Myanmar’s rich history and exotic culture is reflected in this tour of former capitals. Set off from Yangon to alluring Mandalay where the surrounding towns reflect an era of prolific building and cultural growth and continue to Bagan whose historic plains are a testament to a once-mighty empire...
* BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1: Arrival – Yangon Sightseeing Tours (B /-/-)
Day 2: Yangon Package Tours – Flight to Mandalay – Mandalay Sightseeing Tours (B /-/-)
Day 3: Mandalay Package Tours – Amarapura – Ava and Sagaing – Flight to Bagan – Bagan Sightseeing Trips (B /-/-)
Day 4: Riding Balloon Tours to Experience Bagan Culture (B /-/-)
Day 5: Bagan Sightseeing Tours – Flight to Yangon – Yangon Sightseeing Tours (B /-/-)
Day 6: Yangon – Departure (B /-/-)
Day 1: Myanmar Tours Of Ancient Kingdoms : Arrival – Yangon Sightseeing Tours
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Guide who will accompany you as you transfer to the hotel. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. This afternoon, your sightseeing begins with a visit to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which houses a 70-meter reclining Buddha. Continue to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The central stupa is over 90 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf- a breathtaking and colorful sight which dominates the city skyline.
Overnight in Yangon
Optional Visit:The Thiripyitsaya Sky Bistro is perched on the 20th floor of Sakura Tower, overlooking panoramic views of metropolis. From here, one can get the scenic view of Yangon River and the environs. It is fascinating place to visit; one can share the freshness of unforgettable days in Myanmar with their family and friends at home.
Price: 8- US Dollars per person
Day 2: Myanmar Tours Of Ancient Kingdoms: Yangon Package Tours – Flight to Mandalay – Mandalay Sightseeing Tours ( B /-/-)
Early this morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, begin your sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda is home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years, have been covered with gold leaf giving it an almost ‘lumpy’ texture. Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and as you tour traditional workshops, you will learn more about the city’s cottage industries. Observe the production of wood carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf where the techniques remained unchanged from those used centuries ago to craft items for the Royal Court. This afternoon, continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving. Head to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 3: Myanmar Tours Of Ancient Kingdoms: Mandalay Package Tours – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing –Bagan Sightseeing Tours ( B/-/- )
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing. Begin your tour in Amarapura, where you will attend a special ceremony. Witness the alms collection at Mahagandayon monastery, when over one-thousand monks gather to collect their daily meal from the local Buddhists. After this beautiful spectacle, continue to U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. The bridge spans over 2 kilometers in length and offers fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. Before leaving Amarapura, stop at a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products. Continue to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries and travel by horse and carriage through the area stopping to visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. This afternoon, cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Thone Sae, and Shin Pin Nan Gyaing. Return to Mandalay and transfer to the airport for a late afternoon flight to Bagan.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 4: Myanmar Tours Of Ancient Kingdoms: Riding Balloon to Experience Bagan Culture ( B /-/-)
OPTION: Start your morning with a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan. Enjoy fabulous views as the sun rises over the stupas and Irrawaddy River. This is truly an unforgettable and unique experience! (Note: available only from October to March) USD 265.- per person After breakfast, visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other goods. Continue on to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed. From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.
Overnight in Bagan.
Day 5: Myanmar Tours Of Ancient Kingdoms: Bagan Sightseeing Tours – Yangon Sightseeing Tours ( B /-/-)
After breakfast, visit Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka murals paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. This afternoon, take a walk through Myinkaba village and have the opportunity to observe the village’s sites as well as observe local craftsman with a visit to a lacquer ware workshop. Here you can watch the detailed production of one of the best-known Myanmar handicrafts. Later, transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Yangon.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 6: Myanmar Tours Of Ancient Kingdoms: Depart – Yangon ( B /-/-)
Depending on flight time, there is an option to take a ride on Yangon’s Circle Train in the morning. This morning transfer to Yangon Railways station to take a unique ride on the city’s circular train ride through the outskirts of town (45 minutes ride). This slowly traveling train gives you unique opportunity to observe the lively, colorful lifestyle of the local people. Disembark at the Insein market where you can peruse the various stalls and interact with the friendly vendorsbefore transferring back to Yangon. This afternoon, visit Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods before transferring to Yangon International Airport for your onward flight. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays)
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• 5 nights accommodation on half-twin room basis with daily breakfast
• English-speaking guide throughout the trip (from Yangon to Yangon) except for 1 pax (station guides – different guide at each place)
• All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
• Horse cart tour in Bagan & Ava
• Porter fees at airports
• Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
• Domestic flights (rate: pls be referred the airfare table)
• International ticket to/from Yangon• Meals not mentioned (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
• Visa arrangements for Myanmar
• Visits not mentioned in the program
• Drinks and personal expenses
• Tips and porters at the hotels
• International departure Airport Tax Yangon
• Any other items not mentionedIMPORTANT NOTES FOR MYANMAR
1.Please note that credit cards and traveler cheques are not accepted in Myanmar and that visitors must be bring sufficient cash (best in US Dollars, but Euros also increasingly accepted) to change and make any purchases and payments. Please bring new US Dollar bills (“big heads” instead of “small heads”) and with series numbers not starting with CB as these are not accepted in Myanmar due to rumours these series are counterfeit.
2.Furthermore please inform passengers that they should NOT change money at the exchange booth at the airport just after immigration, as the market rate in town is MUCH better.
3.A surcharge might apply for peak season dates (Water Festival 12-18 April, X’Mas, New Year, etc.)
4.Travelers to Myanmar are required to have a travel insurance covering the cost of medical evacuation flights.
5.Visas are required by all visitors to Myanmar. A visa must be obtained before entering Myanmar or On Arrival Visa is available at all international airports (Yangon & Mandalay). The visa application form is also available at all international airline linked with Myanmar or on-line. To apply on arrival visa, one must have 2 passport photo (4×6 cm) taken within last 6 months and passport must be valid 6 months after arrival date. For more detail information, please contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6.The schedules of domestic flights in Myanmar are provided as an indication only. Once a booking is confirmed we can provide more precise timings, but these remain nevertheless subject to change without notice by the airlines until travelling date. It might therefore in some cases be necessary to amend your program and itinerary due to such schedule changes. We thank you for your understanding