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
• 2-day journey down the Irrawaddy River
• Explore the monasteries and historic sites of Mandalay
• Explore the world's biggest book
• Visit the extinct volcano of Mount Popa

Fact File

• 20 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Yangon
• All meals included
• Includes 4 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2-3


Myanmar is a vibrant tapestry of culture, history and geography. A delightful blend of diverse ethnic groups, graceful Buddhist monasteries, and ancient pagodas welcome travelers to this exotic country. Bordering Thailand, Laos, India, Bangladesh and China, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is at the cultural crossroads of Southeast Asia. Our extensive 20-day itinerary has been designed to explore this country's extraordinary cultural and geographic treasures to the fullest.

Beginning in Yangon (Rangoon), we visit the opulent Shwedagon Pagoda, beautifully ensconced in gold. Join pilgrims on their journey to Golden Rock Temple. Explore the monasteries and historic sites of Mandalay before traveling back in time as we take in the breathtaking countryside and traditional riverside villages during our 2-day Irrawaddy River journey to Bagan. With over 2,600 ancient monuments in Bagan, we visit the most impressive temples and pagodas, adorned with statues and mural paintings. We travel to Mount Popa to view the shrine atop an extinct volcano and walk around the historical hill station of Kalaw. On Inle Lake, we travel by longtail boat to see one-legged rowers, 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, Khun Shan and Wa people.

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

FROM: $5995 USD



Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms. 2 nights basic accommodation in Kyaing Tong. 2 nights on a boat on the Irrawaddy River with private bathrooms.

Comfort notes

Some rough roads and long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Yangon
Day 2: To Golden Rock
Day 3: Return to Yangon, City Sites
Day 4: Fly to Mandalay - Golden Palace Monastery
Day 5: Mandalay - Former Royal Capitals and Monasteries
Day 6: Mandalay Sites
Days 7 - 8: Begin 2-day Irrawaddy River Cruise (temporarily unavailable)
Day 9: Bagan
Day 10: Ancient Sites & Temples of Bagan
Day 11: Mount Popa
Day 12: Fly to Kalaw, Hill Station
Day 13: Sightseeing In and Around Kalaw
Day 14: Inle Lake
Day 15: One-Legged Rowers of Inle Lake
Day 16: Fly to Kyaing Tong
Day 17: Hilltribes of Kyaing Tong
Day 18: Fly to Yangon
Day 19: Yangon Sites - Shwedagon Pagoda
Day 20: Depart Yangon
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