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Welcome to Burma! Upon arrival at Yangon Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Yangon.
This morning take a domestic flight from Yangon to Bagan. On arrival, you will be transferred to the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River. There are over 2,000 temples and pagodas scattered over an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. After lunch, join the guide and visit the inside of some of the more significant pagodas. Late afternoon your guide takes you to watch the sun setting over a field of glowing pagodas. Overnight on board.
After breakfast join the guide to explore some of Bagan's local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longyis and rattan goods. See Myanmar's famous lacquerware being made. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this enchanting area on your own. Mid-morning the Road To Mandalay begins its cruise north towards Mandalay. Relax on the top deck and watch the fascinating river life glide by. The guide lectures on local places and customs. The ship moors mid-river for the evening. A casual cocktail party on board. Overnight on board.
Arrive at the village of Shwe Kyet Yet after lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay regarded as the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. Return to Road To Mandalay stopping enroute to admire sunset over the river. Local entertainment on board. Overnight on board.
After breakfast, cruise to Mingun to visit the most important sights such as the pretty Hsinbyume Pagoda and the world's largest uncracked bell. Return by ferry for a late lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Sagaing Hills, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Burma. Sagaing is also famous for its silver and silversmiths who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did. Local entertainment. Overnight on board.
Disembark the boat and transfer to your hotel. Visit an ancient city of Amarapura which means City of Immortality. Visit Mahagandaryone monastery the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar. Then enjoy the great serenity of U Bein wooden. An afternoon visit Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace. This golden palace represents Myanmar Sovereignty and independence and can arouse national patriotic spirit among Myanmar people, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called the world’s largest book (a set of 729 huge stone slabs on which the Buddhist scriptures are inscribed). Finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill, the natural watch-tower to watch sunset over the city plains. Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.
After breakfast at your hotel, we proceed to Inle Lake by land stopping enroute at some tourist spots along the way. Visit weaving industry at Wan Twin, and observe how to make pottery at Mal Za Li Kan Village. Stop at Nan Pan Tat Town for a rest. This town is the border between Mandalay Division and Shan State. A short visit at Kalaw to visit Bamboo Strips wish fulfilling pagoda, Thein Taung Pyay Temple and stop at Aung Bagan, which is a junction town to Pindaya, Kalaw and Taunggyi. Then proceed to Inle Lake and arrive in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.
At Inle Lake we will discover tranquil villages on stilts and floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud, Inthas fishermen with their unique one-legged rowing skills who steer their boats with incredible balance. We then visit the Jumping Cat monastery, a simple wooden temple famous for its dozens of Shan Buddha statues as well as the resident cats which have been trained to jump through hoops. Followed by a quick visit to some traditional handicraft villages. We finish our interesting day by taking a visit to Paungdaw Oo Pagoda, the lake's main sanctuary, which contains 5 sacred Buddha images and authentic local interaction with very friendly locals. Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake
Today visit an Indein village, located at the western side of the lake. Passing Nyaung Ohak Monastery and following a stair path lined up with many hundreds of wooden columns, you finally will reach the impressive Shwe Indein Pa-O complex. From the hillside you have great view over the lake area. On the way back to the boat, walk through a romantic bamboo forest at the riverside, where you may observe local people having a bath. On the way you can visit Myaynigone village and Lotus fiber weaving factory (Ann's). Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.
Today enjoy the whole day at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake. (note: no guide and boat)
After breakfast fly back to Yangon. Upon arrival you will be met by a local representative. Today Yangon city includes: Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda, houses the fourth largest colossal reclining Buddha, Kabar Aye Pagoda, which is significant for its Sixth Synod which was held in its large compound in 1954, Mahapasana Cave, located in the same compound and then photo stop at the heart of Yangon such as Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park with Independence Monument, City Hall, High Court and many colonial style buildings. We recommend you to walk along the street Pansodan, in which you will find the beautiful buildings of the Post office and the Senate. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.
After an early breakfast you will drive to Kyaikhtiyo. On the way visit the Allied War Cemetery at Htaukkyant near Yangon. Then continue to Kyaikhtiyo (also known as Golden Rock) about 160 km from Yangon, it stands on a gilded boulder precariously perched on the edge of a hill. Our car has to stop at Kinpun Base camp. From there we have to use an open truck which is normally used for the hilly track up to the hermit “Yathae Hill”. On arrival at the hermit “Yathae Hill”, you will have to trek about one hour up hill. It can also reach by trekking from the base camp. Overnight at the hotel in Kyaikhtiyo.
Kyaikhtiyo - Yangon After breakfast, return by car to Yangon. En route visit at Bago, the ancient Mon Capital, 80 Kilometers northeast of Yangon. Sightseeing tour highlights include in Bago: Bago colorful market to observe the ways of life of local people, Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar, Kanbawzathadi Palace, Shwethalyaung, the world’s most beautiful Reclining Buddha; Mahazedi Pagoda, Wood curving and cheroot making industry, Kyaikpun Pagoda, four huge Buddha Image sitting back to back and Chinese temple. Then hotel check in and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.
Enyo a full day at leisure as you explore Yangon on your own. Perhaps grab some of those last minute gift ideas.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airport for your departure or forward flight.