Ultimate Luxury Tour of Myanmar
Category: Myanmar Tours
Duration: 10 days - 9 nights
Itinerary: Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Inle Lake - Yangon
Day 01: Yangon sightseeing (-/L/D)
Upon arrival, we will welcome to you by your local tour guide at Yangon International Airport to begin Yangon sightseeing by a walk through "downtown" Yangon, a diverse mix of faded colonial architecture from the British times, and high-rises built by more recent investors; Sule Pagoda, built in the early 3rd century is a landmark in the city centre. Late afternoon visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda of Rudyard Kipling fame and one of Myanmar's most sacred places. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires and topaz - a stunning sight as the sun sets and a most fitting place to begin our trip in this "Golden Land". Overnight at the Hotel in Yangon.
Day 02: Yangon - Mandalay Arrival & Sightseeing (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel, we will transferred by your local tour guide to Yangon International Airport for flight to Mandalay. Arrive in Mandalay where you will be welcomed by your local tour guide and drive to ancient capital of Amarapura, the city of Immortality for a visit to Bagaya Monastery with a famous collection of Buddha images; weaving industries, two-century old U-Bein teak bridge on the Taungtaman Lake and observe the lunch process of thousands of monks who take their last meal of the day at 10:00 am in total silence. Proceed to Mandalay and check in at the hotel. After refreshment, you will take a sightseeing tour of Mandalay which includes Mahanumi, a life like Buddha image. Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar and that make her to be the best place to see all the traditional arts and crafts. Start visiting gold leaf making work-place and see how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Continue visit the Old Palace grounds; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha's Doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Mandalay - Mingun - Inwa(Ava) – Mandalay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred for Jetty for a private boat across the river Ayeywarwaddy to visit Mingun. The dedications of King Bodawpaya such as the unfinished Pathodawgyi Pagoda a brick counterpart of pyramid in Egypt and the Mingun Bell, the second largest bell in the world are the most prominent religious heritages. Then visiting the Myatheintan Pagoda, the best representation of the Universe, will refresh your tiredness and fatigue. Return to Mandalay. After lunch, drive to Ava, 30-minute to the south of Mandalay, was known in the west as the Kingdom of Ava. Stop by a tributary and cross it with a ferry. Travel by pony-cart around Ava to Nanmyint leaning tower which gives a birds' eye view of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River; Bagaya wooden monastery; Aungmyaybonza Monastery made of brick and stucco. Though the Royal Palace has gone, the Pagodas, Temples and Monasteries still remain. Return drive to Mandalay and see the silversmith work place on our way back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.
Day 04: Mandalay - RV Cruise ( on Board ) (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel we will transfer to Sagaing jetty for cruising Mandalay – Ancient Bagan overnight. Upon arrival on board, welcome by cocktail and briefing in the saloon or sundeck followed by lunch. Cruise all day long. In the late afternoon we stop at Yandabo,a village specializing in Pot- Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo- Burmese war was signed on Fev.24,1826. We visit the Pot workshops, the monastery and the school. Overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint.
Day 05: RV Cruise – Ancient Bagan (B/L/D)
Early in the morning we continue downstream to Bagan. After breakfast ( if time permits) we visit another typical river village. Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan. Passengers will disembark at Bagan Aye Yar jetty by 9:30 hrs. This morning we head for a sightseeing excursion around the Bagan Archaeological Zone World Heritage Area. A comprehensive exploration of Bagan includes Nyaung Oo market; Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas; Kyansittha Umin; Wet-kyi-inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite mural painting of 13th century and Htilominlo Temple. In the afternoon, after a visit to lacquer ware workshops; continue to Manuha Temple built by exile King Manuha; Nanphaya, said to have been the residence of King Manuha; Ananda Temple, architectural masterpiece and Oak-Kyaung monastery decorated with multi colour mural paintings. Enjoy the breathtaking sunset from one of the temple of Bagan. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
Day 06: Bagan – Balloon Over Bagan - Mt. Popa (B/L/D)
We will pick up you in the early morning for riding Balloon Over Bagan. Champaign & Juice with BOB Pailot. We will send you hotel back for breakfast and refreshment. After breakfast at hotel, we head to Mt. Popa about 48 km south east of Bagan. Mt. Popa, known as the abode of Nats (spirits) - a collection of 37 magical spirits both feared and honored by some Myanmar people and the nat museum, which houses 37 life-size nat statues sculpted from teak. It's time to climb for 777 steps to the summit. The Summit will give the nice panoramic view. Lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch, we will check in hotel and overnight at the hotel in Popa Mountain Resort.
Day 07: Bagan – Heho - Inle Lake ( by car ) (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel, we are transferring to Nyaung U airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival to Heho, we will road to Inle Lake. We have a leisurely morning to make our way down into the Inle basin and by "long-tail" boat out across the lake to our Hotel right on the Inle Lake. In the afternoon, we plan to spend the day visiting villages and sampling the spectacular array of traditional handicrafts. You will see the unique method locals use to row their boats, fishermen with their own style of fishing, floating farms and gardens and a handloom weaving cottage with its own showroom. You will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha Images in the southern Shan State. Overnight at the hotel on Inle Lake.
Day 08: Inle lake – Pindaya ( by car ) (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel, we will transfer by road to Pindaya (60km) about 90 minutes’ drive. We will make an excursion to the caves which houses over 8,000 Buddha Images of various sizes, made from teak, lacquer, marble, alabaster and cement. Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, explore the district for it's famous traditional paper & umbrella making home base cottage industry. Overnight at the hotel in Pindaya.
Day 09: Pindaya – Heho – Yangon (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel, we are heading back down country today to return to the airport at Heho for our flight to Yangon. Our route takes us back to Heho and down the escarpment to Nyaung-Shwe for a busy local market. Check in at airport and fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival, we will have lunch and if the time is enough, we will visit the Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) for souvenir shopping. After shopping, you will be transferred to Yangon International airport for your return international departure flight.
Day 10: Yangon Deaprture (B/-/-)
After breakfast at hotel, we will transfer to you the Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.
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