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Yangon - Bago - Golden Rock - yangon (3D-2N)

Timeline
DAY 01 : Yangon - Arrival - Experience Yangon (-/-/-)

- Arrival to Yangon int'l airport. Your dedicated tour guide will greet you at the arrival hall and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
- Start Yangon sightseeing tour with a visit of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, featuring a huge reclining Buddha image.
- Drive to the heart of downtown Yangon by passing through the royal lake, and enjoy some of the best that colonial-style building has to offer such as the High Court building and The Government Telegraph Office on Pansodan street ; both were built in the 1920s & 1930s.
- Also visit Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi, a famous landmark in downtown Yangon. Witness the glory and style of a bygone era.
- Further down toward Strand another group of exquisite colonial-style buildings facing Yangon's waterfront such as Law Court, Custom House, Myanmar Port Authority, and eventually the historic and landmark luxury property: The Strand Hotel.
- Afternoon, continue with a visit of Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays) to discover Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. No doubt you will find your preferred item to take back home as a remembrance of your trip to The Golden Land.
- Finally, continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house six hair relics of the Buddha. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colors of twilight.

DAY 02 : Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Early morning, drive out of Yangon to the ancient capital of Bago, about 1.5 hours drive north east of Yangon. Just outside Bago, visit Kyaikpun Pagoda with four 30-meter high Buddha figures seated back to back. From Bago, drive through seemingly endless paddy fields to the small town of Kyaikto and on to the 'base camp' of Kinpun.
- In the afternoon, take a truck (join-in system) up a rather bumpy track about half way up the mountain. From here, walk up the path which climbs steeply to the legendary 'Golden Rock'. (The climb takes about 50 minutes and those unwilling, or not fit enough, to walk can hire four porters to carry them in a sedan chair). The climb itself offers magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and the opportunity to make friends with the many local people who make the pilgrimage to Kyaiktiyo.
- The incredible 'Golden Rock' sits precariously on top of the mountain, and is said to balance thanks to a precisely placed hair of the lord Buddha. Weather permitting, sunset views from Mount Kyaiktiyo are stunning.
- Dinner and accommodation at Mountain top Hotel, Deluxe room, Kyaikhtiyo.

DAY 03 : Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon (B/-/-)

- Early risers may enjoy returning to the Golden Rock to watch the sun rise. It is only a 5- minute walk from the hotel. After breakfast, walk down the mountain and return by truck down to the base camp at Kinpun, to your waiting car.
- Drive back to Bago and visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which has a stupa inlaid with diamonds and is Bago's golden landmark. See Shwethalyaung Buddha, which dates from 994 and is revered throughout Myanmar as the most beautiful Reclining Buddha.
- Time permitting, also visit the small Mon weaving quarter where a few Mon families still weave their traditional textiles. A short distance outside of Bago make a brief stop to observe how various pottery items are produced at a local workshop along the main road.
- Continue back to Yangon and, transfer to Yangon airport for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) to ....

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yangon - bagan - mandalay - INLE - yangon (4D-3N)

Timeline
DAY 01 : Yangon - Arrival (-/-/-)

- Arrival at Yangon int'l airport. Your tour guide will greet you at the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel. Late afternoon, visit and enjoy the sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda, world-famous; its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at the Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by....

DAY 02 : Yangon - Mandalay (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Transfer to Yangon airport for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) to Mandalay. From the airport, start your morning Mandalay sightseeing tour with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay's most revered Buddha image. Stop to see some local handicraft works such as stone & wood carving, and bronze casting, and observe how gold leaf is being beaten into wafer thin pieces which will ornate many of Mandalay's holy images.
- Check into your hotel late morning.
- In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's home. Continue to see the "world's largest book", being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw Pagoda. Visit Kyauktawgyi Pagoda to see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Enjoy spectacular views around sunset time from Mandalay Hill, covered with glass-studded temples.

DAY 03 : Mandalay - Bagan (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Early morning transfer drive to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Start your Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine. See 12th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar-style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old Bagan. Continue to 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 m. - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144.
- In the afternoon, visit Mingalazedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Continue to the Myinkaba area and Gubyaukgyi Temple with its fine stuccowork. Visit 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 Pagoda and then stop at Myazedi Stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Stop at one of the local popular lacquer ware workshops to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. At sunset, climb to the top of Shwe Sandaw Pagoda to enjoy magnificent views over Bagan's temples and the Ayeyarwaddy river.

DAY 04 : Bagan - Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Early morning transfer to Bagan airport for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) back to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer direction downtown Yangon. Drive alongside the east part of Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake and make a stop to take some beautiful photos over the lake towards the Shwedagon Pagoda. From there, drive into Thein Phyu street and shortly after turning into Merchant street, explore some of the best that colonial-style downtown Yangon has to offer. Visit Sule Pagoda with its golden city, a famous landmark in downtown Yangon.
- In the afternoon, visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts.
- Transfer to Yangon airport late afternoon for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) to...
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Tour prices quoted per person net in US$

Number of persons In SGL room
01 person 1,134.-
   
Number of persons In SGL room
02 persons 749.-
03-06 persons 678.-
07-10 persons 642.-
11-14 persons 597.-
15 persons up 564.-
   
SGL Supplement 92.-


Note : 1/2-twin room with daily breakfast complimentary for every 15 full paying persons

Service includes
  • Accommodation (bed + breakfast) in mentioned hotels or similar, based on shared-twin / -double room
  • Transport by road in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights as per programme
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Boat fees as per programme
  • Meal plan as per itinerary
  • English speaking station guide in all destinations
  • Daily refreshment towels and bottled mineral water on transfers and visits
  • Porterage at all airports, international and domestic

Service not included

  • Visa fees (application & stamp fees)
  • International flights to/from Myanmar
  • Personal insurance cover of any type
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • International airport tax (currently US$ 10.- p.p.)
  • Expense of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, souvenirs, beverage, tips & gratuities, etc.

Hotels used in the tour itinerary

Yangon : Inya Lake Hotel (Superior room)
Bagan : The Serenity Resort (Deluxe room)
Mandalay: Mandalay City Hotel (Superior room)

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yangon - bagan - yangon (4D-3N)

Timeline
DAY 01 : Yangon Arrival - Unforgettable Shwedagon (-/-/-)

- Arrival at Yangon int'l airport. Your tour guide will greet you at the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel for check- in.
- Late afternoon, visit and enjoy the sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda, world-famous; its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at the Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by _
- Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel at Yangon.

DAY 02 : Yangon - Experience Yangon (B/-/-)

- After breakfast start Yangon sightseeing tour with a visit of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, featuring a huge reclining Buddha image.
- Next, drive along Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake and on the east side make a brief stop to take some great photos across the lake towards the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. Drive through the heart of downtown Yangon, and enjoy some of the best that colonial-style Yangon has to offer such as the High Court building and The Government Telegraph Office on Pansodan street; both were built in the 1920s & 1930s.
- Also visit Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi, a famous landmark in downtown Yangon. Witness the glory and style of a bygone era. You will be able to appreciate Yangon City Hall, Maha Bandoola Garden, formerly Fytche Square, named after Albert Fytche, one of Britain's former commissioners. Further down toward Strand another group of exquisite colonial-style buildings facing Yangon's waterfront such as Law Court, Custom House, Myanmar Port Authority, and eventually the historic and landmark luxury property: The Strand Hotel.
- Still before noon time, visit the National Museum (closed on Mondays, Tuesday & public holidays) and observe the exquisite Lion's Throne. Overnight stay in Hotel at Yangon.

DAY 03 : Yangon - Bagan - Discover Bagan (B/-/-)

- Breakfast.
- Early morning transfer to Yangon domestic airport for departure flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in.
- Start your Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to Nyaung-U local market. The market is big and colourful, and quite busy at this time of day.
- Continue to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine. See 12th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar-style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes.
- Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old Bagan. Continue to 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 m. - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144.
- In the afternoon, visit Mingalazedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Continue to the Myinkaba area and Gubyaukgyi Temple with its fine stuccowork.
- Visit 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 Pagoda and then stop at Myazedi Stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages.
- Stop at one of the local popular lacquer ware workshops to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts.
- Late afternoon, proceed to the Shwe Sandaw Pagoda whence you can enjoy magnificent views over Bagan's vast temple area and the Ayeyarwaddy river around sunset time.
- Return to your hotel early evening. Overnight stay in Hotel at Bagan.

DAY 04 : Bagan - Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

- Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to airport for flight back to Yangon.
- Upon arrival, transfer to downtown Yangon. Car and Guide disposal for your late minute shopping. First, visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. No doubt you will find your preferred item to take back home as a remembrance of your trip to The Golden Land.
- Later, walk through the Indian Quarter and soak up the sounds, smells, and colours of typical Indian herbs & spices on display in many shops and stalls. Then, end up at bustling Chinatown with its many shops and stalls offering every thinkable commodity one can get.
- Later afternoon, transfer to Yangon airport for your departure flight.

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Tour price per person in US$ based on single occupancy stay, with English Speaking Station Guides = US$945.- per person

Surcharge for Russian Speaking Throughout Guide = USD$245.-per person

Remark: This offer is valid for 30 days from date of submission of the quote. Within this validity there will be no change in the quoted tour price. Beyond the validity of this offer, Focus Asia Myanmar reserves itself the right to review and adjust slightly the tour price according to prevailing circumstances.

Note: Please note that at this moment this is a tour programme proposal. No reservations have been made. Only upon confirmation in writing of the above tour programme will we proceed with actual bookings.

Accommodation in hotels is subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be booked within the same hotel category without surcharge/reduction. If no hotel in same category available, we reserve the right to apply a surcharge for any higher category, respectively a reduction for any lower category.

Service includes

  • Accommodation (bed + breakfast) in mentioned hotels or similar, based on shared-twin / -double room
  • Transport by road in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights as per programme
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Boat fees as per programme
  • Meal plan as per itinerary
  • English speaking station guide
  • Daily refreshment towels and bottled mineral water on transfers and visits
  • Porterage at all airports, international and domestic

Service not included

  • Any ground or other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa fees (stamp fees at Yangon international airport, currently US$30.- per person)
  • International flights to/from Myanmar
  • Personal insurance cover of any type
  • Meals not included
  • International airport tax (currently US$ 10.- per person)
  • Expense of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, souvenirs, beverage, tips & gratuities, etc.
  • Extra cost not mentioned in the programme

Hotels used in the tour itinerary

Yangon : Kandawgyi Palace Hotel- 4*, Deluxe room
Bagan : Tharaba Gate Hotel- 4*, Deluxe room

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YANGON - MANDALAY - PYIN-OO-LWIN - YANGON (4D-3N)

Timeline
DAY 01 : Yangon Arrival (-/-/-)

- Arrival at Yangon int'l airport. Your tour guide will greet you at the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel. Late afternoon, visit and enjoy the sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda, world-famous; its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at the Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by_
- Accommodation at Inya Lake Hotel, Superior room, Yangon.

DAY 02 : Yangon - Mandalay (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Transfer to Yangon airport for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) to Mandalay. From the airport, start your morning Mandalay sightseeing tour with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay's most revered Buddha image. Stop to see some local handicraft works such as stone & wood carving, and bronze casting, and observe how gold leaf is being beaten into wafer thin pieces which will ornate many of Mandalay's holy images.
- Check into your hotel late morning.
- In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's` home. Continue to see the "world's largest book", being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw Pagoda. Visit Kyauktawgyi Pagoda to see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Enjoy spectacular views around sunset time from Mandalay Hill, covered with glass-studded temples.
- Accommodation at Mandalay City Hotel, Superior room, Mandalay.

DAY 03 : Mandalay - Pyin-Oo-Lwin - Mandalay (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Drive to Pyin Oo Liwn and take a short time to explore some of the main attractions of Pyin-Oo-Lwin, formerly known as Maymyo (the city of May, a British colonel in colonial times). It is one of several British hill stations, which were popular with the British back then, and are still quite popular with the local people because of its mostly cool climate, its scenic beauty, and fresh air. Apart from the Bamar (Burmese) ethnic group, there are also many Nepalis and Indians living in Pyin-Oo-Lwin, as many of them chose to stay on there after the end of WW II. Visit the local fresh market. Then, continue to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, a 100-year-old church south of the central area which features a large brick sanctuary with a bell tower and cruciform floor plan. The vaulted wooden ceilings and well appointed interior are impressive.
- From there, proceed to the Japanese War Cemetery, numbering about 50 graves. Every year during the months of December and January, families, friends & relatives of the fallen ones come from Japan to pay their respect.
- Also, visit Purcell Tower, a clock tower in the heart of the town's centre, which was given as a present by Queen Victoria. Ride through town on a horse drawn "stage coach", giving you the chance to admire the brick and timber houses, complete with English-style gables, turrets and chimneys.
- Arrive at the Botanical Gardens with lots of flower beds, trees, and stretches of manicured lawns. Originally the botanical gardens were laid out by Sir Harcourt Butler, a former governor of Burma, but shortly after the turn of this century the layout was partly redrawn by Japanese garden designers.
- Mid afternoon, depart Pyin-Oo-Lwin by road to Mandalay. At first, the road is winding down with many a turn. When the area becomes flat, more roadside villages appear and rice paddies become a more dominating feature of the landscape. The drive takes approx. 90 min.
- Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in.
- Accommodation at Mandalay Hill Resort, Deluxe, 1 Double in Mandalay.

DAY 04 : Mandalay - Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Early morning to Mandalay airport for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) back to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer direction downtown Yangon. Drive alongside the east part of Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake and make a stop to take some beautiful photos over the lake towards the Shwedagon Pagoda. From there, drive into Thein Phyu street and shortly after turning into Merchant street, explore some of the best that colonial-style downtown Yangon has to offer. Visit Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi, a famous landmark in downtown Yangon.
- In the afternoon, visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts.
- Transfer to Yangon airport late afternoon for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) to ...

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Tour prices quoted per person net in US$

Number of persons In SGL room
01 person 1,134.-
   
Number of persons In SGL room
02 persons 749.-
03-06 persons 678.-
07-10 persons 642.-
11-14 persons 597.-
15 persons up 564.-
   
SGL Supplement 92.-

Note : 1/2-twin room with daily breakfast complimentary for every 15 full paying persons

Service includes
  • Accommodation (bed + breakfast) in mentioned hotels or similar, based on shared-twin / -double room
  • Transport by road in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights as per programme
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Boat fees as per programme
  • Meal plan as per itinerary
  • English speaking station guide in all destinations
  • Daily refreshment towels and bottled mineral water on transfers and visits
  • Porterage at all airports, international and domestic


Service not included
  • Visa fees (application & stamp fees)
  • International flights to/from Myanmar
  • Personal insurance cover of any type
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • International airport tax (currently US$ 10.- p.p.)
  • Expense of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, souvenirs, beverage, tips & gratuities, etc.

Hotels used in the tour itinerary

Yangon : Inya Lake Hotel (Superior room)
Bagan : The Serenity Resort (Deluxe room)
Mandalay: Mandalay City Hotel (Superior room)
Inle Lake : The Serenity Resort (Lake View Cottage)

Default Package

Yangon - Pindaya - Inle - Taunggyi - Yangon (5D-4N)

Timeline
DAY 01 : Yangon Arrival (-/-/-)

- Arrival at Yangon int'l airport. Your tour guide will greet you at the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel. Late afternoon, visit and enjoy the sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda, world-famous; its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at the Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by_
- Accommodation at Inya Lake Hotel, Superior room, Yangon.

DAY 02 : Yangon - Heho - Pindaya (B/-/-)

- Breakfast at hotel. In the afternoon transfer to airport for departure to Heho by afternoon flight.
- Upon arrival drive from Heho airport to Pindaya, an interesting and often picturesque drive up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice and other agricultural crops.
- Visit magnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a small central lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are on display in the various cave chambers. Visit some local workshops where families produce Shan paper and parasols.
- Accommodation at Pindaya

DAY 03 : Pindaya - Inle Lake (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, drive to Nyaung Shwe, the small town at the entrance to Inle Lake. Transfer by longtail boat to your hotel on the lake for check-in.
- In the afternoon, take time to explore the charm of Inle Lake. Over 20 km. long and more than 10 km. wide, and at 875 m. above sea level, the calm waters of the lake contrast sharp with the surrounding high hills as a backdrop. Apart from offering amateur photographers an exceptional chance to take plenty of great shots, economically Inle lake has over the years become the vegetable and fruit garden for most of the country!
- See the lake's unique "leg rowers" - the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar, thus they are able to free their hands for fishing and tending to their gardens. The lake's waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes.
- Afternoon, tour Ywama village, one of Inle's most attractive village s. Watch plenty of floating gardens, where fruit, flowers and mainly vegetables are grown. The 5-day rotational market day in the Inle Lake area has become very popular, and especially the floating market of Ywama is unique.
- Continue to Nga Phe Kyaung, a monastery famous for its "jumping cats", but primarily of interest for its extensive collection of Buddha images made of different materials, and in various styles and sizes.
- Next, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Its five uniquely shaped, gilded, but relatively small images are carried around the lake by boat during the annual Inle Boat Procession (usually in the period September / October).
- Later afternoon, stop at several workshops such as a boatbuilding workshop, a cheroot (Burmese cigar)-making workshop, and others time permitting. Finally, visit one of the many silk & lotus weaving workshops, which produce on wooden hand looms high-quality and colourful textiles, sought after by many, even as far as Yangon and Mandalay.
- Accommodation at Hu Pin Khaung Daing Hotel, Cottage room, Inle Lake.

DAY 04 : Inle Lake - Taunggyi (B/-/-)

Accommodation at Taunggyi or Aye Tharyar Hotel.

Day 05 : Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B/-/-)

Early breakfast at hotel, transfer by boat and by road to Heho airport for departure to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Default Package

YANGON - BAGAN - MANDALAY - PINDAYA - INLE LAKE - YANGON (7D-6N)

Timeline
DAY 01 : Yangon Arrival (-/-/-)

- Arrival at Yangon int'l airport. Your tour guide will greet you at the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel. Late afternoon, visit and enjoy the sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda, world-famous; its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at the Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by_
- Accommodation at Inya Lake Hotel, Superior room, Yangon.

DAY 02 : Yangon - Bagan (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Early morning transfer to Yangon airport for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Start your Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine. See 12th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar-style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old Bagan. Continue to 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 m. - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144.
- In the afternoon, visit Mingalazedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Continue to the Myinkaba area and Gubyaukgyi Temple with its fine stuccowork. Visit 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 Pagoda and then stop at Myazedi Stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Stop at one of the local popular lacquer ware workshops to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts. At sunset, climb to the top of Shwe Sandaw Pagoda to enjoy magnificent views over Bagan's temples and the Ayeyarwaddy river.
- Accommodation at The Serenity Hotel, Deluxe room, New Bagan.

DAY 03 : Bagan - Mandalay (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Transfer to Bagan airport for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) to Mandalay. From the airport, start your morning Mandalay sightseeing tour with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay's most revered Buddha image. Stop to see some local handicraft works such as stone & wood carving, and bronze casting, and observe how gold leaf is being beaten into wafer thin pieces which will ornate many of Mandalay's holy images.
- Check into your hotel late morning. In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's home. Continue to see the "world's largest book", being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw Pagoda. Visit Kyauktawgyi Pagoda to see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Enjoy spectacular views around sunset time from Mandalay Hill, covered with glass-studded temples.
- Accommodation at Mandalay City Hotel, Superior room, Mandalay.

DAY 04 : Mandalay - Heho - Pindaya - Inle lake (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Transfer to Mandalay airport for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport to Pindaya, an interesting and often picturesque drive up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice and other agricultural crops.
- Upon arrival, visit magnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a small central lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are on display in the various cave chambers. Visit some local workshops where families produce Shan paper and parasols.
- Mid afternoon drive back along the same road and at Aung Ban, turn left on the main highway to Taunggyi. After a while, turn right into the road leading to Nyaung Shwe, the small town at the entrance to Inle Lake. Transfer by longtail boat to your hotel on the lake for check-in.
- Dinner and accommodation at The Serenity Resort, Lake View Cottage, Inle Lake.

Day 05 : Inle Lake (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Boat trip on Inle Lake - a photographer's dream, its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, surrounded by scenic high hills which form a perfect backdrop. Pass endless floating gardens where fruit and vegetables are cultivated. After several decades a bunch of lake silt and weed produces a thick layer of humus. In turn, that can be used to produce a floating vegetable, fruit or flower garden buoyant enough to support a human's weight for a brief time. The Inthas tend their lake gardens from long, banana-shaped boats, and row standing up, with one leg wrapped around the oar, leaving both hands free to fish or maneuver the nets.
- Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. See traditional handicrafts - silk & cotton weaving on wooden handlooms, a blacksmith and a silversmith shop. Stop at Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, famous for its collection of Buddha images in many different styles, sizes and colours, and also for its "jumping cats". Return to your hotel.
- Dinner and accommodation at The Serenity Resort, Lake View Cottage, Inle Lake.

DAY 06 : Inle Lake - Indein - Heho - Yangon (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, travel by longtail boat to the western shore of the lake, and to a stairway leading to the hidden Indein Temple complex. Located on the shore of the lake, this site consists of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and greens. This jungle-like setting gives the site a peculiar ambience.
- Then, turn back and continue on foot past rice fields to the village of Sae Ma, stopping to explore the village and the local school, and meet some of the villagers in their daily activities.
- Shortly afternoon, transfer by boat and car/bus to Heho airport for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) back to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in.
- Accommodation at Inya Lake Hotel, Superior room, Yangon.

DAY 07 : Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. This morning, visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image. Continue alongside the east side of Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake and stop to take some beautiful photos over the lake towards the Shwedagon Pagoda. From there, drive into Thein Phyu street and shortly after turning into Merchant street, explore some of the best that colonial-style downtown Yangon has to offer. Visit Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi, a famous landmark in downtown Yangon.
- In the afternoon, visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts.
- Transfer to Yangon airport late afternoon for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) to..

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Tour prices quoted per person net in US$

Number of persons In SGL room
01 person 1,444.-
   
Number of persons In SGL room
02 persons 916.-
03-06 persons 822.-
07-10 persons 750.-
11-14 persons 699.-
15 persons up 662.-
   
SGL Supplement 149.-

Note : 1/2-twin room with daily breakfast complimentary for every 15 full paying persons

Service includes

  • Accommodation (bed + breakfast) in mentioned hotels or similar, based on shared-twin / -double room
  • Transport by road in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights as per programme
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Boat fees as per programme
  • Meal plan as per itinerary
  • English speaking station guide in all destinations
  • Daily refreshment towels and bottled mineral water on transfers and visits
  • Porterage at all airports, international and domestic

Service not included

  • Visa fees (application & stamp fees)
  • International flights to/from Myanmar
  • Personal insurance cover of any type
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • International airport tax (currently US$ 10.- p.p.)
  • Expense of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, souvenirs, beverage, tips & gratuities, etc.

Hotels used in the tour itinerary

Yangon : Inya Lake Hotel (Superior room)
Bagan : The Serenity Resort (Deluxe room)
Mandalay: Mandalay City Hotel (Superior room)
Inle Lake : The Serenity Resort (Lake View Cottage)

Default Package

Yangon - Mandalay - Monywa - Bagan - Inle Lake - Yangon (10D-9N)

Timeline
DAY 01 : Yangon - Arrival and first impression (-/-/-)

- Arrival at Yangon international airport at 18:10 from Hanoi. Your dedicated tour guide will greet you at the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
- Accommodation at hotel, Yangon.

DAY 02 : Yangon - Experience Yangon (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, continue your Yangon visits with a first stop at Hledan market, quite colourful, and always bustling in the early hours of the morning. Then transfer to Yangon River and have a look at San Pya Fish Market along the river.
- Still before noon, continue down Strand Road up to Botataung Pagoda, named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from India over 2000 years ago.
- Visit the National Museum (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to see the impressive Lion's Throne.
- Next, walk by the Indian Quarter and soak up the sounds, smells, and colours of typical Indian herbs & spices on display in many shops and stalls. Then, end up at bustling Chinatown with its many shops and stalls offering every thinkable commodity one can get.
- Enjoy the sunset at the unforgettable Shwedagon Pagoda, world-famous, its golden stupa being the heart of Buddhist Myanmar. It is believed to be 2,500 years old and its central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. Especially at this time of day the Shwedagon pagoda is always crowded with scores of Myanmar people praying and making offerings. It is both relaxing and fascinating to spend some time watching the world go by.
-Transfer back to your hotel.
Accommodation at hotel, Yangon.

DAY 03 : Yangon - Bagan (first impression) (B/-/-)

- Early breakfast and ditto transfer to Yangon domestic airport for departure by xxxxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in.
- Today is an ideal day to discover the marvels of the Bagan plain and monument site in a more active way. Thus, enjoy Myanmar's most prestigious historical, religious and architectural site by bicycle.
- Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.
- Start your Bagan sightseeing tour with a visit to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine. See 12th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar-style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes.
- Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old Bagan. Continue to 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 m. - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144.
- In the afternoon, visit Mingalazedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Continue to the Myinkaba area and Gubyaukgyi Temple with its fine stuccowork.
- Visit 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 Pagoda and then stop at Myazedi Stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages.
- Stop at one of the local popular lacquer ware workshops to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts.
- Late afternoon, proceed to Shwe Sandaw Pagoda whence you can enjoy magnificent views over Bagan's vast temple area and the Ayeyarwaddy river around sunset time.
- Return to your hotel early evening.
- Accommodation at hotel, Bagan.

DAY 04 : Bagan - Explore Bagan (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, start your relaxing bike tour of Bagan.
- Starting at Abeyadana Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 which is famous for its interlocking mortarless brickwork.
- Visit Sulamani, one of Bagan's great two-storied Bamar style Temples which has 4 seated Buddha images. Continue to Lemyethna Temple, topped by an Indian-style spire similar to Ananda.
- Visit the three shrines of Payathonzu (if open), which are connected by passages adorned with Mahayanist or Tantric mural paintings. Visit Nandamannya 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.
- Enjoy a charming half an hour horse-cart ride and finally, at Pyathada Pagoda, featuring Bagan's largest terrace, from which you can watch the sun set over the impressive Bagan Ancient Site.
- Accommodation at hotel, Bagan.

Day 05 : Bagan - Mandalay - Encounter with Mandalay (B/-/-)

- Very early breakfast and ditto transfer to Bagan airport for departure to Mandalay by xxxx (xxx/xxx). Upon entering the south side of Mandalay City, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, housing the most revered Buddha image in Mandalay and Upper Myanmar. Take a short time too to view some of the many handicraft workshops adjoining the site.
- Before checking into your hotel, pay a visit to an unusual workshop: gold leaf beating. Observe how small pieces of gold are painstakingly beaten into wafer-thin leaves, which are then used to adorn the many Buddha images in the greater Mandalay area.
- Afternoon, drive past the south and east side of the moat enclosing the Mandalay Palace. Arrive first at Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, once the home of King Mindon. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, frequently called the 'world's largest book', a collection of 729 white-washed small stupas housing the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs.
- Finally, watch the sun set from the top of Mandalay Hill, a site with several glass-adorned temples at the south side of the city. Enjoy some sweeping views of Mandalay and its surroundings to end your day's sightseeing.
- Return to your hotel.
- Accommodation at hotel, Mandalay.

DAY 06 : Mandalay - Amarapura - Ava - Sagaing - Mandalay (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, drive to the ancient capital of Amarapura, "City of Immortality", 11 km. south of Mandalay.
- First, visit U-Bein bridge, over one km. long and almost entirely made of teak, and spanning the Taungthaman Lake. After that, stop at Mahagandayon monastery, residence to approx. 1,000 monks. Around 10.15 - 10.30 they have their last meal of the day, as after 12 noon monks fast till the next morning. Since Amarapura is famous for its fine textiles, there is some time to visit a silk weaving shop.
- Drive across the recently built Sagaing bridge which runs parallel with Ava Bridge, built by British engineers, and which was partly destroyed in WW II. Enjoy picturesque Sagaing Hill, still the beating heart of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. Numerous monasteries and pagodas dot the hillsides.
- Visit Soon U Ponya Shin Paya, which offers magnificent sweeping views of its surroundings, and U Min Thounzeh Pagoda, containing 45 Buddha images lined up in a half-moon shape.
- Afternoon, re-cross the Ayeyarwaddy river and take a very local ferry to visit Innwa (Ava), located on an island between the Ayeyarwaddy and the Myit Nge rivers. A fitting way to visit Innwa is by taking a horse-cart ride.
- A fitting way to visit Innwa is by taking a horse-cart ride.
- Pass through the ancient city walls to visit Maha Aungmye Bonzan Kyaung, a brick and stucco monastery, also known as Me Nu Oke Kyaung). Continue to Nanmyin Watch Tower, Myanmar's miniature version of the Pisa tower. From the top one can enjoy charming views of Ava itself and the Ayeyarwaddy river.
- Then, visit Bagaya Kyaung, the impressive wooden monastery entirely built of teak, and supported by 267 teak posts.
- Stop at a village workshop specialized in making alms bowls.
- Return to Mandalay and finally, enroute visit U-Bein Bridge, over one km. long and almost entirely made of teak, and spanning the Taungthaman Lake. Sunset views near U-Bein bridge can be very beautiful.
- Return to the hotel.
- Accommodation at hotel, Mandalay.

DAY 07 : Mandalay - Heho - Inle Lake - Indein (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Early morning transfer to Mandalay airport for departure by xxxx (xxx/xxx) to Heho.
- Transfer from Heho airport to Nyaung Shwe , a small city at the entrance of Inle Lake.
- Transfer by long-tail boat to your hotel on the lake for check-in.
- Explore the charm of Inle Lake proper. Over 20 km. long and more than 10 km. wide, and at 875 m. above sea level, the calm waters of the lake contrast sharp with the surrounding high hills as a backdrop. Apart from offering amateur photographers an exceptional chance to take plenty of great shots, economically Inle lake has over the years become the vegetable and fruit garden for most of the country!
- See the lake's unique "leg rowers" - the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar, thus they are able to free their hands for fishing and tending to their gardens. The lake's waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes.
- Tour Ywama village, one of Inle's most attractive villages. Watch plenty of floating gardens, where fruit, flowers and mainly vegetables are grown. The 5-day rotational market day in the Inle Lake area has become very popular, and especially the floating market of Ywama is unique. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung, a monastery famous for its "jumping cats", but primarily of interest for its extensive collection of Buddha images made of different materials, and in various styles and sizes.
- Next, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Its five uniquely shaped, gilded, but relatively small images are carried around the lake by boat during the annual Inle Boat Procession (usually in the period September / October).
- Time permitting, stop at a few workshops on and around the lake such as a blacksmith and a boatbuilding workshop.
- Finally, visit one of the many silk & lotus weaving workshops, which produce on wooden hand looms high-quality and colourful textiles, sought after by many, even as far as Yangon and Mandalay.
- Then, travel by long-tail boat to the western shore of the lake. Disembark at Indein jetty and, passing a local school, a local market, and several shops and stalls, walk up a stairway leading to the hidden and beautiful Alaung Sitthou area (Indein Temple Complex).
- Located on the very shore of the lake, this site consists of dozens of small ancient stupas overgrown by moss and greens in a jungle-like setting. This gives Indein a special feel and a very particular ambience.
- Take time to explore the stupa complex itself. It's also a great opportunity to take some exquisite photos of this unusual place.
- Then, turn back and continue on foot past rice fields to the village of Sae Ma, stopping to explore the village area and to meet some of the villagers in their daily activities.
- Transfer back by boat to your hotel late afternoon.
- Accommodation at hotel, Inle Lake.

(Please note that due to safety reasons night transfers by boat on the lake are not allowed by company policy. Thank you for your understanding!).

DAY 08 : Kyay Sar Gone Canoe Experience (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, transfer by long-tail boat to the western shore of the lake.
- Visit Kyay Sar Gone, a typical and picturesque village on the lake. In order to really enjoy this experience to the full, switch to a flat Inle-style canoe which can take maximum 2 passengers.
- Experience the lifestyle of Intha villages and their floating gardens by canoe. Pass the locals tending to their daily activities, many of which are performed from or with their boat. If possible, visit of a typical stilt house. An opportunity to learn some more of how the Intha people live their daily lives on and around the lake.
- Return to your hotel.
- Balance of the day at leisure.
- Accommodation at hotel, Inle Lake.

(Please note that due to safety reasons night transfers by boat on the lake are not allowed by company policy. Thank you for your understanding!).

DAY 09 : Inle Lake - Heho - Continue Visit Yangon (B/-/-)

- Start Yangon sightseeing tour with a visit of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, featuring a huge reclining Buddha image. Next, drive along Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake and on the east side make a brief stop to take some great photos across the lake towards the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.
- Also visit Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi, which makes a useful landmark in downtown Yangon.
- From there, drive through downtown Yangon and explore some of the best that colonial-style downtown Yangon has to offer. Take some time to walk around and observe the elegance and architectural beauty of some of the very fine buildings of a bygone era.
- Take time for a short walk of approx. 30 min. with views of City Hall, Maha Bandoola Garden, formerly Fytche Square, named after Albert Fytche, one of Britain's former commissioners. Then, on to see the High Court building and the Government Telegraph Office on Pansodan street; both were built in the 1920s & 1930s.
- From there descend toward Strand road with a number of exquisite colonial-style buildings facing Yangon's waterfront such as Law Court, Custom House, Myanmar Port Authority, and eventually the historic and landmark luxury property: The Strand Hotel.
- Afternoon, first visit Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. No doubt you will find your preferred item to take back home as a remembrance of your trip to The Golden Land.
Accommodation at hotel, Yangon.

DAY 10 : Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Leisure till your transfer time.
- Transfer to Yangon international airport for departure by xxx at 14:25 .

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For 2 persons, tour price per person in US$ based on shared-double room and with Spanish speaking guide = US$1,923 / person

Surcharge for visa-on-arrival arrangement = US$ 15/ per person

(Remark: the above surcharge does not include the stamp fees at Yangon international airport, currently US$30.- per person)

Service includes

  • Accommodation (bed + breakfast) in mentioned hotels or similar, based on shared-twin / -double room
  • Transport by road in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights as per programme
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Boat fees as per programme
  • Meal plan as per itinerary
  • Spanish speaking trought out guide
  • Daily refreshment towels and bottled mineral water on transfers and visits
  • Porterage at all airports, international and domestic

Service not included

  • Any ground or other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa-on-arrival arrangement fees
  • International flights to/from Myanmar
  • Personal insurance cover of any type
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • International airport tax (currently US$ 10.- per person)
  • Expense of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, souvenirs, beverage, tips & gratuities, etc.

Hotels used (according to official local hotel classification!)

Yangon : Savoy Hotel - 5*, Suite room
Bagan : Aureum Palace Resort & Spa - 5*, Orchid Villa
Mandalay : Mandalay Hill Resort - 4*, Corner Deluxe room
Inle Lake : Villa Inle Resort & Spa - 4*, Lake Front Single Villa

Default Package

Yangon - Mandalay - Monywa - Bagan - Mt.Popa - Inle Lake - Yangon (11D-10N)

Timeline
DAY 01 : Yangon - Arrival (-/-/-)

- Arrival at Yangon international airport by PG 703 from Bangkok at 15:50. Your dedicated tour guide will greet you at the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
- Accommodation at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Deluxe 01 Double, Yangon.

DAY 02 : Yangon - Experience Yangon (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, start Yangon sightseeing tour with a visit of Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, featuring a huge reclining Buddha image. Next, drive along Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake and on the east side make a brief stop to take some great photos across the lake towards the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.
- Drive through the heart of downtown Yangon, and enjoy some of the best that colonial-style Yangon has to offer such as the High Court building and the Government Telegraph Office on Pansodan street; both were built in the 1920s & 1930s.
- Also visit Sule Pagoda with its golden chedi, a famous landmark in downtown Yangon.
- Witness the glory and style of a bygone era. You will be able to appreciate Yangon City Hall, Maha Bandoola Garden, formerly Fytche Square, named after Albert Fytche, one of Britain's former commissioners.
- Further down toward Strand another group of exquisite colonial-style buildings facing Yangon's waterfront such as Law Court, Custom House, Myanmar Port Authority, and eventually the historic and landmark luxury property: The Strand Hotel.
- Early afternoon, continue with a visit of Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays) to discover Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. No doubt you will find your preferred item to take back home as a remembrance of your trip to The Golden Land.
- Enjoy the sunset at the unforgettable Shwedagon Pagoda, world-famous, its golden stupa being the heart of Buddhist Myanmar. It is believed to be 2,500 years old and its central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. Especially at this time of day the Shwedagon pagoda is always crowded with scores of Myanmar people praying and making offerings. It is both relaxing and fascinating to spend some time watching the world go by.
- Transfer back to your hotel.
- Accommodation at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Deluxe 01 Double, Yangon.

DAY 03 : Yangon - Mandalay - Encounter with Mandalay (B/-/-)

- Very early breakfast and ditto transfer to Yangon domestic airport for departure to Mandalay by YJ 211 ( 06:00/ 07:25 ). Upon arrival, transfer to the ancient capital of Amarapura, "City of Immortality", 11 km. south of Mandalay.
- First, visit U-Bein bridge, over one km. long and almost entirely made of teak, and spanning the Taungthaman Lake. After that, stop at Mahagandayon monastery, residence to approx. 1,000 monks. Around 10.15 - 10.30 they have their last meal of the day, as after 12 noon monks fast till the next morning. Since Amarapura is famous for its fine textiles, there is some time to visit a silk weaving shop.
- Then, continue direction Mandalay. Upon entering the south side of Mandalay City, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, housing the most revered Buddha image in Mandalay and Upper Myanmar. Take a short time too to view some of the many handicraft workshops adjoining the site.
- Before checking into your hotel, pay a visit to an unusual workshop: gold leaf beating. Observe how small pieces of gold are painstakingly beaten into wafer-thin leaves, which are then used to adorn the many Buddha images in the greater Mandalay area.
- Afternoon, drive past the south and east side of the moat enclosing the Mandalay Palace. Arrive first at Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, once the home of King Mindon. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, frequently called the 'world's largest book', a collection of 729 white-washed small stupas housing the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs.
- Finally, watch the sun set from the top of Mandalay Hill, a site with several glass-adorned temples at the south side of the city. Enjoy some sweeping views of Mandalay and its surroundings to end your day's sightseeing.
- Return to your hotel.
- Accommodation at Mandalay Hill Resort, Superoir 01 Double, Mandalay.

DAY 04 : Mandalay - Mingun - Ava - Amarapura - Mandalay (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, drive to the bank of the Ayeyarwady river and board your private local boat to visit Mingun, 11 km. north-west of Mandalay. Mingun is the site of the unfinished Mingun Pagoda, a brick monument towering 50 m. above the Ayeyarwady river.
- The boat trip is most pleasant and interesting because you can witness local life on the river itself and on its banks, always a colourful experience in Southeast Asia. The river is quite busy with various craft sailing up and down with all sorts of produce and commodities.
- The construction of the pagoda was commissioned by King Bodawpaya in 1790, but ongoing works stopped in 1819 when King Bodawpaya died. Then, in 1838 the unfinished pagoda was struck by an earthquake. The climb to the top is steep, but the reward is a spectacular view over the surroundings.
- After that, visit nearby Mingun Bell, the world's largest intact hanging bronze bell.
- Return to Mandalay, upon arrival depart Mandalay and drive along the river bank south to visit Innwa (Ava), located on an island between the Ayeyarwaddy and the Myit Nge rivers. Take a very local ferry to cross the Myit Nge river. A fitting way to visit Innwa is by taking a horse-cart ride.
- Pass through the ancient city walls to visit Maha Aungmye Bonzan Kyaung, a brick and stucco monastery, also known as Me Nu Oke Kyaung). Continue to Nanmyin Watch Tower, Myanmar's miniature version of the Pisa tower. From the top one can enjoy charming views of Ava itself and the Ayeyarwaddy river. Finally, visit Bagaya Kyaung, the impressive wooden monastery entirely built of teak, and supported by 267 teak posts.
- Late afternoon return to Mandalay, and en route, turn off at Amarapura. Relax some time at U-Bein Bridge, over one km. long and almost entirely made of teak, and spanning the Taungthaman Lake. Sunset views near U-Bein bridge can be very beautiful.
- Early evening, return to your hotel.
- Accommodation at Mandalay Hill Resort, Superior 01 Double, Mandalay.

Day 05 : Mandalay - Sagaing - Monywa (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, depart Mandalay and first visit Sagaing, the spiritual centre of Myanmar.
- Hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries are to be found on Sagaing Hill, the living heart of Buddhism in Myanmar today. Thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and contemplation. Stop at some of the most famous temples, such as Tupayone Paya and Hsin Mya Shin Paya (the Pagoda of Many Elephants).
- Continue by road to Monywa.
- Monywa: situated on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, Monywa is now the second biggest town in Upper Myanmar and serves as a major trade centre for agricultural produce from the surrounding Chindwin Valley, especially beans, pulses and palm sugar.
- Upon arrival at the city limits of Monywa, visit Thanboddhay Pagoda: Every spare surface of this temple, inside and out, is covered with thousands of miniature Buddha images (almost 600,000 altogether); the cumulative effect is spectacularly colourful.
- Visit as well the adjacent Boddhi Tataung: A grove of banyan trees with a Buddha image at the base of each one.
- Transfer to your hotel for check-in.
- Overnight at Win Unity Hotel, Deluxe 01 Double, Monywa.

DAY 06 : Monywa - Hpo Win Daung - Pakkoku - Bagan (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, cross the Chindwin river by local ferry and continue westwards by open jeep to Hpo Win Daung Caves. Visit this peculiar series of caves set in the hillside along a meandering path. They contain Buddha images and beautifully preserved murals dating from the 14th-16th centuries.
- Return part of the way, and then continue with our own vehicle to Pakkoku. From there, travel by boat to Bagan.
- Upon arrival at Bagan jetty transfer to your hotel for check-in.
- Accommodation at Aureum Palace, Deluxe 01 Double, Bagan.

DAY 07 : Bagan - Discover Bagan (B/-/-)

- Today is an ideal day to discover the marvels of the Bagan plain and monument site in a more active way. Thus, enjoy Myanmar's most prestigious historical, religious and architectural site.
- Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.
- First, visit Shwezigon Pagoda: King Anawrahta started the construction of the Shwezigon Pagoda to enshrine some relicts of Buddha. The construction was finished by his successor, King Kyansittha between 1086 and1090. Originally the Shwezigon Pagoda marked the northern end of the city of Bagan. The stupa's graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later stupas over Myanmar.
- Then, stop at Gubyauk Gyi Temple at Wetkyi-Inn: This temple was built in the early 13th century and repaired in 1468. The great colourful painting about the previous life of Buddha and the distinguished architecture make this temple an interesting site for a visit. This temple is not to be confounded with the Gubyaukgyi Temple in Myinkaba.
- Next, Ananda Pahto: one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Thought to have been built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, this perfectly proportioned temple heralds the stylistic end of the Early Bagan period and the beginning of the Middle period.
- Afternoon, visit first Gubyauk Gyi Temple at Myinkaba: Built in 1113 by Kyanzittha son Rajakumar, this temple is famous for its well-preserved Stuccos from the 12th century on the outside walls. The magnificent paintings date from the original construction of the temple and are considered to be the oldest original paintings in Bagan.
- Then, proceed to Manuha Temple: The Manuha Temple was built in 1059 by King Manuha, the King of Thaton, who was brought captive to Bagan by King Anawrahta. It enshrines the unusual combination of 3 seated and one reclining image Buddha. It is said that this temple was built by Manuha to express his displeasure about his captivity in Bagan.
- Continue to visit one of Bagan's famous laquerware workshops: the villages around Bagan are known for producing the finest lacquerware in Myanmar. Stop by one of the workshops and learn about the painstaking process of lacquerware making and decoration.
- Finally, cycle to Shwe Sandaw Pagoda: In 1057 King Anawrahta built this pagoda following his conquest of Thaton. This is the first monument in Bagan, which features stairways leading up from the square bottom terraces to the round base of the stupa. This pagoda is also ideal to watch Bagan's sweeping and magnificent sunsets.
- Accommodation at Aureum Palace, Deluxe 01 Double, Bagan.

DAY 08 : Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake - Indein - Inle Lake (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Early morning transfer to Bagan airport for departure by YH 917 ( 07:50/ 09:05 ) to Heho. Upon arrival, transfer by road to Nyaung Shwe, the small town at the entrance of Inle Lake.
- Board your private long-tail boat to transfer to your hotel for check-in.
- Travel by long-tail boat to the western shore of the lake. Disembark at Indein jetty and, passing a local school, a local market, and several shops and stalls, walk up a stairway leading to the hidden and beautiful Alaung Sitthou area (Indein Temple Complex).
- Located on the very shore of the lake, this site consists of dozens of small ancient stupas overgrown by moss and greens in a jungle-like setting. This gives Indein a special feel and a very particular ambience.
- Take time to explore the stupa complex itself. It's also a great opportunity to take some exquisite photos of this unusual place.
- Then, turn back and continue on foot past rice fields to the village of Sae Ma, stopping to explore the village area and to meet some of the villagers in their daily activities.
- Return to your hotel.
- Accommodation at Villa Inle Resort & Spa, Lake Front Single Villa 01 Double, Inle Lake.

(Please note that due to safety reasons night transfers by boat on the lake are not allowed by company policy. Thank you for your understanding!)

DAY 09 : Inle Lake - Explore Inle Lake (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, explore the charm of Inle Lake proper. Over 20 km. long and more than 10 km. wide, and at 875 m. above sea level, the calm waters of the lake contrast sharp with the surrounding high hills as a backdrop. Apart from offering amateur photographers an exceptional chance to take plenty of great shots, economically Inle lake has over the years become the vegetable and fruit garden for most of the country!
- See the lake's unique "leg rowers" - the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar, thus they are able to free their hands for fishing and tending to their gardens. The lake's waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes.
- Tour Ywama village, one of Inle's most attractive villages. Watch plenty of floating gardens, where fruit, flowers and mainly vegetables are grown. The 5-day rotational market day in the Inle Lake area has become very popular, and especially the floating market of Ywama is unique. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung, a monastery famous for its "jumping cats", but primarily of interest for its extensive collection of Buddha images made of different materials, and in various styles and sizes.
- Next, visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Its five uniquely shaped, gilded, but relatively small images are carried around the lake by boat during the annual Inle Boat Procession (usually in the period September / October).
- Time permitting, stop at a few workshops on and around the lake such as a blacksmith and a boatbuilding workshop.
- Finally, visit one of the many silk & lotus weaving workshops, which produce on wooden hand looms high-quality and colourful textiles, sought after by many, even as far as Yangon and Mandalay.
- Transfer back by boat to your hotel late afternoon.
- Accommodation at Villa Inle Resort & Spa, Lake Front Single Villa 01 Double, Inle Lake.

(Please note that due to safety reasons night transfers by boat on the lake are not allowed by company policy. Thank you for your understanding!)

DAY 10 : Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Early morning transfer first by boat to Nyaung Shwe, and then by road to Heho airport for departure by YH 918 ( 09:20/ 10:30 ) back to Yangon.
- Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel.
- Balance of the day Leisure for your own activities.
- Accommodation at Kandawgyi palace Hotel, Superior 01 Double, Yangon.

DAY 11 : Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Leisure till your transfer time.
- Transfer to Yangon international airport for departure by PG 702 at 10:55.

   ............................... End of FAM's service ...............................

Service includes

  • Accommodation (bed + breakfast) in mentioned hotels or similar, based on shared-twin / -double room
  • Transport by road in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights as per programme
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Boat fees as per programme
  • Meal plan as per itinerary
  • Spanish speaking through out guide
  • Daily refreshment towels and bottled mineral water on transfers and visits
  • Porterage at all airports, international and domestic

Service not included

  • Any ground or other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa-on-arrival arrangement fees
  • International flights to/from Myanmar
  • Personal insurance cover of any type
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • International airport tax (currently US$ 10.- per person)
  • Expense of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, souvenirs, beverage, tips & gratuities, etc.

Hotels used (according to official local hotel classification!)

Yangon : Kandawgyi Palace Hotel 5*, Deluxe room for 1st call & Superior room for 2nd call
Mandalay : Mandalay Hill Resort 4*, Superior room
Monywa : Win Unity Hotel, 3*, Deluxe room
Bagan : Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, 5*, Deluxe room
Inle Lake : Villa Inle Resort 4*, Lake Front Single Villa

Default Package

Bagan - mt.Popa - Bagan (2D-1N)

Timeline
DAY 01 : Yangon - Arrival (-/-/-)

- Arrival at Yangon int'l airport. Your tour guide will greet you at the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel. Late afternoon, visit and enjoy the sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda, world-famous; its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. There are always many Myanmar people praying and making offerings at the Shwedagon, and it's a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by…
- Accommodation at Inya Lake Hotel, Superior room, Yangon.

DAY 02 : Yangon - Bagan - Discover Bagan (B/-/-)

- Breakfast. Early morning transfer to Yangon domestic airport for departure by xx xxx (xx:xx / xx:xx) to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in.
- Start your Bagan sightseeing tour with a Continue to see the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important reliquary shrine. See 12th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar-style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes.
- Pass through Tharaba Gateway into Old Bagan. Continue to 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 m. - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144.
- In the afternoon, visit Mingalazedi, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Continue to the Myinkaba area and Gubyaukgyi Temple with its fine stuccowork.
- Visit 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 Pagoda and then stop at Myazedi Stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages.
- Stop at one of the local popular lacquer ware workshops to watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan handicrafts.
- Late afternoon, proceed to Shwe Sandaw Pagoda whence you can enjoy magnificent views over Bagan's vast temple area and the Ayeyarwaddy river around sunset time.
- Accommodation at Hotel (A,B,C), ... room, Bagan.

DAY 03 : Bagan - Mt. Popa - Bagan - Continued Visits (B/-/-)

- After breakfast, first visit Nyaung-U local market. The market is big and colourful, and quite busy at this time of day.
- Then, leave Bagan area behind and drive south-east for a little over 45 km. to reach Popa.
- Mount Popa itself is 1,518 m. high, but our visit focuses on Popa Taungkalat, 737 m. high, its cone-shaped form actually being the core of an extinct volcano. It is also the home of Myanmar's 37 most important nats (spirits), housed in a shrine at the foot of Taungkalat.
- The climb to the very top via 777 winding but covered steps is a bit challenging at times, but the reward of the panoramic views of Popa's surroundings is well worth it. The top houses a monastery and temple.
- There is no better vantage point to enjoy the most prestigious views of Popa, and mainly of Taungkalat itself, than the terrace of Popa Mountain Resort.
- Shortly afternoon, drive back to Bagan, and en route stop for an interesting visit at "Paing" roadside shop. Here, you can observe how locals climb up toddy trees to harvest the toddy juice. Depending on the time of day, the taste is sweet or rather more bitter. This juice is sometimes popularly called "sky beer". The juice is also used to make toddy candy. In addition, you could witness how in a very local style they use the same to make local alcohol, for drinking or for house medication.
- Continue to Bagan, and upon arrival there continue with some more visits of Ancient Bagan's highlights.
- First, stop at Abeyadana Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 which is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork.
- Visit Sulamani, one of Bagan's great two-storied Bamar style Temples which has 4 seated Buddha images. After that, proceed to Lemyethna Temple, topped by an Indian-style spire similar to Ananda.
- Finally, time permitting, stop at Pyathada Pagoda, featuring Bagan's largest terrace, from which you can watch the sun set over the impressive Bagan Ancient Site.
- Accommodation at Hotel (A,B,C), ... room, Bagan.

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