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"A Taste of Burma"
Yangon (Rangoon) ~ Mount Popa~ Mandalay~ Inle lake
8 Days / 7 Nights
In general the check-in and check-out times at all hotels, unless otherwise stated in this itinerary, is between 1200 noon and 1400 hours.
Day 01 Arrive at Yangon. Sightseeing (based on morning arrival) Yangon sightseeing features the beautiful Kandawgyi Lake, Botataung Pagoda, Yangon downtown area and Pansodan Street, street markets, a colossal reclining Buddha Chaukhtatkyi and the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda which towers over all of Yangon.
Day 02 Flight to Bagan. Sightseeing highlights including Shwezigon Pagoda, Wetkyi-in- Gubyaukgyi, Ananda Pagoda, Ananda OK Kyaung, and Htilominlo Temple. Evening panoramic sunset view over the temples.
Day 03 Morning drive to Mount Popa for morning sightseeing. Afternoon sightseeing include pagodas such as Sulamani Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, Thatbyinnyu Temple and the Shwesandaw Pagoda where the sunset views are excellent.
Day 04 Flight to Mandalay. On arrival, travel to the ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Sightseeing includes Mahagandayon monastery, U Bein bridge, Inwa the ' leaning tower of Ava', Maha Aungmye Bonzan, Bagaya Kyaung.
Day 05 Mandalay sightseeing including the Mahamuni Pagoda; a gold leaf hammering craftshop, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, and, if time permits, Mandalay Hill for a view over the city and Ayeyarwaddy River.
Day 06 At leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight to Heho, then a one-hour drive to Nyaung Shwe, en-route, stopping at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery.
Later board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. See villages built on stilts over the lake, the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens. Later visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery and continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.
Day 07 After breakfast, from the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of In Dein. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school, and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Here you can climb the covered stairway to the top of a hill which is covered with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below. After enjoying your visit to In Dein, return to your boat. In the afternoon, transfer to airport and fly back to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 08 Appropriately timed transfer to the airport for your return flight back home.
Tour Price based on Double./Twin room share basis
(Land arrangements only, not including international flights)
Standard Grade Hotels £ 1,350 per person
Superior Grade Hotels £ 1,632 per person
Tour Price valid to 30 April 2018 only and subject to confirmation at time of booking
Tour prices Include: Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast; Domestic flights tickets; Domestic departure tax at the airport; Entrance fees and zone fees for the visits; All transfers and sightseeing with private air-con car and driver as per program; Private boat tour at Inle lake; English speaking guide accompanying throughout the trip (except Ngapali Beach extension)
Tour prices Exclude: International air tickets; International airport departure tax (currently at US$ 10 per person); Meals not mentioned above; Drinks; Hotel early check in and late check out; Visa Fees (US$ 30 per person); Insurance; Personal expenses; any other services not mentioned above
Yangon ~ Bagan ~ Mandalay ~ Inle lake ~ Yangon
12 Days / 11 Nights
Day 01 Yangon sightseeing including the beautiful Kandawgyi Lake, Botataung Pagoda, the downtown area and Pansodan Street and street markets, the reclining Buddha Chaukhtatkyi and the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda.
Day 02 After breakfast at the hotel, sometime will be at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight to Heho.
Arrival at Heho airport and drive Kalaw which is situated 70 km west of Taunggyi; the capital of Shan state and about 50 km from Pindaya caves. Kalaw sits high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau and was a popular hill station in the British times. It is still a peaceful and quiet place with an atmosphere remnant of colonial era. Sightseeing highlight in Kalaw includes Nee Paya, a gold lacquered bamboo Buddha.
Overnight in Kalaw
Day 03 Today's trekking takes us to visit a village of the Palaung people. The trail takes you through mountains with the view of tea plantations along sides of the hills and vegetables gardens with villager’s houses located all along the ravines. It may be a difficult trip for older people but it is fascinating trekking with mountains, villages and of course with the people.
Overnight in Kalaw
Day 04 After breakfast, drive to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Overnight at Inle lake
Day 05 After breakfast, take a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of Indainn. Explore the area on foot. Here you can climb the covered stairway to the top of a hill which is covered with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below. Later, transfer to airport and take a short flight to Mandalay. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Mandalay
Day 06 We go to Mandalay jetty where we take a short and pleasant ride upriver to Mingun, the site of what would have been the world's largest pagoda had the King not died in 1819 halting all further work & an earthquake in 1838 split the monument and reduced it to partial rubble, leaving the mammoth base, still a very impressive sight. Nearby we visit the Mingun Bell, said to be the largest hanging un-cracked bell in the world. Return to Mandalay, to see the highly revered Mahamuni Pagoda; a gold leaf hammering craftshop, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, the World's largest book of 729 stone slabs containing the entire Buddhist scriptures, and if time permits Mandalay Hill for a view over the city and Ayeyarwaddy River.
Overnight in Mandalay
Day 07 An excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capital, attending a special ceremony in Amarapura. Witness the alms collection at Mahagandayon monastery, when over one thousand monks gather to collect their daily meal from the local Buddhists. After this beautiful spectacle, visit a nearby silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products. Then, walk along 200 year-old U Bein Bridge, constructed entirely from teak and spans over 2 Kms in length.
Later visit another former royal capital, Inwa which was founded in 1364 and which lasted nearly 400 years,with the 'leaning tower of Ava', Maha Aungmye Bonzan, a brick-and-stucco monastery, and the elegant teakwood monastery Bagaya Kyaung. Then back to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay
Day 08 After breakfast, drive over 1 Km long bridge across the Ayeyarwaddy River to Sagaing, with many interesting stupas scattered over Sagaing Hill, then drive on to Monywa for about 3 hours and half. Excursion across the Chin Dwin River to visit impressive sandstone caves containing Buddha statues, wood carvings and fine mural paintings, some dating back to 15th century. Overnight in Monywa
Day 09 Monywa sightseeing highlights include the very colourful Thanbuddhay Pagoda and Hlaungdawmu Buddha.
Then drive to Pakkou, a bustling tobacco trading centre, en-route, visit Pakhangen Kyaung, a 19th century structure with 332 teak pillars. Upon arrival Pakkou, transfer by boat to Bagan & your hotel. Free and relax. Overnight in Bagan
Day 10 Sightseeing highlights includes Bagan’s distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon; Wetkyi-in- Gubyaukgyi; Ananda Pagoda and next to it we visit Ananda Ok Kyaung, one of the few surviving brick monasteries. As the sun goes down we will be at one of the ideal viewing sites selected by your tour guide for a panoramic sunset view over the temples. Overnight in Bagan
Day 11 Morning drive to Mt. Popa, which supposedly rose from the ground in a massive earthquake in 442 BC, famous as the abode of the Nats (Spirit Gods) and for its panoramic view of the local tropical region. There is a volcanic plug with a temple on top that you can climb up to if you wish. On the way to Mt. Popa visit a local farmer and see how toddy palm juice and sugar are produced. Then back to Bagan.
Afternoon sightseeing highlights include more of Bagan’s impressive pagodas & temples. As the day wanes we will be at Bupaya, a Pyu-style stupa located on the banks of the Ayeyawady River and from where you take a scenic boat ride ending at on the bank of the Ayeyawady. Overnight in Bagan
Day 12 Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport and fly back to Yangon. On arrival, connect with your departure flight.
TOUR COST based on Double/Twin room share basis
(Land arrangements only, not including international flights)
Standard Grade Hotels £ 1,730 per person
Superior Grade Hotels £ 2,046 per person
Tour Price valid to 30 April 2016 only and subject to confirmation at time of booking
Both these holidays can be extended to allow you time to relax and unwind on the beautiful Ngapali Beach
Prices, inc. Return flights Yangon/Ngapali & transfers, for 4 nights, on Room & breakfast basis, at the resorts
Bayview Beach (4*) Beachfront Bungalow £645 PP
Amata Resort (4*) Cabana Cottage £740 PP
Aureum Resort & Spa (5*) Ocean View Cottage £1160 PP
Sandoway Resort (5*) Beachfront Villa £1050 PP
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