At Grand Lotus Tours, we customize your holiday and each itinerary is a particular itinerary. The following classic tours are examples of what can be seen and experienced in a given number of days. The Grand Lotus Tours sales team will create your unique itinerary according to your dates of travel, interests and preferred standard of accommodations.
We always make sure you have a seamless holiday and that you are provided with what you require and indeed deserve. You will be guided by people who know and love Myanmar thus making your journey match and exceed your expectations.
Yangon & Bagan (5 days)
This short but sweet introductory tour of Myanmar includes Yangon and Bagan. You will start in Yangon where you will see the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, busy markets, and get a feel of the local people. Next is Bagan, with thousands of temples and rural landscape. There is no other place in the world like it. We are sure you will be back for more.
Yangon – Bagan – Inle Lake (6 days)
This more complete trip to Myanmar will take you to the most popular places in the country. The tour starts in Yangon where you can get up close and personal with the people and their culture. Next stop is Bagan, once called the “City of Four Million Pagodas”. Here you can witness first hand the importance of the Buddhist religion. Our last stop is Inle Lake. You won’t believe the way things are done here. Everything from floating gardens and markets to local fishermen rowing their boat with their leg. Inle Lake is sure to leave a lifelong impression.
Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Inle Lake (8 days)
This tour starts in Yangon the metropolis and offers the trio of grand destinations: Bagan for history and archaeology, Mandalay for the culture and traditions of classical Burmese and then a bit of cool air at Inle Lake where Shan culture and local customs make this trip a complete tour of Myanmar. In each destination, you will see and experience Myanmar’s elegant culture, catch a glimpse of village life and your guides will ensure the only thing you have to worry about is your photo taking.
Yangon – Mandalay – Cruise – Bagan – Inle Lake (10 days)
Get ready to embark on a journey through the Golden Land. This luxurious ten days nine nights trip will show you more wonders of the country. The tour starts in Yangon, the busy metropolis. Your journey will then take you to Mandalay where you can see precious artwork being patiently made in front of you. Then cruise the Ayeyarwaddy river to our next destination of Bagan, once called “the City of Four Million Pagodas”. From Bagan, fly to Inle Lake, on the Shan plateau, where you can get a real sense of this untouched countryside. The tour finishes back in Yangon for a last visit of the city.
Yangon – Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay – Bagan – Inle Lake (12 days)
Prepare for the experience of a lifetime on this beyond-the-classics itinerary. Start by the bustling colonial Yangon. Next is Pyin Oo Lwin, the cool city at a higher altitude (cool-fresh weather) where you will see the beautiful National Garden; have a pleasant chat with the locals. You then head to the culturally rich city of Mandalay to discover some past royal traditions. Board a luxurious cruise ship in Mandalay for a river cruise to Bagan where you will visit the world’s largest area of temples and pagodas. Spend the next days at the untouched Inle Lake, one of the most fascinating places in all of Myanmar.
Yangon – Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay – Monywa – Bagan – Inle Lake (14 days)
This comprehensive tour of Myanmar will take you to the most spectacular destinations within the country. Start off in the busiest and most populated city of Yangon. On to Pyin Oo Lwin to enjoy the mountain air and to visit the lush National Garden. Then to the culturally rich city of Mandalay. Next stop on the tour is Sagaing for a real taste of the Buddhist spirituality. In Monywa, get an understanding of this important trade center between Myanmar and India. Mystic Bagan is next, featuring thousands of pagodas. Lastly, you will visit Inle Lake, largely untouched by the modern way of life.
Yangon – Bagan – Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay – Kyaingtong – Inle Lake (15 days)
For those who like to see it all and have the time to do it. Start off in Yangon. Spend a few days in the holy land of Bagan, exploring the archaeological zone. Next, head to Pyin Oo Lwin for a bit of fresh mountain air and to see the cultural melting pot. On to the religious and royal city of Mandalay with historical sites galore. Then see the tribal people of Kyaingtong and witness their immemorial way of life. Finally, a stay at the untouched Inle Lake, home of the local leg-rowing Intha people.
Mandalay-Bagan-Inle Lake-Ngapali (15 days)
A new and alternate way to visit Myanmar. Arriving in Mandalay and departing Yangon with a leisurely stay at our favorite beach resort : Ngapali beach, recently declared the finest beach in South East Asia and sixth in the world. See all the major classic sites in comfort and luxury, not rushing it, a few nights at each destination in order to privilege the slow discovery of sites, culture and nature.
Extensions for your Classic Tour
Yangon – Bago -Kyaikhtiyo – Hpa An – Moulmein (6 days)
This 6 days extension can be added before or after the visit of Myanmar classic Big 4: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. Experience first hand the magic of the Golden Rock before taking a trip to less visited Bago, Hpa-An and Moulmein, the capital of British colonial Burma, where famous author George Orwell served as a policeman. The area around Hpa-An is blessed with a fantastic karstic landscape full of odd looking mountains and deep caves filled with stalagmites and numerous images of Buddha. In Moulmein, nowadays called Mawlamyine, see the artisans at Bilu island and visit a few really old monasteries. A journey through less touristy parts of Myanmar where you will meet the real people and experience Nature’s gifts to the Golden Land.
Sittwe/Mrauk U (5 days)
This extension takes you to the second most important archaeological site in the country. Fly to Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State and take a daytime private boat journey up-river to the ancient royal city of Mrauk U. Here the Rakhine Lords reigned over all the Gulf of Bengal, from the southern coast of India to the shores of Thailand and Malaysia with a fleet of over 10 000 warships. Away from the crowds of Central Myanmar, you will relish in the quiet pleasure of having the sites to yourself.
(5 Days )
Way up in the mountains, trekkings to Palaung, Lahu, Akha , Akhu and Ann villages propose a number of anthropological experiences. Sure, some Lahu villages have been Christianized while others stick to the Buddhist Faith but each ethnic group has animistic customs and particular clothing that can surprise. Half day trekkings, sometimes a bit strenuous, allow visitors to hike to some isolated villages, off the beaten track. See their unchanged ways of life, wander in their houses and discover another facet of Myanmar.