Day 1: Arrive Yangon
Yangon was declared the capital of Myanmar in the late 19th Century by the British. The British renamed the city Rangoon, however it has been restored to its original Burmese name of Yangon since 1989 when the country was also renamed Myanmar.
Day 2: Yangon
Start the day with a visit to the Sule Pagoda. Stroll through downtown Yangon with its faded colonial atmosphere and visit the beautiful post office. Lunch is served in town before continuing to the National Museum, which is home to priceless ancient artifacts. Visit the Bogyoke Market then head to the Indian quarter. End the day with a visit to the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda.
Day 3: Yangon – Bagan (Flight)
This morning transfer to the airport for a flight to the ancient city of Bagan which is on the UNESCO World Heritage ‘tentative list’ and home to over 3,000 temples. Upon arrival, make a visit to the Dhammayangyi pagoda, Bagan’s largest temple. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant then relaxing at a lacquer ware and wood crafts workshop before continuing the journey at Shwezigon pagoda, one of the four most significant buildings in Bagan which served as the centre of reflection and prayer. At the end of the tour enjoy sunset cruise along the Ayayarwaddy river then return to your hotel.
Day 4: Mt. Popa and Salay
Rising 1,518 meters from the plains of the surroundings of Bagan, Mount Popa is considered the sacred home of the spirits. During a stop at a local village, we learn how palm sugar is produced then travel onward to Taung Kalat, the temple which sits atop like a plug in the volcano and holds significance in Myanmar’s history and religion. Enjoy lunch and continue to the colourful old religious centre of Salay - home to a large number of monasteries and colonial buildings. Visit Yoke-Sone-Kyaung, a cultural heritage site. Situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, the monastery is famous for its spectacular wood carvings.
Day 5: Bagan – Mandalay (Flight)– Amarapura – Marrionette show
Transfer to the airport for our flight to Mandalay, the last capital of the Burmese Kingdom. Upon arrival, drive to Amarapura, the 18th century capital where the country’s largest monastery is located; Maha Ghandayon. Continue to the magnificent teak bridge of U Bein, which is over 200 years old. Cross the Ayeyarwaddy River and head for the picturesque Sagaing Hill. End the day with a visit to another ancient capital, Ava, which was the capital of Myanmar before Amarapura. In the evening, enjoy the puppetry show in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay Highlight
In the morning, visit Mahamuni Temple – one of the most famous temples in Myanmar. Next, head to the Cultural Museum which boasts a nice collection of articles, artifacts, costumes & furniture of royalty. Continue on to Shwenandaw monastery - originally part of the royal palace complex of King Mindon and made entirely of teak wood. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Atumashi Monastery also built in 1857 by King Mindon. Next head to the Kuthodaw Temple, right at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Next, drive up Mandalay hill to visit the serene standing Buddha at Shweyattaw temple.
Day 7: Mandalay – Heho (Flight) - Pindaya
This morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive to Pindaya renowned for its limestone caves. Wander around the cave and allow some time to explore the town, which is beautifully situated at a small lake and surrounded by mountains. Visit a Shan umbrella and mulberry paper production home industry and check in hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 8: Pindaya – Kalaw – Inle Lake
After breakfast, drive to Kalaw - the hill town of Kalaw is situated a 1.5 hour drive from the capital of the Shan state Taunggyi. Upon arrival, visit the Pinmagon monastery and observe the bamboo strip lacquer Buddha Image. In the afternoon, visit the King church colonial Catholic church and wander through town to observe the colonial style buildings still standing. Visit the local market and observe the different hill tribes coming together to do their daily businesses. At the end of the day, transfer to Inle Lake, the second largest freshwater lake which measures about 70km². Inle is famous for its unique leg-rowers.
Day 9: Inle Lake
Enjoy a boat trip on the lake and observe the beautiful surroundings en route to the floating market and floating gardens. Lunch is served on the shores before departing for the southwest of the lake where the Indein pagoda complex is situated. Take the small covered path from the Pa O tribe village to a monastery and the very impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas, some hidden under vegetation. The main stupa-area on the top of the hill offers breathtaking views over the surroundings and into the valley.
Day 10: Heho – Yangon (Flight) – Trishaw tour – China town
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer by vehicle to Botahtaung Pagoda for a visit and then hop on the trishaw. Head to Nan Thi Dar jetty, stop for a while to observe local scenery. Then return to the city center and pass through the colonial area; After that, continue to Chaukhtatkyi, known for the Reclining Buddha that measures 70 meters in length and explore the Bogyoke Market
Day 11: Departure
The morning is free at leisure until your transfer to a local restaurant for lunch and then the airport for the flight home.