10 Days Myanmar
10 Days / 9 Nights
(Yangon - Bagan - Mt. Popa - Mandalay - Mingun - Pindaya - Inle Lake - Yangon - Bago - Kyaikhtiyo - Yangon)
Tour Code: GMT 6-9/10
Day 1 :: Arrival Yangon by morning flight :: -/-/-
Our Gracious Myanmar Travel's guides will meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel. Today's sightseeing tour includes the old colonial-style city centre with the gilded SULE PAGODA, dating back to over 2,000 years, and a visit to BOGYOKE (SCOTT'S) MARKET with hundreds of stores (closed on Monday) and gem shops. The tour continues to CHAUK HTAT GYI, a huge reclining Buddha image followed by a photo stop made at KARAWEIK HALL, a royal floating barge. An extended visit to SHWEDAGON PAGODA, one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude the tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Stay overnight at Hotel in Yangon.
Day 2 :: Yangon - Bagan by morning flight :: B/-/-
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to hotel and proceed for sightseeing starting with the busy local market and continue to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, KU BYAUK GYI, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its spectacular panoramic view of the area's many monuments and ANANDA TEMPLE with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches inside the gallery. Afternoon visit to lacquer craftsmen's workshop in nearby MYINKABA village and sightseeing to MANUHA TEMPLE, built in Mon style in 1059, NANBAYA TEMPLE, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha and MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE, noted for its ancient mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. Observe sunset in the vicinity of Bagan's ancient monuments. Stay overnight at Hotel in Bagan.
Day 3 :: Bagan - Mount Popa - Bagan :: B/-/-
After breakfast, proceed on a scenic overland journey to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with its shrine dedicated to animist spirits, known as "Nats". For the energetic, there is time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug and enjoy the breathtaking view over the valley. In the afternoon return back to Bagan. Stay overnight at Hotel in Bagan.
Day 4 :: Bagan - Mandalay by morning flight - Amarapura :: B/-/-
Transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival at the new Mandalay Airport proceed directly to Amarapura. Visit MAHAGANDAYON, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks reside and study; continue to the 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Visit to BAGAYA MONASTERY, with a superb collection of Buddha statues. En route, stop at a traditional hand-weaving silk workshop. Drive to Mandalay and check-in at hotel. Afternoon, proceed on a comprehensive sightseeing tour including MAHAMUNI PAGODA with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, SHWE INBIN, one of the most outstanding monasteries in the country, SHWE NAN DAW KYAUNG or GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA, known as the world's largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Enjoy Sunset from Mandalay Hill for panoramic view over ancient city. Stay overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.
Day 5 :: Mandalay -Mingun by boat :: B/-/-
A boat trip on the mighty AYEYARWADDY RIVER takes you to MINGUN about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay whereby visits include the MINGUN BELL, weighing 90 tons and being the largest un- cracked bell in the world, HSINBYUME PAYA and the unfinished MINGUN PAYA, built as one of the world's largest Zedi by megalomaniac King Bodaw Paya. In the afternoon, visit MANDALAY PALACE, former royal residence of King Mindon and his successor King Thibaw. It was a city in the city, like the Forbidden City in Beijing/ China. Afterwards proceed to the clock tower and nearby Zeigyo market. Stay overnight at Hotel in Mandalay.
Day 6 :: Mandalay - Heho by morning flight - Pindaya - Inle Lake :: B/-/-
Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho, drive overland through beautiful scenery to PINDAYA (60 km - 1 ½ hours). Visit to the unique PINDAYA CAVES wherein thousands of Buddha images placed by pilgrims over many centuries. Afternoon, proceed by road to INLE LAKE (90 km - 2 ½ hours) and by boat to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel on/at Inle Lake.
Day 7 :: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon by evening flight :: B/-/-
During today's excursion by boat in the picturesque Inle Lake by witnessing the famous leg rowers, the typical floating gardens and local methods of fishing and village life. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant on the lake. Further visits are made to PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA, the weaving village of INPAWKHON and other interesting sights. Afternoon, proceed to Heho Airport (25 km-1 hour) for domestic flight to Yangon and transfer to hotel. Balance of the day at leisure to pursue individual interests (if time permits). Overnight in Yangon.
Day 8 :: Yangon - Bago - Kyaikhtiyo :: B/-/-
After an early breakfast drive via Bago to KIN PUN "base camp" (194 km - 5 hours). On the way, visit KYAIK PUN PAGODA, famous for its four giant Buddhas. In Bago stop at KYAKHAT WINE monastery where you will see over 1000 Buddhist monks having their merit lunch with total silence by approx. 10:30 am.!
Continue to KYAIKHTIYO (approx. 3 hours), the Golden Rock, a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. From Kin Pun Base Camp, a steep and rough 11 km dirt road leads to the upper staging point, a journey made in open trucks. From there, travellers must at present walk the final stage, approximately 4 km up steep paths, which ascend some 500 m to the GOLDEN ROCK. On top of the hill, enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over the Sittaung River valley. Overnight at Hotel near Golden Rock.
Don't forget your torch light, as it is quite dark when you return back to your Hotel after sun-set!!!
You also have the chance to get carried by SEDAN Chair which will cost approx. 10 US$ per person (on your own account).
Day 9 :: Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon :: B/-/-
After breakfast climb down to base camp and drive back to Yangon. On the way, visit Bago, the ancient Mon Capital Bago is situated 80 km northeast of Yangon. Tour highlight include a worthy visit to SHWEMAWDAW Pagoda, a pagoda that is even higher than Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon!
In the afternoon, a short visit to SHWETHALYAUNG, the most beautiful Reclining Buddha; On the way back to Yangon visit the ALLIED WAR CEMETERY at Htaukkyant if desired. Stay overnight at Hotel in Yangon.
Due to road conditions it is not recommended to travel to this region during the monsoon season (June - September).
Day 10 :: Yangon - International departure :: B/-/-
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure.
Here our GMT service will end and we hope to see you again in our beautiful gracious land Myanmar.
Meals are mentioned in the itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, - = not included
On request we also offer full-board or half-board!!! Just let us know!
Please note that itinerary is subject to change due to flight schedules.