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9 Days
Yangon, Myanmar
Mandalay, Myanmar

Discover mystical Yangon, climb a pagoda in the plains of Bagan, catch a glimpse of traditional leg rowers at Inle Lake, and cruise the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay. This bestselling tour features Myanmar’s most mesmerizing wonders.

In 1898, Rudyard Kipling famously wrote, “This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.” Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar has emerged from isolation to become one of the world’s most coveted travel destinations. Westerners are still a curiosity for many Myanmar locals, and on this trip you’ll cast your eyes on sights seen by few foreigners. Witness the echoes of colonialism in Yangon’s historic architecture, including the illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda at night. Witness the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world in Bagan, and relax with a drink as you catch the sunset over this magical land. Cruise through lush floating gardens at Inle Lake, and hope to catch a glimpse of the traditional leg rowers on Inle. Journey to Mandalay, former royal capital, where you’ll explore surrounding villages and experience an exotic evening out in the town. Your private guides and drivers will bridge communication gaps and help you experience the stories and talents of the local craftsmen, chefs and stallholders that have been isolated from the west for so long. Welcome to Myanmar.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

 

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WHAT’S INCLUDED:
  • Discover mystical Yangon, climb a pagoda in the plains of Bagan, catch a glimpse of traditional leg rowers at Inle Lake, and cruise the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay. This bestselling tour features Myanmar’s most mesmerizing wonders.In 1898, Rudyard Kipling famously wrote, “This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.” Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar has emerged from isolation to become one of the world’s most coveted travel destinations. Westerners are still a curiosity for many Myanmar locals, and on this trip you’ll cast your eyes on sights seen by few foreigners. Witness the echoes of colonialism in Yangon’s historic architecture, including the illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda at night. Witness the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world in Bagan, and relax with a drink as you catch the sunset over this magical land. Cruise through lush floating gardens at Inle Lake, and hope to catch a glimpse of the traditional leg rowers on Inle. Journey to Mandalay, former royal capital, where you’ll explore surrounding villages and experience an exotic evening out in the town. Your private guides and drivers will bridge communication gaps and help you experience the stories and talents of the local craftsmen, chefs and stallholders that have been isolated from the west for so long. Welcome to Myanmar. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

 

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Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1 Yangon, Myanmar

Savoy Breakfast
At the end of the day many Yangonites leave work and on the way home they stop for some shopping, catch up with friends at a tea shop, visit a pagoda or go to a beer station. This is exactly what you are going to do. The highlight of the tour will be the evening visit to the illuminated Shwedagon Pagoda a magic and mystical moment at a time that it’ not very busy on the main platform. After the pagoda visit there will be local snacks to be tasted as well as a local draft beer or a fresh lime juice. The tour includes drinks, a walk over to the night market downtown, tea and snacks as well as a simple local dinner shared with some locals.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Overlooking the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, The Savoy Hotel is ideally located in a picturesque area of Yangon and is easily accessible from popular regional attractions. The hotel is just a ten minutes’ drive from the city center and 20 minutes to the International Airport. Each guest room is comfortably furnished with colonial-style wooden fittings, traditional Myanmar antiques and beautifully appointed bathrooms. Dine at Kipling’s Restaurant where a splendid assortment of Asian flavors are served, or savor traditional Italian cuisines at Rossini. Sip a drink at the Captain’s Bar and enjoy refreshments and tea specialties at the Cafe Yangon. Spend a day absorbing the aromas, sights and sensations of a different world, at The Savoy Hotel.
Day 2 Yangon, Myanmar

Savoy Breakfast
Yangon is a sprawling city with a relatively small downtown area including several markets, colonial buildings, the Yangon River and a very green area with tree-lined streets and several lakes. During this full day tour we will show you the different faces of Yangon from the landmarks to the hidden markets that have seen only few westerners. During the day you will visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbour, The Strand and one of the colourful local markets. The reclining Buddha will be visited just before taking a tasteful lunch of typical dishes from tribes from all over the country like Kachin, Shan and Rakhine. A local market will lead us to a small station where we take the famous circular train to bring us right behind Bogyoke Aung San market before heading back to your hotel. The tour includes a drink at the Strand Hotel and a lunch at a local restaurant.
Overlooking the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, The Savoy Hotel is ideally located in a picturesque area of Yangon and is easily accessible from popular regional attractions. The hotel is just a ten minutes’ drive from the city center and 20 minutes to the International Airport. Each guest room is comfortably furnished with colonial-style wooden fittings, traditional Myanmar antiques and beautifully appointed bathrooms. Dine at Kipling’s Restaurant where a splendid assortment of Asian flavors are served, or savor traditional Italian cuisines at Rossini. Sip a drink at the Captain’s Bar and enjoy refreshments and tea specialties at the Cafe Yangon. Spend a day absorbing the aromas, sights and sensations of a different world, at The Savoy Hotel.
Day 3
Bagan Lodge Breakfast
Minnanthu is probably the mostfavorite temple area amongst frequent Bagan visitors and you know why? It’ quiet, it’ a beautiful area, and the temples here are often completely deserted. Your guide will bring you by car to this forgotten part of Bagan and will spread out a blanket and serve you a great picnic lunch in this historical setting before or after visiting 2 or 3 ancient temples ruins in this area.
Fly from Yangon to Bagan.Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Perched on the edge of an archaeological wonderland, Bagan Lodge is gateway to some of the world’s most magnificent temples and pagodas. The rooms and suites evoke the romance of a storied expedition, albeit in posh, air-conditioned comfort. Their restaurant and bars are fuel to the fire of local adventure, and the swimming pool and spa are an oasis any time of day.The spa features eight private treatment rooms to provide guests with an extensive range of massage and beauty treatments – the perfect way to unwind after a day of discovery.
Day 4 Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan Lodge Breakfast
Stay at least 2 nights in Bagan, one to see the sun go down from the top of an ancient temple, the other one to take a boat ride on the mightyIrrawaddy River and have some sundowners on a sandbank in the middle of the river (if the river is not too high). A private boat tour on the river during sunset time will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset while your guide will be serving drinks and some snacks.
Perched on the edge of an archaeological wonderland, Bagan Lodge is gateway to some of the world’s most magnificent temples and pagodas. The rooms and suites evoke the romance of a storied expedition, albeit in posh, air-conditioned comfort. Their restaurant and bars are fuel to the fire of local adventure, and the swimming pool and spa are an oasis any time of day.The spa features eight private treatment rooms to provide guests with an extensive range of massage and beauty treatments – the perfect way to unwind after a day of discovery.
Day 5
Villa Inle Resort Breakfast
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Fly from Bagan to Inle Lake.Flight time is approximately 40 minutes.
Villa Inle Resort & Spa islocated beside the cultural and natural icon that is Myanmar’ Inle Lake. Spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern fringe of the lake near the village of Maing Tauk,the property features 16 secluded lakeside villas. All villas at Villa Inle Resort & Spa are designed to harmoniously blend in with the natural environment and featurehand-selected local paintings and antiques, high wooden ceilings, spacious living areas and well appointed bathrooms. Rooms include king size beds, air conditioning with heating facility, LCD television, WiFi access and lakefront balconies. Hotel Restaurant serves Western & Shan, Myanmar andInthar cuisine. The hotel also features a spa services on site.
Day 6 Inle Lake, Myanmar

Villa Inle Resort Breakfast
Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in village built entirely on stilts on the lake. Todayyou will take you by private motorboat around the lake to discover the natural beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers and have some tea at a local family’ house. On and around the lake traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule and todayyou will take you to visit a colourful market frequented by Shan and PaO people living nearby.You will certainly also visit a local house where cheroot (the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, an Intha house where a traditional Intha lunch is served and if wanted you will be able to visit a weaving factory.
Villa Inle Resort & Spa islocated beside the cultural and natural icon that is Myanmar’ Inle Lake. Spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern fringe of the lake near the village of Maing Tauk,the property features 16 secluded lakeside villas. All villas at Villa Inle Resort & Spa are designed to harmoniously blend in with the natural environment and featurehand-selected local paintings and antiques, high wooden ceilings, spacious living areas and well appointed bathrooms. Rooms include king size beds, air conditioning with heating facility, LCD television, WiFi access and lakefront balconies. Hotel Restaurant serves Western & Shan, Myanmar andInthar cuisine. The hotel also features a spa services on site.
Day 7
Hotel By The Red Canal Breakfast
This is a fun tour to get to know the real Mandalay, starting with a visit to a viewpoint near the Irrawaddy River for a cold Mandalay beer during sunset. Continue to the busy Yadanar night market to have some traditional snacks and a walk around before heading to one of the most famous beer stations and BBQ restaurants in Mandalay. Your guide will order the food and make sure you’re satisfied. Continue before 8:30 PM to the excellent Mandalay marionettes theater for a show performed by a mix of traditional dancers, musicians, and puppeteers.
Fly from Inle Lake to Mandalay.Flight time is approximately 30 minutes.
An oasis by the landmark Red Canal in local folklore just minutes from the famed Atumashi Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mandalay Palace.and other attractions, The Hotel by the Red Canal is a convenient sanctuary, with its lush tropical greenery and calming water features, amidst the hustle and bustle of Myanmar’s cultural city. The customized guestrooms are categorized into4 uniquely namesand decked in the fineries and cultural adornments of the 4 major ethnic groups in Myanmar: Chin, Kachin, Rakhine and Shan. Hotel by the Red Canala full-service spa, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool.The guestrooms featurecomplimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service, DVD players, and LED TVs.
Day 8 Mandalay, Myanmar

Hotel By The Red Canal Breakfast
Mandalay and the other former royal capitals around it have all been capital cities for one major reason: they are all situated on the Irrawaddy River. Feel the breeze of the river and imagine how it must have been to arrive by boat in Mingun or at the court of Ava. From the jetty in Mandalay you will be takenupstream to Mingun and visit the Mingun Pagoda with the big crack caused by an earthquake and the giant bronze bell. Take a leisurely 3 hour boat cruise downstream to Ava. A simple lunch packed in rattan baskets will be served on the way. Arriving in Ava, horse carts are ready to take you around this magnificent site with various ancient temple ruins that used to be majestic buildings during the 400 years that Ava was the capital. Return to Mandalay by car.
An oasis by the landmark Red Canal in local folklore just minutes from the famed Atumashi Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mandalay Palace.and other attractions, The Hotel by the Red Canal is a convenient sanctuary, with its lush tropical greenery and calming water features, amidst the hustle and bustle of Myanmar’s cultural city. The customized guestrooms are categorized into4 uniquely namesand decked in the fineries and cultural adornments of the 4 major ethnic groups in Myanmar: Chin, Kachin, Rakhine and Shan. Hotel by the Red Canala full-service spa, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool.The guestrooms featurecomplimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service, DVD players, and LED TVs.
Day 9 Mandalay, Myanmar

Depart (Int’l Airport) None
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.


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