(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay
This private tour of Myanmar focuses on traditional Burmese culture in the country’s most popular destinations. It features private touring of crafts towns, art gallery districts, artisan workshops, local markets, Buddhist temples, monasteries and more.
Begin in Yangon (Rangoon), Burma’s largest city and former capital. With your private guide and driver, tour cultural highlights such as Shwedagon Pagoda, a spectacular 300-foot-tall Buddhist reliquary covered in gold and jewels, and Bogyoke (Scott) Market, which has a vast selection of traditional Burmese handicrafts. Also visit the city’s best art galleries and antiques shops, and meet local artists and gallerists.
One day, enjoy a privately guided boat excursion along the waterways of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) Delta to Twante, a renowned pottery village. Travel in a horse-drawn cart to pottery workshops and markets, and see the town’s landmark Shwesandaw Pagoda. En route back to Yangon, take in views of local farms and rural life along the waterfront.
Next, fly to awe-inspiring Bagan, where thousands of pagodas and temples stretch from the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River across miles of arid plains. Tour the structures, built between the 11th and 13th centuries when Bagan was a major Buddhist center of Southeast Asia, and learn about the history carved in their facades, painted in their frescoes and sculpted in their statues. Cruise by private boat on the Ayeryarwady River, enjoying views of pagodas and daily life. Visit workshops that specialize in regional handicrafts such as lacquer and wood carving, and stop by a morning market where locals buy their daily necessities. One evening, ride in a horse-drawn carriage among the temples of Bagan at sunset. Upon request, we can also arrange a memorable hot-air balloon ride over the temples of Bagan at sunrise.
One day, take a private excursion to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano that’s considered the home of Burma’s most powerful nats (animist spirits). Visit the colorful shrines dedicated to the nats, and learn about this indigenous religion and its iconography. Also visit a local morning market and the town of Salay, famed for an ancient wooden monastery and colonial-era architecture.
Continue to fabled Mandalay, the cultural and religious heart of Myanmar and the center of many Burmese craft traditions. Visit local workshops to watch artisans create traditional silk weaving, wood carving, gold leaf and other crafts. Walk through Mandalay’s fascinating central market to learn about local ingredients and food products, and stop for a breakfast of Mandalay’s famous noodles in a nearby tea shop. One day, take a private excursion to Sagaing to see some of its hundreds of pagodas and active monasteries, and also visit a nearby pottery village.
Spend a final night in Yangon before departing Burma.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private tour
Yangon & Twante
Privately guided cruise. Private tour in Twante. Afternoon private tour in Yangon
Yangon – Bagan
Transfer and flight to Bagan. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Full-day private tour. Horse-drawn carriage ride at sunset
Full-day private tour, including river cruise
Bagan – Mandalay
Transfer and flight to Mandalay. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Full-day private tour
Mandalay & Sagaing
Full-day private tour and excursion
Mandalay – Yangon
Morning private tour. Transfer and flight to Yangon. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night.
Private airport transfer
The Governor's Residence or The Strand
Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort or Aureum Palace
Sedona Hotel or Mandalay Hill Resort
Per person (double occupancy)
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