Day 1: Arrive in Yangon. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your local tour guide and transferred to your hotel to drop off your luggage. If you arrive by mid-day, we may proceed for lunch. After lunch, a walk through “downtown” Yangon, a diverse mix of faded colonial architecture from the British times and high rises built built more recently. Sule Pagoda, built in the early 3rd century is a landmark in the city center. Late afternoon, visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda of Rudyard Kipling fame and one of Myanmar’s most sacred places. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires and topaz – a stunning sight as the sun sets and a most fitting place to begin our trip in this “Golden Land”. Enjoy your Welcome Dinner at Karaweik Palace Restaurant with Cultural Show. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan. You will be picked up and transferred early in the morning and take a flight to Bagan. Check into the hotel and depart for a sightseeing excursion around the Bagan Archaeological Zone World Heritage Area. A comprehensive exploration of Bagan includes Nyaung Oo Market; Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas, Kyansittha Umin; Wet-kyi-inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite mural painting of 13th century and Htilominlo Temple. In the afternoon, visit lacquer ware workshops, and continue to Manuha Temple built by exile King Manuha; Nanphaya, said to have been the residence of King Manuha; Ananda Temple, architectural masterpiece and Oak-Kyaung Monastery decorated with multi-color mural paintings. Enjoy the breathtaking sunset from one of the temple of Bagan. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Bagan – Mandalay. After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Nyaun U airport for a flight to Mandalay. When you arrive at Mandalay airport, drive to ancient capital of Amarapura, the city of Immortality for a visit to Bagaya Monastery with a famous collection of Buddha images; weaving industries, two-century old U-Bein teak bridge on the Taungtaman Lake and observe the lunch procession of thousands of monks who take their last meal of the day at 10:00 am in total silence. Proceed to Mandalay and check in at the hotel. After refreshment, you will take a sightseeing tour of Mandalay which includes Mahamuni, a life like Buddha image. Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar and that makes her to be the best place to see all the traditional arts and crafts.
Start visiting gold leaf making work-place and see how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Continue to visit the Old Palace grounds; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha’s doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake. After breakfast, transfer to airport for a flight to Heho (Inle Lake). Transfer by road to Inle Lake and transfer to our hotel by long tail boat across the lake. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. In the afternoon, we plan to spend the day visiting villages and sampling the spectacular array of traditional handicrafts. You will see the unique method locals use to row their boats, fishermen with their own style of fishing, floating farms and gardens and a handloom weaving cottage with its own showroom. You will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha Images in the southern Shan State. Overnight at the hotel on Inle Lake. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon. We are heading back down country today to return to the airport at Heho for our flight to Yangon. Our route takes us back to Heho and down the escarpment to Nyaung Shwe for a busy local market. Check in at airport and fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. The afternoon will be yours. You may wish to enjoy the swimming pool at the hotel or visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) for souvenir shopping. You may also wish to walk around Yangon’s Chinatown for a very lively evening where you can get all the seasonal fresh fruits. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Yangon – Home (or next destination). After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for departure. Includes: (B).
- Included meal indicators: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner
- Group discount available a party of 7 or more for the land
- When listed hotels are not available, hotels of the same standard will be used
- Included local airfares are based on the fares effective as of March 15, 2011, and will be reconfirmed at time of booking. If there is any increase, the net difference will be passed on to passengers.
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