Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts

9 days from $2,862 per person*
  • Picnic amongst the ancient temple ruins of Bagan.
  • Explore exotic night markets of Mandalay with private guide.
  • Visit the famous leg rowers and floating villages of Inle Lake.
  • Cruise the Ayeyarwaddy River.
  • Expertly selected accommodations.
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Discover mystical Yangon, climb a pagoda in the plains of Bagan, catch a glimpse of traditional leg rowers at Inle Lake, and cruise the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay. This bestselling tour features Myanmar's most mesmerizing 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, including the illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda at night. Witness the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world in Bagan, and relax with a drink as you catch the sunset over this magical land. Cruise through lush floating gardens at Inle Lake, and hope to catch a glimpse of the traditional leg rowers on Inle. Journey to Mandalay, former royal capital, where you'll explore surrounding villages and experience an exotic evening out in the town. 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. Welcome to Myanmar. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Yangon
    Yangon
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Tour - Private - After Sunset with Shwedagon Pagoda (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Yangon
    Yangon
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Lunch including Drink at The Strand Hotel - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Yangon to Bagan
    Yangon to Bagan
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Yangon - Bagan [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Picnic in Minnanthu - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Bagan
    Bagan
    • Tour - Private - Bagan Explorer with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - Classic Sundowners on a Sandbank - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Bagan to Inle Lake
    Bagan to Inle Lake
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Bagan - Inle Lake [(40min)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 6 Inle Lake
    Inle Lake
    • Tour - Private - A Day on the Lake with Lunch at Intha House - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Inle Lake to Mandalay
    Inle Lake to Mandalay
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Inle Lake - Mandalay [(30mins)] - Economy
    • Tour - Private - Mandalay’s Night Market & Marionettes (with Dinner) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Mandalay
    Mandalay
    • Tour - Private - Day Cruise over the Ayeyarwady River with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Lunch on Board
  • Day 9 Mandalay
    Mandalay
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
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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.

At the end of the day many Yangonites leave work and on the way home they stop for some shopping, catch up with friends at a tea shop, visit a pagoda or go to a beer station. This is exactly what you are going to do. The highlight of the tour will be the evening visit to the illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda – a magic and mystical moment at a time that it’s not very busy on the main platform. After the pagoda visit there will be local snacks to be tasted as well as a local draft beer or a fresh lime juice. The tour includes drinks, a walk over to the night market downtown, tea and snacks as well as a simple local dinner shared with some locals.

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.

Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Yangon
Yangon
Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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 we will show you the different faces of Yangon from the landmarks to the hidden markets that have seen only few westerners. During the day you will visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbour, The Strand and one of the colourful 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 us to a small station where we take the famous circular train to bring us right behind Bogyoke Aung San market before heading back to your hotel. The tour includes a drink at the Strand Hotel and a lunch at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Savoy (3.5*)
Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sule Pagoda
Sule Pagoda

Day 3: Yangon - Bagan

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

Fly from Yangon to Bagan. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

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

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: Bagan Lodge (4*)

Perched on the edge of an archaeological wonderland, Bagan Lodge is gateway to some of the world's most magnificent temples and pagodas. The rooms and suites evoke the romance of a storied expedition, albeit in posh, air-conditioned comfort. Their restaurant and bars are fuel to the fire of local adventure, and the swimming pool and spa are an oasis any time of day. The spa features eight private treatment rooms to provide guests with an extensive range of massage and beauty treatments - the perfect way to unwind after a day of discovery.

Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bagan
Bagan
Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bagan Lodge
Bagan Lodge

Day 4: Bagan

A full day tour by car, with an experienced guide through Bagan will show you the best known temples of the area. We start the day climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole area. From here the 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 and around 4:00 PM continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda for sunset with some refreshing drinks served! Oh… we forgot to mention the best part of this tour; whenever you see a temple you like, just ask you guide to stop to have a look at it – simply pick your own favourite temple.

Stay at least 2 nights in Bagan, one to see the sun go down from the top of an ancient temple, the other one to take a boat ride on the mighty Ayeyarwady River and have some sundowners on a sandbank in the middle of the river (if the river is not too high). A private boat tour on the river during sunset time will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset while your guide will be serving cocktails and some snacks.

Accommodation: Bagan Lodge (4*)
Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bagan Temple
Bagan Temple
Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Ayeyarwady River
Ayeyarwady River

Day 5: 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 40 minutes.

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 Tauk, the property features 16 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, WiFi access and lakefront balconies. Hotel Restaurant serves Western & Shan, Myanmar and Inthar cuisine. The hotel also features a spa services on site.

Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort

Day 6: 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 take you 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 take you to visit a colourful market frequented by Shan and PaO people living nearby. You will certainly also visit a local house where cheroot (the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, an Intha house where a traditional Intha lunch is served and if wanted you will be able to visit a weaving factory.

Accommodation: Villa Inle Resort (4*)
Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Village on the Lake
Village on the Lake

Day 7: Inle Lake - Mandalay

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

Fly from Inle Lake to Mandalay. Flight time is approximately 30 minutes.

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: Hotel by the Red Canal (3.5*)

An oasis by the landmark Red Canal in local folklore just minutes from the famed Atumashi Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mandalay Palace.and other attractions, The Hotel by the Red Canal is a convenient sanctuary, with its lush tropical greenery and calming water features, amidst the hustle and bustle of Myanmar's cultural city. The customized guestrooms are categorized into 4 uniquely names and decked in the fineries and cultural adornments of the 4 major ethnic groups in Myanmar: Chin, Kachin, Rakhine and Shan. Hotel by the Red Canala full-service spa, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool. The guestrooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service, DVD players, and LED TVs.

Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Mandalay
Mandalay
Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel by the Red Canal
Hotel by the Red Canal

Day 8: Mandalay

Mandalay and the other former royal capitals around it have all been capital cities for one major reason: they are all situated on the Ayeyarwady River. Feel the breeze of the river and imagine how it must have been to arrive by boat in Mingun or at the court of Ava. From the jetty in Mandalay you will be taken upstream to Mingun and visit the Mingun Pagoda with the big crack caused by an earthquake and the giant bronze bell. Take a leisurely 3 hour boat cruise downstream to Ava. A simple lunch packed in rattan baskets will be served on the way. Arriving in Ava, horse carts are ready to take you around this magnificent site with various ancient temple ruins that used to be majestic buildings during the 400 years that Ava was the capital. Return to Mandalay by car. 

Accommodation: Hotel by the Red Canal (3.5*)
Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Mingun Pagoda
Mingun Pagoda

Day 9: Mandalay

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

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

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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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

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.

Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Savoy
Hotel Savoy
Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Savoy
Hotel Savoy

Bagan Lodge (4*): Bagan

Perched on the edge of an archaeological wonderland, Bagan Lodge is gateway to some of the world's most magnificent temples and pagodas. The rooms and suites evoke the romance of a storied expedition, albeit in posh, air-conditioned comfort. Their restaurant and bars are fuel to the fire of local adventure, and the swimming pool and spa are an oasis any time of day. The spa features eight private treatment rooms to provide guests with an extensive range of massage and beauty treatments - the perfect way to unwind after a day of discovery.

Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bagan Lodge
Bagan Lodge

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 16 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, WiFi access and lakefront balconies. Hotel Restaurant serves Western & Shan, Myanmar and Inthar cuisine. The hotel also features a spa services on site.

Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort
Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort

Hotel by the Red Canal (3.5*): Mandalay

An oasis by the landmark Red Canal in local folklore just minutes from the famed Atumashi Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mandalay Palace.and other attractions, The Hotel by the Red Canal is a convenient sanctuary, with its lush tropical greenery and calming water features, amidst the hustle and bustle of Myanmar's cultural city. The customized guestrooms are categorized into 4 uniquely names and decked in the fineries and cultural adornments of the 4 major ethnic groups in Myanmar: Chin, Kachin, Rakhine and Shan. Hotel by the Red Canala full-service spa, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool. The guestrooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service, DVD players, and LED TVs.

Myanmar Highlights: Prayers, Pagodas & Arts Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel by the Red Canal
Hotel by the Red Canal

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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