Overland Yangon to Mandalay

12 days

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Day 1
Depart on an overnight flight to Yangon.
Day 2
Arrive into Yangon today and spend the afternoon at your leisure to relax after your flight or enjoy a guided city tour. This evening visit the Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset.
Day 3
Morning colonial architecture walking tour & visit to the local markets in Yangon. This afternoon transfer to the train station for your train journey to Pyay (6hrs), mixing with the friendly locals as you begin your overland adventure.
Day 4
Full day in Pyay - visit the Shwe Sandaw Pagoda and then explore the ancient city of Sriketa. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 5
Morning drive through rural Burma to Magwe. En route visit a number of local villages, taste some delicious exotic fruits and this evening visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda on the banks of the river.
Day 6
Today enjoy some fascinating local sightseeing with visits to Kyaung Taw Yar Pagoda and Nagar Pwet Taung (Dragon Lake).
Day 7
This morning depart on a beautifully scenic drive to Bagan, stopping along the way to meet the locals and take plenty of photos! Arrive to Bagan and enjoy time at leisure. This evening enjoy an optional sunset river cruise.
Day 8
Full day sightseeing in Bagan with your private guide or a full day at leisure to explore at your own pace.
Day 9
Today head to Monywa, stopping along the way to visit the famous Po Win Taung caves and Shwe Ba Taung. Explore the monasteries and temples carved into the cliffs.
Day 10
Continue to Mandalay, taking a boat across the Chindwin River, stopping along the way to visit Thanboddhay Pagoda. Arrive to Mandalay this afternoon.
Day 11
Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Mandalay with your private guide, taking in all the major sights, or enjoy a day at leisure and explore at your own pace. We recommend enjoying a motorbike tour of Mandalay this evening for the more adventurous!
Day 12
Enjoy time at leisure before transferring to the airport for your departure flight.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

The ultimate way to take in the beauty of Burma – an overland journey following the banks of the Irrawaddy travelling by car, train and boat from Yangon to Mandalay. Learn about life in rural towns, villages and soak up the buzz of the cities as you head South to North, stopping along the way in Monywa, Bagan, Pyay and Magwe. For an a slice of luxury at the end of your tour, add on a trip to Ngapali Beach (though you will need to fly to get there!).

After leaving Yangon your first stop Pyay, became an important trading centre during the Bagan era. Today, it remains an important transit point for goods between northern and southern Burma. We recommend soaking up its lively atmosphere along the riverfront and enjoy chatting to the locals over a cold beer.  From Pyay you will stop at Magwe, famous for its 1.8 mile bridge, before arriving in Bagan- one of the highlights of Burma with temples stretching across the horizon.

Your journey will end in Mandalay with the ancient capitals situated in near reach of the city and accessible by car and boat. Taking in one of the famous sunsets from the top of Mandalay Hill will be a fitting end to the trip unless you are tempted to add on a beach break on one of the beautiful southern beaches.

1 night Yangon – 2 nights Pyay – 2 nights Magwe – 2 nights Bagan – 1 night Monywa – 2 nights Mandalay

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