The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)
Try on a new kind of adventure and immerse yourself in the warm and mysterious culture of Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2200 beautiful temples and pagodas. Explore the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk and climb Mandalay Hill to reflect on serene views of the surrounding countryside. Come to a special place and create some new favourite memories.
Talk with a monk about Buddhism and daily life, learn the basics of Burmese cuisine with a cooking demonstration from a local chef, travel past floating villages on tranquil Inle Lake, explore the pagodas and monasteries of this ancient land
Private bus/van, plane, boat, walking.
Hotels (11 nts).
Arrival transfer. Welcome dinner at House of Memories. Tour of Mandalay. Boat trip and tour of Mingun village. Visit Sagaing and the ancient city of Amarapura. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery and talk with a monk. Irrawaddy River boat trip. Guided tour of Bagan archaeological zone. Visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery. Tour Nyaung Shwe by trishaw. Boat tour of Inle Lake including floating villages and markets. Visit a cheroot factory. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nge Phe Chaung Monastery. Local home cooking demonstration. Tour Shwedagon Pagoda. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Yangon (1D)
Arrive any time today. An arrival transfer is included. Following your introductory meeting at the hotel, enjoy a welcome dinner at the historical House of Memories.
Day 2 Yangon/Mandalay (1B)
Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city, including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
Day 3 Mandalay (1B)
Take a boat to the village of Mingun to visit the pagodas and local craftspeople. Visit the spiritual centre of Myanmar at Sagaing and the ancient royal capital of Amarapura.
Day 4 Mandalay (1B)
Continue exploring Mandalay and take some free time on your own.
Day 5 Mandalay/Bagan (1B)
Relax and watch the sights on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan.
Day 6 Bagan (1B)
Explore the ancient sites of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-in) cave temple, and Manuha and Nan Paya temples. Also visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery where we have a talk with a monk on Buddhism and daily life.
Day 7 Bagan (1B)
Travel to the outskirts of town to a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch as the locals scale the trees and harvest the juice of the palm fruit and then process it into alcohol or molasses.
Day 8 Bagan/Inle Lake (1B)
Travel by plane, bus, and boat to serene Inle Lake. En route, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, and observe floating villages and gardens.
Day 9 Inle Lake (1B, 1L)
Explore the lake by boat and visit the morning market, floating villages, and a cheroot factory, as well as Phaung Daw Oo pagoda and Inthien temple complex. Along the way, visit the home of a local chef and learn the basics of Burmese cooking. Sit back and relax in this charming setting on Inle Lake and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal.
Day 10 Inle Lake/Kalaw (1B)
Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station.
Day 11 Kalaw/Yangon (1B)
Fly back to Yangon and visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. Enjoy free time to explore and shop in the old capital.
Day 12 Yangon (1B)
Depart any time today.