Day 1: Yangon Arrival. Arrival in Yangon international airport, welcomed by tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Full day city tour in Yangon starts with drive through the colonial style buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. Visit center's useful landmark, Sule Zedi with its golden octagonal pagoda. Continue to Temple of Chaukhtatgyi reclining Buddha. Stop alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Shwedagon. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon.
“Its stupa with gilded gold leaves is the «heart» of Buddhist Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by”. Return to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon - Bagan. Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Full day Bagan sightseeing tour includes. “Golden stupa of Shwezigon pagoda, which is Pagan's most important reliquary shrine – look out for images of 37 "Nats" housed in a small hall. See 12th century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansitta "Cave" temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi, another "cave" temple with fine frescoes of "jataka tales".
Next stoop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Pass through Tharabar Gateway into Old Bagan. In the afternoon, visit Ananda temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters – Thatbuinnyu known as: "temple of omniscience" and dating from 1091. Next, visit Dhamayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from end of 12th century which is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork.
Continue to Mingalarzedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture”. Then, visit local lacquer workshop to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. Short ride by horse carts at the sunset time, and climb to the top of Shwesandaw stupa to enjoy, magnificent views over Pagan's temples and the Ayeyarwady River. Return to hotel after sunset. Overnight stay at hotel in Bagan. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Breakfast at hotel. Second day visit comprises. “Early morning visit to Nyaung-U local market, and then continue to Sulamani, one of Pagan's great two-storied Bamar style temples which have 4 seated Buddha images. And visit Lemethna temple, topped by an Indian-style spire similar to Ananda. Then, the three shrines of Payathonzu which are connected by passages adorned with Mahayanist or Tantric mural paintings. Visit Nandamanya temple with fine frescoes and an unexpectedly erotic mural.
Take a break from temples and wander through the village of Minnanthu to see how the local people live. In the afternoon, visit Abeyardanar, temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Nanpaya temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha's pagoda and then, stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages”. Return to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Bagan - Mandalay. Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Bagan airport for flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, Mandalay city tour includes Kuthodaw pagoda of Buddhist sculptures on marble slabs, Shwenandaw, wooden-monastery which dates back to last centaury, Mahamuni pagoda with its sacred Buddha image covered by thick layer of gold leaves. Check-in at hotel. In the afternoon, boat excursion towards Mingun, with immense unfinished stupa of Bowdawpaya and world’s biggest ringing bell (90 tons) and unique architectural splendid of Myatheindan Pagoda. Return back to Mandalay on the moment of beautiful sunset on the River. Overnight stay at hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Mandalay. Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to the environs of Mandalay- the former capital of Amarapura and Mandalay's famous places for handicrafts such as gold-leaf making, tapestries and marionette making. In the afternoon, cross the small river by ferry boat to make joyful excursion by horse cart at Ava (Innwa); it was one of ancient Myanmar capitals before British annexation in 1885. Remarkable old brick monument of Menue and uniquely located wooden monastery of Bagaya and more than 600 monastic complexes on the hills at Sagaing are tour highlights. Return back for sunset over U Bein Bridge. Overnight stay at hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Mandalay - Heho - Inle. Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Mandalay airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival, drive journey through beautiful landscape of Shan state towards Inle, transfer to hotel, located on the Lake by motorized boat. Check-in at hotel. Enjoy the boat excursion on Inle Lake. “Photographer’s dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic high hills provide the perfect backdrop”.
See the lake's unique "leg rowers" – Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit Phaung Daw Oo pagoda, the holiest religious site in Shan State. See traditional handicrafts-silk weaving on wooden handlooms and a blacksmith shop. Pass endless floating gardens, where fruits and vegetations are grown. Stop at Ngaphe Kyaung monastery which is famous for its "jumping cats". Return to hotel on the moment of beautiful sunset. Overnight stay at hotel on the lake. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Inle Lake. Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy second day’s boat excursion on Inle Lake. “Visit for colorful local market of tribes, viewing the floating gardens and flower beds as well as handicraft workshops. In the afternoon, visit to rarely- known site of Indein where certain hundreds of ancient brick stupas and pagodas dated back to 17 centaury. At the end of day sunset over the lake from hotel's terrace”. Return to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon. Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Heho for fly back to Yangon. Check-in at hotel. Visit to Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda and Mahapasana Guha Cave, where the Sixth Buddhist Council took place, and unique Glass Factory with skilled craftsmen hand-blowing glass and creating original glassware. Proceed to National Museum with an 8-meter-high Golden Lion Throne and Mandalay Royal Regalia. Continue to Yangon's oldest Chinese temple and the riverside Botataung Pagoda. Return to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Yangon Departure. Breakfast at hotel. Visit Bogyoke (Scott) market to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. Leisure time in the afternoon till transfer to the international airport. Includes: (B).
Note: (B) – Breakfast only throughout the tour.
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