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The Heart of Myanmar (Burma) tour
Bagan Mandalay The Heart of Myanmar (Burma) Trip

The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
12 days
From: $ 2,999 $ 250 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Talk with a monk about buddhism and daily life
  • Learn the basics of burmese cuisine with a cooking demonstration from a local chef
  • Travel past floating villages on tranquil inle lake
  • Explore the pagodas and monasteries of this ancient land

Short Description

Journey into the Land of the Golden Pagodas on a 12-day adventure in Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2,200 temples and pagodas. Drift to the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk, and climb Mandalay Hill for lovely views of the surrounding countryside. With its warm people and mystical culture, find enchantment in Myanmar.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Yangon
End City Yangon

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Cities & Attractions

Bagan Mandalay Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon

Activities

Culture History

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Trip Includes

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Kyan Sithar Umin Monastery Visit
  • Bagan Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Burmese Cooking Demonstration
  • Inle Lake Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Yangon Talk and Dinner
  • Yangon Your G for Good Moment: LinkAge Restaurant
  • Yangon
  • Arrival transfer
  • Tour of Mandalay
  • Boat trip and tour of Mingun village
  • Visit Sagaing and the ancient city of Amarapura
  • Irrawaddy River boat trip
  • Guided tour of Bagan archaeological zone
  • Toddy palm farm visit
  • Taungkalat Monastery and Mount Popa area visit
  • Visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery
  • Tour Nyaung Shwe by trishaw
  • Boat tour of Inle Lake including floating villages and markets
  • Visit a cheroot factory
  • Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nge Phe Chaung Monastery
  • Tour Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Yangon

Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to relax and explore the city. Additional Notes: Please note that most nationalities requires a visa to enter Myanmar (Burma); please double check this with your travel agent or local Myanmar Embassy prior to your arrival. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival transfer included. Private Vehicle

Day 2 Yangon/Mandalay (1B)

Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city, including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Included Activities: Mandalay Hill Climb Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) Visit Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Visit Kuthodaw Pagoda Visit Mahamuni Pagoda (Buddha Temple) Visit Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle

Day 3 Mandalay (1B)

Embark on a boat trip up the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to the riverside village of Mingun, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters. We continue by road to Sagaing. After lunch we visit Amarapura, a former capital whose name means "city of immortality." Included Activities: Mingun Village Boat Trip and Visit Sagaing Hill Visit Amarapura Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 4 Mandalay (1B)

Day 5 Mandalay/Bagan (1B)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the jetty for the boat to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). The journey takes 7-11 hours depending on the time of year and water level. On board there is a small café selling drinks and light meals (sandwiches, snacks and instant noodles usually). Additional Notes: When water levels are insufficient for the boat, we will use the bus for that part of the journey. Boat cancellations typically happen between April and September. Included Activities: Ayeyarwady River Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 6 Bagan (1B)

Enjoy two days exploring Bagan, the first (and very beautiful) capital of the Burmese and founded in the 11th century. This is one the most important temples and pagoda complexes in Asia. We'll wander local markets, historical pagodas, a handicraft workshop, a local monastery, and ancient temples. Included Activities: Bagan Guided Tour Kyan Sithar Umin Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Bagan (1B)

This morning, opt to head out before sunrise and embark on an unforgettable hot-air balloon flight over the temples and plains of Bagan. If you're visiting between October to March, pre-book the "Balloons Over Bagan" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour. Included Activities: Toddy Palm Farm Visit Taungkalat Monastery and Mount Popa Area Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 8 Bagan/Inle Lake (1B)

This morning, fly from Bagan to Heho and then travel by road to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Also visit around Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, passing the many monasteries and cruising along quiet residential streets. We then board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of the lake, passing villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Included Activities: Nyaung Shwe Visit Transport: Plane (1.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of Inle lake. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Boat (1.00 hour(s))

Day 9 Inle Lake (1B, 1L)

Depending on its location, we start with a visit to the morning market, which rotates locations on a five-day basis. (Note: there are no markets on full-moon or dark-moon days.) Our boat then takes us down a winding river to Inthien, with its one thousand stupas dotting the hillside. Back out onto the lake we visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main pagoda and monastery, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Mid-day, we are welcomed into a local chef's home and enjoy a home cooked meal of traditional Burmese dishes. This is a memorable demonstration and meal and a chance to learn more about family life and traditions in Myanmar. Included Activities: Morning Market Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Visit Nga Phe Chaung Monastery Visit Cheroot Factory Visit Burmese Cooking Demonstration Transport: Boat

Day 10 Inle Lake/Kalaw (1B)

Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. Transport: Boat (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

Day 11 Kalaw/Yangon (1B, 1D)

Fly back to Yangon and visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, then take some free time to explore and shop in the old capital. Tonight, enjoy a lecture and farewell dinner at a G Adventures for Good-supported project — LinkAge Restaurant. This social enterprise trains local youth for careers in the hospitality industry. Included Activities: Shwedagon Pagoda Visit Yangon Talk and Dinner LinkAge Restaurant Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Plane (1.00 hour(s)) Transfer to hotel. Private Vehicle

Day 12 Yangon (1B)

Depart any time today. Included Activities: Departure Day

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The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

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A fascinating insight into this beautiful country and a tour that gives you the opportunity to meet and see how the local people live

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A fascinating insight into this beautiful country and a tour that gives you the opportunity to meet and see how the local people live.

An excellent and very enjoyable holiday giving an insight into the cultuAn excellent and most enjoyable holiday giving an insight into rural & urban life of the Burmese people with a good mix of rural and urban areas of the country

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An excellent and very enjoyable holiday giving an insight into the cultuAn excellent and most enjoyable holiday giving an insight into rural & urban life of the Burmese people with a good mix of rural and urban areas of the country
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Brilliant trip saw so much of Myanmar in a short space of time

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Brilliant trip - saw so much of Myanmar in a short space of time

Extremely well run tour of an amazing country

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Extremely well run tour of an amazing country. We hit most of the top spots and had an outstanding CEO in Akayi who really brought an extra dimension to already impressive sights. Incredible!
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One word would do it - brilliant.

Overall experience spoiled by incorrect information from gAdventures (or gAdventures Australian agent) that balloon flights could not be booked in advance and could only be booked with guide after arrival

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Overall experience spoiled by incorrect information from gAdventures (or gAdventures Australian agent) that balloon flights could not be booked in advance and could only be booked with guide after arrival. Yet group members from other countries (Canada, England, Ireland,US) had been able to book in advance in conjunction with tour booking. Consequently we missed out on balloon trip as they were fully booked by the time we arrived in Myanmar. Very disappointing particularly as it arose from incorrect advice from gAdventures official representative, if not from gAdventures itself
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Private bus/van, plane, boat, walking.

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. Please note, there may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: Max 16, avg 12

Max 16, Avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Hotels (11 nts).

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Trip ID#:

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Meals Included:

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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