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Ayeyarwady River Banks Sojourn

Ayeyarwady River Banks Sojourn

Ayeyarwady River Bank Sojourn Map

10 Days / 9 Nights

from Yangon to Mandalay

Tour Highlights
10 days and 9 nights of Ayeyarwaddy adventure
Visit the 70-meter long reclining Buddha
• Choose exciting optional tours
• Explore and discover the sights of Yangon
• Visit the ancient sites of Pyay
• Learn about natural oil production at Magway
• Get to know an unusual pool of bubbling mud
• Discover the ancient and modern story of the city of Bagan
• Learn about local Burmese traditions and beliefs at Ngat Pyit Taung Monastery
• Enjoy a relaxing water cruise at Irrawaddy River
• Visit the ancient sites of Mingun
• Explore the ancient city of Mandalay
Explore the sites along the banks of Ayeyarwaddy in this 10-day adventure. Get to see the wonderful ancient sites of Myanmar and meet the local people. You can also choose to take optional tours that can make your travel truly worth your time.


Day 1: Arrive Yangon

Upon arrival, your guide will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Yangon was founded by King Alaungpaya in 1755. He changed its name from Dagon to Yangon, after he conquered it from the sovereignty of Mon Kingdom, The word YANGON means “End of Strife”. As a city relatively uninfluenced by the outside world till to the annexation of British colony, Yangon has maintained its rich colonial and spiritual heritage and is one of Southeast Asia’s most fascinating capitals.

Begin your Myanmar tour on a grand scale by visiting the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a majestic 70 meters long reclining Buddha, in the position of repose and accepting people who come to take refuge under his kindness. Continue through this historical city, stopping as you wish to capture photos of the impressive structures or relax at a local tea shop.

Next, enjoy the Parade of Lights at Shwedagon Pagoda where sun light reflects from the stupa which has more than 60 tons of gold leaf. Delight in th burning incense and oil lamps and friendly locals.

Overnight in Yangon.

Option: High Tea in the Strand Hotel: Enjoy an afternoon among the grandeur of the famous Strand Hotel. Relax in the hotel’s opulent surroundings while enjoying the charm and tradition of High Tea.

(Your hotel room is available from about 2.00 pm available. Your luggage may already be parked in thehotel and is a former reference of rooms subject to availability on arrival.)

Day 2: Yangon – Pyay By Train (B, – , -)

After breakfast at the hotel, begin your tour in the city’s downtown streets with its mix of faded colonial buildings, glittering temples, and local life. Visit the gilded Sule Pagoda and stroll along Mahabandoola Road, Next, shop Yangon’s Jetty from where the Rev.Adoniram Judson arrived to Yangon in 1813 for his Missionary and in 1819 he could baptize the first local citizen named U Naw in to Baptist, as well as the first English to Myanmar Dictionary was introduced to Myanmar, Continue with a short stroll around Chinatown and visit one of Yangon’s Chinese temples before transferring to the railway station.

This afternoon, board a train at Yangon Railways station for your trip to Pyay. Relax during this 6.5 hour ride and take in the scenic landscapes and villages along the railway.

On arrival in Pyay, transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Pyay.

Day 3: Pyay ( B, – , – )

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Pyay jetty’s vibrant market. Then, visit ShweSandaw Pagoda, a gigantic sitting Buddha Statue of Hsehtatkyi Pagoda.

This afternoon, visit the ancient ruins of Thayeikhittaya or Sriketra, which belongs to around 5th Century, just 8km from the city center. Hidden behind thickets of thorny bushes your will enjoy a stroll around this ancient archaeological site.

End your day with a walk along Strand Road by the Bank of Irrawaddy River and a visit to the night market.

Overnight in Pyay.

Day 4: Pyay – Magway (Magwe) (B, – , -)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Magway (200 km/ 4 hours drive), passing the fields and the small towns of Aung Lan, Taung Dwin Gyi.

You will visit the 2000 year old city of Beikthano, which is one of the archeological sites earlier than Sriketra located in the Taung Dwin Gyi Township. From here continue on to the Magway Division.

Magway or ‘Oil pot of Myanmar’, is renowned for its production of groundnut and sesame oils as well as for its exotic fruits, including the Phangar fruit.

Next, pay a visit to the famous Mya ThaLun Pagoda on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

On arrival, check in your Hotel and overnight in Magway.

Day 5: Magway – PwintPhyu – Minbu – Magway (B, – , -)

After breakfast at the hotel, begin a 20km drive to the Kyaung Taw Yar Pagoda, at the PwintPhyu Township. This is believed to be the site of an ancient monastery built of sandal wood where the Gotama Buddha spent some time after attaining the enlightenment.

Continue to visit Nagar PwetTaung (Dragon Lake), an unusual pool of bubbling mud with a nearby temple and Pagoda in the Min Bu Township. Take a break and gaze upon the beautiful Irrawaddy River.

Overnight in Magway.

Day 6: Magway – Bagan (B, – , – )

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before starting the scenic drive to Bagan. Note the toddy palm fields and stop at a production center to observe the process of toddy juice production. Learn about the important role toddy palms play in Myanmar rural life as material for utensils, buildings and medicines.

Upon arrival in Bagan, check in your Hotel.

This evening, board a local boat for a relaxing cruise down the Irrawaddy River. Observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers and enjoy a unique perspective of Bagan’s temples.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 7: Bagan (B, – , -)

Have breakfast at a local tea shop. Sample a traditional Burmese tea choosing either a light or strong brew.

Bagan was the capital of Myanmar from the 11th to 13th centuries. During this time, thousands of massive stupas and temples were constructed on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Today, explore the wonders of Bagan with a full-day tour.

Your journey begins with a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Then, visit the cave temple, Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, and marvel at the jataka mural paintings. The nearby Htilominlo Temple is renowned for its plaster work of Stucco and glazed sandstone decorations

This afternoon, visit 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. Next, observe the intricate mural paintings inside Okkyaung, one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan.

From here, travel by horse cart for a tour of temples Thatbyinnyu, the highest in Bagan which represents the highest omniscience of Buddha’s Wisdom, massive Dhammayangyi, noted for its amazing brickwork, and Sulamani.

Time permitting; enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.

Overnight in Bagan.


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 – Mandalay (B, -, -)

After breakfast, travel to Ngat Pyit Taung Monastery to learn about local Burmese traditions and beliefs and explore the temple’s caves. Visit the Monastic Primary School and meet the local school children. They are always happy to see visitors and you will be warmed by their joy. Consider a small donation to help ensure a brighter future for these students.

This afternoon, continue to the remote, rural village of Minnanthu to explore Payathonzu Temple, with its unusual architecture and Tantric Buddhism influence, Lemyentha Temple and Nandamannya Temple.

Late this afternoon, transfer to the NyaungOo airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 9: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay (B, L, -)

After breakfast, travel to the Mandalay jetty and board a private boat for a relaxing cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Mingun.

Your visit to Mingun will begin with the unfinished Mingun Pahtodawqyi which is in Mega Size as a landmark to welcome you, which is left without completion due to the prediction of an astrologer, predicted the King’s would die should the temple be completed. Notice the 90 ton Mingu Bell which was dedicated for the unfinished Pathodawgyi, assumed to be the largest ringing bell which is sound. Continue your visit at the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda built to resemble the mythical Mount Meru.

Return to Mandalay by boat, enjoying lunch on board.

Next visit Mahamuni Pagoda, home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which is heavily covered with gold leaf. Learn about Mandalay’s well known skilled craftsmen and tour its traditional workshops. Observe the production of wood and marble stone carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf using century’s old techniques.

Continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to what is considered “The World’s Largest Book”. 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures are kept in this pagoda. Continue to the teak Shwenandaw Monastery, known for its exquisite woodcarving. This is the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace.

If you wish, head to the top of Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset.

Overnight in Mandalay.

OPTION: Join the local craftsmen at their workshop and create your own marionette. This is a fun way to learn about local culture and makes a great souvenir!

Day 10: Mandalay – Departure (B, -, -)

Today is at your leisure until transferring to the Mandalay international airport for your onward flight.

(Your hotel room is available until 12:00. If you are departing later, you can ask the hotel to keep the luggage. 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 1.530 2.830 402
Hotel Category Superior 1.843 3.364 582
Hotel Category First Class 2.128 3.929 875
Note: Supplement for Optional tours not included which depend in group size.

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 1.627 3.011 426
Hotel Category Superior 1.961 3.578 589
Hotel Category First Class 2.263 4.180 924
Note: Supplement for Christmas Eve (24 Dec) & New Year Eve (31 Dec) not included. Supplement for Optional tours not included which depend in group size.

Surcharges for the option tours

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons 1 person (single traveller)
High Tea  Strand Hotel  (Day 1) 24 24
Ballon ride  (Day 7) 342 342
Make your own marionette (Day 9) 18 18

Would you like to book this tour or request changes to the itinerary?

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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: East Hotel **(* ) (Deluxe Room) / Hotel 51 **(*) (Deluxe Room)
Pyay: Lucky Dragon  (Superior Room)
Magway: Nan Htike Thu Hote ** (Superior Room)
Bagan: Shwe Yee Pwint Hotel *** (Bagan Room) / Bagan Thande Hotel *** (Superior Room)
Mandalay: Shwe Ingyinn Hotel *** (Superior Room)
Hotel Category Superior:
Yangon: Best Western Green Hill ***(*) (Deluxe Room)
Pyay: Mingalar Garden Resort ** (Superior Room)
Magway: Nan Htike Thu Hote ** (Junior Suite)
Bagan: Bagan Thande Hotel  ***  (Deluxe garden view )
Mandalay: Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel *** (Villa)
Hotel Category First Class:
Yangon: Sule Shangrila Hotel  ***** (Deluxe Room)
Pyay: Mingalar Garden Resort ** (Superior Room)
Magway: Nan Htike Thu Hote ** (Excutie Suite)
Bagan: Aureum Palace ***** (Deluxe Room)
Mandalay: Mandalay Hill Resort ***** (Deluxe Mandalay hill view Room)

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