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Home > Suggested Myanmar Itineraries > Glimpse of Glorious Myanmar > GGM8DYB2MPI

Glimpse of Glorious Myanmar

Tour Code: GGM8DYB2MPI

8-Day 7-Night
Highlighting 11-13th Century Archaeological Wonders of Bagan, & Scenic Beauties of Shan State, with a glimpse on Myanmar’s cultural heartland Mandalay
Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Amarapura-Pindaya-Inle Lake

Itinerary Overview

Day Itinerary Transportation
1 Yangon – arrival in the morning and sightseeing Car
2 Yangon – fly to Bagan in the morning and sightseeing Car/ Flight
3 Bagan – full day tour to the remaining highlights Car
4 Bagan – fly to Mandalay in the morning and tour of Amarapura & Mandalay Car/ Flight
5 Mandalay – fly to Heho and 2.5hrs drive to Pinaya to visit famous caves – proceed to Inle Lake by 3-hrs drive – transfer to the lake hotel by boat Car/ Flight / Boat
6 Inle lake full day visit to see local 5-day market, floating villages, interesting pagodas, and impressive Inn Din ruins Boat
7 Inle Lake –fly back to Yangon in the morning to visit the remaining highlights in Yangon (or) return to Yangon in the afternoon to visit another colorful 5-day market Car/ Flight / Boat
8 Yangon free and easy visit before departure out for your return flight Car

Detailed Program

Day Description
1 Arrival Yangon in the morning & sightseeing
Arrival Yangon in the morning welcomed by your guide from Santa Maria Tours and led to your hotel. Sightseeing in Yangon will be commenced after a brief rest at the hotel. You’ll be taken to the downtown sections to see the colonial buildings; the 'Botataung Hair Relic Pagoda' on the bank of Yangon River; the Sule Pagoda located at the heart of the city & the City Hall; and the Chauk-htat-gyi colossal reclining Buddha Image. In the afternoon, visit will be made to the World Famous Shwedagon Pagoda until sunset.
2 Yangon – fly to Bagan by early morning flight and sightseeing
Leave hotel early in the morning for airport around 5:00am and fly to Bagan, a world heritage archaeological site, by one private airline. On the way to your hotel, visit will be made to Nyaung Oo Market, a place where you can observe various staffs used for Burmese kitchen, seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables to bamboo baskets, Thanaka wood and souvenirs . Then, commence your great exploration of Bagan archaeological zone by visiting Shwezigon pagoda, a must for everyone visiting Bagan. Today’s temple highlights will be included of Kyansitther cave, Htilominlo & Anandan temples before taking a short afternoon break. In the afternoon, you will see a lacquer industry, where you may study steps of making unique Bagan style lacquerware and see impressive finished products. Afterwards, you will see a few more temples of Myinkabar village area such as Manuhar, NanPaya, Gubyaukgyi and Abyeyadanar temples. Depending on the time of visit, you could see a few more or less but Santa Maria’s driver & guide will always on hand to fulfill clients’ satisfaction. Then enjoy watching the stunning scenery of the breathtakingly impressive Bagan's sunset over the legendary Ayeyarwaddy River as an aesthetic joy while in Bagan.
3 Bagan full day exploration
Have your breakfast at the hotel. Today, a deeper insight to the remaining highlights of Bagan’s temples and pagodas. It is highly recommended to take a short bicycle ride in the morning or late afternoon horse cart tour along the trails dotted with 800-years old temple ruins. This can be arranged on the spot or with a short notice. You will see some beautiful temples inside walled old city, such as the Library, Shwegugyi & Thatbyinnyu temples, Natlyaung Kyaung, and Pahtotharmyar before taking a short afternoon break. In the afternoon, continue visit the monuments around Minanthu village including Dhamayangyi, Sulamani, Payathonzu, and Damayazika. Depending on the time of your visit or your interest, a village tour can be made. Enjoy your last memorable Bagan’s sunset from a temple top.
4 Bagan – flight to Mandalay and full day tour of Amarapura and Mandalay
Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Nyaung U airport at about 7:15am. Then, 25 minutes flight to Mandalay and check-in to the hotel. If time permissible, visit to a typical Burmese village on the way to Amarapura. The highlights of Amarapura will be included of centuries old the world longest U Bein bridge built by the teak wood; Mahagandayon Monastery with over 1000 Buddhist monks; and Mahamuni temple, the most important religious site of all upper Myanmar. In the afternoon, continue to see the intricate wood-carved Golden Palace monastery: the world biggest stone books: the huge Kyaukdawgyi Marble image carved-out from a single block of stone: take a glance into King Mindon's Myanansankyaw Palace site of Kaunbaung dynasty: if there’s time, optional visit can be made to the upper Myanmar trade center Zaycho Market. Wind up the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill pagoda where you can have the panoramic view to the city, palace & surrounding area atop from it.
5 Mandalay – morning flight to Heho, Pindaya caves visit – proceed to Inle Lake
Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Mandalay airport at about 7:00am. Then, 25minutes flight to Heho by one private airline. Afterwards, about 2.5hr drive to Pindaya, a small town of Danu, Taungyo and Bamar lies in one valley of Shan Hills. The road to Pindaya is renowned for its scenic beauties: the landscapes, colorful vegetations, and tribes working in the farms, whole lots of village life to see en route …and its quite refreshing with cool & fresh air of all seasons. In Pindaya, you will see a 200-million years old natural limestone caves, filled with over 8,000 of ancient Buddha images in different style and materials. Before driving back for a total of 3.5hr on the same road up to the Heho airport and drive further east and then south to Nyaungshwe, the gateway Town of Inle Lake, you will see one of parasol industries in Pindaya. Then, transfer to your lake hotel by the boat.
6 Inle Lake full day visits
Have your breakfast. Full day tour on the outrageously beautiful lake by private boat to see a colorful 5-day market where the hill tribes come to exchange their goods with the lake people, the Jumping Cats (Nga Phe Kyaung) monastery, region’s most revered Paundaung Pagoda, traditional silk weaving looms at Inn Paw Khon village, the silversmith village, and the impressive ruins of Inn Dein village. While on the boat tour, you will also observe the unique lifestyle of Inn Thar people… the leg rowers, floating gardens, fishermen with strange fishing gears etc. Hotels can be chosen from the ones on the lake or on the land in the town Nyaungswe depending on your taste.
7 Inle Lake – morning flight back to Yangon and departure in the evening
Have breakfast at the hotel.
You will have two options:
  1. Fly back to Yangon in the morning and continue visit the remaining highlights of Yangon including Bogyoke Aung San market, some minor pagodas, art galleries, and museums etc. (people who will leave Yangon in the morning on the 8th day might consider this option)
  2. Visit another interesting 5-day market in the morning before transfer to Heho airport and fly back to Yangon in the afternoon (people who will leave Yangon in late afternoon might considered this option)
8 Yangon – free and easy visits before departure out
Have you breakfast at the hotel. Depending on the time of your departure flight from Yangon, you can visit some remaining highlights or stroll around the bustling city center on your own (or) transfer to Yangon Intl’ airport in the morning.

End of the tour

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