Ancient Myanmar Journey
Join our 6 days in Myanmar and you will have chance to travel in style with in-depth social and cultural interaction. Observe the magic and mysteries of this Golden Land.
Arrival in Yangon, welcomed by our experienced guide and transfer to hotel in the downtown. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia. Start your city tour with the center of Yangon to be immersed into the charming colonial city : Chaukhtatgyi pagoda and its great Reclining Buddha whose colossal stature is fortunately softened by the good-naturalness of its expression! Stroll along China Town that houses decrepit colonial buildings, an abundance of small shops, street vendors and canteen streets.Late afternoon, an extended visit to the Shwedagon pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religi ous monuments, will conclude the tour of this picturesque city. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises up to 99 meters. At the pagoda, observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset view at Shwedagon pagoda. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. On arrival, welcomed by our guide and start to explore the cultural capital of Burma. Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, Mandalay is located in the center of the country, on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. It is known as the last royal capital of the country until British arrived in 1885 and today considered as the cultural capital of Burma. First you visit Kuthodaw pagoda, recognized as the world’s largest book with its 729 engraved marble steles representing the sum of 15 books of Tripikata (the collection of basic texts of current Theravada Buddhist). Continue with Shwenandaw monastery with intricate carved teak panels, the most significant building in the history of Mandalay. Then you head up to Mahamuni Pagoda which houses the Buddha image 4 meters high, one of the most famous Buddha statues throughout the country. For centuries, thousands of Buddhist pilgrims have covered the Buddha body with a layer of gold leaf 15cm thick. Late afternoon climb up to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view over the region at sunset. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
The day dedicated to the discovery of the imperial ruins around Mandalay including Mingun, Inwa and Amarapura (the story shows that under each dynasty, successive kings of the Mandalay region had established a new capital around the city).
– An excursion by boat along the Ayeyarwaddy River will take you to Mingun (45min approximately). Visit one of the world largest bells, weighing 90 tons – Mingun Bell, Hsinbyume Paya and the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the largest zedis by King Bodawpaya. Return by boat to Mandalay.
– Move on the route to Inwa , one out of four ancient capital cities around Mandalay, full of old watchtowers, city walls, monasteries, and temples that feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of Mandalay. Take a horse-cart tour around Ruins of Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery (Me Nu Oak Kyaung) and Bagaya monastery and Nanmyint Watch Tower.
– Continue to Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First sightsee Mahagandayon monastery, where over one-thousand monks reside. After touring this tranquil site, move on with U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace and it is 1.2 km in length making it the world’s longest teak span. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Morning meet our guide and drive to Bagan (4h drive). Enroute you could stop at Pakokku, the important commercial center of tobacco and Thanaka of the Magway region. First visit a manufacturing factory of cheroot (one kind of Burmese handmade cigar wrapped) and the local market where sells Thanaka.
Continue the route to Bagan, on arrival, the day dedicated to the discovery of Old Bagan, the most impressive archeological site in Asia, a unique architectural heritage in the world, a live museum in the open air (about forty km on the left bank of the legendary Irrawaddy River, over 2000 temples pagodas and stupas of all sizes and shapes emerging here and there, out of sight). Visit main temples and pagodas by horse-cart and car: Ananda, one of the most remarkable and venerated temples throughout Myanmar with four standing Buddhas, Dhammayangyi, the largest structure of Bagan dating back to nineteenth century and built on the orders of the king Narathu, Thatbyinnyu, the highest pagoda of the whole Bagan, with a height of 62 meters. Late afternoon, climb up to a tall temple to watch the sunset and enjoy a panoramic view of the pagodas plain. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Embark on the morning by a visit to the colorful and lively market of Nyaung U. This market remains very authentic with its wide variety of goods namely vegetables, meats, crafts and clothes. Back to Bagan, then transfer to Min Nan Thu village and Phwa Saw village under huge lots of green and shady trees, which are well-noted for the traditional crafts of oxcart wheel-making and lacquer ware, two of the best-known handicrafts of Myanmar. You will stop at a family lacquer ware workshop to watch their producing process. Be welcomed by the craftsman’s family, have a friendly chat with the local artisans who are creating striking items. Then transfer without guide to the airport for the afternoon flight back to Yangon. On arrival, meet our driver and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Morning transfer without guide to the airport for your departure. End of our services.
|Number of people||6 pax||4 pax||2 pax|
|Price per person||$519||$615||$810|