9 Days/8 Nights Culture, Nature & Heritage Of Myanmar Tour
Upon arrival to Yangon International Airport, you are welcomed by our Tour Guide and transferred to the Hotel in Yangon. After refreshments, a brief City Tour includes; down town Yangon to see Sule Pagoda, City Hall, Independent monument and old Colonial buildings. Visit Botahtaung Pagoda: a landmark on the Yangon River with remarkable hollow type of relic chamber. Later on, stop at Strand Hotel: the 1901-built three-storey 5 star hotel in Yangon remains one of Southeast Asia’s few grand colonial hotels and one of its most awe inspiring. Later, visit to China Town noted for its fruits market, street foods stalls. Later on, visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the wonders in the world, noted for its religious significance and artistic beauty, and to enjoy the sun-set from the Great Temple. Welcome Dinner at a local Restaurant which serves lovely Myanmar cuisine. Transfer back to your hotel and overnight at the Hotel in Yangon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Today we are flying to Bagan. Early morning, you are transferred to Yangon Airport for departure flight to Bagan (Nyaung U).
Upon arrival to Nyaung U Airport, you are welcomed by your local Tour Guide and he will take you to the introductory Bagan old city tour, which highlights: a visit to interesting local Nyaung Oo Market and famous temples, such as; Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar stupas.
Later on visit to Soya Bean Paste Production site to observe how local food is being made .Tour proceeds to Kyansittha Umin; Wet-kyi-inn Gubyaukgyi Temple with exquisite mural painting of 13th century, Hti-lo-min-lo; 1211 AD, one of the largest temples, noted for its fine plaster carvings on the arch pediments, frieze and pilaster. Photo stop at Khay Min Ga Temple: having spectacular panoramic view of temples. Proceed to Ananda Temple, 1090 AD, master piece of early style of temple-architecture with four hugh Buddha Images in standing position. Anada Brick Monastery; with its 18th century paintings depicting Buddha’s life and elements of the history of Bagan.
Check in at the hotel and Lunch at a local Restaurant. After lunch, visit to a Lacquer ware workshop, to observe the process of making a lacquer ware and its showroom. Return to the Hotel and rest for a while. Later in the afternoon, tour proceed to Dhamayan Gyi; the most massive temple among other temples in Bagan and to Sulamani Temple; with some of Bagan's finest ornamental work which are carved stucco on moldings’, pediments and pilasters. Later on, we are going to take a Horse-cart ride to Shwe Sandaw Pagoda to enjoy the sunset. After sunset, you are transferred to a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Bagan.
Accommodations: Hotel in Bagan.
This early morning, taking a flight of Balloons over Bagan Temples is possible upon request. (Optional)
Today, leave Bagan temples behind, and drive to Mt Popa, about 1 ½ Hr drive. On the way, stop at road side villages to observe how jaggery is made out of toddy palm juice.
Upon arrival to Mt Popa cliff, climb up the stairs to reach the top of the Cliff, learn the Nat Shrines that line the walk along with the monkeys that live on the mountain and the Cult of Myanmar People from your local Tour Guide. Upon arrival to the top, enjoy the glorious views of central plain region. Later on visit to Popa Mountain Resort, lunch at its Restaurant which gives us stunning view of Mt. Popa and its environ.
After lunch, return to Bagan. Upon arrival to Bagan, enjoy the sunset boat ride. Dinner at a local restaurant. After Dinner, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Bagan.
Accommodations: Hotel in Bagan
Today, we are flying to Heho. After Breakfast in your Hotel, you are transferred to Nyaung U Airport for departure flight to Heho. Upon arrival to Heho, we are driving to Pindaya; a small quiet town in Shan Plateau, located 3880 feet (1183m) above the sea-level. Pindaya is picturesque place, famous for its Caves which enshrined centuries-old Buddha Images and Legendry Pon-ta-lote Lake and shady giant Banyan trees which are over 200 years old. Moreover, the road from AungBan to Pindaya (38 km) passes through countryside of magnificent scenic beauty with farming landscapes.
Sightseeing highlights: Pindaya Caves, parasol & Shan traditional paper making industries. Lunch at Green Tea Restaurant in Pindaya. Later on, drive to Inle Lake, about 2 ½ Hr drive. Check in at the Hotel. Dinner and overnight in Inle Lake.
Accommodations: Hotel in Inle Lake.
This early morning, after your breakfast in your Hotel, your local tour guide will take you introductory Inle Lake Excursion tour. If your hotel is located in Khaung Daing , the excursion starts with a visit to Khaung Daing Village to observe Tofu making.
Later on, boat excursion to Floating Market; a 5-day-rotating market in the Lake, where local people sell their own products from the floating farms. Later, to Phaung Daw Oo Temple; where the five sacred Buddha Images are treasured .Proceed to Inn-paw-khon village to observe Silk, cotton & Lotus fabric weaving cottage industries with their own showrooms. Lunch at a local Restaurant in the lake. Tour proceeds to Nga Phe Chaung Monastery; famous for its centuries old Shrines and amazing tame cats.
Next, tour proceeds to Nam Pan village to see traditional mild-cigar –making (cheroot Factory) and observe the carpenters’ work at their Boat building workshops .Proceeds to Ywa-ma Village to observe Traditional Silver and Gold Smith making. Later, observe black-smith workshop at Se Kaung Village .The excursion tour ends in the late afternoon. Boat transfer to Nyaung Shwe, and we are driving to Red Mountain Vineyard, to explore local vineyard & winery and have a red & white wine-tasting. Enjoy the scenery of neighborhood .Return to hotel and in the evening, dinner at the Restaurant in your Hotel and overnight in Inle Lake.
Accommodations: Hotel in Inle Lake.
This morning after Breakfast in your Hotel, you are transferred to Heho Airport for your departure Flight to Mandalay.
Upon arrival to Mandalay Airport, drive to ancient capital Amarapura; the city of Immortality for a visit to two-century old U-Bein teak bridge on the Taung-tha-man Lake and later observe the lunch process of thousands of monks who take their last meal of the day at 10:00 am in total silence at Maha Gandaryon. Proceed to Mandalay and check in at the hotel.
Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar and that make her to be the best place to see all the traditional arts and crafts. Start visiting gold leaf making work-place and see how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Later, tour proceeds to Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery; reconstructed in 1996 accordance with the original structure, Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha's Doctrine, Sanda Muni Pagoda: a maze-like stupas with 758 Dhamma-Ceti - shrines and 1774 inscription slabs. Later, drive up to Mandalay Hill and enjoy the panoramic view of the city and enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
This morning, after Breakfast in your hotel, start Three Ancient Cities Tour with Innwa (Ava). Drive to Ava, 30-minute to the south of Mandalay, was known in the west as the Kingdom of Ava. Stop by a tributary and cross it with a ferry. Travel by pony-cart around Ava to Nanmyint -leaning tower which gives a birds' eye view of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River; Bagaya wooden monastery; Aungmyaybonzan Monastery made of brick and stucco. Though the Royal Palace has gone, the Pagodas, Temples and Monasteries still remain.
Later on, tour proceeds to Sagaing: which lies 21 km south-west of Mandalay on the west bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Sagaing Hills are known as a religious retreat where over 400 monasteries for monks and nuns are located for Buddhist studies and meditation. First, visit to Kaung Hmu Daw Phaya about 10 km from Sagaing; built by King Tharlon in 1636, with the unique model of Maha Zede Temple in Si-lone (Sri Lanka). Stop at Ywa-Htaung village; to observe Silver-Smith workshops. Later on drive back to Sagaing Hill, lunch at a local Restaurant in Sagaing. After lunch, visit UminThonze pagoda and Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda.
Later on, tour proceeds to Mingun where the world largest ringing bell exists. Start visiting Pahtodawgyi unfinished Pagoda, Mya Thein Tan Pagoda; the best representation of the universe in Buddhism, Home for the Age in Mingun village and environs scene. Return to Mandalay and have Dinner at a local Restaurant. Overnight at the Hotel in Mandalay.
Accommodations: Hotel in Mandalay
Leave Mandalay for Yangon by flight. Spend your full day exploring Yangon and its highlights from, Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda; the most life like reclining Buddha Image and National Museum; to see the Lion Throne of the last Myanmar King & Royal Regalia and cultural heritage artifacts of various ancient periods. After lunch, enjoy your shopping time in Bogyoke Market (Ex-Scott market) and Farewell Dinner.
Accommodations: Hotel in Yangon
This morning, if your international flight is in the morning & afternoon, you will be transferred to Yangon International Airport for your return international departure flight, after breakfast in your hotel.
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