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Classic Myanmar with River Cruise

(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Yangon, Bagan, Irrawaddy River, Mandalay, Inle Lake

 

Begin your journey in Yangon before heading to Bagan to take in the incredible views of the many ancient Pagodas and Stupas at sunrise with a hot air balloon ride.  Relax on the classic RV Paukan as you cruise on the Irrawaddy River to Mandalay and explore beautiful Inle Lake.

 

** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests **

 

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Day 1: Welcome to Yangon

Fly to Yangon, MYANMAR 

 

Welcome to Myanmar. Upon arrival in Yangon Airport, obtain your Myanmar visa (please refer to your Special Program Note), and then clear Immigration and Customs.  After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Yangon, the former capital city of Myanmar once known as Rangoon. This Myanmar travel experience will open your eyes to sights long isolated from the Western world for decades as you view golden pagodas, colonial-era buildings, traditional shop houses and jazz-age mansions stitched together by busy tree-lined streets and a riverfront boulevard. In the words of Rudyard Kipling, “This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.”

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Yangon

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Chatrium Royal Lake Hotel, Savoy Hotel

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Belmond Governor’s Residence, The Strand Hotel

 

Day 2: Discover Yangon, formerly Rangoon

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Guide tour of Yangon: After breakfast visit to Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see the giant reclining Buddha, robed in gold and decoratively painted with a white face, red lips, blue eye shadow and red finger nails; its feet depict, in red and gold, the 108 lucky characteristics of the Buddha. Drive to the jetty along Strand Road and walk along Yangon River to see the busy harbour area, from where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and for upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Visit Botathaung Pagoda, located close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics. We wander through the some 2,000 stalls of Bogyoke Aung San Market. Also known by its old British moniker, Scott Market, Bogyoke is a great place to interact with locals while haggling for all manner of Burmese handcraft items.

 

After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Sule Pagoda, which serves as the heart of the city both geographically and metaphorically. According to legend, this large golden pagoda was built more than 2,500 years ago during the time of the Buddha. Since then, a number of important political events and rallies have unfolded at the base of the pagoda, including the 8888 uprisings and the 2007 Saffron Revolution. A photo stops at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. Next, visit the most sacred Buddhist site in all of Burma Shwedagon Pagoda. Also known as the Golden Pagoda, the 2,000-year-old hilltop temple complex covers more than twelve acres and dominates the Rangoon skyline. We’ll view the gold-draped, gem-studded pagoda at sunset, when the fading light shimmers off its 326-foot-high spire. Few places in the world radiate such a palpable sense of beauty and serenity as Shwedagon Pagoda.

 

Day 3: Fly to Bagan to explore a wonderland of temples

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Bagan.

 

Fly Yangon to Bagan on Air Bagan W9 141, departing 06:20, arriving 07:40

Economy Class - Issued By Global Travel & Tours

 

Welcome to Bagan. Upon arrival at Bagan Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

Bagan is a landscape blessed with over 2,000 shrines, against a mystical backdrop of the legendary Irrawaddy River. It is also one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia with 42 square kilometers of ruins dating back thousands of years. It became a central powerbase in the mid-9th century during the reign of King Anawratha who unified Burma under Theravada Buddhism. It is estimated that as many as 13,000 temples once stood on the plains in central Burma.

 

Full day guided tour of Bagan: From the airport, meet your personal guide and driver, proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezi Gon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. See 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha 'Cave' Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes.

 

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to visit Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals.  Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. Continue to Mingalazedi, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River.

 

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Bagan

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Amazing Bagan Resort, Areindmar Hotel

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Bagan Lodge, Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort

 

Day 4: Balloons at sunrise and the treasures of Bagan

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

You may wish to rise early this morning to experience the magic of Bagan and a thousand years of history from the enchanting platform of a hot air balloon, for the first time ever. ‘Balloons over Bagan' will take you on a sunrise champagne flight over the ancient pagodas of Bagan (please note this will be a shared trip with other passengers).

 

Full day guided tour of Bagan: After breakfast explore the Myinkaba village area by horse cart. First we visit Nagayon, was built at the end of the 11th century by Kyansitthar, according to the plan of Ananda; even roof, same terraces, very stupas, even Sikkhara of Môn style, it resembles the Indian temples of the area of Orissa. Next, visit Gubyaukgyi Temple admiring the fine stuccowork. We continue to Nanpaya temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda and later stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages.

 

In the afternoon, visit to Abeyadana Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 that is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork. Next, visit Sulamani, one of Bagan’s great two-storied Bamar style temples, which has 4-seated Buddha images. Visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda was built by King Anawrahta during the late 11th Century. This monument has five terraces with terracotta plaques showing the scenes from the jatakas. The zedi bell rises from two octagonal bases which top the five square terraces. Observe a sunset in the vicinity of Bagan’s ancient monuments.

 

Day 5: RV Paukan Cruise

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

RV Paukan Cruise: You will be transferred to the Bagan Aye Yar Jetty at 11:30am to board the RV Paukan cruise ship. After a welcome cocktail and briefing by the crew you will enjoy lunch onboard, while cruising upriver. In the late afternoon you will disembark the ship to visit a typical river village before docking on a sandbank for overnight.

 

Accommodation: Spend 2 nights on board the RV Paukan Cruise (Main Deck Cabin)

 

Day 6: RV Paukan Cruise

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

RV Paukan Cruise: Cruise all day with stop enroute in the morning to visit Yandabo, a village specializing in handmade pottery and where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. In Yandabo you will visit pottery workshops, the monastery and school. You will overnight in either the Ywar Thit Gyi or Pauk Myaing Pauk Taw village, which are a few miles away from the Ava Bridge.

 

Day 7: Mandalay

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Cast off early in the morning and enjoy a sunrise breakfast for the last leg of our journey. At approximately 9:30 you will reach the Gawein or Sagaing Jetty where your guide and driver will be waiting to greet you.

 

Mandalay’s proud declaration is that it is the country’s last royal capital and the center of Burmese culture. In contrast to the colonial feel of Yangon, Mandalay embodies all that is traditional about Burma. Every morning, monks and novice monks line up at the Mahagadayon Monastery in the former capital and township of Amarapura to receive their daily offerings of alms and food from devout Buddhists. The 1 km U Bein Bridge spans Taungthaman Lake and during the evening becomes a focal point for monks and locals as they linger to enjoy the sunset.

 

Today you will explore the city of Mandalay where you will take a sightseeing tour which includes visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, home to Mandalay's holiest Buddha statue. Next, visit Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's home.  Continue to see the 'world’s largest book', being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw Pagoda.  Visit Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda to see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Enjoy spectacular views at sunset from Mandalay Hill, where there are interesting glass-studded temples.

 

Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Mandalay

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Triumph Hotel, Hotel by the Red Canal Hotel

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Mandalay Hill Resort, Rupar Mandalar

 

Day 8: Mandalay – Heho – The high life on Inle Lake

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time for the domestic flight to Heho.

 

Fly Mandalay to Heho on Air Bagan W9 201, departing 08:40, arriving 09:10

Economy Class - Issued By Global Travel & Tours

 

Welcome to Inle Lake. Upon arrival at Heho Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, meet your personal guide and driver, and transfer by boat to your lovely hotel. Located in Shan State, Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Burma with an estimated surface area of 116 square kilometers. It is also one of the highest at an altitude of 880 meters. Inle Lake is situated just a short distance from Yangon, nestled within the cool green highlands and mountains of Shan State and is the place to witness the one-legged rowing technique of its fishermen. Another of its many outstanding features is the floating market gardens that produce flowers and vegetables grown directly on the surface of the water.

 

After getting settled, you'll head out with your guide and spend the afternoon take a long-tailed boat across the lake to Indaing at the western end of Inle for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake. Passing through the busy village of Yawama, the largest on the Lake with its many channels and tall teak houses on stilts, enter a long often tree lined canal towards Indaing Jetty with farmers cultivating their land on either side under the backdrop of the Shan Hills. After disembarking it is a 15 minute walk through Indaing village to reach the 14-18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak; many pagodas here remain charmingly unrenovated with plants and even small trees growing out of them making it very atmospheric. A covered walkway, popular with souvenir stalls leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather beaten zedi; some sadly reconstructed although the views from the top make it worth the ascent. Returning to the river jetty we take our long-tailed boat back along the canal to the Lake.

 

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Inle Lake

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Inle Resort & Spa, Myanmar Treasure Resort Inle Lake

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake View Resort & Spa, Aureum Palace Resort

 

Day 9: Gems of Inle Lake

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Guide tour of Inle Lake: After breakfast you will enjoy a day's excursion by boat on Inle Lake which will include visit one of the 5-day markets. By visiting 5-day markets, clients will get insight into the life-style of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who came to these markets to sell their goods. During today's excursion by boat on picturesque Inle Lake we see the famous leg rowers, the typical floating gardens where fruit and vegetables are grown, local methods of fishing and village life.  A highlight is often visiting the traditional village of Paukpar, with its neat rows of bamboo houses and where we may be able to stop and visit a family for Shan tea. In the afternoon we visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State and the boat construction workshop at Nampan village as well stopping to see some traditional handicrafts - silk weaving on wooden handlooms in Inpawkon village, a cheroot workshop and a blacksmith shop. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery (Jumping cats), one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and where inside its large wooden meditation hall and are over 200 year old ancient Buddha statues. Returning back to the hotel the beauty of sunset over Inle Lake enchants all visitors.

 

Day 10: Inle Lake – Yangon

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Say goodbye to Inle Lake this morning and travel to Heho Airport for a flight to Yangon

 

Fly Heho to Yangon on Air Bagan W9 201, departing 09:25, arriving 10:35

Economy Class - Issued By Global Travel & Tours

 

Welcome to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Yangon, the former capital city of Myanmar once known as Rangoon. This Myanmar travel experience will open your eyes to sights long isolated from the Western world for decades as you view golden pagodas, colonial-era buildings, traditional shop houses and jazz-age mansions stitched together by busy tree-lined streets and a riverfront boulevard. In the words of Rudyard Kipling, “This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.”

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Relax and enjoy the amenities at your hotel, or explore more of Yangon.

 

Accommodation: Stay 1 night in Yangon

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Chatrium Royal Lake Hotel, Savoy Hotel

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Sule Shangri-La Hotel, Belmond Governor’s Residence, The Strand Hotel

 

Day 11: Depart Yangon

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Today free at leisure until your guide and driver transfer to the Yangon airport in time for your flight to next destination. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

 

 

Price guideline:

 

The above tour costs from $1,555*per person, based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room.

 

*Please note this price is subject to change at the time of booking, and depends on the date of travel and the availability of accommodation.

 

Our price includes (Private tour): 

• Accommodation base in a shared double or twin room throughout

Daily buffet breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges.

Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary.

Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.

Private sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.

Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner.

Domestic flight tickets: Yangon – Bagan // Mandalay – Heho – Yangon on Economy Class.

Boat cruise as specified in the programmed.

Entrance fees according the above program.

Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers.

VAT and all taxes and service charge.

 

The price does not include

International flight tickets and Visas

Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls

Personal, travel and health insurance

Early check in and late check out

Drinks during meals

Meals that are not specified

Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff

 

 

All of our itineraries can customized as you wish, add extra days, change a hotel, and see different sights. For information on this or our other tours please email us at: info@globaltravel-asia.com