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The Best of Myanmar

The Best of Myanmar

The Best of Myanmar

8 Days / 7 Nights

from / to Yangon

Tour Highlights
8 days and 7 nights of pure Myanmar experience
• Visit the 55-meter long reclining Buddha
• Explore the famous Shwedagon Pagoda
• Know more about Bagan’s rich history and culture
• Learn about Myanmar handicraft production
• Take an optional hot-air balloon ride
• Observe river life at Irrawaddy
• Discover the arts and crafts of Mandalay
• Get to know about the world’s largest book
• Explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura
• Walk around the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery
• Enjoy the sights and sounds of Inle Lake

This challenging 8-day adventure will take you to amazing ancient sites that are thousands of years old. You will also learn about native crafts and traditional workshops. The tour also includes optional packages that will make your trip even more exciting.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Yangon (-)

After pick up from the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.

First you will visit the Bothahtaung Jetty and Bothahtaung pagoda, which is an ancient arrival port of entry to Yangon.Then proceed to the Pansodan Jetty passing by the central post office. On the way, you can also visit the historical hotel named “Strand Hotel”, which was built since 1901 and is on the list of the hotel is list of the Yangon City Heritage. If you like, you can have a cup coffe or tea (at your own account) in the cafe of the legendary Strand Hotel. Then you continue walking around the historical buildings, which bring back the image of colonial era. Walking along the Pansodan road, where colonial buildings line up on your both sides, till you get to Sule Pagoda, the spot that represents the centre of Yangon, where you will be surrounded by the High Court, Immanuel Church, Islamic Moresque and Sule Pagoda. You will see the city hall as well as  the independence monument. Then proceed to walk through the indian district, where you can see their daily life by selling all kinds of old and junks for electrical appliances, those seems to be worthless but eventually not for some particular customers.

After having a break in your hotel in the afternoon, the Kandaw Gyi lake together with the Karaweik Park, and then the reclining Buddha in mega size named Chauk  Htat Gyi, which is 256 feet (About 70 Meters) long. Around the precinct of reclining Buddha, there are monasteries, which you could visit at your own choice.

Finally you will visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the image of Myanmar or the guardian image of all people. Shwedagon is shining in its gold with the height of 326 feet about 100 meters high, the whole stupa is decorated with gold leaves and plates with a crown or umbrella decorated with thousands and thousands of jewelleries. Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda during the sunset is a  wonderful moment to enjoy the alteration of lustre and the tones of its gold colour according to the brightness of the sun could last in your forever lasting memory.  

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). Bagan was the capital of Myanmar from the 11th to the 13th centuries. During this time, thousands of huge stupas and temples were constructed. Many are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

On arrival, take in a grand view of Bagan with a visit to an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the area. Visit the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda to learn about Bagan’s rich history. Then, visit nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings. Continue on to the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

This afternoon you will visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop to observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples, housing two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed. From here, travel by horse cart for a tour of Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest in Bagan, Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple. Enjoy an magnificent sunset from the upper terrace of the temples.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 3: Bagan (B)

OPTION: 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)

After breakfast, visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where villagers gather every day tobuy and sell their produce and other goods. Continue to Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya. Return to your hotel for a break to relax from the midday heat.

This afternoon, continue to the sledom visited, rural village of Minnanthu. Explore the Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya Temples before boarding a local boat for a tranquil cruise down the Irrawaddy River. As you cruise the waters, observe the lifestyle of fishermen and riverside villagers and enjoy views of Bagan’s temples. Return to your hotel this evening.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay (B)

Early this morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Begin your sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images covered with gold leaf. Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and as you tour traditional workshops, you will learn more about the city’s cottage industries. Observe the production of wood carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf using centuries old techniques.

OPTION: Make your own marionette! Visit a local craftshop, select the style and dress of your marionette and create your very own unique souvenir. A perfect personalized memory of Mandalay.

This afternoon, continue your Mandalay tour with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to ‘the world’s largest book’. You’ll discover a collection of more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with sacred Buddhist teachings. Visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th adorning the walls and roof. Climb Mandalay Hill at sun set to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 5: Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing – Mandalay (B, L)

OPTION: Every morning before dawn, the monks wash the face of the ‘lumpy’ Buddha image housed in the Mahamuni Pagoda with special fragrant water and brush its teeth. The ritual takes around one hour and is a unique insight into Buddhism. Wake up early this morning (around 0400) and witness this special ritual. Return to your hotel around 07:30 for breakfast..

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura. century Royal Palace. Enjoy the exquisite teak woodcarvings Boasting over 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is considered to be the religious centre of Myanmar. As such, it is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers. Immerse yourself in this spiritual heritage visiting pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae. You will visit Sagaing’s local market and discover locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts.

Next, stop at a small pottery village for a demonstration of creating the water pots found throughout Myanmar. A short ferry ride will take you to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries. You will travel by horse and carriage to the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. Continue your travels through the countryside, discovering small villages and Burmese life amid Ava’s ruins. You’ll stop for lunch in Ava before returning to the car.

Your next stop will lead you to Amarapura, the ‘City of Immortality’. Visit a silk weaving workshop producing exquisite handmade products, then visit Mahagandayon monastery, home to over one thousand monks. Take a stroll along the 200 year old teak U Bein Bridge. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace and it is 1.2 kilometers in length making it the world’s longest teak span. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 6: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Heho. From Heho, enjoy a scenic drive through the region stopping to along the way to gain a deeper understanding of the culture. You will explore at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery and marvel at the beautiful carvings and collection of Buddha images. Your next stop takes you on a trishaw tour around Nyaung Shwe, down quiet streets, past nunneries, monasteries and local houses. Visit the famed ‘tomato’ house where the freshly picked produce is sorted and distribute.

This afternoon, board a private boat on Inle Lake. As you cross the lake, you will discover the stilted houses and observe the leg-rowing fishermen. Marvel at the floating gardens and visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf..

Meet the local craftsmen of Inle Lake. You will explore the weaving village of Inpawkhone and tour a cheroot factory, where Burmese cigars are rolled by hand. If time permits, you may enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.

Overnight at Inle Lake.

Day 7: Inle Lake (In Dein) – Heho – Yangon (B)

After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. This roving market rotates around the village every five days so as to be accessible to the local Inthar people and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon and full moon days).

After lunch, continue by boat to the Pa-Oh village, Indein, renowned for its stupa-covered hill at Alaung Sitthou. Trek around Indein, visiting a local school and making your way to the top of Alaung Sitthou. Stroll amid the weather worn stupas and enjoy magnificent views of the lake below. After today’s tour, drive to the Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon and upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 8: Depart Yangon (B)

Depending on flight time, there is an option to take a ride on Yangon’s Circle Train in the morning. Take a 30 minute ride through the outskirts of town to observe the lively, colorful lifestyle of the local people. Disembark at the Kyi Myin Daing market where you can shop the stalls and interact with the friendly vendors before transferring back to Yagnon. You may also visit Bogyoke Market to browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods before transferring to Yangon International Airport for your onward flight. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays)

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 1.506 2.256 324
Hotel Category Superior 1.747 2.711 530
Hotel Category First Class 2.414 3.983 942
Supplement for Christmas Eve (24 Dec) & New Year Eve (31 Dec) not included. Supplement for Optional tours not included which depend in group size.
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 1.602 2.400 342
Hotel Category Superior 1.859 2.884 558
Hotel Category First Class 2.568 4.237 991
Supplement for Christmas Eve (24 Dec) & New Year Eve (31 Dec) not included. Supplement for Optional tours not included which depend in group size.
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 3 ) 342 342
Make your own marionette (Day 4) 18 18
Mahamuni Pagoda Facewashing ceremony (Day 5) 30 60

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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 Standard:
Yangon: Reno Hotel ***(Deluxe Room)
Bagan:Bawgatheidi Hotel ***(Deluxe Room) / Bagan Thande Hotel *** (Superior Room)
Mandalay: Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel *** (Deluxe City View Room)
Nyaung Shwe: Grand Nyaung Shwe Hotel  *** (Deluxe Room)
Hotel Category Superior:
Yangon: Rose Garden  ***(*) (Superior Room)
Bagan: Bagan Thande Hotel  ***  (Deluxe garden view )
Mandalay: Bagan King *** (Deluxe Room)
Nyaung Shwe: Royal Nadi Resort *** (Lake View  Villa)
Hotel Category First Class:
Yangon: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel  ***** (Deluxe Room)
Bagan: Aureum Palace Hotel ***** (Deluxe Room)
Mandalay: Rupar Mandalar Resort **** (Deluxe Room)
Inle See: Myanmar Treasure Resort **** (Deluxe Lake View)

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