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Legends of the Irrawaddy
Throughout history, river travel has been an important part of Myanmar's everyday life.  Today is no different, and incorporating a river journey into your itinerary is perhaps the most pleasurable way to discover the country, feel its pulse, live its legends and understand its history.  This is what this new unique itinerary is all about.  Combining private touring in Yangon and Inle Lake with a two-night cruise from Bagan to Mandalay onboard the R V Paukan, this journey is guaranteed to leave you with memories of a lifetime.
Holiday Length: 10 days
Start city: Yangon
End city: Yangon
Departures: Monday & Friday
Type of Holiday: River cruise & Private tour


Day 1

Yangon
Welcome to Myanmar. Arrival transfer to your hotel.

   
Day 2




Yangon
Depart for a walking tour of Yangon to discover the British colonial heritage of the city. Also walk through the vibrant markets of the Indian and Chinese quarters. Later, visit Kyauktawgyi Pagoda and the Golden Shwedagon Pagoda with its 100 metre high chedi covered with more than 40 tons of gold leaves. (B)

   
Day 3
 




Yangon - Bagan
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan, Myanmar's expansive plain of temples. Upon arrival visit the Thagyar Pone Temple.  An exquisite example of Bagan classical architecture, this temple offers superb panoramic views of the Bagan Plains.  Continue to the village of Myinkaba and the temple of Gubyaukgyi to admire the beautiful murals and carvings.  Next learn about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan's most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts.  See the skilled craftsmen create beautiful items with traditional techniques passed down through the generations.
   
Day 4





Bagan
Morning optional hot air balloon ride over the Bagan Plain.
Visit the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market and the Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious memorial.  Then visit Taungbi Monastery where you will participate in a traditional Buddhist ceremony.  Witness an alms procession where, alongside locals, you will donate offerings of food to the monks and receive a special blessing to ensure good luck and happiness.  Afternoon bike ride (can be replaced by a vehicle transfer) to the little visited village of Minnanthu.  Visit Payathonzu and Lementha Temples and Kyat Kan Cave Monastery.

   
Day 5





Bagan (Cruise)
Late morning transfer to the Aye Yar jetty to board your cruise ship for the next two nights - the R/V Paukan.  Enjoy the scenes of life on the Irrawaddy as you cruise upstream and see the spires of Bagan's temple disappearing in the horizon.  Stop at a small village on the banks of the river, meet the locals and gain an understanding of the river residents' way of life.  Return to the boat and continue to a small riverside village to moor for the night.  Dinner is served on board followed by time to relax on deck and enjoy the tranquil evening. (B,L,D)

   
Day 6



Mandalay (Cruise)
Today is a cruising day on the Irrawaddy, with time to relax and view the scenery, boats, fishermen and villages as you pass by.  Stop for a shore excursion to Yandabo.  This town, which played a key role in Myanmar's history (it is here that the Anglo-Burma peace treaty was signed in 1826) is today a tranquil pottery craft centre.  Walk around and view families crafting clay water post using age-old techniques.  Continue upstream and moor near the famous Ava Bridge, just south of Mandalay for overnight. (B,L,D)

   
Day 7








Mandalay
Disembark this morning.  Meet your private guide and depart for a visit of Mandalay.  One of the most evocative names in travel, Mandalay was the last royal capital of Burma prior to British rule in the mid 19th century.  Begin your tour with a visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda, home to the country's most honoured Buddha images, completely covered in gold leaves.  Later visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as 'The World's Biggest Book' due to its collection of 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings.  Continue to the Shwenandaw Monastery with its remarkable woodcarvings.  Conclude the day with a visit to the Shwe Kyin Monastery and observe how, just after sunset, the young student monks gather for their evening prayer. (B)

   
Day 8


Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake
Flight to Heho followed by a drive to Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake.  Travel by private motorboat on Inle Lake. See the many floating villages and their gardens, Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery and its jumping cats and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. (B)

   
Day 9



Inle Lake - Indein - Inle Lake
Morning visit to the lake's market, followed by a boat ride to the Pa-Oh Village of Indein to view a hilltop Buddha and Stupa ruins, not to mention mesmerising views. Later, depart for a walk to Sae Ma village before returning to your hotel. (B)

   
Day 10

Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon
Transfer to Heho Airport and flight to Yangon to connect with your onward flight. (B)

 

INCLUSIONS:






  • Private transfers and transportation
  • Private sightseeing with local English speaking guides in Yangon & Inle Lake
  • Small group sightseeing during the cruise
  • 2 night cruise on the R.V Paukan
  • Activities, meals and entrance fees (except camera fees) as per itinerary
  • Domestic flights (price subject to change)
NOTE:
Cruise itinerary and sightseeing is subject to change


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