Day 1 - Arrival

After arriving at Yangon International Airport and transferring to our hotel, we get acquainted and unwind over lunch. We then set out on foot and walk through local markets and communities to the base of Shwedagon Pagoda. From here where we walk to the summit passing many smaller but no less beautiful Pagodas. It is from here that we enjoy the sunset. Rudyard Kipling called Shwedagon “a Golden mystery…a beautiful twinkling wonder.” The 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda is said to be the world’s richest golden stupa, or Buddhist spiritual monument. Also considered the most sacred of all Buddhist sites in Myanmar, the golden dome rises 323 feet above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. As the last rays of the setting sun cast a brilliant light on the domes [which are encrusted with gems] we observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions.

Day 2. Yangon – Bagan - Kanpalet

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, leave Yangon for Bagan by domestic flight.

Guests will be driven to Kanpelet, which takes approximately 5 hours from Bagan after they have landed and had breakfast to make it before Sun Set. Sky Palace Hotel or Pine Wood Villa accommodates guests for overnight stay.

Day 3. Kanpalet - Mt Victoria- Aye Village (by car/trek)

Guests arrive at base camp after 15-minutes drive from Sky Palace Hotel or 1 hour from Pine Wood Villa. It usually takes two and a half hour to reach the summit and jeeps carry those with limited mobility. The view from the mountaintop is panoramic and the option of trekking to a village in the park is there. Bon fire can also be arranged at Aye Village, which houses the guest overnight.

Day 4. Aye village-Mindat (by both car and trekking)

Another trekking to about 3 or 4 villages begins after breakfast to witness local women with tattoos on the faces. Lunch is served at a local residence. Check into Mountain Oasis or Hotel Mindat after trekking pass the String Bridget across Makee Creek.

Day 5. Mindat - Bagan

Preparing from Mindat in the morning and being drive to Pakokku while passing through Kyauk-Htu and Pauk townships, the guests arrive to Bagan.,Bagan is considered one of the greatest sites of Asia! Located on the lush delta plain, Bagan was once a great Royal Located on the lush delta plain, Bagan was oncea great royal city with over13,000 temples. Although the majority of the temples have been destroyed,ancient temples still dot the landscape as far as the eye can see. Hundreds of temples and pagodas, from simple to magnificent are spread over 40 square kilometres. Much fighting took place around here. We start our exploration of Bagan on foot. We begin at the Shwesansaw Paya. We then zig zag our way along quiet trails, visiting the Dammayangyi Pahto and Sulamani Pagoda. Along the way, we are likely to see cows drinking at watering holes and farmers harvesting sesame seeds. We end our walk by climbing to the top of the Pyathada Pagoda for stirring sunset views.

Day 6. Bagan

Guests who book the balloon flight are picked up early in the morning to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Bagan and the Ayeyarwaddy River. Gentle winds not exceeding 15 miles per hour guide the balloon, allowing passengers a serene, bird's-eye view of ancient temples drifting by. On average the flight lasts between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Those not on a balloon flight will visit the small 13th-century Gubyaukgi Stupa, which is known for its fine frescoes. We then stop at the Ananda Temple, one of the largest, best preserved, and most revered temples in Bagan. We also visit a local lacquer ware workshop, where we watch men and women ply their craft using traditional methods. We reunite at the hotel for breakfast before embarking on a walk through the Paya-thone-zu group of temples (a short ride to the east of our hotel). Midday we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant situated on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River before a visit to the archaeological museum, home to a collection of world-class Buddha images from the Bagan region.

After our visit to the museum, we start our hike through Old Bagan, walking by the oldest stupa and the tallest temple. We admire frescos at the Thamya Temple and climb to the top of the Swegugyi Temple. Our walk concludes at Bagan's ninth-century gateway, which is guarded by brother and sister spirits Late afternoon we take a short ride to the jetty and set out for a sunset cruise on the lower Ayarwaddy River Before returning to our hotel for dinner.

Day 7. Bagan - Yangon

Today we take a morning flight back to Yangon and transfer to the Hotel. In the afternoon, we visit Scott’s market and then walk via the famous Sule Pagoda to the Strand Hotel where you can have drinks at the famous long bar. After freshening up, we head to a restaurant for our final dinner.

Day 8. Departure

After a plentiful breakfast, we transfer to the airport where we bid farewell and begin our journey home or on to other exciting destinations.

 

 

Classic Extensions

Day 1 - Bagan - Mandalay

After breakfast, take a morning flight to Mandalay – the old and historic capital of Myanmar’s last kingdom and their monarchs, be treated to a full day of sightseeing by coach. Tour highlights includes Gold leaf Hammering, Mandalay’s Mahamuni pagoda (It also known as Payagyi (big paya) or Rakhaing Paya)- with its spectacular Buddha image completely covered in 15 cm thick layers of gold leaf, it is a must see on your list! Lunch at a Burmese local restaurant will brighten and energies all). Your exclusive tour continues with a visit Myanmar’s ancients monarch’s Royal Palace. Another must visit is the Shwenandaw Monastery-noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery and Kuthodaw pagoda-known as the world’s largest book with its 729 slabs of Marble engrave with Buddha scriptures. The evening ends with a breathing view offered at Mandalay Hill, where almost all locals come for a panoramic of the city. Another sumptuous dinner is prepared for you at a local restaurant. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 2 - Mandalay

After a hearty breakfast this morning, visit the Jade Market for some shopping before proceeding to Amarapura - an ancient capital built exclusively at the advice of royal astrologers. Tour highlights are Mahagandayon Monastery - where you may witness and experience the daily lives of the monks studying Buddha`s scriptures. U Bein`s Bridge - 1.2km long wooden bridge built over 200 years ago is also a must see! Wood, Bronze and Marble Carvings and Castling villages awaits you. After lunch, a delightful boat trip to Mingun where the world largest ringing bell awaits you. Sightseeing Mingun Bell and Pahtodawgyi unfinished Pagoda offers first hand the rich culture and history Myanmar has to offer. Evening arrives and enjoy the sunset view of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River & Middle Yoma from the roof of the boat. Dinner will be at a local restaurant that is sure to what your appetite. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 3 - Mandalay - Inle Lake

After breakfast, we fly to Heho (approximate 30 minute flight) which is our gateway to Inle Lake. Known as the most beautiful lake in Myanmar, Inle Lake’s calm waters are surrounded by high hills and dotted with floating gardens and stilted villages. From Heho we take a car for a stunning drive (approximately 1 hour drive) which winds though heavily forested hills where we see a variety of trees including banyan, jacaranda, acacia, and rubber trees. Monasteries, stupa, and small lakes dot the hills. We descend to the flat plateau where most of the county's rice is grown along with a variety of fruits and vegetables and sugarcane. We stop at a local hotel for lunch before proceeding to a small jetty where we pick up our private boat for a 30-minute ride to our hotel, located on the shores of the lake. En route we may pass local Intha fishermen, known as “leg rowers” and famous for propelling flat-bottomed boats by standing on one leg and wrapping the other around the oar. After checking in at our beautiful lakeside hotel, we set off for a for a boat ride on the lake.

Day 4 - Inle Lake

After breakfast we set off by boat to the village of MaingThauk (a 20-minute trip) where we walk to the Forest Monastery along a trail shaded with tamarind trees, passing mango and sugarcane plantations. As we ascend into the jungle (approximate 750 ft. ascent), our trail saddles a deep gorge with a stream running below. Bird calls punctuate our journey, and we may spot monkeys swinging in the trees. We arrive at the Monastery in time to see the Buddhist monks gathering for their mid-morning lunch. Further along the trail from the monastery is a stupa, where we enjoy stunning views of Inle Lake and the surrounding hills. On the way back from the monastery, we have a chance to visit the village of MaingThouk, including an orphanage for pre-schoolers and a sugarcane farm where fudge and syrup are produced. We board our long tail boats for the 45-minute crossing to the southern end of the lake. The journey takes us through floating gardens of multi-coloured lotus flowers and hyacinths. The lake is also home to abundant waterfowl, including egrets and cormorants. We eat lunch at a local restaurant perched on tall stilts offering excellent lake views. After lunch, we board our boats for a leisurely return trip through the villages and vegetable gardens. We stop to learn about some of the traditional cottage industries, including lotus flower weaving, pottery, cigar making, and blacksmithing .We then enjoy the sunset as we return to the hotel by boat.

Day 5 - Inle Lake - Yangon

Transfer by boat and plane to Heho airport and fly back to Yangon for departure.

 

 

Ngapali Beach

Day 1. Ngapali Beach

Transfer to the airport and fly to Ngapali Beach, where we drive for 20 minutes to the hotel. Free afternoon to relax on the beach. [As with most flights you could fly via Yangon or Bagan but the plane only stops for 10 minute] The pristine beach of Ngapali stretches for 2-miles. Palm trees fringe clear, azure waters. Sea, sand and sun are the only distractions. No buildings are taller than palm-tree level and loud jet skis, souvenir vendors, and beachside bars are blissfully absent.Opportunities abound to engage with the uniquely charming local culture. Watch fishermen drawing their nets and women carrying baskets of fish to the resort, or simply make the acquaintance of people renowned for their friendliness. Outstanding seafood, a fabulous swimming and snorkeling beach, and a laid-back atmosphere make this an idyllic destination for capping off an unforgettable Myanmar adventure.

Day 2. Ngapali Beach

Four your own expense: Today you can relax, collect shells, stroll to the nearby fishing village, go for a bicycle ride, or take a half-day boat trip for snorkeling.

Day 3. Ngapali Beach - Yangon

Enjoy another relaxing morning on the beach before taking a late morning flight back to Yangon for departure.

*** N.B: Itineraries can be adjusted and updated in accordance with guests’ special requests.