2017-18 SEASON
Aug 2017 - Apr 2018

12 Day Discovering Myanmar

Collette Exploration starting in Yangon and finishing in Yangon

Small Groups South East Asia Tours Collette Asia Tours
Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Collette's 12 Day Discovering Myanmar. Immerse yourself in the magic of Myanmar. This fascinating country is home to endless natural beauty and impressive architecture. Its deep history is astounding, and its culture is captivating. Discover the most revered Buddhist temple in...read more

Overview

Operator: Collette
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Style: Exploration
Duration: 12 Days
From: Yangon to Yangon
Tour Code: COL557
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Myanmar
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$ 3,779
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Day By Day

1

Yangon, Myanmar - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, a quiet and colorful city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. Stay: Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake (2 Nights)
2

Yangon

We start the day with a stroll through the city center and the colonial district. Stop at the impressive Mayor’s Hall and beautiful Mahabandoola Park. Next, set out on the Yangon Railway, a circular train that the locals use every day. This slow travelling train gets you up-close to the vibrant lifestyle of the people who call this place home. Disembark at the Scott Market and enjoy time to explore. This afternoon, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although its origins are unclear, the local legend states that the structure was built 2,500 years ago, then renovated several times, finally taking shape in the 15th century. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers. (B/L/D)
3

Yangon - Heho - Pindaya - Inle Lake

A short morning flight brings you to Heho. From there we head to Pindaya Cave, home to more than 8,000 Buddha statues. Carved in wood, stone, marble and bronze, these works of art are a wonder to behold. Afterwards, visit Shan paper production cottages where handmade papers are produced from mulberry bark pulp that is sun-dried. You’ll also see how the oiled paper umbrellas that are used by monks and nuns are made. Travel to Nyaung Shwe, stopping en route at the Shwe Yan Pyay, an old wooden monastery. Stay: Inle Resort (3 Nights) (B/L/D)
4

Inle Lake

Board your private motorboat to head out on tranquil Inle Lake and be surrounded by one of Myanmar’s most spectacular panoramas. Inle Lake is the only place in the world where you can find people who propel their boats by "leg rowing." Pass villages built on stilts and inhabited by the local Intha people. Intha farmers grow flowers and vegetables in floating beds of water hyacinth and grasses, staked to the shallow lake bed with bamboo poles. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and visit floating villages and gardens. Later, visit the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. (B/L)
5

Inle Lake - Indein - Inle Lake

Spend time at one of the lake’s morning markets. This rotating market moves around the lake’s villages in a five day rotation, frequented by lthe Pa-O, Danu and Intha locals who come to sell and trade their wares. Continue by boat to the Indein Pagoda Complex, an archaeological site with hundreds of Shan-style pagoda standing on a slope of the hill. Some of the pagodas date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Then we take a short trek to Indein village to mingle with the Pa-O people and the villagers of Indein. (B/L/D)
6

Inle Lake - Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin

Fly to Mandalay and ascend to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (also known as Maymyo), filled with colonial-era buildings. There is an interesting mix of residents here including various ethnic tribes as well as many Nepalese and Hindu who migrated here during the British occupation. Explore the peaceful National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens, reminiscent of Britain’s great gardens. This horticultural wonder features 432 acres of botanical species from around the world. Feel like you have stepped back in time during a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park. Stay: Aureum Resort (B/L/D)
7

Pyin Oo Lwin - Gokhteik - Mandalay

Board a train for a journey across the Gokhteik Viaduct, built more than a century ago by the Pennsylvania Steel Company, and considered a masterpiece of steel trestle construction. Take in spectacular scenery as you travel over a nearly 100-foot-deep gorge in the Shan mountains. Then, return to Mandalay to relax or explore on your own. Later, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda. Known as “the world’s largest book,” it is surrounded by 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. Proceed to the Golden Palace Monastery, once part of the palace complex where King Mindon lived. Stay: Mandalay Hill Resort (2 Nights) (B/L)
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Mandalay - Mingun - Sagaing - Amarapura - Mandalay

Board your boat and travel on the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River bustling with longtail boats and bamboo rafts. Upon arrival on the western bank, visit the unfinished Mingun Pagoda. Built between 1790 and 1797, the pagoda was split by an earthquake in 1838. Pause along the way to see the famous Mingun Bell, the world’s largest intact bronze bell. Continue on to the stunning, pure-white Hsinbyume (Myatheintan) Pagoda and the Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda where you will find some of the best panoramic views of the valleys and river. Visit Sagaing, a town at the foot of the Sagaing Hills, dotted with hundreds of pagodas, monasteries and nunneries quarters. Make a stop in the traditional village of Amarapura, a former capital of Myanmar. Behold the picturesque U Bein Bridge, a 200-year-old bridge constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the Inwa Palace…this is the world’s longest teak span. When time permits, we’ll venture to the glittering glass-studded temple atop Mandalay Hill to take in the evening glow and watch the sunset. (B/L/D)
9

Mandalay - Monywa - Pakokku - Bagan

Our first stop this morning is Monywa where you will visit Thanbodday Pagoda complex, spectacular with its multicolored spires and more than 580,000 Buddha images, all in seated or standing poses. Next, stop at Bodhi Tataung complex where massive golden Buddhas, reclining or standing, gaze serenely over the Chindwin Valley. Later we head to Pakokku and visit Ma-U village to learn about the incense stick industry. Cross the Ayeyarwady River by boat on our way to Bagan, the capital of Myanmar during the 11th - 13th centuries. Set on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, Bagan is home to the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world. Stay: Hotel at Tharabar Gate (3 Nights) (B/L/D)
10

Bagan

Bagan’s rulers constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River. Gain insight into the city’s rich history during a sightseeing tour featuring the colorful Nyaung Oo local market and stops at pagodas and temples along the way. Then, discover the amazing Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Finish the day with a visit to one of the larger temples and pause to take in the unforgettable sunset, a truly magical experience. (B)
11

Bagan - Mount Popa - Bagan

Today, drive through the plains to Mount Popa, an imposing sight of sheer rock topped with golden stupas from the monastery that sits on its peak. Along the way, a stop will be made at a toddy palm grove to see a skillful climber collecting sap from the top of a swaying tree. Here, learn about the palm sugar making cottage and taste this traditional sweet treat. Next, visit a local community to experience Myanmar village life. You’ll also have the opportunity to see and perhaps make the 25-minute climb to the top of Popa Taung Kalut, an imposing summit that looks like a tower shaped out of a volcanic eruption some 250,000 years ago. Next, visit Popa Mountain Park to see Myanmar’s traditional medicine plant garden. Tonight, say farewell to this magical region during a farewell dinner. (B/D)
12

Bagan - Yangon - Tour Ends

Return to Yangon for your flight home. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Exclusive to Collette

  • Discover Pindaya Cave, home to more than 8,000 Buddha statues.
  • Travel aboard the Yangon Railway, a circular train that the locals use every day.
  • Visit the Indein village and come to know the Pa-O people.
  • Explore tranquil Inle Lake by private motorboat to discover its spectacular setting.
  • Enjoy time in the traditional village of Amarapura.
  • Take a carriage ride through the National Kandawgyi Gardens.

What's Included:

  • A professionally planned itinerary
  • Strategically located hotels (4 stars and above)
  • The services of a professional tour manager
  • Expert local guides who provide insider knowledge
  • Attraction & museum entrance fees with preferential access
  • All on-tour gratuities (excludes on-board cruise gratuities)
  • Unparalleled sightseeing
  • Enriching cultural experiences
  • Breakfast every day and over 50% of dinners
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Attraction & museum entrance fees with preferential access
  • Wi-Fi available on tour

Activity Level

  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.

Flight Information

  • Arriving Flight: The closest arrival airport is Yangon Airport (RGN) Airport, please make sure your flights arrive before 12:00am
  • Departing Flight: The closest departure airport is Yangon Airport (RGN) Airport, please do not book flights departing earlier than 5:00pm on the last day

Trip Notes

  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Roundtrip Home to Airport Chauffeur Drive Service

  • Chauffeur service is included for all air-inclusive tour bookings. This personalised service is included within a 40km radius from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and Hobart airport gateways. Service is available between 41-70 kms for a small fee.

 

Optional Activities

The optional activities below can be pre-booked & included in your trip quote.

Hot Air Balloon

Location: Bagan. Cost: $466.
A short journey in a vintage bus brings you to the launch site which reveals the team preparing the balloon against a backdrop of ancient temples shrouded in mist. The balloon is guided by gentle winds for a serene and peaceful bird's-eye view of ancient...read more

Day Room Yangon Airport Hotel - DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Location: Yangon. Cost: $54.
Take advantage of your own room for the day at the Yangon Airport Hotel where you can rest, recoup and reorganize during your final hours on tour before your evening flight. If booked prior to the tour, a room will be made available upon arrival into...read more

Day Room Yangon Airport Hotel - SINGLE OCCUPANCY

Location: Yangon. Cost: $107.
Take advantage of your own room for the day at the Yangon Airport Hotel where you can rest, recoup and reorganize during your final hours on tour before your evening flight. If booked prior to the tour, a room will be made available upon arrival into...read more

Operator Details

Region: Asia
Style: Exploration
Accommodation: 4+ Star
Location: Various
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 5 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: All Included in Price
Max Group Size: 24 (Avg. 20)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Collette for trips in Asia. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
2017-18 SEASON
Aug 2017 - Apr 2018

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