Early morning flight to Bagan, ancient capital of Myanmar where two nights are spent at the comfortable Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort in Old Bagan. The morning begins with a sightseeing tour, with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, and Gu Byauk Gyi, a temple with exquisite Jataka mural scenes, as well as a visit to the busy local market. Continue to Ananda temple and adjoining brick monastery with its beautiful murals.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit to the Archaeological Museum which houses some of the precious relics removed from the temples and pagodas over time, many of which were only discovered in the 1975 earthquake. Continue to Dhammayangyi, the largest temple in Bagan, and was built during the reign of King Narathu (1167-1170). Enjoy the sunset from one of the temples. Dinner at the hotel.
Early this morning, weather permitting, there will be a unique opportunity (at additional cost) to enjoy magnificent views over the ancient Kingdom of Bagan from a hot air balloon. After breakfast at the hotel, visit Nagayon temple which dates back to the 11th century and is one of the earliest temples in Bagan, and also visit Abeyadana temple to see its beautiful mural paintings. Continue to the 11th century Manuha temple and 12th century Lawka Htate Pan temple which is protected by UNESCO.
Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon visit to Sulamani temple, built in the late 12th century before enjoying a horse cart ride to view the sunset. Private candle lit dinner with puppet show at the hotel.