MYANMAR CLASSIC

Trip Facts

Starts FromYangon
Ends inYangon
Country Visited Myanmar
Best Time Nov-Feb
Price (per person) From $1,575
Single supplement $460
Internal airfare (per person) Included*

Tour Overview

Myanmar or Burma still retains its quaint beauty that is soothing to your senses – you just feel like immersing deep in that charm of beauty and quietude. It’s natural beauty is complimented by one of the most friendliest and polite people on the planet, Burmese people will do their best to make you feel welcome to their country. In Myanmar Classic we will take you through all of those iconic places that Myanmar is well known for.

Private journey  |  Based on double occupancy  |  *Internal airfare subject to change

Day 1 : Yangon

Arrive in Yangon. Transfer. 

Sightseeing in Yangon

Visit Sule Pagoda
SULE PAGODA: this 48 meter high golden dome was used by the British as the nucleus of their grid pattern for the city when it was rebuilt in the 1880s. The pagoda’s peculiarity is its octagonal-shaped stupa, which retains its shape as it tapers to the spire.

Visit Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake
KANDAWGYI LAKE: also known as the Royal Lake, this natural body of water located in the city center is a good place for strolling and picnicking. The lake is attractive at sunset when the glittering Shwedagon pagoda is reflected in its calm waters.

Visit Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market
BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET(closed on Mondays and public holidays): also known as Scott Market, this building contains over 2000 stalls and is the best place in Yangon to browse through the complete range of local handicrafts.

Visit Strand Road
The colorful bustle along Yangon Road streams in along with the sunshine through tall teak framed windows at The Strand Cafe. Marble floors inlaid with teak and black lacquered ceiling fans recall the city’ s colonial era while contemporary British photographer Tim Hall’ s striking black & white photographs of the country’ s monks and hill tribes adds memorable, artful context to the cool, comfortable room, as does the cafe’s take on afternoon Burmese tea served daily with homemade pastries. Feel free to snack on either the Burmese or Western varieties.

Visit Shwedagon Pagoda
SHWEDAGON PAGODA: the highlight of any visit to Yangon, this pagoda dates back about 2500 years and was built to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha. Its original shape has changed beyond all recognition over the centuries. Its bell-shaped superstructure, resting on a terraced base, is covered in about 60 tons of gold-leaf, which is continuously being replaced. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan

Transfer to airport and fly from Yangon to Bagan. Transfer.

Sightseeing in Bagan
Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD. SHWEZIGON PAYA: King Anawrahta started the construction of the Schwezigon Pagoda to enshrine some relicts of Buddha. The construction was finished by his successor, King Kyansittha between 1086 and1090. Originally the Shwezigon Pagoda marked the northern end of the city of Bagan. The stupa’s graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later stupas over Myanmar. GUBYAUKHYI TEMPLE at Wetkyi-Inn: This Temple was built in the early 13th Century and repaired in 1468. The great colorful painting about the previous life of Buddha and the distinguished architecture make this temple an interesting site for a visit. This temple is not to be confounded with the Gubyaukgyi Temple in Myinkabe. ANANDA PAHTO: one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Thought to have been built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, this perfectly proportioned temple heralds the stylistic end of the Early Bagan period and the beginning of the Middle period. GUBYAUKGYI TEMPLE at Myinkaba: Built in 1113 by Kyanzittha son Rajakumar, this temple is famous for its well-preserved Stuccos from the 12th century on the outside walls. The magnificent paintings date from the original construction of the temple and are considered to be the oldest original paintings in Bagan. MANUHA TEMPLE: The Manuha Temple was built in 1059 by King Manuha, the King of Thaton, who was brought captive to Bagan by King Anawrahta. It enshrines the unusual combination of 3 seated and one reclining image Buddha. It is said that this temple was built by Manuha to express his displeasure about his captivity in Bagan. SHWESANDAW PAYA: In 1057 King Anawrahta built this Pagoda following his conquest of Thaton. This is the first monument in Bagan, which features stairways leading up from the square bottom terraces to the round base of the Stupa.
LACQUERWARE WORKSHOP: the villages around Bagan are known for producing the finest lacquerware in Myanmar. Stop by one of the workshops and learn about the painstaking process of laquerware making and decoration.

Watch sunset over Bagan
Enjoy a panoramic view of the sun setting over the plain of Bagan from one of the pagoda platforms. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 3: Bagan

Excursion to Mount Popa
MOUNT POPA: A curiously cylindrical hill rising sharply from the surrounding plain, Mount Popa is considered to be the home of Myanmar’s most important nats (spirits). Visitors ascend up a winding covered staircase encircling the mountain, observed by the curious monkeys that populate the area. At the top is a monastery and temple complex, with shrines to the 37 nats and a spectacular view over the region. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay

Transfer to airport and fly from Bagan to Mandalay. Transfer.

Excursion to Amarapura, Sagaing, and Inwa (Ava)

This day tour visits three former royal capitals, each with its own unique atmosphere. In the morning, drive to AMARAPURA, and visit MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY; every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Next, head to SAGAING, the spiritual center of Myanmar. Hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries are to be found in Sagaing Hill, sometimes known as a living Bagan. Thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and contemplation. Stop at some of the most famous temples, such as SUN U PONYA SHIN PAYA, U MIN THONSEI PAYA and KAUNG HMU DAW PAYA. Cross the river by ferry to INWA (AVA), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa (Ava) is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a leisurely HORSECART RIDE around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting BAGAYA KYAUNG, a beautiful teak wood monastery, MAHA AUNGMYAY BONZAN KYAUNG, and NAN MYINT TOWER. On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make the famous alms bowls out of iron. Finally, return to AMARAPURA, to end the day at U BEIN’S BRIDGE, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometer across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge teems with monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colors of the sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 5: Mandalay

Sightseeing in Mandalay
The last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual center. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty percent of the country’s monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the finest crafts in Myanmar. Begin your tour at MAHAMUNI PAYA. The Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm of gold leaf. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. Afterwards, head to SHWENANDAW KYAUNG, or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace, used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen. Continue to KYAUKTAWGYI PAYA, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Continue to KUTHODAW PAYA, known also as “the world’s biggest book”. Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble Numbering altogether 729, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata, or Buddhist scriptures. The final stop is at SHWE KYIN OLD MONASTERY, an old monastery at the base of Mandalay Hill which was built during the period of King Mindon.

Excursion to Mingun with boat trip
Travel upriver by boat to MINGUN, enjoying the views of river life – fishing villages, market boats, women attending to their washing, and children playing in the water. Explore the ruins of the vast MINGUN PAYA, a monument to human ambition – never finished, its size would have dwarfed all contemporary pagodas.
HSINBYUME PAYA: Dating from 1816, this pagoda was first built by King Bagyidaw and dedicated to the memory of his wife, the Hsinbyume Princess. Like many other pagodas, this structure is a symbolic representation of the mythical Mountain Meru. MINGUN BELL: in 1808 Bodawpaya had a gigantic bell cast to go with the gigantic zedi. Weighing 90 tons, it is claimed to be the largest bell in the world.
After that, return downstream by boat to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 6: Mandalay – Kalaw

By vehicle from Mandalay to Kalaw
Journey along the road with view of dry fields and local villages of the tropical region between Mandalay and Meikhtila. Stop at some places for photo taking where nice landscapes and great scenery are located. Enjoy the greater view of the hillside cultivation, the villages of the tribes and unique atmosphere in Kalaw.
Overnight in Kalaw.

Day 7: Kalaw – Inle Lake

Visit local market

Sightseeing in Kalaw with a light trek to nearby villages
Popular hill station in the British days, Kalaw sits high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. It is still a peaceful and quiet place with an atmosphere reminiscent of the colonial era. The small population is a mix of Shan, Indian Muslim, Bamar and Nepali. THEIN TAUNG PAYA: temple perched on the hill overlooking the Thazi-Taunggyi Road. AUNG CHANG THA ZEDI: glittering stupa (Buddhist religious monument) covered in gold-coloured mosaics. DHAMMA YON: a two-storey temple which from upstairs has fair views of the town, Dhamma Yanthi Paya and the ruins of the Hsu Taung Pye Paya. HSU TAUNG PYE PAYA: ruins and now a field of crumbling stupas behind the Dhamma Yon towards the Kalaw Hotel. NEE PAYA: located west of the town, it features a gold lacquered bamboo Buddha. CHRIST THE KING CHURCH: a brick Catholic church under the supervision of the Burmese Father Paul, and the Italian Father Angelo Di Meo, who have been in Myanmar since 1931. The Christ figure over the altar came from Italy, and Father Angelo painted the mural background. TREKKING: the plateau near Kalaw is inhabited by people of the Palaung and Pao tribes. Intha, Shan, Taungthu, Taung-yo, Danu. Kayah, Danaw and Bamar people occupy the mountains to the north and east. One of the main sources of income is the cultivation of ‘thanaq-hpeq’ (a large leaf used to wrap Burmese cigars).
By vehicle from Kalaw to Inle Lake.

Transfer by boat
Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 8: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

Excursion by boat on Inle Lake
INLE LAKE: Inle Lake, located in Shan State, is beautiful, with very calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes. High hills rim the lake on all sides. The lake’s shore and islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and observe the skilled fisherman using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake. Visit the floating gardens, a market and a Intha village around the lake. The day sightseeing also includes a visit to the PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA, INN PAW KHON VILLAGE (Lotus and silk weaving) and the NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY.
Transfer by boat

By vehicle from Inle Lake to Heho. Flight from Heho to Yangon. Meet and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 9: Yangon

Transfer to airport for your flight back home.

DayCityHotels
1YangonJasmine Palace Hotel
(Superior Room)
or
Sedona Hotel Yangon
(ROH)
2-3BaganBawga Theiddhi Hotel
(Superior Room)
4-5MandalayHotel Amazing Mandalay
(Deluxe Room)
or
Bagan King Hotel
(Superior Room)
6KalawHill Top Villa Resort Hotel
(Superior Room)
7Inle LakePristine Lotus Spa Resort Inle
(Floating Duplex)
or
Myanmar Treasure Resort Line
(Deluxe Lake View)
8YangonJasmine Palace Hotel
(Superior Room)
or
Sedona Hotel Yangon
(ROH)
  • – Accommodation in hotels as described or similar category

    – Daily breakfast

    – All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport

    – All entrance fees

    – English speaking guide

    – Internal flights on economy class as below:

    • From Heho to Yangon
    • From Yangon to Heho
    • From Yangon to Bagan
    • From Bagan to Mandalay
  • – International airfare (we will be glad to help you book your flights)

    – Visa fees

    – Any airport taxes

    – Personal expenses