Out of all classic points, you will have chance to go to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano over 1,500m high, which has played an important role in Myanma
Upon arrival, you will be welcome by our Guide at the airport and transfer to hotel. Yangon, formerly known as “Rangoon”, is still a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South East Asia.
In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour includes the National Museum, Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda’s 70m long reclining Buddha and at the end of the day Myanmar’s holiest monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden stupa covered with 60 tons of pure gold leaf. Overnight in Yangon.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Yangon’s Mingaladon Airport for the flight to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). Firstly, visit the thousands of ancient stupas and temples in this area make Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. From the 11th till 13th century, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.
On arrival, we head to Tayokye Pyay for a first overview over the plain of Bagan. Then, continue to the Shwezigon Pagoda and its magnificent golden stupa, followed by Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
In the afternoon, visit Ananda, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple and Ananda Okkyaung is one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period. End the day with a horse carriage tour among the temples starting at Ananda and passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, the massive Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork and Sulamani.
Finally,appreciate a sunset over the site from one of the open upper terraces in Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.
Optional Event: From October to March, early morning hot-air balloon flights over the plain of Bagan and its 3000 sites. An unforgettable and unique experience!
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market before proceeding to Myinkaba village. We go for a walk through the village and have the opportunity to visit the local sites such as Gubyaukgi, with some of the oldest mural paintings, Manuha and Nanpaya as well as look into the production process of lacquer ware, one of the best-known Myanmar handicrafts in one of the local family workshops.
In the afternoon, visit to the countryside village of Minnanthu, the least visited area in Bagan with temples such as Payathonzu, with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence, Lemyethna and Nandamannya, before heading to the riverside near Nyaung U Village where we board a local boat for a slow cruise down the Ayeyarwaddy before sunset. Overnight in Bagan.
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Mount Popa, an extinct volcano over 1,500m high, about 48km south east of Bagan (1 hr). Mount Popa plays an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since the earliest times. Its shrine is dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits.
In the afternoon, continue by road and head across the central plain to Mandalay, the former capital of Myanmar (5 hrs). You can also observe about Myanmar cultural, scenic beauties and lifestyle local people along the road to Mandalay. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Mandalay.
After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Mandalay, Myanmar’s cultural capital starts with the Mahamuni Pagoda, famous for its venerable statue of Buddha covered with gold leaf. The Mandalay is famous among the International visitor by Rudyard Kipling’s ”Mandalay” poem. Moreover, it has also long been known as a center of skilled craftsmanship and in former times supplied the Royal courts. A tour of traditional workshops includes crafts such as woodcarving, marble masonry, Kalaga tapestry and gold leaf making.
In the afternoon, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures (known as the world’s biggest book), Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite woodcarving and the impressive Kyauktawgyi Pagoda with its huge sitting Buddha. End the day with enjoying a sunset view over town from Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.
After breakfast, transfer to the jetty and board a private local boat for a 1-hr cruise on the Irrawaddy River towards the site of Mingun. It is famous for its huge unfinished pagoda, is also home to the Mingun Bell, considered as the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell. Also visit the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda.
Continue to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, visit by horse carriage tour around Ava, the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and fort. At the end of the day transfer to Amarapura, the 18th century capital and visit the 200-year old U-Bein Bridge during sunset when the villagers are crossing the bridge to return back home. In the late afternoon, transfer back to Mandalay and overnight there.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Heho in Shan State. Scenic drive to Pindaya through the picturesque hills of Shan State (1hr30). Visit Pindaya’s limestone caves where hundreds and thousands of Buddha images in various size and shape are installed since the 11th century.
Its maze of chambers displaying more than 8,000 Buddha statues and local handicraft workshops producing Shan Paper made from mulberry bark and traditional umbrellas. Then, your journey continues towards Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s best-known sights. Overnight in Pindaya.
After breakfast, scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe, which is the gateway village to Inle Lake. Stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery on the way. Then, move forward to the lake on local motorboats (4 persons/boat). The Intha people, a tribe of Mon descent, inhabit the lakeshores and floating villages.
See the leg-rowing fishermen and their floating gardens, built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit the floating villages and the daily market (daily except on new and full moon days) rotating around the villages on the lake in 5-day rhythm.
The tour also includes a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and the jumping cats monastery, with beautiful antique Buddha statues. If time allows we go for an improvised walk through one of the villages. Overnight Inle Lake.
After breakfast, we head to the morning market on the lake. Rotating around villages on and near the lake in a 5 day rhythm, a colorful market visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes is held daily (except on new and full moon days). From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Paoh village of In Dein.
After a walk around the village, passing a local school, take the covered stairway to the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area where ancient stupas are partly covered by vegetation. From here there is a magnificent view over the lake. Return to the lake and in the afternoon, transfer to Heho Airport for a flight back to Yangon. On arrival transfer to the hotel and overnight in Yangon.
After breakfast, exploring downtown Yangon with a walk through streets filled with faded colonial atmosphere and busy everyday life. In the afternoon, feel free at the Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott Market (closed on Monday and public holidays) before transferring to Mingaladon. Airport for your onward flight.