Mandalay-Bagan-Inle-YangonMyanmar: Of Pagodas and Palaces -nov 24-dec 2 9 Days / 8 Nights

INTRODUCTION

Myanmar: Of Pagodas and Palaces : Mandalay-Bagan-Inle-Yangon

Wonderful World’s maiden trip to Myanmar was in December 2016 and since then we have not been able to shut up about how spectacular the trip was.
So, in the spirit of generosity and sharing and all things nice, we want to do it again.
And this time, we want to take you with us!

We begin our trip in Mandalay, the former royal capital. The city is built on the banks of the Irrawaddy River and is perhaps the most famous city in Myanmar, thanks to Rudyard Kipling and his poem.
Mandalay is probably the best place to orient yourself with Myanmar and the pleasures that this country has to offer. For most of us, coming from vastly unplanned urban chaos, it’s a bit disorientating that Mandalay is actually a planned city with streets that follow a grid system (like New York).

We move on to Bagan, which really is the highlight of Myanmar. The green and gold plains of Bagan stretch out before you, with thousands of temples (pagodas) dotting the landscape. It’s majestic, it’s awe-inspiring, and it’s like nothing you have ever seen before. Bagan is one of Asia’s richest archaeological sites.
If God had a bucket list, I believe Bagan would be #1.
We firmly believe this is one of the prettiest places on earth and want you to experience it fully.

From Bagan we move on to Lake Inle. The locals like to call it the Venice of the east. But that’s an under-sell. Lake Inle is a 22 km long, 10 km wide, freshwater lake. There are no roads or pavements here – Everyone gets around in these fantastic long boats that are painted the brightest, most cheerful colours. Tourists have not yet overrun this destination, where fisherman enthral you with their unique one-legged paddling technique that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
We spend two nights in this magical location before we fly to Yangon.

Yangon is where our tour ends. Its Myanmar’s largest and most energetic city. Think of all the colonial buildings in Kolkata and Mumbai and then double it! Yangons buildings are a bit faded and crumbling now, but the city has a charm and vibe that’s hard to beat.

We stay at luxurious 4 star hotels in all destinations, so that you enjoy the finest Myanmar hospitality that the country has to offer.
We travel by a comfortable AC coach for the Road Journeys and by air between some destinations. All domestic airfare is included in our costs.

Hotels:

For this trip, we offer luxurious 4* HOTELS

City – Hotel
Mandalay – Mandalay Hill Resort or similar
Bagan – The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate  or similar
Inle Lake – Pristine Lotus Spa Resort or similar
Yangon – Chatrium Hotel or similar

ITINERARY

Brief itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive Mandalay
Day 2 – Mandalay – Sagaing – Ava – Amarapura – Mandalay
Day 3 – Mandalay – Bagan by land
Day 4 – Bagan
Day 5 – Bagan – we have a late, relaxed start this morning
Day 6 – Bagan – Heho by morning flight – Inle Lake
Day 7 – Inle Lake – excursion Indein
Day 8 – Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon by morning flight
Day 9 – Yangon Departure – transfer only

Day 1, 24th November, Friday Arrive Mandalay (-/-/-)

Upon arrival, we will assist you with a group transfer to the hotel for check in. (Early check depends on availability as normal check in time is 2PM).

Once you get the chance to relax at the hotel, if you have the energy we will 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 2, 25th November, Saturday Mandalay – Sagaing – Ava – Amarapura – Mandalay (B/L/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, we begin our sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda and the Shwenandaw Monastery.
Then we, explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura.
This morning, cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing, 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 and U Min Thone Sae.

Then continue south of the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our horse and carriage are waiting. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery, the Royal Palace and Fort.

Return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, ‘City of Immortality’. After touring this site, continue to U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge.

Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 3, 26th November, Sunday Mandalay – Bagan by land (B/L/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, scenic drive to Bagan with private car <approx 5hours, 111 miles/178kms>. On arrival in Bagan, transfer to your hotel for to check in and relax.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

From the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed thousands of huge stupas and temples many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 4, 27th November, Monday Bagan (B/L/-)

After breakfast, your journey begins with a visit an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Continue with a visit to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with and the elegant Htilominlo Temple, noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

This afternoon visit a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts.

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, 28th November, Tuesday Bagan (B/L/-)

After a leisurely breakfast visit 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. Then we can visit the local market and walk to one of the stupas for another change to view an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. We have a late start today so you can have one day to sleep in.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 6, 29th November, Wednesday Bagan – Heho by morning flight – Inle Lake (B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Bagan Airport for the flight to Heho.

From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery. We will also stop in Nyaung Shwe for a short walk around town and visit to the colorful market if it is being held that day.

Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people.  Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.

Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where traditional Burmese cigars are made by hand.

If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.

Overnight on Inle Lake.

Day 7, 30th November, Thursday Inle Lake – excursion Indein (B/L/-)

After breakfast, visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares (Note: market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).

Explore the Pa-oh village of In Dein on foot and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area.

Overnight on Inle Lake.

Day 8, 1st December, Friday Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon by morning flight (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon.

Begin with a visit the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha.
Visit Scott’s Market, this is Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays).

Continue to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar.

Overnight in Yangon.

Day 9, 2nd December, Saturday Yangon Departure – transfer only (B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, group transfer to the Yangon International Airport for your onward departure flight. [Normal Hotel’s Check Out Time: 12:00noon]

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COST

COST

  • Rs 1,10,500 / head on a twin sharing basis
  • Single Supplement: On request
  • (excluding service Tax as applicable)
  • Early bird discount of Rs 5000, if you sign up by 15th May 2017
  • Note: we need a minimum of 7 people for this trip. Please check with us before booking your air travel into Myanmar
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Terms and Conditions:

Included:

  • - Accommodation in a shared twin/double room.
  • - English-speaking local guides
  • - All transfers with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers  
  • - Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • - From Mandalay to Bagan by road
  • - Horse cart tours in Bagan & Ava
  • - Domestic flights (worth USD 200)
  • - Private motorized boat in Inle Lake
  • - Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
  • - Group transfers for arrival and departure. If your flight arrives at a different time - airport transfer will have to be added.
  • - Bottled water during sightseeing

Excluded:

  • - Service Tax @ 9% (or applicable rate at the time of booking)
  • - International ticket to/from Yangon
  • - Meals others than mentioned (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • - Visa arrangements for Myanmar
  • - Early Check In & Late Check Out at your hotels
  • - Entrance fees for visits not mentioned in the program
  • - All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, mini bar, telephone, camera fee where applicable, bottled water or internet connectivity in the room
  • - Insurance
  • - Any other items not specified are additional
  • - Optional extra activities
  • - Gratuity Tips and Porter charges

PAYMENT PLAN

  • - 10,000 to confirm your spot
  • - 100% - 90 Days Before Travel Date

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • - More than 90 Days - Full refund
  • - 90 to 60 Days – Booking deposit is non refundable
  • - 60 to 50 Days – 75% refund
  • - 50 to 40 Days – 50% refund
  • - 40 to 30 Days – 25% refund
  • - Less than 30 Days – No refund
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