THE BEST OF MYANMAR ( PRIVATE TOUR )

  
visit asia - tours to asiaAn exciting tour where each day reveals the very best of this amazing country.

£2,795 per person. Code MYB17D
Best time to go : Oct - Mar

YANGON - INLE LAKE - PIN OO LWIN - MANDALAY - IRRAWADDY LUXURY CRUISE - BAGAN - NGAPALI BEACH.

Luxurious hotels in each city/town, with a 2 night cruise on the charming Irrawaddy Voyages.

Price includes : Visa for Myanmar, private a/c car with driver for all airport transfers and transfer from one place to the next, all internal flights including air passengers duty, hotels as specified with daily breakfast, 2 night cruise on fullboard basis on the luxurious Irrawaddy Voyages ( Main deck cabin ), admission fees, zone fees, long tail boat rides in Inle, horse/ox cart rides, mineral water during visits, airport porterage ( max 2 cases per person ).

Price excludes : International flights , main meals ( except the ones on cruise ) & drinks, optional sunrise balloon ride, tipping and any service not specified.

DAY 01 Departure
Departure from London Heathrow.
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Day 2 YANGON (-/-/-)
On arrival at Yangon airport meeting with our representative and car transfer to 5* Lotte Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Lotte Hotel.

DAY 03 YANGON (B/-/-)
Yangon morning guided city tour starting with the colonial part of the city, The Golden Valley first passing by Aung Sang Su Kyi residence. Next we go to Inya lake area then the city centre for a quick view of Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years ago followed by the magnificent reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi and a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall, a 'hamsa-bird-shaped' floating barge on Kandawgyi royal Lake. Continue west towards the Mahabandoola Park featuring Myanmar's Independence Monument. From there we can see some grand colonial buildings, namely the City Hall, the Supreme Court, and the Baptist Church among the others. Next we move further west through all day busy street market crowded by street vendors selling everything from fried samosas to clothes and used books, often in English. Then comes the Pansodan jetty where tens of thousands people cross the Yangon river daily to go to work or sell their homemade goods in the city. Enjoy a stroll along the river to discover more colonial buildings like the Custom House, The British Embassy, the General Post Office and the Strand, a Victorian-style hotel, built in 1896 by Aviet and Tigran Sarkie.
Next visits are to India town, China town and the colourful Bogyoke market. In late afternoon transfer to the great Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most impressive Buddhist shrines of the world. The best time to visit Shwedagon Pagoda is at sunset when its gilded stupa is bathed in the fading rays of the sun and takes on a magical glow. Overnight at Lotte Hotel.

DAY 04 YANGON/HEHO-INLE LAKE (B/-/-)
Transfer to airport for a mid morning flight to Heho. On arrival drive to Nyaung Shwe jetty and & boat transfer to Villa Inle in Inle lake. Inle sightseeings by boat include Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images. Once a year, in end of Sep or early Oct, there is a pagoda festival during which the Four Buddha images are rowed around the lake in a colourful Barge. Next visit to the old Nga Phe Monastery, fondly known as the jumping cats monastery before returning to your hotel cruising along an incredible labyrinth of floating vegetable gardens and farmer’s houses. Overnight at Villa Inle Resort ( Lake front villa ).

DAY 05 INLE LAKE (B/-/-)
visit asia - tours to asia Full day lake excursion by longtail boat including the five-day market (subject to availability). The place is crowded with ethnic minorities in their colourful traditional dresses selling and buying local farm produce. Later continue by boat to Indein village, an impressive 16th Century temple site. The temples & palaces are still left in ruins but still brilliantly describe a lost civilization. On your lake tour stop to see silk weaving on wooden handlooms, a silverware workshop and also local blacksmith workshops and Burmese cigars making house. Overnight at Villa Inle Resort.

DAY 06 INLE-HEHO/MANDALAY – PIN OO LWIN (B/-/-)
Car transfer to airport for a mid morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival depart by road ( 2 hours drive ) to Maymyo (also known as Pyin Oo Lwin) on a beautiful road bordered by monsoon forests and paddy fields. Pin Oo Lwin used to be a British hill station, similar to Dalat in Vietnam which used to be a French one. The town has preserved many colonial architectural monuments, British brick & timber houses and churches. Afternoon enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride around town near the Clock Tower followed by a leisurely walk in the well manicured Kandawgyi Botanical Garden. Overnight at The View Resort surrounded by stunning scenery of moutain & waterfall.
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DAY 07 PIN OO LWIN – MANDALAY(B/-/-)
Morning visit the local market before driving to Mandalay. Afternoon Mandalay city tour includes Maha-myat-muni Pagoda (the most revered Buddha image in Mandalay). En-route to the pagoda, stop to observe the laborious process of gold-leaf beating, where gold is painstakingly hammered out into tissue-thin squares. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, known also as the world's biggest book containing 729 marble slabs with inscription of text from tipitaka (a set of Buddhist scriptures) & Shwe-nan-daw Kyaung (the Golden Teak Monastery, known for its exquisite wood carvings), Zegyo market and handicraft workshops, traditional silk & cotton weaving houses. Before returning to hotel, drive pass Myanansan Kyaw walled Palace come fortress still being used as military base and up to Mandalay Hill to enjoy a panoramic sunset view over Mandalay. Overnight at The Rupar Mandalar ( Premier suite ).

DAY 08 AVA - AMARAPURA(B/-/-)
After breakfast transfer to the jetty, board a traditional wooden boat to cross the river towards Inwa (Ava) – an ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese Kingdoms from 14th to 19th Centuries. Here the common mode of transportation is the Horse cart. The island tour by horse cart includes the Bagaya Monastery (made from teakwood and famous for its fine and exquisite carvings), Me Nu Oak Kyaung (brick monastery built in 1822), Thapyay Tan (an old fortress), alms bowls production place, and a couple of villages with workshops specializing in weaving and products from bamboo. The tour ends at Nan Myint Watch Tower. Next drive to Amarapura for a brief visit to the famous Mahaghandayon Monastery. Meeting with the monks and learn to practice meditation. Later admire the beautiful sunset over 1,208 m long U-Bein wooden Bridge that spans across beautiful Taung Thaman Lake. It is the world's longest wooden bridge Return to Mandalay for overnight at The Rupar Mandalar.

DAY 09 02 nights on IRRAWADDY VOYAGES CRUISER (B/L/D
visit asia - tours to asia Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to jetty and board the Irrawaddy Voyages for a 2 night cruise on the mighty Irrawaddy River. Overnight on board (Main Deck Cabin) Welcome Cocktail and briefing in the Saloon or Sundeck followed by Lunch.
After cruising upstream for two hours we arrive at Mingun where we visit the impressive unfinished pagoda and the largest working bell in the world. The cruise English speaking manager will accompany the passengers during the visit. Moor overnight at a sandbank mid-stream. After dinner guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck (subject to availability). Overnight onboard.

DAY 10 MINGUN – SAGAING - RIVER VILLAGE - BAGAN (B/L/D)
Early in the morning cruise downstream. During the two hours journey the passengers can admire the natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck or just sitting outside their own cabin. Enjoy the sunrise over Sagaing Hill.
After breakfast passengers wishing to visit Sagaing can go ashore with the assistance of the Ship Manager. We resume our downriver voyage at 10.30 hrs and we will sail all day long. In the late afternoon we stop at Yandabo, a village specializing in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We visit the Pot workshops, the monastery and the school. Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint. Overnight on board.

DAY 11 BAGAN (B/-/-)
End of cruise and disembark in Bagan. Meeting with local guide and car transfer to Heritage Bagan Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to take in the beauty of Bagan. Overnight at Heritage Bagan (Grand Deluxe room).
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DAY 12 BAGAN (B/-/-)
Optional sunrise Balloon ride over Bagan. Breakfast at hotel followed by a Bagan tour with guide. Bagan sightseeing includes Nyaung U local market and a quick exploration of pagodas & temples: Kyansittar U Min & Ananda temple, Law-ka-nanda, Shwe-san-daw, the massive Dhamma-yan-gyi famous for its remarkable brickwork, Su-la-muni & other major temples of Shwezigon built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine. Next transfer to Myin-kaba village to observe several interesting crafts such as the making of traditional lacquerware, one of the best known Myanmar handicrafts and a specialty of Bagan, making hand rolled cheroot and Myanmar paintings. Visit the monuments of Myinkaba village, Gubyaukkhi, an early period Pyu-style temple of Hindu influence with some of the oldest mural paintings in Bagan, Manuha and Nanpaya temples. At sunset enjoy a ride on a beautifully decorated ox/horse cart. A magical & unforgettable experience! Overnight at Heritage Bagan.

DAY 13 BAGAN/THANDWE– NGAPALI BEACH (B/-/-)
In due time car transfer to airport for flight to Thandwe for a Ngapali beach stay. 03 nights at The Ngapali Bay Villa & Spa ( Seaview villa with terrace ).

DAY 16 : THANDWE/Yangon & flight home (B/-/-)
In due time car transfer to airport for a mid afternoon flight to Yangon. Connect with your flight home.

DAY 17 Arrive home