Myanmar River Journeys

Yangon – Bagan – Cruise – Mandalay – Maymyo – Kalaw - Inle Lake - Yangon

Duration: 13 Days / 12 nights
(Cruise: 2 nights upriver - Pre&Post Cruise Tour: 11 days / 10 nights)

DAY 01 YANGON ARRIVAL

Arrive at Yangon Airport. Afternoon visit Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image and Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of the world, where one can see and enjoy the beauties of the Pagoda and the life style of Myanmar People.

DAY 02 YANGON / BAGAN (BY FLIGHT)

In the early morning flight to Bagan, the Ancient Capital and Birth place of Myanmar Culture. Morning siteseeing begins with visit to the Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar satupas; Wetkyi-in Gubyakkyi Temple, with fine mural paintings of Jataka scenes; Htilominlo Temple, noted for its plaster carvings; the Tharaba City Gate, the oldest extent of Bagan architecture. Afternoon visit begins with lacquer-ware factory, Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi Temple, a typical Mon style temple; Manuha Temple, a captured king's impression of life in prison; Nanpaya Temple; an earliest masterpiece with its fine stone carvings; photo stop at Seinnyet Nyima Pagodas, a temple and a stupa with exquisite design and Mingala zedi pagoda, on of the last ones built in Bagan; sunset from a suitable temple or pagoda.

DAY 03 BAGAN

Morning siteseeing to South East Bagan featuring 13th century temples; Nandamanya; Thambula and Lemyethna Temples, noted for their fine mural paintings of Mahayanist character. Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross; and Thatbyinnyu, the highest of Bagan Temples ; and Bupaya Pagoda, a Pyu style pagoda on the brink of the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River.

DAY 04 BAGAN / CRUISE

Some more visits or shopping and then drive to Bagan Shwe-kun-char jetty at 11.30 to board the ship. Welcome Cocktail in the Saloon. The Cast off time is at 12 noon. Lunch will be served at 13.00. In the late afternoon stop in a typical river village (Thein Gone or Shartaw).

DAY 05 CRUISE

Cruise all day with stop enroute in the morning to visit Yandabo, a typical river village specialize in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Moor overnight nearby a village (Ywar Thit Gyi or Pauk Myaing Pauk Taw) few miles away from Ava Bridge.

DAY 06 CRUISE - MANDALAY

Enjoy the sunrise. After an early breakfast, the passengers will disembark at Sagaing Jetty (Thursday only) or Gawein jetty (Sunday Only) at around 09.30/10.00 hrs.
In the afternoon excursion to Ancient Capital Amarapura, 11 Kilometers south of Mandalay visiting Mahagandayon monastery; 1.2 kilometer long U Bein Wooden Bridge and visit handicraft workshop.

DAY 07 MANDALAY / MINGUN / MANDALAY (BY BOAT)

Excursion to Mingun, a village on the western bank of Ayeyarwaddy River. Tour highlights include Settawya Pagoda with a marble foot print of Buddha; Pondawyapaya, nearby the river; Pahtodawgyi, an enormous pile of bricks is all that remains of King Bodawpaya's grandiose scheme; Mingun Bell, the world's largest ringing bell weighing 90 tons; Mingun Village; and Shinbume Pagoda, most attractive pagoda built in 1816 by King Bodawpaya's grandson in memory of one of his wives. Afternoon Mandalay tour includes Mahamuni Pagoda; Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures: and Mandalay Hill, advantage point for panoramic view of the city.

DAY 08 MANDALAY / MAYMYO / MANDALAY (BY CAR)

The cool, colonial era hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymio) with its beautiful botanic garden and its colonial era buildings is 2 hours drive or 80 km far from Mandalay. In the surroundings you can visit waterfalls and also the beautiful Peik Chin Myaun cave. We recommend visiting the town with the typical colonial era Horse Cart.

DAY 09 MANDALAY / KALAW (BY CAR)

Drive to the Shan State, known for its colourful markets, scenery, country sides and especially its people, a mixture of tribal races. Arrive Kalaw, former hill station of British Raj that still bear the atmosphere of colonial era.

DAY 10 KALAW / PINDAYA / INLE LAKE (BY CAR)

Morning siteseeing around Kalaw.and then drive to Pindaya, a small quiet town with beautiful lake. There you can visit Pindaya Cave with its numerous Buddha images in different styles and from different periods. Proceed to Inle Lake, about 100 km away from Pindaya.

DAY 11 INLE LAKE

Excursion of the lake well known for its scenic beauty and its unique leg rower. Tour highlights include Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda; wonderful floating gardens; floating market on its market day; native method of fishing; traditional weaving villages; and village life in the lake. (Please note that the floating market is once every 5 days, but may vary according to the Buddhist Sabathdays.).

DAY 12 INLE / HEHO / YANGON (BY FLIGHT)

Drive to Heho airport for the flight to Yangon. Afternoon visit Sule Paya and City Centre for shopping.

DAY 13 YANGON DEPARTURE

International Departure Flight.

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