(13 Days) Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Ngapali Beach
This private, luxurious tour features the dynamic city of Yangon, the fascinating ruins of Bagan, the monasteries and temples of Mandalay, floating villages in Inle Lake, and pristine Ngapali Beach. All touring is with your own private guides and drivers, and accommodation is at the Burma’s best luxury hotels and resorts.
Begin in Yangon (Rangoon). With your private guide and driver, tour the city’s highlights, including the Shwedagon Pagoda, a 300-foot tall golden Buddhist reliquary and the city's most spectacular landmark. Also visit local markets and explore neighborhoods that reflect Yangon's Burmese, British, Indian, Bangladeshi and indigenous influences.
Next, fly to unforgettable, awe-inspiring Bagan, where thousands of pagodas and temples stretch from the Ayeyarwady River out 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 layered facades, painted in their interior frescoes and sculpted in their Buddhist statues. Also visit local markets and villages. If desired, take a memorable hot air balloon ride over the temples as the sun rises. One evening, take a sunset cruise on the river. If desired, visit Mt. Popa, a place of pilgrimage for over 700 years that is believed to be the home of Myanmar’s powerful nats, or Burmese spirits associated with natural features.
Continue to fabled Mandalay, the cultural heart of Myanmar. Visit craft districts and markets throughout the city and watch a procession of monks at a monastery in the silk weaving center of Amarapura. Also, tour pagodas and ruins in Ava, Mingun and Sagaing—all ancient capitals.
Next, tour Inle Lake, home of the Intha people, and the surrounding countryside. Take a canoe ride down Inle's canals, pass through floating villages built on stilts, and see how the Intha grow crops on reed islands. Visit local crafts villages to shop for distinctive textiles, ceramics and lacquerware, and tour In Dein, where ancient pagodas overlook the lake. Also visit a local vineyard for wine tasting.
Continue to Ngapali Beach. Stay at a luxury resort and enjoy free time to relax, dine on fresh seafood, browse for local art, explore by bicycle, or perhaps snorkel off nearby islands.
Spend one last night in Yangon before departing Burma.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Full-day private city tour
Yangon - Bagan
Private transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Full-day private touring of ruins
Full-day private touring of local markets, craft studios, temples and pagodas
Private transfer to airport for flight. Private touring on arrival of monastery, market and craft districts
Private touring including Mingun and temples
Mandalay - Inle Lake
Private transfer to airport for flight to Inle Lake for 2 night stay. Begin touring this afternoon
Full-day private tour of Inle Lake villages and other highlights
Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach
Private transfer to airport for flights to Ngapali Beach. Transfer to resort for 3 nights
Ngapali Beach- Yangon
Transfer airport for flight to Yangon. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night
Private airport transfer
The Strand (first stay)
The Governor's Residence (second stay)
Aureum Palace Resort or Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
Mandalay Hill Resort or Sedona Mandalay
Inle Princess Resort or Aureum Inle Resort
Aureum Palace Resort & Spa
Per person (double occupancy)
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