Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Visit the markets, monasteries, and floating gardens of Inle Lake.
  • Cruise the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan and explore this vast temple complex.
  • Discuss daily life with a Buddhist monk, and visit a traditional palm farm.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Journey into the Land of the Golden Pagodas on a 12-day adventure in Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2,200 temples and pagodas. Drift to the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk, and climb Mandalay Hill for lovely views of the surrounding countryside. With its warm people and mystical culture, find enchantment in Myanmar.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Yangon
Arrive any time today. An arrival transfer is included.
Day 2: Yangon/Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city, including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Mandalay Hill Resort (or similar)
Day 3: Mandalay
Take a boat to the village of Mingun to visit the pagodas and local craftspeople. Visit the spiritual centre of Myanmar at Sagaing and the ancient royal capital of Amarapura.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Mandalay Hill Resort (or similar)
Day 4: Mandalay
Continue exploring Mandalay and take some free time on your own.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Mandalay Hill Resort (or similar)
Day 5: Mandalay/Bagan
Relax and watch the sights on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Myanmar Treasure Resort (or similar)
Day 6: Bagan
Explore the ancient sites of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-in) cave temple, and Manuha and Nan Paya temples. Also visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery where we have a talk with a monk on Buddhism and daily life.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Myanmar Treasure Resort (or similar)
Day 7: Bagan
Travel to the outskirts of town to a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch as the locals scale the trees and harvest the juice of the palm fruit and then process it into alcohol or molasses.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Myanmar Treasure Resort (or similar)
Day 8: Bagan/Inle Lake
Travel by plane, bus, and boat to serene Inle Lake. En route, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, and observe floating villages and gardens.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Amata Resort (or similar)
Day 9: Inle Lake
Explore the lake by boat and visit the morning market, floating villages, and a cheroot factory, as well as the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda and Inthien temple complex. Along the way, visit the home of a local chef and learn the basics of Burmese cooking. Sit back and relax in this charming setting on Inle Lake and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Amata Resort (or similar)
Day 10: Inle Lake/Kalaw
Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Dream Mountain Resort (or similar)
Day 11: Kalaw/Yangon
Fly back to Yangon and visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, then take some free time to explore and shop in the old capital. Tonight, enjoy a lecture and farewell dinner at a G Adventures for Good-supported project — LinkAge Restaurant. This social enterprise trains local youth for careers in the hospitality industry.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Yangon
Depart any time today.
Meals Included:Breakfast