Essence of Burma 13 Days

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This private tour includes experiences in the vibrant city of Yangon, the ancient temples of Bagan, the stunning temples and monasteries in Mandalay, floating houses of Inle Lake, and the untouched beaches of Ngapali. You are accompanied by a private driver and guide throughout your entire tour. The accommodation is at Myanmar’s premier resorts and hotels.

Your tour starts in Yangon. With your private driver and guide, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, a 300-foot high golden Buddhist pagoda and the city’s most stunning landmark. You will also visit the National Museum and Scott Market. Get a chance to tour around the neighborhoods that epitomize Yangon’s British, Bangladeshi, Burmese, and indigenous influences.

Next, fly to unforgettable, awe-inspiring Bagan, where thousands of pagodas and temples stretch from the Ayeyarwady River out across miles of arid plains. Tour the structures, built between the 11th and 13th centuries when Bagan was a major Buddhist center of Southeast Asia, and learn about the history carved in their layered facades, painted in their interior frescoes and sculpted in their Buddhist statues. Also visit local markets and villages. If desired, take a memorable hot air balloon ride over the temples as the sun rises. One evening, ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Bagan at sunset. Another night, take a sunset cruise on the river. If desired, visit Mt. Popa, a place of pilgrimage for over 700 years that is believed to be the home of Myanmar’s powerful nats, or Burmese spirits associated with natural features.

Continue to fabled Mandalay, the cultural heart of Myanmar. Visit craft districts and markets throughout the city and watch a procession of monks at a monastery in the silk weaving center of Amarapura. Also, tour pagodas and ruins in Ava, Mingun and Sagaing – all ancient capitals.

Next, tour Inle Lake, home of the Intha people, and the surrounding countryside. Take a canoe ride down Inle’s canals, pass through floating villages built on stilts, and see how the Intha grow crops on reed islands. Visit local crafts villages to shop for distinctive textiles, ceramics and lacquerware, and tour In Dein, where ancient pagodas overlook the lake. Also visit a local vineyard for wine tasting.

  • Itinerary Overview
  • Start City : Yangon
    Departure city: Yangon
    Route: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Ngapali Beach
    Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
    Departure: Daily, upon your request
    Extendable with optional tours from Yangon

    Day 1     Arrive Yangon
    Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
    Day 2     Yangon
    Full-day private city tour
    Day 3     Yangon – Bagan
    Private transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Full-day private touring of ruins
    Day 4     Bagan
    Full-day private touring of local markets, craft studios, temples and pagodas
    Day 5     Bagan – Mandalay
    Private transfer to airport for flight. Private touring on arrival of monastery, market and craft districts
    Day 6     Mandalay
    Private touring including Mingun and temples
    Day 7     Mandalay – Inle Lake
    Private transfer to airport for flight to Inle Lake for 2 night stay. Begin touring this afternoon
    Day 8     Inle Lake
    Full-day private tour of Inle Lake villages and other highlights
    Day 9     Inle Lake – Ngapali Beach
    Private transfer to airport for flights to Ngapali Beach. Transfer to resort for 3 nights
    Day 10   Ngapali Beach
    At leisure
    Day 11     Ngapali Beach
    At leisure
    Day 12    Ngapali Beach – Yangon
    Transfer airport for flight to Yangon. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night
    Day 13     Depart Yangon
    Private airport transfer
    Hotel list for First Class standard:
    Yangon:     The Strand (first stay)
    The Governor’s Residence (second stay)
    Bagan:     Aureum Palace Resort or Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
    Mandalay:     Mandalay Hill Resort or Sedona Mandalay
    Inle Lake:     Inle Princess Resort or Aureum Inle Resort
    Ngapali Beach:     Aureum Palace Resort & Spa