DAY 1: ARRIVAL YANGON
Arrive in Yangon and transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight at Yangon. Due to various arrival times, meals are on your own.
DAY 2: YANGON
Breakfast at the hotel. The full day tour of Yangon commences with a visit to city center and Sule Pagoda, the landmark of downtown Yangon, followed by National Museum, a unique place to learn more about Myanmar, its culture and people.
Afternoon sightseeing includes Bogyoke Market (formerly called Scott Market), where you can shop varieties of goods ranging from handicrafts to clothing and local food/ snack. Our next visit is Chaukhtatgyi, the colossal reclining Buddha, followed by photographing at Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to view the sunset by the time overlooking at Shwedagon from the Park. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
DAY 3: YANGON - PAGAN (BAGAN) (B,L,D) - EMBARKATION
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a transfer to the domestic airport for your short flight to Pagan. Transfer from the airport to ship for lunch followed by exploration of a selection of the 3000 plus Pagan monuments by bicycle or coach. Pagan is one of the richest archeological sites in the world and the highlight of every tour through Myanmar. In between 11th and 13th century, the kings of Pagan dynasty ruled the country and ordered thousands of pagodas and temples to be built.
DAY 4: PAGAN
Another full day to explore the wonders of Pagan.
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DAY 5: PAKOKKU
A tour of the local market and town center by local Tuk Tuks .
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DAY 6: YANDABO
Morning walk through Yandabo villiage, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay. In the afternoon we will be cruising up north towards Mandalay . (B, L, D)
DAY 7: AVA
Ava was the intermittent capital of Burma between the decline of Pagan around 1300 and the final move to Amarapura in 1837. Strategically situated at the confluenceof the Irrawaddy and Myitnge rivers the place was easily defended and today makes a pleasant excursion. The city follows the classic Burmese city plan: fortified with zig zag walls and surrounded by artificial moats linked to the two rivers. The brick walls are still evident, though tumbled down in part. Of the original palace, state offices and regimental quarters, little survives, as they were made of wood and relocated to Amarapura in 1837. The area is now under farmland and a horse cart ride through the paddy fields from monument to monument gives a pleasant glimpse of life in rural Burma. We visit the Bagaya Kyaung, a 200 year old royal monastery made of teak with elaborate wood carvings.
DAY 8: MINGUN AND KYAUK-MYOUNG
We cast off early and stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda that is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. We also visit the Mingun Old People's Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s.( B, L, D)
DAY 9: MANDALAY
Though Yangon is the modern day capital, Mandalay, or Yadanapura - the City of Gems, remains the Golden Land's spiritual capital. To know Mandalay and its pleasant surroundings is to know Burma. Situated in the heart of Upper Burma, the city is at the hub of river routes from China and India and land routes from the Shan massif and Siam beyond. The city throbs with life and trade. This is a city of markets and monasteries. As well as being the economic epicentre of Upper Burma, Mandalay is the religious capital of Burma.
Around the palace area the devout King lavished donation upon donation constructing splendid teak monasteries for the royal monks, rest houses for pilgrims, shrines on the Mandalay hill and most significantly the great Kuthodaw Pagoda. The Kuthodaw is rightly said to be the world's largest book as here the King had the Buddhist scriptures inscribed on 1,774 marble slabs, each housed in its own private pavilion. These many dedications may be visited today and truly conjure an image of the strange mix between opulence and obeisance that existed in royal Burma. (B, L, D)
DAY 10: MANDALAY - DISEMBARK
Disembark from the ship. Drive to Amarapura, former Royal capital of Myanmar but the suburb of Mandalay nowadays. Highlights include Mahargandaryone monastery, a typical monastic school and the U Bein bridge, the world's longest teak wood bridge across the Taungthaman lake. Drive to Mandalay. Sightseeing in Mandalay which includes Mahamuni Buddha Image - believed to be cast in bronze in front of Buddha himself and nowadays gilded with thick gold leaf, gold leaf hammering, tapestry making, marble and wood carving. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight at your hotel .
DAY 11: MANDALAY - INLE LAKE
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Mandalay airport to fly to Heho. Upon arrival at Heho, drive to Inle lake which takes about an hour. Excursion on Inle lake, one of the magical lakes in Myanmar located 900 meters above sea level surrounded by beautiful mountains of Shan plateau, is the home land of the Inthar tribe. If by chance today coincides with the market day, we will visit the regional market which is held on a 5 days rotation basis in different areas of the Lake. We will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda- famous for its richly gilded five small Buddha images; Ngaphechaung monastery (also known as jumping cat monastery) was built more than one and a half century ago and features a number of interesting old Buddha Images. Other attractions include: unique leg-rowing style and fishing method of the Inthar, floating gardens used as vegetable plantations, silk and cotton weaving cottages and black smith. Dinner and overnight at Inle.. (B, D)
DAY 12: INLE LAKE
We explore the southern part of the Lake by boat sailing through small twisting and turning creeks to reach Indein village. This small village located on the southwestern bank of the lake is famous for its ruined clusters of pagodas dated back to the 16th century. The tranquil peaceful ambience and the ruins, overgrown with bushes, will bring you centuries back.
In the afternoon we will visit Ywa-Ma village, gold and silver smiths workshop. In the evening, enjoy the sunset while visiting the Inle Lake by boat. Overnight at Inle lake.. (B, D)
DAY 13: INLE LAKE - YANGON
Transfer to Heho airport to fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, D)
DAY 14: YANGON
Morning transfer to the airport for your departure from Yangon.