Days 2-3: arrive in Mandalay (2 nights) to explore its surrounding ancient cities and to enjoy a cruise along the Irrawaddy for walks at Mingun and the monasteries of the Sagaing hills. We visit the Golden Palace monastery, Kuthaw pagoda, U Bein bridge, and climb above Mandalay to appreciate sunset scenes.
Days 4-6: fly to Bagan (3 nights) and discover one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. We explore this “city of four million pagodas” and enjoy village walks and a visit to Mount Popa.
Days 7-8: fly
to Heho and transfer to the
cool, picturesque rolling
hillside of Kalaw (2 nights) for
an introduction to its unspoilt
hill tribe villages. Fascinating
walks here take us through tea
plantations and the homeland of
the Palaung people.
Days 9-10: journey to Inle Lake (2 nights) to relax in this spectacular setting and take in the iconic sights of leg-rowing fisherman and floating gardens as we enjoy our scenic strolls. With its magnificent mountain backdrop this is a dream destination for any photographer.
Day 11: to Yangon (1 night), formerly Rangoon, for a walking tour of its colonial buildings before a sunset visit to the majestic golden Shwedagon pagoda.
Day 12: return flight home.