You will hop right into your exploration on Day 1; after your airport pick-up you will do some sightseeing before your night bus to Bagan. On Day 2 you will explore important temples and pagodas in Bagan. Hop on a bus to Mandalay and explore the city’s sights on Day 3. Make your way to Inle Lake with an overnight bus on Day 4 and take a tour of the region on Day 5. Hop on board an overnight bus to Yangon on Day 6 and have a free day to explore the city on Day 7. Your tour ends on Day 8 with an airport drop-off.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Yangon Airport Pick-Up, Chaukhtatgyi, Shwedagon Pagoda & Overnight Bus to Bagan
You will be picked-up from the airport by one of our representatives who will guide you through some sightseeing on your way to your overnight bus to Bagan. First stop will be a visit to the unique Chaukhtatgyi; the temple with a reclining Buddha. Next, you will visit Yangon’s famous landmark Shwedagon Pagoda, it is 99 meter tall and plated in gold plated so you are sure to see it shimmer from afar throughout most of the city. This landmark houses the remains of the past four Buddhas and as such it is an extremely sacred Buddhist place. Later, you will arrive to the bus station where you will hop on your overnight bus to Bagan.
Approximate Driving Time: 7 Hours
Day 2: Bagan City Tour
You will arrive to Bagan in the early morning. This city used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Bagan from the 9th to the 13th Century. During the Kingdom’s peak the city used to house over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries! Surprisingly, present day Bagan still holds the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas. During your Bagan tour you will visit some of the most significant temples including Ananda Temple (Westminster Abbey of Burma), Dhammayangyi (the largest temple in Bagan), several pagodas (Sulamani, Manuha, Lawkananda, Htilominlo) and more! End the tour by taking in the sunset view from above a temple and then return to your accommodation. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 3: Bus Transfer to Mandalay & Mandalay Tour (B)
Rise early, have breakfast and leave Bagan behind. Today you will be taken to the bus station where you will board a bus to Mandalay. Mandalay was the last royal capital of the Burmese Kingdom before British annexation in 1885. In Mandalay you will take a tour to explore the city’s main sights. You will visit one of the country’s most celebrated Buddha images- Mahamuni Pagoda, the Mandalay Palace of the last Burmese monarchy, Atumashi monastery and lots more! You will even see the “biggest book in the world” in Kuthodaw Pagoda, where there are Buddhist scriptures from over 200 years on 729 marble tables. Take in the panoramic view of the city as the sun sets on Mandalay hill. You will be transferred to your accommodation at around 18:00. Overnight in Mandalay.
Approximate Driving Time: 6 Hours
Day 4: Overnight Bus to Inle Lake (B)
Have breakfast and take the morning to explore Mandalay at your pleasure. Later, you will be taken to the bus station for your overnight bus transfer to Inle Lake. Overnight on bus.
Approximate Driving Time: 7.5 Hours
Day 5: Inle Lake Tour
Your bus will arrive to Nyaung Shwe early morning and then you will proceed onto Inle Lake. Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar, famous for its floating gardens and dwellers (Intha) who use a one-leg rowing style! Explore Inle by boat and visit fishing canoes to witness special fishing methods, the making of the unique float gardens and the Jumping Cat (Nga Pe Chaung) Monastery. You will also visit local silver, Cheroot, boat and silk factories. Final stop will be the famous Pag Daw Oo Pagoda where the image of five small Buddhas covered in thick gold leaf resides. Overnight near the Inle Lake region.
*Note: Return transfer to your accommodation after tour is included for passengers staying in 4* hotels. Passengers in 3* hotels will be transferred to Nyaung Shwe and will then have to make their own way back to their accommodation (5 to 15 minutes walk) .
Day 6: Overnight Bus to Yangon (B)
Have breakfast and begin the day by exploring the region at your leisure. In the evening, you will take a shared car to the bus station for your ride to Yangon. Overnight bus to Yangon.
Approximate Driving Time: 12 Hours
Day 7: Yangon Free Day
Today you are free to explore Yangon as you wish. Engage with the locals, walk through the streets and sample the local meals. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 8: Yangon Airport Drop-Off (B)
Rise early, have breakfast, check-out of your accommodation and hop on your airport drop-off. Your journey comes to an end upon arrival to the airport. We wish you safe travels for your onwards journey!