Golden Myanmar (11n/12d)

The  unfinished Zedi at Mingun would have been the largest in the world if completed

The unfinished Zedi at Mingun would have been the largest in the world if completed

Day 01 Yangon arrival (based on morning flight).
Transfer to the hotel and begin our sightseeing including colorful downtown Yangon, Chaukhtatkyi, a colossal reclining Buddha; a scenic photo stop on beautiful Kandawgyi Lake and the Shwedagon Pagoda, arguably the world’s most impressive golden stupa. O/N Yangon

Day 02 Yangon – Heho (flight), Inle Lake
Transfer to Inle Lake and begin sightseeing of this magical lake by private boat. Highlights include the boatmen with their unique ‘one-legged’ rowing style, the floating gardens, the ‘jumping cats’ monastery and more. O/N Inle Lake

Day 03 Inle Lake & Pindaya (car)
Continue Inle Lake sightseeing today with a memorable visit to Indain village with its idyllic 17th century pagodas. We can also visit a local silk weaving ‘factory’ which sits on stilts on the lake. Afternoon drive to Pindaya. O/N Pindaya

Day 04 Pindaya, Heho – Mandalay (flight)
Morning visit to Pindaya caves, which contain more than 8,000 Buddha images. Sightseeing at the caves and then drive to Heho airport for afternoon flight to Mandalay. O/N Mandalay

Day 05 Mingun excursion & Mandalay sightseeing
Morning transfer to Mandalay jetty for a short and pleasant ride upriver to the massive ruins of the unfinished Mingun pagoda. Nearby we can also visit the Mingun Bell and Mingun village. Return to Mandalay and sightseeing includes Mahamuni Pagoda, gold leaf hammering, Shwe Inbin Monastery, and Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings. O/N Mandalay

Day 06 Amarapura & Inwa
Sightseeing today includes visits to the former royal capitals of Amarapura and Inwa. At Amarapura visit U Bein’s bridge, the world’s longest teakwood bridge and then at Inwa travel by pony cart down tree lined paths to visit old palace walls, wooden monasteries and the ‘leaning tower of Ava’. O/N Mandalay

Day 07 Mandalay – Maymyo (car)
Afternoon drive to the former British Hill Station of Maymyo and enjoy the cool temperatures and scenery. Sightseeing includes elegant old colonial houses, and the beautiful 237 acre botanical garden. There are many horse drawn carriages to enliven the scenery. O/N Maymyo.

Day 08 Mandalay – Bagan by IFC PANDAW boat
Embark the colonial style IFC PANDAW river boat and morning departure for Bagan. O/N PANDAW

Day 09 On board the IFC PANDAW boat
Stop for early morning village walk at Sameikkon and evening stop for a visit to the tobacco trading town of Pakkoku. O/N PANDAW

Day 10 Bagan sightseeing
Morning arrival in Bagan and disembark the IFC PANDAW. After transfer to the hotel begin our sightseeing of one of Asia’s premier archaeological sites. Highlights of our visit will include many of Bagan’s distinctive pagodas. At sunset enjoy a marvelous panoramic view of the pagodas.O/N Bagan

Day 11 Bagan sightseeing & Bagan -Yangon (flight)
Continue sightseeing of Bagan’s unique pagodas, visit colorful Bagan market and also see some of Bagan’s famous lacquerware being handcrafted. Transfer to airport for late day flight back to Yangon. O/N Yangon

Day 12 Yangon departure
At leisure until departure transfer.

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