This highlights of Myanmar – 6 days tour leads you to the old colonial capital of Yangon, the land of magnificent pagodas in Bagan and cultural royal capitals of Mandalay. Even more, you will capture many chances to mingle at the tranquil villages, observe their daily life and try your hands on doing their job.
- Day 1: Yangon Arrival. Brief city tour
- Day 2: Yangon – Fly to Bagan – Sightseeing
- Day 3: Bagan sightseeing
- Day 4: Bagan – Fly to Mandalay – Sightseeing
- Day 5: Mandalay sightseeing – Fly to Yangon
- Day 6: Yangon departure
Departure City: Yangon
Visit Cities: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay
Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request
Extendable with optional tours from Yangon
PRIVATE TOUR COST:Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
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- Observe the old beauty of well-preserved colonial buildings of Yangon
- Admire Shwedagon Pagoda – one of the greatest Buddhist pagodas in the world
- Discover Bagan’s historical secret with fine collection of old temples
- Unfold the hidden history behind Mingun unfinished pagoda
- Walk on U Bein Bridge, the oldest and longest teak bridge in the world
Day 1: Yangon Arrival. Brief city tour
Mingalabar! Arrival at Yangon International Airport, you are welcomed by our tour guide and driver. Welcome to Myanmar, the country just opened itself to the world and now waiting people to discover its unique Buddhist culture and heritage.
Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar but nowadays one of the most developed cities in Myanmar. The bustling city of Yangon is the best place to witness the country in transition, where century-old buildings from the British colonial period vie for space with the emerging modern skyline.
Now you have a trip downtown with a walking tour through the historic quarter. Along the way you visit the former City Hall and various other examples of 1940’s colonial British architecture. The hidden art galleries inside the small alley could also be the next stop on your tour. Continue to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which houses the sacred reclining Buddhas as well as the country’s largest one. Spend time at Bogyoke Market, formerly Scott Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays). Built in the 1920s under British rule, the side is listed a heritage of Yangon. It has more than 2,000 stalls dominated by large selections of antique Burmese handicraft, clothing and jewelry… Last but not least, you go to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site of Myanmar and the oldest one in the world. The monument contains a 99m high golden stupa and spires, adorned with 7,000 diamonds, sapphires and rubies and allegedly, hairs belonging to the Gautama Buddha. If you are fortunate, have a chance to join a special oil lamp lighting ceremony with thousand oil lamps are lit around the gilded pagoda. This ancient and symbolic Buddhist ritual will be the truly awe-inspiring spiritual experience.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Day 2: Yangon – Fly to Bagan – Sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel, you are leaving Yangon for Bagan. Spend the whole day exploring Bagan where over 2,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside. Our first temple visit is to Ananda Temple, Shwezigon Pagoda, Nanpaya Temple, Thatbinnyu… In the afternoon, you visit a traditional lacquerware workshop, try creating some products yourself and bring home some unique the handicrafts. Later on, from an elevated vantage point, you witness the panoramic view of the archaeological wonders in sunset. This is the most relaxing way to end a day in Bagan.
Accommodations: Hotel in Bagan
Day 3: Bagan rual sightseeing – Mt. Popa
Begin the sightseeing with a visit at the colorful Nyaung U market which remains very authentic with a wide range of local grown products. Next, you take an exotic horse cart ride around the ancient land, feel free to drop by any temples in Bagan and many other interesting sites nearby. Now you proceed to the typical Burmese villages, discover their agricultural lifestyle, such as Min Nan Thu Village and Shwe Hlaing village…
Continue your journey to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano standing 1518 metres high. It is the worshipper center of the pantheon of Burmese ‘Nat” spirits (which form an essential part of Buddhist beliefs in Myanmar). Climb 829 steps with bare foot to reach the revered Popa Taungkalat Monastery perched dramatically on a large rocky outcrop. The adventurous is rewarded with sweeping views of Popa National Park.
In the afternoon, drive back to Bagan and stop en-route at the workshop making traditional palm sugar, cigar maker and peanut oil distillation. You cap the day with an unforgettable sunset from a boat on the Irrawaddy River.
Accommodations: Hotel in Bagan
Day 4: Bagan – Fly to Mandalay – Sightseeing
Today you leave Bagan for Mandalay. Upon arrival, our private tour guide & car will pick you up and proceed to the tour.
Embark on a private boat upstream Irrawaddy River to visit Mingun. Upon arrival, the first site attracting your attention is Mingun Pahtodawgyi, the uncompleted yet the largest pagoda in Mandalay. Continue the sightseeing to Mingun Bell, the world’s largest ringing bell, which is said to weigh around 90 tons. Then take a walk to the incredibly-white Hsinphymae Pagoda with its special structure and history. A visit to Mingun is definitely the highlight of your journey in Mandalay. Next, you explore Kuthodaw Pagoda, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, well-known as the world’s largest book inscribed on 729 stone slabs. It’s time to learn about the story and scriptures with our experienced tour guide. You then visit Shwenandaw Monastery, the famous construction with the exquisite wood carvings and stunning perfection in every detail. It is the sole surviving Royal Palace building in Mandalay, which offers a glimpse of the original style and traditional architecture of the Myanmar royals. Afterward, drive to Mandalay Hill at the height of 240 metres. From the highest point of the city, enjoy the sunset panoramic views of Mandalay, you can also see the square of the Royal Palace, some pagodas dotted surrounding, and the mighty Irrawaddy River.
Accommodations: Hotel in Mandalay
Day 5: Mandalay sightseeing – Fly to Yangon
This morning, you head to Amarapura, the royal capital from 1783 until 1859. The destination has the country’s most prominent monastic college named Mahagandaryone Monastery. Here you have great chance to experience the monk life in Mandalay. Every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up silently to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Now you go to the nearby U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak footbridge which crosses the shallow Taungthaman Lake. Continue the trip to Sagaing, which is renowned as the religious center of not only Mandalay but also Myanmar. Here you will be impressed with the view of the countless white and gold pagodas dotting along the river and around the Sagaing Hill. Furthermore, it is also the home to more than 100 meditation centers and 3,000 monks. Here you will have the visit at Pagoda Cave, U Min Thonze Pagoda and U Ponya Pagoda.
Finally, you fly back to Yangon. Head to hotel, check in and relax.
Accommodations: Hotel in Yangon
Day 6: Yangon departure
You are free to explore Yangon until the airport transfer. Get ready for your onward flights. Thanks for your trust and traveling with us!
- In-tour flights: Yangon – Bagan, Bagan – Mandalay, Mandalay – Yangon
- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
- Service of English speaking guides in every location
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.
- International flights.
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
- Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
- Tips for guides and drivers.
- Personal travel insurance.
- Myanmar Visa fees (contact us for further information).