Day 1: Yangon – Arrival
Our representatives will meet you on your arrival at Yangon International Airport and from there you will transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon
Today’s sightseeing tour includes the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years, the Bogyoke (Scott’s) Market (closed only on Mondays and public holidays) with its hundreds of stores, and a visit to a gems shop. The tour continues on to Chauk Htat Gyi, a huge reclining Buddha image, and is followed by a photo stop made at Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge. From there we stop for an extended visit to the great Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, which will conclude the tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 3: Yangon – Bago – Kyaikhtiyoe (Golden Rock) by car
After breakfast, you will leave Yangon to enjoy a scenic morning journey 110 km by road to Bago, the ancient capital dating back to the 6th century. Sightseeing in Bago includes the beautiful 55-meter-long reclining Buddha called Shwethalyaung and the Mon style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar. Its spire stands 114 m high and is taller even than the Shwedagon Pagoda. We will also visit the huge four-sitting-Buddhas of “Kyaikpun”. We continue to Kyaikhtiyoe, arriving in the late evening. Overnight in Kyaikhtiyoe.
Day 4: Kyaikhtiyoe (Golden Rock)
After breakfast we transfer to the transit junction via a one-hour ride in one of the small open trucks. One of Myanmar’s great pilgrimage sites is the Golden Rock at Kyaikhtiyo, a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. The pagoda at the Golden Rock is said to hold a hair of the Buddha.
Overnight in Kyaikhtiyoe.
Day 5: Kyaikhtiyoe (Golden Rock) – Pyay
After your morning breakfast at the hotel, we start the overland drive (280 km / 6 hrs) to Pyay (Sri Ksetra) by car. Overnight in Pyay.
Day 6: Pyay
Pyay is situated near the ancient capital of Sri Ksetra, where extensive archaeological excavations have taken place. Today we will visit the beautiful Shwesandaw Pagoda on the eastern bank of the Ayeryarwaddy river. Overnight in Pyay.
Day 7: Pyay – Bagan
After breakfast, we will visit the local market and the Pyay city center. From there, we drive (380 km / 8 hrs) to Bagan. We arrive in Bagan in the late evening. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 8: Bagan
After breakfast, we begin the day’s sightseeing, starting with the busy local market and continue on with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as the Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century; Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; Khay Min Ga Temple, noted for its spectacular panoramic view of the area’s many monuments; and Ananda Temple with its four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior. In the afternoon we will visit a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village, and then sightseeing at the Manuha Temple, built in the Mon style in 1059. We move on to Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha; and Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, noted for its ancient mural paintings. We will observe the beautiful sunset in the vicinity of Bagan’s ancient monuments. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 9: Bagan – Mount Popa – Bagan
Today we proceed on a scenic overland journey to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with its shrine dedicated to animist spirits, known as “Nats”. For the energetic, there is time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Return to Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 10: Bagan – Heho (by air) – Pindaya
After breakfast, we transfer to Bagan Airport for your domestic flight to Heho. From there, we make the overland drive to Pindaya (90 km / 2½ hrs). In Pindaya, we visit the unique Pindaya Caves with their thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over many centuries. Overnight in Pindaya.
Day 11: Pindaya – Inle Lake
An excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg-rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. Afternoon visits will be made to Phaungdaw oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and other sights. Overnight on the lake.
Day 12: Inle Lake – Mandalay (by air)
After breakfast, we will proceed to Heho Airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay.
Upon arrival at Mandalay Airport we proceed directly to Amarapura. There we will visit Mahagandayon, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study. From there, we continue on to the 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. The afternoon sightseeing tour includes Mahamuni Pagoda with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, a visit to the Gold Leaf Making Workshop and Tapestry Workshop. We will also visit Shwe Inbin, one of the most outstanding monasteries in the country; Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung or the “Golden Palace Monastery”, a superb example of a traditional wooden building; and Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. You will enjoy the beautiful sunset on the Mandalay Hill.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 13: Mandalay – Mingun – Ava – Sagaing – Mandalay
After breakfast, we will transfer to the jetty and board a private chartered boat for a cruise over the Irrawaddy River towards the former capital of Mingun. After a 45-minute cruise, you will arrive in Mingun, famous for its huge unfinished pagoda, also home to the Mingun Bell, considered the world’s largest un-cracked ringing bell. We will also visit the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Next, you’ll enjoy an excursion to the former royal capital of Inwa (Ava), reached by a short boat trip. There we will enjoy visits by horse-drawn carriage to Nanmyint Watchtower; the remains of the palace building nicknamed the “leaning tower of Ava”; the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery built of brick and stucco and Bargayar Monastery, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. We continue from there to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, to enjoy the sunset.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 14: Mandalay Departure
After breakfast, we transfer to Mandalay International Airport for your departure and onward flights.