Myanmar Inspiration Tour
Places Visited: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Kalaw, Inle Lake
12 Days / 11 Nights
Day 1: Yangon Arrival
You will be welcomed by your local tour guide and transfer to hotel for check-in. Afternoon guided tour of Kandawgyi Lake and the Shwedagon Pagoda, two of Yangon’s most iconic sites.
Day 2: Yangon
Guided walking tour through Yangon’s bustling port area, into Chinatown, and the Sule Pagoda district with its beautiful colonial architecture on a slow and easy pace. Shopping opportunity at the Bogyoke Aung San market (formerly Scott Market), where you can find a wide range of handicraft shops, gems and jewellery. Finishing with a visit to the Htwe Oo Puppetry Home to see a traditional Myanmar puppet show conducted by a master in the art.
Day 3: Yangon – Bagan
Early morning flight to Bagan then a guided tour of the city’s most important pagodas and temples, as well as the market. This afternoon a short guided cycle ride through scenic villages and temples, with splendid photographic opportunities.
Day 4: Bagan
An enchanting walking tour through Bagan unfolds secrets from the city’s dramatic history. Finish at the Myinkaba village for displays of traditional craftsmanship. Late afternoon horse-and-cart ride to see this beautiful city in the golden hour, and to take in a magical sunset.
Day 5: Bagan – Mandalay
Morning flight to Mandalay, Myanmar’s capital of culture and the hub of Buddhism. Welcome by the local guide and first drive to Mahamuni Buddha Image, a cast made of the Buddha and one of the hollest sites in Myanmar. Afternoon transfer to your hotel in Mandalay before visiting the Golden Palace monastery, the Kuthodaw pagoda, also known as The World’s Largest Book, that contains 730 stone tablets inscribed with the Tripiṭaka (Buddhist doctrine) and enjoy the beautiful sunset seen from the top of Mandalay Hill.
Day 6: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin – Amarapura – Mandalay
An early start to drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (formerly May Myo), a former British Hill Station. Enjoy a short horse-drawn coach ride through the colony. Guided walk through traditional farming villages and a noted coffee plantation, stopping off at a waterfall on the return journey. Driving back to mandalay through Amarapura and a walk over the famous U-Bein bridge. Complete the day with sunset over Taungthaman Lake.
Day 7: Mandalay – Heho – Kalaw
Morning flight to Heho and transfer to Kalaw, a former British colony, to visit the Shwe U Min Paya Cave. Afternoon guided walk through the countryside to Nangthe village, to explore traditional agriculture techniques and visit a hill tribe.
Day 8: Kalaw
Full-day visit to Magwe conservation area. Help with the feeding and bathing of the rescued elephants here in the forest. Many butterflies, birds and orchids are also visible. Option to join in with the tree-planting initiative in the area.
Day 9: Kalaw – Nyaung Shwe
Transfer to Nyaung Shwe via the Shwe Yan Pyay monastery. Afternoon cycle ride to the attractive Red Mountain Wine Estate, to enjoy a tasting session and some of the finest views in Myanmar.
Day 10: Inle Lake
Scenic boat trip to Inndein on the lake’s western edge. A visit to a ruined pagoda complex on the hill above is rewarded by a return descent through a mature bamboo forest. Afternoon visit to Inthar Heritage House to see the famed Burmese cats that inhabit it. Further excursions include a boat construction workshop and a traditional blacksmiths.
Day 11: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon
Transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe followed by a transfer to Heho airport and flight back to Yangon. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure for relexation, optional Afternoon Tea at the luxury Strand Hotel or enjoy an exotic street foods in popular China Town.
Day 12: Yangon Departure
Transfer after breakfast to airport for your international flight.
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