Classic Myanmar (Burma) Adventure
ABCB

From AU$ 2405 14 Days
  • burma(myanmar),burma(myanmar)
  • Max 0 passengers
  • Yangon Yangon
  • Private bus, public bus, plane, boat, bicycle, walking.
  • Hotels (12 nts), simple guesthouse (1 nt).
14 days From AU$ 2405

Overview

Discover the mysterious nation of Myanmar (also known as Burma) a newcomer to the adventure travel scene.   You will often feel like you are setting foot on a foreign, untouched planet, with few other travellers to contend with, you will have to pinch yourself to believe that you are not in a dream.   Discover Inle Lake’s unique floating gardens, the staggering imperial ruins of ancient Bagan, the incomparable palaces of Mandalay, and enveloping forests throughout. This 14 Day Classic Myanmar Adventure will leave you feeling like one of the first explorers!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Yangon

Kick start of your Burmese adventure, as you arrive at leisure, and have time to explore Yangon with new travel buddies.   Make sure you’re back in time for our first group meeting where you will receive all your adventure details.


Day 2 Yangon/Kyaiktiyo

This morning enjoy breakfast before we begin our adventure with a visit to the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda, the ‘heart’ of Buddhist Myanmar.   We then discover the jungle as we travel through the delta, crossing the Sittang River to Kyaikhtiyo.   Arriving in Kinpun, we board a typical Myanmar passenger truck, where we take the pilgrimage road 10km to the 1200 metre high pagoda on the famous Golden Rock. We then pull on our hiking boots, and walk the hour trip to Golden Rock where we are rewarded with stunning views and our simple overnight accommodation awaits us. (B)


Day 3 Kyaiktiyo/Yangon

This morning we rise bright and early, enjoy another great breakfast and start our descent from the Golden Rock for our return journey back to Yangon.   Before reaching Yangon we enjoy a stop at Bago to admire an impressive open air reclining Buddha. (B)


Day 4 Yangon/Mandalay

Today we leave Yangon again, and enjoy an early flight to Mandalay.   Here we visit the famous Golden Monastery (Shwenandaw), the only remaining building on the palace grounds.   We then head to the Kuthodaw Pagoda and admire its 729 marble slabs which display the entire Buddhist canon.   Afterwards we explore the Mahamuni Temple, where we will discover the holiest Buddha image in the country, the 3,5 metre tall bronze and gold leaf Arakan Buddha.  Get a better understanding of the creation of the Buddha as we visit the workshops of gold leaf and marble carvers.    You then have the option to climb to the summit of Mandalay Hill, and a visit to the Shwe Kyin Monastery for a stunning sunset. (B)


Day 5 Mandalay

The morning starts off with a trip to the former capital of Amarapura (Sanskrit for ‘Beautiful Town’).  Those up for adventure can choose to traverse the world’s longest teak bridge, the 1km long U Bein Bridge.    Visit Sagaing Hill, regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar, it is home to 3,000 monks with 100 meditation centres.  Enjoy fascinating views and marvel the hill covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries overlooking the Ayerarwady River.    After lunch, we enjoy a boat ride along the mighty Ayerarwady River, alive with washerwomen, buffalo carts and daily life along the riverbank.  Before making the return trip to Mandalay we stop at the the riverside village of Mingun. (B)


Day 6 Mandalay/Bagan

Enjoy travelling from Mandalay to Bagan, as we cruise down Myanmar’s ‘Super Highway’ the Ayeyarwady River on a local public boat to ancient Bagan.  Enjoy the slower pace, and take in the scenery as we travel.   Note: When water levels are insufficient (usually between April and September) we will use a bus for this part of the journey. (B)

 

Day 7 Bagan

This morning we visit the colourful Nyaung Oo market where locals buy and sell fresh produce and other goods, it is a great way to get a glimpse of Myanmar people culture and a fantastic way to start your Bagan adventure.  We then visit the only golden pagoda in the Bagan area, the Shwezigon Pagoda, thought to contain a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha, before continuing onto the caves of Kyanzittha Umin.   Next up is Gubyaukgyi, a perfect Indian-style temple, before finally visiting the huge red brick Htilominlo Temple.   After lunch continue exploring more temples, including the Manuha Temple, and Nanpaya Temple with its elaborate stone engravings, as well as the beautiful Abeyadama Temple and finally the Lawkananda Pagoda, a landmark of Ayerarwady fishermen.  Before the day is through, we visit traditional manufacturers of unique Bagan lacquerware and relax at one of the pagodas as the sun sets over Bagan. (B)


Day 8 Bagan

Enjoy a day at leisure in Bagan.   Continue your exploration of this gorgeous area, take a hot air balloon ride or simply take some time to relax.  If you plan to take a hot air balloon ride in Bagan, this is the best day to do it. Keep in mind this should be reserved in advance and the ballooning season is from Oct 1 to March 31 every year. (B)


Day 9 Bagan/Kalaw

After a day of relaxing we rise bright and travel to the cooler air of Kalaw.Enjoy the scenic drive, through sun-parched plains sprinkled with Palmyra palms to the ‘Mountain of Deities’ Mt Popa.  Get your heart racing as we climb up a staircase (about 20 minute climb) to the huge volcanic rock to see shrines for Nats (celestial spirits of Myanmar mythology) and small temples dedicated to the Buddha.  Enjoy passing the many food and herbal remedy stores that line the path on the climb up.  We continue our journey to Kalaw, arriving in the evening. (B)


Day 10 Kalaw

Pull on your hiking boots as we set off to explore the cooler air in the mountain side at 1320 metres above sea level.   Discover tea plantations, citrus groves and tribal villages, as we hike through the scenic hills and enjoy an included lunch.  After lunch, enjoy your afternoon at leisure in Kalaw.   Explore vibrant markets, or visit Aung Chan Tha Zedi, with its sparkling gold and silver glass mosaics, or visit the 500 year ols bamboo Buddha at the Hnee Pagoda. (B,L)


Day 11 Kalaw/Inle Lake

Enjoy the interesting route through hills and across the Shan Plateau as we drive to Pindaya, through fields of garlic, sesame and vegetables as we travel to Inle Lake.  Pass through many small Pa-O and Danu villages along the way.  In Pindaya, we visit the magnificent Pindaya Caves, with a spectacular look out of a picturesque lake, and 8000 different types of Buddha images on display.   Make sure you check out the view of nearby Boutaloke Lake and the ruins of Shwe U Min Paya, a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge. We also visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols, before we continue our journey to Nyaungshwe, the largest village and former capital of the local Shan Kings at Inle Lake.  The serene Inle Lake is home to the Intha people, and boasts amazing floating villages and gardens. (B)

 

Day 12 Inle Lake

Today we hop back in a boat and explore the lake, visiting some of its intriguing floating villages, and investigating the great Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, with its five holy Buddha images. Try to spot the famous Intha leg-rowers during the tour. (B)


Day 13 Inle Lake/Yangon

Enjoy breakfast, before we board a flight back to Yangon.   Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the buzzing markets, sights of Yangon you have not yet seen, or some last minute shopping.   Enjoy an optional final dinner together with your group to share laughs and reminisce about the last 14 days. (B)


Day 14 Yangon

This morning we enjoy our last breakfast together, before bidding farewell to new friends made on the 14 Day Classic Myanmar Adventure as the tour ends on your departure today. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Included

  • Hotels (12 nts), simple guesthouse (1 nt).
  • Private bus, public bus, plane, boat, bicycle, walking.

Related Tours