Myanmar Mandalay Tour

Irrawaddy River, Myanmar (Burma)

Close  Shwedagon Pagoda or Golden stupa in Yangon, Myanmar.

Myanmar Mandalay Tour

Mandalay, Myanmar’s former royal capital is located on the Irrawaddy River in the north of the country. At its centre, the Mandalay Palace, is a complex of 40 buildings, once the royal residence of Burmese monarchy. To its north, Mandalay Hill is known for its abundance of pagodas and monasteries. The Mahamuni Buddha Temple southwest of Mandalay, is home to a revered gold-leaf Buddha statue. In the south, the teakwood U Bein Bridge spans across the Taungthaman Lake.

Begin this Myanmar tour in Yangon and explore its many treasures. Take a comprehensive tour of the city’s most famous religious monuments; the gilded Sule, the huge reclining Buddha, the Botathaung on the Yangon River. Transfer to the ancient capital of Bagan, that contains around 3,000 pagodas, temples and Buddhas, including the world’s largest reclining Buddha. Next to Mandalay, an important Buddhist spiritual centre and home to thousands of monks.

And, experience the kindness and generosity of the local people.

We Love
  • This 8-day tour can be customised for any travellers for adventure enthusiasts or romantics
  • The Governor’s Residence still evokes the days of the colonial heritage
  • Thiripyitsaya Santuary Resort has a gorgeous pool in a magnificent setting.
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday
  • You will require a visa to enter Myanmar. Please check with Myanmar Embassy for more details


Myanmar Mandalay Tour This tour covers three of the most important cultural destinations in Myanmar: Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay. 
(8-Days, Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive Myanmar
Yangon Meet and greet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to your hotel for your 2 nights stay. The rest of the day will be dependent on your flight time and rest.
The Governor’s Residence (D)

Day 2 – Tour
Yangon With your private guide, take a comprehensive tour of the city’s most famous religious monuments; the gilded Sule, the huge reclining Buddha, the Botathaung on the Yangon River. Explore ancient pagodas and monasteries and take an extended tour of Shwedagon Pagoda, with its dome covered with 60 tonnes of pure gold and the city's most spectacular landmark.
The Governor’s Residence (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Transfer
Bagan Transfer to Yangon airport for your flight to the awe-inspiring Bagan. You will be received by your private guide and driver. After rest, explore thousands of pagodas and temples that stretch from the Ayeyarwady River out across miles of arid plains. Built between the 11th and 13th centuries, Bagan was a major Buddhist centre of Southeast Asia.

Your private guide will explain about the history carved in their layered facades, painted in their interior frescoes and sculpted in their Buddhist statues. Amongst the many temples you will see is Myingaba Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (under the protection of UNESCO), which is noted for its ancient mural paintings. Then take a horse-drawn carriage through villages of Bagan as the sun sets in the distance – a magical view.  
Thiripyitsaya Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Explore
Bagan If desired, take a memorable hot air balloon ride over the temples as the sun rises. Visit farming villages and temples around Bagan by horse-cart.

In the afternoon, take an excursion to the nostalgic Nat Htaung Kyaung, famous for a collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes. Later explore local markets or take a boat on the Ayeyarwady River to enjoy the sunset.
Thiripyitsaya Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Transfer
Mandalay After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung Oo (Bagan) Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay, the cultural heart of Myanmar. Meet our representative at the airport and take a morning Mandalay sightseeing tour. As the cultural heart of Myanmar, Mandalay has many interesting temples; the Mahamuni Pagoda is the city’s holiest Buddha statue, the Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building, was once King Mindon's home and the Kuthodaw Pagoda is the 'world’s largest book' of Buddhist scriptures.
Mandalay Hill Resort (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Explore
Mandalay After a morning visit to the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung, explore the picturesque Sagaing Hill, dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries and perhaps the living centre of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Explore Amarapura; once a royal capital with hundreds of ancient monasteries where over a thousand monks live and Buddha images are covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture the iconic 150-year-old U Bein teak bridge on your camera.
Mandalay Hill Resort (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Explore
Minguin Take a boat trip on the Ayeyarwady River; an excellent opportunity to see all types of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, carrying goods up and down the river. Visit the Mingun Bell, at 87 tonnes the world’s largest intact bronze bell. There will be time to explore local markets, cottage industries and watch student monks at their evening prayers.  
Mandalay Hill Resort (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Depart
Yangon Transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon and connect with international flight.
Meals: B

Myanmar Mandalay Tour Irrawaddy River, Myanmar (Burma)

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Myanmar has two international airports: In the capital Yangon and at Mandalay. Due to the lack of travel services in Myanmar most airlines fly to Yangon via Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur or Singapore.  Also, there are flights connecting Chiang Mai (in Thailand) to Yangon and Mandalay. It is best to check prices for flights to Bangkok and from there to Yangon return as buying two tickets can be cheaper. We suggest that you book in advance to get the best rates for flights.

When to go The best time to visit Myanmar is between October and April when the weather is dry and not so hot. At this time the warm and sunny days are ideal for sightseeing throughout the country. The temperatures start to rise in March and May to September is best avoided as this is the rainy season when sightseeing can become difficult.