Following pickup from your centrally located hotel, depart Bagan in the morning for a privately led 9-hour tour of the region. First, board a boat at the jetty for a coastal 1-hour ride that gets you sightseeing along the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River, a commercial waterway lined with ancient temples and riverboats.
Disembark for a 45-minute drive past picturesque pagodas dotting the hillsides as you follow an off-road path to the summit of a holy mountain, renowned among local pilgrims. Listen as your private guide sheds light on the folklore surrounding the impressive peaks.
You are served a set lunch at a restaurant before a visit to some nearby agricultural villages. You'll have the opportunity to meet a few of the residents and discover local farming techniques as you gain insight into local life. Afterward, head back to Bagan for hotel drop-off in the evening.