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Golden Land Myanmar 9 Days – Starting from $1,885

Yangon • Bagan • Mandalay • Inle Lake » Tour Code : AGL

  • 2015 – 2016 Tour Itinerary
  • Tour Dates & Prices
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Inclusions
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Day 1 Arrive Yangon
Upon arrival in Yangon, Myanmar’s capital, you will be greeted and escorted to the hotel.

Day 2 Yangon » Bagan (AB)
Transfer to airport for your morning flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and proceed for sightseeing to Shwezigon Paya. Continue your visit to Gubyaukhyi Temple at Wetkyi-inn. This temple was built in the early 13th Century and repaired in 1468. After that, you will visit Ananda Pahto, one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Gubyaukgyi Temple in Myinkaba was built in 1113 by Kyansittha’s son Rajakumar, this temple is famous for its well-preserved Stuccos from the 12 century on the outside walls. Continue your visit to Manuha Temple which was built in 1059 by King Manuha, the King of Thaton who was brought captive to Bagan by King Anawrahta. It is said that this temple was built by Manhua to express his displeasure about his captivity in Bagan. In 1057, King Anawrahta built Shwesandaw Paya following his conquest of Thaton. Stop by at one of the Lacquerware Workshop and learn about the painstaking process of lacquerware making and decoration. You will overnight in Bagan tonight.

Day 3 Bagan (AB)
Today’s excursion is to Mount Popa, the home of Myanmar most important nats (spirits). Visitors ascend up a winding covered staircase encircling the mountain, observed by the curious monkeys that populate the area. At the top is a monastery and temple complex, with shrines to the 37 nats and a spectacular view over the region. Continue your visit to Salay to explore local life in this unspoiled Burmese town. You will visit Yoke Son Kyaung, the oldest surviving wooden monastery with beautiful carving of court life and scenes from the Ramayana. Continue to wander around the town, visiting the market and the Thar Ta Na Yaung Chi Monastery, which also serve as orphanage. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Note: Wood Carving Monastery Museum is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Public Holidays

Day 4 Bagan » Mandalay (AB)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, your sightseeing in Mandalay begins with a visit to Mahamuni Paya. The Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15cm of gold leaf. En route, stop to observe the laborious process of gold-leaf beating, where gold is painstakingly hammered into tissue-thin squares. You will also visit a craft workshop specializing in one of the arts for which the city is famous: bronze-casting, marble-carving, wood-carving, or puppetry. Your afternoon tour includes some of the city’s most interesting temples and palaces. Begin at Shwenandaw Kyaung, or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace, used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen. Continue to Kyauktawgyi Paya, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Continue to Kuthodaw Paya, known also as “the world’s biggest book”. The final stop is at Shwe Kyin Old Monastery at the base of Mandalay Hill which was built during the period of King Mindon. This evening, enjoy a String Puppet and Cultural Show at Mandalay Marionettes Theater. You will overnight in Mandalay tonight.

Day 5 Mandalay (AB)
Today’s excursion is to visit three former royal capitals each with its own unique atmosphere. This morning, drive to Amarapura and visit Mahagandayon Monastery; everyday at mid-morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Continue to visit Sagaing, the spiritual center of Myanmar. Stop at some of the most famous temples such as Sun U Ponya Shin Paya, U Min Thonsei Paya and Kaung Hmu Daw Paya. Cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Enjoy a leisurely horse cart ride around the peaceful countryside. Briefly visit Bagaya Kyaung, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung and Nan Myint Tower. On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make the famous alms bowls out of iron. Finally return to Amarapura to end the day at U Bein’s bridge, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over 1km across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge teems with monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colors of the sunset.

Day 6 Mandalay » Heho » Inle Lake (AB)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Heho. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and proceed for sightseeing around Taungyi. First stop is at the Central Market located in the center of town. It is a good place to see colorful hill tribe people and the popular local handicraft of basket making. You will also visit Flying Tiger Ma Shwe Wah (Cheroot Factory). Then, transfer to Inle Lake (about an hour drive) and check in to your hotel.

Day 7 Inle Lake (AB)
Today, enjoy excursion by boat on the Inle Lake. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and observe the skilled fishermen using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake. Visit the floating gardens, a market and Intha Village around the lake. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (Lotus and silk weaving) and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. You will also visit Ywar Ma Village (Padaung Long Neck Women), the largest village on the Inle Lake where guests will visit goldsmith workshops, silk weaving cottage industries and observe the sculpture and umbrella industries. You will also stop by at Ann Silk Lotus Weaving workshop.

Day 8 Inle Lake » Heho » Yangon (AB)
Transfer back to Heho Airport for flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and proceed for sightseeing. First you will visit the Sule Pagoda, a gleaming octagonal pagoda that stands squarely at the center point of the city. Afterwards, visit the National Museum (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to gain an insight into Myanmar. See the eight meter high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese King and other fascinating artifacts from Burmese history and culture. Enjoy a break at Bogyoke (Scott) Market, a pleasant covered market containing crafts from all corners of Myanmar, gems, fabrics and more (closed on Monday and public holidays). In the afternoon, visit the well-known pagodas, including Botataung Pagoda, named after the 1,000 military leaders who escorted relics to the Buddha from India over 2,000 years ago. Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, the reclining Buddha in Yangon which si almost as large as the enormous figure of Shwe Tha Lyaung Buddha in Bago. It’s house in a large metal-roofed shed on Shwegondaing Lan, only a short distance north-east beyond the Shwedagon Paya. Your final stop is at the famous Shwedagone Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colors of twilight. Lastly, you will visit a Night Market in China Town.

Day 9 Yangon » Home (AB)
Farewell to Yangon. Transfer to airport for your flight back to the USA.

Golden Land Myanmar 9 Days Tour Land Package Per Person
Hotel
Accommodations
Land Only
2 PAX
Land Only
3 – 6 PAX
Land Only
7 – 9 PAX
Single
Supplement
Superior First Class $2,160 $2,020 $1,885 $555
Deluxe $2,485 $2,345 $2,210 $895
Above rates are valid for travel between April 01, 2015 – March 31, 2016 (Seasonal surcharge may apply)

Superior First Class Accommodations

  • Yangon: Rose Garden Hotel star
  • Bagan: Thande Hotel star
  • Mandalay: Rupar Mandalay Resort star
  • Inle Lake: Inle Resort star

Deluxe Accommodations

  • Yangon: Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake star
  • Bagan: Aureum Palace Resort star
  • Mandalay: Mandalay Hill Resort star
  • Inle Lake: Pristine Lotus Spa Resort star

Package Includes:

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Domestic air within Myanmar
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary including admission charges where applicable
  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • Baggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes; all local taxes

Special Notes

  • Transpacific airfare, US domestic add-on airfare are available, please call for details
  • Preferred accommodations subject to change to similar class
  • All prices are subject to change without notice
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