Duration: 11 Days / 10 nights
(Cruise: 2 nights downriver – Pre & Post Cruise Tour: 9 days / 8 nights)
DAY 01 YANGON ARRIVAL
Arrive at the Yangon International Airport. Check in Hotel. Afternoon, excursion to Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha and Shwe Dagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of the world and the most venerated Buddhist Monument in Myanmar, where one can see the lifestyle of Myanmar People.
DAY 02 YANGON/ HEHO (BY FLIGHT) - HEHO – INLE (BY CAR)
Morning flight to Heho, the Shan State known for its colourful markets, scenery, country sides and especially its people, a mixture of tribal races. Drive from Heho Airport to Inle Lake. Overnight in an hotel by the lake.
DAY 03 INLE – PINDAYA (BY CAR)
Excursion of the lake well known for its scenic beauty and its unique leg rower .Tour highlights include Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda; Ngaphae Chaung typical Shan Monastery of jumping cats; wonderful floating gardens; 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). Drive to Pindaya, 100 km away from Inle Lake. On the way enjoy the scenic beauty along the country side. Overnight in Pindaya.
DAY 04 PINDAYA – HEHO (BY CAR) - HEHO/ MANDALAY (BY FLIGHT)
In the morning excursion to Pindaya Cave, famous for its countless number of different styles Buddha images from different periods. Drive to Heho Airport and flight to Mandalay, the last capital of Myanmar Monarchs.
DAY 05 MANDALAY – ESCURSION TO AMARAPURA
Excursion to the Ancient Capital Amarapura located 11 Kilometers South of Mandalay. Visit Mahagandayon monastery; 1.2 kilometer long U Bein Wooden Bridge and a silk-weaving factory.. Afternoon visit Maha Muni Buddha Image and continue to Shwe Kyaung, a monestary once King Mindon’s royal palace apartment for meditation and end up the day while enjoying the sunset from the Mandalay Hill, a vantage point for the panoramic view of Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.
DAY 06 MANDALAY / AVA / CRUISE
In the morning you cross the Myitnge River with a ferry boat to reach Ancient Capital Ava. The sightseeing in horse-cart includes Maenu brick monastery, ancient Bargayar monastery famous for its hundreds of teak pillars and the wood curving and Nan Myint tilting watching tower. Drive to Gawein Jetty to board the ship at 12.30. Welcome Cocktail in the Saloon. Lunch will be served at 13.00. The sailing time to Mingun is about 2 hours. Our English speaking manager (or your private guide) will assist the guests during the visit of the Mingun Pagoda Complex. Moor Overnight at a sandbank mid-stream. After dinner guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck.
DAY 07 CRUISE
Early in the morning cruise downstream during the 2 hours journey the passengers can enjoy the natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck or just sitting outside their own cabin. Sunrise over Sagaing Hill. Enjoy the sunrise. After an early breakfast passengers can go ashore to visit Sagaing with the assistance of our Ship Manager or their own guide (in the meantime the 1 Night cruise passengers will embark). The cast off time is at 11.15 hrs. Lunch will be served at 13.00. In the late afternoon we stop at Yandabo, a village specialize in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Cruise all day and moor overnight near a typical river village or a sandbank.Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint.
DAY 08 CRUISE – BAGAN
Early in the morning we proceed downriver to Bagan. After breakfast (if time permits) we visit another typical river village. Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan. Passengers will disembark near Wetkyi-Inn Village 4 km. North of Old Bagan at around 10.15 hrs. Check in Hotel. Lunch. Afternoon visit 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 pagan; sunset from a suitable temple or pagoda.
DAY 09 BAGAN
Morning sightseeing begins with visit to the Nyaung Oo Market; 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 and visit lacquerware factory. Afternoon excursion to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross; and Thatbyinnyu, the highest of Bagan Temples ; and Bypaya, a Pyu style pagoda on the brink of the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River.
DAY 10 BAGAN/ YANGON (BY FLIGHT)
In the morning flight back to Yangon. Afternoon visit Sule Paya,Yangon City certre and shopping.Overnight in Yangon.
DAY 11 YANGON DEPARTURE
International Departure Flight.