Classical Myanmar

12 days: from $ 940 per person
Myanmar-Mandalay-Shwe_Nan_Daw_Monastery
Myanmar - Mandalay - Shwe Nan Daw Monastery
Myanmar-Bagan-Hti_Lo_Min_Lo_Temple
Myanmar - Bagan - Hti Lo Min Lo Temple
Myanmar-Monywa-Hpo_Win_Taung-Wall_Paintings
Myanmar - Monywa - Hpo Win Taung, Wall Paintings
Myanmar-Monywa-Than_Boddhay_Pagoda-Exterior
Myanmar - Monywa - Than Boddhay Pagoda, Exterior
Myanmar-Kekku-Pagoda_Field_of_Kekku-Entrance
Myanmar - Kekku - Pagoda Field of Kekku, Entrance
Myanmar-Yangon-Kaba_Aye_Pagoda
Myanmar - Yangon - Kaba Aye Pagoda
  • Travel Overlook
    Season: all-seasonal
    Trip Idea: Culture, History
    Transport: Aircraft, Car/Van, Horse Cart, Boat
    Description: On this wonderful tour to visit the major highlights of Myanmar. The journey begins in the bustling Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, with its many attractions, especially the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. The journey takes you to Bagan, the royal capital from the 9th to the 13th Century, with its myriad of pagodas and temples. Explore the Pindaya Cave, in which are placed over 8000 Buddha statues. Take a trip to Mt Popa, a volcanic cone, with its impressive pagoda on the top. In Mandalay, the second largest city in the country you visit all major pagodas, take look at the process of gold leaf, and visit a stone sculpture. On several day trips around Mandalay learn to know the former royal cities of Sagaing, Amarapura and Inwa. Experience the spectacular sunset on the famous U Bein Bridge and see the largest intact bell in the world in Mingun. Take a trip to Monywa with its imposing Sakkya pagoda. On Inle Lake you take boat trips to markets and pagodas and visit a weaving, an iron and a silver-smiths and get an insight into the lives of the people on the lake. On a half-day tour you will experience the impressive pagodas field of Kakku and visit a Shan village. We hope that we can arouse your interest on Myanmar with this trip. One thing we can already promise but now - you will enjoy the journey.
    Map
    Highlights
    Day(s) Location Highlights
    1 Yangon Sule Pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San Market, Shwe Dagon Pagoda
    2 Bagan Shwe Zi Gone Pagoda, Hti Lo Min Lo Temple, Ananda Temple
    3 Bagan Mt. Popa, Palm Sugar Processing
    4 Mandalay Than Buddhay Pagoda, Hpo Win Taung
    5-7 Mandalay Maha Muni Pagoda, Ku Tho Daw Pagoda, Mandalay Hill Pagoda, Patho Daw Gyi Pagoda, Mingun Bell, U Min Thoung Ze Pagoda, Maha Aung Mye Bon San Monastery, U Bein Bridge
    8 Inle Lake Pindaya Cave
    9-10 Inle Lake Shwe Inn Thein Pagoda, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Silver Smith, Pagoda Field of Kekku
    11 Yangon Kaba Aye Pagoda, Myanmar Gems Museum
    12 Yangon Bogyoke Aung San Market
  • Travel Details
    • Day 01 - Arrival in Yangon and Sightseeing

      Morning Program:
      Our guide welcomes you at the airport and offers a small welcome gift. After that, transfer to your hotel in the car or minibus. After checking in and a short break you start for adiscovery tour in Yangon in the early afternoon.
      Afternoon Program:
      In the early afternoon, your guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the city center. First you visit the more than 2000 years old and 45m high Sule Pagoda, in the Anglo-Burmese style, the City Hall and the Mahabandoola Park with it's Independence Monument. After this, you take a short walk to Pansodan jetty. Continue with the Bo Ta Htaung Pagoda, which means as much as 1,000 officers. The pagoda was built by the Mon and is about the same age as the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. It houses a hair relic of the Buddha. By car you drive to Kyauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, with over 70m houses the longest reclining Buddha statue in the world. As a final highlight of the day you finally visit the over 2500 year old Shwe Dagon Pagoda. It is the symbol of the country par excellence and one of the most famous stupas in the world. Let the pagoda work on you. Experience the illuminated Pagoda at night.
      Overnight in: Yangon
    • Day 02 - Yangon - Transfer to Bagan & Sightseeing

      Morning Program:
      In the morning you drive to the airport and fly to Bagan. Our guide welcomes you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After hotel check in we go by horse cart or Motor Bike to Nyaung U market, Shwe Zi Gon Pagoda and Gu Byauk Gyi Pagoda.
      Afternoon Program:
      After lunch you will visit the Hti Lo Min Lo Temple and Ananda Temple, some of the biggest temples of Bagan. Ananda means "infinite wisdom of the Buddha". Afterwards you visit a lacquerware workshop. There you can see the production process. You have the opportunity to purchase high quality pieces. The next stage of your today's tour is the Manuha Temple. The temple is named after the Sun King Ma Nu Ha, launched in 1059 as a captive to Bagan. Enjoy the sunset from the Shwe San Daw Pagoda. From it you have an unforgettable view of the pagodas field and the Ayarwaddy.
      Overnight in: Bagan
    • Day 03 - Half day tour to Mt. Popa

      Morning Program:
      After breakfast, depart for a half day tour to Mt. Popa, located 50 km southeast of Bagan. On the way you stop at a palm sugar business. Here you can see the production process. Palm sugar is very popular. It is offered in the form of small flakes. Feel free to try it! The journey continues to Mt. Kalat, a bizarre volcano cone in 737m height. It is mistakenly referred to as Mt Popa. At the summit is a monastery, our destination. On its slopes arise around 200 sources. Their water use the cities Popa Town and Kayauk Padaung Township situated at the foothills of the cone. Mt Popa is considered as residence of the most powerful Nats and is the most important place for their worship. Enjoy the wonderful view of ancient Bagan in the north and the massive volcanic cone of Ma Taung Gyi.
      Afternoon Program:
      The afternoon is at your leisure.
      Overnight in: Bagan
    • Day 04 - Bagan - Monya - Transfer to Mandalay

      Morning Program:
      After breakfast you go to Monywa by air conditioned car. 20km towards the town is the Than Buddhay Pagoda, a watchable 15-acre temple complex in Mohnyin forest. The pagoda was built between 1939-1952. Its style is unique in Myanmar. Also unusual is, the pagoda entrance is not guarded by Chinthes, the mythological lion, but by white elephants, which are sacred in Buddhist symbolism. 8km from the Than Buddhay Pagoda away is the Bhodi Ta Taung (1000 Bhodi trees grove). It was planted 20 years ago. Under each tree was a Buddha statue buried. It is a very peaceful place. A short walk east takes you to the Po Khaung Taung, a range of hills, where you can visit one of the largest reclining Buddha statue in the world. The statue is over 100 m in length even larger than the colossal Shwe Tha Lyaung Buddha in Bago, which has a length of 60m. The head rises 20m in the sky. The Buddha statue was built in 1991 and until now there is still no roof to protect it from the weather.
      Afternoon Program:
      Not far away from the Reclining Buddha, is the imposing Sakkya Pagoda. It is surrounded by 1060 smaller pagodas, which offer countless sacred Buddha statues protection. Last stop of our tour today are the Po Win Hills. There are several caves containing Buddhist statues and paintings from the 17th and 18 Century. A covered staircase leading to the main sanctuary. But there are still dozens of other large and small caves in the area that are filled with antique Buddha statues. Thereafter we'll go to our destination, Mandalay.
      Overnight in: Mandalay
    • Day 05 - Mandalay - Sightseeing

      Morning Program:
      After breakfast you go to the south of the city, for visiting the famous Maha Muni Pagoda, stone carvings and a gold-leaf manufacturing workshop. Thereafter visit Mandalay Palace, the royal palace. It forms the overwhelming heart of Mandalay's. The palace is surrounded by a quadratically fortress with a side length of 3.2km, 8m high walls and a 70m wide moat. King Mindon had erected the palace between 1857-1859 with the founding of new royal capital of Mandalay.
      Afternoon Program:
      After Lunch visiting Shwe Nan Daw Monastery, the Ku Tho Daw Pagoda and Sanda Muni Pagoda. The last stop of today's tour is the Mandalay Hill Pagoda, the pagoda of wish fulfillment. The pagoda is situated on a 236m high hill, from whose terrace offers a breathtaking view of the city. Enjoy the sunset! Look as the setting sun reflects in the Ayarwaddy and slowly disappears behind the Shan mountains.
      Overnight in: Mandalay
    • Day 06 - Half day tour to Mingun

      Morning Program:
      The morning is at your leisure.
      Afternoon Program:
      After lunch you take a 45 minute boat trip from Mandalay to Mingun. Here you will visit the Patho Daw Gyi Pagoda, which is with 150m height the largest unfinished pagoda in the world. The reason for non-completion was an astrologer, who claimed that the will die king, once the construction would be finished. King Bodawpaya had cast had a gigantic bell for the Pagoda, the Mingun Bell. With 90 tonnes in weight, it is the second largest ringing bell in the world. Not far from the Mingun Bell is the whitewashed Mya Thein Tan Pagoda. From its terrace you have a wonderful view of the Patho Gyi Pagoda. After the sightseeing we drive back to Mandalay.
      Overnight in: Mandalay
    • Day 07 - Sagaing - Inwa - Amarapura

      Morning Program:
      Away from the big busy city Mandalay, are the three ancient capitals of the Kingdom of Bagan – Sagaing, Amarapura and Inwa. In the today’s day trip you will explore these three cities. After a 20-minute drive from Mandalay, you reach Sagaing the old capital, which was twice the capital of the Kingdom of Bagan, the first time from 1360 until 1364 and the second time from 1760 till 1764. One of the most beautiful pagodas is the U Sun Ponya Shin Pagoda, which was built in 1312. You have an excellent view of the hills and the Ayarwaddy from the pagoda. The next stop on the tour is the U Min Thonze Pagoda, which means translated as "30 caves pagoda". By car you can reach the famous Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda. It was completed in 1648 after 12 years of construction.
      Afternoon Program:
      After lunch you will reach Inwa, the ancient Ava. It was from 14-19th Century capital of Burmese kingdoms. The city was destroyed and rebuilt several times, but a series of earthquakes in the 19th Century ultimately resulted in to the fact that the city was finally abandoned. After you have set the ferry across the Ayarwaddy, explore the sights of Inwa by horse cart. These include the Bagaya Monastery which was built in 1834 and consists completely of teak wood, the Maha Aung Mye Bon San Monastery, the Watch Tower and the Yadana Hsemee Pagoda. Afterwards drive to Amarapura with its beautiful Taungthaman lake with its famous U Bein Bridge. Amarapura located 11 km south of Mandalay and means something like "City of Immortality". The U Bein bridge has a length of 1.2 km and is over 200 years old. The sunset at U Bein Bridge is the crowning glory of your tour today.
      Overnight in: Mandalay
    • Day 08 - Mandalay - Transfer to Pindaya and Inle Lake

      Morning Program:
      In the morning drive to the airport and fly to Heho near Inle Lake. Our guide welcomes you at the airport and drive with you to Pindaya. It is a peaceful little town with a rural character. The city was made famous by the surrounding caves. Its residents mostly belong to the tribe of Danu.
      Afternoon Program:
      On the way you make a stop to eat lunch. Then drive to the Pindaya Caves. Over time, the caves developed to a Buddhist shrine. For tourists is only the Shwe U Min Pagoda accessible. There are countless statues of Buddha (about 8000) within the sacred cave complex. During the tour you will also find small rooms, in which you get only crawl. Very unusual are the stalagmites of the cave, which produce at a blow with a wooden stick sounds of a gong. To get to the entrance of the cave, you can either use the covered staircase or you use the elevator. Following the cave tour, you drive to Nyaung Shwe at Inle Lake and check in to your hotel.
      Overnight in: Inle Lake
    • Day 09 - Inle Lake - Sightseeing

      Morning Program:
      Today you will take a day trip on Inle Lake. With 116 km2 it is the second largest lake in Myanmar. During the dry season, its average depth is about 2 m, during the rainy season, the water level is 1.5 m higher. Around and on the lake there are about 60 villages, specializing in the production of agricultural goods. The first objective of your current tour is located on the western shore of Lake Village Kaung Daing. There is a land-bound market, which alternately in the villages Kaung Daing, maing Thauk, Nampan, Inthein and Than Taung takes place and attracts many locals from the region. After the visit of the market it goes by boat to Inn Thein Pagoda. The pagoda is a holy site in the south-western lake area. You drive about 40 minutes to the Nam Pilu river. From there, walk to the pagoda. The complex consists of 1054 stupas. After the visit you eat lunch.
      Afternoon Program:
      After lunch it goes by boat to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the most important religious sites in southern Shan area. The pagoda houses five small statues of Buddha and his disciples, however, were pasted over beyond recognition with gold leafs. It is incidentally allowed only men to apply the gold leafs. After it you go to several villages that are on all the lake. In the village Inn Paw Kone you can visit a weaving and a forge. In the village of Nam Pan watch the manufacturing process of Cheeroots. In the village Ywama you visit the silversmiths workshop. On the way back home you get the opportunity to visit the floating gardens with tomato plants. After the interesting explorations of the day you go back to the hotel and enjoy the sunset on the way.
      Overnight in: Inle Lake
    • Day 10 - Half day tour to Kekku

      Morning Program:
      Today you take a cross-country trip to the spectacular pagoda field of Kekku in the southern Shan State. The facility houses more than 2000 stupas, which are close together in an area of about one square kilometer. According to legend, the first stupas were set by King Alaungsithu in the 12th Century. Many of the decorative sculptures and figurines date from the 17th and 18 Century, but some are much older. On the way you will make a stop in a Shan village to get a glimpse into the lifestyle of its inhabitants.
      Afternoon Program:
      The afternoon is at your leisure.
      Overnight in: Inle Lake
    • Day 11 - Inle Lake - Transfer to Yangon - Sightseeing

      Morning Program:
      Morning flight back to Yangon.
      Afternoon Program:
      In the afternoon you will visit two interesting sites, the Kaba Aye Pagoda and the Maha Pasana Guha cave. Both were erected by Prime Minister U Nu in 1952 in preparation for the sixth Buddhist Synod. The Synod lot together with the 2.500th anniversary of the Buddha's enlightenment. In the immediate vicinity is the Maha Pasana Guha cave. This artificial cave measures 113m x 139m. It can accommodate up to 10,000 people and was built in only 14 months. Up till now, the large cave is used for religious ceremonies in Yangon. Last attraction of the day is the Myanmar Gems Museum. The four-story building is located near the Kaba Aye Pagoda. Here are exhibited the most famous gemstones of Myanmar, such as rubies, sapphires, jade and pearls. In the first two floors of the house, the gems Mart, you have the opportunity to purchase gemstones and jewels.
      Overnight in: Yangon
    • Day 12 - Yangon Sightseeing & Departure

      Morning Program:
      The last attraction of the tour is the Bogyoke Aung San Market, formerly Scott Market. The market opened in 1926, is a major tourist attraction. Its offer includes antiques, crafts, countless jewelers to art galleries, restaurants and clothing stores. Here ends your tour and you will be taken to the airport where our tour guide will bid you farewell.
      Afternoon Program:
      Departure
      Overnight in: not applicable
  • Hotels
  • Prices & Services
    • Travel prices for the season from 01/10/2017 - 30/04/2018
      Tour Guide Category 1 Person from 2 Persons from 4 Persons from 6 Persons
      without guide standard $ 2,130 $ 1,416 $ 1,226 $ 1,200
      English speaking standard $ 2,640 $ 1,670 $ 1,354 $ 1,286
      without guide superior $ 2,569 $ 1,560 $ 1,370 $ 1,320
      English speaking superior $ 3,079 $ 1,816 $ 1,498 $ 1,405
      without guide deluxe $ 3,432 $ 1,992 $ 1,769 $ 1,750
      English speaking deluxe $ 3,942 $ 2,246 $ 1,896 $ 1,835
      The prices shown are per person.
      included Services
      • All transfers in the travel program
      • All entrance fees
      • Breakfast
      • Chilled water
      • Refreshing tissues
      • Taxes and service charges
      excluded Services
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      • All transfers outside the itinerary
      • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Guest Reviews
    Amelie Croonenbrock, Germany
    Hello Mrs. Lehmann,

    we are back from vacation. The trip to Myanmar was very nice, we did everything very much. All of the hotels were good, even the organization with driver, guide, pick up etc. Everything was fine. With the guides we were also very satisfied. We are very happy to have taken so many domestic flights, which was much more comfortable than the long distances to travel by bus. Thanks for the tip, to drive from Inle Lake to Kekku what was very nice. We had a nice guide the
    ...read more
    Axel und Ivonne Gläsel, Germany
    Hi Aye,

    Yes, we are back and Myarmar has us very well!

    All of the hotels were fine, the best were in Bagan and Inle Lake. The hotel in Bagan is located in a beautiful garden, where you can eat very well on the banks of the river Irriwaddy. However, the prices of these are above average, but for exploring the pagoda the ideal location. Bicycles or e-bikes directly at Hotel or about 150 m can be rented at the hotel. Also the hotel at Inle Lake we can highly highly recommend.
    ...read more
    Wauer Jörg, Germany
    Hello Mrs. Lehmann,

    The overall conclusion is, in our view, to travel with all the details of your agency was very well prepared and also the on-site process left little to be desired. Two small points in the preparation and conduct could be improved:
    1. The hotel order and confirmation was a little nerve-racking, by the final confirmation of the relevant hotel although ultimately worked without exception, the process but very long lasted.
    2. In the end spot could for our friends the trekking part of Kalaw can run trouble-free for Inle Lake, when the ...read more

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