Myanmar Magnifient Tour

The magnificence of Myanmar is incorporated in each of its highlights. And if you ask us what highlights are most preferable, our answer should always include the names of Yangon, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Bagan, Kalaw, and Inle Lake. The 13-day-12-night Myanmar Magnificent Tour has been created for you to view the majesty and elegance of the golden land in the detailed manner. You will inevitably fall in love with the city tour to Yangon, sightseeing to Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin, trekking to Kalaw, and enjoying the greenness of Inle Lake. Everything goes smoothly for the everlasting memory about Myanmar. Find the tour’s details of hotels, services, prices…here!

Destinations: Yangon → Bagan → Mandalay → Pyin Oo Lwin → Bagan → Kalaw → Inle Lake → Yangon

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  • Prices valid until March 2016
Myanmar Magnifient Tour
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DAY 1: YANGON ARRIVAL – CITY TOUR

Upon arrival in Yangon International Airport by morning flight, you will meet our guide transfer to the hotel. After check in the hotel and refreshment, we will start orientation tour in Yangon. First, we will visit Sule Pagoda. Well-known as the Land Mark in city centre, legend said that the Pagoda is 2,000 years old and the central Stupa is still enshrining a hair of the Buddha. Then from Pagoda, we will take the walking tour to the charming and interesting area with its old colonial architecture buildings such as City Hall, High Court, etc. This area is really reflecting the special identity of the city from old British colonial time.
You also will have time to visit Bogyoke Aung San – the central market of Yangon with interesting collection of Jade, Petrified wood and local handicraft.
Evening great sunset at marvellous Shwedagon Pagoda& its pagoda bazaar. The massive and magnificent gold-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda (100 meter high), is one of the wonders of the world. It was built 2500 years ago and enshrined with hair relics of the Buddha and is the holy place for local people to meet devoted Buddhists at meditation and pray.

Meal: Non
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

DAY 2: YANGON – MANDALAY – SIGHTSEEING

In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Mandalay, which was founded in 1857-1860 as the capital by King Mindon and remained the capital city of the Konboung, Myanmar’s last dynasty. Upon arrival in Mandalay, visit Mahamuni Paya, home to a highly venerated Buddha image, one of the most sacred in Burma. Over the centuries, devout Buddhists have been applying gold leaf to the 13-foot-high seated Buddha; that gold surface is now estimated to be about six inches thick.
We will also come to visit Jade market – the biggest market for wholesales selling Jade and precious stone in Mandalay. This is unique and very interesting market o discover.
After lunch, we will visit Shwenandawkyaung or Golden Palace Monastery – a very magnificent building beautifully carved in wood, dating back to 19thcentury. It is of great interest, not only as a fine example of a traditional Burmese wooden monastery, but also as a fragile reminder of the old Mandalay Palace that had been totally destroyed by bombs. And then visit to Kuthodaw Paya – the world’s largest book of 729 marble slabs inscribed the entire Tripitaka, that have been recognized by Guinness book.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

DAY 3: MANDALAY – PYIN OO LWIN

After your breakfast, we will transfer to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), a former British Hill Station. The road winds steeply through flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. You arrive at Pyin Oo Lwin then visit Pwe Kauk waterfall and enjoy the countryside. You can also around the village by horse drawn “stage coach”, giving you the chance to admire the brick and timber houses, complete with English style gables, turrets and chimneys.
In the afternoon, visit Peik Chin Myaung Waterfall and Caves, filled with Buddha images. The road from Maymyo is very bumpy but the scenery is worth for your effort. And then you can also visit the National Kandawgyi Gardens, which were laid out by Sir Harcourt Butler, the former governor of Burma – flowerbeds are similar to those you would find in an English country garden! The garden is recently renovated and the name has changed to “Kandawgyi National Botanical Garden”.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin

DAY 4: PYIN OO LWIN – MANDALAY

In the morning, last stroll on the markets and visit a vineyard on the way back to Mandalay. Upon arrive back to Mandalay, check in your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

DAY 5: MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY

In the morning transfer to the jetty for boat trip to Mingun which is 11 km upriver from Mandalay on the western bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is noted for the MingunPaya, a huge unfinished pagoda, Myatheindan Pagoda and a gigantic 90-ton bell – the largest uncracked ringing bell in the world. The 45 minute boat trip to Mingun is a very pleasant way to see the life along the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Return back to Mandalay and in the evening, you will be taken to Mandalay Hill, 230 meters in elevation, is the natural landmark of Mandalay, a vantage-point for a full panoramic sunset view of the city.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

DAY 6: MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – SAGAING

In the morning, we take a short drive to the ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Upon our arrival, we’ll visit the world’s longest teak bridge. The U Bein footbridge stretches almost three-quarters of a mile over Thaungthaman Lake, and is heavily utilized by the local monks in maroon robes who carry alms bowls back and forth to monasteries. Constructed of more than 1,000 teak posts, the U Bein has withstood the elements for over two centuries. Then we can observe the life of over 1000 monks at Mahagandaryon Monastery. It is not only the most reputed and well-known monastery in Myanmar but also known by all tourists from all over the world for its unique value like a person with good perfume attracts people all around without being seen. The name of the monastery means “The sense of perfume”.
Drive to Sagaing, visit Ywahtaung village, Kaungmudaw Pagoda; an enormous solid dome-shaped Pagoda and sunset at picturesque Sagaing Hills, a religious centre for Buddhist devotees a retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerous pagodas and monasteries.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

DAY 7: MANDALAY – BAGAN (BY BOAT)

In the morning transfer to the jetty for a boat trip to Bagan. As it sails southwards, the riverboat passes many villages offering a glimpse into the way of life along the Irrawaddy River. Arrive in Bagan late in the afternoon. On the dry plain of central Myanmar by the banks of the Irrawaddy River stands Bagan, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. The 230 years, from 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, were marked by a religious favorite and building frenzy resulting in the thousands of stupas and temples many of which are still standing today.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

DAY 8: BAGAN SIGHTSEEING

Today we will have the whole day to discover Bagan – the place also known as the “City of Four Million Pagodas.” Many of the pagodas and temples are small and simple—but the number of them is staggering. Although Bagan’s centuries-old shrines, pagodas, and stupas do not actually total in the millions, there are well over 2,000 of them scattered along the remote 16-square-mile plain, flanked on one side by the Irrawaddy River. This qualifies Bagan as the largest temple city on the planet, as well as one of the most important archaeological areas in all of Asia. The majority of ruins in Bagan were constructed between the eleventh and 13th centuries, a time when Bagan was the capital of the First Burmese Empire.
We will wake up early today to get to Shwe Sandaw Pagoda – the best location where we can have the amazing panorama views of Bagan and it’s pagodas and Stupas in the dawn. This is also the best place for taking photos of Bagan. Witnessing the morning sun illuminating the ancient temples of Bagan is an unforgettable experience. After that, return to the hotel for breakfast.
Our tour to Bagan will continue by the visit of village market in the town of Nyaung-U: a great opportunity to mingle with the locals and wander among stalls that feature locally-grown crops, rattan items, tea leaves, and colorful traditional clothing. Then we make a short stop to see Shwezigon Paya, a beautiful gold-domed pagoda constructed early in the twelfth century that is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha. Our guide then will take you for the walk to visit the Lacquer ware village where you can learn how the local people manufacture this well-known handicraft of Myanmar.
After lunch in local restaurant, we will have time for resting in the hotel before continue the tour to visit Anada Temple – one of the finest in architecture and most revered temples with its four standing Bagan style Buddha images and huge carved teak doors from thousand years ago. There are different Pagodas to visit today but the will be no repetition, as they all beautiful, interesting and different. Then visit Dhammayangyi Temple – the widest temple in Bagan. From a distance it resembles the early step pyramids of Egypt. The sides at the base of the structure are almost 78 meters long, while the central core of the temple measures 25 meters long. There are four entrances that each contain a seated Buddha image on a pedestal, the main entrance is the Eastern one. The Western sanctum contains images of the Gautama Buddha and the future Maitreya Buddha, side by side. The temple grounds are surrounded by a wall with huge arched gates that lead to the pagoda. To prevent further deterioration the terraces of the temple are closed to the public.
Then we will have very pleasant walk to discover the area of Khayminga Temple for a panoramic view and visit of the beautiful complex of the Pagoda and Stupas on the beautiful site in the sunset time in the great harmony with nature.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

DAY 9: BAGAN – KALAW

Morning drive to Kalaw a charming hill station that is a marketing center for hill-tribe folk from surrounding regions. In the late afternoon, arrive in Kalaw and transfer to the hotel. Check in the hotel and the rest of the day is free at leisure. You can take the walk around this small but charming town and visit the impressive central market in the town.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw

DAY 10: KALAW TREKKING – HTITAIN VILLAGE

Kalaw to Inle Lake trekking tour (2 days/1 night)
Kalaw to Lamaing Village – By Taxi (Exclude, You can hire yourself)
Lamaing to Pinnwe Village – One and half hour
Pinnwe to Pawke Village – 45 Minutes
Pawke to KhoneHla Village – One hour (lunch)
KhoneHla to Pattupauk Village – Two and half hour
Pattupauk to Htitain Village – One Hour (Night stop)
Htitain to Kyauksu Village – One Hour
Kyauksu to Nanyoke Village – One and half hour
Nanyoke to Thankamauk – Three Hour
End services at Indain Boat Station

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Homestay

DAY 11: ARRIVE – INLE LAKE

Arrive at Inle Lake, a traditional long boat (motorized) will take you to Inle Lake, the vast, beautiful and picturesque nature lake, 900 meters above sea-level, 22 km long and 10 km across. Inle Lake is surely the highlight of your Myanmar Trip. We will take the brief visit of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda – famous for 800 years old Five Buddha statues which are enshrined in the center of the building. Millions of local people have come to pray and stick the gold leave around the Buddha statues. Images that are so laden with gold their features are unrecognizable.
The boat then will take you to visit the workshop of weaving by the Padaung tribe – very famous as long neck lady tribe. They came from their village on the other side of the lake, but you can meet, interact as well as learning about their interesting custom in this workshop.
The last place to visit in our long but interesting day on Inle Lake is Mine Thauk Brige – over one kilometer wooden bridge built by local people on the side of the lake. It is very scenic place for watching the sunset, taking photograph and mingle with local people.
Transfer to hotel by private boat in the beautiful sunset on Inle Lake and check in.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake

DAY 12: INLE LAKE SIGHTSEEING – HEHO – YANGON

In the morning, we will drive to Nyaung Shwe village, the starting point of the trip into the Inle Lake, passing through breath-taking scenery in many ways, with great panoramic picturesque landscaping. You can see the local fish men fishing on the traditional boat with typical way of rowing their boat by one leg – the most well-known image of Inle Lake, witnessing the local traffic on the lake as well as other ways of fishing by local people. Inle lake is vast area but you always can see some activities on your on your boat ride. It is ideal way for taking the photos of the lake. We will cross the lake then and visit Nga Hpe Kyaung – a stunning wooden Pagoda and monastery built on the stilts with beautiful selection of Buddha statues inside. From the pagoda, you also can have the great view of the floating garden – very amazing way of local people growing their vegetable on the surface of water with very well-known tomato farm. Then we continue to Nampan, a village built on stilts over the water. Here, we’ll visit workshops to learn about cheroots, popular cigars made by hand and wrapped in tree leaves, and see how Inle Lake canoes are built. We also will come to visit one of the typical families living on the house on the stilts in the village before cruising to In Paw Khone village- well-known for silk weaving workshops and the technique and creation of the fascinating design of the silk products from unique material from special silk taken from lotus stem.
In the afternoon transfer to the Heho airport for flight back to Yangon.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

DAY 13: YANGON – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, free time at leisure. You can be relaxing at the hotel or discover Yangon on your own until the departure time to the airport for the flight home. End of 13-Day Myanmar Magnifient Tour.

Meal: Breakfast

End of Services

Tour Prices

Price in USD per person in sharing double room
Valid till March 2016
Private Party First Class
3-Star Hotels
Superior Class
4-Star Hotels
2 participants  1731  2139
3-4 participants  1616  2018
5-7 participants  1558  1961
8-10 participants  1415  1817
11-15 participants  1369  1771
Single Supplement  391  805

Services included:

• Accommodation based on 11 Nights Twin or Double Room sharing program including Daily Hotel breakfast
• One Night accommodation at Trekking Places 2days/1night trekking service from Kalaw to Inle
• All kinds of internal transportation as above mentioned itinerary
• Domestic Air-ticket fees for Yangon-Mandalay, Heho-Yangon
• Domestic Airport Tax & Fuel Charges
• Private Boat cruise from Mandalay to Bagan
• One way car transfer from Bagan to Kalaw
• Private boat sightseeing on Inle Lake
• Guide fees as above mentioned you can choice as you wish
• Entrance Fees & Zone Fees as per mentioned program
• Good local car experienced car driver
• Government Tax
• Service Tax

Services excluded:

• International Ticket Fare with insurance surcharge and Fuel surcharge
• Visa Fees & Travels insurance
• Meals (Lunch and Dinner)
• Early Check in and Late Check out
• Visits not mentioned in the program
• Camera or Video Camera fees
• Tips and gratitude to guides / drivers / porters at the hotels & Airports
• Credit card fees (6.6%) only Master and Visa Card or bank transfer fees for non-cash payments
• Personal Expense such as beverages, telephone calls, laundry services, Mini bar, etc….
• Drinks at meals and purify drinking water and snow Towel along in program
• Myanmar Visa Fees 30 USD
• Other services not mentioned above including

Remarks

• Possible supplement for period of Christmas and New Year may be applied and will be advised upon reservations.
• In case if you would like to take more time for Dinner, you will be charged 10% of full day rate per every extra hour.
• Accommodation in hotels is subject to availability. If the listed hotel is fully booked, alternate accommodation will be booked within the same hotel category without surcharge/reduction. If no hotel in same category available, we preserve the right to forward surcharge for any higher category respectively reduction for any lower category. In case you request the quotation with specific hotels, rate may change. All hotel ratings are according to the local accreditation authority.
Thingyan (Myanmar Water Festival) Transportation Surcharges (12 – 17 April 2016)
Please note that during this period the following surcharges will apply on any transportation services in the following destinations (below charges are based on similar surcharges levied during the same event, 12 – 17 April 2016 and are subject to change at short notice; they serve as indication only!):

Bagan
Mysterious Ancient City

Bagan gains fame for over 2,000 awe-inspiring pagodas. When you arrive at this wonder, you can feast the eyes with thousands of hundreds-year-old religious structures…

Mandalay
City on river bank

Mandalay was formed in 1857 and set on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, in the upper part of Myanmar. It is the second biggest city in the country…

Inle Lake
Magical Lake

It is the shallow lake in the center of Myanmar, southeast of Mandalay. The inhabitants living around the serene 22km-long Lake are famous for their eccentric rowing style. They use one leg to row while standing on one leg…

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