- Country: Myanmar
- Your Guide: English Speaking
- Travel Style: Cultural & Classic
- Tour Type: Private Tour
- Start: Yangon, Myanmar
- Finish: Yangon, Myanmar
You will visit
Upon your arrival at Yangon airport, your guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Check in your hotel and relax. (The hotel room is at your disposal from 14.00).
Yangon is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. The city is an amalgamation of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences, and is known for its colonial architecture, which although decaying and beyond appreciation, remains an almost unique example of a 19th-century British colonial capital.
Lunch on own account. Welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Yangon.
You start with a visit to Kalaywatawya Monastery to see monastic ways of lives and to see Buddhist monks lining up and eating together for lunch. Then, proceed to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see a 70 meter long reclining Buddha statue around the size of a blue whale.
Continue travelling downtown, where you will have a chance to explore the local life of Burmese in China Town. During heading to China Town (or 19th Street), you are free to take some amazing photos of a nearby temple with hundreds of images depicting mythological scenes.
No Myanmar expedition can be considered truly great if it’s lacking a visit to the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda. Ready for an amazing experience? The visual delights present there alone, are worth the trip. Witness the colors transform on the 100-meter chedi which is literally enclosed in over 40 tons of gold leaf.
You will start at the eastern staircase where you will find a row of shops at the base of the temple selling various religious items. Here you will find monks robes, alms bowls, offerings, incense and other unique Buddhist objects. As your browse the stalls your guide will explain the use and rituals of Myanmar’s Buddhist people. Shwedagon is largely considered to be the most important religious site for the Burmese; most visitors report that the trip is extremely memorable and still etched into their minds.
Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight in Yangon.
Today, delve into the World Heritage site- Bagan. The thousands of temples that are spread across the plains of Bagan combine to form one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and provide views quite unlike anywhere else on earth. After embarking your luxury cruise ship, set off the beautiful journey to Bagan which offers you great views of famed monuments including Htilominlo and Ananda. Ananda temple is considered to be one of the most surviving masterpieces of the Mon architecture. Enjoy stunning views over the river as the sun comes to a close before returning to the ship for a welcome dinner.
Lunch and dinner on board. Overnight stay on Sanctuary Ananda.
Another chance for you to explore the best of Bagan awaits. You could make a different journey with the option of taking a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the town in the early morning (with an additional charge, book in advance). Alternatively, start your new day practice sunrise meditation at one of the temples.
Learn more about the rich culture of this land through the glittering Shwezigon Pagoda. The golden Shwezigon Paya in Bagan is one of the most significant religious buildings in Myanmar, for it served as a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country and marked an important development in the relationship between traditional Burmese religion and Theravada Buddhism. Embark the ship at midday and set sail north along the Ayeyarwaddy. Take your time to relax or join the various lectures or demonstrations on board. Enjoy beautiful views over the river at sunset with cocktails served on a mid-river sandbank.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board. Overnight stay on Sanctuary Ananda.
In the early morning, fill up your new day with meditation or yoga classes on board or enjoy the freshness of atmosphere as the ship sails towards Ava- the ancient capital. The delicious lunch will be followed by a horse cart ride to explore the main sites of the city. Afterwards, make your way to Sagaing- which lies 21km south-west of Mandalay on the west bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and Amarapura- one of Myanmar’s former capitals.
Learn about traditional handicrafts through the local silversmiths and textile workshops in these cities before travelling to the world’s longest teak bridge- U Bein Bridge for breathtaking views at sunset. Enjoy a lavish dinner served on a sandbank overlooking Mingun and then take in an interesting traditional musical performance.
Breakfast, lunch on board and dinner on sandbank. Overnight stay on Sanctuary Ananda.
Breakfast is served before check out in Mandalay.
Cruise will arrange a tour of Mandalay. This will include a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of Myanmar's most religious monuments housing the revered Mahamuni Image. Lastly a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (Maha Lawka Marazein) built by King Mindon in 1857, in effect a copy of the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan.
Finally, transfer to your hotel in Mandalay for check-in and relax.
Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight in Mandalay.
Arrive this morning in Heho after a morning flight. Set off your beautiful trip on the majestic Inle Lake. Inle lake is the country's second largest lake and features floating villages, gardens, various tribes nearby and fishermen who row with their legs. En-route, you will take in beautiful sights of some of lake’s most renowned sites. Make your way to the Nga Phe Chaung- an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s.
The monastery is also known for a collection of old Myanmar’s Buddha images from different areas that are worth seeing. You also visit the famous Phaung Daw Oo Monasteries- the most highly revered monastery in the Inle Lake area. It houses five ancient images of the Buddha that are completely covered in gold leaf. Don’t miss out on several craft workshops located in the middle of the lake, with buildings constructed on stilts to get local souvenirs if you wish.
Lunch and dinner on own account. Overnight in Inle.
The natural beauty of the lake’s shoreline will be discovered in your excursion today. Visit a local village known for its taste of tofu and bean products to see the interesting making process of these products. Take a leisurely walk along sleepy roads, absorb in the peacefulness of the village.
Continue onto the Pa-Oh village of Indein- one of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. Enjoy a fantastic picnic lunch in the best of nature among the bamboo forests which offer stunning views of the lake. Ascend to the top hill to enjoy beautiful views of the hundreds of stupa ruins and surroundings before trekking another 45 minute walk to Sae Ma village. In the late afternoon, head back to the hotel.
Luxury picnic lunch in a bamboo forest. Dinner on own account. Overnight in Inle.
Today, you have plenty of time to relax at Inle Lake before taking a flight back to Yangon. Upon your arrival in Yangon, enjoy a luxurious dinner at one of the best restaurants of the city
Lunch on own account. Farewell Dinner at Karaweik Restaurant with special cultural show. Overnight in Yangon.
Today, you have free time to enjoy last minute shopping or sightseeing until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Private tours and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Private transportation with air-conditioning.
- 3 nights cruise from Bagan to Mandalay by luxury Sanctuary Ananda Cruise with full meals on board.
- 03 Domestic flights: Yangon – Nyaung U (Bagan), Mandalay – Heho (Inle Lake), Heho – Yangon.
- Private boat to visit Inle Lake.
- Local English speaking guides.
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
- Water and cold towel on sightseeing.
- International flights.
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
- Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
- Tipping for guides and drivers.
- Compulsory personal travel insurance.
- Myanmar Visa fees (contact our travel consultant for further information).
- Compulsory Christmas and New Year Eva Dinner at hotels if required.
- Other meals which do not mention in the itinerary.
- Others not mentioned.
The tour rate is based on twin/double sharing rooms at 3* hotel category. We can customize this tour according to your request. Our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours with a tailor-made itinerary and price.
A minimum deposit of 30% of the full amount is required to confirm your booking. The balance will be settled before or upon arrival.
Clothing & Packing Tips
- We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket.
- A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
- Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended for outdoor activities.
- It is preferable not to visit temples or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
- Free Wi-Fi is available in most hotels.
- You can buy 4G data simcard at the airport, the price is very low.
- Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
- You will use the Vietnamese dong in Vietnam, Cambodian riel (or U.S. dollars) in Cambodia, and the Kip(Lak) in Laos.
- In Cambodia, U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere, though change may be given in riel. Most hotels, restaurants, shops, taxis, buses, and airlines list their prices in U.S. dollars, but small transactions (less than a dollar) are usually conducted in riel. Always carry small amounts of riel for motorcycle taxis, snacks, and other small purchases.
- Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
- We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
- You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
- International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
- At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your tour guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
- We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10USD to $15USD per day for your tour guide and the equivalent of $5USD to $10USD per day for your driver.
- Tips can only be paid in cash.
If you have any specific food requirement (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies, etc.) please inform us in advance, we will provide notices to our restaurants, tour guides and partners so they would be able to serve you the best.
We apply non refundable deposit of 10 USD for hotel, air ticket booking, 100 USD/per person for tour package upon service confirmation. Cancellations will be charged as following:
- 30 days before arrival: No cancellation charge.
- 29 - 14 days before arrival: 10% of the tour cost is forfeited.
- 13 - 7 days before arrival: 40% of the tour cost is forfeited.
- 6 days before arrival: 100 % of the tour cost is forfeited.
- No show: 100% of the tour cost is forfeited.
- Infant under 2-years-old free of charge land tour and 25% of airfare.
- Child under 12-years-old sharing room with adult without extra bed charge 50% of adult land tour and 75% of airfare.
- Child under 12-years-old sharing room with adult with bed charge 80% of adult land tour and 75% of airfare.
- Upon 12-years-old - 100% charge of tour cost.