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Grand Myanmar Classic Tour

Route broad to learn about the many facets of this fascinating country. The route starts from the ancient capital of Mandalay, where we visit the old royal city, before heading to Monywa, situated on the banks of the Chindwin river, and the stone complex of Po Win Daung. We proceed by river to the magnificent archaeological site of Bagan Shan plateau before flying visit to Inle Lake with the villages and the "gardens" floating status Kayah, a small mountainous region sandwiched between the Shan and Karen state where live several ethnic groups including the Padaung, whose women are known as "giraffe women. The trip ends in Yangon, with its imposing pagodas and buildings from the colonial era and the "Golden Rock", an impressive monument became one of the iconic images of the country.

Tour duration: 13 days 12 nights
Start: Mandalay – Finish: Yangon
Tour type: Classic, History, Cultural
Tour operates: Year round/Upon request
Activity level: Moderate
Tour route: Mandalay - Monywa - Bagan - Inle Lake - Loikaw - Yangon - Golden Rock - Bago

Day 01: Arrive in Mandalay (D)
Day 02: Mandalay Sightseeing (B)
Day 03: Amarapura - Monywa (B)
Day 04: Monywa - Pakkoku - Bagan
Day 05: Bagan Heritages (B)
Day 06: Bagan
Day 07: Bagan - Heho - Loikaw (B, L, D) (Flight)
Day 08: Loikaw Sightseeing (B, L, D)
Day 09: Loikaw - Sagar - Inle Lake (B, L)
Day 10: Inle Lake Sightseeing (B)
Day 11: Inle Lake - Yangon - Golden Rock (B) (Flight)
Day 12: Golden Rock - Bago - Yangon (B)
Day 13: Yangon Departure (B)

Day 01: Arrive in Mandalay

Arrival in the morning at the international airport in Mandalay, bureaucratic formalities, meet your local guide and trasferimentonell'hotel the chosen category. Free time for lunch. Afternoon dedicated to visit the city, the capital of Burma during the nineteenth century: the Mahamuni Pagoda , the pagoda Kuthodaw, also known as the largest book in the world, the monastery wooden Shwenandaw , the only remaining building of the original complex of the royal palace. At sunset, excursion to Mandalay Hill for the sunset. Return to the hotel.
Accommodation in Mandalay
Meals: Welcomed dinner

Day 02: Mandalay Sightseeing

In the morning excursion boat motor on the Irrawaddy River to Mingun (about 1 hour), where stands the huge pagoda severely damaged by an earthquake in 1838 and is observed among the largest bells existing heavy 90 tons. Return to Mandalay.  Lunch at local restaurant . In the afternoon departure to Sagaing , the "holy city" of Burma, with about 600 pagodas and nearly 100 centers meditazione.Dopo a picturesque sunset from Sagaing Hill, Mandalay, return to the hotel.
Accommodation in Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Amarapura - Monywa

In the morning excursion to Amarapura , one of the three ancient capitals that are located near Mandalay. You visit the monastery Mahagandayon , one of the largest in the country, where they live and study hundreds of young monks and ' U Bein Bridge , the longest existing bridge made of teak. lunch at local restaurant. Continuation to Inwa : founded in 1364 and for almost 400 years the capital of the kingdom, today is a quaint rural village with houses with thatched roofs that you visit on board a carriage drawn by horses. Between the buildings, witnesses of the glorious past, the tower, also known as the leaning tower of Ava for its strong inclination, the brick and stucco monastery Maha Aungmye Bonzan , and the elegant teakwood monastery Bagaya kyaung . Departure for Monywa, the largest town in the valley of the River Chindwin.
Accommodation in Monywa
Meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Monywa - Pakkoku - Bagan

Early in the morning we cross the Chindwin river, and continue by car to the caves of Po Win Daung (24 km) where you look at the statues carved into the rock. We then visit the temple of Shwe Ba Daung and the village of Kyaukka . Departure for Pakkoku with a stop along the way to visit Pakhangyi , a town with walls dating back to the nineteenth century and the oldest wooden monastery in the country. Packed in simple local restaurant during the excursion . Boarding Pier Pakkoku and cruise to Bagan (arrival late afternoon)
Accommodation in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 05: Bagan Heritages

Whole day excursion to Bagan , the capital of the Burmese kingdom from the tenth to the thirteenth century, Angkor certainly the most fascinating and important archaeological site in the whole East. Hundreds of more than 8000 of temples, pagodas and monasteries existing time are still scattered in the arid plains. Visit to Nyaung Oo Market and proceed to the archaeological site of Bagan, with its magnificent temples and stupas dating back to the period between the tenth and fourteenth secolo.Visite of the most spectacular monuments such as the Shwezigon Pagoda , the prototype of the last stupa in Myanmar , Wetkyi-in-Gubyaukgyi , 'cave temple' dating from the thirteenth century, with its elegant frescoes; Htilominlo Patho , large 46 m high temple built in the thirteenth century. lunch at local restaurant. pomeriggioproseguimento In visits with a factory object lacquer, with the elegant templeNagayon , the Nanpaya , dating from the late eleventh century and the temple in the Indian styleGubaukgyi , located near the village of Myinkaba, characterized by interesting and well-preserved paintings inside.
Accommodation in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 06: Bagan

Continuation of visits Bagan : among the various temples you visit the Ananda Pagoda , one of the times the most beautiful, largest and best preserved ancient Bagan era, the ' Ananda Ok Kyaung , one of the few monasteries in brick survived from the ancient Bagan was until today. Lunch at local restaurant during tours . Later in the afternoon you can enjoy a picturesque sunset from the top of one of the temples. Return to the hotel.
Accommodation in Bagan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 07: Bagan - Heho - Loikaw

Drive to the Inle Lake in the morning. We then begin to explore this this amazingly magical and unique shallow lake by a long tailed boat. The highlights for today include the Intha boatmen with their 'one-legged' rowing style, the potato floating gardens and the Nga Phe Chaung (Jumping Cats) monastery.
Accommodation in Loikaw
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Loikaw Sightseeing

Full day spent exploring the surroundings of Loikaw. After visiting the colorful local market, we start early in the morning to the village of Sa Bwinn where you can observe the lifestyle and culture of thePadaung , known for particular ethnic ornaments of women, also known by the name of "women giraffe "because they wear heavy brass rings that stretch the neck in an unnatural manner. After returning to Loikaw and continuation of visits to the monastery adjacent to the pagoda Taungwe , the Catholic church , the temple animist . Dinner at hotel and overnight.
Accommodation in Loikaw
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Loikaw - Sagar - Inle Lake

Transfer by car to Amoe Byaee departure by boat to Inle Lake (about 6 hours) sailing along the Blue Channel from south to north. Along the way we visit the ruins of the ancient pagodas in the village of Sagar and the pagoda of Thakaung. Packed in simple local restaurant. During the afternoon you visit a handicraft village and the village of Kyainkham , known for the production of yarns made from flowers and continuation of the village of Naung Po where they produce handmade pottery and the village of Kyinkhan known pearl spinning of the lotuses, with which are derived tissues. Check on Inle Lake and transfer to hotel.
Accommodation in Inle Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Inle Lake Sightseeing

Day dedicated to the visit of the lake in the boat: it starts with an excursion to visit the village ofNanpan , to see how they are built the traditional boats used by the inhabitants of the lake and visit a factory of cheroot, Burmese cigars. It continues with the Phaungdaw pagoda , the holiest religious site in southern Shan State, where there are five statues covered with gold leaf, the monastery "of cats jumping" , built in wood on the palafitte.Durante navigation will be able to observe the characteristics of boats with "fishermen rowing with his leg" and the "floating gardens." Lunch at local restaurant during the excursion . In the afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Heho and Yangon. Lodging at the chosen category.
Accommodation in Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Inle Lake - Yangon - Golden Rock

Early in the morning departure to Kyaikhtiyo , Mon state, where the resort is located in the Golden Rock, a huge spherical rock covered in gold leaf teetering on the edge of a precipice of a mountain (it is believed with the help of a hair Buddha), an important place of pilgrimage in the paesee definitely one of the best-known images of the country. You need to go 4-hour drive to Kin Pun from where it continues for about 11 km along a bumpy road in trucks with wooden benches (about 45 minutes) to the top of the mountain. Lunch during the excursion in restaurant local . The long journey, sometimes uncomfortable, is rewarded by the beautiful view that you can enjoy once you reach the top.
Accommodation in Kyaikhtiyo
Meal: Breakfast

Day 12: Golden Rock - Bago - Yangon

After breakfast return to Kin Pun, from where you continue by car to Bago (about 3 hours), the ancient capital of the kingdom. You visit the pagoda Shwemawdaw , less than 114 meters high (more than the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon) and the colossal reclining Buddha Shwetalyaung , regarded as one of the most realistic. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon return to Yangon, along the way visiting the pagodaKyaik Pun Paya , where complex are located 4 statues of Buddha 30 meters high. Late afternoon arrival in Yangon and visit the twilight of Shwedagon Pagoda (Golden Pagoda) , symbol of the city, more than 100 meters high and topped by a "hti" decorated with hundreds of diamonds and precious stones.
Accommodation in Yangon
Meal: Breakfast

Day 13: Yangon departure

Spend time visiting the Chaukhtatgyi pagoda, with the huge statue of the reclining Buddha, the center of the city with a walk along the 'Pansodan Street ' in the colonial district, and the Scott Market (closed on Mondays). Free time for lunch. In time transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Accommodation not included
Meal: Breakfast

What's included ?

- Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation in twin shared room
- Boat trip as stated in above sights
- Local English speaking guides
- Domestic flights as mentioned
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Meals as listed in the itinerary: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
- Government tax and service charge
- Cool mineral water and tower during the tours

What's Excluded ?

- Visa on arrival for Burma USD
- International airport departure tax
- Travel Insurance in all kinds
- Other meals not mentioned
- Single room (quoted separately)
- Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others

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