Your ideal introduction to the hidden jewel of Asia! This ten day Myanmar tour is packed with cultural experiences. Explore Buddhist temples, learn about local traditions, and embrace the country’s unspoiled landscapes.
Yangon is the erstwhile capital of Myanmar that still proudly lives on as the country’s commercial hub.
Highlights of Yangon Venture into the Garden City of the East, with its evergreen and cool tropical trees, shady parks and lovely lakes. Start your day in the colonial district at the heart of the city, where you can discover the 2,000 year old Sule Pagoda, which holds one of Buddha’s hairs. Explore the major cobblestoned bazaar of Bogyoke Aung San Market, where you can practice your bargaining skills. Witness Royal Family treasures, including the pure gold and intricately carved Royal Lion Throne, at the National Museum. The highlight of Yangon is the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda! Built over 2,500 years ago and towering over the city’s skyline, you can breathe in a most enchanting and spiritual sunset. End your day with a High tea at The Strand. Please note that shoes must be removed during your temple visits.
Walk around Colonial Yangon Enjoy a walking tour along Yangon’s old colonial quarters, reliving a genteel era. Right after breakfast at your hotel, go down to visit the popular Bogyoke (Scott) Market, one of the city’s largest and busiest bazaars, dating back to the 1920s (Scott Market is closed on Mondays). Wind your way through the colorful stalls, selling everything from antiques to apparel, before making your way to the ancient Buddhist Sule Pagoda. From the pagoda, cross over to city’s popular Maha Bandula Park, named after General Maha Bandula who fought the British in the First Anglo-Burmese War. Visit the old colonial and administrative quarters of Yangon Stock Exchange, Bank Street, and the grand Balthazar Building. Walk down Strand Road to look up Yangon’s famous colonial hotel, The Strand Hotel. Also visit Lower Pansodan Road with its concentration of colonial buildings in the city, including the Sofaer Building and the towering Port Authority building. Wind up your ‘colonial’ day with a trip to Kandawgyi Royal Lake, which was built by the British for supplying Yangon with potable water. Today it is a popular destination for avant-garde artists and young Yangonites. (Half Day; Duration: 4 hrs, Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
Bagan is an ancient royal city brimming with history that dates back to the 2nd century.
Half Day Cycle Ride of Bagan Ruins Pedal away and explore the ancient sites of Bagan in a charming fashion. Choose to cycle a regular bike, or an electric bike for extra oomph! This is one of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular archaeological sites and some 2,000 temples and pagodas await you, including the renowned Ananda Temple. The ruins may be small but they are beautiful and visible with towering stupas and stunning painted murals. To reach them will take you through dusty tracks, local villages and fields, as you observe daily life along the way. You can also stop off at a traditional lacquerware workshop to observe this traditional Burmese craft! This activity is suitable if you enjoy cycling and are moderately fit. Please stow your valuables in your hotel safety deposit bow before you head out.
Lacquerware Workshop in Bagan Get a chance to meet a traditional lacquerware artist at the Ever Stand in Bagan. This beautiful art has been part and parcel of the cultural history, religious rituals and daily life of this heritage city since the 11th century. Watch the centuries old traditional techniques of the craft that has been handed down through generations in this one hour session. You may even be lucky enough to interact with one of the country’s master artists, U Maung Maung, who had set up his lacquerware workshop nearly three decades ago. (Half Day; Shared Activity; Private Transfer; Duration: 1 hr; Fitness Level: Easy).
Inle Lake is a stunning and calm freshwater lake that lies 900 meters above sea level.
Inle Lake Cycle Ride (Full / Half Day) An ASEAN heritage site, a prospective World heritage site and wildlife sanctuary, the magical, beautiful, azure Inle Lake lies ringed by the mist-shrouded Shan Hills..seemingly changing hues with every position of the sun. Enjoy a Half/Full Day bicycle exploraton around the iconic Inle Lake with several sights clustered around the lake edges..pass hilly mountains, vegetable farms, paddy fields, canals; see hot springs, colourful tribal markets and stilted houses. The Intha..who migrated here from southern Myanmar, built entire stilt villages on the lake and amazing ‘floating’ gardens to grow their crops..marvel at Intha fishermen who row flat-ended canoes with one leg while catching fish in conical baskets with their bare hands.
Cycle Ride to Red Mountain Estate & Vineyards Embark on a bicycle expedition to the red Mountain Vineyard..the Estate is located in Myanmar’s southern Shan State on the side of the iconic Inle Lake. Cycle through villages to the Red Mountain Estate, where over 400,000 vines have been imported from France, Spain and Israel (mostly sauvignon blanc from Israel)..carefully selected after experimentation in this tropical environment. The Red Mountain Estate planted their first grape in 2003 and its first production of 1,000 wine bottles was in 2006, and has been increasing since then. The wine making equipment has been imported from Italy. Sample some of the local wines..Red Mountain’s pinot noir and sauvignon blanc are its favored varieties.
Mandalay is Myanmar’s royal capital and lies in the northern heart of the country, on the eastern bank of Irawaddy River.
Highlights of Mandalay Embark on a regal adventure as you explore Mya Nan San Kyaw, the Royal Palace. Crafted from majestic teak wood and situated in the center of a large citadel (fort), this is the last palace built by Burmese Royals. Expect epic tales when you visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa that contains the world’s largest book. Find tranquility at Shwenandaw Monastery, a traditional 19th century wooden Buddhist monastery and historical retreat. Discover Myanmar’s most revered image of Buddha at Mahamuni Buddha Pagoda, a temple and important pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists. At sunset, embrace the scenic views from the calming peak of Mandalay Hill.
Plant a Mango Tree in Mandalay Leave behind a meaningful legacy in this beautiful land, long after your lovely Burmese vacation is over. Plant a Sein Ta Lone sapling, a fragrant and high quality variety of mango native to the area around Mandalay. Donate this lovely mango tree, with your name tag on it, to a local school or Buddhist monastery. Your guide will help you plant the sapling with a graft scar at a pre-designated site in a local school or monastery of your choice. You may just return years later to find a large and strapping mango tree, in the place of the sapling you planted! (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 2 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy)
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 9 days / 8 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Yangon – Nyaung U
Nyaung U – Heho
Heho – Mandalay
All activities as listed :
Yangon: Highlights of Yangon
Yangon: Walk around Colonial Yangon
Bagan: Half Day Cycle Ride of Bagan Ruins
Bagan: Lacquerware Workshop in Bagan
Inle Lake: Inle Lake Cycle Ride (Full / Half Day)
Inle Lake: Cycle Ride to Red Mountain Estate & Vineyards
Mandalay: Highlights of Mandalay
Mandalay: Plant a Mango Tree in Mandalay
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
Fees and taxes
What our guests say about this trip
Everything from planning to the actual tour went very well. I had a special request to have a guide that was also a photographer and we got a wonderful tour guide that combined a wonderful tour with unbelievable picture opportunities. This was the 2nd time we used Enchanting Travels and they have 2 of the most memorable vacations we have ever had.