Bagan and Beyond

Myanmar's markets, villages and ancient sites
Overview

overview

Travel deep into the countryside. Your guide leads your trip to the ruins of Bagan, tribal villages and historical sites of Mandalay and Yangon. Enjoy top-quality arrangements and a local perspective on life, tradition and hopes for the future.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Yangon

    Your guides will meet you at Yangon Airport and transfer you to your privately owned hotel. Along the way, observe Yangon's colonial-style red-bricked buildings.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Inya Lake Hotel or similar
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  • Day 2: Yangon

    Today's highlights include a visit to Karaweik, known as a royal barge on the royal lake where you see the lively fish and vegetable markets and have fantastic photo views. Also visit Chaukhtatgyi, the colossal reclining Buddha, and Botataung Pagoda, said to enshrine the Buddha's hair relics. In the afternoon you visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, claimed to be the worlds richest golden stupa that is more than 2,500 years old. The golden dome rises roughly 322 feet above its base, and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold along with numerous precious stones, including a 76 carat solid diamond on the top. Return to the hotel for your overnight. Dinner will be on your own.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Inya Lake Hotel or similar
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  • Day 3: Fly to Bagan

    In the early morning, fly to Bagan, considered one of the most amazing sights in Asia. Though comparable to sites of worldwide importance such as Jerusalem and Rome, Bagan remains virtually unknown. Merely 2,200 temples remain of the 13,000 that once stood. Some were destroyed by invaders, others by earthquake and decay, but internationally funded restoration is under way and the major temples are in excellent condition. Upon your arrival, transfer to a local hotel where you will have a chance to freshen up before exploring the area. Begin at Gawdawpalin, one of the largest and most imposing monuments in Bagan. See the Anandar Temple, with the best preserved masterpieces of Mon architecture and the nearby brick monastery which is one of the few that was not destroyed; visit Thabyinnyu, the highest monument of universal science; see Natlyaunhkyaung, the only example of a Hindu Vaishanavite left in Bagan where kind Anawratha used to trap the Nat Idols in attempt to change the country from animism into Buddhism; visit Dhammyangyi, the temple of the evil king, unique panoramic views of both the image of Buddha and the Shwesandaw Temple. In the afternoon, visit a traditional lacquer-ware workshop to observe the process of making unique Myanmar bowls and trays. Enjoy the sunset from one of the ruins. Overnight at local hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Thande Hotel or similar
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  • Day 4: Bagan

    If you feel up to it, you may enjoy the fantastic sunrise view from the ruins this morning. Breakfast is at the hotel, before departing on a one-hour drive to Salay where you’ll visit the 18th century Yoke Son Monastery to see its beautiful woodcarvings and a unique 13th century lacquerware Buddha Image. Upon your return to Bagan, visit the Wetkyi Inn Gubyaukgyi Temple to observe original 12th century mural paintings, frescoes and base relief works depicting the entire life of the Buddha and his disciples. Also visit Htilominlo Temple, where you’ll see frecoes representing 28 Buddhas of the future; see the Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of late Myanmar stupas, and finish with a visit to the enchanting Nyaung Oo Market. Proceed to some local villages to observe daily life in central Myanmar, such as the traditional hand loom weaving, and the manual production of edible oils from sesame seeds and ground nuts. (Optional: Balloon ride over Bagan for a fantastic bird's eye view of the ruins).

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Thande Hotel or similar
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  • Day 5: Bagan/Mandalay

    Breakfast is at the hotel before transfering to the airport for your flight to Mandalay, the last capital of Burmese monarchy, as well as one of the most impressive market cities in Asia. Mandalay is the spiritual, cultural and traditional capital, as well as the commercial heart of central Burma. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in and a brief freshening up. You then head out to visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the "world's largest book" and the entire Buddhist Canon, recorded on stone tablets in Pali script. See the Shwe Nan Daw, or “Golden Monastery” to observe the finest Myanmar wooden architecture. You may enjoy a sunset from the distinctive Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Mandalay Hill Resort or similar
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  • Day 6: Mandalay & Mingun

    After breakfast, depart to Kyawzun Jetty for your boat ride across the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun (approx. one hour). In Burma the river is the highway, especially between Mandalay and Rangoon and this is an excellent opportunity to observe Burmese life along the way. Upon arriving in Mingun visit the Mingun Bell, the world's largest uncracked, functioning bell. Other highlights you’ll see here are the Settawya Pagoda, with a marble foot print of Buddha, and the Shinbume Pagoda built in the 19th century. Return by boat to Mandalay where the remainder of the day will be free to do as you like.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Mandalay Hill Resort or similar
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  • Day 7: Amarapura/Ava/Sagaing

    After breakfast, depart for the ancient capital Amarapura, also known as the "City of Immortality." Along the way, observe traditional handicraft workshops. Visit the Mahagandayon Monastery to learn the lunch process of hundreds of Buddhist monks, and see how they play a major role in the daily life of the people. Proceed to the 14th century capital Ava, and visit its unique monasteries and monuments including the Bargaya Teak Monastery, which is famous for its 267 teak pillars and the remains of the royal palace and fort. After exploring Ava, continue on to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Saiging Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar and is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers. Enjoy fantastic sunset views from the 200 year old U Bein Teak Bridge, before returning to Mandalay. Overnight at local hotel in Mandalay.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Mandalay Hill Resort or similar
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  • Day 8: Mandalay/Onward

    Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$2,995
Includes flights within Burma
Single Supplement:
$675
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

Ask us about adding an overnight boat trip from Bagan to Mandalay.

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
2
Western-style hotels
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
1
Easy walking and vehicle travel

Terms & Conditions: 

Myanmar

Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: 30% of the land cost per person or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 90 days prior to departure. Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Additional Notes: A surcharge may apply for peak season dates (Water Festival in April, Christmas, New Year, etc.)

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