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Countries Visited

Burma , Myanmar

Cities Visited

Bagan, Inle Lake, Kalaw, Mandalay, Yangon

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Tour Itinerary

Talk with a monk about Buddhism and daily life, learn the basics of Burmese cuisine with a cooking demonstration from a local chef, travel past floating villages on tranquil Inle Lake, explore the pagodas and monasteries of this ancient land

Journey into the Land of the Golden Pagodas on a 12-day adventure in Myanmar (Burma). Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2,200 temples and pagodas. Drift to the floating villages on serene Inle Lake. Visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to meet a Buddhist monk, and climb Mandalay Hill for lovely views of the surrounding countryside. With its warm people and mystical culture, find enchantment in Myanmar.

Day 1: Yangon
Arrive any time today. An arrival transfer is included.
Transport: Arrival transfer included.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Rose Garden Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Yangon/Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city, including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy the climb up this 240m (790 ft) hill known for the plethora of pagodas and monasteries sitting atop it. Enjoy the view you've earned on the steep hike. Of course, if you prefer to save your energy, feel free to take the elevator to the top.
Activity: Enjoy your visit to this stunning monastery, known as the "Golden Monastery," that was originally part of the royal palace at Amarapura. Admire its delicate wood carvings of Buddhist myths. The monastery is a fantastic example of traditional Myanma architecture.
Activity: View the massive marble Buddha at this beautiful pagoda. The marble is from Sagyin quarry and took 10,000 men almost two weeks to transfer from the riverside to its current location.
Activity: Visit this stunning pagoda with its gold and white buildings in a traditional Myanma style. Kuthodaw Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa that claims the honour of housing the world's largest book. A spiritually significant place for followers of Theravada Buddhism, this site will be fascinating to all visitors regardless of religion.
Activity: Visit the 100-year-old legendary Arakan Buddha, which stands at 3.5m (11.5 ft) tall. Made of bronze and covered in gold leaf, this gorgeous Buddha is a major pilgrimage site. Gaze up at the stunning statue and learn more about the significance of this temple.
Accommodation: Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Mandalay
Take a boat to the village of Mingun to visit the pagodas and local craftspeople. Visit the spiritual centre of Myanmar at Sagaing and the ancient royal capital of Amarapura.
Activity: Take a relaxing boat trip in this serene village. Visit the Mingun Bell, which weighs more than 87 tonnes and is more than 3.7m (12 ft) tall. It's the world's largest uncracked bell and it's in good ringing condition.
Activity: Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres. Visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae while in the area.
Activity: Explore Amarapura, the former capital whose name means "city of immortality." Visit a silk-weaving workshop and then visit Mahagandayon monastery, where over 1,000 monks reside. Enjoy the magnificent view from U Bein Bridge, which is over 200 years old and made of teak.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Mandalay
Continue exploring Mandalay and take some free time on your own.
Free Time: Enjoy some time exploring the markets, colonial era houses, and botanical garden in this cool and comfortable town.
Accommodation: Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Mandalay/Bagan
Relax and watch the sights on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a relaxing day floating down the Ayeyarwady. Watch daily life unfold along the river as you cruise by, taking a well-deserved rest from the hustle and bustle of exploration.
Accommodation: Amata Garden Resort Bagan (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Bagan
Explore the ancient sites of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-in) cave temple, and Manuha and Nan Paya temples. Also visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery where we have a talk with a monk on Buddhism and daily life.
Activity: Enjoy a guided tour of beautiful Bagan. Visit the colourful Nyaung Oo Market and the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction to Bagan's rich history. Explore Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings, and the elegant Htilominlo Temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: You're invited to the Kyan Sithar Umin monastery to discuss Buddhism and daily life with one of the resident monks. You'll come away feeling at peace and in a new frame of mind.
Accommodation: Amata Garden Resort Bagan (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Bagan
Travel to the outskirts of town to a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch as the locals scale the trees and harvest the juice of the palm fruit and then process it into alcohol or molasses.
Free Time: Enjoy some free time to explore this beautiful city. The morning begins with more sightseeing, the schedule to be set by the guide and group depending on their interests. We recommend a visit to one of the morning markets as well as more temples.
Activity: Learn more about this plant, which is important to Myanmar. It's also used to make palm wine.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Travel to the Mount Popa area and walk up to the sacred Popa Taungkalat monastery. This impressive structure is perched on top of a rocky cliff. From the top, take in stunning views of Mt Popa and the surrounding plains.
Accommodation: Amata Garden Resort Bagan (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Bagan/Inle Lake
Travel by plane, bus, and boat to serene Inle Lake. En route, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, and observe floating villages and gardens.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit Nyaung Shwe by trishaw, passing the many monasteries and cruising along quiet residential streets. You'll also visit the tomato house where the lake's freshly collected produce is sorted for distribution up country.
Transport: Board a boat and set off down the canal toward the main part of Inle lake. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles.
Accommodation: Amata Resort, Inle Lake (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Inle Lake
Explore the lake by boat and visit the morning market, floating villages, and a cheroot factory, as well as the Phaung Daw Oo pagoda and Inthien temple complex. Along the way, visit the home of a local chef and learn the basics of Burmese cooking. Sit back and relax in this charming setting on Inle Lake and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal.
Activity: Explore this daily market, which attracts people from the lake's shore who gather to buy and sell their wares. Keep an eye out for Pa-Oh, Inthar, and Shan people in their traditional outfits. Wander amid the stalls where your guide will explain what the local produce and goods for sale are.
Activity: Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda monastery. While open to everyone, only men are allowed to place a gold leaf on the images. Look through the shops selling traditional Shan and Myanma items.
Activity: This beautiful monastery houses dozens of amazing Shan Buddha images.
Activity: Learn about how these typical Burmese cigars are rolled by hand at a factory where they're produced.
Transport: Climb aboard and get your float on.
Activity: Visit the home of a local chef to learn about the basics of Burmese food, cooking and daily life. Sit back and relax in this charming setting on Inle Lake and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal.
Accommodation: Amata Resort, Inle Lake (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 10: Inle Lake/Kalaw
Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon.
Transport: Climb aboard and get your float on.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Opt to relax or get some fresh air with an optional hike.
Accommodation: Dream Mountain Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: Kalaw/Yangon
Fly back to Yangon and visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, then take some free time to explore and shop in the old capital. Tonight, enjoy a lecture and farewell dinner at a G Adventures for Good-supported project — LinkAge Restaurant. This social enterprise trains local youth for careers in the hospitality industry.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Transport: Transfer to hotel.
Activity: Enjoy your visit to this gorgeous pagoda, which is believed to be 2,500 years old. The central stupa, glittering in the soft morning light, is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues and is considered to be the symbol of Yangon.
Activity: Yangon tends to attract teens and children from rural regions seeking employment. Unfortunately, without resources or training to help them secure jobs, they're often left to fend for themselves. Ms. Kin of Burma had an idea to help these youth by training them to succeed in the hospitality industry, which in partnership with Friends International, Planeterra, and G Adventures became a reality. Our travellers get the chance to visit their training restaurant and meet the students, who receive social support, housing, counselling and education from FI.
Activity: Drop by the special LinkAge Restaurant and Art Gallery in Yangon and meet its founder, Ma Khin Hnit Thit Oo for a talk on this unique project. Ma Khin has made it her mission to end poverty through this social enterprise, which trains local youths for careers in the hospitality industry. Then enjoy a select menu of some of the restaurant's specialties, including lentil soup, prawn curry, and Burmese semolina cake. This incredible experience is exclusive for Journeys travellers.
Accommodation: Rose Garden Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 12: Yangon
Depart any time today.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Meals Included
11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Private bus/van, plane, boat, walking.

Your G for Good Moment: LinkAge Restaurant, Yangon Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Arrival transfer. Tour of Mandalay. Boat trip and tour of Mingun village. Visit Sagaing and the ancient city of Amarapura. Irrawaddy River boat trip. Guided tour of Bagan archaeological zone. Toddy palm farm visit. Taungkalat Monastery and Mount Popa area visit. Visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery. Tour Nyaung Shwe by trishaw. Boat tour of Inle Lake including floating villages and markets. Visit a cheroot factory. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nge Phe Chaung Monastery. Tour Shwedagon Pagoda. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for G Adventures Tours

Travel with Confidence

Your safety, as well as the safety of employees and partners, has always been G Adventures top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning measures have been put in place on all of the tours. New Travel with Confidence policy features new health and safety procedures from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as G Adventures continues to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won't change is the commitment to keeping you safe as you explore big, beautiful world.

Before you join us

Global Connection Officers

GCOs (the people who answer when you call us) are available 24/7 to help with any questions you have prior to your trip, so you can feel confident and safe before leaving. No matter what time of day, they're there to respond to you — even at 3AM. They'll be up to date on local regulations and restrictions and can guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible. And if you don't feel well before travelling, there's the Book with Confidence policy that helps you reschedule your trip for when you do, which they can help you with too (terms & conditions apply). If you book flights with us and there are any changes, rest assured that the team will support you by making new arrangements on your behalf.

Smaller groups

Groups have always been small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a connection with your destination you won't get by travelling on bus tours or on your own. The average group size is 12, ensuring travellers can engage with each other without being squeezed together like sardines — and that was before physical distancing became a reality. Plus, if you have 8 or more friends you'd like to adventure with, you can reserve the entire trip!

My own room

If you're joining one of the small group tours on your own, good on ya! If you are a solo traveller sharing a room with someone, G Adventures will do their best to ensure they will be your roommate for the entire journey to support distancing efforts. G Adventures has 'My Own Rooms' available as an extra option for tours (pending availability), and they'll be offering more of these at more affordable prices to make it even easier to have a bit more space.

When you arrive

Chief Experience Officers

CEOs are responsible for ensuring you have the time of your life while keeping you as safe as possible. Here's how they're ready to do that:

  • They're trained in First Aid, CPR, and other safety protocols
  • They're supported 24/7 by the field staff in offices around the world who are well-equipped to handle emergencies
  • They can help you find local clinics if you're feeling sick
  • They'll receive new training to ensure they are up to date on all health and safety policies during these evolving times
  • They have extensive local knowledge to proactively help you navigate wherever you're travelling
  • Their local knowledge allows for greater flexibility when it comes to knowing the best time to visit certain highlights to avoid crowds whenever possible and suggesting the restaurants with the strictest hygiene practices or those where you can reserve your own table or room in advance
  • They'll wear face masks when necessary based on local guidelines and recommendations

You & your fellow travellers

Travellers' safety and wellbeing is G Adventures biggest concern. If you're not feeling well before your departure, G Adventures has a Book with Confidence policy that provides you with flexibility and freedom to delay leaving until you're back to 100% healthy (terms & conditions apply). If you have a fever or any other symptoms on tour, you may be required to have a doctor clear you before rejoining us. All travellers are requested to bring face coverings, whether they're buffs, face masks or bandanas (extra style points encouraged). G Adventures makes every effort to have hand sanitizer available, but recommend bringing your own.

While on tour

Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

  • Every surface in G Adventures well-kept fleet of private vehicles will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • Each traveller will have a daily assigned seat
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required every time you board the vehicle
  • Facial coverings will be recommended while on-board
  • Every surface will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
  • Hand-sanitizer or hand washing will be required every time you board the boat, as well as before and after meals
  • To support physical distancing, meals may have assigned seating and there will be assigned slots for activities and rooming
  • Facial coverings will be recommended and welcomed on-board
  • Your crew is trained in health and safety measures (including food handling) and all cooking staff will follow up-to-date advice from health authorities
Local transportation
  • Use of local transportation will be limited wherever possible. Please reference the Trip Details for each individual tour for specifics
  • If local transportation is used, precautions will be followed in adherence to local health and safety regulations to keep travellers safe and sound.

Where you'll be staying safe

G Adventures has always carefully selected accommodation partners for high standards and local roots. Travelling in small groups means that the stay is in smaller hotels too, with fewer guests — which means less daily contact with others outside your group in public spaces. Now G Adventures is working with accommodation partners to optimize their health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for physical distancing. Here are some of the things G Adventures is working on to help keep you safe:

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room with extra cleaning on light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats
  • No hotel staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all public restrooms and all surfaces in public areas. This might include the closure of public spaces such as gyms, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms for periods throughout the day
  • Wherever possible, groups will stay on the lower floors to limit elevator use
  • Hotels will implement social distancing protocols in line with local regulations
This is just the beginning of commitments to keeping you sleeping safe and sound. G Adventures will continue to evolve and roll-out these and additional policies as needed.

A good & safe place to eat

G Adventures has always carefully selected food service partners and worked closely with them to ensure they are meeting health, safety, and cleanliness standards with their facilities, staff training, and food preparation and delivery. Wherever possible, G Adventures will reserve separate tables or private rooms at the restaurants visited on the trip, opt for more "al fresco" opportunities when it is possible (gotta love that fresh air!), and ensure breakfasts can be "grab and go" boxes, while avoiding family style or self-serve buffets for meals. G Adventures wants you to feel comfortable and safe as you savour every last bite.


You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.

Before you leave

A healthy goodbye

If you're not feeling well at the end of your tour for any reason, let your CEO know and they can help get you access to medical care and support. Because we want you to head home after a life-changing experience feeling just as good (let's be honest, way better) than when you left.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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