Burma or Myanmar as the country is now called is made up of a population of over sixty million people, speaking over one hundred and twenty dialects. The majority are Theravada Buddhist of which there are 89%. The remainder are made up of Hindu, Muslim, Christian and animist. Many Buddhists also hold some animist beliefs, including worship of nats (spirits) which are rationalised as being disciples of the Buddha. This tour is designed to give the individual a unique incite into this varied and culturally diverse country, which has been hidden away from the rest of the world for more than half a century.
Day 1 Saturday: Yangon
Arrive at Yangon (Mingaladon International Airport). Spend one night at the Hotel where you will be introduced to your Tour Guide and have a chance to acquaint yourself with the other guests
Day 2 Sunday:
Visit the ShweDagon Pagoda early morning for 2 hour meditation session with locals, your guide will explain cultural and Buddhism facts behind this famous pagoda, then lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will visit the famous: Kaba Aye Pagoda Chanmyay Yeitha meditation centre, where you will spend the afternoon, Optional: ( visit the nearby gem museum and see famous Myanmar ruby and other gems). In the evening, dinner at the Karaweik Palace Restaurant (US 40per pax not included). B, D
Day 3 Monday:
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. After hotel check in, visit Nyaung Oo Market., then to the Shwezigon PagodaWetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi and the elegant HtilominioTemple and Upalithein, then lunch at a local restaurant. B, L
Day 4 Tuesday:
Early morning watch the sunrise at the Pagoda, return to hotel for breakfast and a 1 hour coach drive to Popa, on the way visit an extinct volcano like an oasis in the centre of Myanmar. On the way, visit the Kyaukpataung morning market, and a rural village,then lunch at Mount Popa. After lunch a 1-2 hour meditation session at a monastery at Mount Popa or one of the quiet temples nearby. Return by coach to Bagan. After relaxing a meditation session at the Thiripyitsayar Hotel meditation centre. In the evening watch the sunset at the Bu Pagoda, later dinner at the Nanda hotel while watching a traditional Burmese puppet show. B, D
Day 5 Wednesday:
Early morning sunrise at the Bu Lay Thee Pagoda then return the hotel for breakfast, visit to the Manuhar Buddha Image and Gadaw Palin Pagoda. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Bagan Archaeological Museum after lunch (established in 1905) this ancient grand museum has a great overview of the various architectural styles in Bagan, also displays of items that have been discovered in digs around various parts ofMyanmar over the years. Afternoon transfer to Bagans Nyaung U airport for departure to Mandalay,Taken by coach for dinner at a local restaurant and transfer to hotel. B, L,D
Day 6 Thursday:
Early breakfast at hotel then watch the Sunrise at Mandalay Hill, coach to jetty to the Mingun Bell by boat (Approximately 1 hour) our visit includes the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, Mingun Bell and Myatheindan Pagoda. Continue our tour by boat to Inwa which lies at the confluence of the Ayeyerwaddy (Irrawaddi) and Dohtawati rivers just a few miles south of Mandalay.Sightseeing around Inwa by horse and cart visiting Maha Aung Myae Bonsan, Mai Nu Oak Kyaung (Brick Monastery). A 2 hour meditation session at Bagaya Monastery, then visit the 200 year old U Bein bridge and watch the sunset from the longest teak bridge in the world. There is a quiet Monastery at the bridge where you can meditate peacefully. Return to hotel. B
Day 7 Friday:
After breakfast at the hotel, first to Mahamyatmuni Buddha Image—the most ancient Buddha image cast in bronze in Myanmar. Visit a gold leaf beating workshop; bronze casting workshop, where they use old techniques to this day, also watch tapestries being hand made with localmaterials the designs are based on very old traditional customs. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit the Mandalay Palace, Built by King Mindon in 1853—1858 then to the Shwe-nan-daw monastery, the most beautiful monastery dated from the early 19th centuryand the Kuthodaw Pagoda where you will see the largest book in the world, 792 stone tablets into which are inscribed the entire Buddhist canon which was completed in 1878. Later watch the sunset at Sagaing hill where you will have a 2 hour meditation session. Dinner at a local restaurant then overnight at the hotel. B, L, D
Day 8 Saturday:
Breakfast at hotel then a coach drive to Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin). Maymyo was a former British Hill Station and you can still see British colonial houses and Christian churches dating back to the 18th century. Vist the famous “Dat Taw Gyaint” Water Fall at Anisakan, then to the Maha Ant Htoo Kan Thar Pagoda. Lunch at a local restaurant then to the Peik Chin Myaung Cave where you will have a meditation session. A visit to the unique National Kandawgyi Gardens afterword a visit to the night markets in Maymyo then dinner at The Feel restaurant by the lake. B, L, D
Day 9 Sunday:
Breakfast at hotel Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin) after breakfast a visit to the local markets in Maymyo then return by coach to Mandalay. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon transfer to the airport to Yangon. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Yangon. B, L, D
Day 10 Monday:
Breakfast at hotel then a coach to the airport.
Inclusions/Exclusions & price guide
The local currency is the Kyat (pronounced chat). 1 USD is equal to approximately 1000 kyat, which is the main foreign currency accepted in Myanmar. There are ATM’s available and credit cards can be used mainly at hotels and international airports.
- Arrival & departure transfers
- All internal flights
- Hotel & airport transfers
- Tour Director fluent in English
- 4 & 3 1/2 star accommodation with breakfast
- Coach trips (air conditioned)
- Boat & ferry fees
- Entry fees
- International airfares (optional) from your country of origin to & from Yangon
- Tips and gratuities
- Passport & Visa documents
- Travel insurance
- Incidentals including sunscreen & insect repellent & other personal items
Based on an 8 Day Tour, Twin Share Deluxe Rooms in 4 & 3 1/2 Star Hotels.
Tour starts & end in Yangon.
Prices start from US$1,395.00 per person, based on a 9-12 person Tour.
As a guide: International return flights depart Sydney daily to Yangon via Singapore, prices start from $1400.00 (high season).
All Tours start on a Saturday arriving in Yangon approximately 6:45pm (Times vary due to Airlines flight schedule changes)