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12 Days / 11 Nights - Tour
Myanmar Intensive
Union of Myanmar

Day 1 Arrival Yangon
Arrival at Yangon airport in the morning. Transfer to hotel. Later afternoon, stop alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Shwedagon. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide - its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Accommodation at hotel, Yangon.

Day 2 Yangon - Bagan
Breakfast. Early morning transfer to Yangon Airport. Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways flight from Yangon to Bagan. One of the great sights of Asia, Bagan is not to be missed. Pagoda after pagoda large and small rises up from the green delta plain; a great deserted royal city. This was the era of the temple builders, and they left a monument to their art as stunning as the Pyramids in Egypt. Bagan flowered from 1057 to 1287, when it was overrun by the west-moving Kublai Khan. From the airport, start your full day Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine - look out for images of the 37 'nats' housed in a small hall. See 12th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old Bagan. Continue to 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. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. Check into your hotel late morning. Lunch at your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Archaeological Museum (if open). Continue to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 that is famous for its interlocking mortarless brickwork. Next, visit Mingalazedi, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Late afternoon, stop at Moe Moe lacquer ware factory to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. At sunset, climb to the top of one of the monuments to enjoy magnificent views over Bagan's temples and the Ayeyarwady River. Dinner at Sunset Garden Restaurant. Accommodation at hotel, Bagan.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Bagan
OPTIONAL : 0545 hours pick up from your hotel and report at Balloons desk in Bagan Hotel to have the unique opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in a hot air balloon ! The world-famous archaeological site of Bagan is known for its marvellous sunrises, mostly enjoyed from the top of one of the monuments. A balloon flight gives you the chance to see Bagan with a bird's-eye view. Then return to hotel for breakfast.

Breakfast. This morning tour starts with a visit Sulamani, one of Bagan's great two-storied Bamar style temples, which has 4-seated Buddha images. Continue to Lemyethna Temple, topped by an Indian-style spire similar to Ananda. Then the three shrines of Payathonzu (if open), which are connected by passages adorned with Mahayanist or Tantric mural paintings. Visit Nandamannya Temple with fine frescoes and an unexpectedly erotic mural. Take a break from temples and wander through the village of Minnanthu to see how the local people live. Enjoy lunch at Nanda Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Abeyadana Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Nanpaya Temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda and then stop at Myazedi Stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Lastly, admire the fine stuccowork at Gubyaukgyi Temple (Myinkaba village). In the late afternoon, take a boat on the Ayeyarwady River to see the sunset. Dinner and accommodation at hotel, Bagan.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Bagan - Mt. Popa
Breakfast. A full day to explore the countryside around Bagan. Drive along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River through Chauk, where you will see old Burma Oil installations ('nodding donkeys'), and continue to Salay. Visit Yokesone Monastery, which is the oldest surviving wooden monastery hall, built on 154 teak posts with beautiful woodcarvings decorating the outer walls. Continue to Payathonzu, a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the Bagan period, and see Nan Paya - a large lacquer Buddha image, said to date from the 13th century. Stop in Kyaukpadaung and visit the lively local market.

Drive to Mount Popa for a late lunch at Mount Popa Resort, which enjoys good views over Mount Popa and the surrounding countryside. In the afternoon, visit Kaba Aye Zedi, home to Myanmar's intriguing 'nats' (spirits). The steps and path climb steeply up Mount Popa - an energetic climb rewarded by fabulous views from the top. Dinner and accommodation at Mt. Popa Resort, Popa.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Popa - Mandalay
Breakfast. Depart Mt. Popa early morning for a full day's drive to Mandalay. From here onwards, the road to Mandalay is very bumpy but the scenery is interesting. Lunch at a (very) local restaurant in Meiktila. You should arrive in Mandalay in time to see the sunset along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River. Dinner and accommodation at hotel, Mandalay.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Mandalay
Breakfast. Start your morning Mandalay sightseeing tour with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay's holiest Buddha statue. Stop to see stone carving and to see gold leaf being beaten into wafer thin pieces. Lunch at Pakkoku Daw Lay May Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's home. Continue to see the 'world's largest book', being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw Pagoda. Visit Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda to see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Enjoy spectacular views at sunset from Mandalay Hill, where there are interesting glass-studded temples. Dinner and accommodation hotel, Mandalay.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Mandalay - Mingun
Breakfast. Morning boat trip to Mingun, site of a brick pagoda towering 50 meters above the Ayeyarwady River, and home to the world's largest intact bell. The boat trip is interesting because you see all types of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, carrying goods up and down the river. Return to Mandalay for lunch at Green Elephant Restaurant. Afternoon at leisure and dinner on own arrangements. Dinner and accommodation at hotel, Mandalay.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Amarapura - Sagaing - Ava
Breakfast. A full day of sightseeing starts with a drive across Ava Bridge, built by British engineers, to visit picturesque Sagaing Hill, which is perhaps the living center of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Hillsides are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Later, return across Ava Bridge to visit the ancient city of Amarapura and to nearby U-Bein bridge, which is over a kilometer long and made entirely of teak. Enjoy Lunch at Amarapura Restaurant. In the afternoon, take the local ferry to visit Innwa (Ava), located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers. You will visit Innwa by horse carts and pass through the ancient city walls to visit a brick and stucco monastery called Maha Aungmye Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung). Continue to Nanmyin Watch Tower - the climb to the top offers lovely views over the river. See also the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. Time permitting, visit some village homes to see local handicrafts, such as silk weaving, cane mats and alms bowls. Return to Mandalay in the early evening. Dinner at Ko's Kithcen Restaurant. Traditional Myanmar Cultural Show. Accommodation at hotel, Mandalay.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Mandalay - Inle Lake
Breakfast. Transfer to Mandalay Airport. Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways flight from Mandalay to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to your hotel. Lunch at hotel. In the afternoon, arrive at the village of Maing Thauk on the edge of Inle Lake by boat. The village is particularly interesting on market day (the 5 day market rotation). Walk up a dirt track through the village and continue up the hill to a stupa, which has fantastic views out over the lake and surrounding hills. The walk takes around 2 hours round trip and, although uphill, the route is not steep. It is also possible to walk from Maing Thauk down to the edge of the lake. Dinner and accommodation at hotel, Inle Lake.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Inle Lake
Breakfast. Full day boat trip on Inle Lake - a photographer's dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop. Pass endless floating gardens, where fruit and vegetables are grown.

A snarl of lake silt and weed produces, after about 50 years, a thick layer of humus that can then be turned into a floating vegetable or flower garden buoyant enough to support a human's weight for a brief time. The Inthas tend their lake gardens from long, banana-shaped boats, and row standing up, with one leg wrapped around the oar, leaving both hands free to fish or maneuver the nets. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. See traditional handicrafts - silk weaving on wooden handlooms and stop at Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, which is famous for its "jumping cats". Also visit a blacksmith shop, and other places as time allows. Lunch at Miss Anne's restaurant on the lake. This afternoon, we enjoy another boat tour to Indaing, at the western end of the Lake. The boat takes you through a long channel where you watch the farmers cultivate their produce. This ride is one of the most scenic boat tours on Lake Inle. Dinner and accommodation at hotel, Inle Lake.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Inle Lake - Yangon
Breakfast. This morning, leave your hotel by boat and drive down to Heho Airport. Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways flight from Heho to Yangon. Arrival at Yangon Airport and transfer to hotel. This afternoon, visit Yangon's unique Glass Factory, which has changed very little over the years. See skilled craftsmen hand-blowing glass and creating original glassware which is sold to hotels and restaurants all over Myanmar. Drive through the colonial style buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. Stop at Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. Continue to Botathaung Pagoda, located close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics. Late afternoon, walk along Yangon River to see the busy harbor area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Accommodation at hotel, Yangon.
Breakfast

Day 12 Yangon departure
Breakfast. Car and guide at disposal until transfer to Yangon Airport in the evening for departure flight by …
Breakfast

Included

Same guide throughout the whole tour, with the language guide of your choice (English, Italian, French or German - other language guides available on request)
American breakfast while in Yangon, full board while up-country
Accommodation in hotels as specified above. For categories, please refer to Page 3
Transportation by air-conditioned cars, minibuses or buses
All domestic flights with Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways as detailed in the itinerary
Boat trips as specified in the itinerary
All entrance fees
International airport tax

Not Included

Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Meals where not specified
Visa fees
International flight tickets to and from Yangon
Balloons over Bagan
All other expenses of a personal nature

 

 
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