Myanmar Round Trip

Discover golden temples and experience a sunrise balloon ride

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Myanmar has only recently become accessible to tourism and now invites you to enjoy its spectacular scenery, vibrant blend of ancient culture and abundance of hidden treasures. Myanmar is waiting to be discovered by you. We will show you Myanmar at its best by exploring hidden places and immersing you in the local culture. From stunning golden temples to colorful street markets and remote island communities, you'll discover the country from a local's perspective as you get to know the locals and their way of life. Exciting train rides, traditional longtail river boats and an exclusive balloon ride will allow you to truly understand and explore this magical country.
Travel duration
17 days
Price p. person
from 2750€
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Itinerary

Arrival
Arrival: Mandalay International Airport (MDL)
Arrival
Day 1
Day 1: Welcome to Myanmar! (Mandalay)
Day 1
Day 2
Day 2: Gold Gold Gold, Baby (Mandalay)
Day 2
Day 3
Day 3: Swimming in the waterfall (Pyin U Lwin)
Day 3
Day 4
Day 4: The breathtaking train ride (Pindaya)
Day 4
Day 5
Day 5: Sacred Cave & Young Monks (Inle Lake)
Day 5
Day 6
Day 6: Traditional Life & Exquisite Silk (Inle Lake)
Day 6
Day 7
Day 7: The first vineyard of Myanmar (Inle Lake)
Day 7
Day 8
Day 8: Swimming with elephants (Kalaw)
Day 8
Day 9
Day 9: 3000 temples & a colorful market (Bagan)
Day 9
Day 10
Day 10: Hot air balloon ride at sunrise (Bagan)
Day 10
Day 11
Day 11: The roads less traveled (Sa Lay)
Day 11
Day 12
Day 12: The island community (Sa Lay)
Day 12
Day 13
Day 13: The golden temple on the volcano (Naypyidaw)
Day 13
Day 14
Day 14: The Seat of Kings (Naypyidaw)
Day 14
Day 15
Day 15: The mystic sunset (Yangon)
Day 15
Day 16
Day 16: The ferry & the secret tip (Yangon)
Day 16
Day 17
Day 17: Goodbye Myanmar! (Yangon)
Day 17
Departure
Departure: Yangon International Airport (RGN)
Departure
Your Guide

Hey, I am Oliver

I have been working as a tour guide for more than six years and I can show you all the hidden places and incredible experiences. I would like to share with you my view of my home country, show you our culture, the way we travel and of course our food. We will also explore my favorite place in Myanmar together, Bagan. It is such a magical place, and you will surely be overwhelmed after the sunrise balloon ride. I'm really looking forward to meeting you and showing you my home country in a special and unique way. Until then!

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Flights are not included in the price. Please book your flights separately. We will be happy to help you with your flight booking.

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All our guests are vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition to the standard vaccinations according to the RKI, travel vaccinations against hepatitis A and poliomyelitis, and for long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies and Japanese encephalitis are recommended.

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Please note that the itinerary, activities and hotels may be subject to change. These changes may occur without notice due to availability, inclement weather, seasonal changes or other circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure that this has little or no impact on your experience.

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Arrival
Arrival: Mandalay International Airport (MDL)
Please remember to book your flights separately.
Arrival
Day 1
Day 1: Welcome to Myanmar! (Mandalay)
Arriving at the airport, you may feel a little lost amidst all the signs in the unfamiliar Burmese language. But don't worry, we have a private shuttle waiting to take you on your next adventure. You'll have the rest of the day to arrive, relax, or perhaps explore some of the city's sights already.
Day 1
Day 2
Day 2: Gold Gold Gold, Baby (Mandalay)
Mandalay, the second largest city in the country, is full of life on the streets and may seem chaotic at times. Nevertheless, the city used to play an important historical role, which explains the many golden statues, temples and pagodas. We will visit the world famous Mahamuni Buddha, whose gold layer increases every year, followed by the majestic Golden Palace Monastery with its impressive Buddhist wood carvings, golden motifs and glass mosaics representing the traditional Burmese architectural style. The evening is spent on Mandalay Hill, an ancient pilgrimage site, where our guide explains the significance of today's sights and we enjoy the view over the city.
Day 2
Day 3
Day 3: Swimming in the waterfall (Pyin U Lwin)
After learning how strongly Buddhism is still rooted in the culture and daily life of the locals, we leave the hustle of the city behind and our journey continues to Pyin Oo Lwin. You will definitely be surprised by the British colonial architecture that awaits us at a former hill station. After the short but mountainous drive, we will stretch our legs by exploring one of Myanmar's many waterfalls and taking a dip in the water. The tranquility will be a pleasant change from the busy streets of Mandalay. Afterwards, we can enjoy an optional carriage ride through the city. To prepare for tomorrow's adventure, we will rest in our comfortable hotel afterwards.
Day 3
Day 4
Day 4: The breathtaking train ride (Pindaya)
We will leave early to catch a traditional train that will take us through the breathtaking scenery of Shan State. You can expect a train full of locals and air conditioning that is typically run through open windows and doors. So hold on to your caps, let your hair blow in the wind and enjoy the ride. Along the way, we pass the picturesque Goteik Viaduct, where we are offered a fantastic view of the landscape and a breathtaking experience. The train slowly moves over the monorail built by the English in 1900, with a steep slope on both sides. It's an experience you certainly won't forget. For some, however, the car waiting for us on the other side may be a pleasant sight as it takes us to our hotel in Pindaya just in time for sunset.
Day 4
Day 5
Day 5: Sacred Cave & Young Monks (Inle Lake)
Today we will visit a sacred cave in Pindaya, a pilgrimage site famous for its countless golden Buddha statues stretching across a beautiful limestone cliff. Our journey to Myanmar continues to the peaceful Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, where we observe the tranquil lifestyle of novice monks. The warm colors, teak wood carvings and overall tranquility of this place make for a wonderful subject to photograph. The highlight of the day, however, will be our boat ride across the vast Inle Lake, home to a great many fishermen who still master the traditional and unique technique of single-leg rowing. You will be surprised what these men are capable of. When you arrive at our boutique hotel on the lake, you will have the opportunity to relax or explore the surrounding vineyards by bike.
Day 5
Day 6
Day 6: Traditional Life & Exquisite Silk (Inle Lake)
We'll use the day to cruise the lake in small boats and learn about the people, the local culture and some traditional crafts. From locals growing fruits and vegetables in floating gardens to fishermen rowing their boats with one leg, the people here have clearly adapted to their wet front yard. A particular highlight of the region is the local silk production. In an ancient Burmese tradition, local women weave silk by hand, using only a fabric made from lotus flowers. After a traditional lunch, we detour to Indein, a magical place on the eastern shore where countless half-collapsed pagodas form a beautiful picture. In the afternoon we return to our boutique hotel to rest and process the many impressive experiences.
Day 6
Day 7
Day 7: The first vineyard of Myanmar (Inle Lake)
You wouldn't necessarily expect Myanmar to be on the world's wine-making radar, but in recent years the country's 150 days of sunshine have created Myanmar's first vineyard. Tucked away in the fertile hillsides of Shan State, the owners have dedicated themselves to their pioneering work and are now eager to share their experience with us. We invite you to join us for an exclusive wine tasting as you overview the sprawling estate in the setting evening sun. For the rest of the day, we'll sit back and enjoy the pool at our hotel, process the many impressions we've gathered so far, and enjoy some well-deserved time off. After all, we're on vacation, right?
Day 7
Day 8
Day 8: Swimming with elephants (Kalaw)
Leaving the lake behind, we board a train bound for Kalaw, which travels through the southern part of Shan State, offering fascinating glimpses of the area. The train has scheduled stops where locals load various products onto the train to be distributed throughout the country. We have time during the stops to get off the train and watch the action. You might be surprised at what's being carried on the train. Spoiler: everything! In Kalaw, another former British hill station, we will leave the busy station behind and head to an elephant rescue center. In Myanmar, elephants are exploited as working animals in various industries. We will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of these animals first hand at the country's first international certified elephant care center, while supporting a great initiative that focuses on the welfare of these 'retired' elephants.
Day 8
Day 9
Day 9: 3000 temples & a colorful market (Bagan)
Today we are heading to Bagan - a city with almost 3000 breathtaking temples waiting to be discovered. We will board a small plane where the flight itself will be a little adventure. Once there, we'll dive right back into the bustling city life and visit the local market, where we're sure to come across some of the colorful products we saw on the train yesterday. Our guide will be happy to explain everything to you and you can taste the many foreign fruits you will find there. From the market, we'll head to the Shwezigon - an incredible gilded architectural wonder. At our hotel, we'll take a short breather and maybe jump in the pool before taking a horse-drawn carriage ride up winding roads to the temples.
Day 9
Day 10
Day 10: Hot air balloon ride at sunrise (Bagan)
To appreciate the beauty of a place, you sometimes have to change perspective and take a step back. But even better would be a sunrise flight in a hot air balloon to see the dazzling temples standing high in the lush green landscape, softly lit by the warm morning sun. An exclusive balloon for our group, followed by the long-standing tradition of a champagne breakfast, this excursion will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a highlight of the Myanmar trip. We will then continue to explore the most important and impressive temples that you may have already spied from above.
Day 10
Day 11
Day 11: The roads less traveled (Sa Lay)
Today we leave Bagan again and take the less traveled routes to Salay - a small town on the east bank of the Ayeyarwady River. On the way we will stop at a secret place, a local market where it is quite unlikely that we will meet other tourists. Let's try to keep this place a secret, okay? Not many people like to leave the comfort and splendor of Bagan, which gives us a unique opportunity to discover hidden treasures in Salay village and along the way. Our guide knows the area well! We will check into our beautiful guesthouse and stroll the streets at our own pace.
Day 11
Day 12
Day 12: The island community (Sa Lay)
After our hearty breakfast at the guesthouse, a riverboat will take us to an island where it looks like nothing has changed in over 100 years. You will have the opportunity to meet the locals in their homes, in the fields or in the only school on the island. It depends on the day, but maybe we will be lucky and witness a village celebration or even a wedding where everyone gets together and celebrates. Whatever the case might be, the island holds many hidden surprises waiting to be discovered. In the afternoon we will grab mountain bikes and ride with you to a village near Salay, where beautiful temples and monasteries scattered along the riverbank await our visit.
Day 12
Day 13
Day 13: The golden temple on the volcano (Naypyidaw)
As we jet through the country in our private bus, we will make a few stops along the way, such as the famous Mount Popa. A sacred pilgrimage site has been built on the summit of the country's only extinct volcano, offering us incredible views of the surrounding area while we enjoy our well-deserved lunch break. But beware of the monkeys! After traveling through Myanmar for two weeks now, it is only today that we will use the country's only real highway, which final destination is the capital Naypyitaw. We will stay here at the luxurious Aureum Palace Hotel, one of the most beautiful hotels in the country. How about watching the magnificent sunset from the pool?
Day 13
Day 14
Day 14: The Seat of Kings (Naypyidaw)
After spending a fantastic night at the hotel, we will explore some of the most important buildings of the capital, which is called the "Seat of Kings". The incredibly massive building complex of the national parliament may seem intimidating at first but still impressive after spending some time in the more rural parts of Myanmar. We will have an exclusive guided tour showing us the inside and outside of the Parliament, followed by a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda and possibly a visit to the Gem Museum. To end the day of exploration, there is nothing better than returning to our luxury hotel and enjoying the pool.
Day 14
Day 15
Day 15: The mystic sunset (Yangon)
In the morning we leave the capital and continue our journey to Yangon - the economic center of the country, but also a place where many different cultures, languages and religions meet. The large number of colonial buildings preserved in the city center are incomparable in the region and give the city an incredibly mystical atmosphere. The highlight of the day will be a walk between one of the holiest Buddhist shrines at sunset, when the sky is bathed in brilliant colors, illuminating the gold-covered temple in a multitude of hues. Never before on this trip has the sacred past been so closely intertwined with the modern environment.
Day 15
Day 16
Day 16: The ferry & the secret tip (Yangon)
Again, we will use new transportation methods to dive deeper into the local lifestyle. From Yangon, we will take a passenger ferry across the Yangon River to Dala. Starting in 2022, a bridge will connect to the cities as urbanization is expected to increase. So far, however, the city is rural and very well known for its various products, such as candles or wafers. We continue in style and authenticity by bicycle rickshaw. Afterwards, our last stop not far from Yangon is a real insider tip, where we can collect the last impressions of our trip. To conclude our time together in Myanmar, our guide will choose a suitable restaurant for our last dinner in Yangon.
Day 16
Day 17
Day 17: Goodbye Myanmar! (Yangon)
This morning, we'll head to the airport and you'll fly home or to your next vacation destination. If you would like to extend your stay and explore the area further on your own, we are happy to make suggestions for additional activities and sightseeing. See you on your next adventure! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Day 17
Departure
Departure: Yangon International Airport (RGN)
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