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Splendours Of Ancient Cultures (I)

Detailed Program
6 Days 5 Nights
Tour code: GDT 005
Yangon –Bagan-Mandalay- Inle

yangon-05Day 1 : Arrival Yangon and sightseeing

Arrival Yangon, you will be greeted by your guide from GeoDiscover Travel and transfer to your hotel. Sightseeing in Yangon will start after a brief rest at the hotel. You’ll be taken to the downtown sections to see the colonial buildings; The Sule Pagoda located at the heart of the city & the City Hall; the Chauk-htat-gyi colossal reclining Buddha temple in Myanmar. Chauk- htet-gyi is 70-meter long reclining Buddha. In the afternoon, visit will be continued to the World Famous Shwedagon which is the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. The original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 18 century. The elegant central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and our guide will show around the complex. And then transfer back to your hotel.

bagan-05Day 2 : Yangon – Bagan by flight

In the early morning transfer to Yangon Domestic Airport for a flight to Bagan.
A world heritage archaeological site. After check-in to the hotel, a full day tour to some of mysterious and magnificent stupas and temples of a bygone era of between 11th & 13th centuries selected out from over 2217 of them as well as local market and traditional 'Lacquer ware' workshop. Of course, you will have time to watch the stunning scenery of the breathtakingly impressive Bagan's sunset over the legendary Ayeyarwaddy River as an aesthetic joy while in Bagan.

bagan-06Day 3: Bagan –  Mandalay by flight

Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Nyaung U airport. Then fly to Mandalay, and upon arrival Mandalay airport, drives to directly to Amarapura. If time permissible, visit to a typical Burmese village on the way to Amarapura, in time to visit Mahagandayon Monastery with over 1000 Buddhist monks while they queue for their last meal of the day at 10:15am. You will also see one of traditional Burmese silk weaving looms that have been the major production center in Amarapura for more than 150-yrs.

Continue to Innwa (Ava), the capital from 14th to 18th centuries and travel by horse and carriage through the area stopping to visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace. Enjoy lunch in Ava before departing.

This afternoon, cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 1000 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 10,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan OoPonNya Shin and U Min ThoneSae.

Lastly, enjoy watching an unforgettable sunset view at centuries-old U Bein Bridge, known as the world’s longest span built by the teak wood. Proceed to Mandalay for overnight stop.

mandalay-03Day 4 : Mandalay – Mingun sightseeing

Have your breakfast at the hotel before transfer to the jetty at about 8:00am. Then take a private boat on the legendary Ayarwaddy River for around 1-hr and visit some amazing monuments of 18th & 19th centuries, such as the huge unfinished MingunPaya, the world biggest working Mingun Bell dedicated to the gigantic Mingunpaya now known as the world’s biggest pile of bricks! Finally to the beautifully proportioned Myatheindan (Sinbyume) pagoda built to depict the heaven of Buddhist cosmology.

Return to Mandalay about lunch time and continue visit the highlights of Mandalay: the Mahamuni temple, the most important religious site of all upper Myanmar, the intricate wood-carved Golden Palace monastery: the world biggest stone books: the huge Kyaukdawgyi Marble image carved-out from a single block of stone: if there’s time, optional visit can be made to King Mindon'sMyanansankyaw Palace site of Kaunbaung dynasty: Wind up the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill pagoda where you can enjoy the panoramic view to the city, palace & surrounding area atop from it just before sunset.

mingun-02Day 5 : Mandalay – Heho by fligh

After breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Mandalay airport in the morning. Arrive Heho airport and then transfer to the canal pier in NyaungShwe, the gateway Town of Inle Lake. Full day tour on the outrageously beautiful lake by private boat to visit the NgaPheKyaung monastery, region’s most revered PhaungDawOo Pagoda, which is the lake’s main sanctuary and contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. And then you can see traditional silk weaving looms at Inn Paw Khon village, the silversmith village, and the impressive ruins of Inn Dein village. While on the boat tour, you will also observe the unique lifestyle of Inn Thar people… the leg rowers, floating gardens, fishermen with strange fishing gears.

yangon-16Day 6: Heho –Yangon and departure in the evening

After having breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Heho airport. Arrive Yangon  and then continue to Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where is the time to browse through the dozens of stalls and shops.( Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). As today come to a close take a stroll around colorful Chinatown and visit one of Yangon’s Chinese temples before transfer to the Yangon International Airport for your international departure.


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