Start in Mandalay - the fascinating royal city of Burma, this extraordinary journey will lead you through the very best of the country. Step back to the oldest teak bridge in the world, linger at the sacred temples and delve into the glorious history of a long-lasting Buddhist culture. Enjoy some of the finest breakfasts in the breathtaking scenery along the beautiful Irrawaddy River, listen to the call of Mother Nature and immerse into the cool water at Ngapali Beach. Let’s go beyond the surface and be mesmerized by the charm of Myanmar - the land of the golden pagodas.

Duration: 12 days/11 nights
Tour Routine: Mandalay – Mingun – Ava – Bagan – Popa – Yangon – Ngapali Beach – Yangon
Intended Travel Date: Available all the time
Start/End: Mandalay/Yangon
Tour Type: Beach, River Cruise, In-depth Cultural
Cruise Ship: Strand Cruise Ship
Tour Category: River cruise Burma
Tour Highlights:

  • Be impressed by the striking pagodas of Yangon: Shwedagon and Chauk Htat Gyi Pagodas
  • Explore the most outstanding temples among over 3000 monuments in Bagan
  • Indulge in the unworldly beauty of the sunset in each sightseeing day
  • Enjoy an exhilarating beach holiday at Ngapali Beach – the gem of Southeast Asia
  • Discover the cultural capital of Mandalay and its major heritage sites

Brief itinerary:
Day 1: Mandalay Arrival (-)
Day 2: Mandalay – Mingun: Wonder & Vista of the Royal Capital (B, L, D)
Day 3: Mandalay – Ava: View & Waves of the River (B, L, D)
Day 4: Bagan exploration: a Historical Pilgrimage (B, L, D)
Day 5: Bagan Sunrise – Bagan cast-off – temple sightseeing (B)
Day 6: Bagan – Popa visit – Overnight at Popa (B)
Day 7: Bagan – Yangon sightseeing (B)
Day 8: Yangon – Ngapali Beach (B)
Day 9: Ngapali Beach day (B)
Day 10: Ngapali Beach day (B)
Day 11: Ngapali – Yangon – City tour (B)
Day 12: Yangon – Departure (B)

Experience this Myanmar Journey Beyond the Surface With:

  • Guides: hand-picked best tour guides with deep knowledge, humor, profession (English speaking guides, other languages upon request)
  • Drivers: polite,  friendly, responsible, reliable with many years of driving experience
  •  Vehicles: comfortable, spacious, air-conditioned & clean
  • Meals: meals are arranged at local restaurants so you can taste authentic Burmese cuisine
  • Accommodation: well-chosen hotels are listed below, including excellent 5-star hotels or 4-star hotels in the best location

Please note that every element of the tour below can be tailored. Tell us your specific interest and we will be happy to make adjustments for you. This inquiry is totally free and you are under no obligation!

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Day 1: Mandalay Arrival (-)

Mingalabar! Welcome to Mandalay, the cultural center of Myanmar!
Today, meet your guide at the airport and then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 2: Mandalay – Mingun: Wonder & Vista of the Royal Capital (B, L, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, start the day with a trip to the serene Royal Lake for a short morning visit. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise and breathe the fresh air surrounding the lake. Afterward, take a scenic drive to Amarapura where we visit the appealing U Bein Bridge – the oldest and longest teak bridge in the world. It has been pass through 200 years and become one of the best places in Myanmar to gaze out at the daily life of Burmese people. Take a boat cruising on the lake, you will capture the best view to the bridge and people crossing the bridge.
Next up, we come to Manhamuni Pagoda and the teak-carved monastery of Shwe Inn Bin which is also a great meditation site in Mandalay’s heart.

myanmar luxury tour to observe local pilgrims at Manhamuni Pagoda

At mid-day, transfer to the jetty where we embark on the Strand Ship. The crew will welcome you on board with a delicious buffet lunch of Mediterranean dishes. After having lunch, the ship arrives at Mingun, a small charming village where we visit the largest yet unfinished Mingun pagoda by tuk-tuk. This is also where you will have a chance to witness Mingun Bell – the world’s second-largest ringing bell. Later on, travel to Hsinbyume Pagoda, the super marvelous white-washed temple built-in 1816 by King Bagyidaw in honor Queen Hsinbyume, who unfortunately lost her life in childbirth.
Before sunset, return to the ship and we sail along the river. Relax on the sundeck and watch the gorgeous sunset with the signature cocktails of the Strand Hotel.

mingun bell in Mandalay is the second largest ringing bell in the worldmingun bell in Mandalay is the second largest ringing bell in the world

Day 3: Mandalay – Ava: View & Waves of the River (B, L, D)

This morning, your guide will take you to the ancient capital of the Burmese kingdom of Ava. On arrival, get on a horse cart to slowly capture the laid-back ambiance of the town. In the past, Ava used to be a renowned city but then devastated by war and natural disasters. To date, what we see is the ruins of its former glory. Stop at Yadana Shemee, Bopaya Monastery, and the brick monastery.
After that, return to the Strand Cruise and have lunch served in the Asian family style of the sundeck while the ship keeps sailing towards Bagan.
This afternoon, enjoy your leisure time onboard. Watch interesting traditional performances by local artists and entertainers, then finally a sunset cocktail.
This evening we stay the night near a remote section of the river. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner in the wild nature.

Baha aungme bonza monastery

Day 4: Bagan Exploration: a Historical Pilgrimage (B, L, D)

In the morning, we reach Bagan and begin our Bagan Heritage Trail. The place is famous for the buildings’ astounding architecture and the designs of Burmese temples. We first visit Ananda Temple, one of the most revered temples in Myanmar. Then we move to Shwezigon Pagoda, the stunning attraction famous for its fascinating gold-leaf decorations.
After lunch on board, we continue our Bagan trail with a trip to the incredible temple of Shwesandaw, the elegant Sulamani and Gubyaukgyi Temple.
Later on, return to the board and enjoy the sunset from the sundeck. This evening, enjoy your final farewell French dinner in the restaurant.

shwezigon pagoda famous for its fasinating gold-leaf decorations

Day 5: Bagan Sunrise – Bagan Cast-off – Temple Sightseeing (B)

Rise before dawn this morning to capture the lovely sunrise of Bagan from the sundeck. Then, enjoy your final breakfast on board and disembark from the Strand Cruise to transfer to the hotel in Bagan.
Let spend the whole day to discover the treasure of Bagan hidden behind magnificent temples. Head to Kyanzittha Umin, a tunnel with an interesting feature of exotic paintings. From here, proceed to Htilominlo Temple, an impressive 46-meter tall sanctuary which is one of the largest monuments on the plains of Bagan.
Following your afternoon sightseeing with a visit to Dhammayangyi, the largest temple on the plains of Bagan. Our next stop is Nanpaya Temple, which follows the Mon style architecture noted for its intricated stone carvings. Regarded by legend as the residence of King Manuha.

bagan temple tour on a horse cart

Day 6: Bagan – Mt. Popa Visit – Overnight at Popa (B)

The morning of day 6 is one of the most special days of your trip. Wake up early in the morning to take a hot balloon ride over Bagan (optional, on your own budget, required to book in advance). Be amazed by the incredible view of over 3000 ancient temples and ruins scattered on the plain. With the gentle Irrawaddy River to the west and the mountains to the east, the balloon ride will be your flight of a lifetime.
After a 45-minute ride over the morning ride, we will then have a small party to welcome you back with sparkling wine and fresh fruits.
As we returning to the hotel, having breakfast and then take a drive to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano with a spectacular view from 398 feet above sea level. Hike up to 777 steps to reach the top and learn more about the Nat worship in the Taung Kalat Monastery.
Today overnight in Popa.

mount popa is home to the nat worship of Myanmar

Day 7: Bagan – Yangon Sightseeing (B)

This morning, say goodbye to Bagan to board a domestic flight to Yangon. On arrival, take a drive through the downtown city to explore the fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The street of Yangon is filled with many historical buildings which have been faded somehow through time.
We first visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha image. The feet of the statue carved with many traditional symbols are where people gather to pay homage. Leaving the pagoda, we transfer to Karaweik Hall, an impressive royal floating barge located on the beautiful Kandawgyi Lake.
Highlight your city tour with a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the greatest Buddha monuments in the world. As the sun immerse everything in golden light, take a stroll around the pagoda land to observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions.

the lying buddha image in chauk htat gyi pagoda

Day 8: Yangon – Ngapali Beach (B)

After breakfast, say goodbye to Yangon and take a flight to Ngapali Beach via Thandwe airport. Well-known as the gem of Asia, Ngapali will enchant you with charming fishing villages and coconut trees. You can0
Overnight in Ngapali

the peaceful ambiance at ngapali beach

Day 9: Ngapali Beach (B)

Day at leisure on the beach. You can lie on the white sand beach for sunbathing, swimming, or stroll along the white sand beach to touch the light breeze and enjoy the fragrant of the ocean. You can also get on a bike and cycle to the nearby village to explore the daily life of the local people.

local villagers at a fishing village in Ngapali

Day 10: Ngapali Beach (B)

Enjoy your own free time on the beach.

Day 11: Ngapali – Yangon – City tour (B)

After breakfast, we take a flight back to Yangon.
On arrival, enjoy a visit to Bogygoke Aungsan Market (Scott Market), the sprawling 75-year-old market. This is where you will find a whole variety of interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquerware to jewelry. If you want to purchase some unique items, bargain at the stores to fully experience the Burmese market atmosphere.
Next up, drive through the city and observe the influences of other cultures in the region. Stop at the lovely St Mary Cathedral, the 2500-year-old Sule Pagoda and Rangoon Synagogue where you will have an opportunity to meet with Trustee to learn the Jewish Life in the Pagoda Land. Finally, visit Little India and Chinatown to soak up the bustling atmosphere and stop to greet the vendors and learn about the local wares.

bogyoke aung san market is the shopping center of Yangon

Day 12: Yangon – Departure (B)

After breakfast, the day at leisure until the driver comes to pick you up to transfer to the airport for an international flight. Trip ends. We hope that you love the itinerary we create for a combination of the river cruise, beach and cultural exploration for 12 days Burma tour. Thank you for traveling with Go Myanmar Tours!

Please contact us for the price of this package

  • What’s Included?
  • 9 Nights’ Accommodation with daily breakfast as per detail itinerary
  • 3 Nights’ the Strand river cruise (State Suite) twin/double sharing
  • 3 Domestic Flight ticket: Bagan – Yangon – Ngapali – Yangon
  • Balloon Over Bagan (Classic)
  • All transfer and sightseeing by private air-conditioned car as per the itinerary mentioned
  • All concerned entrance fee and zone fees
  • Experienced English speaking local tour guide in each city (except for in Ngapali)
  • Meals in the itinerary with authentic local Burmese food (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Government tax & Service charges

What’s Excluded?

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • Compulsory dinners for New Year Eve & Christmas Eve
  • Not mentioned Meals & Drinks
  • Other personal expenses.
  • Guide & driver

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


Hotels & Ratings

MandalayYadanarpon Dynasty Hotel (Deluxe) or Triumph Hotel (Villa Deluxe) or similar
BaganAye Yar River View Resort (Deluxe) or Thiripyitsayar (Deluxe Garden view) or similar
Ngapali BeachAureum Resort Ngapali (Executive Cottage)
YangonAureum Resort Ngapali (Executive Cottage)
Mt PopaPopa Mountain Resort (Deluxe Taung Kalatt View)
Mandalay – Bagan 3 night cruiseThe Strand Cruise (State Suite)