The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 12 Days | Round-trip Yangon
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


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.

Trip Highlights

    • Visit the markets, monasteries, and floating gardens of Inle Lake.
    • Cruise the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan and explore this vast temple complex.
    • 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 Mandalay. (3B)

Day 5 — Bagan

Sit back and enjoy the sights on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to the ancient capital of Bagan. (1B)

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)

Day 12 — Yangon

Depart any time today. (1B)

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Activity Level


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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Cost Details

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

What's Included

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.

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.

Private bus/van, plane, boat

Optional Experience

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.