Discover the rich history, traditional culture and natural beauty of Myanmar on a custom week trip of a lifetime! This adventure is sure to fulfill your sense of wanderlust, as you journey through new lands, meet new people and visit unforgettable sights. With daily tours, you will be guided through the country by a local expert, learning new things every step of the way. Explore city highlights, marvel at the beauty and glide down the Ayeyarwaddy River. You will be leaving Myanmar with a new understanding, great appreciation and beautiful memories!
Welcome to Myanmar! Upon arrival at the airport in Yangon International Airport, clear Immigration and Customs and proceed into the arrivals area, where you will be greeted by your private guide and driver for your hotel transfer. When you reach your hotel, check in, get settled and freshen up before your excursion this afternoon. (This service is on a private basis.)
Yangon's downtown is unique, with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. You will find one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth- century building here, both religious and secular. This half day walking tour will take you through downtown Yangon, focusing on its old colonial buildings. Your expert guide will lead you through the back streets at a relaxed pace, as they explain to you the history of each building. Some of them sit empty, as others are getting restored and some are used for different purposes than when they were originally built. This walk along the streets of Yangon will, at least architecturally, take you a step back in time. Your journey will end a drink at Rangoon Tea House, a cozy restaurant on lower Pansodan street, a place where many of Yangon’s expatriates of today meet up for a drink or a meal. (This service is on a private basis.)
Yangon, also known as Rangoon, is Myanmar’s largest city and most important commercial hub, located in lower Myanmar at the convergence of the Yangon and Bago rivers. This former Burmese capital artfully combines tradition, culture and modernity and is home to the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, standing 99 meters high and dating back more than 2000 years. Pilgrimages and pagoda festivals abound, co-existing with modern day life that takes place in the ubiquitous tea shops found along the leafy avenues and fin-de-siecle architecture. Often called “the Garden City of the East," nature lovers will enjoy the city’s stunning lakes, verdant tropical trees and spacious parks.
Interested in discovering what is behind the golden facade of the Shwedagon Pagoda? During this interactive half day tour, you will be guided through the back door, to reveal what is usually hidden from travelers. Understand the full history of the pagoda, the daily life of the people living in the immediate surroundings, and gain a deeper insight in the Buddhist religion and how their spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats – the Myanmar spirits. This intriguing adventure will begin from the bottom of the hill, passing the workshops, markets and monasteries, which will be useful, or even essential, to have a true understanding of the country during the rest of your journey. This excursion includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda, a visit to a fortune teller and a Burmese lunch. (This service is on a private basis.)
Early this morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Yangon and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival in Mandalay, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and guide for an exploration of the city. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today's tour is the perfect introduction to Mandalay. You will start with a visit to the old capital of Amarapura, in a quiet village where you will hear the sound of the weaving machines. Continue walking through the famous Mahagandayon monastery complex wandering with hundreds of monks, visit a 100 year old weaving vocational training institution and walk over U-Bein Bridge, where you will taste a sip of Mandalay rum, which has been produced since 1886!
Next, your tour continues to the Mahamuni pagoda to have a look at this century’s old Buddha statue originating from Mrauk Oo. It is a very lively temple compound where men can stick gold leaves to the Buddha statue. The Mahamuni is also an excellent place to shop around for the perfect Buddha statue (bronze or wood). If you can’t find what you are looking for, there's no need to worry, as you will have time to find a marble statue at the next stop, which is the marble carving street, before heading back to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma, lies in central Myanmar on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy river. The name "Mandalay" evokes visions of rich history and exotic cultures. However this relatively young royal city, considered by many to be the heart of Burmese culture, was built in 1857. Mandalayans are known for their generous and charitable nature primarily due to the fact that the area holds the world's largest number of monks to be found in any one place. A long procession of monks doing their alms-receiving-rounds in the mornings is a common sight in Mandalay.
The Ayeyarwaddy river, Burma’s longest, flows north to south from its source high in the Himalayas through the center of the country and empties into the Andaman Sea. It is navigable for about 1,400km (870 miles) from its mouth. Today, you will embark on a cruise down the river, visiting several highlights along the way.
From the jetty in Mandalay, you will take a leisurely boat cruise for about 2 hours downstream to Sagaing passing the temple dotted hills where we stop and visit the Setkyar Thida nunnery. You will continue by boat to Ava, where a horse cart will be awaiting to take you around this magnificent site with various ancient temple ruins that used to be majestic buildings during the 400 years that Ava was the capital. Enjoy a hearty lunch in Ava before continuing to Amarapura by car. The old capital of Amarapura is a very quiet village nowadays where you only hear the sound of the weaving machines. You will have an opportunity to visit one of the small weaving factories and walk over U-Bein Bridge. An ideal excursion if you don’t take the boat from Mandalay to Bagan, since the most interesting part of the long boat ride is covered in this cruise. (This service is on a private basis.)
This morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Mandalay and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and guide to embark on an excursion of this majestic region. (This service is on a private basis.)
Upon arrrival, you will embark on a full day tour by car through Bagan. Your experienced guide will show you the best known temples of the area. Start the day climbing a pagoda, to reach a breathtaking view over the entire area. From here, you will explore 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 enjoyed at a local restaurant and around 4:00 PM, you will continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda. At the pagoda, you will have the opportunity to admire the sunset with some refreshing drinks! Oh, and of course the best part of this tour...whenever you pass by a temple that interests you, just ask your guide to stop to have a look at it! One of the many luxuries of private tours...the fact that you can cater it to your personal requests. After your excursion, you will be transferred back to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Located on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) river in central Myanmar, Bagan is famous for its picturesque Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins, more than 2,000 covering an area of 16 square miles many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. Every day you are not in Bagan should be a reminder that you're not there, taking pictures of it at sunrise, and exploring new pagodas in the balmy afternoons. Bagan at dawn really is a photographer's paradise you will remember for the rest of your life.
Enjoy sleeping in today, and beginning the morning at your own pace. Waking up in Bagan, will already make for a beautiful day. However, if you are interested in an optional early morning excursion, please click on the orange box below for an optional excursion to enhance your time in Myanmar.
Today, you will visit the Minnanthu temple. Considered the favorite temple among frequent Bagan visitors, it is a quiet, beautiful area that is often completely deserted. Your guide will take you by car to this forgotten part of Bagan and will spread out a blanket for a picture perfect picnic. You will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, right in the midst of this historical setting. You will also have the opportunity to visit two or three other ancient temples ruins in the area. After your temple, visits you will be transferred back to your hotel for a short rest before your sunset tour. (This service is on a private basis.)
Essentially, it should be required to stay a minimum of two nights in Bagan. This is because one of the nights should be used to admire the sunset from the top of an ancient temple and the other night is left for taking a boat ride on the mighty Irrawaddy River. Of course, no scenic boat ride is complete without sundowners on a sandbank in the middle of the river...that is, if the river is not too high. This evening, you will enjoy a private boat tour on the calm waters during sunset. Ideally, you will have the chance to marvel at one of the most spectacular sunsets, as you sip on some cocktails and enjoy snacks. Cheers! (This service is on a private basis.)
Sadly, your Myanmar journey must come to an end today. However, you will be leaving with irreplaceable memories and experiences to cherish. Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Bagan and transferred to the Yangon airport to check into your international flight onwards. We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward!
Founded in 1995 and since then in private ownership, the Savoy Hotel is a four star colonial boutique hotel. All of its 85 full time employees are committed to a personalized and attentive service. The Savoy is ideally located in the picturesque area of Yangon, overlooking the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's "twinkling wonder" and the nearby People's Park. Just ten minutes drive from the city centre and 20 minutes to the International Airport. All 30 deluxe rooms including six suites express the charm of "the old days" with traditional Myanmar antiques, teak furniture and spacious bathrooms. Nicely overshadowed by tall old trees, the pool with its lounge area makes the Savoy Hotel a silent oasis in the middle of the bustling city.
Myanmar is like no other place on earth. Renowned as “The Golden Land” a name inspired by Marco Polo to describe the dramatic view of the gold-spired pagodas that can be found throughout the country. Mandalay, the former capital city of the Myanmar Kingdom, is a spectacular destination for historical and cultural travelers. Mandalay Hill Resort lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill with a panoramic view of a myriad of pagodas and faces the distinctive architecture of the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. Your visit enhanced by the fun-loving hospitable people of Myanmar whose lives remain simple and relaxed will become treasured and timeless memories. Just one hour by air from Yangon and twenty minutes flight from Bagan, Mandalay lies within reach of some of most remarkable archaeological sites in the world that has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly a thousand years.
Drawing on the rich traditions of Myanmar’s Bagan region, Areindmar Hotel is nestled among the temples of New Bagan, just south of the city walls of the ancient capital. Featuring 38 deluxe rooms around a large, leafy central courtyard, Areindmar is designed for travellers looking for an oasis of green to return to after exploring the wonders of this historic area. The spacious rooms are flawlessly executed, combining modern amenities with traditional touches, such as local artworks and handmade teak and bronze furnishings.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.