Tour overview

17 Days / 16 Nights
START: Daily
01.10.2020-30.09.2021

MANDALAY – MONYWA – BAGAN – INLE SEE – YANGON – MAWLAMYINE –
HAP AN – KYAIKHTIYO – BAGO – YANGON

Code: MYRT032E

Experience the city’s charm with friendly locals in the cultural city of Mandalay and marvel at the exquisite
murals of Hpo Win Taung Caves near Monywa Explore the country’s archeological wonders of ancient temples and monuents in Bagan
Discover the way of life of Intha in the lake and breathtaking scenery of Shan province and see the hidden
jungle-style and intriguing pagoda site of Indein
See Myanmar’s longest Reciling Buddha image outside of Mawlamyine and explore Hpa An’s multiple natural cave
sites Excursion trip to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda a popular pilgrimage in Mon State and also tourist attraction
Visit Yangon and marvel at the city’s remarkable landmark, the famous Shwedagon Pagoda

HOT – AIR BALLOONING IN BAGAN (SUNRISE)
PRICE PER PERSON

15.10.2020 – 15.03.2021 USD 355,-
18.12.2020 – 10.01.2021 USD 375,-
Hot-air Ballooning in Bagan (Sunrise)* Rates are net and in USD (per person).
Any passenger whose weight exceeds 125 kg/280 pounds or any passenger who requires seating of two passengers will be requested to pay a 100% surcharge on the ticket price. Failure to disclose the above weight information in advance may lead to the refusal of flight at the launch site, without refund. Children under the age of 8 years cannot be accepted to fly with hot-air ballooning flight, children between 8 and 16 years will only be accepted if accompanied by a responsible adult. All children should be a minimum of 137 centimeters (4ft 6in) tall. Some medical conditions may preclude a passengers ability to fly (eg: epilepsy, recent surgery, serious history of heart condition etc), any known condition should be disclosed both at the time of booking and by the pilot on the day of flight. For safety reasons, pregnant women will not be permitted to fly. The balloon company accepts no liability for illness or injury due to any undisclosed condition, or failure to comply with any reasonable instruction given by an authorized person of the company.

ACCOMODATION

CITY

STANDARD 

 SUPERIOR 

 

DELUXE

Mandalay

Hotel Yadanarbon (3*) Superior

Bagan King Hotel(4*) Deluxe

Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort (5*) Deluxe

Monywa

Glorious Monywa Hotel (3*) Deluxe

Glorious Monywa Hotel (3*) Corner Deluxe

Win Unity Resort Hotel (3*) Deluxe Bungalow

Bagan

Royal Palace Hotel (3*) Deluxe

Village Bagan Hotel (3*) Deluxe

Heritage Bagan Hotel-(3*) Grand Deluxe

Aung Ban

Hotel SS (3*) Superior

Hotel SS (3*) Deluxe

Keinnara Hpa An (3/4*) Karean Cottage

Inle

Amazing Inle Resort (3*) Deluxe

Ananta Inle Resort (3*) Deluxe

Novotel Inle lake Myat Min Hotel (4*) Deluxe Suite with Lake View

Mawlamyine

Cindrella Hotel (2*) Superior

Hotel Sugggati (3*) Superior City View

Malamyine Strand Hotel (3*) Deluxe

Hpa An

Zwekabin Natural Resort (3*) Superior

My Hpa An Residence by Amata (3*) Deluxe

Keinnara Hpa An (3*/4*) Karean Cottage

Kyaikhtiyo

Mountain Top Hotel (3*) Standard

Mountain Top Hotel (3*) Deluxe

Mountain Top Hotel (3*) Deluxe

Yangon

Reno Hotel (3*) Deluxe

Jasmine Palace Hotel (3*) Superior

Pullman Hote Yangon (5*) Deluxe

01.05.2021 – 30.09.2021 PAX (ENGLISH STATION GUIDES)

PRICE PER PERSON STANDARD

PRICE PER PERSON SUPERIOR   

PRICE PER PERSON DELUXE

1 PAX

USD 4,567.-

USD 4,828.-

USD 5,320.-

2 PAX

USD 2,600.-

USD 2,831.-

USD 2,984.-

3 – 4 PAX

USD 2,356.-

USD 2,487.-

USD 2,740.-

5 – 7 PAX

USD 1,832.-

USD 1,963.-

USD 2,716.-

Single Supplement

USD 484.-

USD 620.-

USD 973.-

Notice for Baggage Allowances for Domestic Flight

Hand Baggage

Baggage Allowances – Domestic Flights (20 Kgs)

In addition to your checked baggage you are allowed one item of carry-on luggage weigh less that 7kg.

Excess Baggage

If you are carrying excess weight or extra baggage, above your free allowance, you will be charged for excess weight.

Notice for Baggage Allowances for Vehicles

You may be extra charged for too big and high luggages size more than the vehicle’s luggage room.

Myanmar Visa Information

Most visitors to Myanmar still need a visa which can be obtained in the following ways:

1. Either at the nearest Myanmar Embassy or Consulate in home country or in case nearest other country there is no Myanmar Embassy available in own country. Tourist visas are  issued for duration of 28 days at all Myanmar Embassies or Consulates. Any tourist whether travelling on a package tour or individually will receive the same type of tourist visa. 6-month-valid passport from arrival date in Myanmar is necessary.

2. E-Visa (Normal Tourist Visa and Tourist Visa Express Service) has been introduced and also can apply Business visa also from 1st July 2015 according to official announcement by the Ministry of Immigration and Population. Please be aware that E-visa is applicable for entries ONLY from International airports and land border checkpoints, between Myanmar-Thailand (Tachileik, Myawaddy, Kawthaung) and Myanmar- India (Tamu, Rih Khaw Dar). For further information, please see the website established for applications http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ For those who are entering Myanmar from border check points from (China), is temporary closed. Need to check for update information.

With questions and for further information please send an e-mail using our contact form.

Included

  • All described sightseeing as in program above Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle Boat transfers and sightseeing as per program
  • Public truck for Golden Rock Accommodation in hotels with daily breakfast
  • Domestic flight including airport tax
  • English-speaking local guides in each destination as per program detail
  • Admission fees to indicated sights Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (Meals: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Domestic gov’t tax and service charge

Not Included

  • International air tickets Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds Meals: if not mentioned in itinerary Compulsory Meals Tip, drinks, any personal expenses
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • All early and late airport transfers
  • Supplement for throughout guide service for any language other than English-Speaking local guides in each destination
  • Camera / video fees
  • Hot air ballooning in Bagan in Day 5 Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Laundry, telephone calls and any other expenditure of a personal nature
  • Sedan Chair/Private truck for Golden Rock

DAY 01 MANDALAY-ARRIVAL-AMARAPURA-U BEIN BRIDGE

Arrival at Mandalay International Airport. (Early check-in depends on official check-in time and room availability.) Meet & greet by your dedicated tour guide. First, drive toward Mandalay and observe bronze casting at a place called Tampa Waddy between Mandalay and Amarapura. Buddha images, bells, gongs, tri gongs, and other figures such as images of the nats (spirits) and of famous persons are cast here. After that, enjoy U-Bein Bridge, over one km. long and almost entirely made of teak, and spanning the Taungthaman Lake. Enjoy some beautiful panoramic views around sunset time.
NOTES: Itinerary is subject to change depending on your exact arrival flight time.
(- )Overnight in Mandalay

DAY 02 MANDALAY-MINGUN-EXPERIENCE MANDALAY

After breakfast, drive to the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and board your private local boat to visit Mingun, 11 km. north-west of Mandalay. Mingun is the site of the unfinished Mingun Pagoda, a brick monument towering 50 m. above the Ayeyarwaddy River. The boat trip is most pleasant and interesting because you can witness local life on the river itself and on its banks, always a colourful experience in Southeast Asia. The river is quite busy with various craft sailing up and down with all sorts of produce and commodities.
Then, walk over to nearby Mingun Pagoda, whose construction was also commissioned by King Bodawpaya in 1790, but ongoing works stopped in 1819 when he died. Then, in 1838 the unfinished pagoda was struck by an earthquake. After that, visit nearby Mingun Bell, the world's largest intact hanging bronze bell.

Important note! After the earthquake in 2012 at Shwebo / Mandalay area, on the directive of the local authorities, it is until further notice prohibited climbing up the Mingun (unachieved) Pagoda for safety reasons!
Afternoon, back in Mandalay, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, once the home of King Mindon. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, frequently called the 'world’s largest book', a collection of 729 white-washed small stupas housing the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs. Finally, watch the sun set from the top of Mandalay Hill, a site with several glass-adorned temples at the north side of the city.
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Mandalay

DAY 03 MANDALAY-SAGAING-MONYWA

After breakfast, drive to Mandalay and at the south end of the city visit Mahamuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay's and Upper Myanmar’s most revered Buddha image. Then, depart Mandalay, cross the Sagaing Bridge again and continue to Sagaing. Enjoy picturesque Sagaing Hill, still the beating heart of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Numerous monasteries and pagodas dot the hillsides.
Continue by road to Monywa. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Afternoon, drive back to the city limits of Monywa and visit Thanboddhay Pagoda: Every spare surface of this temple, inside and out, is covered with thousands of miniature Buddha images (almost 600,000 altogether); the cumulative effect is spectacularly colourful. Visit as well the adjacent Boddhi Tataung: A grove of banyan trees with a Buddha image at the base of each one. Dinner at your hotel.
(B/D)
Breakfast at Hotel and Dinner at Hotel
Overnight in Monywa

DAY 04 MONYWA – HPO WIN TAUNG CAVES – PAKKOKU – BAGAN

After breakfast, cross the Chindwin River and continue westwards to Hpo Win Taung Caves. Visit this peculiar series of caves set in the hillside along a meandering path. They contain Buddha images and beautifully preserved murals dating from the 14th-16th centuries.
Continue south toward Pakokku. On the way, visit village take a leisurely walk and discover the main activity of most of their villagers: the making of incense sticks. The villagers actually only manufacture the plain incense sticks. Then, those are sent to Ye Sa Kyo town for “scenting”.
Arrive at Pakokku and transfer to Pakokku jetty, board your private boat and sail down to Bagan. Weather permitting; enjoy nice panoramic views around sunset shortly before or when arriving at Bagan. From Bagan jetty transfer to your hotel for check-in.
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Bagan

DAY 05 BAGAN – DISCOVER BAGAN

Optional! Experience the magic spell of Bagan from a bird’s eye perspective. Very early morning you will be picked up at your hotel. At the launch site you will be briefed by Balloons over Bagan’s professional and licensed expat pilots over a cup of coffee / tea. The flight itself lasts anything between 30 min. And 60 min. on average, primarily depending on weather, and mainly, wind conditions. You will be floating over the impressive Bagan Temple site, gently carried on by winds not exceeding 15 mph. After a skillful and smooth landing somewhere in an open patch of land, or near the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy river, your
ground crew will offer you a glass of champagne, and a light breakfast of croissants & Danish rolls, fresh fruit, and coffee / tea. You also get a personalized certificate of your unforgettable hot-air balloon ride over one of the most exceptional sights in Southeast Asia! (only available from mid October to mid March!)

Breakfast at hotel. Start your Bagan sightseeing tour with Nyaung-U local market. The market is big and colourful, and quite busy at this time of day. Next, a visit to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine. Then, wander through the village of Pwa Saw to see how the local people live. See Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 which is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork.
Afternoon, make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 m. - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. Continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas. Then, take a break from temples & pagodas and you can leisurely take a horse cart ride to a mound whence we can enjoy magnificent views of Bagan’s Ancient Site around sunset time.
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Bagan

DAY 06 BAGAN – HIDDEN VILLAGE – MT. POPA – BAGAN

Early morning transfer to Popa Mountain Resort. On the way, you can observe Pone Yee Gyi processing and how to make traditional Wood Slippers. After one and half hours drive along the Bagan-Mt. Popa road, you will reach a village where the car will turn left to reach village. At the village, outstanding thing you will see is the hair-do adorned by those children that is used to be the way of hair parting from the monarchical era and this village is the only one in Myanmar where the kids maintain this hair-style.
Besides studying how they manage to wear this hair, you can also explore the means of living of that village remote totally from the civilized society. Living mostly from farming, the villagers and nearby villages also work on the pottery manufacturing totally by hands and most of the pots, jars are for keeping the water cool inside.
Then, visit Mount Popa itself is 1,518 m. high and Popa Taungkalat, 737 m. high, its cone-shaped form actually being the core of an extinct volcano. It is also the home of Myanmar’s 37 most important nats (spirits), housed in a shrine at the foot of Taungkalat. There is no better vantage point to enjoy the most prestigious views of Popa, and mainly of Taungkalat itself, than the terrace of Popa Mountain Resort. Then, transfer back to Bagan and stop for an interesting visit at “Paing” roadside shop. Here, you can observe how locals climb up toddy trees to harvest the toddy juice. Depending on the time of day, the taste is sweet or rather bitter.
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Bagan

DAY 07 BAGAN – OVERLAND TO AUNG BAN VIA KALAW

After breakfast, overland transfer from Bagan to Aung Ban. Your overland journey to Aung Ban will take the larger part of the day. Pass by small towns and villages; you will get a glimpse at what life is like away from the main cities and tourist destinations.
Shortly before reaching your final destination of the day, stop briefly at Kalaw, a popular hill station in the British days, sitting 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. In the late afternoon, arrive Aung Ban and transfer to your hotel for check-in.
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Aung Ban

DAY 08 AUNG BAN – (LIGHT TREKKING) VILLAGE VISIT – AUNG BAN

After breakfast at hotel drive about 30 min. to Tha Yet Pu village. Then, start walking about one hour to Kan Ba Ni (Pa-Oh) village. Also enjoy your lunch there. There are about four villages we can explore and experience the local folks’ way of life, and all along also see rice paddies, vegetable fields, pottery and bamboo basket making. We can walk about 3 hours (or) 5 hours, depending on our clients’ wish (if clients don't want to walk anymore, our car will pick them up on the way). After that, go back to your hotel in Aung Ban. Balance of the day at leisure.
(B, L)
Breakfast at Hotel, Picnic Lunch at village trekking en route
Overnight in Aung Ban

DAY 09 AUNG BAN – INLE LAKE – EXPLORE INLE LAKE

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Nyaung Shwe and continue to Inle Lake from there. Start your tour Ywama village, one of Inle’s most attractive villages. Continue to Nga Phe Kyaung, but primarily of interest for its extensive collection of Buddha images made of different materials, and in various styles and sizes. Next, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Its five uniquely shaped, gilded, but relatively small images are carried around the lake by boat during the Annual Inle Boat Procession (usually in the period September / October).
Then, experience the typical every-day Inle lifestyle at Kay Lar village. Observe fishermen and farmers in their daily activities. The local people here are very friendly and warmly welcome any foreign visitors. You will have the opportunity to visit one of the local stilt houses and meet with a typical local family in its own homely environment. Time permitting, stop at several workshops on and around the lake such as a cheroot (Burmese cigar)-making workshop and a boatbuilding workshop.
(Please note that due to safety reasons night transfers by boat on the lake are not allowed by company policy. Thank you for your understanding!)
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe

DAY 10 INLE LAKE – HIDDEN INDEIN – MAING THAUK – INLE LAKE

Today, you have a big chance to visit the 5-Day Rotational Market Day Event, which today happens to be at Inle Area (market visit depending on market calendar). Very Colorful Day!!!
Breakfast at hotel. Sightseeing explores the southern part of the lake by boat sailing through small twisting and turning creeks to reach Shwe Indein Pagoda and Indein village. This small village located on the south-western bank of the lake is famous for its ruined clusters of pagodas dating back to the 16th-century. The tranquil peaceful ambience and the overgrown ruins will take you centuries back.
Then, transfer to Maing Thauk bridge, half of the village of Maing Thauk is set on dry land, while the other half sits on stilts over the water, linked to the shore by a ca. 450 m. wooden bridge. This place is a charming spot to relax for a moment, and sunset views from this location can be very lovely!
(Please note that due to safety reasons night transfers by boat on the lake are not allowed by company policy. Thank you for your understanding!)
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Inle Lake or Nyaung Shwe

DAY 11 INLE LAKE – HEHO – YANGON – MAWLAMYINE

Breakfast at hotel and subsequent transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon.
Upon arrival, direct drive to Mawlamyine where we expect to arrive late afternoon.
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Mawlamyine

DAY 12 MAWLAMYINE

Breakfast at hotel. First, visit the Mawlamyine local market. Then, direct proceed to Win Sein Tawya Relic Buddha Image is situated about 20 km south of Mawlamyine on the main road to Mudon and there is also a Buddhist shrine in one of the rooms, and being a place of worship. Return to Mawlamyine around noon.
Afternoon, visit the exquisite Sein Don Queen Monastery and also Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, built in 875 AD and which enshrines the Tripitaka Buddhist manuscripts as well as a hair relic from the Buddha. Then, drive to U Zi Na Pagoda where you can see the western view of Mawlamyine and along the banks of the Thanlwin River. Finally, stop at View Point where you can enjoy sweeping sunset views over Mawlamyine and surroundings.
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Mawlamyine

DAY 13 MAWLAMYINE – KADO/KAW NYAT – HPA AN

After breakfast at your hotel depart Mawlamyine and drive to Kado & Kaw Nyat featuring the beautiful monastery donated by the famous U Na Auk, and a cluster of farmer villages to observe the rural way of life. Then proceed to Hpa-An. Check into your hotel.
See Lumbini Garden, located at the base of Mt. Zwekabin with its 1,000 Gangaw trees featuring rows of similar-styled sitting Buddha statues. Afternoon, first visit Kawgun Cave, a very impressive open limestone cave with its main hall and rock face decorated with literally thousands and thousands of carved Buddha images. Also visit the nearby Ya Thay Pyan Cave, a bit less spectacular than Kawgun, but with some very nice panoramic views of the surroundings and mainly Mt. Zwekabin, quite well visible in clear skies.Finally, end the day’s sightseeing at Kyauk Kalat (or Water Lake) Monastery, sitting amidst an artificial lake, and especially enjoyable around sunset time.
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Hpa An

DAY 14 HPA AN – KYAIKHTIYO

After breakfast at hotel, take a snapshot of Mt. Zwekabin in the early morning light from an artificial small lake near the town hall. Next, visit Hpa-An’s morning market. Farmers come from all over the country in horse-drawn carriage or bicycle rickshaws here with their goods to market. Then, continue to Kyaikhtiyo. Arrival at Kinpun base champ, and climb up to the top by open truck. Enjoy great panoramic sunset views from Mt. Kyaikhtiyo.
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo

DAY 15 KYAIKHTIYO – BAGO – YANGON

After an early breakfast drive back to Yangon. Around noon time, arrive at the ancient capital of Bago, located north east of Yangon. Visit some major highlights such as Shwemawdaw Paya, which has a stupa inlaid with diamonds and serves as Bago's golden landmark.Then, stop at the site of the Kanbawzathadi Palace, completely destroyed in 1599 and only partly reconstructed. After that, pay a brief visit to the adjacent museum (if open).
Visit as well Shwethalyaung Pagoda whose Buddha image dates from 994 and is revered throughout Myanmar as the most beautiful reclining Buddha. Continue down to Yangon and, upon arrival there, check into your hotel late afternoon.
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Yangon

DAY 16 YANGON – TOUR YANGON’S SIGHTS

After breakfast at hotel start with Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image.
Next, drive along Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake and stop to take some great photos of Karaweik Hall and across the lake towards the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. You can enjoy the Local Tea Shop for a break time. Drive through the heart of downtown Yangon, and enjoy some of the best that colonial-style Yangon has to offer such as the High Court building and The Government Telegraph Office on Pansodan Street; both were built in the 1920s & 1930s.
Finally, visit and enjoy the sunset at the unforgettable Shwedagon Pagoda, world-famous, its golden stupa being the heart of Buddhist Myanmar. It is believed to be 2,500 years old and its central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. Especially at this time of day the Shwedagon pagoda is always crowded with scores of Myanmar people praying and making offerings. It is both relaxing and fascinating to spend some time watching the world go by…
(B)
Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight in Yangon

DAY 17 YANGON’S INNER SIDE – DEPARTURE

Early morning, breakfast at hotel. You can start explore the city in a very special way: with the extra slow moving circle line! The train drives circular of Yangon's main railway station to the surrounding areas outside the city limits. The Yangon Circular Train is the essential transportation link, mainly for the lower social classes, as other forms of public transport are considerably more expensive. On the way, the action is not only taking place outside of the train, but you will get the chance to mingle with the local crowd. There is also opportunity to observe workers, students, government staff, and all sorts of vendors & hawkers plying their trade.
At the stop of station which is busy market place, get out and see one of the most beautiful station buildings of Yangon. During a rickshaw ride through a suburban Yangon experience the bustling daily life of the locals up close. Lots of interesting goods offered on the market and maybe you buy here one last souvenir. Our guide will explain about traditional foods and Burmese people used to eat in the morning and you can try small snack if you want to try. (Late check-out depends on official check-out time and room availability) At the convened time, transfer to Yangon international airport for departure flight.
NOTES: Itinerary is subject to change depending on your departure flight time.