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Essence of Myanmar: Yangon, Mandalay & Bagan

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,474

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Stunning beauty, mystical ambience and peace loving people are the essence of Myanmar. The gleaming temples in Yangon alone are outstanding but Bagan and Mandalay totally complete the experience.


Myanmar, formerly Burma, is now more politically relaxed. The charms of both the country and the people are enormous. Myanmar is one destination where the local inhabitants make a difference. Not only are they friendly and charming but also considerate and engaging. Just observe the smiles.  The country itself is immersed in the Buddhist religion which permeates everyday life.

The largest city, Yangon can be either viewed as a decaying city or can be a glimpse into a bygone era when colonial rule influenced everything. Everywhere, you will see wandering monks dressed in burgundy robes.

After visiting the downtown area to experience the interesting colonial architecture, head to the famous site of the 2000 year old Sule Pagoda located in the busiest part of Yangon followed by the imposing Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha, 9 stories high.

At sunset, visit the most outstanding landmark in Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda.  A pagoda is not an apt description; it is more a small city containing many pavillions and shrines, most decked in gold leaf. It sits on top of a hill and its jungle of spires can be seen everywhere.

Fly to Mandalay and immediately travel to Amarapura, an ancient capital. Here visit the Mahagandayon Monastery with its many burgundy clad monks.  

Myanmar’s second largest city and former capital, Mandalay contains half of the country’s monks. The city is dominated by Mandalay Hill. One is rewarded by a visit not only for the view but also by all the interesting pagodas and temples. Here visit a silk weaving factory, the sacred Mahamuni Pagoda and the Golden Palace Monastery. A highlight will be a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill at sunset.

Bagan has to be seen to be believed with the world’s largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and temples some dating back to the 11th Century. Everywhere you look is a spire-fringed skyline. Enjoy a ride through the temples in a horse drawn cart to see the sunrise at the YwaHaunggyiTemple later visit the gold leafed circular Shwezigon Pagoda and some of the other important temples and pagodas.

There is time for shopping in the local markets for lacquerware and handicrafts.

Later, enjoy the spectacle of sunset at the Mingalazedu Pagoda.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,474

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Day 1

Arrive Yangon

Upon arrival into Yangon, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Melia Yangon

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    Melia Yangon



    The most modern 5* hotel in Yangon. Directly connected to the new Myanmar Plaza shopping mall. State-of-the-art meeting facilities for banquets, weddings and events. Outdoor swimming pool, gym and Yhi Spa. Melia Yangon offers the area new dining spots: Exclusive Vietnamese restaurant, pure Mediterranean restaurant, …

    The most modern 5* hotel in Yangon. Directly connected to the new Myanmar Plaza shopping mall. State-of-the-art meeting facilities for banquets, weddings and events. Outdoor swimming pool, gym and Yhi Spa. Melia Yangon offers the area new dining spots: Exclusive Vietnamese restaurant, pure Mediterranean restaurant, trendy Garbo bar and a lively all-day dining restaurant: "The Market". Experience our magnificent Spanish heritage and passion for service whilst enjoying one of Asia's most authentic and enchanting cities. Located opposite the unique Inya Lake, only 20 minutes from Yangon International Airport, 15 minutes from the city center and 10 minutes from the iconic "Shwedagon Pagoda".

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Day 2

Yangon

Explore the downtown area of Yangon with a local trishaw ride (bicycle with a sidecar where 1 passenger sits, a child can fit with an adult). This will be a 20 - 30 min stroll with a few stops to learn about local life and see the monuments. It's a great opportunity to discover Yangon at a slower pace.
There will also be time to explore Bogyoke Aung San Market, still commonly known by its old British name of Scott Market. Undoubtedly offering the largest selection of handicrafts in Myanmar, the market is a great place to discover a bargain and have fun haggling with the local traders. Please note the market is closed on Monday.
After lunch, take an excursion to the huge reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Kyi. One of the country's most stunning reclining Buddhas. Later visit the historic Shwedagon Pagoda which towers almost 98 meters (326ft) above the green cityscape of Yangon. One of the wonders of the religious world, it is believed to have been built more than 2500 years ago and is a testament to the faith of the Burmese.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Yangon to Mandalay-Amarapura

Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay, the second-largest city in Myanmar. It is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy, considered the center of Burmese culture. On arrival transfer to Amarapura, 11 km south of Mandalay, and one of the capitals of the third Myanmar Empire. It is now a township of Mandalay. Visit the U Bein Bridge (the longest teak bridge in the world), Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses one the most famous seated Buddha images in all Myanmar, Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) and Kuthodaw Pagoda which is said to house the world's largest book inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. Finish the day with a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill for sunset and a panoramic view of the city.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort

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    Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort


    Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill with a panoramic view of a myriad of pagodas. It also faces the distinctive architecture of the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. Your visit, enhanced by the fun-loving hospitable people of Myanmar whose …

    Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill with a panoramic view of a myriad of pagodas. It also faces the distinctive architecture of the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat.

    Your visit, enhanced by the fun-loving hospitable people of Myanmar whose lives remain simple and relaxed, will become treasured and timeless memories. Just one hour by air from Yangon. Mandalay Hill Resort is situated within easy reach of many ancient monuments and historical sights.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Room Service

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Day 4

Mandalay to Bagan (Day Cruise)

Early this morning you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the jetty. Board your boat and enjoy a full day of cruising on the mighty Irrawaddy River. Arrive in Bagan this evening and transfer to your hotel where you can relax.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Amata Garden Resort

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    Amata Garden Resort



    Situated 2.6 km from Manuha Temple, Amata Garden Resort Bagan in Bagan features rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. 3 km from Dhammayazika Pagoda, the hotel offers a garden and a terrace. The restaurant serves European and Asian cuisine. At the hotel every room …

    Situated 2.6 km from Manuha Temple, Amata Garden Resort Bagan in Bagan features rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. 3 km from Dhammayazika Pagoda, the hotel offers a garden and a terrace. The restaurant serves European and Asian cuisine.

    At the hotel every room includes a balcony with a garden view. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Guest rooms include a desk.

    A buffet breakfast is available daily at the property. Amata Garden Resort Bagan offers an outdoor pool. The reception can provide advice on the area in order to help guests plan their day.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Centre
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Spa and Wellness Centre
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 5

Bagan

Begin the morning with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, to see rural Burmese life. Visit the Nyaung Oo market along the way to see the variety of fresh produce for sale and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the temples around Bagan. Visit Gubyaukgyi, a 13th Century temple noted for its wall paintings depicting scenes from the previous lives of Buddha. Also see the Buddhist Htilominlo Pagoda and the highly revered Ananda Temple, known as one of the finest, largest, and best-preserved of the Bagan temples. Later this afternoon there is another chance to re-visit the temples, this time by horse cart which affords the opportunity to explore some of the lesser-visited areas which cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport. Then, watch the sunset from one of the viewpoints where you can see thousands of temples across the plain (weather permitting). Enjoy a puppet show this evening with dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Bagan to Yangon

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to Yangon. In Yangon visit Kandawgyi Lake, a large and peaceful pool of water east of the Shwedagon Pagoda, which can sometimes be seen reflecting in its tranquil waters. Whilst exploring the park that surrounds the lake, you will be able to take a look at the Karaweik, a replica of a traditional Royal Barge. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Melia Yangon

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    Melia Yangon



    The most modern 5* hotel in Yangon. Directly connected to the new Myanmar Plaza shopping mall. State-of-the-art meeting facilities for banquets, weddings and events. Outdoor swimming pool, gym and Yhi Spa. Melia Yangon offers the area new dining spots: Exclusive Vietnamese restaurant, pure Mediterranean restaurant, …

    The most modern 5* hotel in Yangon. Directly connected to the new Myanmar Plaza shopping mall. State-of-the-art meeting facilities for banquets, weddings and events. Outdoor swimming pool, gym and Yhi Spa. Melia Yangon offers the area new dining spots: Exclusive Vietnamese restaurant, pure Mediterranean restaurant, trendy Garbo bar and a lively all-day dining restaurant: "The Market". Experience our magnificent Spanish heritage and passion for service whilst enjoying one of Asia's most authentic and enchanting cities. Located opposite the unique Inya Lake, only 20 minutes from Yangon International Airport, 15 minutes from the city center and 10 minutes from the iconic "Shwedagon Pagoda".

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Day 7

Yangon Departure

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Private transfers/transportation as per itinerary in A/C vehicle
  • nights first-class accommodations in Yangon
  • night first-class accommodations in Mandalay
  • nights first-class accommodations in Bagan
  • Private-guided touring as per itinerary with English-speaking local guides
  • Boat cruise from Mandalay to Bagan (shared with other passengers)
  • Entrance fees for the specified sites
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 5 lunches, 5 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Domestic flights from Yangon to Mandalay and Bagan to Yangon 
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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30 Sep 2020
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