After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Bagan, capital of the Bagan kingdom, which united the regions that later became Myanmar. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, monasteries and monuments were constructed on the plain. Invasions, wars, and natural disasters have reduced most of these to rubble, but today Bagan is still home to more than 2,200 standing ancient religious monuments, and is Myanmar’s greatest architectural site. Enjoy a full-day Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s most important reliquary shrine – look out for a shrine with 37 “nats” (spirits) housed in a small hall. Continue to Gubyaukgyi, a temple in the Mon style, with 547 fine frescoes of Buddhist jataka tales. UNESCO and the UNDP completed an extensively restoration of Gubyaukgyi in 1991. In the afternoon, visit Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha statues, a captive king’s impression of life in prison. Then we go on to Nanpaya, an early style of temple, with the finest stone carvings, followed by Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture, with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era, with well-preserved murals. Then, visit the central market and lacquer-ware manufacturing village – Myinkaba.