RCT-BM4N >>>Upstream to Mandalay & Beyond Tour (12Days/11Nights)
Tour Basic: Private
Validity: 01 October 2010 - 30 April 2011
Overview: Similar route like RCT-BM3N covering all the major tourist destinations of Myanmar and the mighty Ayarwaddy River using 3 air sectors for travelling among all the major tourist destinations together with extensive four nights upstream river Cruise from Bagan to Mandalay with Botique Cruise RV PANDAW1 947.
Starting In: Yangon
Duration: 12 Days/ 11 Nights
Finish In: Yangon
Price Range: US$ 2438 - US$ 2790
Tour Type: Culture, History, Archelogical Tours, Arts & Crafts, Nature, River Cruise
Destinations Covered: Yangon, Bagan, Popa, Sale, Mandalay, Kyauk Myaung, Amarapura, Mingun, Heho, Pindaya, Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake, Ayarwaddy River
Day-08: Disembark at Sagaing or Mandalay depending on the exact program of Cruise Operator you choose. Mandalay-Monywa-Mandalay by car.
Day-09: Mandalay-Heho by flight. Heho-Pindaya-Nyaungshwe ny car.
Day-10: Inle sightseeing by boat.
Day-11: Nyaungshwe-Heho by car. Heho-Yangon by flight.
Day-12: Yangon Departure.
Day 01: Yangon Arrival (Lunch/ Dinner)
Arrive at Yangon International Airport. Meet and transfer to the hotel and check in. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, start orientation tour of Yangon visiting Sule Pagoda, a beautiful octagonal golden stupa dating over 2,000 years; Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda - a colossal reclining Buddha, and end of the tour at Shwedagon Pagoda - over 2500 years old the world famous stupa. Welcoming Dinner with cultural show at Karaweik Palace, built in the style of Myanmar old days king’s Royal Budge. Your first night is in Yangon.
Day 02: Yangon - Bagan (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Start your day with breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast, leave Yangon for Bagan by domestic flight. Bagan full day sightseeing to Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigon Pagoda - built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; Wetkyi-In Gubyaukkyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; Htilominlo Temple - the largest temples of Bagan and Ananda Temple - King Kyansittha’s masterpiece and the crowning achievement of the early style temple of architecture. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, continue to Dhamanyangyi Temple was built by King Narathu in 1167 (12th centaury) and not finished but it displayed the finest brickwork in Bagan; Manuha Temple - built by King Manuhar from Thaton, Nanphaya and Myinkabar Gubyaukgyi Temple - known for its wall painting depicting scenes from the Jataka. Evening visit to Shwe Sandaw Pagoda to watch the sunset scene over the Ayeyarwaddy River. Dinner with Puppet Show at the local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Bagan, Burma’s ancient city and living treasure house of Buddhist architectural beauties.
Day 03: Bagan - Sale - Popa - Bagan (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Start your day with breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast, visit to Sale - a well known place for it exclusive old Monastery located about 6 miles South of Bagan. Sightseeing around Yoke Sone Monastery and environs. After that continue to Mount Popa, the abode of nats(spirits), situated 40 miles southeast of Bagan. Sightseeing Mount Popa and environs. Lunch at Popa Mountain Resort Hotel where one could see the panoramic view of the surrounding. The way by the roadside can see the locals climbing up the palm tree and making jaggery. Drive back to Bagan. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.
Sunrise Watching Tour in Bagan is not included in our itinerary and prices. Additional charges are mentioned if you choose as an optional. Please see detail extra cost.)
Day 04: Bagan - Yandbo (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
The cast off time is at 1 0.30 hrs (check-in 10.00 hrs). We cruise upstream all day. Lunch will be served at 1 3.00. In the early evening we arrive at Yandabo, a picturesque village that specializes in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Dinner followed by a Puppet Show performance in the village or sundeck.
Day-05: Yandabo - Ava (Inwa) (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Early Morning we go ashore for a walk through the village stopping to some pot-making workshops to learn their unique production technique, the school and the monastery. Back to the ship for breakfast and cast off (ETD 09.00 hrs). We continue upstream to the ancient city of Ava, capital of the Burmese Kingdom from 1364 to 1841.
Day 06: Ava - Mandalay - Kyauk Myaung (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
We explore Ava by horse-cart visiting the beautiful 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower(27mt. high) and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery. We travel by sampan and coach to Mandalay visiting Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwe-in-bin Monastery and if time permits Mandalay Hill. Back to the ship for lunch and proceed upstream (ETD 12.30/13.00). Moor overnight nearby a river village North of Mandalay.
Visit the spectacular potteries-making village of Kyauk Myaung, and see the manufacture stages of the famous 50 Gallons (200 Litres) pots (1.5 hours visit). Cruise back downstream to Mingun (Eta 14.00 hrs). Visit the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the "home for the aged". Continue downstream to Mandalay and travel by coach to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit U-Bein Bridge at sunset. Moor overnight at Sagaing. Dance and Theatre performance on the Sundeck.
(Remark: For your own convenient, program would be changed a bit depending on the day of arrival to Mandalay and port of disembarkation.)
Day 08: Mandalay - Monywa (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Check-Out Time Enjoy the sunrise. After an early breakfast, the passengers will disembark at Sagaing between 08:30 to 09:00 hrs. Pick up by Myanmar Tourex's guide and proceed to Monywa, a busy trading cities of the upper Myanmar, about (150 km-4hrs) to the west of Mandalay and a commercial center of Chindwin Valley. Then sightseeing to Monywa Places of interest are: Thanbokde Pagoda 8465 small stupas are rising up to richly decorated central stupa, which is reminding a bit of Borobudur in Java. A domed with over 500,000 Buddhas images; Bodhi-tahtaung (one thousand sacred trees) with a thousand Buddha images sitting at the foot of each tree and enjoy the view from Aung Setkaya Pagoda, standing 130 meter high on the Pa Khaung Hills; Ledi Kyaungtaik, a teaching monastery where Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 806 stone slabs: and Kyaukka Village, known for its own distinctive kind of lacquer ware. Evening drive back to Mandalay. Dinner and overnight in Mandalay.
Start your day with breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast in hotel, leave Mandalay for Heho by domestic flight. On arrival Heho, continue excursion by road to Pindaya - a small quiet town, famous for it's thousand of Buddha Images deposited inside the caves centuries of years ago. Visit Pindaya caves, traditional Shan paper making, pottery and umbrella making villages. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to Nyaung Shwe - a small town located at the entrance of Lake Inle. And then boat transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.
Day 10: Inle Lake (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Start your day with breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast, boat trip to Inle Lake, the second biggest lake in Myanmar, famous for its unique leg rollers. Tour highlights is visit to Floating Market (can available see on the market days only which is hold on every five days), Ngaphechaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake and well know for its jumping cats, floating gardens in Kay La village, famous wish-fulfilling Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Inpawkhone Village - famous for its silk weaving handloom; blacksmith shop at Se' Kaung village and traditional cigar making (Cheroot Factory). Lunch at the local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Inle Lake.
Day 11: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Start your day with breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast, leave Inle for Heho by coach. After that, flight back to Yangon by domestic flight. Meet & transfer to hotel. On the way visit to Loka Chantha Abhayalabhamuni Buddha Image (Marble Buddha) which is being carved from over 600 tons white marble rock of 37 feet long. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit Myanmar famous Gems, Jade & Jewellery workshop. Evening take a walk to China Town where can see the many vendors along the sidewalk & can buy the variety of Myanmar products. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.
Day 12: Yangon Departure (Breakfast/ Lunch)
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, visit to Strand Jetty and see the daily life of the people along the Yangon River; and and Botataung Pagoda - the landmark of Yangon's waterfront. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit to Bogyoke Market used to called Scott Market, the largest market in Yangon with time to browse among the hundreds of stalls for souvenir bargains, arts & crafts souvenir shopping center before transfer to airport for flight back home.
End of Tour & Services
Remarks: If time allow within the day of normal rent (10hrs), you can visit more other nearby place by negotiate with your local guide.)
Visa: A Valid visa is required to enter Myanmar for all the nationalities. Visa can be apply at the Myanmar Embassies in abroad All the tourist visas are valid for 28 days and cost average of USD 20. Passports must carry a validity of 6 months beyond intended date of departure from Myanmar.
For those who live in the places and countries where the Myanmar Embassies or Consulates are not located, we are able to help you get the pre-approval letter for visa on arrival if you buy the tour services from us. For pre-approval visa it will take about minimum 30 days. After we get the pre-approval letter will email to you with attached file then show this letter to your airline for boarding pass. Visa fee is USD 20 + 2 recent passport size photographs which has to pay directly to Yangon airport immigration and one of our staff will meet and assist you at the airport on arrival. >>> Click here for more detail about Visa on Arrival
Things to bring: Light clothes, slippers (please note that you have to take off your shoes at all the pagodas and temples in Myanmar when you enter the compound), a hat for the hot and winter season from November to May and a rain coat or umbrella for rainy season from Jun to October, and the medicines that you usually take for your health.
Health Precausion: No special precausion is required except the normal precausions and treatments you usually have before a trip.
Insurance: Clients should take out medical and travel insurance. Click here to buy an international travel insurance.
Direction to meeting point: A representative or our guide will meet you at the Yangon International Airport arrival lounge holding a Myanmar Tourex signboard with your name on it.
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