Arrive at Yangon Airport. Welcome by Nature Dream guide and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing starts with Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha), Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge on the Royal Lake for a photo stop. Late in the afternoon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, described by Somerset Maugham: "The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city." Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, temples and Buddha images and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Enjoy the sunset over the pagoda. In the evening time, visit Chinatown. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Yangon - Mandalay (by Express Train) (N/A)
After breakfast visit World Peace Pagoda which was built at the same time when the sixth synod was held, then proceed to Mae Lamu Pagoda which is popular because of it's many Buddha images, monk statues and other images and statues. Continue to Kyaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a reclining Buddha image), Sule Pagoda and to the downtown area where you can find colonial buildings and witness the daily activities of the local people. At 17:30 p.m. transfer to Central Railway Station; overnight train to Mandalay at 18:30 p.m. (reclining seats).
Day 3: Mandalay (N/A)
Morning arrival in Mandalay. Transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing includes visits of Arts and Crafts Center such as marble cutting, woodcarving, jade grinding and gold-leaf making. Continue to Mahamuni Pagoda. Afternoon sightseeing: Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; Atumashi Monastery (Incomparable Monastery) and Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as 'The World's Biggest Book' for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures; finally climb Mandalay Hill for the sunset. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Mandalay - Minngun - Sagaing - Mandalay (N/A)
Approximately 07:30 a.m. drive to the jetty and cross the Ayeyarwaddy River (appr. 1 hr). Excursion to Mingun, noted for its huge unfinished pagoda and the enormous "Mingun Bell", the largest ringing bell in the world. Back to Mandalay by boat and drive over Ava Bridge to Sagaing, 21km southwest of Mandalay, to visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, an enormous dome-shaped pagoda. Visit silversmith home industry and proceed to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Sunset at U Bein Bridge in Amarapura and come back to Mandalay. Overnight at hotel.
After a day river cruise on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River you reach Bagan. Thousands of decaying pagodas rise majestically from the plains a create a timeless scene, saluting a glorious past. On arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 6: Bagan (N/A)
After breakfast enjoy the whole day at the most extensive archeological site in Asia. Bagan has over 5,000 temples and pagodas of various sizes in varying status of repair spread across the plains. Some you can walk to, others are best visited by bicycle or local pony cart. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Bagan - Inle Lake (by Air-con Bus) (N/A)
After breakfast drive to Nyaung Shwe (appr. 7 hrs). On the way you can visit Meiktila Lake and the villages along the way to see how hilltribes in Myanmar live and to witness their daily activities. On arrival at Nyaung Shwe transfer to hotel.
Day 8: Inle Lake (N/A)
After breakfast full-day excursion on Inle Lake (25 km); view the famous "One leg rowers", typical floating gardens, local fishing methods and witness the village life. Continue visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. After lunch proceed to the weaving village of In Phaw Khon and on the way back visit Nga Phechaung Monastery, cheroot making home industry and then return to Nyaung Shwe. Overnight at hotel.