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12D / 11N - Cruising the Irrwaddy River

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Local Agent : Nyein

Duration : 12 days / 11 nights

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Yangon- Inle- Sagar- Thalei Oo/ Myaung/ Kalaw-Popa/Bagan-3D2N Cruise- Mandalay/ Ava/ Amarapura-Mandalay 

Immerse yourself in Myanmar's various landscape, cultual and ethnic treasures and make the most of a 3D/ 2N night cruise to observe the local life by the Irrawaddy banks.

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DAYS Summary
Day 01 INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL - YANGON          
Day 02 YANGON -  HEHO -  INLE LAKE     
Day 03                        INLE LAKE                      
Day 04 INLE LAKE - SAGAR - INLE LAKE
Day 05 INLE LAKE - PINDAYA - KALAW
Day 06 KALAW - BAGAN
Day 07 BAGAN
Day 08 BAGAN
Day 09 BAGAN - BEGINNING OF YOUR CRUISE
Day 10 SHWE PYI THAR VILLAGE - YANDABO VILLAGE
Day 11 YANDABO VILLAGE -  MANDALAY - AVA - AMARAPURA - END OF YOUR CRUISE
Day 12 MANDALAY –INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

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DAY 01 : INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL - YANGON

Arrival at Yangon International Airport.

Customs formalities and baggage claim (45 minutes).

Welcome by your guide, transfer to town (17 km - 1 hour drive).

Start sightseeing of Yangon: Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2000 years Pagoda to enjoy the bustling life of Yangon and its people. And then visit to Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha).

Then visit Kandawgyi Lake to enjoy a Royal floating barge with Pagoda view for a photo stop.yANGON.jpg

Lunch at a restaurant.

Late in the afternoon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: “The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city.” This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at hotel in Yangon

DAY 02 : YANGON – HEHO - INLE LAKE         

Breakfast at the hotel

You will immerse yourself in the daily life of the largest city in Myanmar. You will board the "Circular Train" serving the different parts of the city (the train journey takes about 20 minutes.) Please note that the train is very basic and that many people take it during the day. Get off at Kyee Myin Daine, one of the most beautiful stations in Yangon. At this hour of the morning, the neighborhood is a busy hive of activity with children on the way to school, locals taking a bowl of noodles on the way to work, as well as nuns and monks who collect offerings Passers-by. After your visit, return to the city center by car on the main road.

Visit the Bogyoke Market (closed Mondays and Holidays) known as Scott Market. Its 2000 shops offer the largest selection of handicrafts and typical Burmese objects from all over the country: fabrics, precious stones (jade, rubies and sapphires), plaited basketwork and bamboo, lacquerware, puppets, antiques etc. Free time for a shopping experience.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Transfer to Yangon airport for flight to Heho. Welcome and transfer to Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake (27km - 1h). You will enjoy the picturesque scenery that borders the rolling road.

Upon arrival on the shore of the lake, embark on board a canoe to reach your hotel located on Inle Lake.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at hotel on Inle Lake

DAY 03 : INLE LAKE – KHAUNG DAING –INLE LAKE

Breakfast at the hotel

Departure with your motorized canoe to the village of Khaung Daing, located on the western shore of the lake, 10 km from Nyaung Shwe. This traditional Intha village is famous for its tofu production based on yellow split peas, as well as for its rice cakes and fried beans. Possibility to taste its tofu productions.

Visit the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery with its collection of ancient Buddha statues. In the past this temple was known for its "jumping cats" but today there are only a few wandering cats left and none of them jump through the hoops as was the case before. However, the relics of Buddha are worth the detour by this monastery.

Lunch at the local family Inthar house enjoying the Inle cuisine with a unique experience!

Continue to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the main sanctuary of the lake that houses five sacred Buddha statues,Covered with gold leaf.

You will also discover the varied crafts of Inle, with the visit of the village of Inpawkhone known for its weaving of lotus fibers, a manufacturing workshop of cheroots (Burmese cigars), canoe builders (open every day except bank holidays ), Or silver workshop.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04 : INLE LAKE - SAGAR - THAYA GONE VILLAGE - INLE LAKE 

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning, you will reach Sagar, at the southern end of Inle Lake. Very few tourists make the trip to this area but it is one of the most beautiful places in Shan State. The trip in canoe lasts 2h30-3h but it offers magnificent perspectives.
The visit of the village monastery as well as the village itself is also on the program.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Continue to the village of Thaya Gone, home of Pa-Ohs, Shans and Inthas, known for its local wine production made by rice. Look at the distillation process, then taste the local alcohol if you wish. In Thaya Gone you will also have the opportunity to climb to the top of a small hill where stunning views of the lake and the surrounding villages will be offered to you.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 05 : INLE LAKE – PINDAYA – KALAW   

Breakfast at the hotel

Departure by road in the direction of Pindaya, located at 1600 meters above sea level, at the foot of a lake surrounded by mountains. Visit to a workshop for the production of Burmese umbrellas made with Shan paper based on mulberry bark.

Visit the Pindaya caves, where you will discover more than 8,000 Buddha statues in successive rooms. They are made of alabaster, teak, marble, brick and cement, gilded or painted white and some were carved from the rock.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Proceed to Kalaw (2-hours drive) through the landscapes Green of Shan State.

Kalaw sits high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau and was a popular hill station in the British times. Sightseeing in Kalaw includes Nee Paya; a gold lacquered bamboo Buddha.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at hotel in Kalaw region.

DAY 06 : KALAW - POPA - BAGAN

Breakfast at your own expense

Departure by road (about 5hr30min) for the discovery of the monastery of MOUNT POPA (about 6 hours), place of worship dedicated to the Nats, the spirits of the Burmese pantheon.

Arrival at Mount Popa: The climb of 777 steps to the Taung Kalat temple, at the top of this extinct volcano (Mount Popa is located on a volcano) is made in the midst of the monkeys that have settled on the Mount. Spectacular view of the area. Visit of the small museum devoted to the Nats.

Lunch at the Popa Mountain Resort which offers an incredible view of the surrounding plain.

After lunch, drive to BAGAN (about 1h30min).

Arrival in BAGAN in the late afternoon.

Bagan is undoubtedly the most amazing site of Myanmar, if not of all the Southeast Asia. On the banks of the Irrawaddy river, now renamed Ayeryarwady, and over an area of 40 km² are hundreds of temples (2219 exactly). All these vestiges were built from the 11th to the 13th century by the successive rulers who made the greatness of Bagan (Anawratha, Kyanzittha, Alaungsithu and Narapatisithu, ...). This incredible concentration of temple makes of Bagan the highlight of your stay in Myanmar and the sunset on the site remains an unforgettable moment.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07 : BAGAN

Optional: There is no better or more spectacular view of the ancient kingdom of Bagan than from a hot air balloon. This world-famous archaeological site of more than a thousand Buddhist temples scattered over a plain is at its best when seen from a bird's eye vantage, as the sun comes up gently over the Ayeyarwady River.

You will be collected from your hotel in Balloons Team's bus, and provided with a light breakfast and safety briefing while the balloons inflate, before enjoying a dawn flight lasting just under one hour. Flights operate daily from October through March.

Breakfast at hotel,

Discovery of Bagan will begin with the visit of the most remarkable pagodas and temples of Bagan. Pedal from your hotel to the bustling market of Nyaung Oo, where locals come each day to exchange fresh produce and other merchandise. Then drive to Old Bagan to visit the famous Shwezigon pagoda erected at the beginning of the 11th century by King Anawrahta.

Continue to the Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, which houses magnificent Jataka murals, then the Bu Lei Thee Pagoda, which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the area. Your first stop will be the stylish Htilominlo temple with sculptures and stunning stone decor.

Lunch at local restaurant enjoying the Burmese dishes.

In the afternoon, continue your visit to the Minnanthu village, one of the least visited areas of Bagan, very quiet and secluded. You will discover temples like Payathonzu with its strangely designed structure, Lemyentha and Nandamannya. Also make sure to visit the Kyat Kan Cave Monastery which is an extremely important meditation place.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 08 :  BAGAN

Breakfast at the hotel

Discover the gate of Tharaba Gate, then visit the Ananda temple - one of the most beautiful temples of all in Bagan.

You will travel on dirt roads bordered by trees, temples and monasteries to a small village. In one of the monasteries you will participate in a traditional Buddhist ceremony. Around 10:30 am you will make food offerings to the monks. Then you will receive a special blessing from the monks to ensure you good luck and happiness.

Lunch in the garden of the monastery.

Departure for the original visit of the site of Bagan in carriage.

Afternoon visit to Gubyauk-Kyi-Myingaba temple, Manuha temple and Nan Paya. Visit of the typical village of Myinkaba and a lacquer factory.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 09 : BAGAN/ CRUISE -SHWE PYI THAR VILLAGE

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning, boarding your cruise ship (10.30am) and departure in the direction of Mandalay. Welcome drink.

Comfortably placed on the upper deck, you will discover the life of the river and its banks: fishing villages, buffalos, wheat fields, floating markets, laundresses.
They navigate upstream for some villages.

Lunch on board.

You can observe typical villages with bamboo houses and thatched roofs, and betel plantations. You will then reach the very pretty village of Sinphyu and its colonial-style monasteries.

Back on the boat.

Dinner and night on the board.

DAY 10 : SHWE PYI THAR VILLAGE - YANDABO VILLAGE

Breakfast on the boat.

Continue sailing up the river.adult-3051650_640.jpg

Lunch on board.

Landing at Yandabo, famous for its pottery crafts, made possible by the clay soil harvested on the banks of the river by its inhabitants. Visit handicraft workshops. The village is also known as the place where the Treaty of Yandabo was signed on February 24, 1826, which put an end to the first of the Anglo-Burmese wars.

Continuation of the cruise towards Mandalay.

Dinner and night on board.

DAY 11 : MANDALAY - AVA - AMARAPURA      

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the ship sails some more miles northwards before we arrive in Ava.

In Ava we disembark for a wonderful discovery of some very highlights of this former royal capital. By horse-drawn carriage we explore this area, sprinkled with many kinds of distingueshed ancient monasteries and fanes: Bagaya Kyaung a jaw-dropping teak monastery built in 1834, which nowadays continues to be a monastic school; Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery or the Nanmyint watch tower come both in a different art and creation. It is the peace of Ava which you will then hopefully absorb during a laid-back apéritif at a secret place in the middle of this sacred spot on earth.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Next stop: Amarapura (15 km - 30mn), the penultimate royal capital of Myanmar. Amarapura means "city of immortality", even though its period as capital was relatively brief. You then join the legendary U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world, which was built in 1782. Enjoy the very special atmosphere at sunset. Thus ended a magnificent day with the return to Mandalay for the night.

Dinner free (by own arrangement)

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12 : MANDALAY    

Breakfast at the hotel.

Your day of discovery will start with the Mahamuni Pagoda with its very revered Buddha, entirely covered with gold leaves deposited by devotees over the centuries.

Then discover the Kuthodaw Pagoda, often referred to as the "greatest book of the world" for its collection of 729 marble plaques engraved with Buddha's teachings.

Departure afterwards to visit the impressive Shwenandaw monastery ("Golden Monastery"), the last structure of the Royal Palace to have survived since the 19th century, known for its remarkable woodcarvings.

Lunch not included (by your own account).

Transfer to Mandalay airport for international flight of your departure.

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PRICE LIST in $USD

PRICE PER PERSON
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

From 01/10/2018 until 30/04/2019
(Except from 20/12 - 05/01)
  3* HOTEL 4* HOTEL

2 pers.

1575$ 2365$

3 pers.

1454$ 2244$

4 pers.

1325$ 2115$

5 pers.

1267$ 2057$

6 pers.

 1212$ 2002$
     

Single Supp.

 +517$ +1032$

*Except period from 20/12/2018 to 05/01/2018, subject to special rate and mandatory dinner. Rates on request.

prices for domestic flights per person (Prices Variable)

Yangon – Heho  Day 02

+ 120$ 

HOT AIR BALLOON OPTION IN BAGAN

 

Hot Air Ballooning in Bagan for sunrise

+312$ 
 

Premium Hot air ballooning in Bagan for sunrise (8 people per balloon)

+370$

TRAVEL CONDITIONS

Price includes :

  • Transfers,
  • Visits and entrance fees as per mentioned in the program,
  • Accommodation and breakfast in hotels as per mentioned in the program,
  • All meals as per mentioned in the program,
  • Lugguage porters,
  • Domestic flights mentionned as per above following specific regulations  (20kg in the hold and 7kg for hand luggage),
  • English-speaking tour guide(s) as mentioned in the program,
  • Bagan – Mandalay 2 Nights cruise with full board meals

Price excludes :

  • International and domestic flights,
  • Visa (USD$ 50/pax)
  • Beverages,
  • Meals not mentionned in the program,
  • The visits and excursions suggested as an option + entry fees,
  • Extras and personal expenses,
  • Tips for guides and drivers ($3 for the guide ans $2for the driver, per day per person),
  • Insurances,
  • Airport departure taxes  ( usually included in the price of your international flight ticket),

our local agent

Nyein

‘I have been working for over 6 years in the tourism industry. My career started once I received my degree in 2005 that included a Chinese specialization. After my qualification, I made the big jump into the tourism field as I love traveling and trekking to explore off the usual tourist trails and remote areas. Being a local who has a true passion for traveling, I am always keen to share precious and unknown information. It’s always more than a pleasure to provide guests with stories about my beautiful golden land and make sure one lives a unique experience.

Consider me as a local friend, and I will make sure you get the golden trip you deserve and that will remain within you forever’.

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