Classical Myanmar (8n/9d)

The massive Reclining Buddha is another one of Yangon's sights

The massive Reclining Buddha is another one of Yangon’s sights

Day 1: Yangon arrival and sightseeing
Arrival Yangon International airport and transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing in Yangon featuring Chaukhtatkyi, a colossal reclining Buddha; a scenic photo stops on beautiful Kandawgyi Lake and the Shwedagon Pagoda, arguably the world’s most impressive golden stupa.

Day 2: Yangon/ Nyaung U (flight), Bagan sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for Yangon airport to take a morning flight to Bagan. Arrive Bagan and transfer to the hotel. After check in at the hotel we are off on our sightseeing tour of one of Asia’s most popular archeological destinations. Highlights include visits to Nyaung Oo Market; and many of Bagan’s distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas; Wetkyi-in- Gubyaukgyi , a 13th century ‘cave temple with interesting fine frescoes;  Ananda Pagoda, one of the finest, largest and best preserved in Old Bagan; and next to it  Ananda Ok Kyaung, one of the few surviving brick monastery buildings from the Early Bagan period.We return to the hotel for a rest before our afternoon visit to a lacquerware factory. We will also visit Dhammayangyi Pahto, a massive later period temple with the finest brickwork in Bagan. Then as the sun goes down we will be at one of the ideal viewing sites selected by our tour guide.

Day 3: Mt. Popa excursion and Bagan sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Mt.Popa which rose from the ground in a massive earthquake in 442 BC. Mt. Popa is famous as the abode of the Nats (Spirit Gods) and for its panoramic view of the local tropical region. On the way back to Bagan we visit a toddy palm juice production plant. Our afternoon sightseeing includes to more of Bagan’s impressive pagodas. As the day wanes we will be at Bupaya, a Pyu-style stupa which is located right on the banks of the Ayeyawady river and from where we commence a scenic boat ride to the mid-river where we can see the Shwezigon,  a prototype of later Myanmar stupas, then come back to Ayeyar jetty to disembark.

Day 4: Nyaung U/ Mandalay (flight), Amarapura and Inwa sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for Nyaung U airport to take a flight to Mandalay. Travel to the former royal capital of Amarapura. The tour highlights include Mahagandayon monastery, which is a school for young monks, and the U Bein bridge. The bridge is more than two centuries old and at 1.2 km is the longest teakwood span in the world. Visit Inwa, which was founded in 1364 and lasted nearly 400 years as a royal capital. Highlights include the ‘leaning tower of Ava’, Maha Aungmye Bonzan, a brick-and-stucco monastery; and the elegant teakwood monastery Bagaya Kyaung.

Day 5: Mingun and Mandalay sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel. We will go to Mandalay jetty where we take a short and pleasant ride upriver to Mingun, the site of what would have been the world’s largest zedi had not King Bodawpaya died in 1819 thus halting all further work. Later an earthquake in 1838 split the monument and reduced it to partial rubble. Nonetheless, it is still a very impressive sight as we approach from the river. Nearby we can also visit the Mingun Bell. It is said to be the largest hanging uncracked bell in the world. Afternoon visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, gold leaf hammering, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and Mandalay Hill.

Day 6: Mandalay/ Heho (flight), Inle sightseeing
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Heho. Driving to unique and magical Inle Lake, located about 1000 meters above sea level and 22 km long by 11 km wide. Highlights include the fisherman rowing in the one-legged style that is characteristic of Inle Lake boatmen, and gardens of grass and earth floating on the surface of this shallow lake, floating strips of ‘land’ for growing vegetables. Another attraction besides the enjoyment of the scenery is a visit to the ‘jumping cats’ monastery, Phaungdaw U Pagoda and silk weaving.

Day 7: Indain sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel. We continue our Inle Lake sightseeing with a visit to Indain and its enchanting 17th century pagodas. To reach Indain and the nearby village we will take a boat ride up a small scenic creek that runs into Inle lake.

Day 8: Heho/ Yangon (flight), Yangon sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for Heho airport to take a flight to Yangon. Arrive Yangon and transfer to the hotel. We will visit Botataung Pagoda, which is hollow and through which you can walk and see many ancient relics and artifacts and also have a short visit in China town before going to famous Scott Market, a sprawling 75 year old complex noted for its variety of handicrafts and other items which provide an excellent opportunity for a shopping spree.

Day 9: Departure transfer to airport
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Yangon airport to take your onward flight to come back home.

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