Essence of Myanmar

Mdl - Bgn - Popa - Inle - Ygn
Daily Tour 8 days / 7 nights Tour Guide: English speaking
Mandalay | Bagan | Mt. Popa | Inle Lake | Yangon Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Yangon

This 8 days tour includes the main touristic destinations of the Golden Land of Myanmar. Starting in Mandalay, where you will be impressed by the golden Buddha of Mahamuni and the ancient city of Amarapura, the tour continues going to Bagan, one of Southeast Asia’s architectural wonders and the Myanmar’s headline attraction, featuring thousands of temples. Inle Lake, a magical watery world of floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas, will make you wonder whether you are dreaming. The tour ends visiting Yangon and its stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, the centrepiece of the city. Closer to the waterfront, downtown Yangon is a warren of historic streets concealing some of the best architecture in the region.


  • Mandalay still evokes images of a romantic bygone era. The royal palace and its impressive moat sit at the foot of the imposing Mandalay Hill. Positioned on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River, Mandalay is the principal cultural and economic city of Upper Myanmar. It lies within easy striking distance of former colonial hill stations, ancient cities and other cultural attractions.
  • Bagan, one of the most remarkable sights in South East Asia, has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1,000 years. The kingdom of Bagan has exited since the 8th century, but only rose to glory as capital of the First Kingdom of Myanmar in the early 11th century. Ancient chronicles state that there were once 4,446 temples over its wide plains but today only 2,230 remain, as recorded by UNESCO in 1998.
  • Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with a temple on top of it, is one of the main pilgrimage destinations in Myanmar. Monkeys are the visitors’ perfect companion when climbing the stairs all the way to the top.
  • Inle Lake is a magical watery world of floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas, and one of Myanmar’s most alluring attractions. Mountains tumble down towards the lakeshore, blurring the distinction between heaven and earth. For many visitors, Inle is heaven on earth, a place to while away the days canoeing, cycling and walking through the lush countryside. The Intha people are famous for their leg rowing.
  • Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, may not longer be the Burmese capital, but it continues to be the hub of economic activity, a hive of intellectual debate and the main gateway for international visitors. The stunning Shwedagon Pagoda is the centrepiece of the city, a gleaming golden stupa visible from all over town. Closer to the waterfront, downtown Yangon is a warren of historic streets concealing some of the best British colonial-era architecture in the region. This is the real deal, and a walk along the Strand or Pansodan Street is like a stroll back in time. One surprise on arrival here is the complete lack of motorbikes, as they are banned from the streets of Yangon. Vibrant and dynamic, sweaty and steamy Yangon is reaching for the future while trapped in the past.

Our service includes:

  • Accommodation: Mandalay (2 nights), Bagan (2 nights), Inle Lake (2 nights) and Yangon (1 night) as per itinerary.
  • Domestic flights: Mandalay – Nyaung-U, Nyaung-U – Heho and Heho – Yangon as per itinerary
  • Transportation with private air-con car (boat in Inle Lake)
  • Boat fees for all boats included in the itinerary
  • Meals: Daily breakfast at hotel plus any other booked meals
  • Guide service: Experienced and fluent English speaking guide
  • Other services: Entrance fees, porterages and horse-cart rides (if included in the itinerary)
Day 1: Mandalay arrival
Day 2: Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay
Day 3: Mandalay - Bagan
Day 4: Bagan - Mt. Popa - Bagan
Day 5: Bagan - Heho - Nyaung Shwe Jetty - Inle Lake
Day 6: Inle lake - Indein - Inle Lake
Day 7: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon
Day 8: Yangon departure

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