Classical Myanmar (10-Days)
Tour Highlights & Inclusives:
Day 1: Arrive Yangon (D)
Arrive in Yangon and Transfer to hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quiet and charming city. It’s impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most Fascinating and authentic capitals of South-East Asia. Check in hotel. After lunch, a city tour includes the National Museum, Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda’s 70m long reclining Buddha, downtown Yangon with it’s faded colonial atmosphere, Sule Pagoda, Mahabandoola Park, India town and bustling China town. Welcome dinner at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel with cultural show. Overnight at The Strand Hotel or Pansea Hotel in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon-Mandalay by morning flight.(B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Yangon’s Mingaladon Airport for the flight to Mandalay. On arrival, a sightseeing tour of Mandalay. Myanmar’s cultural capital, features Mahamuni Pagoda, famous for it’s venerable statue of Buddha covered with gold leaf. Mandalay has long been known as a centre of skilled craftsmanship and in former times supplied the royal courts. A tour of traditional workshops includes crafts such as woodcarving, marble masonry, Kalaga tapestry and gold-leaf making. After lunch visit to Mandalay Palace, Kuthodaw Pagoda with it’s 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures (known as the world’s biggest book) and Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for it’s exquisite woodcarving. Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at Hotel Red Canal or similar in Mandalay.
Day 3: Mandalay-Amarapura-Gawein Jetty by car. (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel departure for a full day trip to the former capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing. The day begins with a visit to to the 18th century capital, Amarapura where the country’s largest monastery, Mahaganda Yon Monastery, is located. Continue to the 200 year old U Bein Bridge, constructed entirely from teak and a silk weaving workshop.
Day 4: Mingun-Sagaing-River Village (B,L,D)
Downstream to Sagaing-
Early in the morning cruise downstream. during the 2 hours journey the passengers can admire the natural beauty of the river and the life of it’s banks while relaxing on the sundeck or just sitting outside their own cabin. Enjoy the sunrise over the Sagaing hill.
After Breakfast passengers can go ashore to visit Sagaing with the assistance of our Ship Manager or their own guide.
Downstream To Bagan-
The cast off time is at 11.15 hrs. Lunch will be served at 13.00. In the late afternoon we stop at Yandabo, a village specialized in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Cruise all day and moor over night near a river village. Moor overnight near the Village of Shwe Nann Tint.
Day 5: Arrival Bagan Jetty. (B,L,D)
Early in the morning we proceed downriver to Bagan. After breakfast (if time permits) we visit another typical river village
Check Out time-
Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan. Passengers will disembark at Aye Yar Jetty around 10.15 hrs. On the dry plain of central Myanmar by the banks of the Irrawaddy River stands Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. The 230 years, from 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, were marked by a religious fervor and building frenzy resulting in the thousands of stupas and temples many of which are still standing today. Upon arrival at Bagan, transfer hotel for check in. Free at leisure. Enjoy lunch at hotel. Early evening visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda upper terrace to see the panoramas view of Bagan. Overnight at Thiripyitsayar Sakura (River View Suite) or Aureum Palace Resort (Lake View Villa) in Bagan.
Day 6: Baga Sightseeing. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, morning sightseeing of Bagan features the colorful Nyaung Oo Market, the Shweizigon Pagoda and it’s magnificent golden stupa, Kyansittha U Min, Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite Jatakas murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for it’s fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. In the afternoon observe the process of traditional lacquer ware, one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan. Visit Ananda, and architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple with four impressive standing Buddha images, Ananda Okkyaung, one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Vagan period and Thatbyinnyu the highest temple in Bagan rising to 61m. End the day with a horse and carriage tour among the temples passing by the traditional village of Taungbi, Sulamani Temple and the massive Dhammayangyi Temple noted for it’s remarkable brickwork. Enjoy sunset over the site from the upper terrace of Tayokepyay Temple. Overnight at Thiripyitsayar Sakura (River View Suite or Aureum Palace Resort (Lake View Villa) In Bagan.
Day 7: Bagan (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Myinkaba village and observe the process of traditional lacquer ware, one of the best-known Myanmar handicraft and a specialty of Bagan. Visit the monuments of Myinkaba village, Gubyaukkhi, an early period Pyu-style temple of Hindu influence with some of the oldest mural paintings in Bagan, Manuha and Nanpaya temples. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the countryside village of some of the most interesting temples such as Payathonzu, with it’s unusual architecture and tantric Buddhism influence, Lemyethna and Nandamannya temples. Enjoy the sunset from the top of Bu Phaya. Overnight at Thiripyitsayar Sakura (River View Suite) or Aureum Palace Resort (Lake View Villa) in Bagan.
Day 8: Bagan-Heho-Inle Lake by morning flight. (B,L,D)
After Breakfast at the hotel transfer to Nyaung U Airport for the flight to Heho. From Heho, enjoy a scenic drive to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s best-known sights. The Intha people, a tribe of Mon descent, mostly inhabit the lakeshores and floating villages. On arrival at Nyaung Shwe village, transfer by boat to start a sightseeing tour on Inle lake including a chance to see the leg-rowing fisherman. Continue to see the floating gardens, built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. There are also floating villages like Ywama, the lake’s downtown, where a floating market is held every five days. In the afternoon continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon and the jumping cat monastery. Check into hotel in the afternoon. Overnight at Inle Princess Resort (Lake front cottage) or similar in Inle Lake.
Day 9: Inle Lake-In Dein-Heho-Yangon by afternoon flight. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, visit the Dein in the south of the lake by motor boat. From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the village of In Dein, a recently opened area in Shan State. After a walk around the stupas are partly covered by vegetation. From here there is a magnificent view over the lake. Continue visits of the lake by boat and in the afternoon transfer to Heho Airport for the flight back to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Farewell Dinner and overnight at The Strand Hotel or Pansea Hotel in Yangon.
Day 10: Depart Yangon (B,L)
After breakfast finish the tour with a visit to Myanmar’s holiest monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda with it’s golden stupa covered with 60 tons of pure gold leaf. In the afternoon there is free time for shopping at Bogyoke Market, formerly Scott’s Market, before transferring to Airport for onward flight.