Columbus Travel, Myanmar’s Leading Tour Operator since 1993

 

Explore Myanmar’ main highlights with Glimpse of Myanmar and witness the legend Yangon, the ancient city Bagan scattering thousands of temples and pagodas, Mandalay surrounding ancients capital, the nature of Lake (Inle). Enjoy unique experiences of Myanmar in each destination.

Destination : Myanmar ( Yangon - Inle - Bagan - Mandalay )
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

 

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Overview

DAY 01: Arrival Day ( sightseeing around Yangon)
DAY 02: Free Day in Yangon
DAY 03: Yangon - Inle (AM flight)
DAY 04: Day Free in Inle Lake
DAY 05: Inle - Heho - Bagan
DAY 06: Free Day in Bagan (till the flight time) - Yangon (PM flight)
DAY 07: Bagan - Amarapura - Mandalay
DAY 08: Free Day in Mandalay (Departure)

Detail Itinerary

8 Days/ 7 Nights

Yangon - Inle - Bagan - Mandalay

Day 01: Arrival Day (sightseeing around Yangon) Meals (None)

yangon-23Meet with our guide who will greet you with a pack of welcome gift which includes a small souvenir, Myanmar Map and some stamped postcards of Myanmar’s sceneries. On the way to downtown, the first thing you will notice is the very clean and beautiful tree-lined roads and the well-groomed Inya Lake. Then you will realize why Yangon deserves the name “ Garden City of The East “.
Along the way, you can see the activities like; buses, trishaw, vendors, students, locals at the bus stop, etc…… After check in and refreshing, we start our tours at the city center where you will see how people of different faiths and cultures live together in harmony and peace for centuries. From afar, you can spot a pagoda shinning with pure gold plates on, that is the 2000 year old Sule pagoda. Just beside it, you can see the beautiful Bengali Sunni Jameh Mosque and then on the other side is the Immanuel Buptist church which was built in 1885. Then two minutes away by walk, you will reach the Ganesha Hindu Temple. Last but not least, the 120 years old Musmeah Yeshua Jewish Synagogue is about 5 minute’s walk from Sula Pagoda.
By viewing Yangon City Hall, we can learn the mixture of Burmese and Western architecture, it is facing to the Independent Monument which stands gracefully in the Mahabandoola Park , where Yangoners gather for relaxation and festivals and events. Next to the park, you can see the eyes catching Victorian style red building, the Supreme Court.
Continue exploring along the colonial area, there are many huge buildings by different architecture like Render House, Economic Bank, the office of Inland Water Transport, the District Court of Western Yangon, Myanmar Port Authority and the Custom House. The Strand Hotel and the General Post Office can be also seen along the Strand road. And then, on up north, you can see the oldest Armenian church from 1863, the Secretariat and St. Mary Cathedral of 1911.
After that, going to Kandawgyi lake, walking on the wooden bridge to see the panoramic view to the glittering Shwedagon and Karaweik hall reflection on the lake.
In the late afternoon, head to the Shwedagon pagoda which is covered with tons of gold blocks 9 not gold leaf ) and thousands or diamonds and other precious stones. Visiting Shwedagon is not just to see the tradition, belief and custom but to enjoy the real life of locals like sellers of flowers, birds ‘ food, fortune tellers, families and friends praying etc. We intentionally chose to be here in late afternoon because the temperature is cool and after sunset, everything is illuminated as a magic land. After that, back to the hotel and overnight at hotel.
Note;( Bogyoke market is close on Monday and gazette holidays)
Day 02: Free Day in Yangon Meals (B)

Today is a free day so you can explore Yangon with your own pace or you can just relax at the hotel to enjoy your holiday with full privacy.

Optional tours for Yangon

We have some optional tours in case you want to use our services today. These tours are not inclusive in the price so please inform us in advance if you want to take one of them.
Tour 1: Day return trip to Bago ( an old city of 16th century to see some cultural site as well as the beautiful countryside)

Tour 2: Day return trip to Thanlyin ( Syriam), to see the remains of the 16th century Portuguese mercenary Filipe de Brito who established the Portuguese territory here. This tour includes the village of National Races which is on the way between Yangon and ThanLyin.

Tour 3:  Half day sight-seeing to Dala, a lovely town located on the other side of Yangon river.

Tour 4: Two Days/ one Night trip to Kyaik Hti Yoe( Golden rock), where the Pagoda is built on a bolder hanging on the cliff. Can also enjoy great scenery along the way and stop at some small towns to interact with townsfolk and see some cottage industries.

Tour 5: Day return trip to Twan Te via the 35 Km canal which was built during the British time. This small town is famous for the pottery business which is done by a few families since several generations.

DAY 03: Yangon - Inle (AM flight) Meals (B)

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After breakfast at the hotel, transfer airport for your flight to Heho to explore Inle Lake, the jewel of Shan State. Meet with your guide at Heho airport and transfer to Inle Lake. On the way, we can see morning market if the day we arrive falls on the scheduled market day. Inle Lake locates 875 meters above the sea level and is only place you can see unique leg-rowers and floating gardens which are made from lake weeds and mud. During the lake tour, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the lake, fishing canoes using special methods for fishing and collecting seaweed, lakebed mud to make floating gardens. We will also see a lot of floating gardens on the way to the visit of Nga Phe Chaung monastery ( also known as Jumping Cat monastery ). After that, going to He ya ywa ma village to see the famous floating market and then proceed to visit the Cheroot making the place and carpenter’s workshop to see how they built a boat. Silk weaving and making lotus fabric of Inle of Inpawkhone village is so popular that you should not miss to see them. In the late afternoon, visit the most famous Paungdaw Oo Pagoda. Return to the hotel and overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Day Free in Inle Lake Meals (B)

Today is a free day so you can explore the surrounding of Inle lake with your own pace or you can just relax at the hotel to enjoy your holiday with full privacy.

Optional tours for Inle Lake

We have some optional tours in case you want to use our services today. These tours are not inclusive in the price so please inform us in advance if you want to take one of them.
Tour 1: Morning balloon ride to see the sunrise and the panoramic view of Inle Lake

Tour 2: Day return trip to Indein, the hidden treasure of Pa-O ethnic tribes to be amazed by a complex containing more than 1,500 ruin pagodas in the forest and on the way back to visit Khaung Daing Village to see making of Tofu, crackers, candies, roasted peas, etc

Tour 3:Three days/ two nights trip to Loikaw( Kayah State), to see the colorful tribes. The boat from Inle lake will bring you to another beautiful lake called Phekhone lake and then proceed by car to Loikaw so you will have chance to enjoy the picturesque views of both the lakes and mountains.

Tour 4: Day return trekking to Tha Le Oo village to see the farm of garlic and Mine Thauk village

Tour 5: Day return trip to Taung Gyi and Kakku

Tour 6: Cooking Class and lunch at Viewpoint Lodge

Day 05: Inle-Heho-Bagan Meals (B)

bagan-22After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to ancient Bagan. Fasten your seat belt! You are on board the time machine flying back to the 9th Century !.

Meet with our guide on arrival and then drive to archeological zone to see incredible panoramic view of Bagan, after that, going to the morning market to see local activities. later to Shwezigon Pagoda a prototype of later Myanmar stupa by sandstone and you can learn how the people of Bagan changed from Animist to Buddhist since in 11th century . Then going to Wet-gyi-in village to see Gubyaukkyi Temple with fine mural paintings of Jataka scenes.

Afternoon sightseeing tour continues with visits to lacquerware industry where you get to appreciate the real meaning of “ Hand Made”. All the small details are drawn free hand and it take months to finish a small item but years for a large one. You won’t really appreciate the workmanship until you see how they do it! We proceed to Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha images, a captive king's impression of life in prison; Nanpaya, an Early-style temple with the finest stone carvings.

In the evening , visiting the Ananda Temple, which is famous for the smile of 11th century standing Buddha and architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross and then going to a nice place for sunset. Return to hotel and overnight at hotel.

Note;( Although it has spots lights installed in the temples, it is advisable to bring your own torchlight to see mural paintings and stone carvings in details..)

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In Bagan there are more than 2000 temples & stupas. Indeed it is difficult to cover all temples within limited time. Therefore we have carefully selected only some major temples for you in order to avoid hectic tourism. But if you want to see more temples, just let your guide or driver knows. They can show you as much temples as possible within your stay.)
 
Day 06: Free Day in Bagan (till the flight time) - Yangon (PM flight) Meals (B)

sale-01Bagan is a perfect place to do your own exploration. So we leave you to be on your own today. Take a Bike or Horse cart or simply just walk. Bagan is always amazing!

Optional tours for Bagan

Of cause we are always at your service in case you want to use our services today. These tours are not inclusive in the price so please inform us in advance if you want to take one of them.
Tour 1:Sunrise Champagne Balloons flights over century-old Pagodas.

Tour 2: Visiting local villages, Phwa Saw village to see how the village is benefiting from to its community based Tourism activities.

Tour 3:Photo tours with our expert photo guide. Just after the rainy season, October and November is the best time to take photo in Bagan and surrounding.

Tour 4: Day trip to Mt, Popa to enjoy the beautiful scenery and on the way back to visit the families who make jaggery from Toddy palm. You can even sample the toddy beer if you are adventurous enough!

Tour 5: Day return trip to Salay- Popa trip. Salay is famous for Yoke Sone Kyaung because of its thousands of detailed carvings telling history of Buddha’s life.

Tour 6: Cooking class and lunch with a local family.

Tour 7: Day return trip to Pakhokeku for sightseeing and sunset boat ride in Ayerwaddy river

Day 07: Bagan - Amarapura - Mandalay Meals (B)

mandalay-10After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay( Tada-Oo International Airport). ( Mandalay was the last capital for Burmese kings, it is still an important capital for trading with China and is well known for a variety of handicrafts like stone carving, wood carving, bronze casting, embroidery, silk and weaving.)

Meet with our guide on arrival, and then proceed to U Bein’s bridge, it is the longest teak bridge in the world. Then a short visit to Gold foil making workshop. Later, transfer and check-in your hotel and relax for a short time, Afternoon sight-seeing begins with Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the World's Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures. And then continues to Mandalay Hill, a vantage point for a panoramic view of the city and a spectacular sunset view. Going up-hill by car ( by truck for groups ) and then escalator /elevator to a vantage point for a panoramic view of the city and spectacular sunset view. For the one who likes walking, it is worth to have a stroll up the hill enjoying the panoramic view from different angles.

Return to hotel and overnight at hotel
 
Day 08: Free Day in Mandalay (Departure) Meals (B)

mandalay-hillToday is a free day so you can explore Mandalay with your own pace or you can just relax at the hotel to enjoy your holiday with full privacy.

Optional tours for Mandalay

We have some optional tours in case you want to use our services today. These tours are not inclusive in the price so please inform us in advance if you want to take one of them.
Tour 1:Day return trip or 2 days one night trip to see the fishing village Myin zun ( Here we will look out for the Ayarwaddy Dolphins and learn how they work together with local fishermen and share the catch with each other )

Tour 2: Day return trip to the beautiful hill station of former British administrative , Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) to see colonial buildings and Kandawgyi Botanical Garden.

Tour 3:Day return trip to Hsithe village to see the lifestyle of villagers and fishermen.

 
Have a Nice Day!
Alternative Tour (Arrival Mandalay - Departure Yangon) is also available. Please contact us for more details.


Service

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Service Includes
  • Accommodation with Breakfast (Twin Sharing Basic)
  • Domestic airfares
  • Transfer & Sightseeing with Private A/C coach or car
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking station Guide fees
  • Express boat from Mandalay – Bagan
  • Boat fees
  • Airport pre check in for international flight.
Service Excludes
  • Visa fees for Myanmar
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Beverages
  • International flights
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Any other item not mentioned in service includes
 

Low Season (From 1st May 2015 to 30th September 201)

No. of Guests 2 Guest 3-4 Guest 5-6 Guest 7-14 Guest 15 Guest+1FOC
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High Season (From 1st October2015 to 31st March 2016)

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