Highlights of Myanmar: Explore Wonders of the Golden Land

Trip Code

HOMEWOTGL

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

11 days

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Maximum Seats

8

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Mandalay, Min Kun, Amarapura, Sagaing, Yandabo, Bagan, Minhla, Magway, Rangoon

Start and end in Rangoon! With the In-depth Cultural tour Highlights of Myanmar: Explore Wonders of the Golden Land, you have a 12 days tour package taking you through Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma) and 7 other destinations in Myanmar (Burma). Highlights of Myanmar: Explore Wonders of the Golden Land includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Arrival – Yangon

Welcome to Myanmar (Burma)! An AAT representative will meet you at the airport and direct you to your hotel for check-in. Today, you are free to relax, explore the city, and enjoy lunch and dinner on your own schedule. (Regular check-in time)
Day 2

Day 2: Yangon – Mandalay Sightseeing

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay, heralded as one of Myanmar’s premier cultural centers. Experience Shwenandaw Kyuang Monastery (Golden Palace Monastery), an intricately- carved structure built from teak, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as 'the world’s largest book.' This pagoda contains over 700 stupas, each home to a marble slab inscribed with Buddhist teachings. After, visit one of Myanmar’s most revered religious monuments: the Mahamuni Pagoda. Next, tour one of gold leaf workshops in Mandalay, then proceed to Mandalay Hill. In the afternoon, embark on a boat trip along the Irrawaddy River. Sail up the river from Mandalay to the town of Mingun. Here, you can see one of the world’s largest bells -- the 90-ton Mingun Bell. You’ll also visit the Mingun Pagoda and the exquisite, snow-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. After your sightseeing tour, embark on a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River. Enjoy the magnificent views as the sun sets over Mandalay's beautiful landscape. After your return ashore, savor a delicious dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.
Please note: Your All Asia Tours travel package covers the cost of the internal flight.

MEALS: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 3

Day 3: Mandalay – Amarapura / Ava / Sagaing Sightseeing

After breakfast, begin today’s trip to Amarapura. Explore Mahagandayon, a famous Buddhist monastery and monastic college where over 1,000 monks live and study. Next, continue to the 200- year-old U Bein Bridge -- the world’s longest teak bridge. This fascinating structure was built in 1782, when Amarapura was Myanmar’s royal capital. The town is also well-known for its traditional silk and cotton weaving. You’ll have the privilege of visiting a silk workshop where you can marvel at the artisans’ gorgeous handwoven textiles. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After, you’ll embark on a short boat ride to explore the former royal capital Inwa (previously known as Ava) by horse cart. This charming, slower-paced form of transportation allows you to view daily life in rural towns, as well as small ruins and tiny pagodas covered in jungle foliage. Here, see the dramatic Nanmyin Watch Tower (Leaning Tower of Inwa/Ava), as well as Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery and Bagaya Monastery. Conclude your tour with a visit to the Buddhist retreat of Sagaing Hills to watch a glowing sunset. This evening, savor dinner at your lovely hotel in Mandalay.

MEALS: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 4

Day 4: Mandalay – Bagan Sightseeing

Shortly after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagan, the former Burmese capital city with wonderful vistas of pagodas and stupas. Upon arrival, you’ll begin your journey to Bagan’s most treasured temples and pagodas including: Shwezigon Pagoda, known for its glittering golden stupa, Shwegugyi Pagoda, and Ananda Temple, famous for its four magnificent Buddha sculptures. Next, enjoy a brief introduction into Burmese crafts. Visit a lacquerware craftsman’s workshop in Myinkaba Village and learn how some of Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts are manufactured. This afternoon, enjoy a tasty lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, a colorful horse cart -- a traditional mode of transportation still used by locals -- will be waiting to take you to more of Bagan’s ancient temples. Enjoy this slower form of travel and see vibrant local life at close range. Complete your day by watching the sunset at one of Bagan’s Sunset Hills. Tonight will be a truly magical affair. Savor the tantalizing flavors and aromas of delicious Burmese cuisine while you watch a traditional marionette puppet show performance, complete with music. This evening will be a spectacular feast for all of your senses! After the show, return to your hotel where you can relax and relive the day’s highlights.
Please note: Your All Asia Tours travel package covers the cost of this internal flight.

MEALS: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 5

Day 5: Pagodas & Temples Around Bagan

This morning, ease into the day with a stroll through local Nyaung U Market. Here you can find a wide variety of tempting goods including fresh produce and fish, assorted crafts, and quality textiles. Next, continue your tour of Myanmar’s spectacular religious sites. Today, you’ll see Tayoke Pyay Temple in Min Nan Thu Village, Phaya Thone Zu Temple, Nanadamanya Temple, and Kyat Kan Cave Monastery, which is one of Bagan’s most famous meditation retreats. Gain insight into Burmese life as you make your way through quaint farming villages near Bagan. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon and lunch on your own schedule. In the early evening, explore a nearby village in Bagan. Here, you'll meet villagers and observe their local customs and lifestyle. Return to your hotel for a satisfying dinner and an evening of rest and relaxation.

MEALS: Breakfast / Dinner

Optional Joint* Tour: Balloons over Bagan (Seasonal Tour from Late October through March) US$330.00 per person Imagine witnessing the splendor and beauty of Myanmar from a bird’s-eye view as you float in a hot air balloon! This tour allows you to view the golden stupas of Bagan's ancient pagodas in the shimmering light of sunrise. This optional excursion takes you in the air for about one hour during sunrise, casting the temples and landscape into early morning’s dazzling light and color. Upon landing, you and your travel companions will be treated to a celebratory glass of champagne with the crew. Do not miss such an exciting adventure that is sure to provide you with incredible memories, photo opportunities, and stories to share with friends and family!
*Please note: this joint extension takes you on a brief tour with one of AAT's affiliate travel companies and its clients.
Day 6

Day 6: Bagan – Inle Lake Sightseeing

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Heho. Upon arrival, you'll see the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery on your way to Inle Lake. This fascinating building was constructed in the early 19th century and has oval-shaped windows and intricate roof decorations. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting one of Myanmar’s most sacred temples: the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. This truly stunning structure was built in the 18th century, and its tiered roof supports a massive golden stupa that reaches toward the heavens. You will also make stops at an Inpawkhone weaving village, and a blacksmith workshop where you can watch master craftsmen making knives and farming tools. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing dinner at your hotel, located near Inle Lake.
Please note: Your All Asia Tours travel package covers the cost of the internal flight.

MEALS: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 7

Day 7: Cooking Class & Sightseeing Around Inle Lake

Today, continue to explore the Inle Lake region. After an early breakfast, you’ll visit the fascinating Five-Day Market: a traveling market that rotates to five different villages around the Inle area. Here, hill tribe people wearing traditional clothing come to buy and sell their goods, including fish and flowers. This market is also a center for conversation where villagers share the latest news. At the market, you’ll have the chance to purchase fresh, local ingredients for your cooking class later today. With the chef as your guide, you’ll select and learn about the necessary meat, vegetables, and additional ingredients for the meal you will soon prepare. Your cooking lesson will take place in a private area of the restaurant’s kitchen, and class will conclude with you sitting down to savor the tasty meal you made. After, hop on a boat to the western lakeshore to visit the Indein Pagoda. This 16th-century temple complex is home to hundreds of small stupas with lush foliage. Next, continue on foot to a nearby village where Burmese crops are grown using traditional methods. You’ll leisurely walk alongside creeks which pass through peaceful rice fields until you reach a neighboring village. Continue cruising to Nga Phe Monastery, famous for its beautiful collection of ancient Buddha statues. You’ll see the famous Intha fishermen, who maneuver their fishing boats while they balance on one leg and row with the other. You will also have the chance to marvel at the lake's magnificent floating gardens and the local village lifestyle. After returning to the hotel, you are free to spend the rest of the day by Inle Lake and enjoy dinner on your own.

MEALS: Breakfast / Lunch
Day 8

Day 8: Inle Lake – Pindaya – Yangon

After breakfast at your hotel, board a boat, then take a scenic drive to Pindaya. Here, you will visit the exquisite Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave Pagoda (Pindaya Caves), which are filled with thousands of Buddha statues -- gifts that have been left by traveling pilgrims and devotees for centuries. In addition, you’ll learn about traditional methods for making beautiful Shan umbrellas and Burmese mulberry paper. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the airport for your Yangon flight. Upon arrival, you’ll be taken to your hotel to check-in. Tonight, savor dinner at your hotel and settle into your room for a restful evening.
Please note: Your All Asia Tours travel package covers the cost of this internal flight.

MEALS: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 9

Day 9: Yangon – Full Day Sightseeing

Explore Yangon, one of Myanmar's most important commercial centers. This city is also home to sacred temples, a bustling market, and colonial-era architecture. You’ll visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see the magnificent reclining Buddha, then make a brief stop at Karaweik Hall (a perfect photo opportunity!) on Kandawgyi Lake. Shortly thereafter, drive to the Central Post Office, which is known for its classical European-style architecture. Next, you'll take a walking tour of downtown Yangon. Along the way, see the Pansodan Jetty, the Yangon River, and impressive colonial-style buildings. After, enjoy spectacular views of the Sule Pagoda, City Hall, and the High Court. You are now in a district known for its secondhand bookshops and historical shophouses. Then, stroll through Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) where you can find varieties of food, clothing, handicrafts, and gem stores. Enjoy your leisurely lunch and afternoon on your own. Reconvene for an extended visit to one of the world's most sacred Buddhist sites -- the Shwedagon Pagoda, an exquisite structure covered in luminous gold leaf. Witness the breathtaking sunset at this magnificent monument dating back more than 2000 years. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at one of Yangon’s best fine-dining establishments.

MEALS: Breakfast / Dinner
Day 10

Day 10: Yangon – Bago – Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock Pagoda)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you hit the northern road to Bago, once the capital of Lower Myanmar. Bago is home to many beautiful religious sites, some of which are over a thousand years old! Upon your arrival in the town, the sightseeing begins with a visit to the local monastery, appreciated for its beauty and preserved tranquility. The tour will continue on to Shwemawdaw Pagoda, a shimmering stupa that lifts a zedi of pale gold reaching over 370 feet (almost 115 meters) into the heavens. Dating back to the 10th century, this pagoda now stands as the tallest one in Myanmar. After your tour of the pagoda, you’ll take a 68-mile drive (110 km) east through the woods to Kyaiktiyo. En route, you stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Your afternoon tour will take you to one of Myanmar’s major landmarks, Kyaiktiyo, or “Golden Rock” Pagoda. This massive gilded boulder is an important religious artifact to the people of Myanmar, and famed for its especially precarious perch. Overlaid in gold leaf and crowned with a small, ornate stupa, it rests in a perfect and delicate balance on the side of a cliff. From the base camp you’ll have open truck ride up the mountain before reaching the Golden Rock on foot. Once you arrive, marvel at the breathtaking, panoramic views of the surrounding hills and jungle as you watch a spectacular sunset. At night, return to your accommodation for a delightful dinner, and enjoy an evening of relaxation at your hotel.
Please note: The transportation by open truck to Mt. Kyaiktiyo tends to be crowded and cramped. The trucks may also be shared with other tourists and Burmese locals. Also, the walk from the open truck drop- off point to the pagoda is up to 60 minutes depending on your hotel’s location.

MEALS: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Day 11

Day 11: Mount Kyaiktiyo – Bago – Yangon

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will set off to uncover more of the hidden treasures of Bago on your journey back to Yangon. This begins with an opportunity to see the reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, which was undiscovered until 1881. The giant Buddha was built by Mon King in 10th century. You will also visit Kyaik Pun Pagoda, home to the Four Seated Buddhas sitting back to back. After this visit, finish your journey with a brief stop by Taukkyan War Cemetery and Nat Tree Shrine near Yangon. Upon arrival back in Yangon, you will be transferred to your hotel. Feel free to explore Yangon on your last evening in Myanmar, and find a delicious dinner to tempt your palate.

MEALS: Breakfast / Lunch
Day 12

Day 12: Yangon – Departure

You will be transferred to the airport and board your home- bound flight, or begin an exciting, customized private extension. (Regular check-out time)

MEALS: Breakfast

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 6395 USD 5995 USD 3 & 4star
Deluxe/Superior 6595 USD 6195 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with TUI an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .

INCLUDES:

All nights accommodation
 Breakfast  and lunch daily
 All transfers and road transport in air-conditioned vehicles
 Four domestic flights
 All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included
 Expert local guides throughout
 Tour arrival and departure transfers

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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