Cultural Excursion

Classic Myanmar Explorer

Yangon, Myanmar

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Shrouded in mystery and intrigue, Myanmar has long captivated the imagination of the discerning traveler. Unfortunately, due to the dire political situation Myanmar's legendary beauty and fascinating culture has remained relatively unexplored. Although renowned for its countless temples and celebrated Buddhist heritage, Myanmar's stunning landscape and natural beauty has remained a relative secret.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Yangon Arrival

Welcome to Myanmar! Upon arrival in the capital, you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your overnight accommodations.

Overnight: The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

Day 2 - Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda - Bagan

So what’s behind the golden facade of the Shwedagon Pagoda? During this interactive half day tour we take you through the back door and show you the full history of the pagoda, the daily life of all people living in the immediate surroundings of the pagoda and a deeper insight in the Buddhist religion and how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats – the Myanmar spirits. An intriguing half day tour starting from the bottom of the hill and passing the workshops, markets and monasteries which will be useful or even essential to understanding more of the country during the rest of your journey. The tour includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda, a visit to a fortune teller and a Burmese lunch.

Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagan. On arrival at about 4:00pm you will be met by your guide and transferred to the jetty for a sunset cruise. A private sunset boat tour on the river will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset while your guide will be serving cocktails and some snacks. Then transfer to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Aureum Palace Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 3 - Bagan: Hot Air Ballon Ride & City Tour

One of the many highlights when visiting Myanmar. Early morning before sunrise you will be picked up at your hotel and driven to the launch site for a spectacular hot air balloon ride over the temple zone in Bagan. The mostly British balloon pilots are operating each balloon under highest UK safety standards and the views you will get are breathtakingly spectacular. After floating in the air and following the wind you will land safely and be welcomed back on the ground by a smiling crew serving cold champagne before bringing you to your hotel.

Then embark on a full day tour by car, with an experienced guide through Bagan will show you the best known temples of the area. We start the day climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole area. From here the guide plans his way to some of the other amazing temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant and around 4pm we continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda for sunset with some refreshing drinks served! If there’s a favorite temple you’d like to see just let your guide know.

Overnight: Aureum Palace Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 4 - Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in good time to board your 9:05 am flight to Heho. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide, who will transfer you to Inle Lake.

In the south of the lake the ruins of Indein are certainly worth a visit. Partly covered by vegetation the area looks like a “pagoda forest”. We will walk about 1 hour to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake and visit a school in Tha Ley village. A home-made cooked lunch is served in a local house. We continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip going local with a small canoe. Whenever you are tired peddling yourself we continue by motorboat back to your hotel.

Enjoy the evening at leisure at your hotel.

Overnight: Villa Inle Resort & Spa (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 5 - Inle Lake: Full Day Tour

Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts on the lake. Today we will take you by private motorboat around the lake to discover the natural beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers and have some tea at a local family’s house. On and around the lake traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule and today we will take you to visit a colorful market frequented by Shan and PaO people living nearby. We will certainly also visit a local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Intha Heritage house where the Burmese cats are bred and if you'd like, we can visit a weaving factory.

Overnight: Villa Inle Resort & Spa (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 6 - Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon Departure

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in Heho in good time to board your 9:35am flight to Yangon. You will be met at the airport by your guide who will accompany you for the whole day until your international flight home.

Accommodation Information

The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

This 208-room hotel is built from 7,000 tons of Golden Teak and is surrounded by a beautiful forest on the shores of Rangoon's Royal Lake - just a stone's throw from the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda.

Originally opened as the Rangoon Rowing Club in 1934, the property retains much of its colonial architecture; while more recent villas and a new wing add a distinct Burmese flavor to the overall design.

Aureum Palace Hotel

Acknowledged by many to be the best resort hotel in Myanmar, this sprawling property of 114 upscale rooms overlooks a breath-taking scene of Bagan’s pagoda-studded landscape across a lotus-dappled lake. The towering teak-pillared grand lobby and the restaurant lend regal splendor to its 72-room complex of villa-type super-deluxe accommodation, all of which are equipped with top-of-the-line amenities and equipment.

The hotel is complete with an extensive spa facility, banquet facilities, a fully equipped fitness centre, a sauna, a nightclub, a business centre with broadband connection and a huge swimming pool which affords a stunning view of Bagan’s pagoda landscape. The hotel is poised to become a major player in not only the upscale but also the upper mid-range market with the addition of the 42-room deluxe complex to its room inventory.

Villa Inle Resort & Spa

Villa Inle Resort & Spa, a brand new deluxe Hotel in Inle Lake the culture and Nation icon of Myanamr.

Spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern fringe of Inle Lake near the village of Maing Tauk in Nyaung Shwe Township. Our boutique hotel features 16 secluded lakeside villas, with 52 by October 2013, and is the ideal choice for those seeking a unique experience, away from mass-market tourism.

All villas at Villa Inle Resort & Spa are designed to harmoniously blend in with the natural environment of the Lake. Featuring hand-selected local paintings and antiques, high wooden ceilings, and spacious living areas and bathrooms, they radiate a sensation of luxury and comfort.

Location

Region: Asia - Southeast

Address:
Yangon
Myanmar

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

General Information

Price Includes

  • English speaking stationed guide for airport transfer in / out and during sightseeing
  • Accommodation including breakfast at the hotels mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • All the transfer as mention in the program
  • Private boat for Inle Lake
  • All domestic flights
  • All entrance fees for the places mentioned above
  • Balloons over Bagan – standard service
  • Full support before, during and after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International Flights; unless otherwise mentioned
  • International airport departure tax, or entrance fees
  • Myanmar Entry Visa (Available upon request)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Early checkin, late checkout, services
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Any other items not mentioned
  • Optional Tours or Activities (please ask for pricing)