• 12 days/11 nights
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  • From From $3,798 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Explore Myanmar in style!

Immerse yourself in a land of gentle people and ancient tradition on this enchanting, small group Burmese adventure. From floating gardens to sapphire-studded stupas, Myanmar is home to a trove of little-known treasures. On this all-inclusive vacation package, our expert guides introduce you to Myanmar’s many wonders as you explore by foot, hot air balloon, canoe, bicycle and horse and carriage. Take a back-door tour of Yangon’s golden Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most revered shrine, whose stupa alone boasts over 7,000 diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. Cruise the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River and explore the ancient temple ruins of Ava. Bike the rolling backcountry of Mandalay, learning about the age-old traditions of bamboo weaving and bean curd production. Visit colorful markets and pause to enjoy a cup of tea with the locals. Throughout this unforgettable journey, enjoy the best in regional accommodations and cuisine complemented with Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. The trip of a lifetime awaits!

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Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Discover the majestic wonders of Myanmar and uncover one of Asia's most mysterious cultures and breathtaking landscapes on this 12-day exclusive Burmese adventure. As the leading providers of best-in-class travel from floating villages to mountain-top stupas, we've handled the details of this custom itinerary so all you have to do is relax and awaken your senses, soaking in as much of this enchanting country as possible.

  •  Take a back-door tour of Yangon's golden Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most revered shrine, whose stupa alone boasts over 7,000 diamonds, rubies, and sapphires
  • Cruise the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River and explore the ancient temple ruins of Ava by horse and carriage
  • Bike the rolling backcountry of Mandalay, learning about the age-old traditions of bamboo weaving and bean curd production
  • Opt for a hot air balloon ride over Bagan to catch a breathtaking birds-eye view of the region's countless Buddhist temples
  • Explore the floating villages of Inle Lake by traditional Burmese canoe, visiting colorful markets and pausing to enjoy a cup of tea with the locals
Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

12 days/11 nights

Yangon, Myanmar (RGN)

Day 1: Arrive in Myanmar
Arrive in Myanmar
Meals Included:  High Tea
Overnight: The Governor's Residence

Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Yangon downtown is unique with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. You-ll find one of Asia-s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century buildings, religious and secular. Starting after lunch this Yangon Heritage walking tour will take you through downtown Yangon, focusing on its old colonial buildings. Your guide will walk you through the back streets in a relaxed tempo and explain to you the history of each building. This walk along the streets and a high tea at the famous Strand hotel will make you feel like you-re in colonial time. After the tour you will have time to enjoy a gin and tonic in Union Bar & Grill in the old Red Cross building, a new place where many of Yangon-s expatriates of today meet up for a drink or a meal.

About The Governor's Residence
A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond Governor's Residence is redolent of the days when it was home to the ruler of Myanmar's southern states. Go for a cooling dip in the fan-shaped swimming pool, or simply relax and take in the atmosphere while you lounge on the comfortable sunbeds. Carved teak and sumptuous silks combine to make the spacious rooms both fresh and timeless.

Day 2: Shwedagaon Pagoda, Markets & Monestaries
Shwedagaon Pagoda, Markets & Monestaries
Meals Included:  B,L
Overnight: Rupar Mandalar

So what's behind the golden facade of the Shwedagon Pagoda? During this interactive half-day tour we take you through the back door and show you the full history of the pagoda, the daily life of all people living in the immediate surroundings of the pagoda and a deeper insight in the Buddhist religion and how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats - the Myanmar spirits. An intriguing half-day tour starting from the bottom of the hill and passing the workshops, markets and monasteries which will be useful or even essential to understand more of the country during the rest of your journey. The tour includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda, a visit to a fortune teller and a Burmese lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. Your guide will meet you at the airport for transfer to the hotel.

About Rupar Mandalar
Rupar Mandalar is a romantic hotel in an exotic atmosphere. It's in nature with a touch of culture. This chic resort offers an irresistible blend of contemporary comforts and traditional Burmese culture as it was initially designed as a residence, not a hotel. The guestrooms are decorated with Burmese carvings, rattan furniture, teakwood-paneling and silk textiles. The property's modern facilities include a large swimming pool, tennis court, fitness center and health and beauty spa.

Day 3: Day Cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River visiting Mingun and Ava
Day Cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River visiting Mingun and Ava
Meals Included:  B,L
Overnight: Rupar Mandalar

Mandalay and the other former royal capitals around it have all been capital cities for a while for one major reason, they are all situated on the Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy). Feel the breeze of the river and imagine how it must have been to arrive by boat in Mingun or at the court of Ava. From the jetty in Mandalay we go upstream to Mingun and visit the Mingun Pagoda with the big crack caused by an earthquake and the giant bronze bell. We take a leisurely boat cruise for about 3 hours downstream to Ava. A simple lunch packed in rattan baskets will be served during the cruise. Arriving in Ava, horse carts are ready to take us around this magnificent site with various ancient temple ruins that used to be majestic buildings during the 400 years that Ava was the capital. Return to Mandalay by car. An ideal excursion if you don”™t take the boat from Mandalay to Bagan since the most interesting part of the long boat ride is covered in this shorter cruise.

Day 4: Manadaly Bike Tour
Manadaly Bike Tour
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Rupar Mandalar

We start biking from our conveniently located shop and ride through the back lanes to get out of town. We pass through fresh markets, lively neighborhoods and head for the northeast of the city. After only a short pedal we find ourselves in the true countryside where farmers tend to their fields and villagers go about the daily rituals that have remained unchanged for decades, if not longer. Water buffalo lazily roll in the mud, goats nibble at the foliage, and friendly locals wave from all directions. We make some interesting stops, first at a fresh market to learn about the different produce on sale and then continue on to see bamboo weaving which is used to construct everything from roofs and walls to fans. We see a much sought after bean curd being produced and listen to the owner who will have you convinced it is the best quality bean product in the country. We take a walk through a typical central Myanmar village and learn about their way of life and their different crops. On our way back to town we stop at a tea shop for some delicious snacks and tea. We return to our shop at around noon and bring you by motorbike back to the hotel. Please note you should wear clothing suitable for this activity: quarter-length pants, shorts, t-shirts are all advisable, as are comfortable closed shoes. Sunscreen is also a must.

Mandalay Monuments: It's not just the former capital cities around Mandalay that are interesting to visit. During this half-day tour we will take you to the most famous monuments of Mandalay starting with the top of Mandalay hill for a great view over the Mandalay fort. We continue to Atumashi and the Shwenandaw monasteries which are excellent examples of the architecture and craftworks of this region and we end with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda with the white marble slabs.

Day 5: Bagan Tour
Bagan Tour
Meals Included:  B,L
Overnight: Aureum Palace Hotel

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Your guide in Bagan will meet you at the airport and transfer to hotel.

This is Bagan: A full-day tour by car with an experienced guide through Bagan will show you the best known temples of the area. We start the day climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole area. From here the guide plans his way to some of the other amazing temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant and around 4 p.m. we continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda for sunset with some refreshing drinks served! Oh, we forgot to mention the best part of this tour; whenever you see a temple you like, just ask you guide to stop to have a look at it - simply pick your own favorite temple.

About Aureum Palace Hotel
Set within Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone amongst the ancient temples of The Kingdom of Bagan this expansive resort and luxury spa offers the ultimate in relaxation for guests seeking a unique experience. Antiques, artifacts and local arts uniquely adorn each property, complementing the majestic ambiance of the resort. Bedrooms are spacious and elegant with all modern facilities: bathrooms are large and lavishly equipped with luxurious amenities.

Day 6: Hot Air Baloon Over Bagan, City Bike Tour & Sundowners on the Sandbank
Hot Air Baloon Over Bagan, City Bike Tour & Sundowners on the Sandbank
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Aureum Palace Hotel

Balloons over Bagan: One of the many highlights when visiting Myanmar. Early morning before sunrise you will be picked up at your hotel and driven to the launch site for a spectacular hot air balloon ride over the temple zone in Bagan. The mostly British balloon pilots are operating each balloon under highest UK safety standards and the views you will get are simply breathtakingly spectacular. After floating in the air and following the wind you will land safely and be welcomed back on the ground by a smiling crew serving cold champagne before bringing you to your hotel.

Biking through Bagan: We love Bagan, even more than Angkor Wat, not just because of the beauty of each temple and not just because of the lack of hordes of tourists. We like Bagan most because of the stunning landscape of ancient temple ruins that seem to be spread around randomly in between toddy palms and bamboo huts. During this half-day tour on a bike, your guide will show you some of the most spectacular sceneries of ancient temples and the best of all is that you can stop any time, any minute to make some beautiful pictures.

Sundowners on a Sandbank: We've decided that you have to stay at least 2 nights in Bagan; one to see the sun go down from the top of an ancient temple, the other one to take a boat ride on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River and have some sundowners on a sandbank in the middle of the river (if the river is not too high). A private boat tour on the river during sunset time will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset while your guide will be serving cocktails and some snacks.

Day 7: Jeep Safari & Temple Tour
Jeep Safari & Temple Tour
Meals Included:  B,L
Overnight: Aureum Palace Hotel

Jeep Safari through the Dry Zone:  Get an early start in a 4x4 driving out of Bagan. You'll meet local women carrying firewood for the market while the sun rises behind them. Nyaung Gyi is the first village visit and we stop to see a blacksmith workshop. In Se Ywa village we visit several local workshops (plum purifying, cooking oil producing and wooden slipper maker). Then we continue to Taung Kong village where the majority of the people are farmers but many also make pottery. This is a great trip for photographers and anyone interested in the daily life of the local people.

A Picnic in Minnanthu: Minnanthu is probably the favorite temple area amongst frequent Bagan visitors, and you know why? It's quiet, it's a beautiful area and the temples here are often completely deserted. The guide brings you by car to this forgotten part of Bagan and will spread out a blanket and serve you a great picnic lunch in this historical setting before or after visiting ancient temple ruins.

Day 8: Forest Excursion & Elephant Conservatory
Forest Excursion & Elephant Conservatory
Meals Included:  B,L
Overnight: Amara Resort

Trekking in Forest and Visit Elephant Conservation Project: Your guide specialized in elephant conservation will take you for a rewarding day in the forest surrounding Kalaw. Encounter elephants, their mahouts and people living in the surrounding area. Very recently some young tourism professionals originating from Kalaw decided to set-up a project in Kalaw that is focused on protecting the nature, elephants and traditions of local people living in an area close to Kalaw. In a big part of this private protected forest the nature can grow undisturbed creating a natural habitat for animals that could otherwise be easily hunted down and killed. The project includes creating a natural environment for some Myanmar elephants and helping the local population to grow out of the vicious circle of poverty through education and micro finance. Depending on your arrival time and how long you want to walk through the forest (walks from 30 min up to 4-5 hours are possible - simply let us know what you prefer) you will find yourself in the natural surroundings of Asian jungle. A delicious lunch with local specialities (often from Nepalese origin) will be served in a traditional village, in the jungle or in the camp. After lunch it is time to help the mahout washing and feeding the elephant. Walk back in the afternoon to the main road and continue by car back to Kalaw town.

About Amara Resort
All 10 rooms of the Amara Resort are individually decorated in Asian and European style. Each room has an open chimney and private bathroom.

Day 9: Explore Inle Lake
Explore Inle Lake
Meals Included:  B,L
Overnight: Villa Inle Resort

The ruins of Indein & Home-Cooked Food with a Local Family & Canoe Trip Floating Gardens: In the south of the lake the ruins of Indein are certainly worth a visit. Partly covered by vegetation the area looks like a "pagoda forest." We will walk about 1 hour to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake and visit a school in Tha Ley village. A home-made cooked lunch is served in a local house. We continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip going local with a small canoe. Whenever you are tired of paddling, we continue by motorboat back to your hotel.

About Villa Inle Resort
Spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern fringe of Inle Lake, this boutique hotel features 27 secluded lakeside villas and is the ideal choice for those seeking a unique experience away from mass-market tourism.
All rooms include facilities a modern traveler expects: king-sized beds, air conditioning and heating, LCD television and WiFi access. The lakefront balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows create a sense of intimacy with the natural environment of Inle Lake. From your villa, you can watch as fishermen glide by on the lake, and flocks of migratory and Inle local birds take off from the surrounding treetops.

Day 10: Explore Inle Lake
Explore Inle Lake
Meals Included:  B,L
Overnight: Villa Inle Resort

A Day on the Lake: Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts. Today you ride a private motorboat around the lake. Discover its natural beauty, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers, and have a cup of tea at a local family's house. On and around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule. Today we take you to visit one of these colorful markets frequented by Shan and PaO people. We certainly also visit a local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Intha Heritage house - where the Burmese cats are bred - and if wanted, we visit a weaving factory.

Day 11: Discover Local Villages
Discover Local Villages
Meals Included:  B,L
Overnight: The Governor's Residence

Biking to Nampan Village: Visiting Inle Lake is not just about being on the water but also about discovering the Shan and Intha villages on the banks of the river. From Nyaung Shwe (or any hotel on the east bank of the lake) we bike passing several picturesque villages where we stop for a chat with the local monks at the forest monastery in Maing Thauk for a good view over the lake. We take lunch at the Intha Heritage house and continue from there by boat to visit a local cheroot factory as well as one of the oldest monasteries built on stilts on the lake and of course the famous floating gardens on Nampan. At the end of the day we go back by boat to the hotel. In the afternoon transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Your guide will meet you at the airport for your transfer to the hotel.

Day 12: Half-day Yangon Tour & Depart
Half-day Yangon Tour & Depart
Meals Included:  B,L

An excellent half-day tour at the end of your trip to Myanmar with a lunch at Sharky's restaurant - a local entrepreneur who is growing organic vegetables and producing locally made "French" cheese, ham and other delicious food. Experience a one-hour foot massage by blind or deaf people, trained by a local charity. Our specially selected shopping guide will bring you to whatever shop you like to find your final souvenirs to bring home, whether it is a longyi (local sarong), umbrellas, old books, gold leaves or even a trishaw (bicycle taxi) or a contemporary painting - our specialist knows where to find it! Transfer to airport and take your onward flight.

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  • 12 days/11 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From From $3,798 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival and Departures

An Austin Adventures representative will meet you upon arrival at the Yangon airport. Upon clearing customs, transportation to the Belmond Governor's Residence will be provided. On Day 12 you will be transferred from the Belmond Governor's Residence to the Yangon airport according to your morning or afternoon flight schedule.

Activities

Walking 1 to 4 hour guided walking excursions to view pagodas, ruins, villages and beautiful scenery.

Biking 10 to 15 miles on mostly flat, paved, backcountry roads with stops at local sites along the way. Surfaces can be uneven and at times a bit bumpy; your guide will demonstrate technique on how best to handle this terrain.

Canoeing 1 to 3 hour paddle excursion on the calm waters of Inle Lake.

Boating Sit back and relax as an experienced boatman maneuvers you around the Ayeyarwaddy River and Inle Lake.

Included in the Trip Price

Double occupancy rooms with private baths.

All meals as listed in daily detailed itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

Fully trained, English-speaking professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.

Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment ”“ all safe and well maintained.

Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.

All internal flights within Myanmar.

Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags and luggage service.

Pre-departure and packing information.

All entrance fees.

Not Included in the Trip Price

Gratuities.

Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.

Meals as not designated in daily itinerary.

Visa fees and/or visa authorization.

Hot air balloon trip over Bagan (optional).

Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.

Air and land transportation to/from host cities.

All types of personal insurance.

Personal expenses.

Additional Information

After receiving your reservation and deposit, we'll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you'll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.

 

 

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A FEW MORE REASONS WHY YOU'VE GOTTA GO...
  • 1. The history: Myanmar is a country rich in culture and ravaged by a tumultuous past. Unravel these mysteries as you get up-close-and-personal with one of the most fascinating cultures on earth.
  • 2. The familiarity: Only three countries in the world have not adopted the metric system. The United States and Myanmar are two of these.
  • 3. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like Villa Inle Resort, explore the wonders of Southeast Asia by day and enjoy ultimate relaxation at night.
  • 4. The local way: Chewing betel nut is a national pastime. Find the unique specialty at food stalls in marketplaces and partake!
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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