Myanmar Highlights Small Group Tour
A ten day, small group tour starting in Mandalay and ending in Yangon, staying in hotels along the way.
This Myanmar holiday is a ten day small group tour, fully guided by local experts, and covering a large part of the country, using private transfers and one domestic flight between Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake) and Yangon at the end of the trip. We pride ourselves on offering an itinerary that really taps into the country’s culture, with Mandalay getting it all off to an exciting start, as it is considered by many to be Myanmar’s cultural capital. It is also a sacred city, with many monasteries and pagodas to visit, and our guests get a chance to walk up Mandalay Hill, a place of pilgrimage for many. It is also a wonderful place to experience a Myanmar sunset.
Our next stop is Monywa, a picturesque stop off en route to the more famous town of Bagan, but a very pretty and typical Myanmar town on the Chindwin River. Monywa is famous for its magnificent Thambuddhe Pagoda but also for the fact that it is bedecked with neem trees, and has the nickname Neem City. From here, we take a 2.5 hour boat trip on the Ayerarwaddy River to Bagan, which is a wonderful way to arrive in this city that literally glistens with cultural magnificence, with thousands of temples and pagodas stretching to the horizon.
A very different cultural side can be seen at Kalaw, a former British hill-station but where the surrounding mountains are home to the Palaung, Danu and Pa-O tribes. On this part of the journey you also get a fantastic view of Mount Popa, where pilgrims climb 777 steps to the top of this extinct volcano to worship at the summit’s shrine.
One of the final highlights on this trip is at Inle Lake, famous for its floating villages and markets, and where we will get a chance to see local artisans at work, visit the stunning wooden floating monastery and also see the famous ‘leg rowing’ fishermen. Your final day is in our formal capital and still very much the heart of the country, Yangon, with many stunning sites to visit including Shwedagon Pagoda, as well many aspects of daily life in this vibrant city.