Discover Burma’s ‘Jewel City’

Embark on an amazing journey to mystical Burma (now known as Myanmar), a land of timeless beauty and fascinating ancient traditions. Being isolated for many years, Burma offers a unique and rare glimpse to a bygone era. Immerse yourself in Burma’s steep history, rich Buddhist culture, diverse ethnic groups and breathtaking natural beauty. You’ll also savor colorful traditional markets and delight in the warm and gracious hospitality of the Burmese people! Space on this tour is strictly limited!

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Tour length: 15 days / 14 nights
Tour type: Journey, Cultural, Classic
Cities: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Ngapali
Price: From US$  /particular person
Level: Regular
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Day 1

Arrive Yangon (on a Monday or Friday). You are met at Yangon International Airport and transferred to the Savoy Hotel. The day is at leisure. In the evening visit Shwedagon Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon

Day 2

A whole day Yangon City tour. In the morning you visit China Town and the Sule Pagoda area where you can see a mixture of colonial and Burmese traditional architectural designs. Drive along Strand Road to Nanthidar Jetty to see the waterfront. Visit the Cathedral where there are various memorabilia of the British Regiments who fought in the 2nd World War. Later return to the Savoy Hotel. Overnight in Yangon

Day 3

An early morning transfer to Yangon Airport. Fly to Burma’s second city: Mandalay. On arrival in Mandalay transfer to the Sedona Hotel. Later visit the Crafts Quarter. Firstly to the gold-beating quarter where they beat a small quantity of gold to make very fine and thin gold leaf for gilding the Buddha images and stupas. Then the wood-carver quarter, tapestry making, brass moulding and marble-carvers’ Quarter. Return to the Sedona Hotel Overnight in Mandalay

Day 4

Today journey by boat to Mingun to see the unfinished Pagoda with the 90ton bell, then Myatheindan Stupa and the Art Gallery. In the afternoon you return to Mandalay via Sagaing where you visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and the silver-smith Village. Optionally climb Sagaing Hill to Ponyashin Pagoda on the summit from where you can see panoramic views of the Irrawaddy River, with glittering stupas on both banks. Late in the afternoon drive to Amarapura, visit a silk-loom famous for wavy patterns and see Ubein’s teak wood bridge. Then back to Mandalay and overnight.

Day 5

Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) and on to Peikchinmyaung, a mile-long cave filled with stalactites and images of Lord Buddha. On the way back you can see Parcells Clock Tower built in memory of Queen Victoria’s 90th birthday, the Candacraig British Bachelors club, the Chinese temple and the Botanical Garden filled with many species of plants beside Royal Lake dug by Turkish prisoners during 1st. World War. In the evening drive back to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 6

An early morning boat ride along the Irrawaddy River to Bagan. You arrive Bagan in the late afternoon and transfer to
Thiripyitsayar Hotel. Enjoy the sunset view from Shwesandaw Pagoda. Overnight in Bagan

Day 7

Morning sightseeing of the Shwezigon temple complex: the Kyansitthar Umin, the Htilominlo Temple, famous for its plaster carvings and frescos on the interior walls, the Ananda Temple the most proportioned and finest temple, Thatbyinyu the tallest, Dhamayangyi the biggest in mass and the Sulamani Temple which the British used as a smallpox Hospital. Evening visit Gawdawpalin, the Throne of Obeisance, the oldest Buphaya (Guard Shape) though not very high but built on the bank of the river you should see an excellent sunset from there. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 8

Today you continue your discovery of Bagan with a visit to the Myingabar quarter, Myingabar Gubyaukgyi (Big Spotted Cave) filled with fine frescos, Nan Phaya or Palace Pagoda with fine sandstone carving, Apeyadana Temple ( Jewel of Hell) with very fine frescos and Lawkananda (hair relic) Pagoda. Visit a lacquer-ware cottage workshop. After lunch visit Dhamayazika Pagoda and the Minnanthu ruins, Phaya Thone Zu with very fresh and fine frescos and finally to Tayoke Pyay to view the sunset from a height.
Overnight in Bagan

Day 9

Drive to Mt. Popa an extinct Mud Volcano. On the way stop at a toddy palm groove to see the lives of toddy climbers and the process of making jaggery from sap. Climb the spur of Mt. Popa where they have shrines and pagodas on top Afternoon drive back to Bagan More sightseeing in Bagan
Overnight in Bagan.

Day 10

Today you transfer to Bagan Airport and fly to Heho. On arrival drive to Nyaungshwe, then by boat to Shwe Inn Tha Mid Stream Resort Hotel .Overnight on the Lake

Day 11

Today by boat on the lake you visit the market place, the Innpawkonthe Silk Village to visit a silk loom, the black smith place, the cheroot rolling factory, and the PhaungdawOo mid-stream pagoda, one of the principal shrines of Burma, which, unusually, has a market underneath. Evening sunset view on the lake from the boat. Overnight on the Lake

Day 12

Another day by boat on the lake with a trip to Inndein to see the many ruined stupas and pagodas, and the Shan traditional long-neck ladies In the evening visit the Jumping Cats Monastery and on the way visit the Floating Gardens
Sunset view on the Lake. Overnight on the Lake

Day 13

Transfer to Heho airport and fly back to Yangon and the Savoy Hotel. The day is at leisure. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 14

Today you drive 50 miles to visit Bago. On the way there is a stop-over at a pottery to see the life of potters and how they make pots. At Bago, you visit Shwe Maw Daw, the tallest pagoda built by Mon ethnics and the Kanbawza Thardi Mon Palace. On the way back from Bago, you can, if you wish, stop at the Taukkyant War Grave Cemetery. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 15

Morning Shopping at Bogyoke Market. Afternoon transfer to Yangon International Airport for final departure

NOTE: This tour can be tailored to fit your requirements, with extra or fewer days, an altered
routing and changed hotels.

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