Classic Myanmar

14 days 13 nights

Destinations: Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Lago Inle – Ngapali

Day 1: Yangon
Arrival at the old capital, now officially called Yangon, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. You will rest there or take a walk through the neighboring streets to begin to know this historic city.

Day 2: Yangon (breakfast, lunch)
Yangon is still the most dynamic and lively city in Myanmar, although it is no longer the capital. You will explore the different cultural and historical sites that are in an environment of constant urban agitation. Admire the colossal Reclining Buddha of the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and stroll in the Kandawgyi Lake Park. From the Botataung pagoda, you will slide into the old streets lined with colonial buildings and maybe haggle at the Scott market to get some nice memories. In the evening, you will walk around the beautifully lit Shwedagon religious complex, the most important Buddhist site in the country.

Day 3: Yangon - Bagan (breakfast, lunch)
You will make a short plane trip in the morning, bound for Bagan and its ocean of temples and stupas. This ancient city has become an important archaeological site for having had more than 10,000 temples, pagodas and Buddhist monasteries. With the passage of time, only 2,200 buildings survived. You will visit some of them in the afternoon. You can contemplate the sunset over the wonderful landscape, from the top of the Shwesandaw pagoda.

Day 4: Bagan (breakfast, lunch)
In the morning, you will take a quick drive to a jetty to navigate to the Tant Kyi Taung pagoda. It is located on a hill on the bank of the Irrawaddy River, and it is said that there is the relic of Buddha's teeth, offered by a king of Sri Lanka. The excursion will continue with the Manuha temple, a small square building impregnated with legends, before reaching the town of Myinkaba. You can visit its ancient pagoda decorated with well-preserved paintings, and also enter a local craft shop, where expert hands produce lacquered objects.

Day 5: Bagan - Mandalay (breakfast, lunch)
You will cruise the river to Mandalay, on a boat from which the Burmese countryside will parade under his eyes. The slow pace of this trip offers the opportunity to observe the traditional lifestyle of the local population, which has changed little over time. You will relax following the quiet movement of the watercourse, and arrive at destination in the afternoon.

Day 6: Mandalay - Amarapura - Sagain - Inwa (breakfast, lunch)
Mandalay was the last real city in the country, and its periphery is dotted with other smaller former capitals. You will visit Amarapura in the morning, with its monastery still active dating from 1783, and then cross the U Bein bridge on foot, the longest in the world in teak wood. Then, you will travel to Sagaing, an ancient capital of the Shan ethnic group in the 14th century, impressive with numerous scattered stupas on the hill. You will also go to Inwa to see the "leaning tower of Ava" and the elegant Bagaya Kyaung monastery, also made in teak.

Day 7: Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin (breakfast, lunch)
You will be driven for about an hour to Pyin Oo Lwin, an old colonial mountain station formerly called Maymyo, in honor of the British general who founded it. It is known for its beautiful botanical gardens, built by Turkish prisoners during the First World War. Do not miss the Purcell Tower, the vegetable market in the morning, or the Naung Kan Gyi pagoda; This is on the top of a hill from which you can see a beautiful view over the picturesque Pyin Oo Lwin. This tour will end with the return to Mandalay at the end of the afternoon.

Day 8: Mandalay - Inle Lake (breakfast, lunch)
You will fly towards Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake, and it will take the road for about an hour before reaching the destination. You will take a boat trip and admire a unique form of rowing, on one leg. You will pass through many floating gardens, full of fruits or vegetables, which represent important income sources for local residents. In the afternoon, you can relax on the water's edge or take a walk to discover the lacustrine life on your own, taking a look at the numerous species of native aquatic birds.

Day 9: Inle Lake - Indein (breakfast, lunch)
You will sail in a small boat to reach Indein, a village nestled on the shores of the lake. It is famous for its impressive jungle of stupas of the sixteenth century, and for its craftsmen. You will see some at work, building wooden boats or creating Buddha images from dried flower dust. You will also be interested in observing Burmese cigar rollers.

Day 10: Inle Lake - Ngapali (breakfast)
You will return to Heho to take a direct flight to Ngapali, where you will arrive after a short drive from the airport. In this quiet coastal city of the Bay of Bengal, you can do as much or as little as you wish during your entire stay.

Day 11: Ngapali (breakfast)
You will stay on the beach relaxing, or rent a bicycle. So you can visit the surrounding villages and discover their ancient traditions that are perpetuated.

Day 12: Ngapali (breakfast)
We will prepare a picnic lunch and rent a boat to go to one of the islands scattered on the high seas. You can practice scuba diving and snorkeling in ideal conditions, or venture into the countryside and get to know their people better.

Day 13: Ngapali (breakfast)
You will enjoy your last hours in the Bay of Bengal to sunbathe or swing in a hammock under a tree.

Day 14: Ngapali - Yangon (breakfast)
After a flight to Yangon, you will bid farewell to Myanmar by taking your onward flight back home.

HIGHLIGHT:

  • The effervescence of Yangon, the most lively city in the country, and its main monuments.
  • The spectacular view in Bagan, with a panorama dotted by thousands of golden temples.
  • The cruise along the remote villages of the Irrawaddy River, with its fluctuating landscapes.
  • The main attractions of Mandalay, ancient royal city.
  • The walk over the U Bein Bridge, one of the most photogenic sites in Southeast Asia.
  • The cool weather of the picturesque British colonial station Pyin Oo Lwin.
  • The famous rowers on one leg and the spectacular landscapes of Inle Lake.
  • The relaxing beaches in Ngapali, the most reputed in the country, ideal for a getaway.

Tour Include

  • Accommodations carefully selected, including breakfast.
  • Other meals indicated in the program.
  • Local Spanish-speaking or English-speaking guide with experience.
  • Tours mentioned and transfers in private car with air conditioning.
  • Cruises and scheduled trips.
  • All internal flights (in economy class).
  • Admission expenses to the sites included in the circuit.

Tour Exclude

  • All travel insurance 
  • All services not mentioned above 
  • Tipping and personal expenses

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