Surreal and sublime, Myanmar is defined by its Buddhist atmosphere, a country coated in cultural relics and modern mystique. Journey along on its spiritual carpet, absorbing the charming ambiance of its people and lifestyle. This unique 11-day Myanmar itinerary reveals centuries of Buddhist history, a story that's lives in the present while honoring the past. You'll explore the country's spiritual highlights and the untouched remains of its ancient realm.
Bagan – A Famous Sunset Welcome to Myanmar
Bagan can be a baffling sight. From the hotel rooftop, gaze across the plains admiring dozens of pagodas as they rise above hues of red and green. There are far too many to count with sculpted sandstone pinnacles rising at every angle. In total, enjoy over 2,200 temples and pagodas, the results of a building boom dating from the 9th to 12th centuries. You'll be greeted at the airport in Bagan and transferred to a luxury hotel inside the World Heritage Site, where the rooftop provides an inspiring introduction to one of the world's greatest religious destinations.
Your guide will lead you into the hypnotism, eyes constantly focusing on another pagoda or stupa. Scale can't be appreciated from ground level, and every few hundred meters brings clusters of dozens of historical relics. Monks sit cross-legged outside temples while soft chanting emanates from others. Travel by horse and carriage, softly rolling past the temples of the Central Plains. Climb the inner staircase of Temple 742, rising on three flights of stone to a tranquil platform for watching the sunset. While some of the temples can be overcrowded with tourists at sunset, this lost relic in the heart of the plains rarely sees more than three or four. The sun dips behind towering monuments, and the image captures a country's essence: serene, spiritual, and sublime.
Bagan – Exquisite Temples of Bagan
Bagan – Hot Air Ballooning Above 2,300 Temples
Pakkoku to Monywa – Serene Travel Along the Mighty Irrawaddy
Hpo Win Daung to Mandalay – Murals and Buddha Statues Along the Chindwin River
Mandalay – Exploring Buddhism in Working Monasteries
Mandalay – Day Trip Along the River to Mingun
Pindaya to Inle Lake – Through Shan Hills to the Pindaya Caves
Inle Lake – Stilt Villages and Local Life Along the Lake
Yangon – Golden Temples of the Colonial City
Yangon – Departure
- Explore the temples of Bagan, one of the world's great religious fables and a mystical collection of architecture from bygone centuries
- Visit ancient monasteries and meet the monks that inhabit them
- Travel along the Irrawaddy River, disembarking to find Buddha images in trees and thousands of exquisite stupas
- Marvel at the 450,000 Buddha images that fill the sandstone caves of Hpo Win Daung
- Absorb the spirituality of Pindaya, where pilgrims join you in visiting the ancient caves
- Journey through the centuries in Mandalay, exploring iconic former capitals and cruising along the river to Mingun
- Discover local life around Inle Lake, including enchanting stilt villages in the water and the traditions of Buddhism in the area
- Complete the trip in Yangon, where shimmering golden temples are juxtaposed with the relics of colonial rule
Myanmar floats on a spiritual carpet, the local life revolving around Buddhism and its enchantment. As red-robed monks chant softly inside ancient temples, pilgrims wander to gold-enshrouded pagodas. The architecture is sublime, unraveling all the styles and sizes of Buddhist design; caves filled with hundreds of thousands of Buddha images and murals, stupas adorned with exquisite tones, monasteries bathing in simple beauty. It's the scale that will most impress, both with the abundance of iconic monuments and the unequivocal commitment to Buddhist principles found in all corners of the country.
This handcrafted luxury tour takes an intimate journey into the Buddhist beauty of Myanmar. Capture the modern mystique of the country while exploring all of the evocative histories it offers. Not just a sightseeing tour, rather a journey to discover all of the religious landmarks and dozens of sacred temples. This 11-day vacation unravels the complexities of a nation, enabling you to meet the locals and discover how Buddhism dominates all life in the country. There's 10th-century sandstone temples and glowing golden pagodas, hypnotic processions of monks receiving daily alms, young monks practicing their English at sunset, and pilgrimage sites imbued with a surreal atmosphere.
Bagan is the natural starting point with over 2000 ancient temples revealing the ambiance of the 9th to 12th centuries. They stand proudly though unrestored, places of worship that rise beside each other on dusty plains. A hot air balloon unveils the scale while an expert-guided tour showcases where Buddhist chanting continues to fill millennia-old temples. Then move your travels along the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers to Mandalay, absorbing the atmosphere of local villages and religious monuments that hide in caves and mountains. Mandalay offers an intriguing insight into Buddhism in the city, and you'll have many opportunities to explore its complexities with local monks.
Also around Mandalay are Myanmar's ancient capitals, vivid memoirs that are defined by their iconic architecture. Continue your journey as you enter into Shan state, a land of contrasting tribal groups that are united by religion. Join the pilgrims in admiring the Buddha images of Pindaya Caves, then discover stilt villages and places of worship only accessible by canoe. A day in Yangon completes the itinerary, the country's most important Buddhist monument an indelible conclusion to a tour through Myanmar's spiritual heart. Throughout the itinerary, a series of expert local guides ensure you capture the stories that lie behind the evocative sights.
$2,569 per person (excluding international flights)
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