Golden Four of Myanmar with a River Cruise Trip - 9 Days
Tour Code: DF-9D8N-2
This trip will take you to explore Myanmar for an authentic travel experience as a holiday in Myanmar offers culture, tradition and awe-inspiring scenery in abundance, from the mystical plains of Bagan, to the imperial architecture of Mandalay, the gleaming pagodas of Yangon, stilt-villages and floating gardens of InLe Lake, with full day river cruise trip to Bagan to enjoy an idyllic sunrise, and treat yourself to some relaxation while sailing by beautiful shores, villages and pagodas.
Start ~ Yangon, Myanmar
Finish ~ Yangon, Myanmar
Physical rating: 2 out of 5
“Mingalabar” – “Welcome to Myanmar” at the airport by your tour guide and your EMH – Enjoy Myanmar Holiday’s transfer team. We then transfer you to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Meal is not included on this day.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport and take a short flight to Mandalay. On arrival, we’ll drive to the hotel to check in. After taking a short relax, we’ll start sightseeing for Mandalay that will include most of the city’s outstanding historical and cultural sites:
- KuThoDaw Pagoda, known as the world’s biggest book;
- ShweNanDaw Monastery (Golden Palace Monastery), famous for its wood carving;
- Mandalay Royal Palace, the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy
- MaHaMuNi Pagoda, famous for its life like Buddha image
Then, you will be driven to the famous U Bein Bridge for a stunning sunset view. This U Bein Bridge is 1.2-kilometre (0.75 mi) and built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Really nice to walk on the bridge under sunset.
Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, cost is on your own, before we return to the hotel.
RIVER CRUIST TRIP TO BAGAN (FROM OCTOBER TO MARCH): Your day will be started with a beautiful sunrise from the upper deck of RV PANORAMA, enjoying breakfast on the upper deck under the warm sunlight and gentle breeze. Downstream from Mandalay to Bagan, exploring a typical village at a river bank of the Ayeyarwaddy will give you unforgettable memories. Delicious Myanmar cuisine will await you for lunch and you will have a relaxing time for sunbathing on the sun deck. As an additional service, our crew team will demonstrate different ways of wearing Myanmar Traditional Longyi (garment worn by Myanmar people) and Thanatkha (fragrant paste made from the bark of Thanatkha tree). Enjoy the gorgeous sunset moment and arrive at your destination.
FLY TO BAGAN (FROM APRIL TO SEPTEMBER): Morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to the airport to take a flight to Bagan. The flight time is approximately 30 minutes. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Bagan is a truly mesmerizing destination, and a favourite of many travellers. Renowned as the city of four million pagodas, this is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. Today there are more than 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries — most built during the Bagan Dynasty, founded by King Anawrahta in 1044.
Firstly, we’ll go to the lively Nyaung U Market where provides great photo opportunities, and also the chance for tourists to mingle with the local Myanmar people, and watch how they conduct their daily lives.
Next, we will set off to explore:
- Shwe-Zi-Gon Pagoda (considered a prototype of all future such temples)
- Hti-Lo-Min-Lo Temple (a double-storied building with artistic stucco works)
- Ananda Temple (the architectural masterpiece of a millennium)
- That-Byin-Nyu Temple (the tallest in Bagan)
- Dham-Ma-Yan-Gyi Temple (noted for its intricate brickwork)
- Nyaung Lat Phet Hill to enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains
Today is your own day at leisure in Bagan.
Suggestions for your free time:
You can take a half day trip to Mt. Popa, the core of an extinct volcano lasted active 25,000 years ago; also known as the ‘Mt Olympus’ of Myanmar, the abode of Myanmar’s most powerful Nats (Spiritual beings) and the most important Nat Worship Centre. On the way to Mount Popa, stop to see skilful toddy-palm climber collecting the wine on top of the tree, toddy palm juice & palm sugar (jaggery) making cottage.
For your afternoon free time, you can rent an e-bike and ride around the town to explore more of Bagan’s temples and to witness the true local life. For the sunset time, you can take a boat to enjoy sunset along the mighty Irrawaddy river.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho. On arrival, proceed to Pindaya by car (about 2 hrs drive). This drive will give you delightful sceneries of hill station by passing through picturesque landscapes. Huge Banyan Trees near Pindaya caves are also well known for photo stop. Then visit PINDAYA CAVES where one can enjoy countless number of Buddha images from the late 18 centuries. Well known for its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
Next stop is Traditional cottage industry of UMBRELLA MAKING and Pone Ta Lote Lake.
Then, proceed to Red Mountain for a wine tasting amidst magnificent views. At the Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery, you’ll gaze out over the stilted villages of Inle Lake, sample local wines and learn about the grape varieties grown on the estate. Then drive to the hotel for check-in.
Looking down over the lake from the Taunggyi road, Inle lies in an enormous carpet of greenery. Dotted around the lake are the stilt-house villages and floating gardens of the Intha tribe. The Intha technique of leg rowing – where one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the blade through the water in a snake-like motion – is unique.
With our Inle Lake boat tour, you will experience a unique way of life that has lived on through generations, whilst exploring the culturally significant surrounds that form part of this beautiful region of Myanmar. You will be provided with a life jacket and easy seat for each person on the boat.
Inle lake sightseeing will be filled with visit to:
- PHAUNG-DAW-OO PAGODA, the most important symbol of religion of Shan State
- NGA-PHE-CHAUNG MONASTERY, attractive wooden monastery
- FLOATING VILLAGES (INNPAW KHONE, POUK PAR, YWA MA, KHAR TAW)
A visit to these sights provides deep insight into how the people on the lake make their livings, you can enjoy Unique One Leg rowing fisherman, Lotus and silk weaving, boat making and cheroot making.
- After lunch proceed to Indein. And take a short trek to Indein Pagoda. On the way, you can enjoy the serene atmosphere as you wander through artfully scattered 8th century Pagodas in ruins covered by trees and bushes.
- Then observe Intha tribes Village lives and enjoy the local market along the shore.
Finally, we will return to the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to take flight to Yangon (1 hour and 20 minutes). On arrival, we’ll drive to the hotel to check in. After taking a short relaxing time at the hotel,
- start sightseeing by walking around the city centre to enjoy the city being busy with the sellers on the street and also the pedestrians and Colonial Style buildings.
The whole day is the brief tour to famous Landmarks,
- KaRaWeik Hall & Royal Lake for Photo stop
- Explore BoGyoke Market (aka) Scott Market, which is the best place for shopping in the country.
- Enjoy sunset at ShweDaGon Pagoda, one of the spectacular monuments of Myanmar
Breakfast and free time until time to go to the airport for departure flight. Then, transfer you to the Yangon International Airport three hours prior according to your flight departure time.
~ 8 nights accommodation: Standard Option (3 Star Hotels) or Premium Option (4 Star Hotels)
~ enjoy daily breakfast at hotels
~ lunch on a day ferry cruise trip
~ 3 internal flights
~ professional English speaking tour guides
~ sightseeing tours by air-conditioned private vehicles
~ river ferry cruise trip from Mandalay to Bagan
~ private boat to explore the InLe Lake
~ return airport transfers
~ enjoy exploring Myanmar as per itinerary
Don’t forget you can modify this tour. Whether you enjoy travelling as a part of a small group with other like-minded travellers, or perhaps you are looking for your very own private journey, we have the right option for you. Click on talk to us button to send us your enquiry.