Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Heho
Day 01: Yangon arrival
Upon your arrival in Yangon, welcome by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Afternoon enjoy private tour and visit famous Chauk Htat Kyi, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. The feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray. Photo stop at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. Nothing will prepare you for Shwedagon Pagoda, with its glittering gold stupa. At the pagoda observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset view at Shwedagon pagoda. Overnight Yangon
Day 02: Yangon – Bagan by AM flight
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for the flight to Bagan. Fly Heho – Bagan by AM flight. Upon arrival in Bagan meet at the airport and begin our exploration by visiting a busy local market and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. You will spend the day exploring the architectural masterpieces of this amazing town by visit to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples. Visit Shwezigon Pagoda, built 1000 years ago by King Anawrahta and his successor Kin Kyan Sit Tha as religious shrine. Then visit Anada Temple which is famous for the for big Buddha standing images on each of four. Then visit Htilominlo Pagoda and transfer to hotel for check-in. In the afternoon visit Lacquer ware workshop get to learn more about the local culture seeing their techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. Then proceed to Manuha Pagoda. Then horse-card riding along the pagodas for about half and hour and stop at Shwesandaw Pagoda (or) one of the highest Pagodas in Bagan to see the sunset. Then transfer to hotel. Overnight Bagan.
Day 03: Bagan – Sale – Popa – Bagan Villages
After breakfast at hotel your Mount Popa and Salay excursion begins after breakfast, when your Myanmar Shalom guide and driver will meet you at your hotel. Begin with a drive south, parallel to the Irrawaddy River, en route to Salay. After one hour we'll make a stop in Chauk which has a colorful morning market to explore. Few tourists visit this market and it is a great place for local interaction and photos. Continue to Salay (30 minutes) an important center of Buddhism in Myanmar with many active monasteries. Salay, many years ago, created its own unique style of Bagan-era architecture. While visiting Salay you will learn more about monastic life, Burmese Buddhism and this unique architectural style as you visit several sites including Salay is Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery, one of the oldest wooden halls in the area. We then head east toward Mount Popa, an extinct volcano standing 1518 metres high. Arriving at midday, we'll first go to Popa Mountain Resort for lunch with fabulous views over the surrounding area. Mount Popa has played an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since earliest times. Its shrine is dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. Learn about nats and nat worship as you climb the stairs to the top with your local guide. The view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the volcanic peak is impressive (and the climb is optional!). Drive back to Bagan and visit Minanthu Village to see the local life how they get water to use and drink, how they live and talking the villages exploring along the village. Then transfer Then transfer to jetty to take boat for sunset and watching sunset on boat which takes about 45 minutes. Then transfer to hotel. Overnight Bagan.
Day 04: Bagan – Mandalay by AM flight & AVA - Mandalay
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival in Mandalay meet at the airport & visit the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our horse and carriage are waiting. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. There are many small villages located amid Ava's ruins and as you travel by horse and cart you'll get a glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside. Then transfer to hotel for check-in. In the afternoon visit the second most sacred image in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon Pagoda is the Mahamuni Pagoda. Visit local artisan’s workshops of gold leaf making, woodcarving and marble carving. Then continue south of. In the afternoon visit Mandalay Palace and Golden palace Monastery famous for its intricate woodcarvings. Continue to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is known as the world largest book due to the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. Before sunset visit a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar. Overnight Mandalay.
Day 05: Mandalay – Sagaing - Irrawaddy River – Mingun
After breakfast at hotel, this morning, cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae. We'll also visit Sagaing's local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here you will find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. We will also stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar. In the afternoon you’ll board a private local boat for a trip up the Irrawaddy to Mingun (45 min each way). Visit the Mingun Bell which weighs more than 87 tons and being the world’s largest intact bronze bell, the unfinished Mingun Paya (built with the intention of being the world’s biggest pagoda). Mingun's other highlight is the Hisnbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru. Throughout Mingun there are small neighborhoods crafting traditional basketry and other artistic items and there is plenty of time to stop and interact with the craftsmen and friendly locals. After returning to Mandalay enjoy a commanding overview of the city from the Mandalay Hill. Overnight Mandalay
Day 06: Mandalay – Heho by AM flight – Inle Lake
After breakfast, trasfner to airport for the flight to Heho. fly to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake. From Heho drive to NyaungShwe where we pick our boat & transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the full day tour by private boat in Inle lake. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most holy religious site in southern Shan State. Be amazed by the local handicrafts, silk weaving, wooden handlooms and traditional blacksmith methods along the way. Visiting Inle Lake is not just about being on the water but also about discovering the Shan and Intha villages on the banks of the river. Pass the endless floating gardens, houses, monasteries built on stilts on the lake. Stop at Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery then proceed to Nampan village and see local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made) and canoe carving. Overnight Inle Lake
Day 07: Inle Lake – Indein – The Lei Oo soft trekking
Begin your day with a visit to the market, which rotates locations every five days and where hill tribe people dressed in colorful, traditional outfits — as they barter for goods and produce. We continue our sightseeing in Inle Lake, maneuvering by boat though long, scenic channnels. We will visit the fascinating village of Indein, with its complex of ancient shrines and stupas and walk though exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls. Then in the afternoon boat to GIC II hotel. Then from the country road near hotel it is The Lei Oo village, which is a beautiful village which is situated on the eastern shore of Inle Lake. It is at the main faming area of the Inle Lake region. Inn Tha and Pao ethnic minority groups live in the village. They do farming in generation and expert in farming with traditional ways. You can see rice, sugar cane, potato, tomato, garlic and a variety of beans, as well as cucumber and flowers. Their sugar canes are the raw material for Mandalay RUM. Along the way green and beautiful farms are on your both sides. And you will learn village life when you enter the village which is around 150 households. Then you pass primary school and walking along the village lane and you will see old mill which still useful for the villagers for their earning. About 1 hour walking (no slope and just ground), you will get jetty and take boat to hotel back. Overnight Inle Lake
Day 8: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon
After breakfast at hotel transfer to heho airport for the flight to Yangon. Fly to Yangon by AM flight. Upon arrival in Yangon meet at the airport an transfer to hotel for check-in. Then enjoy a visit to Scott Market, the sprawling 75-year-old Market. At the market you will find a whole variety of interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquer ware to gems & jewelry – bargain at the stores to fully experience the Burmese market atmosphere! Drive through the city and observe the influences of other cultures in the region. Intersperse in the tour are various religious sites such as the St Mary's Cathedral, built in 1899, and the Buddhist landmarks of Sule Paya and over 100 year old beautiful Rangoon Synagogue. In there you will have the opportunity to meet with Trustee of the Synagogue to learn the Jewish Life in the Pagoda Land. Then visit Little India and Chinatown – stop to greet the vendors and let them introduce you to their wares – some familiar, some exotic. Overnight Yangon
Day 9: Yangon Departure
After breakfast, day at leisure until transfer to airport for International departure flight.
- (08) Night accommodation with breakfast based on twin/dbl sharing basic
- All transfer and sightseeing by private air conditioned car
- Horse-cart ride in Bagan and AVA
- Private sunset boat ride on Ayayarwaddy River in Bagan
- 4 Domestic Flights (Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – heho – Yangon)
- Private boat ride in Inle Lake & Mingun
- All entrance fees & all zone fees
- Experienced English speaking local tour guide in each city
- 1 FOC with twin sharing basic for every 15 paying guests
- Government tax & Service charges
- Meals & Drinks (Lunch & Dinner)
- Other personal expenses.
- Visa arrangements