Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan

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MYA02: 7 Days Mandalay - Bagan - Yangon

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Welcome pick up at Mandalay Airport
Welcome to Mandalay, the second largest city of Myanmar. Upon your arrival at the airport, our tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city and get ready for your Burma itinerary 7 days.

Accommodation: Eastern Palace Hotel (4 stars)

Day 2: Mandalay classical full day tour with U Bein Bridge
Your 7-day private Myanmar tour literally starts today. Our guide will firstly take you to the Mahamuni Pagoda, famous for a bronze consecrated Buddhist statue covered with gold. The temple also consists of Buddhist pagodas in different styles, including bell-shaped ones and pyramid-like stupas which are rarely seen in the south of Myanmar.

Then, our guide will take you to Mahargandaryone Monastery, the most important Buddhist Academy in Myanmar. You will see thousands of monks of the temple walking along the street at about 10 am in order to collect alms from local disciples. They will then go back to the temple to have their meal together. At noon, you will have lunch after going across the City Harbor Bridge.

In the afternoon, our guide will escort you to visit the Sagaing Nunnery. After that, you will be taken to the top of Sagaing Hill to appreciate the full view of the city. Then, our guide will lead you to the U Bein Bridge. Built in 1856, the bridge is the longest wooden bridge around the world with a length of 1,200 meters (1,300 yards). We will cruise on the river to enjoy the scene of sunset.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Eastern Palace Hotel (4 stars)

  • Mahargandaryone Monastery
    Mahargandaryone Monastery
  • Sagaing Hill
    Sagaing Hill
Day 3: Mandalay cruise trip to Shwenandaw Kyaung
Today you will have a full day tour of Buddhist pagodas in Mandalay. After breakfast, our guide and driver will take you to a dork. Then, cruise along the Irrawaddy River to the Ancient Mingun City.

Upon arrival, our guide will firstly lead you to the Mingun Pagoda. Although only one third done, it is still the biggest ancient pagoda in Myanmar with the rectangle body in yellowish-brown. Next, we will visit the 90-ton weigh Mingun Bell, the largest well-preserved bell in the world that is still in use. Our guide will then escort you to Settawya Paya, built in 1811 by the King Bodawpaya (1745 - 1819). After that, the guide will lead you to the Hsinbyume Pagoda, which was built to commemorate the first Queen of King Bagyidaw (1784 - 1846). The white pagoda has 7-floor wavy base, like a huge cream cake by a view from afar.

We will cruise back to Mandalay City at 13:00 and visit Shwenandaw Monastery. It used to be the bedchamber of the king and queen, but is now one of the teak-made religious institutions in Mandalay. The whole temple has three floors constructed with square roofs and double eaves. The base of the building is supported by hundreds of teak trunks. Every corner of the building is carved with complicated and detailed patterns and sculptures. Continue the tour to the Kuthodaw Pagoda. It keeps 729 steles carved with Buddhist scriptures, and is regarded as the largest book around the world.

The last spot of today's tour is the Mandalay Hill, the highest hill of the city with an altitude of 231 meters (758 feet). Standing on the top of the hill, you can have a bird's-eye-view of the whole city and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Eastern Palace Hotel (4 stars)

  • Mandalay, Myanmar
    Golden Paoda at Mandalay
  • Mandalay Hill, Myanmar
    Mandalay Hill at sunset
Day 4: Fly to Bagan, Half day tour with Shwesandaw Pagoda
This morning, continue our Mandalay to Bagan tour. You will be escorted to Mandalay Airport for your onward flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, our experienced tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.
Then, our guide will lead you to the Mani Sithu Market. Here you can buy all kinds of vegetables, fruits, foods, necessities and clothes. You will experience the local custom and life of Bagan and enjoy the fun of bargaining with the vendors.

The next destination is the Shwezigon Paya, one of the four famous Buddhist pagodas in Myanmar and the largest Buddhist pagoda in Bagan. It is the only one built by stones in Bagan and is covered by a layer of gold foil. The pagoda is over 40 meters (130 feet) high, and is surrounded by 53 big sculptures of lions, toad, crocodile... Then, our guide will take you to the Htilominlo Temple. Walking in the temple, you will see four Buddhist sculptures in each floor, facing the four directions. Next spot is Nat Taung Kyaung Monastery, which is famous for its beautiful and detailed wooden carvings.

After that, our guide will take you to the last site of today's private Bagan tour: Shwesandaw Pagoda, which is the highest pagoda in Bagan. Staying at the top of the pagoda, you will have a bird's-eye-view of the whole Bagan Plain. Then you will appreciate the stunning sunset from a boat before heading back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort (4 stars)

Day 5: Bagan highlighted full day tour with Ananda Temple
Today we will arrange a whole-day trip to the Old Bagan and the first spot will be the Ananda Temple. Built in 1105, Ananda Temple is the best constructed temple in Bagan, also called the First Buddhist Pagoda of this place. The whole temple is constructed in the shape of a square, which symbolizes balance and harmony.

Then, our experienced guide will take you to the Thatbyinnyu Pahto, the highest building of Bagan and one of the early double-deck pagodas. After that, you will go to the Nanpaya Temple with the company of our tour guide. It is a temple of Hinduism with the inside walls laid of fired bricks while the outside walls are made of sand-stones. Our guide will then lead you to the Manuha Temple. The most impressive relics of the temple are the three Huge Buddhist Statues - a lying Buddha and two sitting Buddha statues.

After that, the guide will take you to some lacquer shops and see all kinds of beautiful lacquer handicrafts. Then, you will be guided to the Gubyaukgyi Temple. Built in 1113, it has lots of well-preserved wall paintings of Buddha. Near the temple is Myinkaba Village where you can get to know the life of the local people. The village is also a famous lacquer handicrafts 'factory'. You can pick some favorable items and see how these artworks are made as well.
The last spot today is the Pyatthat Gyi Temple.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort (4 stars)

  • Thatbyinnyu Temple
    Thatbyinnyu Temple
  • Ananda Temple
    Ananda Temple
Day 6: Fly to Yangon, Half day tour with Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda
Today our guide will escort you the airport. When you arrive in Yangon, our tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

The first destination of your private Yangon tour is the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple. Built in 1907, the temple consecrates the biggest indoor reclining Buddhist statue of Myanmar with a height of 5.4 meters (17 feet) and a length of 20 meters (65 feet). Then, you will be taken to the Sule Pagoda, sitting at the city center. The pagoda, with an octagon base, is best known by keeping the sculpture of the Guardian God - Sule. Next, our guide will escort you to the Maha Bandula Park, which was built for memorizing a national hero named Bandoola General.

The last spot of your Myanmar itinerary 7 days is the Shwedagon Pagoda, the holiest Buddhist site of Myanmar. The body of the pagoda is covered with gold and hung with thousands of gold and silver bells, shining in the sun. A farewell dinner with dance show is served at a fine restaurant to conclude today's private Yangon tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Rose Garden (4 stars)

Day 7: Yangon Departure, Airport see-off
Your 7 days tour Myanmar itinerary of Mandalay - Bagan - Yangon will end today. Our guide will pick you up at the hotel and then take you to the airport for your leaving flight. We hope you have spent a good time during the trip.

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Prices

10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before

Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec$1309 $1178$1159 $1043
May-Sep$1219 $1097$1069 $962
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Economy class airfare of Mandalay - Bagan; Bagan - Yangon.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out Myanmar.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Myanmar Visa Fee.
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