Day 1 | Yangon
Upon arrival in Yangon, Myanmar’s capital, you will be greeted and escorted to the hotel.
Day 2 | Yangon Bagan (B)
After breakfast, fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, begin your visit to Bagan visiting, the 4 most important temples in the area, dating back in some case over 900 years, Schwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukhyi Temple, Ananda Pahto and the Manuha Temple. Finish your day visiting a Lacquerware Workshop. The villages around Bagan are known for producing the finest lacquerware in Myanmar.
Day 3 | Bagan (B)
Today visit Mount Popa, considered to be the home of Myanmar’s most important spirits. Ascend a winding covered staircase encircling the mountain, observed by curious monkeys. At the top is a monastery and temple complex, with shrines to the 37 spirits and a spectacular view over the region. Next, visit the unspoiled Burmese town of Salay, and explore the Yoke Son Kyaung, the oldest surviving wooden monastery, with beautiful carvings of court life. Walk around the town, visiting the market and the Thar Ta Na Yaung Chi monastery, which also serves as an orphanage.
Note: Wood Carving Monastery Museum is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Public Holidays.
Day 4 | Bagan Mandalay (B)
After breakfast fly to Mandalay. The last royal capital of Burma, and it’s cultural and spiritual center. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty per cent of the country’s monks and finest crafts in Myanmar. Begin the tour at Mahamuni Paya. The Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in gold leaf. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. Afterwards, head to Shwenandaw Kyaung or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, once part of the Mandalay Palace and once used as private royal apartments. Continue to Kyauktawgyi Paya, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Visit Kuthodaw Paya, known also as “the world’s biggest book”. Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble, inscribed with the entire Tripitkata, or Buddhist scriptures. The final stop is at Shwe Kyin Old Monastery.
Day 5 | Mandalay (B)
Today, visit three former royal capitals, each with its own unique atmosphere. In the morning, drive to Amarapura, and visit the Mahagandayon Monastery. Next, pay a visit to Sagaing, the spiritual center of Myanmar with Hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries. 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. Once a royal capital, Inwa (Ava) is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a leisurely horsecart ride around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, and Nan Myint Tower. On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make their famous alms bowls out of iron. Finally, return to Amarapura, to end the day At U Bein’s Bridge, a picturesque teak bridge across Taungthaman Lake.
Day 6 | Mandalay Heho Inle Lake (B)
After breakfast fly to Heho. Then drive from Heho to Inle Lake stopping en route to explore Taunggyi, a pine-clad hill station which provides a cool break from the heat of the plains. Visit the Central Market, a good place to see colourful hill tribe people and the popular local handicraft of basket weaving. Also visit the cheroot factory called Flying Tiger Ma Shwe Wah. Watch the impressive hand-rolling technique and witness how the “cheroot bundlers” are able to bunch 50 cheroots together without counting the individual cigars.
Day 7 | Inle Lake (B)
Enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake and discover its calm serenity with 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the awe inspiring scenery and meditate on the one of a kind skill of the local fishermen who make use of their legs in a unique rowing technique to glide themselves gracefully around the lake. Visit the enchanting floating gardens, a teeming market and an Intha village around the lake. The day also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (Lotus and silk weaving villages) and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.
Day 8 | Inle Lake Heho Yangon (B)
Early morning transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Yangon. The capital city is filled with tree-shaded boulevards and shimmering stupas floating above the treetops. Start the day at the Sule Pagoda, a gleaming octagonal pagoda that stands squarely at the center of the city. Afterwards, visit the National Museum to gain an insight into Myanmar. See the eight meter high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king, and other fascinating artifacts. Enjoy a break at Bogyoke (Scott) Market, a covered market containing crafts from all corners of Myanmar. In the afternoon, visit some of the more well-known pagodas, including Botataung Pagoda, the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a reclining Buddha housed in a large metal-roofed shed on Shwegondaing Lan. Finally, continue to the Shwedagon 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.
Day 9 | Yangon Home (B)
Farewell to Yangon. Transfer to airport for your flight back to the USA.
|Land cost is per person in double occupancy traveling between April 1st, 2017 – September 30th, 2018|
|Hotel Accommodations||Superior First Class||Deluxe|
|Land only 2 – 3 PAX||$2,188||$2,300|
|Land only 3 – 6 PAX||$2,050||$2,155|
|Land only 7 – 9 PAX||$1,889||$1,985|