Day 1-3: Meet in Yangon
After a morning arrival our tour group will visit art galleries, and browse the antiques, handicrafts, jewellery, art and clothing at Bogyoke Aun Sang Market (formerly Scott's Market). Later our Myanmar travelers will enjoy sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda (also called the Golden Pagoda) the most sacred site in the country where relics of the past four Buddhas are enshrined. Our guided tour will include a day excursion by boat to Twante, a pottery village.
Day 4-6: Bagan
Our tour of Myanmar continues to the ancient city of Bagan where in every direction you will see amazing ruins of all sizes: huge, glorious temples such as Ananda Pahto and small, graceful zedis (stupas - moundlike structures often containing relics) standing in the fields next to thatched homes. Some contain elegant mural paintings.
Day Excursion Mt Popa and Salay
Tour members will enjoy Mt Popa, an extinct volcano with many shrines dedicated to animistic spirits known as 'Nats.'
We have lunch at the excellent Mt. Popa resort enjoying the beautiful, isolated natural setting on top of the mountain with spectacular views over the plains. An easy walk then takes our tour group to the nearby volcanic outcrop and the Nat shrine (Popa Taungkalat Shrine).
Day 7-8: Mandalay
During this section of our guided tour, our small group will visit Mahamuni Pagoda (sometimes called the Mahamuni Buddha Temple), with its traditional handicraft workshops (gold leaf hammering and marble and wood carvings), then Shwenandaw Monastery, adorned with beautiful Teak carvings of Buddhist mythology, and finally Kuthodaw Pagoda which contains the world's biggest and heaviest book: Marble slabs that form the the entire Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism located throughout the site. Also included is a boat excursion to visit Mingun Pagoda, where the help of our knowledgeable guide the tour group will gain insight into life on the river and an excursion to the cities of Sagaing, Inwa (or Ava) and Amarapura.
Day 9-11: Inle Lake
Visit the Pindaya Caves (known for an incredible collection of over 8000 images of Buddha) en-route to Inle Lake. Inle lake is known for its unique leg-rowing boats, diverse tribal groups, scenic beauty and uniquely adapted stilt housing and floating agriculture. Our hotel for this last leg of the guided tour of Myanmar is a charming floating structure of individual cottages in the middle of the lake. We'll tour the lake by boat, visiting floating gardens, markets, villages and the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda.
On the Myanmar Fall tour, we will attend the Phaungdawoo Pagoda Festival.
Day 12: Yangon - Depart
Morning return flight to Yangon and remain at airport for flight home.
OR CONTINUE ON TO THE REMOTE VILLAGES OF SHAN STATE
Day 12 Kalaw
An easy 2 hour drive to Kalaw, a quiet mountain town where we enjoy an easy walk to visit nearby traditional villages.
Day 13-15 Keng Tung
A short flight from the town of Heho to Keng Tung where our small group will spend full days visiting the local villages surrounding Keng Tung. Among others we visit Pin Tauk village and waterfall where the Akha and Lahu people reside. Our knowledgeable local guide you will offer insights of this cultural immersion into the lives of the rural Burmese People.
Day 16 Keng Tung-Yangon
The last day of our extended tour of Myanmar includes a visit to the local market. Afternoon flight to Yangon.
Day 17 Depart Yangon