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The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

12 days, Yangon to Yangon

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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.

12 days - Yangon to Yangon

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Trip Code: ABANG

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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.

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

12 days - Yangon to Yangon

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Trip Code: ABANG

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Ripple Score

100

The once isolated nation at the culturally rich crossroads of India and China is a land that imbues even the most jaded traveler with a sense of wonder.”—Ceil Miller Bouchet, Best of the World, 2013, National Geographic Traveler

Map of the route for The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

Places visited

  • Myanmar

Itinerary

Day 1Yangon

Arrive any time today. An arrival transfer is included.

Day 2Yangon/Mandalay

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Mandalay

Take a boat to the village of Mingun to visit the pagodas and local craftspeople. Visit the spiritual centre of Myanmar at Sagaing and the ancient royal capital of Amarapura.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Mandalay

Continue exploring Mandalay and take some free time on your own.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Mandalay/Bagan

Relax and watch the sights on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Bagan

Explore the ancient sites of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-in) cave temple, and Manuha and Nan Paya temples. Also visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery where we have a talk with a monk on Buddhism and daily life.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Bagan

Travel to the outskirts of town to a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch as the locals scale the trees and harvest the juice of the palm fruit and then process it into alcohol or molasses.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Bagan/Inle Lake

Travel by plane, bus, and boat to serene Inle Lake. En route, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, and observe floating villages and gardens.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Inle Lake

Explore the lake by boat and visit the morning market, floating villages, and a cheroot factory, as well as the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda and Inthien temple complex. Along the way, visit the home of a local chef and learn the basics of Burmese cooking. Sit back and relax in this charming setting on Inle Lake and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 10Inle Lake/Kalaw

Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Kalaw/Yangon

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.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment LinkAge Restaurant

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 12Yangon

Depart any time today.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • 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

Accommodations

Hotels (11 nts).

Meals

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Allow USD205-270 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private bus/van, plane, boat, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Departures

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Please Contact Us to inquire about dates for next season, or to discuss other tour options.

The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

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