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TRIP OVERVIEW

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Destinations: Yangon - Mandalay - Bagan - Inle Lake
Starts in/Finishes in: Yangon/Yangon
Highlights:

• Visit Yangon with the magnificent gold plate and gemstone decorated Swedagon pagoda
• Get to know Mandalay, the cultural heart of Myanmar with its highlights
• Explore the breathtaking Bagan, a well-deserved top spot on the list of the best places to visit in Myanmar with the chance to see this area by the hot-balloon, offering a truly unique view of this 26-square-mile land of temples
• Discover Inle Lake – for an excellent view of the verdant, bucolic side of Myanmar
• Spend 3 nights on the stunning Ngapali Beach

Duration: 12 days

Travel Style: Classic & Culture , Featured Tours
Suitable: First timers, Culture seekers

TRIP IN DETAILS

Upon arrival, you’ll greet by your guide who will accompany and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.

Afterward, transfer to Karaweil Palace to enjoy a traditional buffet dinner in this grand building in the middle of the Royal Lake.

Overnight stay in Yangon

Meals:
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

In the morning, transfer to Yangon Airport for the flight to Mandalay.

Arrive in Mandalay, the cruise’s driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the cruise ship.

The Strand’s three-night cruise from Mandalay to Bagan begins with a welcome breakfast at U-Bein Bridge then visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda. After enjoying lunch aboard, we sail to Mingun, one of the country’s former capitals, visiting the unfinished pagoda, as well as the Hsinbyume Pagoda and Mingun bell.

Overnight stay on board of The Strand Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight Cruises
Transportation: Boat

Day two sees our passengers to Ava, one of Myanmar’s ancient imperial capitals, for a delightful Horse cart ride through the naturally preserved landscape and key landmarks. Here we visit the Yadana Shemee. Once back on board, the ship cruises onwards throughout the afternoon towards the ancient city of Bagan.

Overnight stay on board of The Strand Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight Cruises
Transportation: Boat

Day three is spent exploring Bagan’s wonders, including the Ananda Temple, one of the most exquisite temples of the country; the Shwezigon Pagoda, renowned for its gold leaf décor; the beautiful Sulamani temple and Gubyaukgyi temple; before rejoining your fellow guests for a farewell dinner full of gastronomic delight.

Overnight stay on board of The Strand Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight Cruises
Transportation: Boat

Optional: HOT AIR BALLOON IN BAGAN

Another chance for you to explore the best of Bagan awaits. You could make a different journey with the option of taking a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the town in the early morning (Available from 20 Oct until 10 Apr, with an additional charge, book in advance).
Drive through Bagan’s countryside to the rustic village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s less visited regions; it’s very tranquil and isolated. You will discover temples such as Payathonzu with its strange structural design, Lemyentha and Nandamannya as well. Also, be sure to head over to Kyat Kan Cave monastery, which is an extremely important meditation retreat. There are also plenty of farming villages around Bagan if you’re interested in studying their particular way of life.
From here you will journey on by horse cart for an excursion that passes Thatbyinnyu, the tallest temple in Bagan, gigantic Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork. Take pleasure in an extraordinary sunset from the elevated hill nearby.
Overnight stay in Bagan

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Boat

This morning move to the Nyaung U airport for the flight to Heho, in the heart of the Shan State. Upon arrival at the Heho airport, you will proceed to Nyaung Shwe village. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to visit rural workshops that specialize in traditional Shan paper and unique handcrafted umbrellas. Also, be sure to stop in at the teak monastery of Shweyanpyay to witness the intricate wood carving artwork and craftsmanship of the monks there.
Then you will board a private motorboat and begin heading out onto Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular and breathtaking sights. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes, to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. Along the way you will pass several villages that are built on stilts over the lake, which are inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the daily activities of the local leg-rowing fishermen and see their ‘floating gardens’, which are built up from strips of water hyacinth, earth and anchored to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles.
You will also visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses loads of early Shan Buddha Images. In the past this temple was known for its ‘jumping cats’ but these days there are only a few felines roaming around and none are jumping any more. Yet the Buddha images are still worth the visit. Proceed to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main haven, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf. There are also many traditional crafts originating on Inle Lake and, should you wish, we can stop for a visit to one making incredible woven items from lotus silk, boat builders (depending on the time of year), a cigar making workshop, blacksmiths or even silver smiths. The day will come to a close with a return trip by boat back to your hotel.
Overnight stay in Inle

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

After breakfast you’ll pay a visit to the lake’s morning market (the market is open every day apart from dark moon and full moon calendar days). The market’s location rotates between the lake’s villages in a 5 day schedule and is also visited daily by the lake’s inhabitants as well as the surrounding natives who also come to sell and trade their wares. A 1-hour boat ride down a small canal will take you to the Pa-Oh village of Indein, positioned on the western shores of Inle Lake.
Take a leisurely stroll around the village before ascending the moss-covered stairway to the top of a hill. Once you’ve arrived at the summit, you will be greeted buy an iconic Buddha image which sits enshrined among hundreds of stupa ruins and overgrown shrubbery. Here, from the peak, you will also be rewarded with mesmerizing views of the placid surroundings. The Indein Pagoda complex is undoubtedly one of the most amazing sites around the shore of the lake and it consists of hundreds of small stupas which are overrun by moss and greenery.
Overnight stay in Inle

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

This morning, transfer from your hotel in Inle Lake to Heho for your flight to Thandwe.
Arrive in Thandwe, the hotel staffs will welcome you at the airport to the hotel.
The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight stay in Ngapali

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

Free day at the beach.
Overnight stay in Ngapali

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation:

Free day at the beach.
Overnight stay in Ngapali

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation:

After breakfast, check out at your hotel and being transferred by the hotel staffs to Thandwe Airport to take flight back Yangon. Arrive Yangon and transfer to city center to the last day tour in Yangon.
Visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see a 70-meter-long reclining Buddha statue around the size of a blue whale.
After a short break your journey continues downtown to the delightful Bogyoke (or Scott) market. Here you can stroll around the craftwork and cloths stalls and perhaps buy a souvenir of your stay in Myanmar – some jewelry, a longyi maybe, anything that will remind you of this amazing country.
Last highlight of the day is Shwedagon Pagoda, the pride and jewel of Myanmar. Gilded and topped with a diamond tip, this magnificent structure is always lively and full of followers. Watch as the last lights of the day reflect upon the glowing pagoda.
Overnight stay in Yangon

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

Free until transfer to Yangon International Airport to take your departure flight home. Tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:
Transportation: Private vehicle

PRICE & INCLUSION

From: US$ per person for a private tour of minimum 6 guests traveling together
Valid till October 31, 2021

Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Transportation: Private vehicle, Boat
Accommodation: 11 Nights
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private tours and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transportation with air-conditioning
  • Local station English speaking guides
  • Shared luxury cruise with accommodation on The Strand Cruise (shared meals, tours, guides, transportation)
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Private boat to visit Inle Lake
  • Water and cold towel on sightseeing
  • International flights
  • 04 Domestic flights: Yangon – Mandalay, Mandalay – Bagan, Bagan – Heho, Heho – Thandwe, Thandwe – Yangon: US$ 460 per person
  • Other meals which do not mention in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, camera fee, etc.)
  • Tipping for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Compulsory Christmas or New Year’s Dinner at hotels if required
  • Myanmar Visa fees (contact our travel consultant for further information)
    Peak season surcharge (22-Dec-19 to 10-Jan-20): US$180/per person
  • Optional services

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