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Highlights of Myanmar - (8N/9D)

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Starts With Rs 110025 /-
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9 days 8 nights

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Experience

Myanmar’s crumbling colonial architecture, countless overgrown temples, stunning landscapes and locals with shy but friendly smiles await in this fascinating country. This short trip that covers the most fabled sights including the thousand temples of Bagan, the former capital of Mandalay, Inle Lake with its famous leg-rowing fishermen and Yangon (Rangoon) renowned for its skyline of golden spires. We take time to watch the sun rise at U-Bein Bridge as well as journeying through rural countryside, both providing the chance to mingle with the welcoming and diverse people of Myanmar. Experience this incredible country before mass tourism arrives

Itineary

Day 1 
Start Rangoon (Yangon), visit Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset.Open or Close

After checking in to our hotel there will be a group meeting late afternoon. After this we will explore the dilapidated colonial edifices and busy side streets on our city tour. Downtown Yangon with its unpaved streets lined with old wooden shuttered houses, medicine shops, temples and the more colourful markets offers plenty of photographic opportunities. Close by is the famous Shwe Bontha area, perhaps the most photogenic of all streets in the city, with its leafy sidewalks, pavement tea-shops and magnificent colonial buildings. In the evening we will eat in one of Yangon's many restaurants.

Day 2 
Fly to Bagan (Pagan) with its ancient temples and pagodas; free time to explore until sunset visit.

This morning we leave early for our short flight to the ancient wonder of Bagan (Pagan). There are over 4000 temples and pagodas in many shapes and sizes to explore amongst the 25 square miles of brick that compare to the Angkor Kingdom of Cambodia, Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu as one of the world's most spectacular archaeological sites. This is where Buddhism, Hinduism and Nat worship come together in an array of different shrines. There is free time to explore the area by bike (optional) or on foot before this evening's visit to Sulamani Temple and the most famous of the sunset temples, Shwesandaw Paya with its panoramic views of Bagan.

Day 3 
Full day tour to explore the largest temples as well as some of the smaller ones.

A full day spent exploring the temple complex spreading out as far as the horizon with its brick stupas that dot the skyline in many shapes and forms. Building here commenced following the introduction of Theravada Buddhism by the kings of the region in the mid-11th century. A string of kings followed suit here erecting temples to worship their gods. Ananda Pahto with its bejeweled umbrella (hti), Dhammayangyi pahto and Shwezigon Paya are the largest and most impressive sights we will visit along with some smaller hidden gems well away from the main tourist route. There will be plenty of opportunities to climb and delve deeper into the fascinating history. A truly magical experience and a photographer's paradise.

Day 4 
Transfer to Mandalay; afternoon free.

Today we leave early driving through some of the region’s most beautiful countryside. We will journey for approx. 1 ½ hours before stopping at a local tea house in a small town called Myin Chan. We can sample some local snacks as well as learning about the region’s cottage industry of cigar making and rolling. We will hop back on the bus again for the 3 hour journey to Mandalay, pausing for photo stops along the way as we gain an insight into rural Myanmar. Upon arrival in Mandalay we will head to a local restaurant for lunch before enjoying a free afternoon in Myanmar’s second capital city. Options for the afternoon include a visit to Sandamuni Temple and well as a visit to Mandalay Hill which affords spectacular panoramic views across the city at sunset.

Day 5 
Visit U Bein Bridge at sunrise; day exploring the countryside visiting Mingun and Sagaing villages by boat.

An early start as we head out to one of Myanmar's most iconic sights - U-Bein Bridge, built in 1849 by Mayor U Bein. This teak bridge spans over a kilometre and is best seen at sunrise when villagers cross it to begin their journey to work and the fishermen prepare for a day on the water. This is one of the most photogenic sights of the country and not to be missed. We then drive back to the hotel for breakfast before heading down to the port area where we board our boat for a cruise on the Irrawaddy River. We'll explore the pretty riverside village of Mingun home to one of the world's largest bells (weighing in at 90 tons) and the Hsinbyume Paya with its whitewashed terraces and staircases. From here we board our boat and cruise downriver to the township of Sagaing - known as a meditation centre for monks and nuns who wish to escape city life. Here we will find many stupas on its famous Sagaing Hill with leafy pathways leading to caves and shrines. Sagaing also boasts a monastic hospital and the International Buddhist University. We board our boat and take the scenic ride back to Mandalay.

Day 6 
Fly to Heho and transfer on to Inle Lake.

Another short flight takes us to Heho, gateway to the impressive Inle Lake. Our drive (approx 2 hours) traverses undulating hills and dense farmlands. We should arrive at the village of Nayaung-shwe at the north end of Inle Lake early afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore the town including Mingla Market (selling mainly local produce) and other stupas and monasteries dotted around the town.

Day 7 
Cruise on Inle Lake; visit local craft industries and floating markets, Inthein pagodas and see the famous leg-rowing fishermen.\

An optional early dawn start will usually provide the opportunity to witness saffron-robed monks receiving alms before breakfast. After breakfast we have a day on the lake visiting cottage industries, floating markets (if possible), monasteries, temples and small villages. We will see the famous leg-rowing fishermen casting their nets in the lake - this technique of standing up holding a long paddle in one hand and their leg wrapped around the paddle lower down leaves the fishermen free to cast their conical fishing nets. This unique style evolved because the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants making it difficult to see above them while sitting. There is a five day cycle for the floating market which literally circles the lake; here the locals come to sell their traditional wares early in the morning and return to their village for the afternoon. Please note the current location of the market will dictate what we will be able to visit. However there will be plenty of shopping opportunities amongst the markets and craft industries. We will also visit Indein on the western banks of the lake, this intricate pagoda complex has hundreds of Shan style stupas clustered together on the hillside. Following years of decline, and with the forest reclaiming the site walking amongst these hauntingly beautiful ruins has a very Indiana Jones feel and is great photographic opportunity.

Day 8 
Fly to Yangon; free afternoon.

We fly back to Yangon, where the remainder of the day is free for last minute sightseeing or shopping. The huge Bogyoke Market is worth a visit with food, clothing and handicrafts all on sale (closed on Mondays and public holidays). Late afternoon we will head to Lake Kandawgyi to view the Karaweik replica of the Royal Barge, before ascending to Shwedagon Pagoda. It is 2,500 years old and the most religious site in Myanmar that is said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha as well as 5500 diamonds and other precious stones. As the golden stupa glitters overlooking the city, life goes on in the busy streets below.

Day 9 
End Yangon.

End Yangon.

Package Includes

Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

Package Excludes

Exclusions

  • Service Tax and / or any other taxes.
  • International or domestic flights, unless included
  • Meals other than those mentioned as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation
  • Visa, passport, travel insurance.
  • Optional tours that can be bought on a supplement.
  • Single room supplement
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)

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Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date  
22nd DEC, 2017 30th DEC, 2017 GBP £ 1329.00
05th JAN, 2018 13th JAN, 2018 GBP £ 1349.00
26th JAN, 2018 03rd FEB, 2018 GBP £ 1349.00
09th FEB, 2018 17th FEB, 2018 GBP £ 1349.00
23rd FEB, 2018 03rd MAR, 2018 GBP £ 1349.00
16th MAR, 2018 24th MAR, 2018 GBP £ 1349.00
05th OCT, 2018 13th OCT, 2018 GBP £ 1349.00
19th OCT, 2018 27th OCT, 2018 GBP £ 1349.00
16th NOV, 2018 24th NOV, 2018 GBP £ 1349.00
30th NOV, 2018 08th DEC, 2018 GBP £ 1349.00
21st DEC, 2018 29th DEC, 2018 GBP £ 1369.00
 
  • Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers.
  • The cost exclude GST 5%.

 

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