Royal Heritage Trail

5 Days - 4 Nights Bagan, Mandalay Division

Tour Overview

Explore the rich history, culture, and people of Myanmar by visiting three of its former capital cities – Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan. Yangon, the former capital city of Myanmar, Mandalay, the capital city of the last reigning dynasty of Konbaung Kings, and Bagan, once the capital of the first Myanmar Empire, offer a glimpse into the country’s fascinating past. This immersive program is the perfect opportunity to discover the authentic charm of Myanmar as you explore these cities and soak up their unique atmosphere.

Travel itinerary

  • Day 01: Yangon Arrival

    After checking in at the hotel, embark on a walking tour of Yangon’s city center, which is a blend of pagodas, monuments, and colonial buildings. You will be able to sample local snacks and food from the street market stalls while learning about the city’s vibrant street life.

    Take a break and refresh yourself at one of the local tea houses to experience Myanmar tea culture, influenced by British rule during the colonial era.

    Next, visit the famous Bogyoke Market, also known as Scott Market, which houses hundreds of shops selling food, clothing, crafts, and precious stones.

    End the day by visiting the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, believed to be 2,600 years old and one of Yangon’s premier attractions.

    After watching the sunset at the pagoda, return to your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Note: The Bogyoke Market (Scott Market) is closed every Monday and on public holidays.

  • Day 02: Yangon-Bagan(B)

    Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel before catching a flight to Bagan Nyaung-U Airport, which should take around 75 minutes.

    Upon arrival, your first stop is the Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the most significant religious sites in Bagan. Built by King Anawrahta in 1044, it boasts a grand, golden edifice with four shrines, each featuring a 13-ft (3.9m) bronze statue of Buddha.

    Next, move onto the Ananda Temple, which is the best-preserved and most revered temple in Bagan.

    Following that, take a break at your hotel before heading to Myinkaba village to observe a home industry center where traditional lacquerware is produced.

    Before sunset, drop by the Dhammayangyi Temple, the largest temple ever constructed in Bagan.

    End your day with a horse cart ride along the back roads of Bagan, enjoying the sunset from one of the hillocks over the Bagan plains before returning to your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 03: Bagan Village Sightseeing (B)

    After breakfast, stroll through the bustling local market of Nyaung-U and experience the colorful daily life of the local people, who sell fresh vegetables, meat, and fish, as well as assorted crafts.

    Then, visit Payathonzu, Lemyentha, and Nandamannya Temples, offering spectacular views of the surrounding plains. Take a walking tour around these temples and capture some excellent photo opportunities.

    Proceed to a local authentic village to explore the real Bagan typical village, and witness the daily life of the local inhabitants.

    Following that, take a tour of a family-owned palm sugar or toddy making business to observe how palm sap is collected from small pots placed high up in trees, and boiled in large pots to produce deliciously sweet and smoky palm sugar.

    In the afternoon, you can retreat from the daytime heat and relax at the hotel before heading to the riverside pier in the evening. There, you can embark on a leisurely cruise down the Ayeyarwady River by boarding a local boat. Enjoy the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples and observe the lifestyle of the riverside villagers.

    Make your way back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay (B)

    After breakfast, make your way to Bagan Nyaung-U airport for a 30-minute flight to Mandalay. En route, you’ll stop at Amarapura, the former capital and site of the first British embassy in Myanmar back in 1795. During your visit, you’ll get to witness the world-famous U Bein’s Bridge, a 0.75-mile-long (1.2-kilometer-long) teak bridge constructed by Major U Bein. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a traditional hand-woven silk workshop.

    After the scenic drive to Mandalay and check in at the hotel. Then, spend some time exploring the city. Begin by visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses one of Myanmar’s most revered religious images.

    Later in the day, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which has a collection of 729 Buddhist marble slabs, making it the world’s largest book. You’ll also get to explore the ancient wooden monastery, ShweKyaung, originally part of the Royal Palace, and a prime example of traditional Burmese architectural style.

    Finish off the day by spending the night in Mandalay.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 5: Mandalay Departure (B)

    After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy some free time before departing for Mandalay International airport and continuing your journey.

    Breakfast included

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