Private Tour

Myanmar Treasures - 15 Days / 14 Nights

Visit all the essential highlights of Myanmar in Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake and Yangon with a unique side trip to Monywa, famous for its stone-cut pavilions and caves filled with ancient religious murals known by archaeologists to be some of richest in South East Asia. Discover intricate handicrafts at traditional workshops in stone carving, bronze casting, lacquer and weaving. Learn the secrets of Shan Cuisine over a fun cooking class with a local host at Inle Lake. The trip ends with a relaxing beach stay by the Bay of Bengal with idyllic stretch of white sand and palm tree-lined coast.

Private, Local Guides!

We use the best guides available! Our local guides will be your cultural connection to the country. Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, drop offs, and daily excursions.

Seamless Logistics!

Leave to us to handle all of the logistics and safety considerations for your trip so you can enjoy the food, culture, and your limited time.

Choose Your Dates!

Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything. This is not a fixed-departure-date tour and can be arranged for when it will suit you best.


Want more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? The options are unlimited, so talk to us about the different possibilities and our recommendations.

Great Accommodation!

We've scouted the best hotels in the best locations of all categories. We'll recommend accommodation to suit your budget and travel style.
  • Boat Ride to Mingun Bell, World’s Largest Ringing Bronze Bell
  • Monk's Lunch Parade at Sagaing, Religious Center of Myanmar
  • Stone-cut Pavilions of Shwe Ba Taung, resembling a mini “Petra of Jordan”
  • 16th Century Unrestored Buddhist Murals at Powin Taung Hill
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Bagan
  • Shan Cooking Class at Inle Lake
  • Rejuvenating Beach Stay at Ngapali Beach
Private Tour

Myanmar Treasures - 15 Days / 14 Nights

Visit all the essential highlights of Myanmar with a unique side trip to Monywa, famous for its stone-cut pavilions and caves filled with ancient religious murals known by archaeologists to be some of richest in South East Asia. Discover intricate handicrafts at traditional workshops in stone carving, bronze casting, lacquer and weaving. Learn the secrets of Shan Cuisine over a fun cooking class with a local host at Inle Lake. The trip ends with a relaxing beach stay by the Bay of Bengal with idyllic stretch of white sand and palm tree-lined coast.

  • Day 1Arrive Mandalay

    Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to rest up from your long flight. 

    Overnight at Mandalay 

  • Day 2Mandalay City Highlights

    Explore typical local life in this bustling city with a rickshaw ride from Khaing Tan Market, one of the largest here in Mandalay city. Near the market, visit an area where people are making robes and other accessories for monks throughout the country. Then, continue to Shwe In Bin Monastary, a famous old monastery donated by U Set Shwin, a Chinese merchant in 1895. Take a break at a local tea shop and sample some local snacks.  

    Continue by rickshaw to other residential areas where you can see how local people make a living. Stop by the famous Mahamuni Shrine where many pilgrims pay homage to a bronze Buddha statue cast in first century. Continue to the artful quarters of Mandalay where you can see traditional handicraft skills in stone carving and bronze casting.  

    Afternoon visit two historic monasteries in the city. Built in 1878 by King Thibaw Min, Shwenandaw Monastery was originally part of the royal palace at Amarapura but was moved to Mandalay and is now the last remaining structure of the palace in Mandalay. This beautiful monastery is famous for its traditional Burmese architecture with teak carvings of Buddhist myths. 

    Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as ‘the world’s biggest book’, this pagoda features 729 marble slabs on which the entire Tripitaka (the collection of texts which form the foundation of Theravada Buddhism) has been inscribed. Each slab is housed within its own individual stupa. Your final stop is a spectacular sunset view from Mandalay Hill before returning to your hotel.  

    Overnight at Mandalay 

  • Day 3Mingun Boat Ride & Amarapura

    Take a boat excursion to Mingun village on the banks of the Ayarwaddy River. Visit the Mingun Pagoda with its big crack caused by an earthquake and the world’s largest ringing bronze bell. Return to Mandalay on a one-hour boat ride while drinks and snacks are being served  

    Afternoon explore the ancient capital city of Amarapura ”meaning city of immortality”. It was the capital of the Konbaung period during 1783–1821 and 1842–1859. Take a stroll along the unique 200 years old U Bein wooden bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge.   

    Evening head to the busy Yadanar night market to explore the lively vendors selling beer and BBQ skewers. A great opportunity to mingle with local crowds and sample some local snacks before retiring for the evening. 

    Overnight at Mandalay

  • Day 4Drive to Monywa via Sagaing

    This morning head to Sagaing, a sacred area covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries. Sagaing hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar as home to about 6,000 monks and nuns with 100 meditation centers. Visit Myasetkyar Monastery, famous for its giant standing Buddha statue. Observe the monk’s lunchtime parade and ritual at 10:30am. Visit Padamya Zedi that dates to 1,300 AD and Umin Thong-ze (‘Thirty Caves’) Pagoda that features a crescent-shaped colonnade of Buddha Images. This area is particularly photogenic for its landscape dotted with pagodas.

    From here it’s about 2 hours drive to Monywa, a small town along the banks of the Chindwin River. 

    Overnight at Monywa 

  • Day 5Monywa Historic Highlights

    This morning drive about an hour to Powin Taung crossing Chindwin River. Stop along the way to admire the stone-cut pavilions of Shwe Ba Taung, resembling a mini “Petra of Jordan”. Then continue to the “Hill of the Alchemists”, Powin Taung Hill boasts several Buddhist cave sites from as early as the 16th century. Numerous Buddha images were carved along the stone walls of these caves, creating a gallery of different images. Throughout the centuries, mural paintings were added, creating what some archaeologists call the richest mural painting collection in Southeast Asia.

    Afternoon visit Thanbodday Zedi temple complex which is beautifully decorated with the most beautiful stucco work and Boditataung Pagoda, both known for their extensive Buddha statuary. Then continue to Alantayar Pagoda, site of the largest reclining Buddha image in all of South East Asia at over 600 feet in length.

    Overnight at Monywa 

  • Day 6Drive to Bagan via Pakkoku

    This morning drive about 2.5 hours to Pakkoku, a small provincial town famous for its handicrafts including hand woven colorful blankets, handmade slippers, incense and bamboo scales. Explore a fascinating local fresh produce market that is also the biggest Thanakha market in Myanmar. Thanakha is a cosmetic paste made from ground bark and is an ancient beauty treatment in Myanmar, said to treat wrinkles and prevent sun damage. You will sample various local snacks while taking a short break at a small tea shop.

    Continue to Anauk Chauk Kan Villageto experience rural life and see their traditional weaving workshop. A simple local lunch will be served at a local home before driving another hour to Bagan. 

    Overnight at Bagan  

  • Day 7Balloon Ride & Ancient Temples

    Rise early this morning for a premium hot air balloon ride (8 people max). The flight time is around 45min to an hour depending on the wind conditions. A light breakfast with pastries and fruits will be served after landing.  

    Spend the day exploring famous ancient temples that Bagan is renowned for. Depending on your interests, you can discuss with your guide on number of temples.   

    Your exploration starts at Kyansitha Umin (‘The Cave of Kyansitha’) with fine murals that depict scenes of ancient daily lives in Bagan and Mongolian invaders who made repeated incursions into Myanmar during late 13th century. Continue to Htilominlo, one of Bagan’s largest temples and Ananda, widely regarded to be one of the country’s most beautiful temples, as well as Shwesandaw, the very first of Bagan’s great monumental stupas. Other sights include Tharabar Gate, the last remaining ancient gate in Bagan and Nathluang Kyaung, Bagan’s only Hindu temple.

    At sundown, your guide will recommend the best location for spectacular sunset views of the temples.  

    Overnight at Bagan 

  • Day 8Artisan Villages, Sunset River Cruise

    Today you will visit two villages to learn more about rural life just a short distance outside of the tourist zones. Starting at Taungbe Village, a community of horse-drawn cart drivers. Visit a small morning market to see local fresh produce before meeting a local family to hear about their livelihood. Stop by a 150-year-old wooden monastery that hardly any tourists go.

    The next village is Myingabar, home to family-run lacquer workshops for generations. You can visit at least a dozen workshops and storefronts are scattered around temples and stupas from the early Bagan period. Learn about the long and arduous process of making bowls and trays that often take months to complete. It is believed Japanese Buddhist pilgrims obtained the secrets of lacquering from local artisans in Bagan during ancient times, hence the common usage of lacquer ware for serving Japanese bento meals since then.

    Late afternoon enjoy a relaxing sunset boat ride to enjoy beautiful views over the Ayeyarwady River. 

    Overnight at Bagan

  • Day 9Fly to Inle Lake

    Take a short flight this morning to Heho before driving about 45 minutes to Inle Lake. On the lake, the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts over the lake. Enjoy a special lunch served on a private boat on the lake before visiting various highlights including the floating gardens, a cheroot workshop where Burmese cigars are made, a lotus weaving workshop and the famous Nga Phe Chaung Monastery.  

    Overnight at Inle Lake

  • Day 10Hilltribe Market, Shan Cooking Class, Village Visit

    Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On and around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a five-day rotating schedule. This morning, cruise by local motorboat to visit a colorful market frequented by Shan and Pa O people living nearby.

    Later, meet your friendly local host to learn about local fresh ingredients used in traditional Shan cuisine around Inle Lake. Then return together to a traditional stilt house by the lake for a cooking class on Shan specialties. Enjoy your creations for lunch before bidding your host farewell.

    Afternoon visit Pauk Par Village by canoe, an excellent opportunity to chat with friendly villagers over tea. You can take your time to explore the village for photography and short hikes. 

    Overnight at Inle Lake 

  • Day 11Fly to Ngapali Beach

    Take a short flight to Thandwe, gateway to the pristine beaches of Ngapali. Rest of your stay here is free to relax at your beachfront resort

    Overnight at Ngapali Beach 

  • Day 12Ngapali Beach

    Free day at leisure.

    Overnight at Ngapali Beach 

  • Day 13Ngapali Beach

    Free day at leisure.

    Overnight at Ngapali Beach 

  • Day 14Fly Ngapali to Yangon

    Take a short flight to Yangon, the former capital city. Today, you will explore the downtown area to see some of the most spectacular colonial era architecture left in South East Asia and learn about the religious diversity of Myanmar. Starting at a market in the Indian Quarter, stroll pass large and turreted mosques. Visit the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, the only synagogue in the country. Continue to Mahabandoola Park to see City Hall, the Immanuel Baptist Church, and the building that once held the department store Rowe & Co., described as the ‘Harrods of the East’. Take a break at a classic Burmese teashop, a popular location where locals gather for all sorts of discussions.   

    Stroll along the magnificent Pansodan Street and into the office of the Yangon Heritage Trust to look at old pictures from the city’s past and optimistic ideas for its future. Walk past the famous Strand Hotel built in 1901, once frequented by famous writers and foreign dignitaries. Final stop is the Secretariat where the country’s independence hero, General Aung San, was assassinated.

    Late afternoon visit the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda for a sunset experience. This is the most sacred temple in Myanmar and believed to be at least 2,500 years old. Here you will experience an Oil Lamp Lighting Ceremony, join local vicars and Buddhists to emblaze several small oil lamps in the dark. This is a traditional ritual practice locally to symbolize the transition from darkness to a brilliant future. Transfer back to your hotel after the experience. 

    Overnight at Yangon 

  • Day 15Depart Yangon

    Transfer to airport for onward journey.


Private Tour

Myanmar Treasures - 15 Days / 14 Nights

Our private tours include the things that make it so you don’t have to worry about logistics for your trip.

This Tour Includes

  • Airport Transfers
  • In Country Flights
  • Accommodation, including all Taxes and Service Fees
  • Private, Local, English-speaking Guides for Tours and Activities
  • All Tours and Activities as described
  • Entrance Fees to Sights

This Tour Does Not Include

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Fees and Application
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for Guides and Drivers

Itinerary Extensions to Consider

Consider a pre- or post-tour extension to this itinerary in either Thailand or Singapore depending on which city your international flight is routed through. It’s quite easy to add a couple of days in Bangkok to indulge in authentic local food at our secret locations or Singapore, the ultra-modern city state rumored to be the cleanest country in the world. 

Bangkok Getaway

Starting Price : $900 / Person

Explore authentic century old neighborhoods including one of the world's largest Chinatown established in 1782 and a Thai-Portuguese Quarter. Discover hidden small eateries known only to local foodies, sample unique snacks and dishes you will never find on your own!

Singapore Discovery

Starting Price : $1200 / Person

Go behind the glitzy skyscrapers where locals live and learn true facts about the Singapore life. Despite being one of the most modern city states in Asia, this tiny island offers some of the most fascinating multicultural and culinary experiences under one roof.

Private Tour

Myanmar Treasures - 15 Days / 14 Nights

Here’s an explanation of what to expect and why about the planning and booking process and working with a Red Lantern Journeys travel consultant.

The price for this trip will vary based on many factors including:

  • Dates of travel – high vs. low vs. shoulder season
  • Your preference of hotel standards – standard 3-star or upgraded 4 & 5-star categories. We’ve scouted the best hotels and the best locations in each category and will make our recommendations based on your budget and travel style. We’ll even try to book specific room categories to avoid street noise or other inconveniences.
  • The number of people in your group
  • Customization of tours and activities
  • How far in advance you book the trip
  • Personal Travel Consultant

    Your personal travel consult to work with you to prepare your itinerary, recommend tours and activities and accommodation and explain the reasoning behind every aspect of your tour.

  • Private Vehicles with Driver and Guides

    You'll have your own private, chauffeur-driven vehicle for all of your airport transfers and daily excursions. These will also include your personal, English-speaking guide who is licensed and will provide the insights to make each of your tours an exceptional experience.

  • Hotel Recommendations

    We've scouted the best hotels and the best locations in each category and will make our recommendations based on your budget and travel style. We'll even try to book specific room categories to avoid street noise or other inconveniences, or to get the best view from your balcony!

  • Activity Recommendations

    We have access to a wide range of activities to make your trip truly memorable. Activities range from visiting iconic sights to meeting local personalities and artists, adventure sports, and exclusive dining experiences!

Private Tour

Myanmar Treasures - 15 Days / 14 Nights

The best times to travel in Myanmar are from early November to early March when temperatures are cooler and the weather is typically good. It is still possible to travel other times of year, but it is very hot in April and May while June through early October is the monsoon season. However, crowds at places like Bagan Temples and Inle Lake will be much sparser during the off season.

Private Tour

Myanmar Treasures - 15 Days / 14 Nights

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Starting From: $5800 / Person
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  • Activities of interest – like beaches, wildlife, hiking, shopping, art, local culture, adventure, etc.
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