Overland Tour 1
Accommodation in De-Luxe or Standard Class Hotels &
Day 1: arrive Yangon in morning and transfer to hotel; all day tour Yangon including the famous Scotts Market, the National Museum, the Gems Museum and the Shwedagon Pagoda.. In the evening dinner with magnificent cultural show at Karaweik floating restaurant on Kandawgyi Lake.
Day 2: in the morning drive to Bago (Pegu) - on the way visit the Taukkyan War Memortial which pays tribute to 27,000 allied soldiers who perished during World War 2. After lunch in Bago continue to the Golden Rock Pagoda in the mountains. Overnight Kyaiktiyo.
Day 3: morning visit the famous Golden Rock Pagoda and then drive to Bago. Visit the Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha (circa 994 AD) measuring 55 metres long; the Shwemawdaw Paya towering 114 metres; the Mahazedi Paya originally built by King Bayinnaung, subsequently destroyed by an earthquake in 1930 and finally rebuilt in 1982; the Kaik Pun Paya built in 1476 and where stand four 30-metre high Buddha Images. Overnight Bago.
Day 4: morning depart for Pyay (Prome) and on the way visit the Shwemyetman Paya. Afternoon visit Sri Ksetra the ancient city of the Pyu peoples dating back to at least the 5th century AD. Overnight Pyay.
Day 5: depart for Bagan in early morning with tour of Bagan Pagodas in the afternoon ~ Bagan can be called one of the Wonders of the World having over 2,000 Pagodas dating back to the eleventh century. Overnight Bagan.
Day 6: 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 7: morning visit Buphaya Stupa overlooking the Ayeyawady River, said to be the oldest in Bagan but which was completely destroyed in the 1975 earthquake and subsequently rebuilt; Min Nan Thu village; drive through the beautiful dry zone to Mandalay and see U Bein bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Overnight Mandalay
Day 8: all day Mandalay and district: morning visit the Maha Muni Pagoda; stone carving and tapestry workshops, a silk weaving factory in Amarapura and Sagaing Hill. In the afternoon take a short boat ride to Innwa ("Ava") and then a buggy to visit this old Capital. Overnight Mandalay
Day 9: 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 Mandalay Palace, the World's biggest book and Hman Kyaung ("Glass Hall Monastery") Evening see the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Overnight Mandalay.
Day 10: travel by car to Pyin Oo Lwin in the cool mountains above Mandalay and all day tour Pyin Oo Lwin including a visit to Myanmar's Botanical Gardens. Overnight Pyin Oo Lwin
Day 11: morning depart Pyin Oo Lwin for Hsipaw and visit the Shan Palace and Museum. Overnight Hsipaw.
Day 12: see elephants at work and take a trip down the river visiting a village on the way. Overnight Hsipaw.
Day 13: early morning depart Hsipaw for Mandalay airport for flight to Yangon. Overnight Yangon.
Day 14: morning visit the Bo-Ka-Lay Market and the Myanmar Gallery of Contemporary Arts; afternoon free-and-easy; international departures.