17-day Classic Trip

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Itinerary: Yangon-Mandalay-Bagan-InleLake-Kalaw-Ngapali

Day 1: Yangon 
After your arrival in Yangon you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Yangon
You will spend the second day of your trip sightseeing in Yangon. Sights include the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most important pagoda, the Sule Pagoda, the Old Town and its colonial buildings, the Bogyoke Market, the Reclining Buddha and China Town. Your guide will be happy to consider any of your special interests.

Day 3: Yangon – Mandalay
Your third day will begin with the transfer to the airport. The flight from Yangon to Mandalay takes around 1 ½ hours. When you arrive you will visit Sagaing, the 14th century Shan capital, where hundreds of pagodas and many monasteries make for an impressive experience.
After a short car journey you will reach Ava, the monastic town founded in 1346. Then, crossing the river by ferry, a horse cart will take you to the many sights, including a teak monastery with beautiful carvings and the stone Maha-Aungmye Bonzan Monastery. On the way back to Mandalay you will visit the old monastic town Amarapura and its U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world. If time permits and if you are interested in additional activities, such as lunch for a thousand monks or a boat trip under the U Bein Bridge, let your guide know and they can be incorporated into the programme.

Day 4: Mandalay
In the morning you will have the opportunity to see Mandalay’s sights: the famous Mahamuni Buddha, the King’s Palace, the pagoda with the largest book in the world (on stone tablets) and the Shwe Kyang Monastery on Mandalay Hill. In the afternoon you will be taken to Mingun by boat, where you will view the ruins of the largest unfinished pagoda in Myanmar and the biggest bell in the world. From there you have a breath-taking view over the Ayeyarwady. The return to Mandalay is in the late afternoon.

Day 5: Mandalay – Bagan
An early transfer to the harbour, where the river boat will leave for Bagan at 7am. Discover the diversity of the passing landscape and life on the Ayeyarwady. The boat trip will come to an end in the afternoon in Bagan with the transfer to your hotel. Alternative ways to travel to Bagan are a 20 minute flight or a six-hour car journey.

Day 6: Bagan
On this day you will visit the imposing temples of Bagan and the more than 1500 pagodas dating from the 9th to 12th centuries. This town counts as one of the greatest and most impressive sights in Myanmar, if not in Southeast Asia. This sightseeing tour can be done by car, bicycle or horse cart. Especially at dawn and dusk a beautiful interplay of colours can be seen on the bricks of the pagodas. Your guide will help you choose the most interesting buildings.

Day 7: Bagan
In the morning you will be taken down the river from Bagan to Sale in a little private boat. Enjoy the spectacular scenic ride and visit one of the oldest wooden monasteries.
In the afternoon you will return to Bagan with free time to spend as you wish. You can use it to see the cave monasteries in Nyaung U or to visit a lacquerware factory.

In addition to the day’s programme you can also arrange a balloon ride – an unforgettable experience at dawn. You will be back at your hotel at around 10 am and can then commence your day’s programme a little later. We would be happy to book your balloon ride for you (cost is around 310US$ per person).

Day 8: Bagan – Inle See
After breakfast, you transfer to Bagan airport and take 30 minute flight to Heho. One hour car journey to Nyaung Shwe on the bank of Inle Lake. The trip continues by boat to your hotel on the lake. After check-in, you will go on a long private boat trip, where you will float past the villages on stilts of the Inn Tha tribe, past monasteries, pagodas and floating gardens. You can visit silk weaving and other local handicraft workshops along the way.

Day 9: Inle See
In the morning you will go on a south-bound boat trip, following a river to Sangha. Here, the many old Buddha figures found in the main pagoda and in the numerous stupas are particularly interesting. They can partly be found hidden in the undergrowth.

Day 10: Inle See – Kalaw
bank of the lake. On the way back, following a river through rice paddies, the trip will continue towards Indain. Here you can discover an exceptional number of stupas overgrown by jungle plants and encounter various antiques traders. Then the boat will take you to the Phaung Daw U Paya Pagoda and to the monastery on stilts – Mga Phe Chauk. You will return to Nyaung Shwe by boat, where your car will be awaiting you. After a 1 ½ hour drive you will arrive in Kalaw, a town lying 1350m above sea level, which was formerly a popular British hill station and where temperatures are around 10C lower than at the lake.

Please bring warm clothing in the winter months, December and January, since at night there can even be a frost.

Day 11: Kalaw
This day will be dedicated to hiking in the hills: You will visit the Bamboo-Buddha in the Nee Paya Pagoda and will then carry on to a Palaung Tribe settlement. Lunch will be taken in a Nepalese farmhouse, the “View Point”. The hike will continue along a lake through the surrounding nature reserve back to Kalaw. If desired, other interesting hiking tours can of course be suggested by your guide. Back in Kalaw you can visit the cave with the golden Buddhas and the colourful local markets.

However, you can also have a restful day in the spa of the Amara Mountain Resorts or play a relaxing round of golf in the rural 9-hole golf course.

Day 12: Kalaw – Ngapali
After breakfast a one hour transfer to Heho airport and flight to Sandoway on the Gulf of Bengal. The hotel bus will take you to Ngapali Beach in about 15 minutes.

Day 13-15: Beach break
Three restful days on the kilometres-long white sandy beach. The back country offers luscious green forests, fragrant flower gardens, rice paddies and palm groves. Local excursions are optional. You can find further details on the Amara Ocean Resort.

Day 16: Ngapali – Yangon
In the afternoon the hotel bus will return you to the airport to fly back to Yangon. After the one hour flight you will arrive in Yangon and will be transferred to your hotel. If you have not had the chance to see the Shwedagon Pagoda illuminated by hundreds of candles at night on the first days of your trip, this will be a worthwhile highlight to end your journey with.

Day 17: Yangon
Your travel programme ends on this morning, when you will be transferred to Yangon International Airport.
 

Services

Included:  domestic airfares with private airlines, hotel transfers, car and boat trips, hotel accommodation and breakfast (3-4 star category), English-speaking guides on location and Kalaw trekking guides (no guides for domestic flights and boat trip Mandalay to Bagan and during the beach break).

Not included: meals except breakfast, entry fares, airport tax, Visa charges, travel insurance, tips and any other personal expenses, international flights.

Price on request

 

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