SECRETS OF MYANMAR

(Rate per person double share)

11 days – 1 Country

$3,525 / PP
FLIGHT DEPARTURES: (2017)
APR 23
SEPT 27
OCT 11
NOV 29
DEC 20

$3,200 / PP
FLIGHT DEPARTURES: (2017)
MAY 3, 21
JUN 28

 

Day 1 Arrive Yangon (2Nights)
Welcome to Myanmar. Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetizers. (WR)
Hotel: Kandawgyi Palace

Day 2 Yangon Sightseeing
This morning, begin your walking tour of Yangon in the colonial heart of the city. See the City Hall, the former Immigration Department, the High Court and the red brick General Post O ce before continuing to the luxurious Strand Hotel, built in 1901, for a well-earned refreshment. Later take the opportunity to try ‘Mohinga’ for lunch at one of Yangon’s latest Tea Houses. It is considered to be Myanmar’s National dish; a fi sh broth with noodles served with various accompaniments. In the afternoon meet the students and teachers at a local monastic school before visiting the nearby Ngar Htat Gyi Pagoda with its huge sitting Buddha. Return to the hotel to relax before an evening visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Take part in an oil lamp lighting ceremony before enjoying the sunset over the glistening pagoda. Later return to your hotel
for an evening at leisure. (BB, L)

Day 3 Yangon – Mandalay – Sagaing – Amarapura – Mandalay (2Nights)
This morning, transfer to Yangon Airport for the short domestic fl ight to Mandalay. Visit Sagaing; the hills here are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Proceed to a nunnery for lunch alongside the nuns who live there, a Cultural Insight . Next drive to Amarapura and take a stroll on the U Bein Bridge, which is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world. In Mandalay visit the Mahamuni Pagoda and observe local male devotees applying gold leaf to the spectacular Buddha image. Later stop at local workshops to seeKalaga tapestries being made and gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces by Local Specialists . From here, continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729
marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname ‘the world’s largest book’. Afterwards, visit the beautiful, teak-carved Shwenandaw
Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive the World War II bombing. (BB, L)
Hotel: Sedona

Day 4 Mandalay – Free Time - River Cruise - Mingun - Mandalay
Enjoy some free time and in the afternoon, board your own private boat and cruise up the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun. Enjoy the peaceful scenery passing by on either shore and observe the small longtail boats, bamboo rafts and ferries going up and down the river. On arrival visit the Mingun Bell, which at 87 tonnes is the world’s largest ringing bronze bell. Continue to the beautiful white Hsinbyume Paya, which rises in seven terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt. Meru. See the unfi nished but mighty Mingun Pagoda, which was built to be the world’s largest but never
completed due to local superstition. Later cruise downriver back to Mandalay. (BB)

Day 5 Mandalay – Monywa
This morning, enjoy a scenic drive along quiet roads to the town of Monywa. After lunch in a local restaurant cross the Chindwin River to visit the sandstone caves in the Po Win Hills, named after a famous alchemist who once lived here. The numerous caves are richly decorated and full of Buddhist statues and murals, which are thought to date from between the 14 and 18  centuries. Nearby, visit Shwe Ba Daung, which features many caves and temples carved out from the surrounding volcanic rocks and fi lled with ancient Buddha images. Later return to your hotel for dinner and a relaxing evening. (BB, L, D)
Hotel: Win Unity

Day 6 Monywa – Pakkoku – River Cruise - Bagan (2 Nights)
This morning visit the Thanboddhay Pagoda, the richly decorated central stupa has no less than 845 smaller stupas around it. Next, drive to Pakkoku, an unspoilt village famous for its tobacco trade and many small family run businesses producing a variety of goods, such as traditional Burmese slippers, checked cotton blankets, paper mâché animals and dolls and wood carvings. Take a stroll around the village, visit several of these workshops and stop
o at a cheroot maker’s to observe a Local Specialist making cigars. Visit a small market selling Thanaka, a yellowish-whitetraditional cosmetic made from ground bark, a Cultural Insight . It is seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of the local people. Later take a private boat
and cruise down the Ayeyarwady River toBagan as the sun sets over the numerous pagodas, which dot the landscape. (BB, L)
Hotel: Aureum Palace Resort

Day 7 Bagan
Today visit the most important of the 2200 pagodas and temples which are dotted in and around Bagan. Visit the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, built by KingAnawrahta in the early 11century frescoes adorning the corridors and walls of the Gubyaukgyi ‘Cave’ Temple before visiting Taung Bi village. In the
afternoon, continue to the Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas. Learn from a Local Specialist how lacquerware is produced in one of Bagan’s famous workshops. Later see the sunset at Bu Paya Pagoda before enjoying a Be My Guest dining experience with a local family in their home. (BB, BG)

Day 8 Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake (2 Nights)
This morning fl y to Heho. On arrival continue on to Nyaungshwe and board your private long-tail boat for the journey to Inle Lake. Take a scenic trip across the lake to Indein passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the lake, with its many channels and tall teak houseson stilts. Disembark at the jetty and walk through Indein village to reach the 14 century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak. Acovered walkway popular with handicraft
sellers leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya,a complex of weather-beaten 17th-18 century zedi, some of which have beennewly reconstructed. Later travel by boat downstream to your hotel for dinner and your overnightstay. (BB, D) Hotel: Novotel Inle Lake

Day 9 Inle Lake  ALL INTERNAL FLIGHTS INCLUDED
This morning make an early start to visit a local market which o ers a Cultural Insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people who visit the market to sell and buy goods. Travel by boat across the lake, its calm waters dotted with floating vegetation and fi shing boats, to Phaung
Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in the area. See the lake’s unique leg rowers, Intha fi shermen, who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to manipulate the conical fi shing net. Then, participate in a hands-on cooking class with a Local Specialist . Select your own vegetables from the organic herb garden and prepare various traditional dishes which you’ll later enjoy for lunch. This afternoon your choice of activities gives you two Cultural Insight opportunities: to visit a vineyard for winetasting or take a guided village walk to see local
people making rice crackers and fishing nets.(BB,L,D)

Day 10 Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon
In the morning transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and proceed to Heho Airport for your flight to Yangon. Enjoy some free time at the hotel and later perhaps take a stroll around Bogyoke Aung San Market to buy some last minute souvenirs. The market was named in honour of Myanmar’s national leader who was assassinated in 1947 but many people still refer to it as Scott’s Market, its original name. For your  last evening in Myanmar enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant with your fellow travelers. (BB, FD) Hotel: Kandawgyi Palace

Day 11 Depart Yangon
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (BB)
 

10 nights’ accommodation. 10 buffet breakfasts. 5 lunches. 6 dinners (including Be My Guest). All transport shown

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Travel director (English-speaking)
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Sightseeing
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Tips / Gratuities

 

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