Follow in the footsteps of royalty with the Treasure of Myanmar tour. With a knowledgeable guide you will retrace the history of Myanmar’s kings from the architectural wonders of Bagan to the imposing Mingun Paya, from the glorious monasteries of Inwa to the last remaining building of Mandalay’s royal palace.
Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing – Ava- Yangon
Tour Code: TWT-007
Day 1 Yangon Arrival
Welcome to Yangon and the start of your Myanmar holiday! Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in before commencing sightseeing. You will be introduced to Myanmar culture and traditions with your first visit to Botahtaung Pagoda, a glittering riverside stupa that is always busy with worshippers. Continue to Chauktatgyi Pagoda which is home to a massive reclining Buddha with intricate carvings on its feet. Towards the end of the day, visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda where you will walk around the 99-metre gilded stupa as the light of day fades in to darkness. (Meals: Lunch)
Day 2 Yangon – Bagan
An early morning flight takes you to Bagan, Myanmar, where more than 2000 religious monuments are scattered around a riverside plane. You will first visit a colorful market where locals come to buy and sell fresh produce and other items. Then travel to some of the most famous pagodas such as Htilominlo, Shwezigon, Dhamayangyi and Ananda. Your knowledgeable guide will provide you with historical, architectural and cultural information about these monuments. You will also have time to visit a lacquerware workshops to see the skilled craftsmen create beautiful bowls, plates and other items. In the early evening, travel to an elevated temple or viewpoint to capture the sunset over Bagan. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3 Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Sagaing – Ava – Mandalay
A short morning flight takes you to Mandalay, the country’s last royal capital. You will start sightseeing directly after landing starting with a drive to Amarapura, another former capital. This charming town is known for its high quality hand-woven fabrics and you will have a chance to visit one of the weaving workshops to learn more about this process. Then visit U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge which links the villages on either side of Thaungthanman Lake. Cross the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing, the center of Buddhism in Myanmar. More than 700 religious buildings are spread around the town and you will drive to a famous pagoda at the top of Sagaing Hill for a panoramic view of the area. This afternoon return to the eastern side of the Irrawaddy River for an excursion through Ava. Also known as Inwa, this town served as the capital in the early 19th century. Travel by horse and cart along quiet countryside roads to explore the remaining buildings of that era. Then drive to your hotel for check-in. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 4 Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay
The fourth day of your Myanmar holiday starts with a private boat trip across the Irrawaddy River to the town of Mingun, where King Bodawpaya built several impressive monuments in the late 18th century. Explore the white-washed Myatheindan pagoda, see the world’s largest un-cracked ringing bell and view the massive brick Mingun Pagoda. Return by boat to the city and stop at several workshops where craftsmen use ancient techniques to weave tapestries, carve marble statues and make delicate sheets of gold leaf. The excursion continues to Shwe Nandaw Kyaung, an impressive teak building that is the only structure remaining from the city’s Royal Palace. The next site is nearby Kuthodaw Pagoda where hundreds of marble slabs are engraved with Buddhist scripture, earning it the title as ‘World’s Largest Book’. Should you wish, you can visit the top of Mandalay Hill at sunset for panoramic views over the city and the Irrawaddy River. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5 Mandalay – Yangon
Awake early morning, before the sun comes up, and visit Mahamuni Buddha image, one of the country’s most sacred sites. Local Buddhists worshippers have covered the image in so much gold leaf that it has taken on a lumpy appearance. Every day before dawn, local worshippers gather here to wash the face of the Buddha image, an intriguing ritual to witness. After enjoying this ceremony return to the hotel for breakfast then onwards to the airport. Fly back to Yangon for a final afternoon of sightseeing. Start with a visit to Bogyoke Market (note: Market is closed on Monday’s and public holidays). Also known as Scott’s Market, this is the best place to shop for Myanmar handicrafts such as lacquerware, marionettes or longyis. You will then continue to downtown for a walking tour to discover faded colonial buildings, glittering pagodas and lively street markets. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day 6 Departure
Today is departure day. Enjoy leisure time until transferring to the Yangon International Airport for your onward flight. (Meals: Breakfast)
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