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Myanmar Explorer
11 Days / 10 Nights

Starts In: Yangon
Ends In: Yangon

Operates: Daily Private Departures
Meals: 10 Breakfasts
Tour Code: T-18

Our Myanmar Explorer tour features the must see highlights of this fascinating country along with a few out of the way places.

From Yangon you’ll spend 2 nights in Inle Lake. See the "Leg Rowers" on the lake, also visit a floating village and see the way vegetables are raised on floating gardens. Also spend a night in Kalaw, a former British hill station.

Visit Mandalay the second largest city in the country and the last royal capital of Burma. Next travel overland from Mandalay to Monywa, en route visit Pow Win Daung caves to see some of the thousands of Buddha images housed there.

Enjoy a boat ride down the Ayeyarwady River to Bagan. Spend 2 nights in Bagan, plenty of time to explore some of the thousands of ancient temples and ruins.

Finally, return to Yangon where you will end your journey around Myanmar with a visit to the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda.

This is a truly a memorable tour providing a insightful peek into this remarkable country.

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airport Day 1: Arrive Yangon
Arrive at Yangon Airport on your own flight arrangements. Meet your guide after customs. Transfer by private vehicle to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to get acclimated to your new surroundings.
Overnight Accommodations In Yangon.

Day 2: Fly Yangon To Heho / Overland Transfer To Inle Lake (B)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho. After baggage claim, meet your guide and transfer overland to Inle Lake.

Excursion By Canoe Through The Canals To Visit Various Villages On The Lake
Nestled among the Shan Mountains, are the glassy blue waters of Inle Lake. The lake has a magical atmosphere, making visitors feel calm and relaxed. Taking a boat trip along the lake to see local life with opportunity to see the way that fisherman row their boats while standing on one leg. Enjoy visiting various villages on the lake.
Two Nights' Accommodations At Inle Lake.

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house Day 3: Excursion By Boat On Inle Lake (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Travel by boat to the western shore of the lake to a stairway leading to the hidden Indein temple complex. Located on the shore of the lake, this site consists of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and greens. Continue on foot past rice fields to the village of Sae Ma, stopping to explore the village and the local school. In the afternoon meet the people in the villages on the lake and travel to one of the monasteries to observe the monastic activities. Also visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.
Day 4: Transfer By Boat And Overland To Kalaw (B)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning transfer by boat and then vehicle overland to Kalaw. This afternoon enjoy sightseeing in Kalaw with a light trek to nearby villages.

A popular hill station in the British days, Kalaw is a peaceful and quiet place with an atmosphere reminiscent of the colonial era. Sightseeing highlights includes visits to local temples, a Catholic church and a light trek to a local village.

Overnight Accommodations In Kalaw.
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caves Day 5: Overland Kalaw To Heho / Fly To Mandalay (B)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning vist Pindaya Caves. Inside the caves there are more than 8000 Buddha images - made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement - and are arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers.Continue overland back to Heho Airport. Fly to Mandalay. Upon arrival meet your local guide and transfer by private car to your hotel.
Two Nights' Accommodations In Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay Full Day Sightseeing (B)
Breakfast at hotel. The last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual center. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty percent of the country's monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the finest crafts in Myanmar. In the morning, head to Mahamuni Paya, The Buddha image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 6 inches of gold leaf. On the way stop to observe the laborious process of making gold-leaf, where gold is painstakingly hammered into tissue-thin squares. The afternoon visit some of the city's most interesting temples and palaces. Begin at the Golden Teak Monastery, built entirely of golden teak.

Continue to Kyauktawgyi Paya famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Then visit Kuthodaw Paya, known also as "the world's biggest book". Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. The final stop is at Shwe Kyin Old Monastery, an old monastery at the base of Mandalay Hill which was built during the period of King Mindon.
Finally, weather permitting, enjoy the panoramic view from Mandalay Hill at sunset.

Mandalay

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temple Day 7: Mandalay To Monywa Overland Transfer (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Travel overland by private vehicle from Mandalay to Monywa. Cross the Chindwin River and continue to Pow Win Daung caves. Pow Win Daung mountain contains a series of caves set in the hillside along a meandering path and contains Buddha images and beautifully preserved murals dating from the 14th-16th centuries. Also visit Shwe Ba Taung Paya, with shrines and pavilions that are carved into the sandstone hillside. They colorfully decorated with mosaics and Buddha images.

Continue on to Monywa, a major trading center for agricultural products in upper Myanmar.
Overnight Accommodations In Monywa.
Day 8: Monywa To Pakokku To Bagan (B)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning visit Thanboddhay Kat Kyaw Paya, covered with thousands of miniature Buddha images (almost 600,000 altogether). Also visit Boddhi Tataung, a grove of banyan trees with a Buddha image at the base of each one.

Continue overland by private vehicle from Monywa to Pakokku. On the way, stop at Ma-U Village, take short walk and visit family workshop making inscent sticks. Upon arrival in Pakokku explore the town and visit the local market. Board a local boat and continue your journey to Bagan down the Ayeyarwady River. Upon arrival at the boat jetty in Bagan, transfer to your hotel.
Two Nights' Accommodations In Bagan.
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Bagan

Bagan

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Day 9: Bagan Full Day Sightseeing (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Bagan is dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Today you will visit some of the most important temples in the area beginning with Shwezigon Paya. The stupa's graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later stupas over Myanmar. Also visit Gubyaukhyi Temple, built in the early 13th Century, the colorful painting about the previous life of Buddha and the distinguished architecture are the highlights of this temple.

Explore Ananda Pahto, one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. This temple is famous for its well-preserved Stuccos from the 12th century on the outside walls. The magnificent paintings date from the original construction of the temple and are considered to be the oldest original paintings in Bagan.

Also visit Manuha Temple, built in 1059, it enshrines the unusual combination of 3 seated and one reclining image Buddha.

Finally, visit Shwesandaw Paya, this is the first monument in Bagan which features stairways leading up from the square bottom terraces to the round base of the Stupa. Also visit the Lacquerware Workshop, the villages around Bagan are known for producing the finest lacquerware in Myanmar. Stop by one of the workshops and learn about the painstaking process of laquerware making and decoration.

Weather permitting, enjoy a panoramic view of the sun setting over the plain of Bagan from one of the pagoda platforms.

Day 10: Fly Bagan To Yangon / Yangon Sightseeing Tour (B)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning transfer to the airport and fly to Yangon. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and enjoy a day of sightseeing in and around Yangon.  

Highlights will include Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see one of Myanmar's most revered reclining Buddhas. Then visit Sule Pagoda, an 157 foot tall octagonal-shaped Pagoda located in the heart of downtown Yangon.

Also visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (closed on Monday), also known as Scott Market, this building contains over 2000 stalls and is the best place in Yangon to browse through the complete range of local handicrafts.

The highlight today is a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. This pagoda towers over the city and is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. The gold-leaf encrusted structure stands 360 feet tall and is toped with 4521 diamonds. It is clearly one of the wonders of the religious world.
Overnight Accomodations In Yangon.
Shwedagon
airport Day 11: Yangon Departure Transfer (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Normal hotel check-out time. Meet your guide at the appointed time and transfer to Yangon International Airport for your onward flight.
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