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  • See Buddhist temples and pagodas of Bagan
  • Discover the ancient capital of Mandalay
  • See the iconic U Bein Bridge
  • Explore the beautiful Inle Lake
Discover the highlights of Burma in just over a week during this private, guided tour. This 9-day trip starts with an airport pickup in Yangon on the first day of the tour. Enjoy a private, guided tour of Yangon before heading for Bagan, an ancient city located on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady, on the third day of the trip and get the chance to see some of the major highlights of this city.

Your next destination is Mandalay, Myanmar’s old capital built on an artificial island that is also home to the iconic U Bein Bridge, one of Myanmar’s most photographed sites. The last leg of this journey takes you to Shan State, which shares borders with China, Laos and Thailand.

See the grand colonial buildings of Yangon, which was, until recently, the capital of the country. See the High Court Building as well as the telegraph and post offices. Also on the list is the Shwedagon Pagoda, a 326-foot-tall structure that dominates Yangon's skyline.

Explore some of the ancient temples and pagodas of Bagan and Mandalay. Visit the U Bein Bridge, one of Myanmar’s most popular tourist destinations, as well as the huge, unfinished Mingun Pahtodawgyi and Mingun Bell, which was the heaviest functioning bell in the world several times in the past.

This tour will also take you to the charming Inle Lake, one of the most magical places in the country. Discover stilted villages, floating gardens and Buddhist pagodas and monasteries and enjoy a leisurely boat trip around the picturesque lake. Transfer back to Yangon on the last day of the trip.
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Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be met by a Wayfairer representative and transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy a private, guided tour of Yangon in the afternoon. See the Chauk That Gyi Pagoda with its magnificent reclining Buddha figure, and Karaweik Hall, a majestic palace located on the eastern shore of Kandawgyi Lake.

Also visit the buzzing Bogyoke (Scotts ) Market, home to hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, arts and garment stores.
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Enjoy a full-day tour of Yangon with your local Wayfairer guide today. Visit the colonial old town with its Sule Pagoda and see the City Hall and Maha Bandula Park, a tranquil space located in the heart of the city.

Also visit the elegant Strand Hotel, which was built by the Sarkies Brothers and is one of Southeast Asia's most iconic 5-star hotels. Venture inside the hotel to visit the River Art Gallery, where the works of some of Burma's most famous and skilled artists are on display.

End your tour with a visit to Yangon’s most famous landmark, the Shwedagon Pagoda. This spectacular, 326-feet pagoda is situated on Singuttara Hill, to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, and dominates the Yangon skyline.
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  • Breakfast
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After breakfast this morning, you’ll transfer back to Yangon's airport for a short flight to Bagan. Transfer to your hotel and check into your accommodation upon reaching Bagan. Next, head out on a guided tour to explore some of the most important sites of this ancient city.

Your tour starts with a visit to the Dhammayangyi Temple, the largest temple in Bagan that offers impressive views of the surrounding plains. Also visit the Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the oldest and most impressive monuments in the city that is believed to have a holy tooth relic of the Buddha.

Next on today's itinerary is the Gubyaukgyi Temple in Myinkaba Village, home to well-preserved, richly coloured paintings. While in Myinkaba, you will also get the chance to learn more about how Bagan’s famous lacquerware is made. Also visit Htilominlo Temple. Today’s temple tour will end with a trip to the beautifully symmetric and majestic Ananda Temple.
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  • Breakfast
Hotel
Visit the Manuha Temple after breakfast in the morning. This temple was built by a Mon king in the 1300's as a reminder to his time in captivity under the then king of Bagan. Continue your journey to the colourful Nyaung U Market, the largest market in the Bagan region, and visit a cigar workshop to learn more about how Burmese 'cheroots' are produced.

Drive to Mount Popa next. On the slopes of Mount Popa is the sacred Popa Taung Kalat Monastery, perched dramatically atop a huge rocky outcrop. This impressive Buddhist monastery is surrounded by sheer cliff faces and offers spectacular views of the surrounding plains.

From the base of this volcanic outcrop, you can climb up the 777 steps to reach the monastery located at the summit, which takes around 20 minutes. Just beware of the monkeys - they look friendly but will steal anything they can get their hands on, including your purse, camera or phone.

Transfer back to Bagan, stopping en route at a family-run toddy shop to observe the process of making rich, caramel-like toddy candies from the sap of toddy palms. Transfer to the Ayarwaddy River in the evening for a private sunset cruise. Enjoy stunning sunset views from the cruise before heading back to your hotel.
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  • Breakfast
Hotel
Transfer to Nyaung U Airport for a short flight to Mandalay, located in central Myanmar. Upon arrival, you’ll be driven to Inwa, 20km south of Mandalay. Along with Mandalay, Inwa (or Ava as it was previously known) is one of Myanmar’s most famous cities. What makes it particularly interesting is that it’s built on an artificial island, made in the 1300s by connecting the Irrawaddy and Myitnge Rivers with a canal.

Enjoy a boat ride in the Myintnge River and explore Inwa on a horse-drawn cart. See the Bagaya Monastery, Nan Myint Watch Tower and Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery before heading for Amarapura, one of Myanmar's former capital cities that is famous for its textile industry. Visit a cottage industry workshop and learn more about how Myanmar longyis are made.

Your next destination is U Bein Bridge, one of Myanmar’s most photographed and iconic sites. Its picturesque structure has made the bridge one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. this bridge is also the world’s longest footbridge and spans over one kilometre in length.
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  • Breakfast
Hotel
Take a boat across the Ayarwaddy River to Mingun, known for its huge, unfinished pagoda, the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, which was supposed to be the largest pagoda in the world. Return to Mandalay by boat and enjoy a half-day, guided tour of the city.

Some attractions you will discover today include the bustling Zegyo Market, one of the city’s oldest and busiest and markets, as well as the Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda.

At the end of the sightseeing tour, we will take you to Mandalay Hill, a popular place among the locals to watch sunset from.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
Transfer to the airport after breakfast for your short flight to Heho, a small town in Shan State that also acts as a gateway to popular destinations in the area, including Inle Lake. Visit the bustling local market in Heho before proceeding to Inle Lake, stopping en route at a workshop to see how Shan umbrellas and papers are made by traditional methods using the fibres of mulberry trees.

Transfer to Nyaung Shwe Jetty, from where you’ll take a private boat to Inle Lake. This one-hour boat journey allows for stunning sceneries of the Shan Hills and paddy fields. Check into your hotel near the lake upon arrival.

You are free for the rest of the day to explore Inle Lake on your own. Discover its floating islands and gardens made from the tangled roots of water hyacinths and reeds. See local Intha fishermen demonstrate their unique rowing technique where they stand on the stern of their boats on one leg and wrap their other leg around the oar.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
Board a longboat in the morning to visit the Inn Thein Pagoda complex located on the western side of Inle Lake. This complex features crumbling, ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago.

Continue to the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, home to some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devotes. Take a trip to Inpawkhon Weaving Village to learn more about how the local garments are woven with silk and lotus fabrics. In Nampan Village, the locals will show you how Burmese cigars (cheroots) are traditionally rolled.

End your day with a sunset cruise in a traditional canoe. The boatman will gracefully navigate the canoe through the canals and backwaters of Inle, past stilted villages and floating gardens.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe in the morning. From there, it is a one-hour drive back to the airport in Heho from where you will catch your flight to Yangon.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • 8 nights' accommodation as per the itienrary
  • Pickup from Yangon's airport & drop-off at Heho Airport. All transfers including domestic flight tickets as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to destinations as per the itinerary
  • A local, English-speaking tour guide
  • Meals as per the itinerary
what's excluded
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities and excursions not stated in itinerary
  • Expenses that are personal in nature
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 1 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Yangon, Myanmar/ Yangon, Myanmar
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