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19-Day Amazing Holiday Myanmar

Created with Sketch. Yangon–Golden Rock–Mandalay–Pyin Oo Lwin–Bagan–Pindaya–Kalaw–Inle Lake
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Duration

19 Days 18 Nights

Group Size

Max 20 People

Guide

English Speaking Station Guide

Arrival

Yangon Airport

Departure

Yangon Airport

Validity

All Year Round (private Tour – Daily Departure)

Tour Customize

Your Specific Requirements Can Be Mentoned In The Booking Form

Description

In this tour, you will visit the most important places in Yangon (Former Capital and the Commercial City) in South Myanmar, Bagan (The first Myanmar Royal Capital as well as the newly listed UNESCO heritage site), Mandalay (the last Royal Capital of Myanmar Kingdom) in Central Myanmar, Kalaw, the pine city, Pindaya famous for its cave, and Inle Lake (the 2nd largest Lake above 880 m above sea level) in the Eastern Myanmar, Shan State.

Extend the tour from Mandalay to the former colonial town, Pyin Oo Lwin and experience train ride passing over the amazing Gokteik railway viaduct.

Experience the hiking in the villages and picnic dinner on the hill overlooking stunning view of Kalaw. The country side in the Shan State offers the most stunning pictures.

Observe the pilgrims devout in prayer or applying gold leaf to the boulder and enjoy a spectacular view of the valley below. The visit up to the Golden Rock is particularly nice at sunset or sunrise.

A perfect opportunity to get an interesting insight of the most stunning and remarkable must-see sites in Myanmar.

You will be fully satisfied as your experienced guides will share not only the history but also the culture and religion of the city and its people.

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Highlights

  • Exploring the colonial heritage centre of Yangon with visit to its stunning religious sites
  • Visit Shwedagon, the most admired Pagoda in Myanmar. Enjoy sunset from the Pagoda and watch the tradition of people
  • Sightseeing in the stunning pagodas-filled Bagan with loads of ancient architectures and historical background
  • Enjoy the Horse cart ride and Sunset Boat tour in Bagan,
  • Sightseeing in the former royal capital Mandalay and the old cultural cities just beyond the outskirt area
  • Extended tour from Mandalay to the former colonial town, Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Train ride experience passing over the amazing Gokteik railway viaduct
  • Visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols in Pindaya and its Sandstone Cave with thousand of ancient Buddha Images,
  • Experience of exciting hiking adventure on the colourful Shan plateau around
  • Observing the abundant cultures, traditions and tribal ways of life throughout your journey
  • Learn the traditional way of growing crops in the Floating Vegetable Garden in Inle Lake
  • Enchanting Inle Lake discovery with stops at the most important highlights on the lake
  • Get inspired by the appearance of Golden Rock and its beautiful sunset
  • Visit the religious sites in Bago

Hotels to be used (Subject to change if fully booked)
Notes : If the hotels we mentioned below are fully booked in the period you are staying, there may be some changes.

YangonJasmine Palace Hotel (Superior room) 3.5/4 * or similar
Golden RockMountain Top Hotel (Deluxe room) 3* or similar
MandalayHotel Sakura Princess (Superior room) 3* or similar
Pyin Oo LwinWin Unity Hotel (Deluxe room) 3* or similar
BaganRazagyo Hotel (Superior room) 3* or similar
PindayaInle Inn Pindaya (Bamboo Hut) 2* or similar
KalawHill Top Villa Resort (Superior room) 3* or similar
Nyaung Shwe81 Central Hotel (Superior room) 3* or similar

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Yangon and transfer to hotel (By car)
Day 2Full day Yangon sightseeing (By car)
Day 3Yangon – Golden Rock (By car)
Day 4Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (By car)
Day 5Yangon – Mandalay (By morning flight) & drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (By car)
Day 6Pyin Oo Lwin – Naung Pein (via Gokteik Railway Viaduct) – Pyin Oo Lwin (By train & car)
Day 7Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay (By car)
Day 8Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun – Mandalay (By car & boat)
Day 9Mandalay – Innwa – Sagaing – Mandalay (By car)
Day 10Mandalay – Bagan (By boat)
Day 11Bagan sightseeing (By car)
Day 12Bagan sightseeing (By car)
Day 13Bagan – Heho (By morning flight) & visit Pindaya (By car)
Day 14Pindaya – Kalaw (By car)
Day 15Trekking in Kalaw
Day 16Kalaw – Nyaung Shwe (By car) and boat trip on Inle Lake (By boat)
Day 17Full day boat trip on Inle Lake (By boat)
Day 18Nyaung Shwe – Heho (By car) & Heho – Yangon (By morning flight), visits Yangon
Day 19Departure Yangon

Know Before You Go (Additional Info)

  • As you will be visiting religious sites, please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, and remember to take off your shoes and socks when entering pagoda areas.
  • Please note the Bogyoke Market and Museums are closed on Mondays and public holidays.
  • During Water Festival between 12 to 18 April, most of the restaurants, shops, markets and Museums are closed. Normal tourist sites such as Pagodas, Temples and parks are open but are very crowded. Driving through the city area and to the tourist sites will be difficult due to traffic as most of the people participate in the famous water-festival.
  • You cannot avoid of getting wet if you get out of the car or walk on the roads because everyone throws water to each other during this festival. People drive through the city in open cars and there are lots of stages shows, entertainments and funs along the roads.

Cancellation

Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the clients or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown, plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors and other penalties imposed by suppliers, such as hotels):

  • Within 31-22 days prior to arrival date: 30% of package price
  • Within 21-15 days prior to arrival date: 50% of package price
  • Within 14-8 days prior to arrival date: 75% of package price
  • Within 7 days prior to arrival date: 100% of package price

Remark

“Minimum days to book before departure : (10 Days)”

Child Policy:

The price for children under 2 years old will be advised upon request when sharing the existing bedding with parents. Supplements for extra bed or baby cot may apply.

Children between 02-11 years of age at the time of travelling are granted a discount rate (mentioned in child price) when traveling with minimum 2 adults and sharing the existing bedding with parents. Supplements for extra bed or baby cot may apply.

When one adult is traveling with a child between 02-11 years old, the full charge of an adult price is applied.

Important Notes:

There may be changes to estimated prices depending on air fuel cost, domestic airfares, US$ exchange rates and festive season surcharges. All supplemental cost to be advised.

Hotels’ normal Check in time is 1400 hrs and Check out time is 1200 noon.

Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road and/or river conditions, flight schedules and room availability. No refund shall be made for any change during once you have started your tour in Myanmar.

Price per person based on two person tour (twin hotel room sharing basis). Larger groups will pay less per person, single person purchase will mean a higher price.

If you wish come to Myanmar during Water Festival between 12 to 18 April, tour price will change and we will let you know the extra charges.

Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.

Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.

All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking.

Nonrefundable deposits may be required.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Yangon (-/-/-)

----- hours arrive Yangon Airport. Upon arrival at Yangon Airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Both lunch and dinner (by own account) and accommodation at Hotel in Yangon.

Day 2 Full Day Yangon Sightseeing (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Explore full day in downtown Yangon. First, drive through the colonial style buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter to the river. Walk along Yangon River to see the busy harbor area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry town s along the Ayeyarwady River. Continue to Botathaung Pagoda, located close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics. Walk on to 50th street, the “un-official” home of expatriates in Yangon for lunch. Proceed to Bogyoke (Scotts) Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays) with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores.
In the afternoon, begins a tour through Yangon with the visit the magnificent Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi, take a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall, a ‘Hamsa-bird’ shaped floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. Complete your first day in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Yangon.

Day 3 Yangon – Golden Rock (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, drive to Bago (84 km - 1½ hours). En route, visit a tree shrine dedicated to legendary animist spirits known as "Nats", a handicraft village that produces woven bamboo wares. Then, visit the Allied War Graves cemetery near Htauk Kyan. Continue to Kin Pun "base camp" (110 km - 3½ hours) and onward to Kyaiktiyo (the "Golden Rock"), a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. En route, stop for lunch at Kyaikhto.
From Kin Pun, a steep and rough 11-km dirt road leads to the upper staging point, a journey made in open trucks, which can be very crowded. In the afternoon, take a local truck up a bumpy track about half way up the mountain. (Private trucks are available at extra costs – please ask your guide to arrange). From the "upper area", travelers must walk the final stage (about 4 kilometers – 45 minutes) up steep paths, which ascend some 500 meters to the Golden Rock. As an easier alternative to walking, visitors can be carried in sedan chairs by four porters, at an extra cost of approximately US$ 10 per person. On arrival, watch the beauty of a sunset at this important pilgrimage site. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, near Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock).

Day 4 Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Early Risers: A great opportunity to see the sunrise! Return to Yangon via Bago. Continue with sightseeing in Bago including Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is over a thousand years old. Its spire is even taller than that of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, the 55-meter-long reclining Shwe Thalyaung Buddha image, one of the country's most revered objects. Visit Maha Kalayani Sima ordination hall and Mahazedi ("Great Stupa"), offering panoramic views.
Then, continue drive to Yangon, with a brief stop at Kyaik Pun Pagoda, famous for its four giant Buddha figures. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to your hotel. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Yangon.

Day 5 Yangon – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (B/-/-)

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, drive up into the hills from Mandalay for a full day visit of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), a former British Hill Station. The road winds steeply through flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. In the afternoon, visit to Pyin Oo lwin Botanical Garden and Pyaw Kauk water fall . Drive through Maymyo on a horse drawn "stage coach", giving you the chance to admire the brick and timber houses, complete with English style gables, turrets and chimneys for sunset watching at Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 6 Pyin Oo Lwin – Naung Pein – Pyin Oo Lwin (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning, visit local market and at 0800 hours transfer to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) Railway Station for an adventurous train journey to Naung Pein. The train passes over the amazing Gokteik Railway Viaduct. When the Pennsylvania Steel Company built the viaduct across a 300-meter deep gorge a century ago, it was the second highest bridge in the world. The view from the train is fascinating and the scenery is beautiful. At Naung Pein Station, leave the train and drive back to Pyin Oo Lwin (driving hours: about 2 hours). On the way visit Peik Chin Myaung Cave. Both lunch and dinner to your own account. Accommodation at Hotel, in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo).

Day 7 Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay (B/-/-)

After the breakfast, drive back to Mandalay about 2 hours and upon arrival at Mandalay, experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including one of the most revered religious monument in Myanmar, the Mahamuni Pagoda; the Golden Palace Monastery, a supered example of traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda; the world’s largest book, made of marble. Visit a traditional hand –woven silk workshop as well as Kalaga Tapestries craftsmen’s shop before proceeding to Mandalay Hill for sunset. Both Lunch and Dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 8 Mandaly – Amarapura – Mingun – Mandalay (B/-/-)

After breakfast, drive to Amarapura, 15 km from Mandalay. Visit Mahagandayon, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study, then continue to voer 200-years-old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital. Since then it is noted for silk & cotton weaving. Visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop.
In the afternoon, excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun about 11 km (1 hour ) upriver from Mandalay. Upon arrival, visit the Mingun Bell , a magnificent sight of world’s largest un-cracked bell weighing 90 tons. Visit Settawya Pagoda and will continue with Hsinbyume Paya as well as the unfinished Mingun Paya , built as one of the world’s largest chedis by King Bodawphaya. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 9 Mandalay – Ava – Sagaing – Mandalay (B/-/-)

After breakfast at hotel, excursion to Royal Capital of Inwa (Ava), 20 km from Mandalay, reached by 45 minutes drive and a short boat trip. And then Visit by horse-drawn carriage include Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remain of the palace building nickname “the leaning tower of Ava ‘Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, built of brick and stucco and Bargayar Monastery famous for its impressive ornate woodcarving and teak posts. And drive through to Sagaing and sightseeing at Sagaing Hill and drive back to Mandalay. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 10 Mandalay – Bagan (By Ferry Boat) (B/-/-)

After early breakfast, transfer to jetty and embark to Board Shwekeinnery Boat to sail Bagan. Lunch on the way on boat (Your own account). Upon arrival to Bagan at late evening ,transfer to your hotel. Dinner by own account and accommodation at Hotel in Bagan.

Note: depending on the river condition, the boat schedule can be changed. If group tour, we can be rent by charter with supplement. In case the boat does not operate boat, we can be changed by flight with Supplement.

Day 11 Bagan (B/-/-)

After the breakfast, drive to Nyaung Oo and stroll through the colorful local market. Continue with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as at religious shrine; Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with superb murals of Jatak A scenes; Khay Min Ga Temple, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments and Ananda Temple, with four standing Buddha images.
After lunch at local restaurant (by own account), visit one of Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts, a lacquer ware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village. You will continue to Manuha Temple, built in Mon-Style in 1059 and you will explore the Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha. Next you will explore the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, a temple not worthy for its mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. Proceed to Bupaya Pagoda to watch the sunset over the famous Ayaeyarwaddy River. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Bagan.

Day 12 Bagan (B/-/-)

Optional morning program: We offer a unique opportunity to see the ancient city of Bagan from a different perspective. With ‘Balloons Over Bagan’ you get a magnificent birds-eye view of thousand year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. The champagne flights at sunrise last just under one hour and take off daily from October through March. The balloon is guided by gentle winds not exceeding 24 km/h. Eight passengers plus a pilot fit into the balloon’s basket.

After the breakfast, visits to Tayokepyay Temple in Min Nan Thu Villiage; Phaya Thone Zu and Nandamanya Temples noted for their exquisite murals of 13th century and Kyat Kan Cave monastery, a famous meditation retreat in Bagan. In the afternoon, an excursion to farming villages around Bagan will give you an insight to the rural life of the local people. Late afternoon, the horse cart will take you through some of the more off the beaten track temple sites. Experience the traditional way of travelling and transportation still commonly used by the rural people of Myanmar. Lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Bagan.

Day 13 Bagan – Heho – Pindaya (B/-/-)

After breakfast, transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho, proceed by road to Pindaya (65 km - 1½ hours). After lunch, visit magnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are on display in the various cave chambers. Visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Overnight stay at a Hotel in Pindaya.

Day 14 Pindaya – Kalaw (B/-/-)

After breakfast, drive to Kalaw and check in your hotel and when you will reach Kalaw, visit the Kalaw Market. And then a fresh and delightful hill station, on the rim of the Shan Plateau, which is a market center for ethnic picturesque old houses and the view of the surrounding regions. Lunch at local restaurant (by own account) and after the lunch sightseeing around the Kalaw. In the evening, sunset at local monastery on the hill top. Both lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Kalaw.

Day 15 Kalaw (Trekking) (B/L/-)

After breakfast, Drive to trekking point and trek to the Palaung village (about 1½ hours) the animists Palaung where the earliest inhabitants in the Myanmar and have kept tradition to live with several Families in long houses cultivating cash and Tanaphat for Burmese cheroot cigars. Packed lunch can be taken at a villager’s house. And then walk back to your car by different way. Lunch and dinner are your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Kalaw.

Day 16 Kalaw – Inle Lake (B/-/-)

After Breakfast, drive to Nyaung Shwe Jetty and transfer to Inle Lake by boat. Full day excursion by boat on the Inle Lake. En-route you encounter famous Leg rower, typical Floating garden, Local methods of Fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. Visit are made to Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda; the weaving village of Inpawkhon. Both Lunch and dinner by your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake.

Day 17 Inle (Indein) (B/-/-)

After Breakfast, visit to one of the local market in the Inle Lake region (Remark; on market days only) and then board a boat to the western shore of Inle Lake, where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the well hidden Inn Dein Pagoda complex. After visited Inn Dein Pagoda, drive back to the Inle Lake and visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and where inside its large wooden meditation hall and are over 200 year old ancient Buddha statues. Returning back to the hotel the beauty of sunset over Inle Lake enchants all visitors. Both Lunch and dinner by your own account. Accommodation at Hoel in Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake .

Day 18 Inle – Heho – Yangon (B/-/-)

After the breakfast transfer to Heho Airport for domestic flight to Yangon. Our car and guide will be at your entire disposal for further shopping or sightseeing in Yangon. Both Lunch and dinner by your own account. Accommodation at Hotel in Yangon.

Day 19 Yangon International Departure (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Yangon Airport for the International Departure flight.

End of our services:

Include

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary,
  • Accommodation with breakfast at hotels as specified,
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program,
  • All domestic airfares (Yangon-Mandalay, Bagan-Heho-Yangon) with Air KBZ, Mann Yadanarpon Airline, Golden Myanmar, and/or Yangon Airways,
  • Boat RV Shwekeinnery from Mandalay to Bagan (day cruise)
  • Transfers and tours with English speaking stationed guides (you will meet with different guides at different destinations) (OR) English or language speaking throughout guide with a supplement
  • Up/ Down Truck ticket from Kimpun Base Camp to Golden Rock Pagoda
  • Insurance surcharge on Domestic Airlines in Myanmar,
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling

Exclude

  • Optional tour: Balloons over Bagan.
  • Services not mentioned in our itinerary,
  • Meals not specified (lunch & dinner),
  • Visa fee for Myanmar,
  • International airport departure tax,
  • International flight tickets to/from Yangon,
  • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

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