Experience the bustling city of Yangon, with its picturesque colonial architecture, atmospheric markets and glittering pagodas. Discover beautiful and peaceful Inle Lake set amongst the mountains of the Shan State and see visit floating villages and ancient Buddhist sites. Cruise the legendary Irrawaddy River on board RV Paukkan 2007, a delightful and comfortable steel hulled teak river cruiser reminiscent of the colonial past. See ancient and romantic Mandalay as well as the mesmerizing temples of Bagan.
Day 1: Yangon. On arrival you will be welcomed your tour guide, who will assist you through all the immigration procedures before you transfer to the deluxe Savoy hotel. You'll have a chance to relax and freshen up before we take you to the Bogyoke Market, known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets. End your day at the Shwedagon Pagoda, where you'll enjoy the sunset views of this gorgeous chedi which is covered by more than 40 tons of gold leaves. Overnight at in Yangon at Savoy hotel.
Day 2: Yangon - Heho. Board a morning flight to Heho and enjoy a one-hour scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. En route you'll visit a local monastery before heading to your hotel via a private motorboat for check in. You'll have a bit of time to relax before we take you to explore the many sites around the lake, including floating villages and the famous jumping cats monastery. Overnight on Inle Lake. Includes: (B, D).
Day 3: Indein - Inle Lake. Your day begins with a visit to a morning market right on the lake, which is frequented by the locals. The journey continues as we bring you to the Paoh village of In Dein, where you'll tread up a covered stairway to the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area, with its ancient vegetation-covered stupas and magnificent views over the lake. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, taking in the natural surroundings. Overnight on Inle Lake. Includes: (B, D).
Day 4: Inle Lake - Heho - Mandalay. Before departing Inle Lake, you'll pay a visit to a local weaving village and cheeroot factory, which produces handmade cigars.We'll then transfer you to Heho Airport for your flight to the legendary city of Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Mandalay - Amarapura. Your visit to Mandalay begins at the famous Mahamuni Pagoda, with its venerable golf-leaf covered Buddha statue, before we bring you to the former capital of Amarapura, where you'll have an opportunity to attend the daily meal of over a thousand monks at the country's largest monastery and attend a silk weaving workshop. Your adventure continues back in Mandalay with a visit to several prominent sites including Kuthodaw Pagoda, with its 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures (known as the world's biggest book). End the day enjoying sunset views over the town from Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Mandalay - Ayravata Cruise. After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy some free time at the hotel before we take you to the jetty to board your ship, the Ayravata Cruise, RV Paukkan2007. Spend the day relaxing on board enjoying the many sights of the Irrawaddy River while dining and sipping cocktails before visiting a local pottery village. Overnight on board Ayravata Cruise. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: Bagan. Your relaxing river cruise continues as you head downstream to Bagan, visiting a traditional river village before transferring to your hotel. After freshening up you'll explore the many wonders of Bagan, including ancient stupas, caves and temples. In the afternoon, your cultural day of exploration continues in Ananda, an architectural masterpiece, where you'll enjoy a relaxing horse carriage tour among the temples. Overnight in Bagan. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Bagan. Begin the day with a visit to the busy Nyaung Oo Market before we take you to the countryside village of Minnanthu, with its unique and unusual temples. Next, take a stroll through the picturesque Myinkabar village with its many cultural sites. Your day comes to a relaxing end as you sit back and enjoy the sunset in Bagan from an open terrace. Overnight in Bagan. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Bagan - Heho - Yangon. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before we transfer you to the airport for your domestic flight to Yangon. After you've checked in to your hotel, your cultural journey continues with a visit to the residence of Gold-ash U Shein, famous for his traditional medicine practices in Europe, and a short walking tour around the downtown area. Your day concludes with a farewell dinner at the lovely Le Planteur restaurant. Overnight in Yangon. Includes: (B, D).
Day 10: Departure Yangon. After breakfast the day is yours to enjoy. Check out some of the sights of Yangon with your own car and guide before we transfer you to Yangon International Airport for your onward flight. Includes: (B).
- Accommodation on half-twin rooms basis with daily breakfast
- Ayravata Cruise, RV Paukkan2007 2 Days/1 Night cruise package Mandalay-Bagan
- Meals as mentioned in the program (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
- English-speaking guide throughout the trip (from Yangon to Yangon) EXCEPT while on Ayravata Cruise, RV Paukkan2007
- 3 domestic flights RGN-HEH-MDL & NYU-RGN on Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways or Air Bagan including insurance surcharges + current fuel surcharge
- Private motorized boat in Inle Lake excursions + transfers
- Horse cart tours in Bagan
- All transfers and excursions the private air-conditioned vehicles EXCEPT while on Ayravata Cruise, RV Paukkan2007
- Porter fees at airports & hotels
- Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program.
- International ticket to/from Yangon
- Meals other than mentioned
- Myanmar visa arrangement
- Visits not mentioned in the program
- Drinks and personal expenses
- International airport departure tax Yangon (USD 10/pax at present)
- Any other items not mentioned.
Note: Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.
The price is a guideline and will vary according to travel dates and room availability. The price is based on two people traveling together and sharing a twin or double room.
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