Myanmar Classic 3

Yangon * Bagan * Mount Popa * Mandalay * Amarapura
Innwa (Ava) * Sagaing * Inle Lake * Sagar * Kalaw * Pindaya

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Yangon, Bago, Bagan, Mandalay, Sagaing, Mingun, Amarapura

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Day 1: arrive Yangon in the morning and on the way to your hotel visit the White Elephants at Min-Da-Ma hill, and Kyauk-Taw-Gyi Pagoda which houses the largest marble Buddha Image in Myanmar. After checking-in to your hotel continue your tour of Yangon including visits to the National Museum, the Gems Museum, the Myanmar Gallery of Contemporary Arts and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. In the evening dinner with magnificent cultural show at Karaweik floating restaurant on Kandawgyi Lake. Overnight Yangon

Day 2: all day tour of Yangon visiting the Bo-Ka-Lay Market, the National Races Museum and an interesting excursion across the river to Thanlyin where you will see the interesting Golden Kyaik-khauk Pagoda rising on a hillock. Just before this Pagoda are the tombs of two famous Myanmar Poets Laureate -- Natshinaung and Padethayaza. Visit the ruins of an old Portuguese Church built during the 18th Century and the Sacred Heart Church built in 1870 by a French Missionary. Visit Ye Le Paya which literally means "the Pagoda at the centre of the river" at Kyauktan. It's appropriately named since the complex is perched on a tiny island in the middle of the river. In the Temple there are pictures of other famous Pagodas from all over Myanmar and even further afield. One of the longest bridges in Myanmar lies between Yangon and Thanlyin. Overnight Yangon

Day 3: depart for Bagan early morning followed by all day tour of Bagan including visits to Nyaung-U market; Shwezigon Paya which was started by King Anawrahta and completed by King Kyansittha; Kyansittha Umin Paya built into a cliff face; Gubyaukgyi Paya in Wetgyi Inn Village built in the 13th century and with fine stuccowork on the exterior walls; Htilominlo temple from 12th century and Upali Thein Ordination Hall named after a famous Monk called Upali. Afternoon visit the Bagan Museum; Gawdawpalin Pahto one of the largest of Bagan's Temples; Ananda Patho with four 9.5 meter Buddha Images and four 10.6 meter high teakwood gates; lacquerware workshops; and see the sunset from the upper terrace of Shwesandaw Paya which was the first Stupa built in Myanmar. Overnight Bagan.

Day 4: all day tour of Bagan; morning visit the famous Izagonna temple famous for paintings and from where you can see a panoramic view of the Bagan area; Toyoke Pay temple (13th century); Payathonzu temple which is famous for mural paintings from the 13th century. Also visit Phwasaw village, Dhamarazika Stupa (12th century) the largest Pentagonal Stupa in Bagan. After lunch visit Manuha Temple (end of 11th century) and Nanphaya Temple dating from the early 12th century to see one of the best stone carvings of Hindugod Bramin; Gubyauk gyi Temple (early 12 century) in Myinkapar village which was preserved by UNESCO about 20 years ago and which has beautiful colourful paintings; Mingalar Zedi the last of the Payas to be built before the decline of the Bagan Era; Dhamayangyi Temple; Shwegugyi temple from 12th century. Late afternoon take a sunset cruise by from boat from Pyathatgyi Temple. Overnight Bagan

Day 5: morning drive to Mount Popa - the home of the Nats and a Nature reserve; on the way visit Sale and the Yoke Soe Monastery museum and Sasannayaunggyi Monastery to see the Monk's library and the largest lacquerware Buddha Image. If you feel energetic you can climb the 777 stairs to the Pagoda at the top of the volcanic "plug" in Mount Popa for a very panoramic view of the area. Overnight Popa Mountain Resort

Day 6: morning depart Mount Popa for Mandalay by air and visit U Bein bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world, Amarapura for silk-weaving and drive across the Ayeyawady River to Sagaing Hills and see the magnificent Pagodas there. In the evening see a traditional marionette show. Overnight Mandalay

Day 7: morning take a leisurely boat ride across the Ayeyawady to Mingun and see the world's largest ringing bell cast in 1808, the massive unfinished Mingun Paya and the wonderful Mingun Buddhist Home for the Aged founded in 1915; then on to the Mya Thein Dan Zedi before returning to Mandalay. In the afternoon visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, the World's biggest book and Hman Kyaung ("Glass Hall Monastery"). In the late afternoon see the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Overnight Mandalay

Day 8: morning drive to Pyin Oo Lwin and take a tour of this old British Hill Station and the surrounding area including Kandawgyi Gardens which is Myanmar's Botanical Gardens and which was built by Turkish Prisoners in the 1914 - 1918 war. Visit Pwe Kauk waterfalls and Peik Chin Myaing, a large Hindu-Buddhist shrine cave housing very many Buddha Images and also known as Maha Nan Damu Sacred Cave. Late afternoon return to Mandalay. Overnight Mandalay

Day 9: morning depart Mandalay by air for Heho for Inle Lake. Drive to Ngwesaung town take a short boat ride to your hotel and after checking-in tour Inle Lake (which is the size of Singapore) - see the famous Nga Phe Kyaung or “Jumping Cat” Monastery, the silversmiths at Ywama Village, goldsmiths and weaving workshops and Phaung Daw U Kyaung, the holiest religious site in the Southern Shan State. Overnight at lakeside hotel or hotel in-the-lake

Day 10: today your boat will take you to Indein Creek from where you have a short trek to Indein Village to see the ancient Indein Pagodas. Afternoon at leisure relaxing on the lake. Overnight at lakeside hotel or hotel in-the-lake

Day 11: leave your hotel after breakfast for your boat-ride to Sagar the old capital of the Shan people and which is now home to Shan, Pa-O and Intha peoples - this journey is very scenic; see the villagers making pots and alcohol and visit the very nice Pagodas. Overnight at lakeside hotel or hotel in-the-lake

Day 12: depart late morning for Pindaya via the old hill station town of Kalaw 1,320 metres above sea level: see the historic Catholic and Anglican churches, the colonial buildings and the market there. Continue on to Pindaya and visit the famous caves housing thousands of Buddha Images and then relax in the beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Pindaya hotel

Day 13: morning depart Pindaya for Mandalay airport by land via Ywangban, Myogyi and Kyaukse through the most magnificent scenery including the Than O Chow nature reserve. In the afternoon fly to Yangon and overnight at Yangon hotel

Day 14: today do some last-minute shopping including a visit to the famous Scotts Market. Visit Rebecca's Well which was the first water well in Yangon and which is in the grounds of an interesting Temple and in the late afternoon visit the Botataung Paya on the Yangon River
. Overnight Yangon

Day 15: transfer to the airport for your international departure