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Day 1: Arrival - Yangon. On arrival at Yangon airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon has been the capital city only since 1885 although some settlements in this site date back about 2,500 years. This colorful metropolis features an intriguing mix of the scenes from a bygone era and the modern tempo of bustling streets punctuated by serene temples and impressive colonial edifices. After checking into hotel, we start our city tour, seeing the old colonial styled city center, the gilded Sule Pagoda and the impressive Karaweik Hall on the Royal Lake. We follow these with a visit to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, which dominates the skyline of city. This masterpiece houses an intricate complex of smaller pagodas and Buddha images. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan. An early morning transfer to airport for a flight to Bagan which boasts one of the most impressive archaeological wonders of Asia. This enchanting town flourished from the 11th till 13th century when religious fervors launched a 200 year building of thousands huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing to day on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. We visit the vibrant market of Nyaung U before taking a short drive to the archaeological zone. The sightseeing tour enables us to explore many magnificent landmarks including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilominlo, Ananda, Thatbyinnyu, Sulamani, Dhammyangyi. These temples and pagodas bear statement to a glorious past. A perfect way to round off the Day is to watch the spectacular sunset from the upper terrace of Myaukguni Temple. Overnight in Bagan. Includes: (B)
Day 3: Bagan – Mandalay - Amarapura. The great cultural city of Mandalay was a former capital of Burma; however many outlaying towns could lay claim to the same title at some stages in the past. After a short flight from Bagan we drive straight to one of these ancient cities, Amarapura. The spectacular teak bridge of U Bein and the famous Mahaganda Monastery are a highlight of our visit to Amarapura. We then transfer back to Mandalay City. Here is plenty to see, some of which are the Mahamuni Pagoda, the fabulous Kuthodaw Pagoda often called “the world's largest book“ and the wooden monastery of Shwenandaw Kyaung. This structure is still standing over centuries, despite of all vicissitudes of the city. We include these sights in a half Day city tour which also gives us a chance to climb up Mandalay Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the surrounding areas. Overnight in Mandalay. Includes: (B)
Day 4: Mandalay – Mingun - Sagaing. Heading out of the town, we transfer to the jetty for a boat trip on the mighty Irrawaddy River. The lively waterfront with working buffaloes offers a spectacular backdrop as we cruise upriver towards Mingun, home to the unfinished huge pagoda, the world’s largest bell and the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda. After exploring this site we continue our boat trip down the river via the Ava Bridge to Sagaing Hill. This ancient city is covered in 600 white painted pagodas and monasteries, and is therefore considered as the religious centre of Myanmar. We also have time this afternoon seeing some famous handicraft workshops. Overnight in Mandalay. Includes: (B)
Day 5: Mandalay – Inle Lake. The next destination of our trip will be Inle Lake via a short flight from Mandalay. On arrival at Heho Airport we are greeted and driven a short distance to Inle Lake. After checking into hotel we board our boat for a leisurely trip on Inle Lake to explore some gardens and catch a glimpse of the local Intha fishmen, famous for their rowing technique. These people power their narrow boats by twisting their legs around their oars, a remarkable feat of agility and control. Along the way, we also anchor to visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the Jumping Cat Monastery with a beautiful collection of antique Buddha statues, and the local market. This colourful congregation is held in different villages every five Days, and attracts numerous ethnic minorities who converge from the surrounding villages to trade their goods. Overnight in Inle Lake. Includes: (B)
Day 6: Inle Lake – Yangon - Departure. Today we take a short morning flight back to the capital city. If time permits, we continue our city tour, seeing the colossal reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatgyi in a quiet, open air pavilion, the National Museum with a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Burmese culture, and Bogyoke Market, formerly Scott’s Market, which sells a wide array of local goods and handicrafts. The trip ends after transfer to Mingaladon airport for departure. Includes: (B)
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