Myanmar Explorer (16 Days)

Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Mingun, Heho, Inle Lake & Golden Rock

The Myanmar Explorer takes you through the Asian nation that was once known as Burma. Explore the Ancient Cities, full of a rich cultural history and religious monuments. With beautiful landscapes and delicious cuisine, you will see natural wonders as well as learn about traditional craft s of the local ethnicities. Taking a range of transport including domestic flights, boats, trishaws, and electric bikes, you will get to travel in comfort while also experiencing a culture rich journey. Deluxe accommodation and English speaking guides ensure you will enjoy a comfortable and highly informative tour of one of Asia’s most holy countries.

Day 01: Depart Australia (-/-/-)

Board your overnight flight to Myanmar’s capital city, Yangon.

Day 02: Arrive Yangon (-/-/-)

Arrive at Yangon Airport and transfer to check in at the Rose Garden Hotel. Take an afternoon tour of Chauk That Gyi Pagoda, followed by a trishaw ride through a local neighbourhood to the Shwedagon Pagoda where you can join in a candle lighting ceremony.

Day 03: Yangon – Bagan (B/-/-)

Aft=er breakfast, embark on a tour of Yangon highlights. Visit Sule Paya Stupa, walk through the bustling market streets full of local goods and food stalls, and visit a local pharmacy where you will learn about traditional Myanmar medicine. Stop at the Rangoon Tea House for optional tea and snacks. Marvel at the elegant Strand Hotel and view the beautiful artworks at the River Art Gallery, before wandering the Bogyoke Market. Catch an aft ernoon flight to Bagan and check in at the Heritage Bagan Hotel.

Day 04: Bagan (B/-/-)

Journey in to the Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan. See Dhamayazeka Zedi, the Archeological Museum and the golden Swezigon Stupa, and the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple with the well preserved murals of the Buddha’s Jataka reincarnations. Then explore Myingba Village with Bagan’s famous lacquerware craft s, and Htilominlo Temple to learn how Murmese sand paintings are created. Today’s tour finishes with a visit to the majestic Ananda Temple and a horse cart ride to view the stunning sunset amongst some of the richest archaeological treasures of Southeast Asia.

Day 05: Bagan (B/-/-)

Travel by electric bike around the small backstreets of Bagan and nearby local villages. You will see Manuha Temple, Thanaka Museum, and a cigar workshop, before visiting Nyaung U Market where you can study traditional brick making methods. You will then visit the Monastic School where you can interact with the children. Late in the afternoon you will enjoy a private sunset cruise on the Averyarwaddy River.

Day 06: Bagan – Mt Popa – Salav – Bagan (B/-/-)

Travel to Mt Popa and climb the 777 steps to the peak to enjoy the fabulous view. Mt Popa is said to be home to Myanmar’s spirits. In the afternoon you will drive to Kyaukpadaung and explore the local markets before continuing on to Salay to explore the Yokesone Monastery and Payathonzu. Return to Bagan for the evening.

Day 07: Bagan – Mandalay (B/-/-)

Take a short flight to Mandalay and enjoy a morning stroll through the lively Zegyo Market, before exploring the Artisan Quarters. Admire the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda, Golden Palace Monastery, and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Finish the day with the sunset over the city skyline from Mandalay Hill, the highest point in the city. Stay overnight at the Novotel Mandalay Hill or similar.

Day 08: Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing – Mandalay (B/-/-)

Enjoy a cruise across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun Village where you can see the largest bronze ringing bell in the world. Drive along the small countryside roads to the Ancient Kingdom to Sagaing and enjoy the magnificent view from Sagaing Hills. Continue on to Ava, the ancient capital of the Shan and Burmese Kingdoms. Enjoy a horse cart ride through Ava and explore the small roads and ruins, before visiting Amarapura and the Ubein Bridge. Stay overnight in Mandalay.

Day 09: Mandalay – Inle Lake (B/-/-)

Take a short 30min flight to Heho where you will visit a local family and see Shan umbrella and paper making. Drive to Inle Lake that runs through the valley, with views of the Shan Mountains and rice paddy fields. Aft er checking in to the hotel you will venture around Inle Lake and the centuries old Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. Stay overnight at the Amata Garden Hotel.

Day 10: Inle Lake (B/-/-)

We journey out by boat, following the currents of a small river to reach the Inn Thein and visit the Inn Thein archaeological site with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago. Continue by boat to Sae Ma village for a visit to local school. Meet the teachers and students, for a hello before taking a boat back to Inle Lake. Visit Inn Phaw Khone Village and Ywama Village. We can also visit the Burmese Cats if time permits and end the day with scenic canoe ride propelled by leg rowers.

Day 11: Red Mountain Estate Vineyard – Yangon (B/-/-)

Drive to Red Mountain Estate for a fabulous winery tour and taste some of Myanmar’s premium wines. Take an afternoon flight from Heho to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to the hotel for check in and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 12: Yangon – Golden Rock (B/-/-)

Travel by open truck up the steep track to Yathae Hill in Kyaikhtiyo. Then make the one hour hike to the summit, or travel by porter and palanquin. At the peak you will see the magnificent Golden Rock, perched precariously on the edge of a hill over 3,615 feet above sea level.

Day 13: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (B/-/-)

After breakfast, walk down to Yathe Hill and transfer back to Yangon, stopping at Bago on the way. Here you will see Phwemawdaw Pagoda, Bago’s most prominent religious monument. See the 55m long reclining Shwethalyayaung Buddha and the four massive Buddhas at Kyaikpun Pagoda before visiting the historical Allied War Cemetery in Taukkyan. Stay overnight in Yangon.

Day 14: Yangon (B/-/-)

Enjoy a unique and authentic train ride on the Circle Line. Browse the vibrant local market filled with street vendors and colourful items. This afternoon you will cross the Yangon River and visit Dala Village. Explore the small lanes, street markets, and small neighbourhoods by trishaw. You will stop at a traditional family run Candle Factory and a Monastery to learn about the life of Monks in Myanmar.

Day 15: Depart Yangon (B/-/-)

After breakfast, enjoy the day at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Day 16: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)

Arrive home, filled with beautiful and interesting memories of Myanmar.

Number of Days 16

Price From $5475

Departure Dates

2019:
23rd February – 10th March**
30th March – 14th April**
27th April – 12th May*
11th May – 23rd May
1st June – 16th June
6th July – 21st July
3rd August – 18th August
31st August – 15th September
21st September – 6th October*
26th October – 10th November**
23rd November – 8th December**

*Peak season surcharges apply from $300 per person
**Peak season surcharges apply from $500 per person


Inclusions

Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
Domestic airfares and taxes
Tipping for guide and driver
Daily mineral water
Deluxe accommodation with buffet breakfast
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Professional English speaking guide


Exclusions

Travel Insurance
Meals (Breakfast is included)
Personal expenditures
Myanmar eVisa

*Surcharges may apply for select dates


Price Details

(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)

From $5,475 per person, Departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth flying Singapore Airlines.

Single Room Supplement from $1,295 per person
Land Only Including Tipping from $4,495pp (13 Nights)


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