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Myanmar and the Irrawaddy

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  • Duration
    Duration:11 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 10 Nights (Standard Hotel)
  • Meals
    Meals :10 Breakfast
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Beginner
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Overview

Myanmar and the Irrawaddy tour is a journey to experience the untouched realm of Myanmar. Every second of your trip “Myanmar and Irrawaddy” gives you an experience of the serenity of the Inle Lake. Observing public life along the banks of the Irrawaddy River from aboard ‘Sanctuary Ananda’ adds an extra fragrance to watching the rising sun dazzling thousands of temples in beautiful Bagan.

Yangoon, the former capital of Myanmar, is a fabulous introduction to the country. Having been a pulsing cultural and historical heart, Yangoon is popular for vibrant markets and the fabulous Shwedagon Pagoda, as well as Chinatown, Indiatown – and strands of Gautam Buddha’s hair. Mandalay,the colonial city was immortalised by Kipling. Although much of old Mandalay was destroyed during the second world war, a walk up Mandalay Hill – accompanied by pilgrims – reveals a sprawl of sparkling stupas, mosaics and gardens. Explore by horse and cart, and discover the gold leaf industry and 2,000-year-old golden Buddha. Another must see site is U Bein, the World’s longest teak bridge, at sunset just at a distance of 1.2km. Mount Popa, the sacred mountain, is the core of an extinct volcano that rises 1,518m above the surrounding hills. Mount Popa, the most demanding destination of the pilgrims, is considered the home of deities and spirits known as nats. The shrine is atop the mountain and you will climb the 777 steps to see the shrine.
Water is what the part of the villagers living around the shore of the serene Inle lake. You will explore the unique stilt-house villages, markets and floating vegetable gardens while visiting the Inle lake.Most importantly, the famous “leg-rowers” wrap one leg around the paddle and set their hands free such that they can fish by casting their fishing nets. The other important things to explore include the hill tribes dressed brightly, the mountainside pagodas, silversmithing workshops, cigar rolling workshops, weaving workshops and the Shwe Yan Pyay teak monastery.

Most of Myanmar’s population lives in the valley of its longest river called Irrawaddy. Your cruise through the Irrawaddy river, which flows through much of the country, gives you a unique experience of the real picture of the local village life, the ancient temples, picturesque hill landscapes and the gold-plated stupas. If you are interested in taking the day trip, the boats meant for longer cruises have mattresses and mosquito nets for sleeping on the deck under the blue sky and the twinkling stars. You will also have an opportunity to witness the rare dolphins of the Irrawaddy.

Highlights

  • Luxury cruise on the Irrawaddy River
  • Explore the floating gardens and the traditional Intha boat race on serene Inle Lake
  • Have a lifetime experience of thousands of pagodas and capture them in your camera from the magical hot air balloons
  • Thousands of oil lamps being lit at the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Yangon

Arrive in Yangon, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Belmond Governor’s Residence.

Dinner

Day 2Yangon | Queen of the East

Today, enjoy your first taste of Myanmar, a profoundly Buddhist country, where many ancient
traditions still flourish. Visit the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-foot-long statue
with an expressive enamel face. This evening, transfer to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred
Buddhist site in Myanmar, for a sunset oil lamp lighting ceremony. Standing nearly 330 feet tall,
the venerated stupa is covered in gold leaf and topped by a finial encrusted with thousands of
diamonds, rubies, sapphires and other precious gems. View this mesmerizing wonder first hand,
as your local guide explains the history behind the holy relics it enshrines, which include strands
of hair from the head of Siddhārtha Gautama, the Buddha. This evening, gather for a special welcome dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3Bagan | Temples &; Pagodas

Fly to Bagan, a city with more than 2,000 Buddhist pagodas and temples, the first of which was
built by King Anawrahta in 1044. Upon arrival, you are taken to a local restaurant for lunch before
continuring to your hotel. After a short rest, continue your journey to see the Shwezigon Pagoda,
Bagan’s greatest reliquary, built to house the Buddha’s collarbone, frontal bone and tooth. At sunset, Ride Like a Local as you weave your way through the temple ruins on the back of a horse cart.
Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4Bagan | Ballooning Above the Temples

Rise early for an exhilarating hot air balloon ride (weather permitting) over Bagan, as dawn illuminates the gold- and sandcolored stupas. After breakfast, visit the well-preserved Ananda Temple, built in 1090. Next, travel to the village of Wetkyi-In to see the wonderful Kubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its ancient murals. Board luxurious all-balcony ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’ your home for a three-night cruise on the timeless Irrawaddy River. After lunch on board, visit a local lacquerware workshop before proceeding to the Gunee Temple complex to enjoy the sunset. Return to the ship for dinner.’Sanctuary Ananda’

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Cruising the Irrawaddy | A Timeless Journey

After breakfast on board ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’ explore Nyaung Oo Market and observe the locals selling and bartering for goods. Return to the ship for lunch and begin your cruise along the Irrawaddy River. Listen to a special onboard talk about Myanmar’s history and vision for the future, followed by
demonstrations of the longyi (traditional Burmese cloth worn by men and women) and thanakha
(a white cosmetic paste made from ground bark).’Sanctuary Ananda’

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Cruising the Irrawaddy | U Bein Bridge

Today, learn the secrets of Burmese cuisine during a cooking demonstration at a delightful Chef’s Table experience. After lunch, disembark to visit Sagaing, a former royal city renowned for its monasteries, pagodas and stupas . Proceed to Amarapura, where you embark by boat to view the picturesque U Bein Bridge — the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world — for a spectacular Scenic Sundowner. Watch locals riding bikes, carrying crops and commuting from work cross this tall, iconic landmark for an insight into everyday life here as well as an ideal sunset photo opportunity. ‘Sanctuary Ananda’

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Mandalay | Icons & Evening Prayers

After breakfast on board, explore a gold-leaf workshop, where the metal is hammered paper-thin and prepared for use in some of Myanmar’s holiest sites. This afternoon, visit the Shwenandaw Monastery and view the more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist religious texts at Kuthodaw
Pagoda, referred to as the biggest book in the world. Later, witness evening prayers at Shwe Kyin Monastery. Rupar Mandalar Resort

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Inle Lake | Floating Gardens

Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe to visit a Shan paper workshop. Enjoy a firsthand look at the artisans who produce this distinctive paper, using fibers from the mulberry bush, and craft a wide range of items from it, most notably Burmese parasols. After lunch, board a boat and explore the ingenious floating gardens of Inle Lake. To create these gardens, used for growing fruit and vegetables, fishermen gather together lake plants such as water hyacinths and seagrass and anchor them with bamboo poles embedded in the lake bottom. Layers of mud, ash and more vegetation are then applied to form a farmable surface strong enough to stand upon. Also, visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery to view the Buddha statues on display in intricately decorated shrines. Transfer to your lakeside boutique hotel for the evening.
Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinnner

Day 9Inle Lake | Fifth-Day Market & Private Boat Race

Visit the Fifth-Day Market, where hill tribe people in traditional dress barter for goods and produce. Stop for lunch at the Intha Heritage House, savoring dishes made from recipes handed down for generations. Then, privately witness an Intha boat race with afternoon tea. Marvel at the coordinated effort required by the 20 participants per boat, each using the traditional single-leg rowing technique that local fishermen still employ. Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda & Farewell Dinner

Fly to Yangon and transfer to your hotel. After time at leisure, visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) to see where locals gather, socialize and shop. Later, savor afternoon tea with a local writer and former colleague of Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Tonight, toast your time in Myanmar at a special farewell dinner. Belmond Governor’s Residence

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11Departure Day / Yangon

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Breakfast

Included

  • Experienced English speaking Guide
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Boat trips
  • Bottled drinking water for sightseeing
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in twin shared room in a hotel
  • Simple first aid kit
  • International flight reconfirmation
  • Service Charge

Excluded

  • Entrance fees at visiting sites not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch, dinner & beverages
  • Tips, portage or any expense of personal nature
  • Cameras and video permits for certain sites
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Accomodation

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Meals

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When to Travel?

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FAQs

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

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Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

– Austria – Euro (EUR)
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– Germany – Euro (EUR)
– Italy – Euro (EUR)
– Netherlands – Euro (EUR)
– Switzerland – Swiss franc (CHF)
– United Kingdom – Pound sterling (£)

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