Myanmar (Burma) - The Road to Mandalay

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• Visit the famed Shwedagon Pagoda and Golden Rock Temple
• Meet ethnic 'Hilltribe' minorities
• See the skillful leg rowers of Inle Lake
• Visit ancient Bagan and its 2600 monuments
• 3-day journey down the Irrawaddy River
• Sunset on Mandalay Hill

Fact File

• 18 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Yangon
• All meals included
• Includes 4 internal flights
• Activity Level: 3


Myanmar is a vibrant tapestry of culture, history and geography. A delightful blend of diverse ethnic groups, graceful Buddhist monasteries, ancient pagodas welcome travelers to this exotic country. Bordering Thailand, Laos, India and China, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is at the cultural crossroads of Southeast Asia. Our extensive 18-day itinerary has been designed to explore this country's extraordinary cultural and geographic treasures to the fullest.

Beginning in Yangon, we visit the opulent Shwedagon Pagoda, beautifully ensconced in gold. Travel back in time as we take in the breathtaking countryside and traditional riverside villages during our 3-day Irrawaddy River journey.

In Bagan, we explore extensive archeological treasures, ancient pagodas, temples adorned with statues and mural paintings (there are over 2,600 monuments!). At Mount Popa, discover a shrine atop an extinct volcano and walk around the historical hill station of Kalaw. On Inle Lake, we travel by longtail boat to floating gardens, lakeside markets, monasteries and the ancient ruins of In Thein Pagoda. In Kyaing Tong, on the Shan Plateau, we trek to the hilltribe villages of the Akha, Arn, Lahu, Palaung and Wa people.

This is your invitation to a sublime country inhabited by some of the friendliest people on earth.

FROM: $4995


  has guaranteed departures


Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms. 2 nights basic accommodation in Kyaing Tong. 2 nights on the Irrawaddy Princess II , with private bathrooms.

Comfort notes

Some rough roads and long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Yangon
Day 2: Yangon Sites - Shwedagon Pagoda
Day 3: Fly To Kalaw
Day 4: The Hill Station of Kalaw
Day 5: Inle Lake
Day 6: One Leg Rowers of Inle Lake
Day 7: Fly to Kyaing Tong
Day 8: Hill Tribes of Kyaing Tong
Day 9: Mandalay
Day 10: Former Royal Capitals and Monasteries
Days 11 - 12: Begin 3-day Irrawaddy River Cruise
Day 13: To Bagan (UNESCO)
Day 14: Ancient sites & temples of Bagan
Day 15: Mount Popa
Day 16: Fly To Yangon, Golden Rock
Day 17: Return to Yangon, Scott's Market, Farewell Dinner
Day 18: Depart Yangon
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