Tour name - GRAND TOUR
Tour Fields - Yangon – Mandalay (Sagaing/Mingun/Inwa) – Monywa – Bagan (Mt Popa) – Inle Lake – Yangon
Tour Essence - Ancient culture and works
Country areas, life style and agriculture
Arrival Yangon ( - / - / -)
Arrive at Yangon International Airport and welcome by our licensed tour guide. Upon arrival, visit to “Chaukhtathgyi Pagoda” it is the fourth largest colossal reclining image in Myanmar and 67m long. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and transfer to Hotel for check in (official check-in 14:00). After check in the hotel, you may relax for a while. Afternoon sightseeing starts to visit Botataung Pagoda at the bank of Yangon River, which is 2000 years old said to have enshrinement of Buddha hair relic carried by 8 Indian monks.
Visit around the harbor and a glance at historic Strand hotel and down town Yangon with central post office, custom house to observe the colonial heritage in Yangon. In the evening, visit the most magnificent and spectacular religious edifice, Shwedagon Pagoda before the sun set and enjoy the beauty stupa while it changes the shining of gold in different tones according to the radiant of the setting sun. Enjoy dinner at famous floating Karaweik Palace Restaurant with traditional cultural dance.
STAY OVERNIGHT AT YANGON.
Yangon – Mandalay (B / - / -)
Today you will be transferred to the Yangon domestic airport and fly from Yangon to Mandalay. Upon arrival in Mandalay, you will enjoy the full day sightseeing in Mandalay.
Start the sightseeing in Mandalay. The last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual center. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty percent of the country's monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the finest crafts in Myanmar.
Start the tour at MAHAMUNI PAYA. The Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm of gold leaf. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. Continue to the pagoda; stop to observe the laborious process of GOLD-LEAF BEATING, where gold is painstakingly hammered out into tissue-thin squares. Continue to SHWENANDAW KYAUNG, or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace, used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen.
Afterwards visit KYAUKAWGYI PAYA, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble, and the elegant SANDAMANI PAYA. The final stop is at KUTHODAW PAYA, known also as the world's biggest book. Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing is a slab of marble. Numbering altogether 729, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata, or Buddhist scriptures. In the evening you will enjoy the sunset at Mandalay Hill.
STAY OVERNIGHT AT MANDALAY.
Day 03 Ava & Mingun Village (B / - / -)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Ava (1364-1840 AD) also a former Royal capital of Myanmar located at the confluence of the Ayeyarwaddy River and Myitnge River. After crossing the Myitnge River by small boat, take a horse-carriage along the bumpy road to visit the ruins of the old royal capital includes the watch tower, the 27 meter tall leaning tower of old royal palace; Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery, the impressive brick and stucco monastery; Bargaya monastery – a splendid teak wood monastery with wood curving.
Afternoon tour to Mingun village- we would take an hour boat ride up river to reach Mingun, located at the other side of the Ayeyarwaddy River in the north of Mandalay. The boat ride is always pleasant as one can learn the ways of local life along the river. Sightseeing to Pathodawgyi – believed to be one of the largest brick base in the world and it would be one of the wonders of the world in case if it was completed; Mingun bell – said to be world's biggest un-cracked and ringing bell and Myatheindan pagoda represents for Buddhist cosmology.
STAY OVERNIGHT AT MANDALAY.
04 Mandalay – Monywa ( B / - / -)
After breakfast, you will drive to Monywa and you are going to see the ways of life.
MONYWA: situated on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, Monywa is now the second biggest town in Upper Myanmar and serves as a major trade center for agricultural produce from the surrounding Chindwin Valley, especially beans, pulses and palm sugar.
THANBODDHAY PAYA: Every spare surface of this temple, inside and out, is covered with thousands of miniature Buddha images (almost 600,000 altogether); the cumulative effect is spectacularly colorful.
SHWE GU NI PAYA: Shwe Gu Ni Paya is one of the most important pilgrimage site in Myanmar, due to its main zedi, which reportedly has the ability to grant wishes.
RECLINING BUDDHA: Perched atop a hill, with spectacular views across the plain, this giant reclining Buddha is one of the largest in the country.
BODDHI TATAUNG: A grove of banyan trees with a Buddha image at the base of each one.
STAY OVERNIGHT AT MONYWA
Day 05 Monywa – Pakkoku ( B / - / -)
After breakfast head to your journey to Poe Win hill a unique archaeological site. Archaeologist took measured that the works were conducted some 700 years ago after Bagan was dissembled. Sculpted works from rocky mountain comprising with 790 caves contain 3633 Buddha statues, grottos and mural paintings dating from 17th and 18th centuries. Proceed drive (2:30 hours) across dry plain to Pakokku, another medium town of Anyar land could observe Ahnyar people, culture and product. On the way, try snack made of palm fruit at a village near Yesagyo. Break for lunch at Pakoku. Amaze world finest handicraft wood sculpture, Shwegu backdrop crafted in 1906. Observe small industries – slippers, papier-mâché. Thihoshin pagoda is the main temple of Pakoku. Cool down the Ayeyarwaddy River for Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Bagan.
Day 06 Bagan Full day sightseeing ( B / - / -)
Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.
SHWEZIGON PAYA: King Anawrahta started the construction of the Schwezigon Pagoda to enshrine some relicts of Buddha.The construction was finished by his successor, King Kyansittha between 1086 and1090. Originally the Shwezigon Pagoda marked the northern end of the city of Bagan. The stupa's graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later stupas over Myanmar.
GUBYAUKHYI TEMPLE at Wetkyi-Inn: This Temple was built in the early 13th Century and repaired in 1468. The great colorful painting about the previous life of Buddha and the distinguished architecture make this temple an interesting site for a visit. This temple is not to be confounded with the Gubyaukgyi Temple in Myinkabe.
ANANDA PAHTO: one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Thought to have been built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, this perfectly proportioned temple heralds the stylistic end of the Early Bagan period and the beginning of the Middle period.
Day 07 Bagan – Mt.Popa – Bagan ( B / - / -)
After breakfast, drive to Mt .Popa. A curiously cylindrical hill rising sharply from the surrounding plain, Mount Popa is considered to be the home of Myanmar's most important (37) nats (spirits).
Visitors ascend up a winding covered staircase encircling the mountain, observed by the curious monkeys that populate the area. At the top is a monastery and temple complex, whence you can enjoy a spectacular view over the region.
In the evening, you will drive back to Bagan and transferred to hotel.
STAY OVERNIGHT AT BAGAN.
Day 08 Bagan – Heho, Inle Lake Sightseeing ( B / - / -)
Today you will be transferred to the Nyaung Oo airport and fly to Heho. Upon arrival at Heho airport, 50 min drive to Nyaung Shwe, the gate way to Inle Lake.
INLE LAKE: Inle Lake, located in Shan State, is beautiful, with very calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes. High hills rim the lake on all sides. The lake's shore and islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and observe the skilled fisherman using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake. Visit the floating gardens and a Intha village around the lake (please note that no markets take place on full moon or new moon days). The day's sightseeing also includes a visit to the PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA, INN PAW KHON VILLAGE (Lotus and silk weaving) and the NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY.
STAY OVERNIGHT AT INLE LAKE.
Day 09 Visit Indein ( B / - / -)
After breakfast, travel by boat to the western shore of the lake to a stairway leading to the hidden INDEIN temple complex. Located on the shore of the lake, this site consists of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by moss and greens. Continue on foot past rice fields to the village of SAE MA, stopping to explore the village and the local school. In the afternoon meet the people in the villages on the lake and travel to one of the monasteries to observe the monastic activities.
STAY OVERNIGHT AT INLE LAKE.
Day 10 Heho-Yangon / Yangon- Onward departure Flight ( B / - / -)
Upon arrival Yangon, take to famous shopping center Bogyoke Market (close Mon and Gazette holidays), where you can have varieties of goods ranging from handicrafts to clothing and local food/ snack. Continue walk to the Chinatown area, a bustle point (If time permits). Transfer to the airport for the departure flight. Depart Yangon.
Note: The above ready-made program is subject to change or alters or substitution with or without prior notice due to the factors such as weather, actual domestic flight availability, road transport condition, other unforeseen event(s), clients personal nature and etc. Please take note for your information that the tour leader and guide can adjust the time of all excursions and it depends on the interest of the clients upon the sightseeing and also on the condition of destination carriers.
- Services Include :
- Accommodation based on twin sharing room basis with daily breakfast
- Meals as per itinerary with standard menu (L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Chinesee Language Speaking Throughout Guide
- Transfers and transportation by good private A/C vehicles and experienced driver
- All Entrance Fees & Zone Fees as per mentioned program (except camera fees)
- Activities and sightseeing as mentioned in the program
- Government Tax & Service Tax
- Complimentary Service: mineral water and refreshing towels on touring days
- Services Exclude :
- International airfares and International airport tax
- Visa for Myanmar
- Tour options (quoted separately)
- Drinks during meals
- Peak season surcharges (Myanmar Water Festival, Christmas, New Year, etc.)
- Christmas and New Year compulsory dinner supplement (TBA at time of booking)
- Early check in and late check-out from hotel
- Personal expense such as use of beverages, Mini-bar and refrigerator, telephone call, laundry service, camera fees, tips, etc…..)
- Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
- Surcharges if any (upon booking and increasing of fuel charges and admission fee without prior notice)
- Any other Services/items not mentioned in inclusions