Burma (Myanmar) is a culturally rich land with a long history that is relatively untouched by tourism. This journey discovers the highlights of this diverse country, beginning with the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon (Yangon). The Burmese people’s deep-rooted belief in Buddhism and spirit worship is reflected in the thousands of pagodas in ancient Pagan (Bagan) and monasteries of Mandalay. The tour finishes at the beautiful Inle Lake, famous for its floating villages and gardens, and the leg-rowers of the Intha tribe.
Day 1: Yangon Arrival.
Arrive in Yangoon, the former capital of Burma, and transfer to the Chatrium (or similar) for 2 nights.
Day 2: Yangon Highlights ( Meals: B / L )
Morning, breakfast at the hotel. Visit the National Museum-04 storey building which displays all about Myanmar, mainly the Lion Throne of the last king of Myanmar, who exiled to India in 1886, the Botahtaung Pagoda-the combination of stupa & temple, the colonial area, the Sule Pagoda-the landmark of Yangon city Centre, which has been enshrined the hair relic of Buddha, the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image-70 meters long and huge colossal image. Finally, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda-one of the wonders of the world where we can observe the ways of life of Buddhists such as offering the water, candles, flowers, etc.
Day 3: Yangon – Mandalay ( Meals: B / L )
Early morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival, take a tour of Amarapura, including Mahamuni Pagoda and the iconic U Bein Bridge. Afternoon tour of Mandalay and see the sunset at Mandalay Hill. In the evening, there is a dinner and cultural show. Stay 1 night at Mandalay Hill Resort (or similar).
Day 4: Upstream Upper Mandalay ( Meals: B / L / D )
Embark the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet Jetty, Mandalay in the morning for luncheon stream upstream and moore overnight at a jungle village north of Mandalay.
Day 5: Pottery Village and Mingun ( Meals: B / L / D )
Arrive to Ngwe Nyein village. Visit the spectacular potteries nearby, where can see manufacturing stages of the famous 50 gallon, handmade water pots and return downstream to visit Mingun to view the Pagoda and largest working bell in the world.
Day 6: Mandalay, Ava and Amarapura ( Meals: B / L / D )
We tour central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe-im-bin teak carved monastery. We move on to explore the ancient capitals of Ava and Amarapura, visiting the teak Bagaya Kyaung, Menu Ok-kyaung and crossing the U Bein Bridge.
Day 7: Yandabo Potteries Village ( Meals: B / L / D )
Yandabo is a very small rural village that specialises in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School and the new dispensary both built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.
Day 8: Pagan Monuments ( Meals: B / L / D )
We tour a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments in this important World Heritage Site and visit lacquer workshops.
Day 9: Tan Kyi Taung Mountain and Salé ( Meals: B / L / D )
Ascend Tan-chi-taung mountain by foot or by WWII jeep for the spectacular sunrise over Pagan. In Sale we visit a number of teak monasteries including the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings and we explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses.
Day 10: Taung Ba Lu School and Magwe Gold Bricks ( Meals: B / L / D )
If river conditions permit, morning visit to Taung Ba Lu School project sponsored by Noble Caledonia and Pandaw Cruises. In the afternoon, we climb the river bank and wind our way through a labyrinth of passages and paths to reach the magnificent Myat-thalon Pagoda. This pagoda is constructed with solid gold bricks.
Day 11: Minhla Forts ( Meals: B / L / D )
We visit Minhla and Gwechaung, two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. We climb the Gwechaung hill for the view.
Day 12: Thayetmyo Frontier Post ( Meals: B / L / D )
This pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanma War of 1855 and many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horse and cart to see the countryside and golf links.
Day 13: Prome and the Ancient Pyu ( Meals: B / L / D )
Visit the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artifacts and sculpture.
Day 14: Prome – Yangon ( Meals: B / L / D )
Disembark at Prome and transfer to Chatrium Hotel Yangon by coach. Arrive at the hotel in the afternoon.
Day 15: Yangon departure ( Meals: B )
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport & fly home.
This is daily departure tour. Please ask for more details.