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Classic Tours » Myanmar Explorer Tour

Duration : 13 Days / 12 Nights

Route : Yangon - Bagan - Pyin Oo Lwin - Hsipaw - Mandalay - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Yangon

An in-depth journey throughout Myanmar that will take you beyond the highlights and under the skin of this beguiling country.

Day 01 : Yangon Arrival

Arrive at Yangon International Airport.Meet and greet at airport and welcomed by our experienced speaking guide and transfer to hotel. Check-in hotel. After lunch, start Yangon City tour by air-con coach. First visit heading to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image. Complete your first day in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world's most spectacular monuments the Shwedagon Pagoda: its golden stupa is the heart of Myanmar. The pagoda is believed 2,600 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offering at Pagoda. Drive back to hotel and leisure. Transfer to the hotel and overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Yangon - Bagan

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan by domestic flight. Arrive Nyaung – U Airport, first visit to Nyaung-Oo morning market to see people ways of life.Then, head to Shwezigon Pagoda built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th as a religious shrine. Continue onto Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery with the beautiful well – preserved 18th century murals. Visit to Thatbinnyu Temple known as “temples of omniscience” and dating from 1144. Continue onto the Sulamani temple. Transfer to the hotel and leisure. In the afternoon, visit one of Myanmar's most treasured handicrafts, a lacquer ware home industry near by Myingabar village. Then, head to Damayangyi Temple (the massive temple in Bagan). Experience by local horsecart way to sunset Temple. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 : Bagan

After breakfast, experience boat trip to Kyauk-Ku U Min away from noisy daily life. Walk along the narrow paths through mountain to the meditation cave made of sand stone in the 12th Century. Visit around to see the stone-relief, stucco of the temple. Return back to Bagan. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 : Bagan - Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin

After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. On arrival, drive to Pyin Oo Lwin, east of Mandalay (80 kilometers, 2 hours drive), a former British Hill Station. Firstly, visit to Peik Chin Myaung waterfall and caves, filled with Buddha images. Then head to Botanical Garden which features wide expanses of manicured grass large flower beds 20 hectares of natural forest with walking trails a rose garden, an orchid house, a small stupa on an islet in a pond and several other ponds and a Chinese Temple. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 : Pyin Oo Lwin - Gokteik Viaduct - Hsipaw

After breakfast, transfer to railway station for your train journey to Naung Pan by crossing through the world famous Gokteik viaduct for a thrilled experience. The historic Gokteik viaduct, built by British in 1900. After crossing the bridge, the train will stop at Naung Pane and the air-con coach will wait in front of rail station in the afternoon time. Drive to Hsipaw and on the way visit, some sightseeing at villages. Transfer to the hotel and overnight at hotel.

Day 06 : Hsipaw - Mandalay

After breakfast, visit local market and around Hispaw. After visit drive back to Mandalay for 6 hours and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07 : Mandalay - Amarapura - Ava - Sagaing - Mandalay

Breakfast at hotel. Start excursion to Amarapura: Mahagandayon Monastery – home to several thousand young monks where you can watch the whole monastery having their meal silently, 200 years old U Bein teak bridge built in 1728 at the time when Amarapura was royal capital. Visit traditional hand-woven silk workshop teak posts. Continue onto Sagaing by passing Ava Bridge; enjoy the panoramic view at the top of the hill then visit Silversmith. After visit, drive back to Mandalay and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08 : Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay

After breakfast, transfer to jetty and excursion by local boat to Mingun for one hour. Visit Mingun Bell, the world largest uncracked bell, weighing 90 tons and continue onto Hsinbyume as well as unfinished Pagoda built as one of the world's largest cherish by King Bodaw Paya. After visit, sail back to Mandalay visit the famous Mahamuni Pagoda and stop to see stone carving and later to see gold leaf being beaten. In the afternoon time, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world’s largest book made of marble and visit the Shwe Kyaung Monastery, an excellent example of a traditional wooden building. Enjoy sunset at Mandalay Hill. Overnight at hotel .

Day 09 : Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya - Kalaw

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Arrive at Heho Airport and drive to Pindaya. Visit magnificent Pindaya caves set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake where thousands of different types of Buddha images are displayed in the various cave chambers. Then, visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols. After lunch, drive to Kalaw, the trekking destination thanks to its elevated position at 1320m on the rolling, pine-clad hills of the Shan Plateau. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Kalaw - Nyaung Shwe Jetty - Inle

After breakfast, visit morning colorful local market and around Kalaw.Start drive down into the valley to Nyaung Shwe on the edge of the Inle Lake for 2 hours. Arrive at Nyaung Shwe village and proceed to Inle Lake by local boat and check-In hotel. Heading to the middle of Inle Lake including Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, floating market villages & gardens, traditional handicrafts – silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop.Transfer to the hotel and overnight at hotel.

Day 11 : Inle - Indein - Inle

Morning breakfast at hotel, an excursion by boat on Inle lake will includes sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. Visit one of the rotative local markets in the Inle Lake region. Then, excursion by boat to the Western Shore of Inle Lake to the beginning of a stair path leading to the hidden and unknown Indein Pagoda complex. Return back to hotel. Free and leisure. Enjoy sunset at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 : Inle - Nyaung Shwe Jetty - Heho Yangon

After breakfast, transfer to the Heho Airport for your domestic flight to Yangon. Arrive at Yangon Airport and visit on the way to hotel the National Museum and Karaweik Royal Barge, a royal floating barge on the lake for the fantastic photo view. In the afternoon, shopping to the Bogyoke Market (Scotts Market) with hundred of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems store. Visit to Chinatown and fruit market to see evening life of Yangon. Transfer to the hotel and leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Important notice: The famous Scott market is closed on every Monday and Gazette Holidays.

Day 13 : Yangon Departure

Breakfast at hotel. Free and leisure at the hotel before to the airport for international departure flight.

Our services include:

Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner) English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply) Local guide in Hoa Binh Entrance fees for all visits and activities as mentioned in the itinerary

Our services do not include:

Other meals than mentioned Other services than mentioned Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature Tips, Travel insurance

IMPORTANT NOTES:

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam. Prices are valid 30 days from date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted. The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines. Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges. Rooms at hotels are available only from 14:00 on arrival day till 12:00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired. Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so. If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.