DAY 1: YANGON ARRIVAL (-/-/-)
Once arrive to the Yangon International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by our local guide for your transfer to your hotel in the city. Yangon the colonial city otherwise known as South East Asia Garden City is dizzying combination of old and new: modern business buildings, historical and cultural heritage of centaury old golden shimmering pagodas, its impressive age old colonial mansions sit side-by-side bustling restaurant and bars. Check in to your hotel. Then you will start your excursion to Sule Pagoda the excellent landmark of Yangon and leisurely walk along the streets lined with the British Colonial era buildings passing through the Mahabandoola Park. From here set off to Bogyoke Aung San Market, this sprawling over 80 years old market has the largest selection of Myanmar traditional handicrafts, cotton, silk, jewellery and all kind of souvenirs you will find under several roofs. You will also take a short visit to 70 metre-long Chaukhtetgyi Reclining Buddha worth for a great insight into Buddhism. End your day with a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any trip to Myanmar perhaps one of the most beautiful pagoda complex in Asia. From there you will be escorted back to your hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 2: YANGON – HPA AN (B/-/-)
After breakfast at hotel you will be leaving Yangon today but only so you will be driven together to Hpa An along the scenic road. Hpa An is a riverside small town, located on the bank of tranquil Thanlwin River in Kayin State. The surroundings are famous for its large, bizarre Buddhist caves and sacred mountains. After 6 hours pleasant drive you will arrive Hpa An and start your first to the Kaw Gun Cave features with different kinds of votive tablets, clay Buddha Images and Mon inscriptions. A visit to Kaw Gun Cave should not be missed where we can see the terra-cottas on the walls of the natural limestone cave. You will continue to the foot hill of Mt. Zwe Kabin, the landmark of Kayin State. On the top is the pagoda with the Buddha's hair relic and this sacred mountain has several thousand identical Buddha statues lined up at its base. From here you will take two hour hike and trek to the summit of Mt. Zwe Kabin with rewarding panoramic view to the surroundings.
DAY 3: HPA AN MAWLAMYINE (B/-/-)
Morning visit to the city centre walk around the busy market before heading to Kan Thar Yar Lake with Mt. Zwekabin as a scenic backdrop for a brief photo stop. For your next visit, you will be driven to the breathtakingly huge Saddan Cave filled with Buddha images and pagodas. You will walk all the way through the other side of a limestone mountain range and experience the incredibly beautiful caves. Continue to visit Kyauk Kalap Pagoda and monastery a truly unique pagoda, set on top of an unusual rock formation in the middle of a small artificial lake. Set off your journey to Mawlamyine en route visit U Na Auk Monastery. This magnificent monastery with beautiful woodcarving was built a century ago by a villager named U Nar Auk. You will arrive Mawlamyine in the late afternoon and transfer directly to hotel for your overnight stay.
DAY 4: MAWLAMYINE (B/-/-)
Start today with a morning visit to the bustling colourful Zeigyi (central market). Wander through the dozens of stalls where local vendors come to buy and sell their wares. This market specializes in dry goods, from inexpensive bale clothes to house wares. Visit to the Judson Baptist Church, Myanmar’s first Baptist church, located on the corner of Dawei Jetty Road. You will continue your sightseeing to the Kyaik Thanlan Pagoda, the city's landmark. Built in 875 AD, it enshrines the Tripitaka Buddhist manuscripts as well as a hair relic from the Buddha. From up here one can enjoy panoramic views over the city and harbour. Next you will visit the ancient Queen Sein Don Monastery (locally known as Yada Bonmyint Monastery). This Monastery is more as 100 years old and is famous for its intricate woodcarving and Burmese crafts inside. The last stop this morning is at Holy Family Cathedral. Built during the colonial era, this church has a beautiful interior rarely seen by tourists. Nearby is Judson's Church which was built in 1827 by Dr. A. Judson who translated the Bible into Burmese. After lunch, take a short boat trip across the Thanlwin River to Gaungse Kyun (Shampoo Island). The island got its nickname during the Hantharwaddy period when Kings would come over to the Island to have their hair washed with the pure water from the Islands Spring. You'll walk around the island, visiting the Buddhist meditation centre and Sandashwin Pagoda. Back to dry land and end of the day you will proceed to the View Point to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Stay overnight in Mawlamyine.
DAY 5: MAWLAMYINE – BAGO – YANGON (B/-/-)
After breakfast, begin the return journey back to Yangon en route, stop in Bago, the capital of the 6th century Mon kingdom. Your visit in Bago begins at Shwethalyaung Temple which houses a beautiful 55-meter long reclining Buddha and it is reported to be one of the most lifelike of all reclining Buddhas. Continue to the Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar and whose 114 meter spire is taller than the one at Shwedagon Pagoda. Before departing Bago, visit the well-restored former palace, Kambozathadi which was the marvel of Asia when it was originally built in the 16th century. On the way back to Yangon, stop at the Allied War Cemetery in Htauk Kyant. This memorial cemetery was built in 1,951 and the final resting place for over 27,000 allied soldiers who died in the Myanmar Campaign during World War II. From there it is back to your hotel for your last night stay in Myanmar.
DAY 6: YANGON DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
This may be the end of your beautiful journey but you will still have time to explore the garden city on your own. It time to say goodbye and you will be then transferred to the airport for your departure flight to home.