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8 Days / 7 Nights - Tour
Mynamar Classic Tour
Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Pindaya & Inle Lake
Union of Myanmar

Day 1 Arrival Yangon
Arrival at Yangon airport and transfer to hotel. Later in the afternoon, 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 the Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Accommodation at hotel, Yangon.
Dinner

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. 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 hotel. In the afternoon, visit Mingalazedi, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Continue to the Myinkaba area and Gubyaukgyi Temple, with its fine stuccowork. Visit 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. 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 Nanda Restaurant. Accommodation at hotel, Bagan.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Bagan - Mandalay
Breakfast. Transfer to Bagan Airport. Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways flight from Bagan to Mandalay. From the airport, start your full day Mandalay sightseeing tour with a visit to 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. Then, 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. Return across Ava Bridge to see Mahamuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay's holiest Buddha statue. Stop to see stone carving and then enjoy the sunset along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River in Mandalay if time allows. Check into your hotel in the evening. Dinner and accommodation at hotel, Mandalay.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 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 hotel. This afternoon, see gold leaf being beaten into wafer thin pieces and then 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 at Green Elephant Restaurant. Traditional Myanmar Cultural Show. Accommodation at hotel, Mandalay.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Mandalay - Pindaya
Breakfast. Transfer to Mandalay Airport. Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways flight from Mandalay to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport to Pindaya, an interesting drive up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice. Lunch at Memento Restaurant, specialized in "Danu" food. Visit magnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are on display in the various cave chambers. Visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols. Dinner and accommodation at hotel, Pindaya.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Pindaya - Inle Lake
Breakfast. From Pindaya, drive down into the valley to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to your hotel on the lake. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon 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 a blacksmith shop. Stop at Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, which is famous for its "jumping cats". Dinner and accommodation at hotel, Inle Lake.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Inle Lake - Yangon
Breakfast. Early morning transfer by boat and car/bus to Heho Airport. Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways flight from Heho to Yangon. Transfer from Yangon airport to hotel. In the afternoon, drive through the colonial style buildings downtown and visit Botathaung Pagoda, located close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics. Stop alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Shwedagon. Visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. Accommodation at hotel, Yangon.
Breakfast

Day 8 Yangon departure
Breakfast. This morning, visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image. Continue to the newly renovated National Museum (if open) and see the Lion's Throne. Visit Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi, which makes a useful landmark in downtown Yangon. 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. At leisure until transfer to Yangon airport in the afternoon.
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)

Not Included

Services not mentioned in the itinerary
All other expenses of a personal nature

 

 
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