Iconic Burma In Luxurious Style - 14 Days

Iconic Burma In Luxurious Style – 14 Days
Starts
Yangon
Destinations
+ 3
Ends
Yangon
Yangon → Mandalay → Bagan → Inle Lake

Highlights

  • Admire the most sacred pagoda in Myanmar, Golden Shwedagon Paya
  • Experience the scenic luxury cruise on Irrawady River
  • Capture beautiful sunset over beautiful, ancient temples in Bagan
  • Relax and unwind at Inle lake, one of the most photogenic place of Myanmar
  • Escape at one of the most beautiful beaches in Myanmar.
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Transportation

This 14 Days Luxury Private Journey begins in Yangon (Rangoon), the former British imperial capital, sprinkled with golden pagodas and lush green gardens. Visiting the monasteries and neighboring towns await us in Mandalay before drive to Bagan “city of four million pagodas” and one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. A boat trip along the glassy waters and haunting beautiful Inle Lake and finish the tour in the entire Ngapali beach area is one of nature’s wonders. Our English speaking guides provide personable service, authentic experiences and vast historical and cultural knowledge.

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Yangon Arrival.

    Mingalabar! Up on arrival at Yangon International airport, our guide and driver will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
    Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is still a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes Yangon one of the most fascinating and authentic capitals of South-East Asia.
    Late afternoon, visit Shwedagon pagoda – the most prominent monument in Yangon which dominates the sky with golden flash, giant spires and holy relics.
    Enjoy welcome dinner at Karaweik Palace, overlooking to the Royal Lake. The dinner is served with fine Burmese food and amazing cultural show.
    Meals: Welcome Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon

  2. Day 2: Yangon city tour. Fly to Mandalay

    After breakfast, enjoy guided city tour to discovery the most highlights of busting formal capital Yangon.
    Start with the visit to Sule Pagoda which is believed to enshrine a strand of hair of the Buddha & the nearby City Hall & Mahabandoola Park with Independent Monument
    From Sule Pagoda, we embark on an orientation walk to Chinese Town, covering exotic streets of Yangon downtown and British Colonial building as Emmanuel Church, Inland Water Buildings.
    Continue to Bogyoke Market. Formerly named Scott’s Market, it is now the main tourist destination where you can find antique, Burmese handicrafts & jewelry shops, art galleries & clothing stores.
    Late afternoon, take a flight to Mandalay. Get picked up on arrival.
    Meal: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

  3. Day 3: Mingun – Mandalay City – Ubein Bridge

    Drive to Mandalay pier, embarking on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, Mingun Bell the 90 tons ringing bell and the white temple Hsinbyume.
    In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Kuthodaw Pagoda – known as the world’s biggest book and some handicraft workshops of gold leaf beating & silk weaving.
    Late afternoon, drive to Amrapura. Walk over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type & enjoy great sunset view here.
    Meal: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay

  4. Day 4: Mandalay – Sagaing – Ava

    Before noon you board the luxurious Anawrahta, berthed at the quay of Mandalay’s riverside.
    After a friendly welcome by our staff and some refreshments you move into your “home” for the next days. The ship sets sail towards Sagaing, one of the ancient capitals of Myanmar. Please find your way to the restaurant “Hinta Hall” for lunch time.
    Afterwards you can enjoy your time at the outdoor Kipling’s Bar or on the sun deck while Anawrahta is approaching Saigaing.
    We disembark for a wonderful discovery of the highlights of Sagaing and the former royal capital of Ava. We cross the famous 16-span cantilever “Ava bridge”, built in 1934 by the British, which connects the two old capitals. Ava (also called Innwa) was the metropolis of the Burmese kingdoms between the 14th to 19th century. By horse-drawn carriage we explore this area, sprinkled with distingueshed ancient monasteries and fanes: Bagaya Kyaung, a jaw-dropping teak monastery built in 1834, nowadays continues to be a monastic school; Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery or the Nanmyint watch tower both come with different design and arts. It is the peace of Ava that you can absorb during a laid-back picnic teatime at a secret spot in the middle of this sacred place.
    Back on board, we learn more about some of the long-lasting traditions (Longyi and Thanaka demonstration). A fascinating presentation about the history and culture of Myanmar follows afterwards.
    Before dinner, you are warmly invited to a cocktail gathering at the Kipling’s Bar.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodations: On Cruise

  5. Day 5: Ava – Yandabo

    For early morning risers there is the opportunity to participate in a yoga session on the sun deck. Strengthen your muscles and ease your mind by merging with the therapeutical flow downstream the Ayeyarwady. Our next stop is Yandabo.
    After breakfast, a lecture about Bagan’s history is offered at the Mandalay Lounge. We have some relaxation time whilst cruising in the morning. Gaze at the river banks of this eternal stream from the sun deck or alternatively, a treatment at the spa will offer the same recreation.
    After lunch on board, the ship arrives at the quiet and small riverside village of Yandabo. An unique and fascinating gem of a village where in 1826 the King of Ava signed the Treaty of Yandabo, signaling the end of the First Anglo-Burmese war. Nowadays,
    the villagers produce a type of water pot which is reputed to keep water cooler than pots from anywhere else in the country. Anawrahta’s expert guides will provide you all info and explanation to that.
    By foot, we explore the village. You will quickly notice that the villagers are extremely friendly, charming and open for chitchats.
    You will definitely take some enchanting memories back home. Their techniques and skills to produce a variety of pots and utensils are perplexing. Try yourself to work on one of these pots.
    We return to the ship for the afternoon High Tea. As we sail on to the next overnight spot Pakokku, we pass the confluence of the Ayeyarwady and its greatest tributary, the Chindwin River.
    As the evening approaches and the Burmese sun immerse everything in a golden light a special event will take place at the Kipling’s Bar. Dress up in style as we send “A toast to the past” during a British club where gents may whiff cigars and ladies
    sip on tasty gins with tonic. Share some tales of the old (British-Burmese) days. Isn’t sometimes the time to lose time.
    Dinner is served at the Hintha Hall. Feel free to join our open air cinema under the stars on the sun deck showing classic movies
    (depending on weather conditions).
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodations: On Cruise

  6. Day 6: Pakkoku – Bagan

    Our yoga class in the morning will bring you in shape for another day of great explorations.
    Enjoy breakfast as the ship sails more miles southwards before we arrive in Pakkoku. Pakkoku is an old trading town on the western riverbank of the Ayeyarwady. Right before arrival, you will witness the longest bridge of Myanmar (Pakokku Bridge).
    On shore, the tour takes us to some of the small industries in this area such as a cheroot-rolling factory and a producer of ‘Burmese slippers’ (“flip-flops”). Local handicraft vendors try to make their living with it. A visit of the thriving market gives us insights in the local goods and trading pratices. Pakokku is also famous for its production of Tobacco. If you like to buy some Burmese cigars, this is the place.
    We continue touring to the Shwegu Temple. This temple features incredible, intricate carvings made from rare Yamanei wood.
    It also houses a unique Buddha image seated on a lotus throne. Back on board lunch is served and Anawrahta continues the cruise southwards, eventually arriving at the utmost highlight of this journey - Bagan. The ship will dock at Bagan in the early afternoon (approx. 2PM).
    In the afternoon a magnificent temple serendipity starts. Over 2000 temples, stupas and pagodas can be found in an area of just 30 square kilometers. We explore the most remarkable ones as the Ananda Temple or the Sulamani Pagoda. As final blowoff
    during dusk, we will enjoy a breathtaking view from a pagoda “summit” to marvel at the temple-strewn plains. We wistfully return to the boat. After some refreshing time, you are invited to watch a traditional Bagan dance performance at the Mandalay Lounge before dinner starts.
    After dinner our nightly open air cinema is playing another classic movie on the sun deck (depending on weather conditions).
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodations: On Cruise

  7. Day 7: Bagan temple exploration

    After breakfast, bid farewell to the cruise. Meet your private guide and driver for a full day temple exploration.
    The morning tour starts with a visit of the bustling Nyaung-U market. A truly Burmese market where almost everything is offered. The tour around the market provides best photo-moments of local life and people. Afterwards we visit the revered Shwezigon Pagoda. This prototype of a Burmese stupa consists a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by many smaller temples and shrines. We stop at a lacquerware workshop. This is a must-see of a long standing, traditional craftsmanship. We complete our morning tour with a visit of the fine frescoes inside the Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi Pagoda before returning to the ship for lunch time.
    In the afternoon, explore Myinkaba Village. We visit the Manuha Pagoda, dating from 1059 where King Anawrahta imprisoned the Mon King, Manuha. Nearby is the beautiful architecture of the Gubyaukyi temple.
    Sunset with panoramic view of Bagan Plain before transferring to your hotel for relaxation.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodations: Hotel in Bagan.

  8. Day 8: Bagan – Salay – Bagan

    Optional: Sunrise hot air balloon flight at extra charge.
    Having great experience, seeing Bagan waking up in the morning: many temples in the
    distance and get a spectacular aerial view of Bagan. Sometimes you may fly over villages
    and see people on their early morning rounds, feeding their animals; or going to market.
    It is an amazing and interactive experience.
    After breakfast, set out for a scenic drive Southward, parallel to the Irrawaddy River to Salay. After first hour drive, we make a stop in Chauk which has a colorful morning market to explore. Few tourists visit this market and it is a great place for local interaction and photos.
    Another half an hour, we reach Sale (Sa-lay), a sleepy town where various colonial buildings, monasteries and pagodas can be seen.
    Amongst, we will visit Yoke-Sone-Kyaung Monastery which is a cultural heritage site in Salay, situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is famous for its beautiful artistic woodcarvings.
    Return to Bagan to visit lacquerware workshop, discovering the traditional way that local people make the lacquer wares which features a part the Bagan fame.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan

  9. Day 9: Bagan – Fly to Heho – Inle Lake. Indein Temple visit

    Leave Bagan for Heho and transfer to Inle Lake. Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar, located 900m above sea level and is home to unique one leg rower Intha people.
    Early afternoon, following the small creek to visit the beautiful temple of Indein, located on the hill overlooking the lake. It will be definitely relaxing to walk along the corridor and enjoy the giant columns which have been left to the nature for centuries.
    Enjoy the sunset on the lake while the boat taking you back to your hotel. Plenty of chances for photograph of one leg rowing fishermen, floating gardens & stilted houses on the way.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Inle Lake

  10. Day 10: Inle Lake – Indein – Inle Lake

    This morning, you will visit the 5 days market which is hold in different villages
    surround the lake. This is definitely a fascinating place to enjoy the scene of local tribes in their colorful clothes and exotic market atmosphere.
    Continue our sightseeing tour to Phaungdawoo Pagoda, famed for its richly gilded five small Buddha images, also is believed the holiest in Inle Lake. Our next visit is Ngaphechaung monastery, once known as jumping cat pagoda. As you travel further to Nam Pan village; cotton and lotus weaving factory, cigar making houses will impress you with a sense of traditional Intha life.
    Back to your hotel midafternoon and free at leisure for the rest of the time.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Inle Lake

  11. Day 11: Inle Lake – fly to Ngapali

    You are transferred to the airport for an hour flight to Ngapali. Get picked up on arrival and free for the rest of the time to enjoy ultimate beach relaxation in one of the most beautiful beach in Ngapali.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Ngapali

  12. Day 12: Ngapali beach break

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Ngapali

  13. Day 13: Ngapali beach break

    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Ngapali

  14. Day 14: Ngapali beach – fly to Yangon & departure

    Take the morning/ afternoon flight back to Yangon for your onward flight. End services.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodations: N/A

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      All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request)

    2. Meals

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      Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

      Daily breakfast at the hotels

    3. Transport

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      Private transportation with A/C

      Boat: Inle Lake boat trip
      Luxury cruise trip Mandalay to Bagan

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    • 4 Domestic flights: Yangon – Mandalay, Bagan – Heho – Ngapali – Yangon
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