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A Private Myanmar Tour – Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay

 8 Days / 7 Nights  – Tour Code (YPM)

Land Only – Departs Daily

 

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Our Myanmar Highlights package features an unforgettable journey to the former Burmese Kingdom, a land of enchantment that offers a heavy dose of its timeless culture, scenic beauty and awe-inspiring relics of Myanmar’s storied past. Nowhere on the planet is there more magic and mystery in the air than in Myanmar. To this day, Myanmar remains one of the most undiscovered destinations in the world. A land of breathtaking beauty, deep-rooted spirituality, and the warmest, purest and friendliest people, that rewards the visitor with a lifetime of memories and life-changing perspectives.

Your Myanmar voyage begins in Yangon, the former Burmese Capital dubbed the “Garden City of the East”. Its unmistakably colonial style buildings, shimmering pagodas, open markets and wide tree-lined avenues endow it with a strange mix of old world charm and modern vitality. Next up: Bagan, a small city of just 50,000 today, it was the birthplace of Burmese civilization and the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 9th to 13th centuries which unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. Today, Bagan is revered for its spectacular array of 3,000+ ancient pagodas, temples and palaces representative of centuries of architecture, culture and religion – all within an area of just 40 square miles. No matter the interest, no matter the traveler, Bagan never ceases to impress.

Next, prepare yourself for one of the most unique travel experiences the world over with a journey to Myanmar’s Inle Lake; a place indescribable by words – with primitive villages perched on stilts atop its tranquil waters, the patient Intha fisherman combing through the calm waters for small fish using his conical net and masterful rowing technique, and stunning landscape at every turn dotted with wooded boats and rare species of birds that wows the layman and most seasoned photographer alike. Here, spend two nights in complete awe and relaxation at an enchanting bungalow-style resort built on stilts before returning to civilization. We conclude this time journey in Mandalay, a city more distinguished and self-confident than any other city in Myanmar,  providing a unique mixture of old and new. This spiritual centre boasts numerous old wooden monasteries and unique pagodas that date back to life under the reign of Myanmar’s last King.

Special discounted international airfares are available for this tour — contact us for details.

 

TOUR OVERVIEW


TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Domestic airfares within Myanmar
  • 7 nights hotel accommodations per itinerary
  • Hotel breakfasts Daily
  • Other Lunches & Dinners per itinerary
  • Private Tour: Sightseeing & Transfers by private car, driver and Professional guides

YANGON (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Novotel Yangon (Superior) OR Shangri-la Sule Hotel (Deluxe)
  • Full day private tour of Yangon city
  • Lunch at local restaurant

BAGAN (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Bagan Lodge (Superior) OR Aureum Palace (Deluxe)
  • Extensive private sightseeing of Bagan’s revered temples and ruins
  • Lunch at local restaurant

INLE LAKE (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Pristine Lotus Resort (Superior) OR Aureum Palace Resort (Deluxe)
  • Private Boat Trip of Inle Lake per itinerary
  • Lunch & Dinner per itinerary

MANDALAY (1 night)

  • 1 night at Sedona Hotel Mandalay (Superior) OR Rupar Mandalar Resort (Deluxe)
  • Private sightseeing of Awa, Amarapua and Mandalay
  • Lunch per itinerary

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Young Burmese Monks at Play, Bagan


Yagon, Private Mynamar Tour

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrive Yangon
Upon arrival in Yangon, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2. Yangon
Enjoy a full day tour of Yangon starting with the Sule Pagoda, a 48-meter high golden dome used by the British as the nucleus of their grid pattern for the city when it was rebuilt in the 1880s; the Scott Market, consists of over 2000 stalls and is the best place in Yangon to browse through the complete range of local handicrafts. After lunch, continue on to some of the more well-known pagodas, including Botataung Pagoda, named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from India over 2000 years ago; Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a reclining Buddha that is almost as large as the enormous figure of Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago. Last but certainly not least, visit the impressive the Shwedagon Pagoda. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colours of twilight. (B,L)

Day 3. Yangon / Bagan
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Bagan, a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Commence sightseeing of  Shwezigon Paya, a pagoda used to ensure relics of Buddha; Gubyaukhyi Temple, originally built in the early 13th Century that houses the colorful painting about the previous life of Buddha. Ananda Pahto, considered one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples; and Manuha Temple, built in 1059 by King Manuha that enshrines several unusual Buddha images. Later in the afternoon, enjoy the fabulous sunset view over the Bagan Temples from Shwesandaw Pagoda. Includes lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight in Bagan. (B,L)

Day 4. Bagan
Today, Take a break from the rhythms of modern life and explore some neighboring temples by electric bike (optional). Visit Thatbyinnyu Pahto that rises up to 61 metres and is one of Bagan’s tallest monuments; Dhammayangyi Temple where the  brickwork here is said to rank as one of the finest in Bagan and Sulamani Temple, one of the best examples of the later, more sophisticated temple styles. Afterwards, proceed to Salay by vehicle to explore local life in this unspoiled Burmese town. Visit the Yoke Son Kyaung, the oldest surviving wooden monastery, with beautiful carvings of court life and scenes from the Ramayana.  Continue to wander around the town, visiting the market and the Thar Ta Na Yaung Chi monastery, which also serves as an orphanage before return to your resort. (B)

Day 5. Bagan / Inle Lake
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Upon arrival, enjoy a boat trip of beautiful Inle Lake. located in Shan State, the beautiful Inle Lake boasts calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes and surrounded by high hills on all sides of the lake. The lake’s shore and islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and observe the skilled fishermen using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake. Visit the floating gardens, a market and a Intha village around the lake. The day sightseeing also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village famous for Lotus and silk weaving. and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Mandalay. Overnight on Inle Lake with dinner served at your resort. (B,L,D)

 Day 6. Inle Lake (Indein Temple Ruins)
This morning, enjoy a boat trip to the western shore of Inle for a visit of the Indein Temple Complex. Located on the shore of the lake, this site consists of hundreds of crumbling and atmospheric groups of ancient pagodas hidden by overgrown trees and shrubs. Return to your resort and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to relax and soak up the Inle’s stunning natural beauty. (B)

Day 7. Inle Lake / Mandalay
Transfer for your morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, enjoy a ferry crossing to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa (Ava) is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a leisurely horse cart ride around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, and Nan Myint Tower. Continue to Amarapura, another former royal capital. Visit the nineteenth century Pahtodawgyi Paya and Bagaya Kyaung. Stop to enjoy the atmosphere at U Bein Bridge, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometre across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge teems with monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colours of the sunset. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Afternoon transfer to your hotel for overnight. (B,L)

Day 8. Depart Mandalay 
Morning city tour of Mandalay, the last capital of royal Burma and a cultural and spiritual centre of today’s Myanmar. Visit Mahamuni Paya, the Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm of gold leaf. Head to Shwenandaw Kyaung, or the Golden Teak Monastery built entirely of golden teak that was once part of the Mandalay Palace. Time permiting visit Kyauktawgyi Paya and Kuthodaw Paya, known also as “the world’s biggest book”; and Shwe Kyin Old Monastery, an old monastery at the base of Mandalay Hill. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your departure flight onward. (B)

 

PRICE CHART

2017/18 Price Chart (Prices valid through March 31, 2018)

Hotel Accommodations

Twin Sharing Single Supplement
LS HS LS HS
Superior 2,525 2,795 785 985
Deluxe 2,875 3,425 885 1,335
Supplement for 1 person traveling alone: $975



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
  • LS  (Low Season): May – September
  • HS (High Season): October – April
  • Price includes all domestic flights within Myanmar, entrance fees, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes international airfares, personal expenses, beverages during included lunches & dinners, gratuities to guides and drivers
  • A Visa is required to enter Myanmar. Not included in package.
  • Special note: hotel situation in Myanmar remains critical due to extremely high demand during High Season. We will make every effort to confirm hotels featured on this program. Comparable properties will be used should the designated hotel(s) is fully booked. All flights, hotels and land services are subject to availability at time of reservation. Additional prepayment is required  once booking is confirmed as imposed by hotels in Myanmar.
  • All flights, hotels and land services are subject to availability at time of reservation.

 


ACCOMMODATIONS

Novotel Yangon Max Hotel

Novotel Yangon Max Hotel

Yangon - Sule Shangri-La Hotel

Yangon – Sule Shangri-La Hotel

Bagan Lodge

Bagan - Aureum Palace

Bagan – Aureum Palace

Inle Lake - Novotel Hotel

Inle Lake – Novotel Hotel

Inle Lake - Pristine Lotus Resort

Inle Lake – Pristine Lotus Resort

Inle Lake - Aureum Palace Resort

Inle Lake – Aureum Palace Resort

Mandalay - Sedona Hotel

Mandalay – Sedona Hotel

Manaday - Rupar Mandalar Resort

Manaday – Rupar Mandalar Resort

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private sightseeing of Yangon with visits to the Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Extensive private sightseeing of Bagan including visits to  Shwezigon Paya, Gubyaukhyi Temple, Ananda Pahto and Manuha Temple
  • Enjoy the fabulous sunset view over the Bagan Temples from Shwesandaw Pagoda
  • Excursion to Inle Lake by boat.  Visit the floating gardens, market in Intha village, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery
  • Private sightseeing of Mandalay.  Visit Mahamuni Paya, Shwenandaw Kyaung, Kyauktawgyi Paya, Kuthodaw Paya and Shew Kyin Old Monastery

Price Starting From: $2,525

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TESTIMONIALS

“… on behalf of all 8 of us, a very great THANKS for your hard work and fantastic ability to put a package together. The details and logistics were flawless, the guides and drivers exceptional, and the hotels perfect…”

Gill Basford

March 2015 (Myanmar)