Classic Myanmar

9 Days / 8 Nights

Our classic Myanmar itinerary is carefully designed to covering the highlights of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. Perfect for first-time visitors to Myanmar.

Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Inle

Trip Highlights

  • Visit awe-inspiring sights, including the glittering golden Shwedagon pagoda and famous temple-dotted plains of Bagan
  • Explore life on the water with a boat ride around Inle Lake
  • Take in a spectacular sunset at the iconic U Bein Bridge

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation 8 nights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals: 8B
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Bagan Temple Tour
  • Mingun Boat Tour
  • Inle Lake Boat Tour

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrival in Yangon

The guide greets visitors on arrival and accompanies them to the hotel. If time allows, take part in the traditional lighting of the oil lamps at Shwedagon Pagoda from 17:00-20:00

Day 2: Transfer to Bagan

Fly to Bagan and enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure or, for extra insight, choose one of our optional tours.

Day 3: Bagan Temple Tour

Spend a day exploring one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites. Get up close to stand out temples such as the finest, largest, best-preserved, and most revered Ananda Temple, Wet Gyi Inn Gu Byauk Gyi, which houses a wide array of well-preserved murals that line the interior walls.  Visit a family-run lacquer-ware workshop well-known for its diverse designs, small, cute souvenirs and ornamental pieces, and jewellery boxes. Then, watch the sunset over the temples from a viewing point.

Day 4: Bagan

Enjoy a free day of leisure at Bagan. 

Day 5: Bagan to Mandalay

In the morning, take the 4-hour drive to Mandalay before a boat trip along the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun. This relaxing cruise provides a glimpse into life on the river, as you pass by fishing villages, ox carts, grain fields, market boats and laundries. In Mingun, there is a complex of fascinating archaeological ruins and pagodas to explore, include the Mingun Pagoda – home to the largest intact hanging bell in the world.

Day 6: Mandalay

Enjoy a free day in Mandalay. We offer many optional tours designed to complement the itinerary. For example, enjoy the iconic sunset at U bein bridge. This beautiful bridge is the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world, and one of the most photographed sites in the country. Watch the locals passing along the bridge, their silhouettes beautiful against the setting sun – a classic photo opportunity.

Day 7: Mandalay to Inle Lake

Take an internal flight to Heho, the base to explore Inle Lake. Take a boat ride across the lake and admire the unique one-legged rowing style as you pass by floating gardens filled with fruits and vegetables that provide an income to the lake dwellers. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, famed for its five small gold-gilded Buddha images. Observe craftsmen at work, hand-rolling Burmese cigars, before travelling to the stilted weaving village of Inn Paw Khon, famous for producing precious lotus silk.

Day 8: Inle Lake

Enjoy the fantastic accommodation and the surroundings of Inle Lake at your own leisure. Optional tours are available.

Day 9: Flight Helo – Yangon for departure

Private transfer to airport by boat and car to catch flight to Yangon. 

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