Experience the true essence of Myanmar as you traverse the land by road and river, from the last royal capital of Mandalay to the mystical ruins of Bagan. Climb to a temple steeped in ancient myths atop Mt Popa and relive colonial times in the flower city, Pyin Oo Lwin. Sip the finest of local wines at Inle Lake and watch the sun go down over the tranquil white sand beaches of Ngapali.
- Seeing the highlights of Myanmar’s last royal city in Mandalay
- Enjoying a cool climate in the picturesque former British colonial hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin
- Cruising on a riverboat past remote villages and a fluctuating landscape along the Irawaddy River
- Gazing in awe at a golden landscape filled with 10,000 temples in Bagan
- Ascending an extinct volcano to visit culturally important monastery at Mount Popa
- Witnessing the famous one-legged rowers and dramatic scenery of Inle Lake
- Lounging on the beaches of Myanmar’s most renowned coastal escape in Ngapali
- Exploring Myanmar’s most bustling city, Yangon, and visiting some of its many highlights
|Tour Name||Classic Myanmar|
|Type of tour||Classic Tour|
|Travel destination||Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin-Bagan-Mt.Popa-Inle-Ngapali-Yangon|
|Tour start point & end point||Mandalay/Yangon|
|No of traveling days||13 Days 12 Nights|
|Recommended travel period||October to May|
|Min / Max Group size||01 pax up to 16 pax|
Day 1: Mandalay
Arrive in Mandalay where this afternoon you will explore the last royal capital of Myanmar. The center piece of the city is the reconstructed palace which is surrounded by a large moat. In the early evening watch the sun go down over the city from Mandalay Hill.
Day 2 Mandalay -Pyin Oo Lwin-Mandalay
Today after breakfast, meet our guide and driver at your hotel and drive up into the hills from Mandalay (80 Km, about 2 hours) for a full day visit of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), a former British hill station. Proceed to Peik Chin Myaung Caves, since ancient times a Buddhist shrine. Visit the local market and drive through the charming town in a horse-drawn ‘stage coach’, giving you the chance to admire the red brick and half-timbered houses, complete with English-style gables, turrets and chimneys.
After lunch, visit the National Botanical Kandawgyi Gardens which was built on Lake Kandawgyi by Alex Rodgers with the aid of Lady Cuffle in 1915, using the manpower of 4,000 Turkish prisoners of war, and renovated just a few years ago, covering an area of 436 hectares, the park contains a wide variety of botanical attractions, including a large number of magnificent orchids and bamboo forests, and lots of European beautiful flowers. Return back to Mandalay.
Day 3 Mandalay cruising to Bagan
Get amongst the hustle and bustle of the morning market before boarding a river cruiser to Bagan. Spend the next three days relaxing with the rhythm of the river and watching the scenery slip by. All the creature comforts you could want are onboard and there will be opportunities to hop off at designated points to explore the sights.
Day 4 Cruising to Bagan
Day 5 Cruise check out and Bagan - Popa-Bagan
Arrive into Bagan where your river cruise will end. Then excursion to the enchanting Mt. Popa, a great extinct volcano situated about 67 km , it takes one hour drive from southeast of Bagan via Kyaukpadaung. Mt. Popa, standing out as a green-clad landmark in the Dry Zone, is a situated on 15,00 meter-high and an extinct volcano.. Tour highlights: toddy palm groves and jaggery cottage industry; and the famous Popa Taungkalat, a tower-like volcanic plug lying on the south-western slope of Mt. Popa. Then enjoy the scenic view of its surrounding from Popa Mountain Resort.
After that, return back to Bagan at late afternoon and overnight stay at hotel in Bagan.
Day 6 Bagan Fullday sightseeing
By far the best way to view Bagan is from the sky. It’s an early morning start as you climb into the basket of the hot air balloon for a sunrise, birds-eye view of the ancient city. Watch the landscapes drift by and enjoy the serene atmosphere. Keep with tradition and enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne upon landing! Take a nap back at the hotel and later in the afternoon head out to see some of the most spectacular ruins by horse cart.
Day 7 Bagan/Heho -Inle
Fly from Bagan on the morning flight to Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake. Take a short drive to the renowned Red Mountain Vinery.
Day 8 Inle-Indein-Inle
Cruise by small boat to Indein nestled on the banks of the lake. The village is famous for its overgrown and mystifying 16th century stupas and its handicrafts. Watch craftsman at work building wooden boats and creating Buddha images made from the powder of dried flowers. Then head over to the cigar factory where hundreds of cigarillos are rolled by hand!
Day 9 Inle-Heho /Ngapali
In the morning fly from Heho to Ngapali and take a short drive to arrive at Ngapali Beach where the next three days are spent completely at leisure.
Day 10 Ngapali
Pack a picnic lunch and hire a boat to travel out to one of the islands dotted off the coast for great snorkeling and diving, or venture out into the countryside and meet the locals.
Day 11 Ngapali
Day 12 Ngapali / Yangon
A swift morning flight will take you to Yangon where the morning is free to relax. Visit the awe inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda before enjoying an afternoon in style with high tea at the famous Strand Hotel. This evening hop aboard a river cruise for dinner.