8 Day Classic Extension
Yangon (Arrival)Upon arrival, the marking point for nice walking is on the strand road, near Strand Hotel and Central Post. Go on walking to Pansodan Jetty and see how people load and unload things for trading by the famous river port. Walk pass many local shops of the busy city and Yangon’s somehow Dickensian colonial buildings. Discover gold shops in Shwe Bontha Street and observe how people love gold in order to save money in Myanmar. There are important administrative buildings such as High Cort and City Hall. Visit Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2000 years.
Until the late afternoon time is at your disposal, then set out for Shwedagon Pagoda complete your Myanmar impressions with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments.
Yangon (Circular Train)After breakfast, drive to central railway station of Yangon. Hop on a train full of locals, sellers, kids, monks, travellers of all sorts and venture out a journey to Hantharwaddy Station. This is the way to truly experience the Myanmar’s important transport. Walk from Hantharwaddy station to Hantharwaddy market. Go and have lunch at 100-year old colonial house filled with furniture and remnants of General Aung San’s (the father of Aung San Su Kyi) revolutionary period and observe Myanmar history of the revolutionary period.
In the evening, around the sunset time, have a boat ride on Yangon River.
Yangon - BaganAfter early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for the domestic flight.On arrival in Bagan continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; Ku Byanuk Gyi, a temple with superb murals of Jataka scenes; Khay Min Ga Temple, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments and Anada Temple, with four standing Buddha images.
After lunch at the hotel you will have the chance to visit one of Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts making location, a lacquer ware craftmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village. After the visit you will continue to Manuha Temple, built in the Mon-style in 1059 and follow on to Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha. Time permitting the archaeological museum is also visited to view the beautiful Buddha images of bronze, stone and lacquer.
Bagan - Mount Popa - BaganIf you choose, take off ground for your Balloon flight.
The magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for centuries. One of the most remarkable sights in Asia, ancient temples dot the landscape as far as the eye can see. After your flight return to your hotel for breakfast).
Your car will take you on a 50 km drive (1 ½ hours) to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with spectacular views. Mount Popa is popular pilgrimage destination for the Myanmar people.
After lunch at Popa Mountain Resort, where you will also have a wonderful view over the surrounding region, drive back to Bagan through several local villages and observe the daily life of the people and the toddy palm plantations.
Bagan - Heho - Pindaya - Inle LakeAfter breakfast, transfer to airport with your car for a domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival to Heho airport, proceed by car to to Pindaya (59 km / 2 hours) along a narrow and bumpy road. Visit Pindaya Caves, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by devotees and pilgrims over the centuries.
After lunch at local restaurant, drive to Nyaung Shwe (90 km / 3 hours) and transfer to your hotel on Inle Lake onboard a long tail boat.
Inle LakeAfter breakfast, a full day excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. In the morning visits are made to Phaungdawoo Pagoda and to one of the local markets in the Inle Lake region (on market days only).
In the afternoon, board again your boat and head to the Western Shore of Inle Lake, where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the well hidden Inn Thein Pagoda complex.
Inle - MandalayIn the morning, fly to Mandalay. Upon arrival at Mandalay, begin your nice walking near the biggest market of the country where thousands of people come and trade except on Buddhist Sabbath Days. Visit Mahamuni temple; most revered Buddha images by car and walk through the marble carving lane of Mandalay and observe how they curve the huge marble stones to become elephants, Buddha, and many other according to the order. Walk in Tanpawaddi Bronze casting lane where many artisans still craft their bronze in the way their great great grand fathers did. Mandalay is, in fact, well known for its skilled craftsmen and as you tour traditional workshops.
In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, the last surviving building from the last kingdom’s Royal Palace and witness the best wood carvings in the world. Then walk to Kuthodaw Pagoda, famous as the world’s biggest book with 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scripture. After that a hike up to the top of Mandalay Hill will be rewarding with panoramic view and the sun set.
Mandalay DepartureIn the morning, transfer to the Mandalay International airport or to your desired Hotel in Mandalay.
- All transfers, travel and excursions as described,
- hotels of your choice (** star, *** star, **** star on a bed and breakfast basis),
- Transfers and tours with best english speaking local guides (one in each location)
- Transportation by good car with air con
- All entrance fees
- Domestic air fare
- Domestic airport tax
- Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
- Boat fares
- (Balloon over Bagan for luxury category)
- International flights
- travel insurance
- all tips
- meals and items of a personal nature.
Price Per Traveller in USD (Tours & Hotels)
|Package Tour Rate – USD (Price Net Per Person in shared twin room)|
|Person(s)||2 pax||3-4 pax||5-7 pax||8-10 pax||Single Room Surcharge|
|*** Star Hotel||1450||1420||1390||1375||1290|