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Irrawady River-Inle Lake Adventure Tour

Irrawady River-Inle Lake Adventure Tour

Myanmar Stipvisite in Myanmar AsiaTrips

12 Days / 11 Nights

from / to Yangon

Tour Highlights
• 12 days and 11 nights
• Visit colonial and ancient sites at Yangon
• Discover the city of Nyaung U and neighboring villages
• learn in workshops the two most famous products of Bagan
• Embark on a water cruise aboard RV Paukan
• Take an optional hot air balloon ride
• Visit the pottery village of Yandabo
• Explore the extraordinary 947 sandstone caves of Po Win Taung
• Learn more about the world’s largest intact bell of Mingun
• Explore the sites in and around Inle Lake
• Participate in a cooking class with a local family
• Visit the wonderful sites of Sagar
Explore the beauty of the surroundings as you cruise the Irrawaddy River on the way to Inle Lake in this 12-day adventure trip. You will visit ancient sites as well as enjoy local sceneries. You will get a chance to meet local folks as they go about their daily lives. Learn more about traditional crafts and visit natural spectacles such as the 947 sandstone caves.

Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon Arrival (D)

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transfered to your hotel. Largely uninfluenced by the modern world, Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a quiet and charming city with rich colonial and spiritual heritage. It is considered to be one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. Begin your introduction to Yangon’s people, culture and heritage with a walking tour of the city. You will enjoy the colonial beauty of the post office, Sule Paya, the Strand Hotel, Mahabanoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way.

Stop in at Let Yway Sin tea shop forva hot cup of coffee or sweet Burmese tea and the famous semolina cake. If time allows, continue to Bogyoke Market and peruse stalls and shops handicrafts and other goods. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). This evening enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.

Overnight in Yangon

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B)

This morning fly to Bagan in central Myanmar. Upon arrival it is a short drive to your riverside hotel for check in (early check in is subject to availability). Spend time relaxing or go for a swim in the pool. At midday depart for lunch at a nearby restaurant (own account) and an afternoon of sightseeing.

Explore the town of Nyaung U and neighboring villages to learn about their customs and traditions. Learn the process of creating pone yeh gyi (pea powder paste) and see how local plum jam is made. Visit workshops of two of the region’s best known products: handmade lacquer ware and wooden handicrafts. You will also observe how Cartwrights make a traditional bullock carts, still used by farmers and locals throughout the country. Then travel by horse carriage among the temples passing a variety of monuments, local houses and farms. Watch the sunset from one of the elevated temples before returning to your hotel.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 3: Bagan – Embark on RV Paukan (B, L,D)

This morning after breakfast transfer to the Bagan jetty to check in to your cabin on board the RV Paukan. After completing all registration and procedures the RV Paukan guide will lead a shore excursion of some of the many temples and craftshops of Bagan. Dinner will be held at a local restaurant before returning to the ship for your overnight.

Overnight onboard RV Paukan

Day 4: Cruising (B, L,D)

OPTION: Start your morning with a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan. Enjoy the fabulous views as the sun rises over the stupas and Irrawaddy River. This is truly an unforgettable and unique experience! (Note: available only from October to March) USD 285 per person.

This morning the boat casts off around 10.30 for a full day of cruising. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you slowly make your way northwards. In this evening, the boat will moor overnight in Shwe Pyi Thar Village and you can visit around the village on foot. After dinner, a puppet show will be performed in the village or on the sundeck.

Overnight onboard RV Paukan

Day 5: Cruising (B, L,D)

This morning, visit Yandabo, a riverside village famous for pot making and is where the peace treaty was signed in 1826 to end the first Anglo-Burmese war. Go ashore for a walk through Yandabo, stopping to visit one of the pot-making workshops, the local school and monastery to learn more about life along the river. The ship will cast off in this afternoon and cruise upstream to Myin Mu jetty. Dinner will be served on board and the boat will moor here for the evening.

Overnight onboard RV Paukan

Day 6: Cruising (B, L,D)

This morning 1 1⁄2 hour drive to Monywa, a typical Burmese town on the banks of the Chindwin River, to visit Po Win Taung . This extraordinary complex consists of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in Southeast Asia.

After visiting Po Win Taung, continue a few hundred meters away to Shwe Ba Taung. Spend time exploring this interesting site where monasteries and temples are carved out rocky narrow cliffs. After lunch 2 hours drive to Sagaing where your cruise is waiting.

Dinner and overnight onboard RV Paukan

Day 7: Cruising (B, L,D)

Your last day of cruising, begins with Mingun tho visit the world’s largest uncracked bell which weighs more than 87 tons and is more than 3.7 metres tall. You’ll also visit Mingun Pagoda, a giant brick structure built in the late 1700s and although it was unfinished due to economic troubles it is still an impressive site. Stop as well at a ‘home for the aged’ to visit with the residents.

After lunch, continue a tour of Ava, travelling by local horse cart. Stop at sites such as 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower and Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery. Then, travel by boat and car to Amarapura, another former capital. Walk along the famous teak bridge of U Bein with unforgettable sunset view. The boat will moor at Sagaing. After dinner enjoy a dance and theatre performance on the Sundeck.

Overnight onboard RV Paukan

Day 8: Disembark – Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake (B)

After breakfast, disembark the RV Paukan and meet with your guide to transfer to Mandalay’s airport.

From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images.

If time permits, enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.

Overnight on Inle Lake.

Day 9: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake (B, L)

After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day). Continue along Inle Lake, passing Intha villages built on stilts over the lake and their floating gardens. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, housing five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.

Stop for lunch in a local family’s house and help them prepare authentic Inthar dishes. This cooking course is a fascinating way to learn about the traditional flavors and cooking techniques of Burmese Cuisine. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, to see Burmese cigars rolled by hand.

Overnight on Inle Lake.

Day 10: Inle Lake – Sagar – Inle Lake (B, L)

Set off this morning on a 3 hour boat journey to your lakeside hotel in Sagar, the far southern region of Inle Lake. Upon arriving in Sagar area there are several stops that will be made including a stop a the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar- 108 stupas from the 16-17th submerged for several months a year. Continue to the village of Thaya Gone, home to Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people and known for its production of local rice wine.

Watch the process of distillation and then sample some of the local brew if you wish. Another stop will be made in Sae Khaung Pottery Village to see the crafting of oil and water pots as well as the natural, underground kilns used by the villagers. On the western shores of the Sagar area is Tar Kaung, a series of more than 200 stupas which also make a fabulous photo stop.

Lunch will be arranged along the way (either picnic lunch or local lunch at a small restaurant) Around 2.30 the boat will begin its journey back to the main section of Inle Lake.ALong the way, you will see rice noodles and spun cotton hanging out to dry. You’ll reach your hotel early this evening in time to freshen up and watch the sunset.

Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 11: Inle Lake – Yangon (B,D)

This morning transfer to Heho for the flight to Yangon where upon landing you will transfer to the hotel for a chance to freshen up. (note: early check in is subject to arrival) Begin with a visit to Kandawgyi Park, to see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. Stop in at Let Yway Sin tea shop forva hot cup of coffee or sweet Burmese tea and the famous semolina cake and enjoy watching the locals as they ago about their daily life.

From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at Home of Memories.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 12: Yangon Departure (B)

The remainder of today is at your leisure for additional sightseeing or shopping before transferring to the airport for your onward flight. For those with more time we recommend joining one of our exclusive day trips to further explore the wonders of Yangon.

Art and Antiques Tour: This full day tour reveals the city’s rich history through its art and antiques. Visit several antiques shops and dine in a 100-year old colonial house centuries that are partially filled with furniture and remnants of General Aung San’s revolutionary period. Spend the afternoon exploring the city’s art galleries.

Yangon for Foodies: Get a taste for Burmese food and culture with our half day guided ‘Yangon for Foodies’ tour. Visit some of the city’s best fresh markets, sample tasty treats, sip a cuppa with the locals in a tea shop and enjoy a traditional curry lunch. From the sweet (fried donuts) to the strange (fermented tea leaf salad), you’ll get to try it all! (Lunch included)

Dhala- Colours of the Countryside: Cross the Yangon River by local ferry to Dhala, a typical delta village. Travel by trishaw to the daily market and the monasteries, winding around local neighbourhoods and quiet laneways along the way.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.10.2015 – 31.03.2016

Dates: 29.11.2015 – 25.03.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room (single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 6.020 8.234 1.568
Hotel Category Superior 6.188 8.635 1.801
Hotel Category First Class 6.754 9.766 2.366
Note: On 24.12 and 31.12, some hotels charge for compulsory gala dinners. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.During certain dates, seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and Myanmar Water Festival (13.04 – 16.04.15). Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

Surcharge for Optional Excursion

Surcharge per person in USD Per person
Hot air ballon ride over Bagan (standard) 427
Hot air ballon ride over Bagan (premium) 502

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For rates for 3 or more travellers in one booking, please inquire with our team.

Services included in our rates:
• accommodation inc. breakfast (B)
• other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request)
• all transfers
• boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• domestic flights as detailed in the itinerary, economy class (20 kg luggage per person)
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
• international flights from and to your country of origin
• travel insurance
• meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes. We will be happy to arrange your dream itinerary.

Our Selection of Hotels for You

Hotel Category Standard:
Yangon: Millenium Hotel *** (deluxe room)
Bangan: Bawgatheidi Hotel *** (deluxe room)
RV Paukan: cabins on the upper deck
Inle Lake: Paramount Inle Resort **(*) (superior room)
Hotel Category Superior:
Yangon: Green Hill *** (*) (deluxe room)
Bangan: Amazing Bagan Resort **** (deluxe room)
RV Paukan: cabins on the upper deck
Inle Lake: Inle Resort ****(*) (garden cottage)
Hotel Category First Class:
Yangon: Kandawgyi Palace **** (superior room)
Bangan: Aureum Palace ***** (deluxe room)
RV Paukan: cabins on the upper deck
Inle Lake: Inle Princess Resort **** (chalet with outdoor shower)
About the RV Paukan:
This boutique ship is 55 meters long and 11.6 meters wide and represents a beautiful amalgamation of modern and traditional style.
30 wood-panelled cabin are furnished in a homely, comfortable fashion, with colonial-style cupboards, wardrobes and doors and a traditional Burmese ceiling. The cabins are equipped with en-suite bath/showers and WCs.
The 30-strong crew is available round the clock to ensure your wellbeing.
A sun deck invites guests to unwind during the day and is also the location of the nightly entertainment programme. There is also a bar, a lounge (ideal for relaxation) and an onboard cinema. Located on the main deck is a restaurant offering regional Asian cuisine and international delicacies.
Note: As an alternative to the PV Paukan, we can also arrange cruises on the Amara I and II. However, these ships offer a different cruise programme. We would be delighted to provide you with a quote – please inquire with our team.

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