Day 1 Yangon
Arrival at Yangon airport, meet on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free time at leisure
Overnight in Yangon
Day 2 Yangon
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer from/to Yangon to golf course. A round of golf at the Yangon Golf Club (18 holes incl. caddy) - built in 1909 by the British, the Yangon Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Town. It features a clubhouse with a local restaurant. Every year, the PGA Asia Tournament is played here. Late afternoon, complete your day in Myanmar with an extended visit one of the world’s most spectacular monument the Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset
Overnight in Yangon
SHWEDAGON PAGODA: the highlight of any visit to Yangon, this pagoda dates back about 2500 years and was built to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha. Its original shape has changed beyond all recognition over the centuries. Its bell-shaped superstructure, resting on a terraced base, is covered in about 60 tons of gold leaf, which is continuously being replaced.
Day 3 Yangon - Bagan
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for domestic flight from Yangon to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. After refreshment, continue the day with one round of golf at the Bagan Golf Club (18 holes incl. caddy). Late afternoon, visit the oldest cylindrical Pyu-style stupa Bupaya which is located on the bank of the Irrawaddy and watch the sun set over Bagan
Overnight in Bagan
BUPAYA: right on the bank of the Irrawaddy, this cylindrical Pyu-style stupa is said to be the oldest in Bagan. Local residents claim it dates to the 3rd century. The distinctively shaped bulbous stupa stands above rows of crenellated terraces.
Day 4 Bagan
After breakfast, continue sightseeing Bagan, visit the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda - built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine, Gubyaukhyi Temple at Wetkyi-Inn - the great colorful painting about the previous life of Buddha and the distinguished architecture make this temple an interesting site for a visit, Ananda Pahto - one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Gubyaukgyi Temple - a temple with superb murals of Jataka scenes, Manuha Temple - was built by King Manuha in 1059, it enshrines the unusual combination of 3 seated and one reclining image Buddha and visit Shwesandaw Paya to enjoy significant view over Bagan.
Overnight in Bagan
BAGAN is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Irrawaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.
SHWEZIGON PAYA: King Anawrahta started the construction of the Schwezigon Pagoda to enshrine some relicts of Buddha. The construction was finished by his successor, King Kyansittha between 1086 and1090. Originally the Shwezigon Pagoda marked the northern end of the city of Bagan. The stupa's graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all-later stupas over Myanmar.
GUBYAUKHYI TEMPLE at Wetkyi Inn: this Temple was built in the early 13th Century and repaired in 1468. The great colorful painting about the previous life of Buddha and the distinguished architecture make this temple an interesting site for a visit. This temple is not to be confounded with the Gubyaukgyi Temple in Myinkabe.
ANANDA PAHTO: one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Thought to have been built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, this perfectly proportioned temple heralds the stylistic end of the Early Bagan period and the beginning of the Middle period.
GUBYAUKGYI TEMPLE at Myinkaba: built in 1113 by Kyanzittha's son Rajakumar, this temple is famous for its well-preserved Stuccos from the 12th century on the outside walls. The magnificent paintings date from the original construction of the temple and are considered to be the oldest original paintings in Bagan.
MANUHA TEMPLE: the Manuha Temple was built in 1059 by King Manuha, the King of Thaton, who was brought captive to Bagan by King Anawrahta. It enshrines the unusual combination of 3 seated and one reclining image Buddha. It is said that this temple was built by Manuha to express his displeasure about his captivity in Bagan.
SHWESANDAW PAYA: in 1057, King Anawrahta built this Pagoda following his conquest of Thaton. This is the first monument in Bagan, which features stairways leading up from the square bottom terraces to the round base of the Stupa. This Pagoda is ideal to watch Bagan's magnificent sunsets.
Day 5 Bagan - Mandalay
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for domestic flight from Bagan to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will experience the sights and sound of Mandalay including Kyauktawgyi Paya, visit one of the most revered religious monuments - Mahamuni Paya, Kuthodaw Paya - the world largest book made of marble; Sandamani Paya - a cluster of slender whitewashed stupas; Kuthodaw Pagoda the world’s largest book made of marble and proceed to Mandalay Hill for sunset
Overnight in Mandalay
MANDALAY was the last capital of Myanmar before the British took over so it still has great importance as a cultural center and historically it's the most Burmese of the country's large cities. Mandalay's Buddhist monasteries are among the most important in the country about 60% of all the monks in Myanmar reside in the Mandalay area. The city takes its name from Mandalay Hill, the 236m-high bluff that rises just to the northeast of Mandalay Fort and its royal palace.
KYAUKTAWGYI PAGODA: built between 1853 and 1878 and chiefly interesting for the huge seated image of the Buddha carved from a single block of marble. The marble block from the mines of nearby Sagyin was so colossal that it required 10,000 men laboring for 13 days to transport it from a canal to the current site.
SANDAMANI PAYA: a cluster of slender whitewashed stupas built on the site of King Mindon's temporary palace used while the new Mandalay Palace was under construction. The Paya enshrines an iron image of the Buddha cast in 1802 by Bodaw Paya and transported here from Amarapura in 1874.
MAHAMUNI PAYA: originally built by King Bodaw Paya in 1784 when a road paved with bricks was constructed from his palace to the paya's eastern gate. The centerpiece of the shrine is the highly venerated Mahamuni image that was transported to Myanmar from Mrauk U in Rakhaing in 1784.
KUTHODAW PAYA: the central stupa here was modeled on the Shwezigon Paya at Nyaung U near Bagan. Building commenced in 1857, at the same time as the royal palace. The paya has been dubbed 'the world's biggest book', for standing around the central stupa are 729 marble slabs on which are inscribed the entire Tripitaka.
MANDALAY HILL: an easy climb up the sheltered steps bring one to a panoramic view over the palace, Mandalay, and the paya-studded countryside. The famous hermit monk, U Khanti, is credited with inspiring the construction of many of the buildings on and around the hill in the years after the founding of the city.
After breakfast, transfer to a round of golf at the Shwe San Yar Golf Course (18 holes) Shwe San Yar Golf Course is located 15 kilometers outside of Mandalay on the way to Maymyo. Opened in 1990, it features a clubhouse with basic facilities and a small local restaurant. It is best played between October and February.
Overnight in Mandalay
Day 7 Mandalay - Heho – Kalaw
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for domestic flight from Mandalay to Heho. Upon arrival, you will be transfer by vehicle to Kalaw - Journey west on Highway 4 past Aungban to Kalaw. One round of golf at the Pine View Golf Club in Kalaw (9 holes incl. green fee and caddy)
Overnight in Kalaw
Day 8 Kalaw - Pindaya – Taunggyi
After early breakfast, start your journey by road, north along Highway 41 past Aungban and the Danu villages of Pwehla and Ji-Chanzi in Shan State. The Aungban-Pindaya road is scenic and there are fields of dry-cultivated mountain rice along the way and potato fields where the tuber is grown in red mud mounds.
Visit Pindaya Caves - a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over the centuries and Shwe U Min Paya - a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. Beginning on the full moon of Tabaung. Late afternoon, traveling to Inle Lake.
Overnight in Taunggyi
PINDAYA CAVES: these caves are ensconced in a limestone ridge overlooking the lake. Inside the cavern there are more than 8000 Buddha images - made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement - and are arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers.
SHWE U MIN PAYA: this is a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. Beginning on the full moon of Tabaung (February/March), Pindaya hosts a colorful pagoda festival at Shwe U Min. By vehicle from Pindaya to Taunggyi
Day 9 Taunggyi - Inle Lake
After breakfast at the hotel and start your day with one round of golf at the Aye Tha Yar Golf Club in Taunggyi (18 holes incl. green fee and caddy)
This Golf Course was opened in 2001 and is the newest Golf Course in this area. It is best played between October and February. During the rest of the year the fairways are rather rough and dry. A local restaurant and basic shower facilities are available. Afternoon, sightseeing in Taunggyi, is a pine-clad hill station, which provides a cool break from the heat of the plains. Visit Central Market, Gem Market, Museum & Shan State Museum & Library, which exhibit local native costume, ceramics, weapons and Buddhist sculpture in Shan and Mandalay styles: Pa O Cultural Center - contains musical instruments, banknotes and costumes and visit Flying Tiger Mashua (Cheroot Factory) before traveling to Inle Lake.
Overnight in Inle Lake
CENTRAL MARKET: located in the canter of town, it is a good place to see colorful hill tribe people and the popular local handicraft of basket making.
GEM MARKET: market where jade, rubies, and sapphires are bought and sold.
SHAN STATE MUSEUM & LIBRARY: items include local native costume, musical instruments, ceramics, and weapons. There is also a display of royal Shan regalia and an exhibit of religious art that includes Buddhist sculpture in Shan and Mandalay styles.
PA-O CULTURAL CENTRE: small but well laid-out museum contains musical instruments, including a typical Pa-O accordion, banknotes and costumes.
FLYING TIGER MASHUA (CHEROOT FACTORY): the hand rolling technique is impressive, and cheroot bundlers are able to bunch 50 cheroots in bundles without counting the individual cigars-they judge simply by feel.
After early breakfast, excursion by boat on the Inle Lake
Overnight in Taunggyi
Inle Lake, located in Shan State, is beautiful, with very calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and busy fishing canoes. High hills rim the lake on all sides. The lakes shore and islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and observe the skilled fisherman using their "leg-rowing" technique to propel themselves around the lake. Visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda - the weaving village, Ywama and local market and Intha village around the lake.
Day 11 Inle Lake - Heho – Yangon
After breakfast, morning at leisure until time to transfer to Heho airport for domestic flight from Heho to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and free time at leisure
Overnight in Yangon
Day 12 Yangon
After breakfast, transfer from/to Yangon to golf course. A round of golf at the Pun Hlaing Golf Estate (18 holes). This golf course is located 10 kilometers outside of Yangon. Established in 2002, the Phun Hlaing Golf Estate features an 18-hole, international standard golf course designed by Gary Player. This is the only golf course in Myanmar with an impressive view of the Shwedagon Pagoda. The clubhouse features an international restaurant and a locker room with shower facilities.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 13 Yangon
After breakfast at the hotel and free time at leisure before transfer to the airport for departure
End of Services **Note: Itinerary subject to change due to flight schedules.