Journey into the Land of the Golden Pagodas on a 12-day adventure in Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2,200 temples and pagodas. Drift to the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk, and climb Mandalay Hill for lovely views of the surrounding countryside. With its warm people and mystical culture, find enchantment in Myanmar.
Visit the markets, monasteries, and
floating gardens of Inle Lake.
Cruise the Irrawaddy River to
ancient Bagan and explore this vast
Discuss daily life
with a Buddhist monk, and visit a
traditional palm farm.
Itinerary - 12 Days
Day 1 — Yangon
Arrive at any time today. Arrival transfer is included.
Days 2, 3, & 4 — Mandalay
Fly to the ancient city
of Mandalay to explore its highlights, including
the Golden Palace Monastery, Kyauk Taw Gyi
Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mahamuni
Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for views of the
surrounding countryside. The next day,
take a boat to the village of Mingun to visit its
pagodas and meet local craftspeople. Explore
the spiritual center of Burma at Sagaing and
the ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Enjoy
free time the next day to continue exploring
Day 5 — Bagan
Sit back and enjoy the sights
on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to
the ancient capital of Bagan.
Days 6 & 7 — Bagan
Explore the vast archaeological
zone of Bagan, which includes over
2,500 Buddhist temples, stupas, and monasteries.
Venture into fascinating sites, including the
gold-plated Shwezigon Pagoda and Gubyaukgyi
(Wetkyi-in) cave temple. Visit Kyansittha Umin
Monastery to discuss daily life with a Buddhist
monk. The next day, travel to the outskirts of
town to a village situated in the middle of a
toddy palm farm. Watch as local workers scale
the trees and harvest the juice of the palm fruit
and then process it into alcohol or molasses.
Opt to take a hot-air balloon ride. (2B)
Days 8 & 9 — Inle Lake
Travel by plane, bus, and
boat to serene Inle Lake, visiting Shwe Yan Pyay
Monastery and Nyaung Shwe along the way. The
next day, explore the lake by boat and visit floating
villages, a cigar factory, and the daily market,
with stops at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Nga
Phe Chaung Monastery. Along the way, visit
the home of a local chef and learn the basics of
Burmese cooking. Relax in this charming setting
on the lake and have a delicious home-cooked
meal. (2B, 1L)
Day 10 — Kalaw
Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Enjoy a walk, local lunch and explore with your guide. (1B)
Day 11 — Yangon
Fly back to Yangon and
encounter the gleaming stupas of Shwedagon
Pagoda, a soaring, gilded pagoda decorated
with more than 4,000 diamonds. Enjoy free
time to explore the old capital. Tonight, enjoy a lecture and farewell dinner at a G Adventures for Good-supported project: LinkAge Restaurant. This social enterprise, trains local youth for careers in the hospitality industry. (1B, 1D)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $1,789
Arrival transfer, internal
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed in
the itinerary. The optional hot-air balloon ride is
at an additional cost.
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range
hotels that reflect the local character (11 nights)
Meals Included 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. Allow
an additional $210–275 for meals not included.
Transportation Private bus/van, plane, boat
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.