Cultural Tour
Tour Duration: 23-day/22-night
Featuring: Yangon, Pindaya, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Amarapura, Mandalay, Mingun, Sagaing, Pyin Oo Lwin, Bagan, Mt. Popa, Ngapali, Kyaikhtiyo
Operational Period: From October to April

This tour introduces you to the faded colonial grandeur with gilded Stupas of Yangon, natural beauty of Southern Shan State with panoramic landscapes with a special trekking to hill-tribes villages, offers the ample opportunity to explore the royal city of Mandalay and its environs, provides encounter with the fascinating ancient city of Bagan, gives you the chance of relaxing on the unspoiled Ngapali beach with natural scenic beauty of the blue sea, white sand and the lovely sun, and energetic climbs onto the wonderful Kyaikhtiyo known as Golden Rock Pagoda.

  • Tour of Yangon

  • Tour of Southern Shan State including Pindaya, Inle and special trekking in Kalaw

  • Tour of Mandalay including its environ ancient cities of Amarapura and Sagaing plus Mingun

  • Journey to Pyin-Oo-Lwin

  • River-cruise from Mandalay down to Bagan

  • Tour of Bagan including excursion to Mt. Popa

  • Relax on unspoiled Ngapali Beach

  • Energetic hike up to Golden Rock

  • Tour of Bago

  • Tour of Thanlyin (Syriam)


Your mini stay includes

  • First Class hotel accommodation in Yangon at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel (5-night), medium in Kalaw at Hill Top Villa (1-night), first class in Inle at Inle Resort Hotel (2-night), first class in Mandalay at Sedona Hotel or Mandalay Swan Hotel (3-night), medium in Pyin Oo Lwin at Kandawgyi Hill Resort (1-night), first class hotel in Bagan at Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel or The hotel @ Tharabar Gate (5-night), first class again in Ngapali at Ngapali Beach Hotel (4-night), medium class in Kyaikhtiyo at Golden Rock or Mountain Rock (1-night)

  • 23 meals (1 dinner and 22 breakfasts)

  • Round trip schedule domestic flights

  • Escorted English-speaking guide

  • Local trekking guide in kalaw

  • All transfers in all sites visited

  • Twenty-three days tour of Yangon, Pindaya, trekking to Hill-tribe villages in Kalaw, Inle, Amarapura, Mandalay, Mingun, Sagaing, Pyin-Oo-Lwin, Bagan and Mt Popa, Kyaikhtiyo, Bago and Thanlyin in private AC saloon/van/coach and boat

  • A complimentary welcome (or) farewell dinner

Tour Hotel
Yangon: Kandawgyi Palace **** (or) Summit Park View***
Kalaw: Hill Top Villa**
Inle: Inle Resort*** (or) Paradise Inle**
Mandalay: Mandalay Sedona*****(or) Mandalay Swan****
Pyin Oo Lwin: Kandawgyi Hill Resort
Bagan: Thiripyitsaya Sakura**** (or) The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate****
Ngapali: Ngapali Beach***
Kyaikhtiyo: Golden Rock** (or) Mountain Top**


Day One - Arrive Yangon
Greetings day and welcome to Myanmar! Today you will arrive in Yangon, the capital and the main gateway to Myanmar, and transfer to your hotel for overnight. Your hotel offers great view of Shwedagon Pagoda or Kandawgyi Royal Lake. (Dinner/Hotel)

Day Two - Touring Yangon - What a ‘capital’ city!

We're off for a day of great sightseeing in Yangon, including the historic DOWNTOWN district and Yangon HARBOR. We'll enjoy the activities of Yangon harbor and walk through the colorful streetscapes with elegantly restored COLONIAL-STYLE buildings. Extended visit to the gilded SULE Pagoda dating back over 2,000 years. We'll continue to KYAUKHTATGYI, a huge reclining Buddha Image and also have the opportunity to experience a hand-made glass demonstration at private owned NAGA GLASS FACTORY. The rest of the day is at leisure or for your own discovery and exploration. (Hotel/Breakfast)

Day Three - Fly to Heho - Pindaya caves and Pineland night

his morning we depart for the airport and board your flight to Heho, gateway to explore southern Shan State including Lake INLE. On arrival, we'll drive to PINDAYA to see its natural limestone caves filled with over 8,000 Buddha statutes. Here in Pindaya you'll have the chance to see some of the town's people cottage industries - making Shan paper and umbrella. After a spectacular drive, we'll reach the lovely hill station of KALAW, which was a popular hill station in the British days, and it's still a peaceful and quiet place surrounded by pine trees. Your room is generally ready for immediate check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure for your own discovery. (Hotel/Breakfast)

Day Four - Trek to Palaung Hill-tribe & Drive to Lake Inle - Unique Leg-rower

The day of activity starts after your breakfast. An expert local guide will escort you through the Shan plateau to visit the villages of Palaung hill-tribe. A chance here to meet Palaung natives and discover how they live in this remote area from your local guide. For the return journey, your guide may choose to take another path. By late afternoon we'll drive to NYAUNGSHWE and transfer by boat direct to your hotel located right on the lake for overnight. (Hotel/Breakfast)

Day Five - Inle at leisure - Venice of the East

Today we'll discover INLE Lake that highlights the natural wonder of this magnificent vast waterway, exploring its amazing PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA which is the most revered sacred site in southern Shan State. Some other highlights around the lake are local fishermen using their unique fishing method, leg-rowers, weaving cottage, silvery shops, floating garden and NGA PHE CHAUNG MONASTERY also know as jumping cat Monastery. Enjoy lunch on the broad terrace at your hotel while enjoying the passer-by boats across the lake. Late afternoon we make an excursion to the ancient stupas complex of INN-DEIN. This mysterious place is at the end of the marvelous INN-DEIN creek, which connected with Inle Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. A chance here to see the farmers plowing and harrowing by water buffaloes in paddy fields on its both side. (Hotel/Breakfast)

Day Six: Arrive Mandalay - Amarapura en route

Today we fly to Mandalay, arrive at 'Tadaoo' International Airport in Mandalay, the Royal Capital City of Myanmar Monarchs. On our way to Mandalay, we'll visit Amarapura, the Royal Seat of Power before Mandalay, to witness the daily life of the Buddhist monks at MAHA GANDARYON MONASTERY. Then have a stroll on famous U BEIN Wooden Bridge dating back over 200 years spanning the Taung Tha Mann Lake. Onwards to our hotel for the next two nights. (Hotel/ Breakfast)


Day Seven: Around Mandalay - Boat ride to Mingun and Sagaing Hills Sunset

This morning after we enjoy a breakfast, we’ll set out for a scenic journey on the great Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun on board a small private boat. Tour the Mingun and see huge unfinished Pagoda and world largest ringing bell. Return to Mandalay for lunch break. This late afternoon, we'll drive to Sagaing Hills, which is considered to be Buddhist retreat, dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Here we also have the chance en route to see the silversmiths producing. This evening, we'll enjoy another sunset from Sagaing Hills. (Hotel/Breakfast)

Day Eight: Drive to Pyin-Oo-Lwin – Former town of British Colonel May

Today, as we head off to Pyin-Oo-Lwin, you’ll notice how the countryside changes dramatically from wide plains up the twisting mountain road into the hills. We’ll drive first to Peik Chin Myaung, a considerable large Buddhist shrine cave, which is 27km north of the town. On return visit Pwe Kauk Waterfalls, called Hampshire Falls in British times. Later explore this charming town with colonial-era buildings along the main streets and circular road. Walk through the famous Botanical Garden, and see the Chinese Temple. (Hotel/ Breakfast)


Day Nine: Back to Mandalay – Your last day in Royal Mandalay

Today we’ll visit local flower market selling gladioli, roses, dahlias and other flowers typical of an English country garden before returning to Mandalay for a relaxing or free to explore Mandalay on your own. (Hotel/ Breakfast)

Day Ten: Down River-cruise to Bagan - river civilization has hardly changed in hundreds of years

Today we'll board simple Chinese-built double-decker vessel for voyage experience and sailing through the heart of 'Middle Myanmar' with a varying landscape. Small towns and villages pass by all along the way are remote from the modern world today and offer a glimpse of a timeless. We'll reach the ancient city of Bagan in late afternoon. Onwards to our hotel for the next five nights. (Hotel/Breakfast)


Day Eleven: Touring Bagan - explore the 'First Myanmar Empire'

There is great sightseeing in Bagan. Highlights of our day include NYAUNG OO Local Market where you can take a walk along the market stalls offering a variety of fresh farm produce and a range of uniquely Local items and souvenirs to take back home, SHWEZIGON PAGODA , built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as the first Buddhist monument built in Myanmar style, ANANDA TEMPLE, which has four huge Buddha Images in standing position and reliefs depicting the Buddha from his birth to his Enlightenment, its adjacent brick monastery to see the well-preserved murals from the early Bagan era and THATBYINNYU TEMPLE, the highest white stucco building in Bagan. We'll drive back to our hotel just to avoid the intense noon heat. Later this afternoon we'll set out again to see some spectacular and important sites including MANUHA TEMPLE, built by the exile King Manuha of Thaton dating back to 1059, in the Mon Style, NANPAYA TEMPLE, said to be the place of King Manuha's palace site, and we'll stop at the LACQUER WEAR WORKSHOP to witness their whole process of lacquer ware products. To crown off our day, we'll climb on the perfectly situated temple to enjoy the breathtaking sunset over the mountain ranges in the distance. The land and scenery of this glorious region will make for an unforgettable experience. (Hotel/Breakfast)

Day Twelve to Fourteen: Bagan – you won’t want to leave!

Continued Bagan including journey to Mt Popa on last day..... (Hotel/Breakfast)

Day Fifteen: Fly to Ngapali – Ah – this is really natural beach!

Today we board our flight to Ngapali. It is said to have been named after the NAPLE of ITALY by a homesick Italian. There are only natural scenic beauty of the blue sea, white sand and the lovely sun. Time to relax on 3km of soft white sand fringed by coconut palms, or sip cocktails on the verandah as you watch perfect sunset. (Hotel/Breakfast)


Day Sixteen to Eighteen: Ngapali

Continued…. (Hotel/Breakfast)

Day Nineteen: Back to Yangon - Marvel the Amazing SHWE DAGON

This morning we depart for the airport and our flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival in this capital city, we transfer to our hotel. This evening we'll make a special visit to Great SHWEDAGON PAGODA, one of the most spectacular religious on earth. Witness the Golden Dome, covered with 60 tons of pure gold, glistening as the sun sets. (Hotel/Breakfast)

Day Twenty: Drive to Golden Rock – Are you fit enough to climb up?

Today we’ll leave for Kyaikhtiyo known as Golden Rock to the world, a massive, a gold leafed boulder delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff at the top of Mt Kyaikhto. Like Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon or Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay, Kyaikhtiyo is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Myanmar. At the base-camp ‘Kinpun’, either catch the open truck with bench up the winding road or if you are feeling energetic a chance to hike up 17km to top. All the tiredness along the way disappears once you reach the top since a spectacular view awaits there, especially at sunrise or sunset. It is said that on a clear day one can see the ANDAMAN SEA glistening in the distance. (Hotel/Breakfast)

Day Twenty one: Return to Yangon – See Bago en routeA huge Kyaikpun Buddha (BAGO)

Heading down the mountain we meet our car at the base-camp and drive back to Yangon. We visit the formerly Mon town of Bago en route. Some of the highlights there are SHWEMADAW PAGODA, over 2,000 years old and its spire is even taller than SHWEDAGON PAGODA, KANBAWZA THARDI PALACE of mid-16th century warrior King BAYINT NAUNG, and the 55 meter long reclining SHWE THALYAUNG Buddha Image, and KYAIK PUN PAGODA, four huge Buddhas seated back to back. (Hotel/Breakfast)

Day Twenty two: Drive to Thanlyin - an old Portuguese Settlement

Today is spent with a visit to Thanlyin, once an old Portuguese settlement and a major port, but now a sleepy village. We'll visit YELE PAYA, a Pagoda set on a tiny island in the river, RIVERSIDE MARKET and explore 17th century PORTUGUESE CHURCH in ruin. We'll drive back to Yangon passing through more than one kilometer long Thanlyin Bridge. The balance of the day is free. This evening, the management team of Myanmar Elite will host a special farewell Dinner with the variety of cultural show at Lakeview Theatre Restaurant adjacent to Kandawgyi Palace Hotel. (Hotel/Breakfast/Dinner)

Day Twenty Three: Depart Yangon

The morning is yours to relax or explore more of Yangon on your own. Here you have a chance to do some last minute shopping at more than 70-year-old BOGYOKE (Scott) market. Later this evening, you'll be transferred to Yangon international airport to connect with your return flight home and reminisce about the wonderful time you have had in the ‘Golden Land of Myanmar'. (Breakfast)

NOTE: Please be aware of that we'll endeavor to keep our programs mentioned as close as possible, however we reserve the rights to alter them without notice in case of unexpected changing or canceling of scheduled flights.


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