Itinerary in brief

Day 1    Yangon - Arrival
Day 2    Yangon - FLY - Mandalay
Day 3    Mandalay
Day 4    Mandalay - BOAT - Bagan
Day 5    Bagan
Day 6    Bagan
Day 7    Bagan - FLY - Inle Lake
Day 8    Inle Lake
Day 9    Inle Lake - FLY - Yangon - FLY - Hanoi
Day 10  Hanoi
Day 11  Hanoi - Halong - CRUISE and OVERNIGHT on board
Day 12  Halong - CRUISE - Hanoi
Day 13  Hanoi - Departure

 

Itinerary in details

DAY 1  YANGON - ARRIVAL

 

On arrival, you meet your guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel by private vehicle.

 

You have a little rest and refresh, to help you enjoy your first day in optimal condition.

 

After lunch:

  • Discover scenic Yangon and the impressive 60mtr long and 16mtr high Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi, and the adjacent 2000yr old Sule Pagoda
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, located on Singuttara hill, just 2kms from the city centre. This pagoda is the premier religious centre of Myanmar and contains icons of silver and gold, stuppa’s, bells, many Buddhist artifacts and precious jewels. It is an awesome and spectacular site.

 

We will enjoy the colourful sunset reflections off the pagoda’s golden rooftops before returning to our hotel.

 

Overnight at hotel in Yangon

 

DAY 2  YANGON - FLY - MANDALAY - AMARAPURA - UBEIN BRIDGE 


After breakfast you transfer by private car to the airport for a flight to Mandalay.

 

Meet with your guide on arrival and transfer to the city of Mandalay, the second largest city in the country, known as the “Golden City”, and also the cultural and religious center of Buddhism in Myanmar.

 

While here we will discover,

  • The Atumashi and Shwe Nandaw monasteries to see beautiful and extremely fine hand carved teak motifs that adorn these magnificent architectural buildings which house incredibly beautiful marble sculptures.
  • Kuthodaw Pagoda, a set of Buddhist stupas, that house the largest book in the world, a vast collection of seminal texts engraved on marble headstones, each nestled in a small white temple, a total of 729 in all.
  • The Arakan Pagoda, also known as the Mahamuni Pagoda, that houses a Buddha from the ancient Arakan Kingdom, conquered by the Burmese. This highly revered Buddha is endlessly being covered in gold leaf.

 

We take lunch during our travels, after which we drive to Amarapura.

 

We will visit,

  • A workshop to see marble sculpturing, and some gold hammering.
  • A cotton and silk weaving establishment
  • The Patodawgyi and Kyauktawgyi Pagodas.
  • And as sunset draws near we cruise on the Taungthaman boat to view the magical spectacle of U Bein Bridge, built in 1841and based on teak columns, and is the longest teakwood bridge in the world.

Overnight at hotel in Mandalay

 

DAY 3  MANDALAY - MINGUN - MANDALAY


We visit the Jade Market then board a boat to go up the Irrawaddy River towards Mingun.

  • Disembark in front of the Satowya Pagoda
  • See a model of the Mingun Pagoda, and receive an explanation of same.
  • Visit the unfinished Mingun Pagoda, started in the reign of King Bodowpaya, and originally meant to be 150mts in height, but amounts to only 50mts, and then visit the ruins and the imposing pile of bricks.
  • See the Mingun Bell that weighs over 90 tons, the largest bell in the world to ring.
  • Visit the Hsinbyume pagoda

We then return to Mandalay for lunch. 

We will continue our day around the hills of Sagaing approximately 20kms south of Mandalay, using the metal bridge at Ava, after which we will enjoy a tour of Sagaing and its impressive panorama of pagodas that dot the surrounding countryside.

 

Overnight at hotel in Mandalay

 

DAY 4  MANDALAY - BOAT - BAGAN 

 

After breakfast, we will board the tourist ferry “Shwe Kienari” and cruise to Bagan, on the Irrawaddy River, taking approx 9hrs. While cruising we will see the locals going about their life on the banks of the river, and it will allow time to reflect on this and other sites of our stay in Myanmar so far.

  • Lunch will be served on the ferry then we will arrive at Bagan in the late afternoon.

We will have our first discovery of Bagan with a carriage ride to watch the sunset from the roof of a pagoda.
 

Overnight at hotel in Bagan

 

DAY 5  BAGAN 


The plain of Bagan is the largest archaeological site in Myanmar and it covers around 40 square kilometers, and is a testament to the populations’ Buddhist beliefs.

 

In this magical and historical location there are over 2000 pagodas spread out and punctuated by vegetation.
Some of the monuments were built between the 10th and 13th century, showing a variety of external influences including Tibetan, Indian, Sri Lankan and some Burmese influences as well.

 

Our guided tour of Old Bagan and popular surrounding sites can be made by carriage or bike, depending on your choice.

We will see,

  • The door, Sarabha
  • The monastery of Ananda
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Thatbyinnyu Temple
  • Dhammayanzika Temple
  • Nanpaya Temple
  • Pagoda Bupaya
  • Manuha Temple
  • Discovery of a workshop, making traditional lacquer ware products

And at sunset, if the sky permits, we will climb to the terrace of a temple to admire the scenery of Bagan in the last rays of the setting sun.


Overnight at hotel in Bagan

 

DAY 6  BAGAN 

 

After a short tour of the Nyaung Oo Market, we will resume our visit to the ancient and historical archaeological sites, with a visit to Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the most beautiful and richly decorated pagodas in the country.

 

After lunch, we embark on a carriage ride and visit the village of Minnanthu, set a little apart from the ruins.

  • Visit the Sulamani temple.
  • Visit the Tayoke Pyay and see its temple frescoes, and also enjoy the spectacular views and contemplate the pinnacle of the temple.
  • Visit the pagoda Dhammayazika

Enjoy dinner in Bagan and a puppet show.

 

Overnight at hotel in Bagan

 

DAY 7  BAGAN - FLY - INLE LAKE 


An early rise and transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho.
On arrival we will meet our guide, and on the way to Inle Lake we will make a stop at the Shwe Yan Pyay monastery.
Then we will take a motorised canoe for a cruise and excursion on Inle Lake, traveling amidst beautiful and interesting floating gardens and colourful floating markets, to Intha, where we will see many floating houses and stilt houses. We will also see the fishermen of Intha, known for their own particular way of rowing.


We stay in our canoe until Ywama to visit:

  • Phaung Daw U Pagoda
  • Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery (also known as the Monastery of jumping cats.)
  • Visit a workshop making cheroots, the traditional local cigar.
  • Visit a workshop making weavings of cotton and silk
  • Visit a traditional blacksmith shop

Overnight at a lakeside hotel

 

DAY 8  INLE LAKE 

 

We will embark on a morning visit to a market to meet some ethnic Pa-O, Padaung and Intha people, and also to sample some typically local specialties.
We stay onboard our dugout until we reach Maing Thauk, situated on a hill and enjoy the magnificent panoramas available from this position.

We will then discover the fabulous site of Inthein, and some beautiful 12th century Burmese stupas.

 

At night we will enjoy a dinner show, and spend our night in a lakeside hotel.


Overnight at hotel in Inle lake 

 

DAY 9  INLE LAKE - FLY - YANGON - FLY - HANOI 

 

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Yangon. Then enjoy some free time for preparations for our departing international flight to Hanoi. Met and welcome by tour guide upon arrival at the airport. Then transfer by private car to your hotel.


Overnight at hotel in Hanoi


DAY 10  HANOI - CITY TOUR

 

This city tour gives a glimpse and an introduction to the history and highlights of the nation’s capital.

In the morning,

  • Visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum to see the embalmed body of the nation’s hero, affectingly known by the people as ‘Uncle Ho’, and view his former residence, built on stilts and preserved just as Ho left it.
  • Visit one pilar pagoda
  • Visit the Temple of Literature, a fine example of traditional Vietnamese architecture founded in 1070 by Emporer Ly Thanh Tong, and dedicated to Confucius to honor literary scholars. Vietnam’s first university was also established here in 1076.
  • Continuing on, we will move to West Lake district to we shall discover the Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest in Vietnam, and Quan Thanh Temple situated on the Truc Bach Lake shore, established by the Ly dynasty.

In the afternoon

  • We begin with a visit to the Ethnology Museum
  • Then enjoy some free time to stroll through Dong Xuan market

We take a ride of exploration through the busy streets of the ‘Old Quarter’ (over 1000yrs old), by traditional cyclo, a tricycle ridden from the rear, giving an uninterrupted view of this historical district.


We will finish the day after a water-puppet show, a traditional and ancient art form, unique to Vietnam, where the puppets appear on water, manipulated from behind a screen.


Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
 

DAY 11  HANOI - HALONG - CRUISE AND OVERNIGHT ON BOARD

 

Transfer from your hotel to Halong Bay by private car with your tour guide.

Halong Bay, with its 1969 islands, is set in beautiful turquoise waters and was recognized for its natural beauty by UNESCO in 1994, and classified as a World Heritage Site.
Ha Long means “descending dragon” and according to legend, a dragon was lowered into the bay to harness the ocean currents. His violent tail movements disturbed and spread the mountain, and when he plunged into the sea the water level rose up, leaving only the highest peaks above the water.
This is a program that led to the discovery of Bai Tu Long, a jewel in Halong Bay, outside the channels travelled by junks for mass tourism.

  • On boarding receive a welcome drink
  • Installation in private cabins
  • Presentation of the crew by the captain
  • Start your cruise while enjoying lunch.


Lunch in the elegant dining room or on the outside deck, a delicious seafood menu, of food prepared with skill and dedication, exquisitely decorated, and served excellently by qualified personnel.

Admire the beautiful landscape that will impress everywhere you look. These islands with their striking shapes, allow your imagination to take over and “see” many different images amongst their formations, whilst cruising water the color of jade, which is so enchanting it never tires.
Fall in love with the magic of this place... .. and you have the privilege of being on a junk which sails away from the “beaten tracks” of mass tourism. No noise, and your eyes will focus on the beauty of the site.

Deck chairs are available to admire the spectacle that unfolds before your eyes.

Visit the mysterious cave Canh Thien.

Overnight on board


DAY 12  HALONG - CRUISE - HANOI 

 

Under the morning sun and surrounded by enchanting and astonishing beauty, your breakfast will be served.

In a rowboat, you will journey through the heart of a fishing village, to discover the floating houses and the lifestyle of its population, who live constantly on the water.
You will meet the village chief who will help you imagine the daily lives of the inhabitants of Halong Bay. You will also visit a floating school.

  • Lunch on board the junk will close this beautiful cruise.

The whole crew will greet you and thank you for your patronage.
By early afternoon you will return to the port. After disembarking from the junk, our driver will welcome you back to dry land, and the return journey to Hanoi begins.


Overnight at hotel in Hanoi


DAY 13  HANOI - DEPARTURE 

 

Free time until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
 

 

End of our services

 

 



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