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Mysterious Myanmar

$ 2,550.00 $ 2,200.00

12 Days • Yangon • Bagan • Mandalay • Mingu • Heho • Kalaw • Inle Lake • Yangon

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With traditions unchanged from the distant past, Myanmar presents a singular travel experience with its rich Buddhist culture and diverse ethnic groups.

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Myanmar allows the most exquisite experiences and encounters. It’s a place where untouched natural beauty, colonial charm, ancient wonders and kind people create beloved memories.

Travellers to ‘The Golden Land’ are exposed to a sense of raw adventure, exploring the mystical Orient in a destination where high rise buildings are a foreign enigma. Ox carts line the roadside, mobile phones are still a novelty and locals are genuinely intrigued to hear your story.

Our trip starts in the commercial and political hub of the country, Yangon. Its temples, colonial buildings, vibrant street life and friendly faces make it a very special introduction to this photographic destination.

Explore Bagan, a landscape blessed with over 2,000 shrines, against a mystical backdrop of the legendary Ayeyarwaddy River. It is also one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia with 42 square kilometers of ruins dating back thousands of years. It is estimated as many as 13,000 temples once stood on the plains of Central Burma.

In contrast to the colonial feel of Yangon, Mandalay embodies all that is traditional about Myanmar. Mandalay’s proud declaration is that it is the country’s last royal capital and the centre of Burmese culture.

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.

Set out to the hill station of Kalaw and pastoral Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Burma, and nestled within the cool green highlands and mountains of Shan State, this is the place to witness the unique one-legged rowing technique of Burmese fishermen.

Another of its many outstanding features are the floating market gardens that produce flowers and vegetables, imaginatively grown directly on the surface of the water.

This is truly a journey of deep discovery and reward.


ITINERARY

Nov 14, 2018 Arrive Yangon
Upon arrival late this evening, we meet our Tour Director and transfer to our hotel.

Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake or similar

Nov 15, 2018 Yangon (B/L/D)
After a briefing this morning about the journey ahead, we set off to discover Yangon, Myanmar’s largest and most interesting city that appears both provincial and pastoral. Our tour includes the city’s downtown area, redolent with Yangon’s British past (as Rangoon), where well-preserved colonial buildings flank ancient pagodas. Next we visit revered Shwedagon Pagoda, a wonder of the religious world and Kipling’s 2,500- year-old “golden mystery.” Shwedagon’s goldleafed dome sparkles with 4,531 diamonds – and is crowned by a single diamond of 76 carats.

This afternoon we call on Kalaywa Tawa Monastery, where we learn about the fundamental role of Buddhism in Burmese culture.

Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Nov 16, 2018 Yangon/Bagan (B/L/D)
This morning we fly to Bagan, “city of four million pagodas” and one of the richest archaeological sites in all of Asia. With some 2,000 pagodas, temples, and monasteries (still standing) spread over a 16-square-mile site on the Eastern shores of the Irrawaddy, Bagan distills the very essence of Myanmar’s Buddhist culture.

Upon arrival, we visit several important shrines, including revered Ananda with its golden spires. This afternoon we encounter Bagan’s rich artistic heritage as we see artisans craft lacquerware. Then we return to Bagan to watch the sun set over this sacred site.

Tonight we dine in the home of a local Burmese family.

Aureum Palace Resort or similar

Nov 17, 2018 Bagan (B/L)
Today we encounter everyday Burmese life up close, first at the bustling Nyaung Oo fruit and vegetable market then at Phwar Saw Village. After lunch we return to Bagan where we explore by pony cart, venturing into areas inaccessible by car or bus. Early this evening we embark on a cruise along the Irrawaddy as the sun sets over Bagan

Nov 18, 2018 Bagan/Mandalay (B/L)
We fly this morning to fabled Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city at once a center of commerce and a repository of ancient culture.

Upon arrival we visit the former royal capital of Amarapura, with its iconic pedestrian U Bein Bridge built of teak posts that spans lovely Taungthaman Lake. Our tour here features Mahamuni Pagoda, the country’s most sacred site after Shwedagon. After lunch we proceed to peaceful Shwe Kyaung, the “Golden Palace Monastery” that is all that remains of the former 19th-century wooden Royal Palace; and Kuthodaw Pagoda, housing the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. Our tour concludes with a panoramic view from atop Mandalay Hill.

Mandalay Hill Resort or similar

Nov 19, 2018 Mandalay/Mingun (B)
We return to the Irrawaddy for a cruise to Mingun, famed for Mingun Paya (pagoda), begun in 1790 by King Bodawpaya but left unfinished because of a prophecy that he would die when the temple was completed. We visit the huge temple then continue on to Myatheindan Paya, with its seven circular terraces; and the 90-ton Mingun Bell.

This afternoon we visit artisans creating works of marble and silk. Then we watch the setting sun paint vivid pictures as pedestrians cross wooden U Bein Bridge.

Nov 20, 2018 Mandalay/Heho/Kalaw (B/L/D)
After flying to Heho, we travel by motorcoach about 1½ hours to the peaceful hill station of Kalaw, home to several of Myanmar’s many ethnic peoples. En route we visit farming villages of the Pa-O and Shan people.

Hill Top Villa or similar

Nov 21, 2018 Kalaw/Inle Lake Area (B/L/D)
Our day begins at the Kalaw market, where the region’s ethnic minorities come to sell their wares. Then we travel to beautiful Inle Lake, whose shore and islands host 17 villages on stilts inhabited mostly by native Intha people. Primarily farmers and fishermen, the Intha propel their flat-bottomed boats with one leg and an oar – a unique style that we’ll see during our stay.

We arrive in Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake, where we visit Shwe Yan Pyae Monastery known for its oval windows.

We also see Phaung Daw U Pagoda, with its five gilded Buddha images; and visit local artisan villages.

Nov 22, 2018 Inle Lake/Inndein (B/L/D)
A morning visit to the Inndein temple complex of decaying wooden stupas surrounded and overtaken by huge banyan trees offers an evocative and contemplative scene reminiscent of the Khmer temples at Angkor Wat. Lunch today is a small group highlight as we dine in the floating home of a local Intha family.

Returning to our hotel, we see the fishermen engaged in their unique styles of rowing and fishing, and also visit one of the lake’s improbable floating farms.

Aureum Palace or similar

Nov 23, 2018 Inle Lake (B/L)
We encounter various ethnic minorities today at the Five-Day Market, where hill tribes people come from all over the Lake Region – in their traditional tribal colors – to trade with the Intha. From here we visit the “Jumping Cat” monastery.

Nov 24, 2018 Inle Lake/Heho/Yangon (B/D)
We return to Heho today for the flight to Yangon. After checking in at our hotel.

This afternoon we visit the colossal Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha. Then we visit the Scott Market, featuring a large selection of Burmese handcrafts and other goods.

Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at our hotel.

Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake or similar

Nov 25, 2018 Yangon/Depart (B)
After breakfast, a morning at leisure until the time for your transfer to the airport for our onward fight.


Based on 10 or more Guest
$2550
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Double Occupancy USD $2550 | CAD $ 3250
  • Single Supplement USD $1250 | CAD $ 1595
  • Intertour Airfare USD $400 | CAD $ 525
  • Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Heho – Yangon


Based on 6-9 Guest
$2650
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Double Occupancy USD $2650 | CAD $ 3375
  • Single Supplement USD $1250 | CAD $ 1595
  • Intertour Airfare USD $400 | CAD $ 525
  • Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Heho – Yangon

Call 1-888-887-1688 or email air@tripconnoisseurs.com
to arrange the international flights for this journey from your home city.


Additional Information

OVERVIEW

With traditions unchanged from the distant past, Myanmar presents a singular travel experience with its rich Buddhist culture and diverse ethnic groups, .

DEPARTURE

Nov 14, 2018; Guaranteed with minimum 6 guests.

HOTELS

Yangon: Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake or similar
Bagan: Aureum Palace Resort or similar
Mandalay: Mandalay Hill Resort or similar
Kalaw: Hill Top Villa or similar
Inle Lake: Aureum Palace or similar

INCLUSIONS

Transfer and tours on private basis (except indicated)
English speaking local guides
Entrance fees to sites
Mentioned meals
Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels

EXCLUSIONS

International & Domestic Airfare, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.
Tips for guides & bus drivers
Expenses of personal nature

QUESTIONS

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