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The Four Jewels of Myanmar

9 days/ 8 nights

Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake

Classic tour

from 970 USD/ pax
Is it possible to properly appreciate the charm of Myanmar in less than 10 days?

If you are running on a tight time budget, our Myanmar in 9 days itinerary is a convenient pick that you can’t afford to forgo. Remarkably comprehensive yet expertly paced, this journey would render you bewitched with the unorthodox beauty of Myanmar’s famed ‘big-four’.

Wonder what awaits you in your coming Myanmar in 9 days?
  • Yangon City with the illuminating 2500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda
  • The beautiful temple-strewn plain of Bagan whose thousand religious monuments cast reflection on the legendary Irrawaddy River
  • The last royal capital of Mandalay; the vigorously throbbing cultural heart of Myanmar
  • Inle Lake, the little paradise on Shan Plateau


Arrival in Yangon, welcomed by our driver and transfer to hotel in the downtown. Free time for your own discovery of the city to discover the daily life of local residents. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Start your city tour with the center of Yangon to be immersed into the charming colonial city:
– Board the local “circular train” that goes around the city to observe the vibrant and colorful life of Yangonnais.
– Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and its great Reclining Buddha whose colossal stature
– Continue with the National Museum, the country’s principal cultural museum, which houses an extensive collection of Burmese artifacts.
– When the sun moves slowly westward, stroll along China Town housing decrepit colonial buildings, an abundance of small shops and street vendors .
– End the day with an extended visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, rises up to 99 meters. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, welcomed by our guide and transfer to the hotel. Day dedicated to the discovery of Bagan, the most impressive archaeological site in Asia, a unique architectural heritage in the world.
Enjoy the visit to main temples and pagodas by horse-cart and car: Ananda, one of the most remarkable and venerated temples throughout Myanmar with four standing Buddhas, Dhammayangyi, the largest structure of Bagan dating back to 19th century, Thatbyinnyu, the highest pagoda of the whole Bagan… Late aftrnoon, climb up to a tall temple to watch the sunset and enjoy a panoramic view of the pagodas plain. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Embark on the morning by a visit to the colorful and lively market of Nyaung U, authentic with its wide variety of goods namely vegetables, meats, crafts and clothes. Back to Bagan, then transfer to Min Nan Thu village and Phwa Saw village, well-noted for the traditional craft of oxcart wheel-making and lacquer ware, two of the best-known handicraft of Myanmar. Stop at a family lacquer ware workshop to watch their producing process.
In the afternoon, board a wooden boat for a short cruise to the outskirts of Bagan where you will delve into the peculiar countryside atmosphere of Kyun Thiri, a small “island” village where time stands still! Take a break at a family house for a cup of tea before visiting the surroundings and the beautiful teak monastery by the riverside. Cruise back to Bagan after an excursion out of the time! Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Greet the morning by boarding a boat tour to Pakokku along the Irrawaddy River (about 2h on boat), an amazing opportunity to experience life on the riverside with the local markets, gardens and traditional villages. Pakokku is well noted as the important commercial center of tobacco and thanaka. First visit a manufacturing factory of cheroot (Burmese handmade cigar) and the local market where sells thanaka (one type of cosmetic made from a local tree which is widely used by Burmese women and children). Afternoon, meet our driver and head up to Mandalay. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

Day dedicated to explore the cultural capital of Burma. Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, Mandalay is known as the last royal capital of the country until the British arrived in 1885. Visit Royal Palace, a spectacular architecture by its dimensions. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, recognized as the world’s largest book with its 729 engraved marble steles and Shwenandaw Monastery with intricate carved teak panels, the most significant building in the history of Mandalay.
Move on the route to Inwa , one out of four ancient capital cities around Mandalay. Take a horse-cart tour around the ruins of Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery (Me Nu Oak Kyaung), Bagaya Monastery and Nanmyint Watch Tower. Continue to Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’ for a walk along the 200 year-old teak bridge U Bein. Enjoy the fabulous views of surrounding farms and Taungthaman Lake showered in sunset. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho. On arrival, drive to Inle Lake, an enthralling watery world of Shan state. Contiune to a canoe tour to Indein, enjoy the riverside landscapes along the picturesque stream where water buffaloes are bathing with tranquil villages nearby. On arrival, climb up the hill where the ancient pagodas complex Indein has been located since 17th century. Explore the local craft of Inle Lake such as: the weaving village of
Inpawkhone, the Ywama Floating Village where goldsmith and silversmith are born. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, the monastery of jumping cats (as your wish). Overnight at hotel in Inle.

Morning join a bike tour along the lakeside of Inle to explore the modest and peaceful life of the residents. On the way, stop at Red Mountain Estate Vineyard and Winery to visit the grapes plantation and enjoy some local wine. It must be a very memorable experience for you to be immersed in the romantic atmosphere of sunset tie (budget on your own). Afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight back to Yangon. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Free time before the transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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The price is determined based on twin/ double room (2-star). For single supplement, please contact us!

Number of people6 pax4 pax2 pax
Price per person$1290$1050$970
What's included
  • The company and service of an English-speaking guide at each region
  • Meals mentioned in the program
  • Private transfers with driver; 2 bottles of water/person every day
  • All excursions and visits mentioned (entry fees included)
What's not included
  • International flight tickets from/to your country
  • Visa-on-arrival to Myanmar
  • Tips, personal expenses and other services not mentioned
  • Other not mentioned in the tour

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