Day 1: Mandalay
Upon arrival in Mandalay, transfer to hotel for check-in. In the afternoon visit the second most sacred image in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon Pagoda is the Mahamuni Pagoda. Visit local artisan’s workshops of gold leaf making, woodcarving and marble carving. In the afternoon visit Mandalay Palace and Golden palace Monastery famous for its intricate woodcarvings. Continue to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is a stupa containing the world’s largest book which is the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. Before sunset visit a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographed site in Myanmar and you will see why.
Experiences: Visit a gold leaf making workshop| See the world’s largest book| Observe a magnificent sunset at a 200 year old teak bridge
Day 2: Mandalay to Bagan (morning flight)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for the flight to Bagan. In Bagan, visit a busy local market and gain an insight into the everyday life in Bagan. You will spend the day exploring the architectural masterpieces of this amazing town by visit to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples. Visit Shwezigon Pagoda, built 1000 years ago by King Anawrahta and his successor Kin Kyan Sit Tha as a religious shrine. Then visit Anada Temple and Htilominlo Pagoda. In the afternoon visit a lacquer ware workshop to learn more about the local culture and observe the artisans’ techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful items. Then proceed to Manuha Pagoda. Go for a ride on a horse drawn carriage along the pagodas for about half and hour and stop at Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the highest Pagodas in Bagan to see the sunset.
Experiences: Local markets of Bagan| Visit pagodas of Bagan| Observe local artisans create lacquer ware| Enjoy a horse cart ride to Shwesandaw Pagoda at sunset
Day 3: Villages of Bagan
Visit villages near Bagan to get an insight into the everyday lives of local. After breakfast at a hotel, visit Min Nan Thu village and interact with the villagers and get a glimpse into everyday life. Then visit Damayazika Pagoda and Damayangyi Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit Myinkabar, another picturesque village, followed by visit the Lawka Nandar Pagoda and Mya Zedi. A beautiful experience awaits you as you go for a boat cruise during the sunset.
Experiences: Village life| Sunset boat cruise
Day 4: Bagan- Heho (morning flight); Heho-Inle Lake
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake. From Heho drive to NyaungShwe where you will board a boat and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the full day tour by private boat in Inle lake. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most holy religious site in southern Shan State. Be amazed by the local handicrafts, silk weaving, wooden handlooms and traditional blacksmith methods along the way. Visiting Inle Lake is not just about being on the water but also about discovering the Shan and Intha villages on the banks of the river. Pass the endless floating gardens, houses, monasteries built on stilts on the lake. Stop at Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery and then proceed to Nampan village and see local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made) and canoe carving.
Experiences: Boat ride on Inle Lake| Visit local cheroot factory and observe canoe carving| Visit riverside villages and see floating gardens and monasteries on stilts
Day 5: Inle Lake – Indein-The Lei Oo trekking
Begin your day with a visit to the market, which changes locations every five days and where you can see hill tribes, dressed in colorful, traditional outfits, as they barter for goods and produce. Visit the fascinating village of Indein, with its complex of ancient shrines and stupas and walk though colonnades of stairways and shop stalls. In the afternoon, take the boat to visit the The Lei Oo village, a beautiful village which is situated on the eastern shore of Inle Lake. Inn Tha and Pao ethnic minority groups live in the village. You can see fields growing rice, sugar cane, potato, tomato, garlic and a variety of beans, as well as cucumber and flowers. Their sugar canes are the raw material for Mandalay rum. The village has around 150 households. Visit a primary school and walk along the village lanes where you will see an old mill which is still used by the villagers. About 1 hour of walking, you will be at the jetty to take the boat back to the hotel
Experiences: Local markets| Boat ride to Indein village| Village walks and local life at The Lei Oo village
Day 6: Inle – Heho - Mandalay – Amarapura –Mingun
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival in Mandalay, visit Mahagandayon monastery. Board a private boat for a trip up the Irrawaddy river to Mingun (45 minutes each way). Visit the Mingun Bell which weighs more than 87 tons being the world’s largest intact bronze bell, the unfinished Mingun Paya (built with the intention of being the world’s biggest pagoda). Mingun's other highlight is the Hisnbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru. Throughout Mingun there are small neighborhoods crafting traditional baskets and other artistic items and there is plenty of time to stop and interact with the craftsmen and friendly locals. After returning to Mandalay enjoy a lovely view of the city from Mandalay Hill.
Experiences: Private boat ride in Mingun| Visit Mandalay Hill| Interact with local artisans
Day 7: Mandalay departure
After breakfast at hotel, head back to airport to catch your flight back home.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis at B&Bs and boutique stays
- Transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary only (Vehicle, NOT at disposal) by private AC vehicle
- Meals – Breakfast on all days except Day 1 is included
- Professional English speaking guide in each city
- Experienced Hindi speaking company driver
- Entrance fee at various museums & temples
- Horse-cart ride in Bagan
- Private sunset boat ride on Ayayarwaddy River in Bagan
- Private boat ride in Inle Lake & Mingun
- Flight charges to and from Mandalay
- Meals not mentioned
- Personal expenses such as beverages, tips etc.
- Any costs arising from flight delays, change in weather conditions, strikes etc. which are beyond our control
- Visa charges and processing
- Travel insurance
- What is not mentioned in “Inclusions”
*Please note: Activities are flexible and depend on availability.