On arrival transfer and check in. Freshen up and we shall spend the day sightseeing, discovering tree-lined boulevards, colonial architecture, and shimmering stupas. See the 46 metre-high Sule Pagoda, wander through the National Museum and see artefacts including jewellery, opium weights and royal relics such as the eight metre high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king.
At sunset visit the gleaming gold Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred place in Myanmar with a history stretching back over 2500 years. Visually, it dominates the Yangon skyline and consists of a series of shrines, pavilions and spires, clustered at the base of a giant stupa, which itself is covered in over 60 tons of gold leaf. Also take in the Bogyoke Aung San Market, housed in an art deco style building, to shop for handicrafts and bargains from over 2000 stalls. Overnight in Yangon.
Breakfast. Fly from Yangon to Bagan. Nestled in the curve of the Irrawaddy River, spend the day exploring some of the 2,200 remaining temples including: the 11th century Shwezigon Pagoda, the Gu Byauk Gyi Temple at Wetkyi-Inn and a temple of the same name at Myinkaba, and the AnandaPahto, one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples.
Also explore the Manuha Temple, built in 1059 and enshrining the unusual combination of three seated and one reclining Buddha image, and the Shwesandaw Paya, the first monument in Bagan to feature stairways leading up from the square bottom terraces to the round base of the Stupa.
Guests will also visit a lacquerware workshop to learn about this difficult art. Close the day at sunset from a pagoda platform, enjoying panoramic views across the plains. Climb to a pagoda platform at sunset, for panoramic views across the plains. Overnight in Bagan.
Breakfast. Fly from Bagan to Mandalay and head to Amarapura, a former royal capital. Visit the Mahagandhayon Monastery, where everyday at mid-morning monks and novices line up to receive their daily offerings of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. See the picturesque U Bein Bridge, a teak bridge extending over 1km across Taungthaman Lake.
Travel back to Mandalay and visit the Mahamuni Paya and then continue to Shwenandaw Kyaung, or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace and was used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen.
Afterwards visit Kyauktawgyi Paya, famous for its huge seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Continue to Kuthodaw Paya, known also as "the world's biggest book". Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, housing tablets of marble numbering 729 altogether, and inscribed with the entire Tripitaka, or Buddhist scriptures. The final stop is at the teak monastery of Shwe In Bin Kyaung with its Burmese carved doors and beautiful paintings.
At sunset, climb the sheltered steps to the top of Mandalay Hill to see the views over the paya-studded countryside. Overnight in Mandalay.
Breakfast. Fly from Mandalay to Heho and transfer by road to Inle Lake, nestled among the Shan Mountains. Beautiful and calm, Inle lake's shore and islands host numerous villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people, famous for their one legged rowing technique. Explore the lake by boat to enjoy the spectacular scenery and also visit: Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, believed to be one of the holiest sites; Inn Paw Khon Village to see the art of silk weaving; and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, a wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake. Overnight in Inle Lake.
Breakfast. Travel by road to Heho and catch a flight to Yangon. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore more of the sights of the city. Overnight in Yangon.
Breakfast. Check out and transfer to airport for your flight back home.
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