Myanmar & River Cruise
8 Days / 7 Nights Program of Yangon, Mandalay, one night on board a River Cruise along Irrawaddy River to Bagan.
DAY 1 Shwedagon
On arrival at YANGON Airport you will be met and transferred to Your Yangon Hotel, where your reservation is for the next 3 Nights and includes Breakfast. En route to the Hotel, your Guide will give you an introduction to Thailand and your Program. (Specific aspects of your Sightseeing, etc. can also be discussed with your Guide).
In the afternoon, we visit Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Shwedagon, then take an extended visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. We will stay until sunset, before returning to the Hotel.
DAY 2 Sights of Yangon
Today we have a full day to explore the Sights of Yangon. We can visit Botathaung Pagoda, located close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics. Drive through the colonial style buildings downtown, the Chinatown area and the Indian quarter. We also visit Sule Pagoda with its golden Chedi, and a trip to Bogyoke (Scott) Market gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts. After Lunch at Green Elephant Restaurant, this afternoon we visit Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see a huge reclining Buddha image and the newly renovated National Museum (if open), home to the Lion's Throne.
DAY 3 Mandalay
After an early Breakfast in your Room at the hotel, we check out and transfer to Yangon Airport for the direct early morning flight to Mandalay. From the airport, we start your morning Mandalay sightseeing with a visit to the Old U Bein teak Bridge, built in 1851 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. From here we continue to Mandalay’s most important Temple Mahamuni Pagoda with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. We also stop to see gold leaf being made by beating Golden into wafer thin pieces, before we transfer to the Your Mandalay Hotel, where your reservation is for the next 2 nights and includes breakfast. This afternoon is at your leisure in the Hotel (or available for local sightseeing), in the late afternoon we can enjoy spectacular views at sunset from Mandalay Hill, where there are interesting glass-studded temples.
DAY 4 Mingun
After Breakfast at hotel, we have a Private Boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun about 11 km upriver from Mandalay. The boat trip (approx. 1 hour river trip) is interesting because you see all types of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, carrying goods up and down the river. Here we visit the Mingun Bell, weighting 87 tons and being the world’s largest intact bronze bell. Continue to the beautiful Hsinbyume Paya and the unfinished Mingun Paya (built with the intention of being the world’s biggest pagoda). On our return to Mandalay, after lunch we visit to Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, which was once King Mindon's home, and finally see the "world's largest book", being the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs, at Kuthodaw Pagoda, before returning to the Hotel.
DAY 5 River Cruise to Bagan
After Breakfast & Check out, we transfer to the Sagaing jetty in order to board Rv Paukan 2007 for the down-river overnight cruise from Mandalay. We board at 10.00am and have a welcome cocktail on Board, departure is at 10.30am and as we cast off we can enjoy magnificent views across to Sagaing Hill and then sail under Ava Bridge. Buffet lunch on board. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board, sailing down the picturesque Ayeyarwady Riverd.
Later in the afternoon we stop at Yandabo, a village specialize in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. day, As evening falls, we have a great view of magnificent sunset, from the deck, after which dinner is served. We moor on the banks of the river near to the village of Shwe Nann Tint. and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep on board.
DAY 6 Bagan
This morning we have a full Buffet breakfast on board. While we continue sailing down the Ayeyarwady River towards Bagan. Early morning, (as time permits) we visit as another typical small river village. We should arrive in Bagan around 9.00am and after disembarking from the River Cruiser, we transfer to Your Bagan Resort, where you reservation is for the tonight and includes Breakfast.
This afternoon, we commence our sightseeing with visit to Ananda Temple with four huge standing-Buddha images and numerous seated figures arranged around the interior gallery and a lacquer craftsman's workshop in nearby Myinkaba village. We then visit to Manuha Temple, built in Mon style in 1059, Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument that is said to have been the palace of King Manuha, and Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple (under the protection of UNESCO), noted for its ancient mural paintings. Late afternoon, we transfer to Shwesandaw Pagoda to enjoy sunset in the vicinity of Bagan's ancient monuments.
DAY 7 Bagan & to Yangon
After Breakfast, we have a visit to a local market and a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, see 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha "Cave" Temple. We can continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi Inn 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 and Shwegugyi – a small but elegant temple with fine stucco carvings.
After lunch we return to the Hotel where the afternoon is at your leisure or available to visit more of the Local Sites until we transfer to Bagan Airport for your Evening flight to Yangon. On arrival at Yangon Airport, we once again return to Your Yangon Hotel, where your reservation is for tonight and includes Breakfast.
DAY 8 Departure
Today is at your leisure until we transfer you to Yangon Airport, for your departing flight.
This would include:
- Private Transfers, Touring, Transportation, Entrance Fees, etc. with Qualified, English-speaking Guides & Road Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles in Myanmar on DAY 1-8
- Lunch taken at Local Restaurants (or as indicated) on DAY 2-7
- 3 Nights including Breakfast at Your Yangon Hotel on DAY 1-3 & 7-8
- 2 Nights including Breakfast at Your Mandalay Hotel on DAY 3-5
- 1 Night including Breakfast & Dinner on RV Paukan River Cruise on DAY 5-6
- 1 Night including Breakfast at Your Bagan Hotel on DAY 6-7
- Bottled Water, Soft Drinks & Cool Towels in Vehicles
- P.A. Insurance (Local Cover) while on Tour
- Domestic Air Ticket (Economy Class) for:
- Yangon>Mandalay DAY 3
- Bagan>Yangon DAY 6
- Air Tickets (other than above)
- Myanmar Visa fees & Arrangements
- Hotel "Extra" Accounts, Late Check-out Arrangements, etc.
- Gratuities (Guides, Drivers, Porters, etc.)
- Other Meals Items & Services not indicated in the program
This is the EXAMPLE of the type of Private Program that we can offer – While this can be booked directly as it is, it could also be used as Guideline to help you prepare an individual Program that we can arrange and finalize for you.
Please remember, the very nature of these private trips makes them quite flexible and wherever possible we do try to cater directly to your interests.
Specific costs will vary dependent on Dates of Travel, International Arrival & Departure Flight Times, Number of Clients in the Party, Availability of Hotel Accommodation & Room Category, etc.