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Myanmar Exploration Tour

Myanmar Exploration Tour

Myanmar Exploration Tour Map

12 Days / 11 Nights

from / to Yangon

Tour Highlights
• 12 days and 11 nights of full Myanmar exploration
• Discover the ancient and colonial past of Yangon
• Learn about the 70-meter reclining Buddha
• Explore the Kandawgyi Park
• Visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda
• Explore the wonderful sites surrounding Inle Lake
• Visit the ancient and present wonders of Bagan
• Enjoy a relaxing time at Ngapali Beach
Explore the wonderful sites of Yangon and other famous places of Myanmar in this 12-day trip across the country. You will have a unique experience of visiting ancient sites, amazing Buddha statues, and centuries-old monuments. You will also experience the best of what Myanmar can offer, plus a chance to relax in the amazing Ngapali Beach.

Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon Arrival ( -, -, -)

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, your guide will greet you and you will be transferred to an elegant hotel. The rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Yangon.

(Your hotel room is available from about 14:00 available. Your luggage may already be parked in thehotel and is a former reference of rooms subject to availability on arrival.)

Day 2: Yangon ( B, -, – )

After breakfast at your hotel, begin your tour with an exploration of the city on foot and by car. Pass faded colonial buildings such as the former Colonial Administrative office of Secretariat belong to 1905, where the General Aung San and his 6 Cabinet Ministers were assassinated in 1947, City Hall and  The High Court in 1911 as well as Mahabandoola Park and Sule Pagoda. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at a Let Ywae Sin Tea Shop. Continue to Bogyoke Market to peruse the wide selection of local handicrafts and other goods (Note: closed on Mondays and public holidays) before transferring back to the hotel. You will have a fun opportunity to meet with a local astrologer who use Burmese star charts will tell your future.

At midday take a break for lunch and return to your hotel for a short rest. This afternoon, you will board the ‘Elephant Coach’, an elegantly restored 1945 Chevrolet bus. Travel to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism, the feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and many locals gathering to pay homage and pray. Continue to KandawGyi Park or Dalhousie Park since 1856, to see Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and the vast lake

Next, visit Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Join the locals at the base of the pagoda in lighting hundreds of small oil lamps. This is a very special ceremony held at dusk.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 3: Yangon – Heho – Inle Lake ( B, – ,- )

Begin your day with a visit to some of Yangon’s best art galleries and antique shops. Then, enjoy a traditional, relaxing massage and one of the city’s best spas.

This afternoon, transfer to Yangon Airport for your flight to Heho. Here you will enjoy a one-hour scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to the lovely Inle Lake. A private local motorboat will escort you to the luxurious Princess Hotel for check in. Along the way, pass stilted villages, the leg-rowing Intha fishermen, and floating gardens anchored to the lake’s bottom with bamboo poles. Check in to your hotel, a resort nestled near the lake’s shores. Your stilted bungalow offers spectacular views from the balcony.

Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 4: Inle Lake (B, L , – )

Spend a day on the lake exploring the sites and villages by private boat. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, housing 5 sacred Buddha images. Continue to the village of Inpawkhone to observe the traditional silk weaving techniques of Inthar people and visit a cheroot factory see Burmese cigars are rolled by hand. For lunch, enjoy a unique opportunity to cook with a local Inthar family in their stilted house on the lake. Assist in the kitchen as you cook an array of delicious, traditional dishes such as stuffed Inle fish and tomato salad. Then sit on the floor, local-style, in the dining room of the house and enjoy your freshly prepared lunch. Afterwards re-board your boat and return to the hotel, arriving in the late afternoon.

A romantic sunset canoe ride near the lake shores this evening is the perfect way to end the day. You’ll be served drinks as your boat, steered by an Inthar leg-rower, winds its way around a quiet section of the lake.

Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 5: Inle Lake – Nyaung Shwe- Heho – Bagan ( B, L, – )

After breakfast, you will travel by boat toward Nyaung Shwe, arriving at midday. Enjoy lunch at Viewpoint Restaurant, for the best Shan food in Myanmar. Continue by road to Heho Airport for the flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 6: Bagan (B , – , -)

The journey begins with a visit to Thagyar Pone Temple, a temple with spectacular Next continue to Ananda Temple, one of the most revered temples in Bagan. Afterwards travel to Myinkaba Village to see the lifestyle of locals and visit Gubyaukgyi Temple which is noted for its beautiful mural paintings on the interior walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on the exterior. Nearby is Manuha Temple donated by the Kind Manuha who was the owner of Buddhist Scripture for which he was declared to the war and finally captured by the founder of Bagan King Anawrahta and the prison for the king Manuha called Nan Paya Temple, two smaller temples with Buddha statues and stone work. Take a break for lunch (own account) and return to your hotel for a short rest, escaping the extreme heat of the midday sun. day sun.

This afternoon, visit a monastery to receive a special blessing by the local monks. Visit a lacquer ware shop and watch as local craftsmen make beautiful house wares using centuries old techniques.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 7: Bagan ( B, -, D)

Today visit the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Along with Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings. Using flashlights, explore Kyan Sitthar Cave temple- walking through the tunnel-like corridors and viewing the fading paintings on the ceiling. A customized program, based on your interests, will be developed by your guide for the remainder of the day.

An exclusive dinner this evening is sure to be a highlight of your holiday in Myanmar. Transfer to the riverbank and continue by boat to a sandbank in the middle of the Irrwaddy River where a table with traditional Burmese decor and romantic lighting is set up. Relax with a cocktail and then feast on freshly prepared, delicious cuisine on your private sandbank.

Overnight in  Bagan

OPTION: Ballon ride: Begin your morning with an overview of the city on a grand scale 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)

Day 8: Bagan – Thandwe – Ngapali Beach (B, – , – )

This morning is at your leisure until transferring to the Nyaung U Airport for your flight to Thandwe Airport.Upon arriving at Thandwe Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Ngapali Beach, a 20 minute drive.

Ngapali Beach is a quiet 3-kilometer stretch of white sands lined by coconut palms. The warm, clear waters are perfect for water sports such as snorkeling and there are several small islands around which can be reached by boat.

Overnight in  Ngapali.

Days 9 : Ngapali Beach (B,- , – )

Leisure and Easy at the Beach. Overnight in Ngapali.

Day 10: Ngapali Beach (B, – ,- )

Enjoy full days at leisure in Ngapali. Daily breakfast is served and there are options for snorkeling, boat trips or bike rides.

Overnight in Ngapali.

Day 11: Ngapali Beach – Thandwe – Yangon (B, – ,- )

Spend the morning on the beach before departing to Thandwe airport for your afternoon flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to check in your hotel and the rest of the evening is at your leisure. Your guide and car will be at your disposal for any additional sightseeing or for dinner transfer should you wish to dine out.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 12: Yangon Departure (B, -, – )

Today is free at leisure until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

(Your hotel room is available until 12:00. If you are departing later, you can ask the hotel to keep the luggages. A late check-out is possible upon availability with some charge.)

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.05. 2016 – 30.09.2016

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 1.775 2.792 589
Hotel Category Superior 2.203 3.461 629
Hotel Category First Class 3.562 6.251 1.768
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 in April. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

Rates: 01.10. 2016 – 30.04.2017

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 1.888 2.970 620
Hotel Category Superior 2.344 3.682 662
Hotel Category First Class 3.790 6.650 1.860
The supplement for Christmas Eve (24 Dec) & New Year Eve (31 Dec) not included.
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 in April. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

Surcharges for the option tours

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 Persons 1 Person (single traveller)
Ballon ride in Bagan (Day 7) 427 342

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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.

Our Selection of Hotels for You

Hotel Category First Class:
Yangon: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel ***** (Diplomat Suite) / Savoy Hotel **** (Deluxe Room)
Inle See: Inle Princess Resort ***** (Lake front chalet with outdoor shower)
Bagan: The Hotel@ Tharabargate Hotel **** (Suite)
Ngapali: Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa ***** (Deluxe Sea View Villa )

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