • Private - A Day on the Lake with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Villa Inle Resort (4*)
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Inle Lake
    Inle Lake
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Air - Inle Lake - Yangon [(1hr)] - Economy
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Day 1: Yangon

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

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, The Strand, 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 Strand Hotel 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.

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.

This is a fun tour to get to know the real Mandalay, starting with a visit to a viewpoint near the Ayeyarwaddy 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.

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

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

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*)

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

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 Pyathagyi pagoda to catch the sunset with some refreshing drinks served. 

Accommodation: Aureum Palace (4*)
Bagan Temple
Bagan Temple

Day 7: Bagan - Inle Lake

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

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

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

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 Tauk, 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 is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts on the lake. Today, you'll be taken by a private motorboat around the lake to discover its natural beauty, visit the floating gardens and hopefully see some of the famous leg rowers as well as enjoy tea time 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 visit a colorful market frequented by Shan and Pao people living nearby. Afterwards, visit a local cheroot factory where the Burmese cigars are made, floating tomato gardens, Intha Heritage house where the Burmese cats are bred, and if wanted, you can visit a weaving factory. Return to your hotel around 4:00 PM, in time for sunset.

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.

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

Accommodation:

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.
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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
Deluxe Room
Deluxe Room

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 Tauk, 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
Lake Side Garden Single Villa
Lake Side Garden Single Villa
  • Maynard Fossum — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    My trip to China proved to be an outstanding experience. Each location provided excellent learning and entertainment opportunities. The country was very impressive both in its deep history and in the huge modernization that has taken place in recent decades. The tour guides at each location were well informed and able to answer questions while also offering detailed information at all sites. It was a pleasure to be so well taken care of. The guides and drivers were always helpful. The meals on the tour were delicious and varied. I was pleased with the choice of restaurants. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I will recommend Kensington Tours.

  • FayeLaing — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    I was a bit nervous about visiting Myanmar. Thanks to the outstanding help and planning via Kensington Tours, everything went off without a hitch!! It was a fantastic experience, that I would recommend to anyone with a spirit of adventure.

  • Craig Gelman — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent.

  • Ruth Reinhard — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic!!!Each guide and driver gave us so much information and were so helpful. They made sure that they took good care of our well being and requests. My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? He said if he can go with Kensington then he will go anyplace. Thanks for making our trip to China a memorable experience.

  • SixtoCastenada Jr. — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    100% satisfied! We had a wonderful trip. Our travel adviser, Tony Newman put together a tour that included everywhere we wanted to visit and within our very limited time frame. Conrad, who booked our transportation was very professional. The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!

  • TerryCreighton — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken.

  • Olive Ramchand — June 03, 2014 — Asia

    I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.

    Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)

  • Jeanne Tarvin — April 21, 2014 — Asia

    The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!

  • Karen — January 15, 2014 — Asia

    We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on, from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.

  • Bob Feldman — November 19, 2013 — Asia

    I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did.


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