12 Days / 11 Nights
Destinations: Yangon - Inle Lake - Heho - Kengtung - Mandalay - Amarapura - Bagan - Mount Popa
Day 1: Yangon
The tour will begin in the afternoon, touring the bustling streets of Yangon, embroidered with old colonial buildings. You will walk through these vestiges of past eras in the old harbor district, in particular, with its busy traders. At night, you will appreciate the spectacular illumination of the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most important Buddhist site in the country, which they say retains tufts of Buddha hair and other relics. Its tip, which rises to 110 meters, is inlaid with diamonds and is covered with a gold plate.
Day 2: Yangon - Inle Lake (breakfast, lunch)
You will fly towards Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake, and you will take the road for about an hour before reaching the destination. Make a trip in a small boat and admire the impressive form of one-legged rowing. You will pass through many floating gardens, full of fruits and vegetables, throwing glances at the numerous species of waterfowl, some native and others making a stopover on their migratory routes.
Day 3: Inle Lake - India (breakfast, lunch)
Sail to Indien, a village on the far bank of the lake, to discover its sixteenth-century stupas, as mysterious as they are terrifying. In this place, artisans work using techniques transmitted from generation to generation. You can see how the Burmese cigars are twisted, manually, or the way the dried flower powder is pressed to make Buddhist images. You will also see the construction of boats with local materials.
Day 4: Inle Lake - Kengtung (breakfast, lunch)
Return to Heho to take a flight to Kengtung, a large city east of Shan State. You will take a guided walk in this ideal place to visit the tribes and ethnic minorities, and learn about their lifestyle. Next, you will move to Nyaung Tong Lake and meet with members of the Palaung group. Their women wear clothes adorned with picturesque accessories, such as silver and colored cloth belts.
Day 5: Kengtung (breakfast, lunch)
During this hiking day, you will have the opportunity to explore the fields and rural areas of the city on the way to Pin Tauk. You will cross tribal villages of the Anh ethnic group first, and then the Akha, who live in the mountainous heights. Their women have hair combed in a surprising way, decorated with silver, coins and embroidery. The families there live a very simple life, taking their income from the plow and farm work. You will stop for lunch with a picnic, next to a waterfall in whose adjoining basins you will probably want to soak your feet. Then, you can taste the homemade rice alcohol, which turns out to be a multi-purpose remedy, perfect for foot pains after the crossing.
Day 6: Kengtung - Mandalay (breakfast, lunch)
The day will start gently, unless you prefer to stroll in the morning market, always a hive of activity. Then you will be taken to the airport to take a plane to Mandalay, the last real capital of the country. It is established in the shadow of the tocaya hill, and its central point is the reconstructed palace, surrounded by a wide moat. The metropolis is a nucleus of small ancient cities that have played an important role in the history and formation of the region's landscapes.
Day 7: Mandalay - Amarapura (breakfast, lunch)
You will first take a short drive to reach Amarapura, another ancient capital, and also an academic center since 1783. The city was devastated by fire and an earthquake, and rebuilt several times. His monastery remains an active and prominent center for teaching hundreds of young monks who reside there. You will take a walk that will allow you to mingle with the inhabitants, crossing the wobbly bridge of U Bein. It is said to be the longest in teak wood in the world. Back in Mandalay, you will visit the Mahamuni pagoda with its statues created to faithfully represent the Buddha. Then you can see the largest book on the planet in the pagoda Kuthodaw, where some texts were engraved on 729 marble plates. The excursion will end with the discovery of a craft workshop of gold leaves, before admiring the sunset from the heights of Mandalay Hill.
Day 8: Mandalay - Monywa (breakfast, lunch)
You will take the road for approximately four hours to reach the city of Monywa. On the way, you will make a stop in Sagaing, another ancient capital, with a series of stupas and monasteries scattered in the surrounding hills. The main religious site offers spectacular views over the Irrawaddy River. you will then continue to Monywa, whose pagoda Thanboddhay, from the 14th century, shows thousands of Buddhist images that adorn its walls inside and outside. Then you will go to Bodditatuang, extraordinary with hundreds of Buddhas sitting under the shade of banyan trees, also known as fig trees of Bengal. In the afternoon, you can watch some craftsmen weaving cotton blankets, or making lacquered objects. And at nightfall, he will contemplate the sunset again, this time from the top of a pagoda.
Day 9: Monywa - Bagan (breakfast, lunch)
You will board a boat to cross the Chindwin River and reach the temple cave of Pow Win Taung. Admire its impressive 17th century paintings that decorate the walls and Buddhist statues, sitting on shelves carved into the rock. A little further, you will find in Ba Shwe Taung other temples sculpted in narrow cliffs. Next, you will sail along the Irrawaddy River and arrive in Bagan in the afternoon.
Day 10: Bagan (breakfast, lunch)
You will use a bicycle to walk through the hundreds of temples that make up the Bagan landscape. More than 10000 religious buildings were built during 250 years when the city was the heart of the ancient empire of Pagan. Today, just over 2200 temples and pagodas have survived, in a quite satisfactory state. You will pedal at your own pace since the tracks are quite flat, which makes the ride enjoyable.
Day 11: Bagan - Mount Popa - Yangon (breakfast, lunch)
You will be driven to Mount Popa in the morning, a temple on the heights of an extinct volcano. You can climb the 777 steps to the monastery dedicated to the ancient 37 "nats" (spirits). Many myths and ancient legends surround this place from where, on a clear day, you can admire the Bagan plains. You will fly to Yangon next.
Day 12: Yangon (breakfast)
You will be taken to the airport to take your next flight, concluding your adventures in Myanmar.
- The effervescence of Yangon, the most animated city in the country, and its main monuments.
- The famous rowers on one leg and the spectacular landscapes of Inle Lake.
- The fascinating ethnic minorities and tribes of the Kengtung Hills.
- Hiking through high mountain tribal villages, towards Tauk Pin.
- 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 visit of the great temples Sagaing and Monywa in the old capital.
- The spectacular views in Bagan, dotted with thousands of golden temples.
- The rise of an extinct volcano to visit the monastery and cultural center of Mount Popa.
- 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 vehicle with air conditioning.
- Cruises and scheduled trips.
- All internal flights (in economy class).
- Admission expenses to the sites included in the circuit.
- All travel insurance
- All services not mentioned above
- Tipping and personal expenses