Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel. Today's sightseeing tour includes the old colonial-style city center with the gilded SULE PAGODA, dating back over 2,000 years, BOGYOKE (SCOTT'S) MARKET with hundreds of stores (closed on Monday) and a visit of a gems shop. The tour continues to CHAUK HTAT GYI, a huge reclining Buddha image followed by a photo stop made at KARAWEIK HALL, a royal floating barge. An extended visit to SHWEDAGON PAGODA, one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude the tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Lunch to own account. Myanmar cultural show and dinner at hotel. Overnight in Yangon
Day 2: Yangon - Bagan (B/L/D)
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to hotel and proceed for sightseeing starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, KU BYAUK GYI, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its spectacular panoramic view of the area's many monuments and ANANDA TEMPLE with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior.
Lunch is followed by a visit of a lacquer craftsmen's workshop in nearby MYINKABA village and sightseeing to MANUHA TEMPLE, built in Mon style in 1059, NANBAYA TEMPLE, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha and MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE, noted for its ancient mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. Observe sunset in the vicinity of Bagan's ancient monuments. Dinner at a riverside restaurant and overnight in Bagan.
Day 3: Bagan - Mount Popa - Bagan (B/L/D)
Optional morning program: Nature Dream is offering a unique opportunity to see the ancient city of Bagan as it has never been seen before. With 'BALLOONS OVER BAGAN' you get a magnificent birds-eye view of thousand year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. The champagne flights at sunrise last just under an hour and take off daily from October through March. The balloon is guided by gentle winds not exceeding 24 km/h. Eight/Six passengers plus a pilot fit into the balloon's basket. The price is USD 210.00 per person. Due to the limited capacity, advance bookings at an early stage are highly recommended. Booking code: BOB-BGN.
Proceed on a scenic overland journey to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with its shrine dedicated to animist spirits, known as "Nats". Lunch is served at the beautiful Popa Mountain Resort. For the energetic, there is time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Return to Bagan for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Bagan - Mandalay & Amarapura (B/L/D)
Transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival at the new Mandalay Airport proceed directly to Amarapura. Visit MAHAGANDAYON, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study; continue to the 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Visit of BAGAYA MONASTERY, with a superb collection of Buddha statues. En route stop at a traditional hand-weaving silk workshop. Drive to Mandalay and check-in at hotel.
After lunch, proceed on a comprehensive sightseeing tour including MAHAMUNI PAGODA with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, SHWE INBIN, one of the most outstanding monasteries in the country, SHWE NAN DAW KYAUNG or GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA, known as the world's largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. A visit is also made to a craftsmen's workshop to see Kalaga tapestries being created. Dinner and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 5: Mandalay - Mingun - Heho - Pindaya (B/L/D)
A boat trip on the mighty AYEYARWADDY RIVER takes us to MINGUN about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay where visits include the MINGUN BELL, weighing 90 tons and being the largest uncracked bell in the world, HSINBYUME PAYA and the unfinished MINGUN PAYA, built as one of the world's largest Chedis by King Bodaw Paya. Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Heho. A boxed meal including a drink is arranged for lunch.
Upon arrival in Heho, overland drive to PINDAYA (60 km - 1 ½ hours). Visit of the unique PINDAYA CAVES with thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over many centuries. Dinner and overnight in Pindaya.
Day 6: Pindaya - Inle Lake (B/L/D)
Proceed by road to INLE LAKE (90 km - 2 ½ hours) and by boat to the hotel on the lake. During today's excursion by boat on the picturesque Inle Lake we see the famous leg rowers, the typical floating gardens and local methods of fishing and village life. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant on the lake. Further visits are made to PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA, the weaving village of INPAWKHON and other interesting sights. The beauty of sunset over the Inle Lake enchants all visitors. Dinner and overnight on the lake.
Day 7: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B/L/D)
Visit of a colorful local market in the Inle Lake region, then proceed to Heho Airport (25 km - 1 hour). Lunch at a simple restaurant en route. Domestic flight to Yangon and transfer to hotel. Balance of the day at leisure to pursue individual interests. The guide and car remain at the clients' disposal for further sightseeing or shopping. Dinner and overnight in Yangon.
Day 8: Yangon - Departure (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure.