Our Nature Dream's guide willmeet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel. Today's Yangon sightseeing tour includes the old colonial-style city center with the gilded SULE PAGODA, dating back over 2,000 years, CHAUK HTAT GYI, a huge reclining Buddha image and KARAWEIK HALL, a royal floating barge where a photo stop is made. 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. Cultural show and dinner at hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon - Heho - Nyaung Shwe (N/A)
Transfer to airport for domestic flight to HEHO. Proceed by road to INLE LAKE (25 km - 1 hour). An excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg-rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. Lunch at a local restaurant on the lake. Further visits are made to PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, the weaving village of INPAWKHON and other sights. Dinner and overnight in NYAUNG SHWE.
Scenic journey to PINDAYA (90 km - 2 1/2 hours). Visit PINDAYA CAVES, unique for the thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over many centuries. Transfer to HEHO airport (65 km - 1 1/2 hours) and domestic flight to MANDALAY. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 4: Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay (N/A)
Excursion to Amarapura, 15 km from Mandalay. Visit MAHAGANDAYON, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study; continue to 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Visit to BAGAYA MONASTERY, with a superb collection of Buddha statues. Before returning to Mandalay, stop at a traditional hand-weaving silk workshop en route.Lunch is followed by 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 jetty to observe daily life at the river and to a craftsmen's workshop to see Kalaga tapestries being created. Sunset from MANDALAY HILL. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 5: Mandalay - Bagan (N/A)
After an early breakfast, start for a boat journey on the AYEYARWADDY RIVER to BAGAN.Boxed lunch is served on board. On arrival, transfer to hotel and if time permits proceed for a short orientation tour of Bagan.
Dinner at hotel and overnight in Bagan.
Day 6: Bagan (N/A)
Nature Dream is offering an amazing experience to see the ancient city of Bagan as it has never been seen before. With 'BALLOONS OVER BAGAN' you get a magnificent bird's eye view of thousand year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. The campagne 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.
Full-day sightseeing tour 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.After lunch, visit of a lacquer craftmen's workshop in nearby MYINKABA village. Continue 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 BYAUK GYI TEMPLE, noted for its ancient mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. Proceed to BUPAYA PAGODA or MINGALA ZEDI STUPA to watch sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River. Dinner at a riverside restaurant and overnight in Bagan.
Day 7: Bagan - Yangon (N/A)
Transfer to airport for return flight to YANGON, upon arrival in Yangon, proceed to the hotel for check-in. The completion of Yangon sightseeing includes KABA AYE (WORLD PEACE) PAGODA, MAHAPASANA GUHA CAVE, where the Sixth Buddhist Synod took place and Yangon's oldest Chinese temple. Dinner and overnight in Yangon.
Day 8: Yangon - Departure (N/A)
Transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure.