Day 1 | Yangon arrival & sightseeing
Arrival transfer and begin sightseeing, including colorful downtown Yangon, Chaukhtatkyi, a colossal reclining Buddha; a scenic photo stop on beautiful Kandawgyi Lake and the awe inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda. Overnight Yangon.
Day 2 | Yangon – Mandalay – Amarapura & Inwa
Morning arrival in Mandalay and sightseeing visit to the former royal capital of Amarapura, and see U Bein’s Bridge, the world’s longest teakwood structure. Then visit Inwa, another former royal capital, and travel by pony cart down tree-lined paths to see old palace walls, wooden monasteries, and the ‘leaning tower of Ava’. Overnight Mandalay
Day 3 | Mandalay
City sightseeing includes gold leaf hammering, Mahamuni pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; and Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the world’s largest book for its stone slabs of the entire Buddhist scriptures. End the day with a sunset view from Mandalay Hill. Overnight Mandalay.
Day 4 | Mandalay – Bagan (Cruise)
Early morning departure (600) from Mandalay to Bagan by modern ferryboat service. A pleasant way to spend the day as you travel down the fabled Ayerwaddy River. Arrive in Bagan by late afternoon, in time for evening sightseeing.
Day 5 | Bagan sightseeing
In the morning continue sightseeing of one of Asia’s premier archaeological sites. Highlights of our visit include many of Bagan’s distinctive pagodas and the colorful local market as well.
Day 6 | Bagan – Heho (flight), Inle Lake
Fly to Heho and transfer to a hotel at Inle Lake. Begin sightseeing by long tailed boat of this magical and unique area . Highlights include the boatmen with their ‘one-legged’ rowing style, the floating gardens, the ‘jumping cats’ monastery and more.
Day 7 | Inle Lake
Continue Inle Lake sightseeing today with a memorable visit to Indein village with its idyllic 16th century pagodas. We can also visit a local silk weaving ‘factory’ which sits on stilts on the lake.
Day 8 | Heho – Yangon (flight)
Fly to Yangon and afternoon visit to Botahtaung pagoda on the Yangon river. For a last shopping spree go to the sprawling 79 year old Bogyoke (Scott) Market, filled with a large collection of local handicrafts and other items. Overnight Yangon.
Day 9 | Yangon
At leisure until departure transfer.
Ngapali Beach Extension
Situated on the clear blue water of the Bay of Bengal, Ngapali Beach is a deserted idyllic, palm-fringed shore much like neighboring Thailand’s beaches were decades ago… A handful of local resorts are in the area, with a new Hilton opening its doors in 2015.<p “_georgia-body”=””>Aside from lazing on the beach and by the pool, Ngapali attractions include Pearl Island, Nghet Pyaw Chaung Lake, Jatetaw fishing village, the black-sand island Zalat Htone, local craftsmen working on pottery and weaving, Thandwe market, and three shimmering stupas on nearby hilltops of the Nan Daw, Ann Daw and San Daw Pagodas. Activities include boat cruises, cycling, snorkeling, kayaking, golf, and hiking up Amata Mountain or panoramic views from the top.
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