Hidden Gems of Myanmar

Hidden Gems of Myanmar

  • 11 Days / 9 Nights
  • CODE: RAY
  • From: $2100

Once shrouded in secrecy, Myanmar—formerly known as Burma—is fast opening up to travelers, drawing them in with everything from golden temples and colonial-era architecture to floating lake villages— all still infused with a magical sense of mystery. Join us on a fascinating 11-night tour of this beguiling nation’s sights and cities, starting in its colorful capital of Yangon. Discover the city’s vibrant markets, Victorian mansions, and gilded Shwedagon Pagoda; marvel at the temples of Bagan and royal pagodas of Mandalay, and cruise across Inle Lake to visit ancient temples, stilted markets, and traditional silk workshops.

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Itinerary at a glance:

DAY 1
Depart USA
DAY 2
Yangon
DAY 3
Yangon
DAY 4
Yangon – Bagan
DAY 5
Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan
DAY 6
Bagan – Mandalay
DAY 7
Mandalay - Amarapura - Sagaing - Inwa - Mandalay
DAY 8
Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya
DAY 9
Pindaya – Inle Lake
DAY 10
Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon
DAY 11
Yangon

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Your customized trip will draw on the expertise of our travel consultants, each of whom has a deep knowledge of the places you wish to explore.

Yangon (2 nts) Bagan (1nt) Mt. popaBagan (1nt) Mandalay (1nt) AmarapuraSagaingInwaMandalay (1nt) HehoPindaya (1nt) Inle lake (1nt) Yangon (1nt)
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1

Depart USA

Board a flight bound for Myanmar, a fascinating country formerly known as Burma.


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2

Yangon

Arrive in Yangon where you are met by the local guide and transferred to your deluxe hotel to rest and recuperate before exploring the city on your own space.


accomodation:

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Yangon

Only just emerging into the travel spotlight, Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is an alluring cocktail of Victorian architecture, beautiful gardens, noisy markets, gleaming Buddhist temples and technicolour street life. Your city tour unveils the best of this little-known city, including the 46-metre-high golden Sule Pagoda, the long reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and the interesting National Museum. You’ll also stroll around idyllic Kandawgyi Lake, also called the Royal Lake, and visit Bogyoke Aung San Market, formerly called Scott Market, to view its stalls selling exotic foods, handicrafts and spices.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

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Yangon – Bagan

Today you’ll fly to Bagan, often dubbed the ‘City of Four Thousand Pagodas’ for its glorious collection of age-old Buddhist temples. Your sightseeing tour focuses on the city’s most important sites - the 11th century Schwezigon Pagoda, mural-coated Gubyaukhyi Temple at Wetkyi-Inn and the gold-towered Ananda Pahto, where four gigantic standing Buddhas each face north, east, south and west. Other highpoints include the Manuha Temple and the graceful Shwesandaw Paya Pagoda topped by an octagonal bell tower. You’ll also visit a lacquerware workshop and end your day catching the stunning sunset views from an elevated pagoda terrace.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

Tharabar Gate Bagan - ★★★★

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5

Bagan – Mt. Popa – Bagan

Today, travel through rural landscapes and hamlets to Mount Popa, a volcanic mountain topped by a monastery. Ascend the stairs to the top and absorb epic views over the countryside. Afterwards, return to Bagan and use the rest of the day to explore or relax as you please.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

Tharabar Gate Bagan - ★★★★

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6

Bagan – Mandalay

Catch a flight to Mandalay and check in at your hotel for two nights. The hub of Myanmar’s culture, this modern metropolis was the capital of the last independent Burmese kingdom. Get a flavor of its personality and architecture on an intriguing sightseeing tour. Visit the beautiful Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a revered, gold-leaf coated Buddha. You will also see the magnificent, teak monastery of Shwenandaw Kyaung and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Here, marvel at the ‘world’s largest book’ - 729 marble slabs inscribed with miniscule texts. Later, climb up Mandalay Hill for stunning panoramas over the city and temple-dotted countryside.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

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7

Mandalay - Amarapura - Sagaing - Inwa - Mandalay

Today uncover more about Myanmar’s intriguing past at three of its former royal capitals. You’ll visit the intriguing 18th-19th century capital of Amarapura, site of the first British embassy and best known for its U Bein teak bridge, which is built on hundreds of teak piles driven into a lake. Your explorations then continue at Sagaing, a picturesque city famed for its 600 cream-coloured temples. Next, after a ferry ride across the river to Inwa, you’ll ride a horse and cart to beautiful Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, which stands on 267 teak stilts. You’ll also see the traditional Maha Aung Myay Bon Zon monastery, where Buddhist monks still work and pray. Later, as dusk approaches, head for Amarapura’s U Bein bridge to join hundreds of monks as they gather to watch a radiant sunset.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

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8

Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya

Catch a flight to Heho and travel to the small town of Pindaya, famous for its maze of limestone hill caves. Explore the main, southern cavern, which is packed with around 8,000 Buddha statues, largely placed here in the 18th and 19th centuries. You’ll also visit the remarkable, Buddha-filled Shwe U Min Paya Pagoda, built within a stunning cave. Other stops include include a local market to browse for souvenirs and a paper umbrella workshop.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

Pindaya Inle Inn - ★★★

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9

Pindaya – Inle Lake

After breakfast today’s excursion head for Inle Lake, the highest in Myanmar. Enjoy a memorable boat ride on the lake, soaking up its unspoilt landscapes and mirror-glass waters, which are laden with floating farms and stilted villages. You’ll also visit Paung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest in Shan State and stop at Inn Paw Khon Village to see a weaving workshop turning out delicate silks. You’ll also make your way to the stilted wooden monastery of Nga Phe Chaung, where the Buddhist monks have trained cats to jump through hoops.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

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10

Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

Today you’ll travel by boat to the banks of Inle lake, where a hillside stairway leads up to the hidden ruins of Indein. This mystical collection of relics consists of an age-old pagoda and over 1,000 crumbled stupas, many of which are wrapped in vines and plants, adding to their mysterious quality. Later, transfer to Heho to catch your flight to Yangon for an overnight stay.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

accomodation:

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11

Yangon

Our discovery of Myanmar at an end, board your international flight again back to the USA.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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What's included

Yangon: Sule Shangri-la Hotel or similar (5*)

Bagan: Tharabar Gate Bagan Hotel or similar (4*)

Mandalay: Rupar Mndalar Resort or similar ( 3*)

Pindaya: Pindaya Inle Inn 3* or similar

Inle Lake: Aurem Palace Hotel & Resort (3*) or similar

International flights from LAX - Yangon, Yangon - LAX on Land+Air Package

Airport group transfers on arrival and departure

9 breakfast at hotel

Myanmar domestic flight Yangon - Bagan-Mandalay-Heho-Yangon on Land Only package

Sightseeing with professional English speaking local guide in each city

All entrance fees and activities as specified in the itinerary

Yangon: Sule Shangri-La Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Bagan: Tharabar Gate Bagan

★ ★ ★ ★

Mandalay: Rupar Mndalar Resort Mandalay

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Pindaya: Pindaya Inle Inn

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Inle Lake: Aurem Palace Hotel & Resort Inle Lake

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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