People And Heritages Tour
|Tour Dates||Destinations||Meals Included|
|Day 1||Arrive Yangon|
|Day 2||Yangon - Mandalay||B|
|Day 3||Mandalay - Amarapura - Ava - Sagaing - Mandalay||B|
|Day 4||Mandalay - bagan||B|
|Day 7||Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake||B|
|Day 8||Inle Lake - In Dein - Heho - Yangon||B|
|Day 9||Depart Yangon||B|
Day 1: Arrive Yangon
Stop at the National Museum where a tour of the priceless ancient artifacts, works of art and historic memorabilia will help you gain insight in to the country's history. Of particular note are the three halls on the ground floor, which hold exhibits on the evolution the Myanmar alphabet, the Lion Throne Room, and artifacts from the Yatanabon Period.
Continue to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which houses a 70-meter reclining Buddha. Late this afternoon, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The central stupa is 90 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf. As the sun begins to set enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pagoda and surrounding skyline before transferring back to your hotel.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 2: Yangon - Mandalay
Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and as you tour traditional workshops, you will learn more about the city's cottage industries. Observe the production of wood carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf where the techniques remained unchanged from those used centuries ago to craft items for the Royal Court. This afternoon, continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title "World's Biggest Book".
Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving. Head to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set to enjoy magnificent views of the the city and Irrawaddy River.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 3: Mandalay - Amarapura - Ava - Sagaing - Mandalay
After this beautiful spectacle, continue to U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. The bridge spans over 2 kilometers in length and offers fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. Before leaving Amarapura, stop at a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products. Continue to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries and travel by horse and carriage through the area stopping to visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort.
This afternoon, cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Thone Sae, and Shin Pin Nan Gyaing. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 4: Mandalay - bagan
Day 5: Bagan
Continue to the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan's rich history. Then, visit to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. This afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar's best-known handicrafts. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan's most beautiful temples.
Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the statue is viewed. From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 6: Bagan
This afternoon, continue to the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan's least visited areas. Here you will explore temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya as well as observing the farmer's way of life. Enjoy spectacular views from the top of Tayoke Pyay temple as the sun sets over the plains. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 7: Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake
We pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by Intha people, the leg-rowing fishermen of the lake and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Your sightseeing begins with a visit to the Nga Hpe Chaung (jumping cats) Monastery and its Shan Buddha Images, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the lake's main sanctuary.
Moreover, your visits include the weaving village of Inpawkhone, a cheroot factory where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. If the time permitted, we go for an improvised walk through one of the villages. Overnight on Inle Lake.
Day 8: Inle Lake - In Dein - Heho - Yangon
From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Pa-oh village of In Dein. Explore the area on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school, and wander through the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area. Climb the covered stair way to the top which is filled with picturesque ancient stupas and has magnificent views of the lake below.
Day 9: Depart Yangon
Disembark at the Insein market where you can peruse the various stalls and interact with the friendly vendors before transferring back to Yagnon. This afternoon, visit Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott's Market, where you can browse through the wide selection of Myanmar handicrafts and other goods before transferring to Yangon International Airport for your onward flight. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays)
Cost in US$ per person in the party (valid 30 Sep'13)
PEOPLE & HERITAGE TOUR
3 - 4 pax
5 - 6 pax
7 - 10 pax
7 - 10 pax
15 - 19 Paxs
20 - Upwards
Full board supplement
- 8 nights accommodation on half-twin room basis with daily breakfast
- English-speaking guide throughout the trip (from Yangon to Yangon) except for 1 pax (station guides - different guide at each place)
- 3 domestic flights RGN-MDL//NYU-HEH-RGN on Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways or Air Bagan including insurance surcharge & current fuel surcharge
- Porter fees at airport
- All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers
- Private boat in Inle Lake
- Local public ferry boat from Mandalay to Bagan
- Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
- Domestic flights (rate: pls be referred the airfare table)
- International ticket to/from Yangon
- Meals other than mentioned (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Visa arrangements for Myanmar
- Visits not mentioned in the program
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Tips and porters at the hotels
- International departure Airport Tax Yangon (USD 10/pax at present)
- Any other items not mentioned
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