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Tailor Made Myanmar: Land of Pagodas & Stupas


9 Days from $5,495

Private Journey

Travel with your private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Journey, departing when you choose and with expert local guides leading the way; you can even customize the itinerary to your interests.

Experience the best of Myanmar, from tranquil Inle Lake to the thousands of stupas in Bagan, pausing to explore Shwedagon Pagoda with its shimmering gemstones; ascending Mount Popa, where you walk among the devout; and discovering the bustling Five Day Market as colorfully garbed locals procure their daily necessities.

A&K Advantages

Soar above thousands of pagodas and capture the photographs of a lifetime on a magical hot air balloon ride

Explore Shwedagon Pagoda, a fantasy of golden stupas, serene Buddhas and mythical beasts

Glide tranquilly through the floating gardens and villages of Inle Lake

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Yangon, Myanmar
Day 2
Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda
Day 3
Bagan | Stunning Stupas
Day 4
Bagan | Mount Popa
Day 5
Mandalay | Buddhist Relics
Day 6
Inle Lake | Scenic Surrounds
Day 7
Inle Lake | Five Day Market
Day 8
Yangon | Explore Your Way
Day 9
Depart Yangon

Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.

Day 1
Arrive Yangon, Myanmar

Arrive in Yangon, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

The Strand Hotel
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Day 2
Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda

Spend the day exploring Yangon. Walk inside the hallowed Botataung Pagoda, where a golden casket containing a hair and two other relics of Buddha were found. At the bustling Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market, wander amid 1,640 shops and stalls filled with everything from handicrafts to jewelry and clothing. After lunch at a local restaurant, pay a visit to the Reclining Buddha Pagoda, a pavilion housing a colossal 230-foot statue, the sole of its foot a glass mosaic representing the 108 special characteristics of the Buddha. Later, set off to see the sunset at the breathtaking Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most beautiful — and sacred — sites in all of Myanmar. The exterior of the stupa is plated with 8,688 solid gold slabs, its tip set with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies, sapphires and topaz. A huge emerald sits in the middle to catch the first and last rays of the sun.

The Strand Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Bagan | Stunning Stupas

This morning, fly to Bagan. Explore Nyaung Oo Market, where the locals meet to buy and sell vegetables, clothing, china and lacquerware. Continue on to the Shwezigon Pagoda, erected to house the Buddha’s collarbone, frontal bone and tooth. Then, proceed to Kubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its murals and pyramidal spire. After lunch, see the Htilominlo Temple, taking note of its murals, friezes and horoscopes, painted to protect the building from damage. Afterward, climb into a horse cart for a ride to the Ananda Temple, the best-preserved in Bagan. Discover Ananda Olkaung, the largely intact remains of a monastery complex with mural-adorned walls depicting Burmese life from the 11th through 13th centuries. Stop at a lacquerware workshop to discover how this art developed.

Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Bagan | Mount Popa

After breakfast, embark on an excursion to Mount Popa, a dormant volcano with a Buddhist monastery at its summit. The monastery is a popular pilgrimage site for the devout. Walk among them as you explore the sacred locale. After lunch, stop in ancient Salay to learn more about its unique style of wooden architecture and Buddhist monastic life. Return to Bagan, passing through small villages, where you observe the gentle pace of daily life.

Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5
Mandalay | Buddhist Relics

Fly to Mandalay, seeing Mahamuni Paya and its sacred Mahamuni Buddha image. An object of devotion, it has been covered in gold leaf by devout Buddhists. Visit a bronze casting workshop before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to the carved, teak Shwenandaw Monastery. Donated to Buddhist monks in 1880, it is the only building from the original royal palace complex still standing after the destruction of World War II. Then, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which features 729 marble slabs on which the entire Buddhist canon is inscribed. Later, pay a visit to Mandalay Hill, which soars above the surrounding countryside.

Rupar Mandalar Resort
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
Inle Lake | Scenic Surrounds

Transfer to the airport and fly to Heho, where you are met and whisked to scenic, enchanting Inle Lake, its crystalline shores dotted with over 100 monasteries and 1,000 pagodas. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, with its five gold-leafed Buddha images, continuing to Ngaphechaung Monastery, built on stilts over the lake. After lunch, admire the fascinating “floating gardens,” a glimpse into how residents grow flowers and vegetables in unique fashion. Proceed to Inn Paw Khone Village, meeting with residents to witness traditional ikat weaving techniques firsthand. At Nam Pan Village, interact with locals as you immerse yourself in traditional village life, visiting a boat builder’s workshop, blacksmith shop and cheroot making factory, where you can try your hand at making a cheroot — a fabled Burmese cigar.

Inle Princess Resort
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Inle Lake | Five Day Market

Begin your day at the lively, floating Five Day Market, where you see regional hill tribe people in traditional dress bartering for goods and produce. Held at five different sites on the lake itself, tools, ornamental carvings, textiles and cheroots are sold from small boats. This afternoon, visit charming In Dein village, reached by a beautiful pathway that leads to Shan-style stupas. The village is best-known for its many ancient pagodas, which were designed in an array of shapes and sizes and remain in varied states of preservation. While some have been restored, others exist in their original crumbling state.

Inle Princess Resort
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Yangon | Explore Your Way

Fly back to Yangon, where you sit down to lunch, followed by sightseeing of your choosing alongside your guide.

The Strand Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9
Depart Yangon

Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Enhance your Journey

Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.

Sacred Ceremony

Attend the 1,000 Oil Lamps ceremony at Shwedagon Pagoda, which illuminates this spectacular sacred site at dusk.

Sponsor a Young Monk

Assist a young Burmese boy becoming a Buddhist monk by sponsoring the novitiation ceremony, or shinbyu, which - joined with festivities in the village - marks his entry into the monastery.

Sandbank Dinner

Set out on a sunset cruise past teak dwellings on the Irrawaddy, followed by dinner and a cocktail on Bagan's picturesque sandbanks.


Priced from $5,495 for January - March 2017

Pricing is on request for travel starting September 24 - December 7, 2017

Internal air economy class from $475 (Yangon/Bagan/Mandalay/Heho/Yangon)

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy for 2017. Please call for 2018 pricing. Additional supplements may apply for travel over holidays, festivals and special events. Itinerary not available May 26 - June 25. Subject to availability.

 

 

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