Essential Myanmar (8n/9d)

Sunset viewing in Bagan is a popular pastime

Sunset viewing in Bagan is a popular pastime

Day 01 Yangon arrival & sightseeing
Arrival transfer and begin sightseeing, including colorful downtown Yangon, Chaukhtatkyi, a colossal reclining Buddha; a scenic photo stop on beautiful Kandawgyi Lake and the awe inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda. O/N Yangon

Day 02 Yangon – Mandalay (flight), excursion to Amarapura & Inwa
Morning arrival in Mandalay and sightseeing visit to the former royal capital of Amarapura, and see U Bein’s Bridge, the world’s longest teakwood structure. Then visit Inwa, another former royal capital, and travel by pony cart down tree-lined paths to see old palace walls, wooden monasteries, and the ‘leaning tower of Ava’. O/N Mandalay

Day 03 Mandalay sightseeing
City sightseeing includes gold leaf hammering, Mahamuni pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; and Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the world’s largest book for its stone slabs of the entire Buddhist scriptures. End the day with a sunset view from Mandalay Hill. O/N Mandalay

Day 04 Mandalay – Bagan (Boat)
Early morning departure (0600) from Mandalay to Bagan by modern ferryboat service. A pleasant way to spend the day as you travel down the fabled Ayeyarwaddy River. Arrive in Bagan by late afternoon, in time for evening sightseeing. O/N Bagan

Day 05 Bagan sightseeing
In the morning continue sightseeing of one of Asia’s premier archaeological sites. Highlights of our visit include many of Bagan’s distinctive pagodas and the colorful local market as well. O/N Bagan

Day 06 Bagan – Heho (flight), Inle Lake
Fly to Heho and transfer to a hotel at Inle Lake. Begin sightseeing by long tailed boat of this magical and unique area . Highlights include the boatmen with their ‘one-legged’ rowing style, the floating gardens, the ‘jumping cats’ monastery and more. O/N Inle Lake

Day 07 Inle Lake
Continue Inle Lake sightseeing today with a memorable visit to Indain village with its idyllic 16th century pagodas. We can also visit a local silk weaving ‘factory’ which sits on stilts on the lake. O/N Inle Lake

Day 08 Heho – Yangon (flight)
Fly to Yangon and afternoon visit to Botahtaung pagoda on the Yangon river. For a last shopping spree go to the sprawling 79 year old Bogyoke (Scott) Market, filled with a large collection of local handicrafts and other items. O/N Yangon

Day 09 Yangon
At leisure until departure transfer

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