Hidden Secrets of Myanmar 11-Day Tour

Weekly Guaranteed Departure Based On Minimum of 2 Passengers 

(Tour Code: MY-SIC-22)


YANGON - BAGAN - MANDALAY - PINDAYA - INLE LAKE


Day 1 (Thursday)
​Upon your arrival to Airport, meet your friendly tour
guide and transfer to the hotel. Free time at leisure.
Overnight in Yangon.


Day 2
Yangon (B)
Visit Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset

The highlight of any trip to Yangon is a visit to the spectacular

Shwedagon Pagoda, which dates back about 2500 years and was built to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha. Its bell-shaped superstructure, resting on a terraced base, is covered in about 60 tonnes of gold-leaf, which is constantly being replaced.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 3
Yangon (B)
Sightseeing in Yangon
Visit colonial heart of Yangon

Start the day in the heart of Yangon which features an interesting selection of monuments and colonial buildings. Among others, you will see the Independent Monument, the High Court, the City Hall and the Sule Pagoda (view from the outside only).
Visit Botataung Pagoda
The Botataung Pagoda was named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha brought from India over 2000 years ago. This ancient monument was completely destroyed during WWII. It was then rebuilt in a very similar style to its predecessor, however this particular iteration is hollow and one can walk through it.
Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda
The reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda in Yangon which is almost as large as the enormous figure of Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago. It's housed in a large metal-roofed shed on Shwegondaing Lan, only a short distance north-east beyond the Shwedagon Paya. Surprisingly, this huge figure is little known and hardly publicised at all- if the chance to go to Bago to see the Shwethalyaung was missed, then don't pass on this opportunity to witness this colossal image.
Visit National Museum
The National Museum hosts several interesting exhibits, especially the 8-metre-high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by King Thibaw Min, the last Burmese king, and returned to Burma in 1908 by Lord Mountbatten. The main floor contains jewellery, old black and white photos of Mandalay Palace and Yangon, royal relics, Hintha opium weights and inscribed tablets.
Visit Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market (Close on Mondays and public holidays)
Explore the Bogyoke Aung San Market, also known as Scott Market, which contains over 2000 stalls and is the best place in Yangon to browse through the complete range of local handicrafts.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 4
Yangon - Bagan by air (B)           
Transfer
Flight from Yangon to Bagan
Transfer
Discover the Beauty of Bagan

Explore the vast and fascinating area of Bagan, and discover temples with unique stories, features and architecture. The spectacular plain of Bagan stretches away from the Ayeyarwaddy River and is dotted with over 2,000 temple structures dating back over 800 years. Spend the day exploring the temples and hearing the fascinating history and stories behind these imposing structures. Have a chance to visit a lacquerware workshop to learn about the intricate process of lacquerware making and decoration. At the end of the tour enjoy a panoramic view of the sun setting over the plain of Bagan from one of the ancient pagodas.

A selection of temples will be visited including: Shwezigon Paya, a beautiful golden pagoda containing relics of Buddha. The site was started by Anawrahta but not completed until the reign of Kyanzittha between 1086 and1090. The pagoda's graceful bell shape served as a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country. Gubyaukhyi Temple at Wetkyi-Inn, an early 13th century temple with an Indian-style spire. The ceiling is covered with paintings depicting the previous life of Buddha. Ananda Pahto, one of the largest, most beautiful and best preserved of the Bagan temples. It was built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha who was inspired by Indian architecture.

During the 1975 earthquake Ananda suffered considerable damage but has been totally restored. Gubyaukhyi Temple at Myinkaba, a 12th century Buddhist temple famous for its well-preserved frescoes, considered to be the oldest original paintings to be found in Bagan. Manuha Temple, which was built, according to inscriptions, by the captive Mon King Manuha in 1067. It contains three seated Buddha images along with an image of Buddha entering Nirvana. Shwesandaw Paya, a graceful white pyramid-style pagoda dating back to 1057. This 328-foot-high imposing structure is visible from far away rising from the plains of Bagan.
Watch sunset over Bagan
Enjoy a panoramic view of the sun setting over the plain of Bagan from one of the pagoda platforms.
Overnight in Bagan.

Day 5
Bagan (B)
Excursion to Mount Popa

Visit Mount Popa, a cylindrical hill that rises sharply from the surrounding plain, and is considered to be the home of Myanmar's most important nats (spirits). Ascend the mountain via a winding covered staircase watched by the curious monkeys that populate the area. At the top is a monastery and temple complex with shrines to the 37 nats, along with spectacular views.
Continue sightseeing from previous day
Overnight in Bagan.


Day 6
Bagan - Mandalay by air (B)    
Transfer
Flight from Bagan to Mandalay
Transfer
Sightseeing in Mandalay
Visit Mahamuni Paya

Mahamuni Paya was originally built by King Bodawpaya in 1784 when a road paved with bricks was constructed from his palace to the paya's eastern gate. The centrepiece of the shrine is the highly venerated Mahamuni image that was transported to Myanmar from Mrauk U in Rakhaing in 1784.
Visit Shwenandaw Kyaung
Shwenandaw Kyaung is a monastery of great interest, not only as a fine example of a traditional Burmese wooden monastery, but as a fragile reminder of the old Mandalay Fort. At one time, this building was part of the palace complex, and was used as an apartment by King Mindon and his chief queen, and it was here that he died. After Mindon's death, King Thibaw Min had the building dismantled and reassembled on its present site in 1880 as a monastery.
Visit Kuthodaw Paya
The central stupa of the Kuthodaw Paya was modelled on the Shwezigon Paya at Nyaung U near Bagan. Building commenced in 1857, at the same time as the royal palace. The paya has been dubbed 'the world's biggest book', for standing around the central stupa are 729 marble slabs on which are inscribed the entire Tripitaka.
Visit Mandalay Hill
Visit Mandalay Hill and take an easy climb up the sheltered steps to see panoramic views over the palace, Mandalay and the paya-studded countryside. The famous hermit monk, U Khanti, is credited with inspiring the construction of many of the buildings on and around the hill in the years after the founding of the city.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 7
Mandalay (B)
Excursion to Amarapura, Sagaing, and Inwa (Ava)

This day tour visits three former royal capitals, each with its own unique atmosphere. In the morning, drive to Amarapura, and visit Mahagandayon Monastery; every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Next, pay a visit to Sagaing, the spiritual centre of Myanmar. Hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries are to be found in Sagaing Hill, sometimes known as a living Bagan. Thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and contemplation. Stop at some of the most famous temples, such as Sun U Ponya Shin Paya, U Min Thonsei Paya and Kaung Hmu Daw Paya.
Cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa (Ava) is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a leisurely Horsecart Ride around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, and Nan Myint Tower. On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make theit famous alms bowls out of iron. Finally, return to Amarapura, to end the day At U Bein's Bridge, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometre across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge teems with monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colours of the sunset.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 8
Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya (B)
Transfer
Flight from Mandalay to Heho
By vehicle from Heho to Pindaya
Visit Pindaya Caves

Pindaya Caves are ensconced in a limestone ridge overlooking the lake. Inside the cavern there are more than 8000 Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement, and they are arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers. See the Shwe U Min Paya, a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. Beginning on the full moon of Tabaung (February/March), Pindaya hosts a colourful pagoda festival at Shwe U Min.
Visit local market and paper umbrella factory
Overnight in Pindaya.

Day 9
Pindaya - Inle Lake (B)
By vehicle from Pindaya to Inle Lake
Transfer by boat
Excursion by boat on Inle Lake

Enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake and discover its calm serenity, still waters and colourful brush strokes of floating vegetation and slow-moving fishing canoes. Rolling high hills hug the lake on all sides, as the lake's shore and islands host 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery and meditate on the one of a kind skill of the local fishermen who make use of their legs in a unique rowing technique to glide themselves gracefully around the lake. Visit the enchanting floating gardens, a teeming market and an Intha village around the lake. The day also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (Lotus and silk weaving villages) and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.
Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 10
Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B)
Excursion by boat on Inle Lake to Indein

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.
Transfer by boat
By vehicle from Inle Lake to Heho
Flight from Heho to Yangon

Transfer
Overnight in Yangon.


Day 11
Yangon (B)
All day at leisure * No tour guide *

Tour ends
 
*Meal plan: included in itinerary (B-Breakfast / L-Lunch / D-Dinner)

*An additional surcharge may be applicable for bookings that fall within the Peak Season dates; Christmas, New Year and Water Festival. In these cases, we will automatically apply the additional charge and advise you immediately.


Hotel
Option A
Option B
Yangon
Grand Laurel Hotel (Deluxe)
Jasmine Palace Hotel (Superior)
Bagan
Ruby True Hotel (Superior)
Bawga Theiddhi Hotel (Superior)
Mandalay
Shwe Ingyinn Hotel (Superior)
Hotel Hazel (Superior)
Pindaya
Conqueror Resort Hotel (Superior)
Conqueror Resort Hotel (Superior)
Inle Lake
Paramount Inle Resort (Superior)
Ananta Inle Resort (Deluxe) 

*The accommodation will be provided in the above hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.


Package Price (Twin Sharing): CAD$/Per Person (Land Only)

Tour Periods
Option A
Option B
Land Package Rate
Single Supplement
Land Package Rate
Single Supplement
01 Nov 2017 ─ 30 Apr 2018
$2,339$749$2,610$999
01 May 2018 ─ 31 Oct 2018
$2,239$635$2,469$895

*All prices are per person in CAD$, based on twin-sharing in double rooms in the default hotel for the listed category. Single supplement will be charged starting from 2 passengers up for each passenger occupying a single room.


Land Cost Includes:

  • Program is based on English speaking guide. For other languages, please contact your agent, a supplement charge will apply.
  • Accommodation as mentioned above or equivalent
  • Meals according to itinerary (B-Breakfast/ L-Lunch/ D-Dinner)
  • Where very early morning flights are scheduled, a breakfast box may replace the standard hotel breakfast 
  • Flight ticket(s), in economy class unless otherwise specified, according to the itinerary (Flight from Yangon to Bagan, Flight from Bagan to Mandalay, Flight from Mandalay to Heho, Flight from Heho to Yangon)
  • Porter fees at the airport where guide service is booked
  • Current fuel surcharges are included, however, these are subject to change prior to tour start date
  • Ground transportation in private A/C vehicle​
  • 1 complimentary bottle of drinking water and 1 cold towel per person per half day tour/ 2 bottles of water and 2 cold towels per person per full day tour​
  • Sightseeing incl. admission fees according to itinerary.


Land Cost Excludes: 

  • International flight
  • Visa fees
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in tour itinerary above
  • Travel insurance
  • ​​Myanmar domestic taxes 
  • Tipping fees (based on your satisfaction) and other personal expenses


* Visa Procedures: Please contact us for more details
* ​International Flight: Please consult us about your trip schedule before booking your flights.


Seat-In-Coach Dates
02 Nov 2017
09 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
23 Nov 2017
30 Nov 2017
07 Dec 2017
14 Dec 2017
21 Dec 2017
28 Dec 2017
04 Jan 2018
11 Jan 2018
18 Jan 2018
25 Jan 2018
01 Feb 2018
08 Feb 2018
15 Feb 2018
22 Feb 2018
01 Mar 2018
08 Mar 2018
15 Mar 2018
22 Mar 2018
29 Mar 2018
05 Apr 2018
12 Apr 2018
19 Apr 2018
26 Apr 2018
03 May 2018
10 May 2018
17 May 2018
24 May 2018
31 May 2018
07 Jun 2018
14 Jun 2018
21 Jun 2018
28 Jun 2018
05 Jul 2018
12 Jul 2018
19 Jul 2018
26 Jul 2018
02 Aug 2018
09 Aug 2018
16 Aug 2018
23 Aug 2018
30 Aug 2018
06 Sep 2018
13 Sep 2018
20 Sep 2018
27 Sep 2018
04 Oct 2018
11 Oct 2018
18 Oct 2018
25 Oct 2018



*Departure Every Thursday (1st day of tour)
*All Seat-In-Coach tours have guaranteed departure for minimum 2 passengers
*All prices per person and subject to change