Off the Beaten Track, 16 days

Day 1     YANGON
Upon arrival, welcome by the local guide at Yangon airport, transfer and check-in at the hotel. Note: Rooms are available from 2pm. A short orientation tour is arranged to have a glimpse of the unique charm of the capital. Visit Sule Pagoda, the Chinese and Indian quarters. Walk in the colonial area to discover its ancient buildings: the old post office, the famous Strand hotel and Yangon’s harbor. End the day by the visit of the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, with its golden dome dominating the skyline of the city. The site is considered as one of the most important pilgrimage sites in South-East Asia.
Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2     YANGON - PYAY                              (B/L)
After breakfast, depart by road to Pyay (approximately 6h), located about 260 km from Yangon. This charming riverside town was founded in the nineteenth century for commercial purposes to facilitate trade between the north and south of Myanmar. Upon arrival check-in at hotel located on a lakeside. Lunch is at local restaurant. Then visit a pagoda in the archeological site hiding one of Buddha's hairs, followed by a walk through the colonial buildings of the city in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Pyay.

Day 3     PYAY                                     (B/L)
After breakfast, the day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the ancient Pyu’s cities, listed in 2014 as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Sri Ksetra is located about 10 km east of Pyay, the actual ruins of this archaeological site used to be the ancient capital of Pyu’s kingdom. It was founded in the fifth century under important Indian and Buddhist influences. Return to the city centre for lunch at local restaurant. Early afternoon, stroll through the city and the local market. Then transfer to Tone Bo village and cruise (approximately 1 hour) to Akauk Taung site where Buddha images are embossed directly on the rock wall along the Irrawaddy River.
Overnight in Pyay.

Day 4     PYAY - BAGAN                                                 (B/L)
After breakfast, depart by road towards the archeological site of Bagan (approximately 7h). Lunch at local restaurant. Arrive late afternoon and check-in at hotel.
Overnight in Bagan.

Day 5     BAGAN                                                  (B/L)
After breakfast welcome by the local guide in the lobby of the hotel. Stroll through the lively market of Nyaung U. Then visit Shwezigon Pagoda and its elegant and golden stupa which became a model for all other stupas built in Myanmar. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon is dedicated to the visit the main monuments of Old Bagan: the Royal Palace ruins, Tharabar Gate, Ananda Temple, a Burmese architecture masterpiece with four huge Buddha statues and Ananda Okkyaung, one of the last brick monasteries. The day ends by a lovely horse cart ride (around 1h30) to enjoy the fabulous view from the top of a pagoda.
Overnight in Bagan.

Day 6     BAGAN – MOUNT POPA – SALE – BAGAN                                    (B/L)
After breakfast, excursion to Mount Popa (approximately 1h30), ancient sanctuary, center of the Burmese pilgrimage, perched on a rocky peak, considered the home of the 37 guardian spirits of the country, the “nats". There are 777 steps to climb before arriving at the monastery on the top, in the company of curious monkeys. Mount Popa is actually the nearby volcano that has created this rocky peak, which exact name is Taung Kalat. By midday lunch at the Popa Mountain Resort with a beautiful view on the rocky peak and Bagan’s countryside. Continue by road to Sale, where more than forty monuments dating from the thirteenth century are scattered in the countryside. Visit Kyaung Yokesoe monastery, probably the most beautiful monastery in Myanmar. Cruise back in the late afternoon to bagan by local boat.
Overnight in Bagan.
Note : According to the water lever, the return trip from Sale may be arranged by road.

Day 7     BAGAN - KANPETLET                      (B/L)
After breakfast, transfer to Bagan’s pier and cross the Irrawaddy River by local boat. Depart then by road and by jeep (approximately 7h) to reach Kanpetlet. The area is inhabited by ethnic minorities from Chin State: Dai, Yindu Daa, Upu and Ng'Ya; but also enjoys spectacular scenery on the Burmese countryside. Lunch at local restaurant. Arrival in the late afternoon and check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Kanpetlet.
Note: Accommodation at the Lodge offers a limited and very simple comfort without hot water.

Day 8     KANPETLET                                          (B/L)
After breakfast, visit the Munn Chin ethnic minority villages. Discover their ancestral customs and traditions. Chin people belong to one of the first Tibeto-Burmese migrations and are animist.  After visiting the shaman of the village, climb to the peak of Mount Victoria (around 4h30 of trekking, going up and coming down). Lunch during excursion. Overnight in Kanpetlet.
Note: Accommodation at the Lodge offers a limited and very simple comfort without hot water.

Day 9     KANPETLET - BAGAN                      (B/L)
After breakfast, the day is dedicated to the return to Bagan by road. Lunch at local restaurant. Arrival in the late afternoon and check-in at the hotel.
Overnight in Bagan.

Day 10      BAGAN – PAKKOKU – MONYWA                               (B/L)
Early in the morning, after breakfast, transfer to Bagan Ayar pier and embark on a private boat for a 2 -hour cruise on the Irrawaddy River to reach Pakkoku, a prosperous city owing to the cotton and tobacco trade. Welcome by the local guide and drive along the West bank of the river towards Monywa (approximately 3h). On the way stop to visit the abandoned archaeological site of Ma Oo Le, usually fogotten by tourists. Lunch at local restaurant. Arrive in the late afternoon and check-in at hotel.
Overnight in Monywa.

Day 11     MONYWA – POWING TAUNG – MONYWA – SAGAING – MANDALAY                (B/L)
After beakfast, stroll around the Monywa local market and visit Thanbodday and Boddhitahtaung pagodas. Cross the Chindwin River to reach the Powin Taung caves. The caves feature thousands of frescoes and unique sculptures in Southeast Asia, the most ancient ones from the XIIth century (Bagan period). Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, depart by road towards Mandalay (approximately 3h), located about 135 km from Monywa. Along the way stop on the sacred site of Sagaing (about 20 minutes). Sagaing hill is dotted with temples and pagodas with white and gold domes among century-old tamarind trees. Arrive in the late afternoon and check-in at the hotel.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 12     MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – AVA – MANDALAY                          (B/L)
After breakfast, the day is dedicated to the discovery of the ancient capitals. First stop in Amarapura, an ancient capital 12 km south of Mandalay. Meet with craftsmen renowned for weaving traditional silk clothes then cross the famous U Bein wooden bridge. Drive towards Ava Island before crossing the river by boat. Enjoy a horse cart ride through the former princely city. Visit Maha Aungmyay Bonzan monastery and the beautiful wooden monastery of Bagaya. Lunch is at local restaurant. In the afternoon return to Mandalay. Visit the pagoda of the great sage Mahamuni. This site of intense devotion for monks and Burmese people is a very important stop on the pilgrimage route in Myanmar. The day continues by the visit of Shwenandaw monastery, former part of the Royal Palace building, entirely built of teak wood and Kyauktawgyi Pagoda with a sitting Buddha carved from a single block of marble. Stop in a traditional gold leaf workshop.
Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 13     MANDALAY / HEHO - KALAW                   (B/L)
After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay airport for the flight to Heho. Welcome by the local guide at the airport and transfer by road through the beautiful and typical countryside of the Shan State to reach the peaceful town of Kalaw (approximately 2h), a former British colonial hill station. Lunch at local restaurant. Nestled in the Shan mountains at 1300m altitude, Kalaw was built as a hill resort by the British seeking respite from the high temperatures of Yangon and Mandalay. At Kalaw and in its vicinity, you will enjoy the picturesque green landscapes, the welcoming atmosphere and witness the way of life of different mountain tribes wearing remarkable traditional clothing. After checking-in, stroll in the village to discover the beautiful surroundings.
Overnight in Kalaw.

Day 14    KALAW - INLE LAKE                        (B/L)
After breakfast, stroll through Kalaw’s local market. Board the local train towards the town of Shwe Nyaung (caution: train schedules are random, if waiting is too long, the trip will be arranged by road). The train ride between Kalaw and Shwe Nyaung last approximately 4 hours. This picturesque trip will allow the visitor to mingle with the locals and witness their daily life. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of smiling peddlers, the rustic train rocks passengers back and forth, patience and a sense of humor are necessary to fully enjoy this experience! From arrival railway station, transfer to Nyaung Shwe (approximately 45 min). Enjoy a walk in the village before a late lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer and check-in at hotel. If time permits, depart for a first exploration of Inle Lake and its surroundings on board of a motor-boat.
Overnight at Inle Lake.

Day 15     INLE LAKE – SAGAR – INLE LAKE                        (B/L)
After breakfast, depart by motor-boat to Sagar, in the heart of the Shan State. Along the journey, the boat passes several lake villages, including those of the Shan, Pa-O and Intha minorities. Observe the life style of its inhabitants and the unique style of fishermen rowing the boat by standing and rolling one leg around the paddle while holding their cone shape fishing basket. Stop at the Taung Toe Village where one can see several 16th century pagodas. Arrive in Sagar after 4 hours cruise, a forgotten archeological site, on the south of Inle Lake. Sagar was flooded in the middle of the 20th century. The impressive remains of a majestic past are nestled in the hills or buried under water: stupas, temples and pagodas taken over by wilderness are prisoners of time and vegetation. Lunch is during excursion. Overnight in Inle Lake.
Note: The complete duration of this excursion is 8 hours.

Day 16     INLE LAKE - HEHO / YANGON                                      (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Heho airport and flight to Yangon. Welcome upon arrival by the local guide. If time permits, free time shopping at the Bogyoke Market (closed on Mondays and holidays). Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to the airport for the departure flight.
End of our services.
Note: Due to Heho/Yangon morning flight schedule, an international connection flight is possible only from 1pm.

Accommodation in shared double or twin room at selected hotels
Transfers in a private air-conditioned vehicle as per program
English speaking guide for each area except during free time
Entry fees for all sightseeing visits as mentioned in the program
Domestic flights Mandalay/Heho-Heho/Yangon and airport taxes
Meals as mentioned in the program: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch and (D) for dinner
Government taxes (VAT, etc.)

Visa for Myanmar
International flights and airport taxes
Meals, drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned

NOTE Program subject to change without prior notice due to airlines unexpected changes of flight schedule or cancellation

Departure date
E.g., 24 Mar 2018
Price dates: 
Monday, May 1, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017
Price table: 

Product table

Product ID Title Maturity Room Price
1320 Off the Beaten Track, 16 days (Adults, Double)
1321 Off the Beaten Track, 16 days (Adults, Single)