Myanmar Pilgrimage Tour
Yangon, Kyaikhtiyo, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake
Day 1: Yangon Arrival
On arrival meet your guide; transfer to your hotel for orientation. A visit to the shimmering golden dome of Shwedagon pagoda at dusk caps a perfect first day in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Bago – Kyaikhtiyo
An epic journey today. You’ll drive via Bago and its famed reclining Buddha statue to the “base camp” at Kinpun. From here it’s a bumpy journey by truck along a rough track until reaching the upper staging area. Disembarking from your transport, there is then a 45-minute walk up a steep path before finally reaching the Golden Rock of the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, where you will encounter one of the wonders of the Buddhist world in time for a glorious sunset. Alternatively we can arrange for you to make this final part of the trip by sedan chair. Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo.
Day 3: Kyaikhti – Bago – Yangon
For early-risers, a chance to see the sun come up from the Golden Rock. Opportunities for sightseeing today include the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, dating back more than a thousand years, and the incredible reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago, which measures 55 metres in length. The journey back to Yangon will encompass a poignant visit to the Allied War Graves Cemetery near Htauk Kyan, and also a very interesting stop at a tree shrine to the animist spirits commonly known as “Nats”.
Day 4: Yangon – Mandalay
Domestic flight to Mandalay. On arrival, visits to the silk-weaving workshops of Amarapura, the monks at Maha Gandayon monastery, and the Mahamuni Buddha statue. After lunch enjoy a calming boat trip along the Irrawaddy River to Mingun village.
Day 5: Mandalay
This morning’s drive up Mandalay Hill gives panoramic views of the city, before you journey onwards to Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenandaw monastery and Mandalay’s world-famous handicraft stalls. This evening you’ll catch the sunset over Taungthaman Lake onboard a traditional sampan.
Day 6: Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura
Morning river boat tour on the scenic Irrawaddy River to Sagaing and its monasteries and pagodas. Your journey is stretched up to Kaungmudaw Pagoda.
Day 7: Mandalay – Monywa
A scenic drive to Monywa prior to lunching at a local restaurant. This afternoon you’ll cross the Chindwin River in search of the carved Buddhist deities found within the rock face of Shweba Taung and caves of Pho Win Taung.
Day 8: Monywa – Pakkoku – Bagan
This morning’s drive to Pakkoku is via the statue-filled Mohnyin Than Buddha Temple and the world’s tallest Buddha, which is over 420ft high. After you arrive in Pakkoku you’ll head by boat to Bagan just in time for sunset.
Day 9: Bagan
A guided tour of Bagan commences with the Shwezigon Pagoda, Wetkyi Inn Temple and Ananda Temple. This afternoon you’ll take a charming horse and cart journeythrough Damayangyi Temple and the village of Phwa Saw before watching the sunset atop Guni Temple.
Day 10: Bagan – Mt Popa – Bagan
Drive onwards to Mt. Popa via the surrounding palm sugar workshops. It requires some effort to climb the 777 steps to the top of Mt. Popa, but the views thoroughly justify it. Head down the verdant forest slopes for a well-deserved afternoon at leisure in Bagan.
Day 11: Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake
Domestic flight to Heho, before connecting with a boat trip from the jetty to your hotel on beautiful Inle Lake. Once you’ve settled in you’ll spend an afternoon touring monasteries, pagodas, villages and floating gardens, prior to your evening meal by the lake.
Day 12: Inle Lake
Visit to Inndein Creek, which feeds Inle Lake and contains thousands of pagodas within a magical bamboo forest setting. Take your time to soak up the ambience this afternoon, as you sample the delights of the Red Mountain Winery.
Day 13: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon
Domestic flight from Heho to Yangon. Unearth some cultural highlights of Yangon in the Sule Pagoda, the National Museum, Scott Market and Chinatown, presenting an exceptional chance to learn more about the food, history and people of this fascinating city.
Day 14: Yangon Departure
Morning transfer back to Yangon and board your flight home.
What is included?
- Hotel accommodations with daily breakfast in a shared twin or double room
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B: breakfast – normally provided by Hotel, L: lunch, D: dinner)
- Service of English-speaking station guides except free day (different in each city)
- Domestic Airfare (as mentioned in itinerary)
- All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
- Private motor boat in Inle Lake and sunset cruise in Bagan
- Horse cart tours in Bagan and Ava
- Entrance fees or zone fees for the visits
- Service charges, room tax and baggage handlings at domestic airports
Price does not include:
- International flights to and from Myanmar
- Personal travel insurance
- Meals other than mentioned
- Myanmar visa fee
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Any other services not mentioned as “included”