Classic Myanmar

2,124 USD - 1,716 USD (min 2 person - max 10 person)
12 days - 11 nights
Throughout Myanmar
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TRIP HIGHLIGHT

  • Visit an elephant sanctuary in the forests of Kalaw.
  • Glide past stilted Shan villages in Inle Lake.
  • Explore the ancient temple ruins of Bagan led by private guide.
  • Cross the largest teak bridge in the world
  • Relax on a cruise along the Ayeyarwady River to Mandalay
  • Marvel at the white stupa at Mingun

ITINERARY

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INCLUSION

  • 11 nights hotel | twin or double shared room
  • Daily breakfast, 10 lunches
  • Private transportation
  • Excellent English speaking guide
  • Domestic air ticket RGN - NYU; MDL - HEH - RGN
  • Boat trip fees
  • Entrance fees according to the program
  • Mineral water

DAY BY DAY

On arrival you will be welcomed by Myanmar Shalom tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Drive through downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building- and to Sule Paya in the middle of downtown, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit Little India and Chinatown – stop to greet the vendors and let them introduce you to their wares – some familiar, some exotic. Photo stop at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge.Nothing will prepare you for Shwedagon Pagoda, with its glittering gold stupa. At the pagoda, observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset view at Shwedagon pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.



Meals: N/A

Included: Airport pick up, tour guide, accommodation, entrance fees

Early morning flight to Bagan. Begin exploration of Bagan by visiting a busy local market and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. You will spend the day exploring the architectural masterpieces of this amazing town by visit to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples. Also visit a local lacquerware workshop and watch men and women ply their craft using traditional methods. In the late afternoon climbing to the top of the Temple for sunset views. Sit back relax and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas. Overnight in Bagan.



Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Included: Meals, accommodation, transportation, tour guide, entrance fees, airfare RGN/NYU

You may continue sightseeing Temples & Pagodas and villages in the morning or take excursion trip to Mount Popa (45 km drive), an extinct volcano with spectacular views, 4981 feet above sea level. 777 steps lead up to the Buddhist shrine place on the top of the Popa peak. On the top of mountain there are monasteries, pagoda and shrines indifferent styles. In the mid afternoon back to Bagan and you will explore Bagan from a different perspective as you explore the area by Pony cart. The cart can explore areas that cars are unable to enter giving a different feel of Bagan. Overnight in Bagan.



Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Included: Meals, accommodation, transportation, tour guide, entrance fees

Breakfast at hotel. Pick up from hotel. Leave Bagan in the morning and take a private local boat across the Ayeyarwaddy River to Pakkoku (approx. 3 hrs by boat), an un-spoiled small town famous as a tobacco trading centre and for its weaving shops. This river journey is interesting because you see all types of local boats along the river as well as the local river life. Arrive Pakokku and visit the local market and see genuine indigenous regional open-air market. Then continue drive (approx. 4 hrs) to Monywa. Arrival Monywa and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Monywa



Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Included: Meals, accommodation, transportation, tour guide, entrance fees

Rise early to take the ferry to the other side of the Chindwin River where you board a pick-up to see the seldom visited 15th Pho Win Daung temple complex where more than 450,000 sandstone Buddha’s were carved in the hillsides in caves, alcoves, or tiny niches. The cave murals are still intact with indigo blues and soft pastels. Visit Shwe Ba Daung, which features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with Bubddha images. Drive back to Monywa. and visit Thanboddhay Pagoda. Inside you will see thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 500,000) decorating every wall, archway and niche. The buildings in the compound have interesting jataka reliefs. Proceed drive to Mandalay (140 km – 4 hours). Arrival Mandalay and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Mandalay.



Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Included: Meals, accommodation, transportation, tour guide, entrance fees

Full day sightseeing in Mandalay - visit the second most sacred image in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon Pagoda is the Mahamuni Pagoda. Next visit Golden palace Monastery famous for its intricate woodcarvings. Continue to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is known as the world largest book due to the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. Before sunset visit a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar. Overnight in Mandalay.



Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Included: Meals, accommodation, transportation, tour guide, entrance fees

Morning- breakfast at the hotel. Following, you embark on a scenic boat cruise on the magical Irrawaddy River, watching river commerce and villages as they were centuries ago. Mingun is about 11 km (one hour each way) upriver from Mandalay and home to the impressive Mingun Bell, the world’s largest intact bronze bell, the unfinished Mingun Paya, and lanes filled with art galleries and bullock taxis. Visit Ava and then the cross the Ayeyawaddy River over Ava Bridge and visit the Sagging Hill where there are about six hundred Monasteries. Stop at Silverware cottage industry, clay pot making and Nunnery to learn the daily life of Buddhist nuns. Watch the sunset from the top of Sagaing Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.



Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Included: Meals, accommodation, transportation, tour guide, entrance fees

Morning flight to Heho in the Shan state. Upon arrival drive to Kalaw (appr. 1 hour), a former British colonial town. Kalaw, another hill station as well as peaceful summer resort nestled in pine-clad mountains, is 1,400 meters above sea-level. It is located 70 km west of Taunggyi. In the neighborhood lie villages of Palaung and other hill tribes who come to Kalaw market held every five days in their colorful costumes, adding to the quiet attraction of Kalaw. Overnight in Kalaw.



Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Included: Meals, accommodation, transportation, tour guide, entrance fees, airfare MDL/HEH

After breakfast scenic drive across the Shan Plateau to NyaungShwe pick up boat & transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the full day tour by boat in Inle lake. The five Buddha images of Phaung Daw U Pagoda are the holiest in Inle Lake. Next, visit a unique Monastery on the Lake Nga Phe Kyaung, near Ywama village where the local Monks have trained the cats to jump through hoops, it is now affectionately known as the jumping cat Monastery. Proceed to Nampan village and see local cigar [cheroot] making and canoe carving. Overnight in Inle.



Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Included: Meals, accommodation, transportation, tour guide, entrance fees

Continue our sightseeing in Inle Lake, maneuvering by boat though long, scenic channnels where you can watch the farmers cultivate their produce in “floating gardens”. You will visit the fascinating village of Indein, with it’s complex of ancient shrines and stupas and walk though exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls. You’ll visit the “long neck” tribal women, and weaving and craft villages perched on stilts. See the lake’s unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. It is a feast for the senses and a photographer’s dream. Overnight in Inle.



Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Included: Meals, accommodation, transportation, tour guide, entrance fees

Morning flight to Yangon. Then enjoy a visit to Scott Market, the sprawling 75-year-old Market. At the market you will find a whole variety of interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquer ware to gems & jewelry – bargain at the stores to fully experience the Burmese market atmosphere! Visit the over 100 year old beautiful Rangoon Synagogue. In there you will have the opportunity to meet with Trustee of the Synagogue to learn the Jewish Life in the Pagoda Land. Drive through the city and observe neighborhoods that reflect Yangon’s Burmese, British, Indian, Bangladeshi and indigenous influences. Visit the Jade Buddha temple with marble statue weighs 500 tons and the largest in the world. Overnight in Yangon.



Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Included: Meals, accommodation, transportation, tour guide, entrance fees, airfare HEH/RGN

After breakfast, day at leisure until transfer to airport for International departure flight.



Meals: Breakfast

Included: Airport drop off, tour guide

ACCOMMODATION

Rose Garden Hotel

Bagan Lodge

Amazing Mandalay

Amata Garden Inle

Win Unity Resort

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