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8 Days Essential Myanmar
Yangon 1Nts, Mandalay 2Nts, Bagan 2Nts, Inle 2Nts
Myanmar (Burma)

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Takea whirlwind trip to Myanmar’s highlights. Gaze upon ancient pagodas in Baganand explore Inle Lake’s scenic waters.  Delve into Myanmar’s spiritualtraditions in Mandalay and be enchanted by Yangon’s blend of old and new. Thisis the ideal introduction to one of Asia’s most remarkable countries.
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Day 1: Tuesday YANGON ARRIVAL(-/-/-)
Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel. (Your room might not be ready for check-in; international check-in time is 14:00 hours). Day at leisure. Accommodation at hotel, Yangon
Meal included: none


Day 2: Wednesday YANGON – BAGAN(B/L/-)
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. (approximately: 06:20/07:40 hours_Direct flight) Upon arrival in Bagan, proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. See 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Visit the Taungphi village to see old monasteries, which have beautiful Khone Baung dynasty frescoes. In the afternoon, continue visit 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 meters - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. Continue to Mingalazedi, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady Rivers. Accommodation at hotel, Bagan
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch at Ayeyarwaddy River Terrace Restaurant


Day 3: Thursday BAGAN – MANDALAY(B/L/-)
Transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. (approximately: 08:15/08:45 hours_Direct flight) Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Mandalay, a highlight of which is the Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Near the river lies visit Shwe-im-bin, a wooden monastery over 100 years old which is known for its lovely carving. Stop at local workshops to see kalaga tapestries being made, gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces, and Burmese sweets being made.
Mid-afternoon, you’ll drive to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname 'the world’s largest book'. Next visit beautiful teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive World War II bombing. At Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda you’ll see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Atop Mandalay Hill lie glittering glass-studded temple walls which reflect the evening glow as you watch the sunset. Afterwards, visit Shwe Kyin Monastery to observe student monks start their evening prayers. Accommodation at Hotel, Mandalay
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch at Daung Lan Gyi Restaurant (no alcohol)


Day 4: Friday MANDALAY – MINGUN – AMARAPURA (B/L/-)
Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the jetty. En route, stop at the Zeycho vegetable market. Board your boat and travel upstream on the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay to Mingun (11 km, about one hour). The river is always busy – small longtail boats, bamboo rafts and ferries carry goods up and down the river. Visit the Mingun Bell, which at 87 tons is the world’s largest intact bronze bell. Continue to the beautiful Hsinbyume (Ma Thein Tan) Paya and the unfinished, mighty Mingun Pagoda (built to be the world’s biggest) before returning downriver to Mandalay.
From Mandalay, drive towards to the third former capital, Amarapura. Proceed to the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. Take a sunset stroll on U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometre is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world.  Return to your hotel in Mandalay. Accommodation at Hotel, Mandalay
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch at Mingalabar Restaurant


Day 5: Saturday MANDALAY – HEHO – INLE LAKE(B/L/-)
Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Heho. (approximately: 08:40/09:10 hours_Direct flight) Transfer from Heho airport by private vehicle down into the valley to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake, and board your private local boat to take you to your hotel. Inle Lake is simply magical.  At 1000 metres elevation, the temperatures are pleasant, and the calm waters are dotted with Intha stilt house villages, floating vegetable gardens and fishing canoes, set against the back drop of the beautiful Shan hills. Motorised boats are the means of transport across the lake, although the Intha people get around in traditional flat bottomed boats using a unique and skilful form of leg rowing.
In the afternoon, we enjoy a boat tour to Indaing, at the western end of the lake.  Pass through the busy village of Ywama, the largest, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts; and enter a long, often tree-lined canal, either side of which farmers cultivate their land.  Disembark at the jetty and walk for 15 minutes through Indaing village to reach the 14th - 18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak.  Many pagodas here remain charmingly unrenovated, with plants and even small trees growing out of them, making the area very atmospheric. A covered walkway popular with souvenir stallholders leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th - 18th century zedi; some newly reconstructed.  Return to the boat jetty with a leisurely ‘nature walk’ through the trees, and travel back across the lake to your hotel. Accommodation at hotel, Inle Lake
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch at Golden Kite Indaing Restaurant


Day 6: Sunday INLE LAKE(B/L/-)
Explore a 5-day rotating market (if your visit coincides with the schedule) which offers an insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people who come to these markets to sell and buy goods. Enjoy a full day boat trip on Inle Lake - a photographer’s dream. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. See the lake’s unique ‘leg rowers’ - Intha fishermen who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to manipulate the conical fishing net. Stop at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State.
Visit Mya Set Kyar traditional silk-weaving workshop which uses wooden handlooms, and a blacksmith’s forge. Pass endless floating gardens, where Intha lake dwellers grow fruit and vegetables. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest on the lake, where you can see exquisite Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old. Return to your hotel by boat for the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Accommodation at hotel, Inle Lake
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch at Mr Toe’s Restaurant


Day 7: Monday INLE LAKE – HEHO – YANGON(B/L/-)
In the morning, transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. (approximately: 09:10/11:25 hours_via Bagan) Upon arrival at Yangon, start your sightseeing with a drive to the famous Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbour, where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. You then drive through the colonial-historical district, Chinatown, and the Indian quarter. Make a photo stop at the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years, and a landmark in central Yangon. In the afternoon, visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image.  Stop alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Karaweik Hall and Shwedagon. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide - its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. It is always full of people praying and making offerings, and is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Return to your hotel. Accommodation at hotel, Yangon
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch at Padonmar Restaurant


Day 08: Tuesday YANGON DEPARTURE(B/-/-)
Day at leisure until departure to the airport.
Transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.
Meal included: Breakfast


Category Sector Hotel Name
4 Star Yangon, Inle , Mandalay, Bagan Yangon (Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon(Deluxe Room LakePagoda View Room on BB Basis ) )
Mandalay (Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort(Standard Room Room on BB Basis ) )
Bagan (Bangan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary(Deluxe Garden View Room on BB Basis ) )
Inle (Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min(Junior Suite Room on BB Basis ) )

SGL - SINGLE TRAVELLER  , SGL(SUPP) - SINGLE SUPPLEMENT  , DBL/TWIN - PER PERSON IN DOUBLE/TWIN SHARING  , TPL - PER PRESON IN TRIPLE SHARING  , QUAD - PER PERSON IN QUAD SHARING  , CWB - CHILD WITH BED  , CWOB - CHILD WITHOUT BED    
  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Transfers and tours with English speaking station guides and supplement for Language speaking guide (Spanish/French/German)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Boat trips as specified
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour
  • Visa charges
  • Transfers – hotel to excursion pick up point
  • Any cost of beverages, alcohols with the set meals.
  • Other meals, drink
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Laundry, beverages and other personal expenses
  • All meals
  • Tips and Gratitudes
  • Lunch
  • Entrance permits to the sites according to the itinerary
  • Photo and Video Camera permits at the sites
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