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Myanmar, Natural & Spiritual Beauty of Burma

Package Includes

  • Small groups of 10-18 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights LAX-Yangon
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  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 4 Intra-flights
  • 12 nights in First Class accommodations that evoke the local character
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 27 meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners (including a home hosted dinner with a Bagan family, and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions. Bottled water, coffee, and tea with all meals
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size of 10-18 travelers, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Observe the intricate process of ikat, turning lotus stems into thread and weaving lotus thread into fabric.
  • See firsthand how traditional Inle Lake boats are made.
  • Try your hand at rolling a typical cheroot, or Burmese cigar.
  • Learn how to prepare local chicken curry and sweet cakes during a cooking class with an Intha local.
  • Start your day with some quiet meditation led by a Buddhist monk.
  • Browse the colorful and bustling markets of Inle Lake, Bagan, and Yangon.
  • Meet some women from the Padaung tribe, known for the brass-ring necklaces that seem to stretch their necks.
  • Meet the young student monks at Mahagandayon monastery.
  • Explore some of Bagan’s 2,200 temples - spread over a vast Irrawaddy plain - by horse-drawn cart.
  • Relax during a soothing sunset cruise on the fabled Irrawaddy River.

This is a moderately active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. The overall pace is moderate - with 3 three-night stays, 1 two-night stay, and 1 one-night stay. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Yangon, Myanmar. Your overnight flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for the journey. Please note that your flight may depart just after midnight. Be aware, if it does, you must check in at the airport the evening prior to your departure date

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive Yangon
Arrive today in Yangon, Myanmar’s former capital where vestiges of British rule lend a colonial accent to a decidedly Buddhist city. We have the day to rest after the journey, and this evening we’ll gather for a welcome briefing and dinner at our hotel
Overnight: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Explore Yangon
We begin our day-long exploration among the gilded stupas of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a wonderland of towering spires, saffron-robed monks, and glittering statuary. History says this pagoda is 2,600 years old, making it the world’s oldest. Over the centuries, neither earthquake nor social turmoil has destroyed its grand structures. We’ll also see Chaukhtatgyi Paya, or the Reclining Buddha, and visit Sule Pagoda, believed to enshrine a strand of Buddha’s hair. After lunch, browse the hallowed corridors of the National Museum, featuring historical exhibits of rural life, traditional musical instruments, and ornaments used in royal ceremonies. Later this evening, dinner is on your own
Overnight: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Wednesday - Fly to Inle Lake/Visit Phaungdaw U Pagoda
We fly to Heho this morning, arriving in time for lunch at our resort. This afternoon, visit the Phaungdaw U Pagoda, where five small Buddha images are covered in gold leaf. Pilgrims visiting this revered site might drape a small robe around each image, then add the anointed robe to their altars at home
Overnight: Pristine Lotus Resort, Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Discover Inle Lake Culture
Inle is Myanmar's second largest lake and one of its highest at 2,900 feet. Many of its people - known as the Intha - are self-sufficient farmers. We spend today on a boat tour getting to know the people and culture of these remote and tranquil shores.One of the most distinctive features of Inle Lake is the tradition of leg rowing. Tall reeds once required fishermen to stand in their boats to see. So they wrapped one leg around their oar and pushed it through the water while balancing with the other. We’ll witness another tradition unique to this region at Inn Paw Khone Village: the art of ikat - weaving threads created from lotus stems into scarves and other fabrics. More stops along Inle’s shores reveal delightful snapshots of daily life. See firsthand how the small fishing boats we've been seeing are built. Gather leaves for a lesson in rolling a Burmese cheroot (or cigar). Learn about Burmese cats at the Heritage House. For lunch, chicken curry with sanwin-ma-kin (sweet cakes) - and a cooking lesson - are on the menu at Inn Thar Lay. This afternoon, we stop to admire places of prayer at Leshae Village and the Jumping Cats Monastery, where monks have taught resident cats to literally jump through hoops. We return to our resort in time for dinner on your own
Overnight: Pristine Lotus Resort, Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Friday - Board Boat for Indain/Visit Padaung Tribe Women
Meditation is a central part of the Buddhist religion, which is practiced by 89% of the Burmese. Begin your day with a Buddhist monk to experience this ancient tradition firsthand. Later, board a boat to visit Indain and its 17th-century pagoda. Then we stop to visit women from the Padaung tribe, known for wearing multiple brass coils that appear to lengthen their necks. Many believe the women wear these heavy rings to enhance their beauty, yet others have said they do so in order to decrease their attractiveness to men from other tribes. We return to our resort after lunch and have the remainder of the afternoon free
Overnight: Pristine Lotus Resort, Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Visit Mine Tauk Orphanage/Fly to Mandalay
After breakfast, we travel to the village of Mine Tauk. Here, we pause to visit a local orphanage. After time to chat with the children and staff here, we proceed to the Heho airport for our flight to Mandalay, the country’s cultural and religious heart. Tonight at our resort, we’ll savor a traditional Burmese barbecue and a cultural performance
Overnight: Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Explore Mandalay
It was Rudyard Kipling who originally wrote of "the road to Mandalay." We spend today exploring its many bustling and intriguing roads, visiting a few of its 700 pagodas. We begin at Mahamuni Pagoda. It is said that only five true images of Buddha exist – two in India, two in paradise, and one at Mahamuni. We’ll learn about the sacred meaning of this gilded likeness. Later, visit Shwenandaw Monastery and admire its intricate teak carvings. We finish our morning at Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called the “world's biggest book.” The 729 stone slabs that surround it are each etched with an inscription that, taken together, read as the entire Buddhist scriptures. We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant. Then stop by the flower and jade market to browse the vibrant and fragrant stalls. Dinner is on your own tonight
Overnight: Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Monday - Mandalay at Leisure
Most of today is free for you to discover Mandalay as you wish. Mid-afternoon, we gather for a visit to Amarapura, the ancient royal capital set on the Irrawaddy River. Some of its impressive stupas and monasteries remain. Later, we meet some young student monks at the Mahagandayon monastery. Conclude our afternoon at the U Bein Bridge, a simple yet sturdy all-teak footbridge across the serene Taungthaman Lake. We arrive in time for a stunning sunset
Optional: Mingun Tour (AM)
Overnight: Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday - Fly to Bagan/Tour Ancient City
Once the grandest religious city in all of Asia, Bagan boasted 10,000 temples across a vast Irrawaddy River plain. About 2,200 remain, but the site is no less spectacular. We’ll take our introductions via a traditional mode of transportation: a horse-drawn cart. Our visits include Ananda Temple, a remarkably ornate structure known to some as the 'Westminster Abbey of Burma;' Shwezigon Paya, a colossal gilded treasure; and Toyokpyi Pagoda. Tonight, dinner is on your own at our hotel
Overnight: Bagan Hotel River View, Bagan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Wednesday - Browse Market/Ascend Mt. Popa/Explore Medicinal Museum and Plantation
We start today at the Nyaung U Market, where local artisans and farmers congregate. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture. Then, we ascend the dramatic, volcanic Mount Popa, or “mountain of flowers,” allegedly home to powerful spiritual beings known as nats. We’ll learn more about them at the Temple of the Nats. Then continue to the Medicinal Museum and Plantation, where curative herbs and plants are chronicled.For dinner, we’ve been invited by a local family into their home to see how the Burmese live today. It’s sure to be an eye-opening and rewarding meal
Overnight: Bagan Hotel River View, Bagan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Thursday - Explore Bagan/Enjoy Sunset River Cruise
Mid-morning, we set out to visit the village of Myingaba and the Gubyaukgyi Pagoda. This “great painted cave temple” displays well-preserved paintings of flowers and animals. We also discover the narrow passageways of Pathothamyar Pagoda. After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll have free time before embarking on a sunset river cruise along the Irrawaddy River. Dinner tonight is on your own
Overnight: Bagan Hotel River View, Bagan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Friday - Fly to Yangon/Explore Scott Market
We return to Yangon this morning. En route to our lunch stop in Chinatown, we’ll pass by the residence where Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest for 15 years. After lunch, a stop at the Bojyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) gives us a final glimpse of Myanmar’s rich and colorful culture. Tonight, we gather for a special farewell dinner
Overnight: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Saturday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for our flight home
Meals: Breakfast

Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon

This first class hotel overlooks Kandawgyi Lake.

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Pristine Lotus Spa Resort, Inle Lake

This first class resort has magnificent views of Inle Lake.

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Mandalay Hill Resort, Mandalay

This first class hotel is located nearby the Mandalay Royal Palace.

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Bagan Hotel River View, Bagan

This superior tourist class hotel is located at the edge of the Legendary Ayeyarwaddy River.

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Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

Mingun Tour

Day #9 01 Sep 2013 - 10 May 2014         $49
Enjoy a visit to Mandalay jetty where you take a short ride upriver to Mingun, the site of what would have been the world's largest pagoda had not King Bodawpaya died in 1819 thus halting all further work. Later an earthquake in 1838 split the monument and reduced it to partial rubble. Nonetheless, the mammoth base of the unfinished pagoda is still a very impressive sight as we approach from the river. Nearby we can also visit the Mingun Bell, moved from the zedi after the earthquake and now hung in a new shrine building. It is said to be the largest hanging un-cracked bell in the world.

Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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*Not Included:
Prices do not include optional tours, Myanmar visa fees, gratuities for guides/tour managers.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra flights Yangon-Heho, Heho-Mandalay, Mandalay-Nyaung U, Nyaung U-Yangon. This package is based on flights via China Airlines. Please note, the return flight via Taipei, Taiwan includes an extended layover of approximately 7 hours.

It is recommended that passengers purchase optional tours prior to departure. Payment for tours purchased locally can only be made by cash.

Accommodation Details:
Mar 9 departure will be accommodated at the Inle Garden Hotel in Inle Lake.

Mar 9 and Mar 30 departures will be accommodated at the Amazing Bagan Resort in Bagan.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

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