PRIVATE TOUR – CODE: VIB01

This tour contains all the fascinating landscapes of the “Golden Pagoda Land”. Pay homage to Buddhism as well as admire magnificent pagodas in Yangon and Bagan. Visit colorful villages in Mandalay or take boat trips along the beautiful rivers. See a fascinating Inle with its unique one-leg rowing on the peaceful Inle Lake which is 900m above the sea level. This tour from Best Tour Myanmar will leave you with the best memories of the nature and culture of Myanmar!

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Travel route: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Heho – Inle lake – Yangon – Departure

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Yangon Arrival (D)
  • Day 2: Yangon – Flight to Bagan (B,L)
  • Day 3: Bagan – Flight to Mandalay (B,L)
  • Day 4: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake (B,L)
  • Day 5: Heho – Flight to Yangon (B,L)Day 6: Yangon Departure (B)

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1: Yangon Arrival (D)

Yangon (Rangoon) is a city of Buddhist temples, open-air markets, food stalls and ill-repaired colonial architecture. These include the golden Shwedragon Pagoda, one of the most spectacular Buddhist shrines in Asia and reputedly 2500 years old (although rebuilt in 1769); the Sule Pagoda, also over 2000 years old; the Botataung Pagoda, hollow inside with a mirrored maze; and the Maha Pasan Guha, or ‘Great Cave’.

When you arrive to Yangon, meet our driver and tour guide at Airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Dinner at a local restaurant & Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon – Flight to Bagan (B,L)

Pagan (Bagan) is one of the greatest historical areas in the country. It is best seen at sunrise or sunset. More than 13,000 pagodas were once spread over this dry plain during the golden age of the 11 great kings (roughly 1044-1287). This came to an end with the threat of invasion by Kublai Khan from China, and this extraordinary area was abandoned. Now there are fewer than 3000 pagodas. The actual village of Pagan has a museum, market and places to eat and stay. Within walking distance of Bagan, there are lacquerware workshops and an attractive temple. There are dozens of open temples in the Pagan area (about 40 sq km/15 sq miles), but places of special interest include the Shwegugyi Temple, built in 1311 and noted for its fine stucco carvings; the Gawdawpalin Temple, badly damaged in the 1975 earthquake, but still one of the most impressive of the Pagan temples, and the Thatbyinnyu Temple, which is the highest in Bagan.

Morning, have breakfast at hotel then transfer to airport, Yangon – Bagan by flight. Transfer to hotel. Visit the ancient capital of ‘Bagan’ and its architecture from 10 -13century AD. When you talk about Bagan, it is needless to say about Buddhism that flourished together with Bagan culture. Go sightseeing in Bagan includes Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi Temple, Htilominlo Temple, Archaeological Museum, Ananda Temple, Lacquerware Factory, Pyat-tadagyi Temple for panoramic view of the city.

Day 3: Bagan – Flight to Mandalay (B,L)

Mandalay is rich in palaces, stupas, temples and pagodas, and is the main center of Buddhism and Burmese arts. Taking its name from Mandalay Hill (rising about 240m/787ft to the northeast of the palace), the city was founded by King Mindon in 1857. Sights of interest include the huge Shweyattaw Buddha, close to the hill, with its outstretched finger pointing towards the city; the Eindawya Pagoda, built in 1847 and covered in gold leaf; the Shwekyimyint Pagoda, containing the original Buddha image consecrated by Prince Minshinzaw during the Pagan period; and the Mahumuni Pagoda or ‘Great Pagoda’, housing the famous and revered Mahumuni image. Covered in gold leaf over the years by devout Buddhists, this image was brought from Arakan in 1784, although it is thought to be much older.

Morning, have breakfast at hotel then transfer to airport (with driver only), Bagan – Mandalay by flight. Visit the last Myanmar Kingdom known as “Rathnapura”. The city is famous for Myanmar’s 10 traditional arts and crafts. At least 2 -3 days are needed to visit the former kingdoms like Amarapura, Ava, Mingun and Sagaing. Go sightseeing in Mandalay: Mahamuni Image, Wood carving, Gold leaf making and Tapestry Workshop, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and sunset from Mandalay Hill.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 4: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake (B,L)

Transfer to airport (with driver only), Mandalay / Heho by flight. Drive to Nyaung Shwe. You’ll feel a total difference atmosphere and ambience from Middle part of Myanmar. The Inle Lake is surrounded by mountains and situated 3000ft above sea level. Excursion can be made by long tail boat, see life of In-tha (name of people living in the lake). Their floating gardens, floating islands, and their most venerated Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.

Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 5: Heho – Flight to Yangon (B,L)

Transfer to airport (with driver only), Heho / Yangon by flight. Transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, proceed to Bogyoke Market, and then visit to Shwedagon Pagoda to enjoy the very special atmosphere here before and after sunset. After that stroll around the busy streets of Yangon’s famous China Town and Yangon Jetty if you wish and back to hotel.

Day 6: Yangon Departure (B)

Transfer to airport for departure flight. End of our services.

INCLUSION

  • 5-night hotels in sharing twin room basis with Breakfast.
  • Transfer and sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Transfer and sightseeing with private air-conditioned car as mentioned in the program
  • Entrance fees in places mentioned in the program.
  • Boat arrangment in Inle Lake
  • Refreshing towel and drinking water (one bottle per person per day) on tour
  • Porter charges at airport.

EXCLUSION

  • Services not mentioned in our itinerary
  • Meals, drinks and personal expenses (eg. laundry, telephone call etc).
  • Domestic airfares
  • Early check in and Late check out from hotel
  • Tips (eg. Driver, guide,..)