This 12-day itinerary Burma – Culture and Beach Holiday is a perfect mixture of culture aspects and beach relaxation. You will also have a luxury cruise in the Irrawaddy River in Irrawaddy Princess II Cruise, a lifetime experience with Balloon ride over Bagan, a pleasant stay in a unique resort in Inle Lake and finally end your holiday with a 3-night beach break in Ngapali Beach, one of the best beaches in Burma.
 

Duration: 12 Days/11 NightsBurma Culture and Beach – 12 Days map
Start/End: Mandalay/ Yangon
Tour Route: Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Bagan – Inle Lake – Yangon – Ngapali Beach
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

Brief Itinerary
Day 1:
Arrival in Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay Palace (B)
Day 2: Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing (B, L, D)
Day 3: Sagaing – Yandabo Village (B, L, D)
Day 4: Yandabo Village – Bagan (B)
Day 5: Balloon Ride over Bagan (B)
Day 6: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake sightseeing (B)
Day 7: Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon (B)
Day 8: Yangon city tour (B)
Day 9: Yangon – Fly to Thandwe – Ngapali Beach (B)
Day 10: Ngapali Beach Free Time (B)
Day 11: Ngapali Beach Free Time (B)
Day 12: Ngapali Beach – Yangon Departure (B)

Notes: 
Please be aware that flight time, hotels and all others logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. Where flights are cancelled or delayed Myanmar Tours will endeavor to secure alternative arrangements of similar value as noted in our booking conditions.

 
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Day 1: Arrival in Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay Palace (B)
Welcome up on arrival at the airport then we transfer to hotel in Mandalay city center. Being famous as the Buddhism centre in Myanmar, Mandalay is a realm of stupas, monks and monasteries.
We first visit the Mahagandaryone Monastery and watch the monks in their afternoon meal and rice ceremony. We then take a stroll along the nearby U Bein Bridge to visit Kyautawgyi, returning by boat to enjoy cool breeze and spectacular landscape of Taungthaman Lake. The next visit will be Mandalay Palace. After that, we will visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, famed as “the world’s biggest book” composed of 729 stupas. Conclude the day with a ride up the zigzagging road to Mandalay Hill. Climb to the top of the hill and watch the beautiful sunset around the surrounding plain, river and mountains. Overnight in Mandalay.

Panorama of Mandalay Hill

Panorama of Mandalay Hill.

Day 2: Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel, we will transfer to the Shwe Kyat Yet Jetty where we will sail upstream for about one and half hour to the Mingun Pagoda Complex to see the unfinished pagoda, the Mingun Bell, weighting 90 tones and the biggest hanging undamaged bell in the world.
After lunch on board, we continue downstream to Sagaing and have a visit to Sagaing for about two & half hour’s excursion by coach. We then back to the board, sail downstream and enjoy the sunset over Sagaing Hill. Moor overnight at a sandbank mid-stream. After dinner, guests can enjoy a Traditional Dance on the sundeck (if available). We will spend the night in the Irrawaddy Princess II Cruise.

Migun Bell - The world largest ringing bell.

Migun Bell – The world largest ringing bell.

Day 3: Sagaing – Yandabo Village (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will cruise downstream to Yandabo Village. Defendant on the base economy is famous for the production of terracotta from the riverbank clay. Explore the pottery making process at various stages. We enjoy an hour shore excursion and then back to board and cast off. Continue our third day trip by sailing downstream and moor overnight at near Chindwin confluence. We spend the second night on the Irrawaddy Princess II Cruise.

Pot making household in Yandabo Village.

Pot making household in Yandabo Village, Myanmar.

Day 4: Yandabo Village – Bagan (B)
Cast off early morning, we continue sailing downstream and approximately arrive to Bagan about 09:00 AM. Bagan is Myanmar’s archaeological wonderland, where over 3,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside.
Disembark from board and start our day tour with a trip to the bustling Nyang U Market in Old Bagan then explore the beautiful, gold leaf Shwezigon Pagoda and learn about Burmese Buddhist traditions then visit the Ananda Temple.
In the afternoon, we take a tour of a local lacquer ware workshop and learn how this traditional piece of art is made. The highlight of today is the panoramic sunset view from the second highest pagoda of Bagan, the ShweSandaw Pagoda. Overnight in Bagan.
Note: Due to the water level and weather condition, sightseeing might be changed.

Tourists visiting ShweSandaw Pagoda.

Tourists visiting ShweSandaw Pagoda.

Day 5: Balloon Ride over Bagan (B)
Today, we will have a memorable day-trip and let’s say, it would be one of your special days Myanmar. Pick up at our hotel in the early morning, before sunrise, we will have a hot balloon ride over Bagan. Amazed your eyes and taken away your breath by the beauty and diversity of temples and stupas below you. With the Irrawaddy River to the west and the mountains to the east, the balloon ride will no double be your flight of lifetime.

After a 45-minute ride over the morning skies, the pilots will guide his crafts for a safe landing. Well, we will then have a small party to welcome you back with sparkling wine, fresh fruits. After receiving the Balloon Certificate that personally signed by the pilot, we will be driven back to the hotel for a proper breakfast.
We will then have an exotic horse cart riding, we will go to one of the biggest temple in Bagan: Nan Paya pagoda and many other interesting sites nearby. The most amazing bonus of this day trip is the panoramic sunset view from the second highest pagoda of Bagan the ShweSandaw pagoda. Overnight in a hotel in Bagan.

Balloons ride over Ancient Bagan

Balloons ride over Ancient Bagan

Day 6: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake sightseeing (B)
After breakfast at hotel, we take a flight to Heho and drive to Inle Lake. Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar, is located 900 meters above sea level. The lake is home to the Intha People, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group, known for their one leg rowing techniques.
Upon arrival, we board a motorboat for sightseeing to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images and also believed to be the holiest in Inle Lake. Our next visit is Ngaphechaung Monastery, known as “jumping cat” pagoda. As we travel further into Nam Pan village cotton and lotus weaving factories and cigar making houses will impress you with a sense of traditional Intha life. Overnight in Inle Lake.

Visiting local Intha People, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Visiting local Intha People, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Day 7: Inle Lake – Indein – Yangon (B)
This morning, we will visit the unique “5-Day Market” held in different villages surrounding the lake. This is absolutely a magnificent place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and then experience exotic market atmosphere. After lunch, the boat will take us to beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will certainly be relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns which have been left nature for centuries. We will then drive to the airport for an afternoon flight to Yangon. Overnight will be in Yangon.

Temple of Indein, Myanmar.

Temple of Indein, Myanmar.

Day 8: Yangon city tour (B)
In this formerly capital city, we spend a full day exploring Yangon and its highlights from Sule Pagoda, in the heart of Yangon city; Chaukhtayi Pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake. After lunch, discover the most outstanding pagoda in Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda. The “Golden Pagoda” is really a must see pagoda while we are in Myanmar. Enjoy some shopping in bustling Scott market. Our most highlighted experience for this evening is dinner in Karaweik Palace, overlooking to the Royal Lake and Shwedagon Tower. A meal of fine Burmese food will be served followed by a beautiful cultural show of music and dancing. Overnight in Yangon.

Karaweik Palace, Yangon

Karaweik Palace, Yangon

Day 9: Yangon – Fly to Thandwe – Ngapali Beach (B)
After breakfast, we will catch a flight from Yangon to Thandwe. It is time to immerse in the pristine waters of Ngapali Beach and the beautiful green coconut groves. Overnight will be in Ngapali.

Day 10: Ngapali Beach Free Time (B)
Time will be free to relax on the sandy beach of Ngapali. Overnight in Ngapali.

Day 11: Ngapali Beach Free Time (B)
Time will be free to relax on the sandy beach of Ngapali. Overnight in Ngapali.

Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach.

Day 12: Ngapali Beach – Yangon Departure (B)
Free time until our car arrives to take us to Thandwe airport for a noon flight to Yangon. On arrival, we will entertain ourselves at the Terminal of Yangon International Airport in good time to connect the homeward flight. Tour ends.

Price: Please contact us for your special price.

INCLUSIONS
What’s Included:

  • 4 Domestic flights: Bagan – Heho, Heho – Yangon, Yangon – Thandwe and Thandwe – Yangon
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English speaking guides in every location
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L – Lunch, D- Dinner)

What’s Excluded:

  • International flights and airport taxes (US$ 10.00 per person)
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Myanmar Visa fees

Recommended Hotel List:

Location

Hotels & Ratings

Mandalay Mandalay Hill Resort
Irrawaddy River Irrawaddy Princess II Cruise
Bagan Aureum Palace Hotel
Inle Lake Inle Princess Resort
Yangon The Strand Hotel
Ngapali Beach Sandoway Resort