Myanmar (Burma) Tours
On this trip, we visit all of the wondrous sights and in addition, we fly to Mandalay, Myanmar’s largest city, which will be our base for exploring the many historic sites in the heart of Myanmar.
1st Day: We arrive in Yangon (Rangoon) and transfer to our hotel. In the afternoon we tour the sights of the city—the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred religious monument in Myanmar; the enormous reclining Buddha at Chauktatgyi; the National Museum; and Kandawgye Lake. Yangon is a montage of Buddhist culture mixed with British colonialism.
2nd Day: In the morning, we fly to Bagan, where we spend the next two nights. Bagan is one of the most spectacular sights in Southeast Asia. Stretching back from the Ayeyarwady River, thousands of stupas and temples, some over 800 years old, cover an area of over 15 square miles. We visit many of these magnificent structures, some with wonderful murals, and then enjoy the sunset over a breathtaking vista from atop one of the ancient temples.
3rd Day: After breakfast, we drive to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano. Located on an outcropping of the volcano, is an impressive shrine dedicated to animist spirits known as “nats.” We climb the 777 steps to the shrine, looking at the small shops and shrines on the way up, and feeding the monkeys that play on the stairs. In the afternoon, we return to Bagan to visit the Archaeological Museum before watching the sun set over the Ayeyarwady River.
(See Ayerawaddy Cruise Option.)
4th Day: In the morning, we fly to Mandalay, our home base for the next two nights. Then we drive to Amarapura, the “City of Immortality,” a former Myanmar capital. Here we visit the Mahagandayon Monastery, where a thousand monks take their last meal of the day at 10 a.m. in total silence, and U Bein’s wooden bridge. Built of teak, the 3/4-mile-long bridge is still in use after 200 years. After lunch, we return to Mandalay to visit the old palace grounds, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha’s Doctrine, the Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carving, and other Buddhist shrines, before watching the sun set over the panoramic view from Mandalay Hill.
5th Day: Today, we travel up the Ayerawaddy River by boat, to the town ofMingun, where King Bodawpaya used thousands of slaves in an attempt to build the world’s largest stupa. Here we also see the world’s largest ringing bell, and the Myateintan Pagoda. After lunch, we drive to Ava, a discarded 14th-century Myanmar capital, then on to the town of Sagaing, where we visit the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, an enormous solid dome-shape stupa, and Sagaing Hill, a Buddhist retreat.
6th Day: In the morning we fly to the town of Heho, then drive through the countryside of Shan State to beautiful Inle Lake, where we spend the next two nights at a hotel built right in the lake on stilts. Enroute, we stop at the Pindaya Caves, a labyrinth of limestone caverns into which have been placed 8000 Buddha images donated throughout the centuries by Buddhist followers from many nations. We also visit local artisans who handcraft paper and umbrellas.
7th Day: Traveling in a small boat, we discover the many unique sights of the lake—the famous Intha leg-rowing fishermen who stand in the stern of their boat on one leg and use their other leg to maneuver a long oar; the floating farms, where local farmers grow flowers, vegetables and fruit; the monasteries, including the Nge Pha Khaung monastery, known as the “Jumping Cat Monastery” for its trained cats; and the many small factories on stilts, where local craftsmen weave silk, produce silver and iron ware, and roll the local cheroots.
8th Day: In the morning, we drive back to Heho, then fly to Yangon and continue our tour of the capital city, visiting its colonial downtown and famous markets—the Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market), which has the largest selection of Burmese handicrafts found anywhere, including precious gems by the thousands, and the Theingye Zei market, where locals shop for medicinal herbs and animal parts, and almost everything else.
9th Day: Yangon — Thanlyian ( close yangon)
Buffet breakfast at hotel. ( 09:00 )am, pick up by Odyssey guide, excursion to the Thanlyin by coach
( one hour driving) .
(Thanlyin ( Syriam ) was one the site of an oil refinery. The Kyaik Khaut Pagoda is the town’s most famous and its annual pagoda festival in February is the closest to Yangon where one can see a country fair of that size. Villagers come in covered carts to stay the whole week. Further away is Kyaut Tan Pagoda in the middle of a river, its glass mosaic decorations flashing in the sunlight. The small but busy morning bazaar near the jetty is typical of those in any small Myanmar town. Route from the Thanlyin Bridge to this Pagoda is lined by a myriad of monasteries and pagodas, lotus covered lakes and small wooden houses traditional village style. )
And its surrounding area (Portuguese Church which is occupied by Portuguese in early 17th century), Kyaik Khaut pagoda, Kyaikmawwun Pagoda (Kyaut Tan Pagoda) and golden sacred heart church.
Lunch at Local Restaurant at Thanlyin. Continue excursion to Native of Country Village.
Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Yangon Hotel.
10th Day: We depart from Yangon International Airport, sorry to leave this friendly country, but taking with us the photographs and memories of a fabulous journey.
What’s included: These trips are escorted by an experienced English-speaking Myanmar guide and include all domestic airfare within Myanmar, transfers, transportation, tours, accommodations and meals.
''Cruise '' Information details
Best Time: October thru April
Minimum Number of Persons: One
Option: By Cruise Bagan to Mandalay.
*Note: Prices subject to change without notice.
Ayeyarwaddy River Cruise
Myanmar (Burma) Tour Add-on:
Ayerawaddy River Cruise
This delightful cruise, from Bagan to Mandalay aboard the beautifully furnished RV Paukan, adds two nights to our 9 or 12-day Myanmar Tours.
The 55-passenger vessel is a floating boutique hotel where passengers enjoy great meals, service and accommodations while cruising in comfort up the Ayerawaddy (also called the Irrawaddy) River, relaxing and watching the mural of river life as it slowly flows by. Along the route there are stops at two typical river villages, one of which specialize in pottery and is the site where the peace treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese War was signed.
Included: Accommodations, all meals, guided tours.
Single room supplement:
*Note - Prices subject to change without notice. Call for departure dates and availability. Minimum number of passengers must be made for cruise portion of trip to be a guaranteed departure.