The Crossing of Myanmar (10 Days / 9 Nights)

Yangon – Mandalay – Saging – Amarapura – Mingun – Bagan – Mont Popa – Heho – Pindaya – Lake Inle – Heho – Yangon

Day 01 – BANGKOK – YANGON

Welcomed by our experienced guide and transfer to hotel and leisure.

Green city marked out lakes with the carefully landscaped banks, Yangon is full of vigor and vibrancy. Visit Chaukhtatgyi pagoda and of its great Buddha laying whose colossal stature is fortunately softened by the good-naturalness of its expression!

Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch, an extended visit to the Shwedagon pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude the tour of this pictures garden city. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters.

Dinner and OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

Day 02 – YANGON – MANDALAY – SAGAING –
AMARAPURA – AVA – MANDALAY

Breakfast.

Transfer to Yangon airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival proceed to Sagaing, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, to enjoy a magnificent view over the surrounding area.

Then stop with the Pagoda Soon U Ponnya Shin to benefit from the panorama.

Lunch is taken at local restaurant .

After lunch, continue visit to the former royal capital of Ava, reached by a short boat trip. Visits by horse-drawn carriage to Nanmyint Watch Towerthe remains of the palace building nicknamed “leaning tower of Ava”, Maha Aungmye beautiful monastery built of brick and stucco and Bagayar Monastery, famous for its impression ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Return to Mandalay. Departure for Amarapura and continue to the 200- years –old U Bein Bridge, built in 1782  at the time of Amarapura was the royal capital ,entirely constructed by teakwood.

Dinner andOVERNIGHT AT HOTEL..

Day 03 – MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY

Breakfast at hotel.

An excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River will take you to Mingun (45min approximately). Visit one of the world largest bell, weighing 90 tons Mingun Bell,Hsinbyume Paya and the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the largest zedis by King Bodawpaya. Return by boat to Mandalay.

Lunch on boat during visit.

At the afternoon, visits with the Shwenandaw monastery (or Golden Palace monastery) a superb example of a tradition work, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Proceed to Mandalay Hill for sunset viewing.

Dinner at local restaurant.OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

Day 04 – MANDALAY – BAGAN

Breakfast at Hotel.

Early morning transfer to Jetty. Cruise to Bagan by private boat.
(8 hrs cruising). Enjoy cruising experience in River Irrawaddy by boat.

Picnic Lunch on board.

Very comfortable boat, it invites to idleness and contemplation. Since the long chairs of the higher bridge we discover new activities along the river; some fishermen collect their nets, of the boat-towers go up in neutral of long teak boats… We may see the ways of life in each village; women and children come to propose to us to drink or eat, or all kinds of things that testify magnificently to the originality of the local arts and crafts.  Arrival to Bagan at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight at hotel 

Day 05 – BAGAN

Breakfast.

Day devoted to discover of Bagan “the mystic” extraordinary archeological site which do not have anything to envy that of Angkor with its 3000 temples and pilot pink brick stupas of the apogee of the Buddhist architecture of Myanmar. starting a sightseeing tour with a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, and discovered temples Shwegugyi, Gawdawpalin and colored market located at Old Bagan.

Afterwards, lunch is taken at Bagan Beach restaurant with puppet show.

After lunch visit Ananda Temple, with its four huge standing-Buddha images and numerous seated figures that are arranged around the interior gallery and  Gu Byauk Gyi Temple ( under the protection of UNESCO), noted for its ancient mural paintings. Observe a sunset in the vicinity of Bagan’s ancient monuments.

Dinner at the local restaurant and OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

Day 06- BAGAN – MONT POPA – BAGAN

Breakfast at hotel.

Continuation of the visits of Bagan with the discovery of the ruins of the Royal Palacedoor of Tharabatemple of Tayok Pye. Visit a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village.

Lunch is taken at local Restaurant.

Then, a 45 km drive (1 ½ hour) will take you Mount Popa. An extinct volcano with spectacular views. Its shrine is dedicated to animist spirits knows as “Nats” and you will have time to climb nearly 800 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. Return to Bagan.

Dinner is taken at local restaurant. OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

Day 07 – BAGAN – HEHO – PINDAYA

Breakfast.

Transfer to Nyaung U airport for domestic flight to Heho.

Departure by the road (2h30 approximately) for the caves of Pindaya, an interesting long way up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice.

Pindaya is especially famous for its natural caves in which ones were stored, with the passing of the centuries the donations of the pilgrims is more than 8000 statues of Buddha out of wood, alabaster, marble, cement. An occasion to discover the evolution that knew the representations of the Buddha through the time.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Visit magnificent Pindaya cave set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are a display in the various cave chambers. Continue visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols.

Dinner and OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

Day 08 – PINDAYA – INLE LAKE – INDEIN

Breakfast.

Drive by road to Inle Lake (90 km-2 ½ hours). Idyllic framework, blotted around the mountains, the Inle Lake is a punctuated blue oasis of villages on pile, temples and monasteries. You can discover the life of the lake: it’s surprising floating vegetable gardens, fixed on the bottom of the lake by large poles of bamboo; its fishermen inthas, principal ethnic of the lake, which ancestral mode of fishing, with a bow net and while rowing with a leg, is the unique in the world.

You can walk in the village and visit the old pagodas which were built in 12th century.

Inn Dein, located on south-western bank of the principal lake, In Dein close it village one can say that it is the most picturesque part of the lake Inle. The brook which leads to the village is animated with various activities on its banks. In-Dein village is used as principal door to approach the western part of the lake and to discover the close villages situated on the hills.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Visit monastery Nga Phe, also called “monastery of the jumping cats” since its monks drew up cats to be jumped inside rings. This monastery out of wooden, built on pile, and contains an astonishing collection of statues of Buddha. Visit Pagoda Phaung Daw Oo, one of the most scared shrines in Myanmar, dating back to the 18th century, and visits some of its many artisanal factories of weaving of silk, cigars…

Dinner and OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

Day 09 – HEHO – YANGON

Breakfast.

Transfer by the road for Heho airport (1h) and for flight back to Yangon. Continuation of the visits Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years ago and the Botataung Pagoda. Then, walk through China Town that houses along the facades are decrepit colonial buildings, an abundance of small shops, street vendors and canteens street. Lunch free.

A stop at Bogyoke (Scott) Market gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar’s wide range of handicrafts.

Dinner at Shweshan Kan restaurant. OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

Day 10 – YANGON – BANGKOK

Breakfast. 

Leisure time until the transfer to the airport. Lunch free.
Transfer to the international airport, assistance with the formalities of recording and take-off bound for Paris.

Note-1:  The order of the visits and excursions are subject to change according to the local imperative (flight time).   If some visits and excursions are not possible, we try to reply the other sites. Note-2: We advise you strongly to be inscribed the individual insurance of the duration of your stays in Myanmar.