National Geographic Journeys

The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

  • Duration 12 Days
  • Group Size Small Group
  • From $3,499 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview

Journey into the Land of the Golden Pagodas on a 12-day adventure in Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2,200 temples and pagodas. Drift to the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk, and climb Mandalay Hill for lovely views of the surrounding countryside. With its warm people and mystical culture, find enchantment in Myanmar.

Trip Highlights

Talk with a monk about Buddhism and daily life, learn the basics of Burmese cuisine with a cooking demonstration from a local chef, travel past floating villages on tranquil Inle Lake, explore the pagodas and monasteries of this ancient land

Itinerary - 12 Days

Day 1 Yangon

Arrive any time today. An arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 Yangon/Mandalay (1B)

Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city, including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

Day 3 Mandalay (1B)

Take a boat to the village of Mingun to visit the pagodas and local craftspeople. Visit the spiritual centre of Myanmar at Sagaing and the ancient royal capital of Amarapura.

Day 4 Mandalay (1B)

Continue exploring Mandalay and take some free time on your own.

Day 5 Mandalay/Bagan (1B)

Relax and watch the sights on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan.

Day 6 Bagan (1B)

Explore the ancient sites of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-in) cave temple, and Manuha and Nan Paya temples. Also visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery where we have a talk with a monk on Buddhism and daily life.

Day 7 Bagan (1B)

Travel to the outskirts of town to a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch as the locals scale the trees and harvest the juice of the palm fruit and then process it into alcohol or molasses. This morning, opt to head out before sunrise and embark on an unforgettable hot-air balloon flight over the temples and plains of Bagan. Pre-book the "Balloons Over Bagan" activity on the checkout page to include this optional on your tour.

Day 8 Bagan/Inle Lake (1B)

Travel by plane, bus, and boat to serene Inle Lake. En route, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, and observe floating villages and gardens.

Day 9 Inle Lake (1B, 1L)

Explore the lake by boat and visit the morning market, floating villages, and a cheroot factory, as well as the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda and Inthien temple complex. Along the way, visit the home of a local chef and learn the basics of Burmese cooking. Sit back and relax in this charming setting on Inle Lake and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal.

Day 10 Inle Lake/Kalaw (1B)

Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon.

Day 11 Kalaw/Yangon (1B, 1D)

Fly back to Yangon and visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, then take some free time to explore and shop in the old capital. Tonight, enjoy a lecture and farewell dinner at a G Adventures for Good-supported project — LinkAge Restaurant. This social enterprise trains local youth for careers in the hospitality industry.

Day 12 Yangon (1B)

Depart any time today.

The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

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