Welcomed by our professional guide at the International airport and visit the commercial city, Yangon. Visit to the 2,500 years old magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s greatest religious monuments. Visit to Bogyoke Market, lacquer market, precious stones, fabrics, art and artefacts. Continue to Kandawgyi Garden and a quick photo stop at the Karaweik Hall on Kandawgyi Lake.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast. Transfer to Yangon domestic airport and flight to Mandalay. Then, drive to Sagaing, the capital of the largest division in Myanmar. Visit to Sagaing Hill where you can find numerous pagodas and meditation centers. Enjoy the magnificent view over the surrounding areas at Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda. Continue to Ava, the former royal capital city. Take horse cart ride and visit Bagayer teak monastery, Nanmyint watch-tower, which is 90 feet high, and Maha Aungmyay Bonzan, also known as Menu Ok Kyaun. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Continue to Mahagandayong Monastery, located in Amarapura. The monastery is known for its strict adherence to the Vinaya, the Buddhist monastic code. Then, continue to old U Bein Bridge, built in 1849. The bridge is about 1.2 km in length of wooden (teak) bridge and the longest teak bridge in the world. Enjoy the sunset at U Bein bridge and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast. Pick up from your hotel, seven miles upstream from Mandalay by boat, explore Mingun village with a lot of old history. Visit Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, unfinished the world’s biggest pile of bricks. The pagoda was built by King Bodawpaya. If you wish to climb to the top of pagoda and enjoy the views over the river. Then, visit the world’s largest ringing bell, which weight is 55555 viss. Continue to Myatheindan Pagoda. Return by boat to Mandalay. Lunch on boat during visit.
Then, continue to Mandalay Palace, the last palace of Burma Kingdom. Visit to Shwe Nandaw Monastery known as for its teak cravings of Buddhist myths, which adorn its walls and roofs and Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world’s largest book. You will enjoy sunset at Mandalay hill which offers a magnificent view of the city and the walls of the royal palace.
Dinner at local restaurant with traditional puppet show. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast. Transport to airport and flight to Nyaung U to visit the first kingdom of Burma. Arrival at Bagan, go to Mani Sithu wet market located in Nyaung Oo. Then, visit Shwezigone Pagoda – a prototype of Burmese stupas, Gubyaukgyi Temple – famous for great, well-preserved frescoes inside, Htilominlo Temple – famous for its elaborate plaster moldings and Ananda Temple – an architectural masterpiece and a highly revered temple of Bagan. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit Dhammayan Gyi Temple – a massive temple with a finest brickwork and Sularmani Temple – believed to have original and oldest paintings inside remained in Bagan. Then, move to Phwar Saw Village where you can get a glimpse of traditional Myanmar rural life and interact with local people, and Lacquerware workshop. In the evening, take a sunset boat to enjoy the magical sightseeing and romantic sunset view as you gaze upon the Irrawaddy River, Myanmar’s largest river. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast. In the morning, drive for the 1.5-hour along the Ayeyarwaddy River to Salay, stopping by the Chauk provincial markets on the way to browse souvenirs and see a piece of local culture. Arrive at Yokesone Monastery in Salay, located on the banks of the river. Known for its wood carvings that date back to 1882, the monastery is in the hometown of writer U Pone Nya, who lived in the 1800s during the time of Burmese kings. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Visit his heritage museum to learn about his works. Then visit the Taungkalat Shrine, believed to be home to 37 spirit entities, statues of which can be found at the base. To reach the top, take off your shoes and socks and head up the 777 steps, perhaps passing by monkeys on the way. After Mt.Popa we will take you back to your hotel in Bagan. In the evening, enjoy dinner at Nanda Restaurant, which offers a variety of food in congenial surroundings and features puppet show. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast. Transfer to airport and flight to Heho. Drive to visit Kakku pagoda, a complex recently opened to the public. It contains over 2,000 stupas dating back to many centuries. Over 2000 pagodas are similar of shape, size and were carefully assigned within a square field. Lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, we will discover the life of Pa-O tribe around the area. You can see the traditional life style of these people who made the foundation of this pagoda. Drive back to Nyaung Shwe, if time is permitted, we will visit Ayethaya Winery, Myanmar’s first vineyard that produces five different types of locally-grown wine. Transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast. Visit Inle lake, a fresh water lake. You can discover numerous small villages with floating houses and life style of Intha (the people of the inle). Visit the NgaPhe monastery, also called “jumping cat monastery” since its monks have trained cats to jump inside rings. This wooden monastery, built on stilts, contains an astonishing collection of Buddha statues. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Visit the PhaugDawOo Pagoda, which contains 5 Buddha statues brought from the Malay Peninsula in the 12th century (during the pagoda festival in September /October four of them are transported aboard a gigantic golden barge for the visit of riparian villages) and visit the floating market, some of its many artisanal silk-weaving, cigar-making factories. Return to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast. Drive to heho airport for the flight for Yangon. Then, drive to downtown city and visit to Botathaung Pagoda, located on the bank of Yangon river. Its hollow interior allowing visitors to walk inside the pagoda and there are glass containers showcasing artefacts and relics. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Continue to the Railway-station to enjoy the circular train that give you the opportunity to enjoy observing the lively and colourful life of the rural Burmese people in Yangon. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast. Free time before transfer to Yangon International airport.
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