Classic Itinerary (12Days/11Nights)
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Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Mingun - Sagaing - Ava - Pyin Oo Lwin - Pindaya - Inle Lake - Yangon

12Days/11Nights Classic Itinerary

 

DAY  ITINERARY 
1 Yangon Arrival and Evening: visit Shwedagon Pagoda if time permit
2 Yangon – Bagan (AM Flight) and Bagan full day temple tour (by private car)
3 Bagan – Mt. Popa – Shwe Hlaing Village – Bagan Sightseeing (by private car)
4 Bagan – Mandalay (by day cruise/approx.: 08 hours)
5 Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Sightseeing (by private car and boat)
6 Mandalay – Amarapura – U Bein Bridge – Ava Sightseeing (by private car & horse cart)
7 Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay day return sightseeing (by private car)
8 Mandalay – Heho (AM Flight) – Pindaya –  Inle Lake (by private car)
9 Inle Lake full day sightseeing (by private boat)
10 Inle Lake – 5-day market - Indein – Inle Lake Sightseeing (by private boat)
11 Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (AM flight) and full day sightseeing
12 Yangon Departure

 

DAY(01) YANGON ARRIVAL AND EVENING: VISIT SHWEDAGON PAGODA IF TIME PERMIT

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Arrival Yangon by international flight. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Evening visit Shwedagon Pagoda rises 326ft (99.3m) above its base. Erected more than 2500 years ago and enshrining eight hairs of Buddha placed in a treasure chamber deep under its base. It is the highest symbol of the people's devotion to Buddha. Enjoy dinner at Karaweik Restaurant with Myanmar Culture Show. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Meals: Dinner

DAY(02) YANGON – BAGAN (AM FLIGHT) AND BAGAN FULL DAY TEMPLE TOUR (BY PRIVATE CAR)

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This morning, our guide will pick up at hotel and transfer to the Yangon airport to leave for Bagan which is on the banks of the Ayerwaddy River is home to the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world, many dating to the 11th and 12th century. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component part taking on spiritual meaning. Start for highlight sightseeing in Bagan. Visit Shwezigon Pagoda, prototype of later Myanmar stupa & of the famous pagoda of Myanmar. Kyansithar Umin, long dimly lit corridors decorated with frescoes. Htilominlo Temple, 150ft high temple with fine plaster carvings, glazed sandstone decorations in the base. Ananda Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in Bagan built by King Kyansitthar. Visit Thatbyinnyu Temple, tallest in Bagan, Myinkaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple with mural paintings, then to Manuha Temple which houses four immense Buddha images, Myinkaba lacquerware village to see the manufacturing stages. View the sunset from Shwesandaw Pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY(03) BAGAN – MT. POPA – SHWE HLAING VILLAGE – BAGAN SIGHTSEEING (BY PRIVATE CAR)

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Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, start for trip to Mt. Popa about 30 miles (50km) from Bagan. Popa Taung Kalut is 2417ft (737m) standing apart from higher forested mountain, looks like a tower. The mountain was shaped out of a volcano that may have erupted some 250000 years ago. The 25 minutes climb steep and stiff. It gets cooler as you get higher and views are fantastic. On the way visit jaggery (palm sugar) production huts and Shwe Hlaing Village in order to see local ways of life. Then return back to Bagan and visit Dhamayangyi Temple, huge brick red temple built by King Narathu, Sulamani Temple a beautiful majestic structure built by King Narapati Sithu. Evening view sunset from Pyathatgyi Temple. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

DAY(04) BAGAN – MANDALAY (BY DAY CRUISE/APPROX: 08 HRS)

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This morning, transfer to the banks of the Ayeyarwady River to catch the Boat to Mandalay (approx – 0900/17:30). The scenery along the Ayeyarwady is timeless – oxen working the fields, water buffalo wallowing in the mud, golden pagoda spires, fishermen, villagers bathing in the river and, of course, every type of boat and river craft that you can imagine. You should arrive in Mandalay in time to see the sunset. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY(05) MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING (BY PRIVATE CAR)

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This morning, our guide will pick you up at hotel and start for highlight sightseeing in which is the second largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. Transfer to jetty and take a boat trip about 1 hr to Mingune, located on the western bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Arrive Mingune, visit huge unfinished Mingun Pagoda built between 1790 and 1797 which was split by earthquake in 1838. It is possibly the world's largest pile of bricks. World’s largest working bell of 87 tons cast in 1808 by Bodawpaya. Mya Thein Tan pagoda an image of Sulamani Pagoda at the peak of Mount Meru in Tavatimsa plane of nats. Back to Mandalay by boat. Visit Mahamuni Golden Buddha Image, bronze casting and marble stone cutting craftsmen quarters and gold leaf beaters. Visit Mandalay Palace was built of teak wood on raised brick plinth gilded with gold and vermilion. The queens' chambers are laid out according to priority - 1 Southern, 2 Northern and 3 lesser queens in the West. Mandalay Palace took five years to construct, from 1857 to 1861. Visit Ku Tho Daw Pagoda also known as world's largest book, surrounded by 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. It was built by King Mindon in 1857, modeled on the Shwezigon Pagoda at Nyaung U. Proceed to Golden Palace Monastery, which was once part of the palace complex where King Mindon lived. Evening view the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY(06) MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – U BEIN BRIDGE – SAGAING – AVA SIGHTSEEING

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This morning, drive to Amarapura, capital before Mandalay for visiting silk weaving industry cottages. Morning visit Amarapura Mahagandayone monastery where over thousands of monks are dwelling. Proceed to U Bein Bridge, 1.6km long wooden bridge said to be the longest teak bridge in the world, built over 150 years. The bridge links Amarapura with an island in the middle of Lake Taungthaman, an intermittent body of water which dries up during winter. Drive straight to Sagaing a town at the foot of Sagaing Hills, dotted with hundreds of pagodas, monasteries and nunneries quarters. In Sagaing visit Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda, perched on the highest hill which offers panoramic views of the valleys and wide Ayeyarwady River. After visit to U Min Thonze (Hall of thirty Buddhas). If desired visit silver smith workshops in Yahtaung village. Late afternoon, Continue to Inwa (Ava) by boat. Inwa was founded in 1364 and served as capital of Burmese Kingdom for nearly 400 years. Inwa’s finest attraction to visit is the teak Bagaya Monastery which dates from 1834. The 90ft high masonry watchtower Nan myin, the leaning tower of Inwa is all that remains of King Bagyidaw’s palace.  Visit Maha Aungmye Bonzan also known as Me Nu Ok Kyaung, the brick structure built in 1818 is same style as common teak monasteries. Drive back to Mandalay. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

DAY(07) MANDALAY – PYIN OO LWIN – MANDALAY FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING (BY PRIVATE CAR)

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Breakfast at hotel.  The cool hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (approx. 2 hours’ drive from Mandalay) at over 1,000 meters above sea-level enjoys cool and pleasant weather all year round. The flower city is well known for its colonial era-buildings, pine trees, eucalyptus and silver-oak abounding in town. National Kandawgyi Gardens, botanical gardens founded in 1915.  It features more than 480 species of flowers and trees. If time permits visit the fantastic Peik Chin Myaung Cave, inside a gushing stream twists and turns around the countless images and mini-pagodas that devout Buddhists have created. Drive back to Mandalay. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY(08) MANDALAY – HEHO (AM FLIGHT) – PINDAYA – INLE LAKE (BY PRIVATE CAR)

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This morning, our guide will pick up at your hotel and transfer to the airport to leave for Heho. Transfer to airport to board flight for Heho. Arrival Heho you are now in the Shan State. Agreeable climate 800 meter above sea level, fertile land various flowers and vegetables for the whole of Myanmar are harvested here. Drive to Pindaya Cave (approx. 1 ½ hr)-believed to contain more than 8000 Buddha Images of all sizes, caved in wood, stone, marble and bronze thickly glided. Shan papers production cottages are also interested to visit where handmade papers are produced from the plup of mulberry bark dried in the sun. Other cottage industry interesting to visit is oiled paper umbrellas used by monks and nuns. Every part is worked by hand. In the late afternoon, drive to Nyaung She by car (approx.: 2 hrs). transfer to the hotel and check in. Overnight at hotel in Inle Lake.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY(09) INLE LAKE FULL DAY PRIVATE SIGHTSEEING (BY BOAT)

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This morning, our guide will pick up at your hotel and start highlight sightseeing in Inle Lake. Take a short boat trip on Inle Lake to reach the hotel. Sightseeing by boat on the beautiful Inle Lake home to Inthar national race, many of whom live in stilted houses built over the water. Inle Lake is second largest lake in Myanmar, stretches 11 miles (17.7 km). On the boat trip you will visit the market places, floating villages and floating gardens, silk & lotus stem weaving. You can also see Inthar technique of leg-rowing where one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the boat and also their traditional way of fishing. Afternoon: visit the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake to see ancient Buddha images. Overnight at Hotel in Inle Lake.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY(10) INLE LAKE – INDEIN – INLE LAKE FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING (BY PRIVATE BOAT)

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This morning, explore one of the local 5-day markets, as we easily called, are well-known visit around the lake.  The markets are rotating among the villages in regular order - one village becomes the host of the market every 5th day.  By visiting 5-day markets, you will get insight into the life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods.  The visit to such markets is thus subject to market day calendar and the location of the host village. Take enjoyable boat ride through irrigation canals to Indein pagoda complex- an archaeological site worthy to visit where hundreds of Shan style ruined pagodas stand on slop of a hill. Some of the pagodas dated back to 17th and 18th centuries. Overnight at hotel in Inle Lake.

DAY(11) INLE LAKE – HEHO – YANGON (AM FLIGHT) AND YANGON FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING (BY PRIVATE CAR)

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This morning, our guide will pick up at hotel and transfer to the Heho airport to leave for Yangon. Drive through the Colonial Style Buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. Enjoy your photo stop at Sule Pagoda and City Hall. Continue visit to Botathaung Pagoda close to the Yangon Wharves. There is a sort of mirrored maze inside the stupa, with glass showcases containing many of the ancient relics. Afternoon, visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on every Mondays & Public Holidays) and it has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts. Continue to the reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, is almost as large as the enormous figure in Bago Shwethalyaung. Walk on the busy streets of downtown. In the evening the pavement turns into a night-market with a variety of goods on display. It is the opportunity to see “the real Yangon”. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY(12) YANGON DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel. Free relax and leisure till departure. Transfer to Yangon airport to board the international flight.

Meals: Breakfast

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