This trip is perfect for those who want to see
the most they can of Myanmar but only have a short time to spend.
1st Day: We arrive in Yangon (Rangoon) and transfer to our
hotel. In the afternoon we tour the sights of the city—the
Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred religious monument in Myanmar;
the enormous reclining Buddha at Chauktatgyi; the National Museum;
and Kandagye Lake. Yangon is a montage of Buddhist culture mixed
with British colonialism.
2nd Day: In the morning, we fly to Bagan, where we spend
the next two nights. Bagan is one of the most spectacular sights
in Southeast Asia. Stretching back from the Ayeyarwady River, thousands
of stupas and temples, some over 800 years old, cover an area of
over 15 square miles. We visit many of these magnificent structures,
some with wonderful murals, and then enjoy the sunset over a breathtaking
vista from atop one of the ancient temples.
3rd Day: After breakfast, we drive to Mt. Popa, an extinct
volcano. Located on an outcropping of the volcano, is an impressive
shrine dedicated to animist spirits known as “nats.” We
climb the 777 steps to the shrine, looking at the small shops and
shrines on the way up, and feeding the monkeys that play on the
stairs. In the afternoon, we return to Bagan to visit the Archaeological
Museum before watching the sun set over the Ayeyarwady River.
4th Day: We fly back to Yangon and continue our tour of
the capital city, visiting its colonial downtown and famous markets—the
Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market), which has the largest selection
of Burmese handicrafts found anywhere, including precious gems
by the thousands, and the Theingye Zei market, where locals shop
for medicinal herbs and animal parts, and almost everything else.
5th Day: We depart from Yangon International Airport, sorry
to leave this friendly country, but taking with us the photographs
and memories of a fabulous journey.
What’s included: These trips are escorted by an experienced
English-speaking Myanmar guide and include all airfare within Myanmar,
transfers, transportation, tours, accommodations and meals.