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MYSTERIES OF MYANMAR - 2017

Tour Code - 2740 11 days - YANGON to YANGON $2962 AUD
"It will be quite unlike any place you know about." Kipling's quote still rings true, and a tour of this captivating country will uncover a truly authentic and enigmatic land, worlds apart from any other. This is Myanmar, and her beauty will astound you.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • SIGHTSEEING
    In Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Sule Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon Monastery, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Mahamuni Pagoda, Pwekauk Falls, National Kandawgyi Gardens, Sunset Cruise on Irrawaddy River.
  • GUIDES
    Services of a professional Tour Director.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Airport transfers; private, deluxe, air-conditioned coach while touring; internal flights.
  • HOTELS
    Hotel accommodation in twin-bed rooms with private facilities, as stated or similar.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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Breakfast daily. (B)

Day by Day

  1. YANGON.
    Welcome to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. Upon arrival, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Explore the leafy downtown area of this enigmatic city which still retains an old colonial charm. Visit SULE PAGODA, which is over 2,500 years old. See the CHAUKHTATGYI RECLINING BUDDHA, thought to be one of the largest of its kind. Today's sightseeing concludes with a visit to the gleaming SHWEDAGON PAGODA, towering almost 320 feet, or 100 metres above Yangon. A wonder of the religious world, Shwedagon Pagoda is plated in gold and topped with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Note: Sightseeing begins this afternoon so we recommend a mid-morning arrival.

  2. YANGON.
    This morning, stroll through KANDAWGYI PARK to the incredible Karaweik Royal Barge for a view of Kandawgyi Lake and Shwedagon Pagoda. Afterwards, visit a YANGON MONASTERY. In his lifetime, a Myanmar male is expected to spend some time serving as a monk, to learn the ways of Buddhism. This afternoon, have fun haggling with local traders for lacquerware, jewellery and gems at BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET, still known by its' British name of Scott Market. Stroll the Chinatown area in the early evening to experience the vibrant, fresh fruit market. (B)

  3. YANGON - HEHO - INLE LAKE.
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Drive to Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake, a breathtaking waterscape brimming with stupas and stilted houses and home to traditional fishermen. You will enjoy their unique way of rowing their boats with their legs. On arrival in Nyaung Shwe, visit SHWE YAUNGHWE KYAUNG MONASTERY before boarding your private boat and venturing onto the lake for a boat transfer to your hotel. (B)

  4. INLE LAKE - INNDEIN - INLE LAKE.
    This morning starts with a visit to 5-DAY MARKET, where ethnic minorities come to buy and sell their produce. Working on a 5-day rotation system, the market visits different lakeside villages on different days. Continue to the ruined stupas and temples at the lake-side village of INNDEIN. See the crumbling pagodas that are relatively untouched, then visit the holiest monastery on the lake, PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA, home to five Buddha images coated in so much gold leaf they are hardly recognisable. Visit the silk weaving village of INN PAW KHONE, and NAMPAN VILLAGE where locals make cheroot (cigars). The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of Inle Lake's FLOATING VILLAGES. (B) Note: The 5-day market schedule is not available until closer to tour date. If necessary, the order of sightseeing will be changed in order to coincide with market day. On occasions where there is no market, the Tour Director will make other arrangements.

  5. INLE LAKE - HEHO - MANDALAY.
    Transfer to Heho for your flight to Mandalay, the second largest city in the country. Dotted with the remains of the old Royal City and many old monasteries, Mandalay is a showcase of 19th century Burmese art and architecture and noted for its woodcarvings, silverware, tapestries and silk cloth. Admire one of Myanmar's most sacred Buddha images, Maha Muni in the MAHAMUNI PAGODA. Continue to SHWENANDAW KYAUNG, or Golden Palace Monastery, an imposing teak monastery-temple. Continue to KUTHODAW PAGODA, which is said to house the world's largest book. (B)

  6. MANDALAY - PYIN OO LWIN - MANDALAY.
    Today is dedicated to PYIN OO LWIN, a favourite summertime retreat for British colonists in the late 1800s due to its cool climate. Visit PWEKAUK FALLS before exploring the town, which retains many colonial buildings in various states of disrepair. See the famous colonial Candacraig Hotel building before spending the afternoon in the NATIONAL KANDAWGYI GARDENS, a botanical garden featuring over 450 species of trees, flowers and plants. (B)

  7. MANDALAY - BAGAN.
    Fly to Bagan, an enchanting city and one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and with over 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries. Visit well-preserved and culturally significant temples including SHWEZIGON, GUBYAUKGYI, HTILOMINLO PAHTO and the amazing ANANDA PAHTO. Bagan is not only famous for its temples and pagodas but also for its artistic handicrafts and local lacquerware. Visit a LACQUERWARE WORKSHOP and see the process of making these items. The best way to appreciate the true beauty of Bagan is at sunset from the top of MINGALAZEDI PAGODA. Be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas. (B)

  8. BAGAN.
    Start today with a visit to nearby PHWAR SAW VILLAGE, which affords the opportunity to witness rural Burmese life in action. En-route, stop at NYAUNG OO MARKET, to see the variety of fresh produce for sale. Later this afternoon there is a chance to re-visit the temples, this time by HORSE CART, which allows you to explore some of the lesser visited areas that cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport. This evening take a relaxing SUNSET CRUISE on the Irrawaddy River. (B)

  9. BAGAN.
    Today is free to further explore Bagan. (B)

  10. BAGAN - YANGON.
    Today, fly to Yangon and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. (B)

  11. YANGON.
    Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport. (B)

Prev Year Available 2017 Tours Next Year
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
30 Oct 2017 09 Nov 2017 $2962 AUD $4515 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
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PRE YANGON 01 Jan 2017 31 Dec 2017 $277 AUD $139 AUD
POST YANGON 01 Jan 2017 31 Dec 2017 $277 AUD $139 AUD

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