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Essential Myanmar – 8 Days

Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura – Bagan – Mt. Popa – Yangon
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Essential Myanmar – 8 Days
Experience a daily boat cruise from the Royal city Mandalay to the ancient Bagan and discover the daily life of local people as well as the picturesque landscape on the banks of Irrawaddy River before ending the tour in the former capital Yangon. This 8-Day Essential Myanmar tour will bring you the most highlights of Myanmar.


  • Soak up the bustling atmosphere in the authentic local markets.
  • Gain the magnificent view from the top of the Mt Popa – a sacred religious destination in Myanmar.
  • Get an insight into the architecture, art, and history of Myanmar in each destination you pass.
  • Enjoy the most breathtaking sunsets in Bagan, Inle Lake, and discover Mandalay, Yangon and Sagaing – Amarapura

Tour Itinerary

Welcome upon arrival at Mandalay International Airport, we will transfer to the hotel. After a short rest, we will visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite woodcarvings, gold leaf beating workshop, and Kuthodaw Pagoda – known for containing the world’s largest book and conclude the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset and the panoramic view of the city. Overnight in Mandalay.

Note*: The hotel room will be available at 2:00pm, and in case that you would like to secure an early-check in, an additional charge will be applied.

Meal: n/a

Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay.

After breakfast, we leave the city for Sagaing Hill where we will learn about the schooling of monks, visit Buddha Cave, Umin Thonze Pagoda, Sunooponnyashin Pagoda and finally, take in the panoramic view of Mandalay.

Our next stop on this day tour is Amarapura, famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery and this is also the best place to experience the daily lives of the monks in Mandalay. After that, we will walk over the U Bein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type to Mahamuni Image – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself. Overnight in Mandalay.
Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay.

Early in the morning, our car will transfer us to the jetty for the daily boat along the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan – Myanmar’s archaeological wonderland, where over 3,000 ancient temples blossom from the countryside.

Arrive in Bagan in the late afternoon between 15:00 and 17:00 depending on the water level. Get picked up from the jetty and transfer to the hotel in Bagan for check-in. the rest of the day will be free. Overnight in Bagan.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan.

We will first visit the bustling Nyang U Market in Old Bagan then discover the beautiful gold leaf Shwezigon Pagoda and learn about Burmese Buddhist traditions. The next visit is Ananda Temple, en-route we will stop at Bagan plains to admire some of the surrounding temples.

In the afternoon, we will take a tour of a local lacquerware workshop and learn how this traditional piece of art is made. Later on, follow your guide to the sunset hill to sit back and enjoy one of the best sunsets over the magnificent pagodas of Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan.

Leaving the beautiful Bagan temples behind, we begin the drive to Mt Popa. It is time to join in pilgrims as they ascend Mt. Popa and admire the crazy statues that line the walkway, along with the monkeys that live on the mountain. Once at the peak, guests can relax and bask in the glorious views of Bagan. Then, we take a short time cruise returning to Bagan on the Irrawaddy River at sunset. Overnight in Bagan.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan.

After breakfast, we start with an exotic horse cart ride to Nan Paya Pagoda, which is one of the biggest temples in Bagan and many other amazing attractions surrounded. Besides, we continue our day tour with sightseeing at Minkaba Gubyaukyi Temple, take note of the architectural difference in MyaZedi Pagoda before heading to Manuha Temple.

We will then take the late afternoon flight to Yangon. On arrival, we will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel for overnight accommodation. Overnight in Yangon.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon.

We spend a full day exploring the former capital Yangon and its highlights from Sule Pagoda, in the heart of Yangon city; Chaukhtayi Pagoda, and Kandawgyi Lake. After our lunchtime, we discover Shwedagon Pagoda, which is considered the most outstanding pagoda in Yangon. The “Golden Pagoda” is really a must-see while we are in Myanmar. Enjoy some shopping in the bustling Scott market. (Note: the market is closed on Mondays and gazette holidays)

The most amazing thing for this evening is our dinner in Karaweik Palace, overlooking the Royal Lake and Shwedagon Tower. Fine Burmese food and a beautiful cultural show of music and dancing are fantastic ingredients for our dinner. Overnight in Yangon.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon.

Time will be free until our car arrives to take us to Yangon International Airport for our departure flight. Tour ends.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: n/a.

Important Note*

  • The itinerary can be customized basing on your interests (you can extend your stay at each location, add/remove activities)

Price & Inclusion

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  • The price would vary depending on the group size, grade of hotel. Please contact us or book the tour for price in details.
  • Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Booking Policy

Price Includes

  • Domestic flight: Bagan – 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)

Price excludes

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before arrival date: 25% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 35% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 75% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 14 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

Children Policy

  • For infant (<02 years old): FOC
  • 02 – 10 years old without bed: 35% adult rate
  • 02 – 10 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 02 – 10 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate
  • from 11 years old: 100% adult rate

Note*: The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double room with two adults

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Inle Lake Amazing Nyaungshwe Pristine Lotus Inle Resort Aureum Palace Hotel
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  • Depending on your budget, you can choose a suitable hotel category.

  • Early checking/late checkout are not included and you can change the to any other hotels  and room type if required. Additional charge/discount will be made accordingly.

  • The list of hotels are used for our all tour itineraries in Myanmar.

  • Different hotels might be selected depending on your request.

  • Our tour price includes the ROH room at the hotel. If any special request, please let us know in advance. Surcharge is applied for higher room type.

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