|Duration||: 6 Days/ 5 Nights|
|Destination||: Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Yangon|
|Tour Code||: MHT-015|
Day 1: Yangon – Bagan
Early morning transfer to the airport for flight to BAGAN. Upon arrival, drive to the colorful local market and stroll through the vendors shops. Continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; see 12th century frescoes adorning the corridors of KYANSITTHA CAVE TEMPLE; KU BYAUK GYI, a temple with superb murals of Jataka scenes; HTILOMINLO, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes and ANANDA TEMPLE, with four standing Buddha images; THATBYINNYU TEMPLE, known as ‘temple of omniscience’ and dating from 1144.
After lunch at a local restaurant, learn about one of Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts at a lacquerware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby MYINKABA village.
Continue to DHAMMAYANGYI, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 that is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork; next you will explore the MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE, a temple noteworthy for its mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. The ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM is also visited to view beautiful Buddha images of bronze, stone and lacquer. Proceed to BUPAYA PAGODA or SHWESANDAW PAGODA to watch the sunset over the famous Ayeyarwaddy River. Dinner is taken at a riverside local restaurant and overnight stay in Bagan.
Day - 2 Bagan
After breakfast, visit the site of SULAMANI, one of Bagan’s great two-storied Bamar style Temple that has 4 seated Buddha images; LEMYETHNA TEMPLE, topped by an Indian-style spire similar to ANANDA. Then the three shrines of PAYATHONZU (if open), which are connected by passages adorned with Mahayanist or Tantric mural paintings and NANDAMANYA TEMPLES noted for exquisite murals of 13th century. Bagan is not only the site of thousand year old temples and pagodas, but also of many quaint villages scattered throughout the temple plain.
Visit the village of MINNANTHU to see how the local people’s lives. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon get on a horse cart and venture out to some of the more off-the-beaten track temples and pagodas. We don’t follow the trotted trails but take you over dusty roads and small paths through one thousand years of history. See ABEYADANA TEMPLE with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology; MANUHA TEMPLE, built in the Mon-style in 1059, NANBAYA TEMPLE, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha and MYAZEDI STUPA to see Myanmar’s “Rosetta Stone”, bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Return to hotel by horse cart. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Bagan.
(Optional: Experience the magic of Bagan and a thousand years of history from the enchanting platform of a hot air balloon, for the first time ever. ‘Balloons over Bagan’ offer visitors exclusive sunrise champagne flights over the ancient pagodas of Bagan from late October to April. (Details see ‘Balloons over Bagan’)
Day - 3 Bagan - R.V Pandaw or R.V Paukan
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure until transfer to the jetty. Board the river cruise ship RV Pandaw which will be your home for the next three days and your river journey to Mandalay. Set sail for PAKOKKOU, while you are observing the diverse river life and the magnificent scenery. In the late afternoon you will dock in Pakokku, a port city set south of the Chindwin confluence. You will visit the local market, important pagodas and weaving stores of the characteristic Myanmar cotton blankets by traditional trishaw. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board of RV Pandaw or RV Paukan.
NOTES: Itinerary and stops during the cruise are subject to changes depending on river conditions and local circumstances.
Day - 4 R.V Paukan / Pandaw
Breakfast on board. Cruise all day with stop en route in the morning to visit YANDABO, a typical river village specialized in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the first Anglo-Burmese War was signed on Feb. 24 1826. Moor overnight nearby a village (Ywar Thit Gyi or Pauk Myaing Pauk Taw) few miles away from Ava Bridge. Enjoy lunch, dinner and overnight on board of RV Paukan/ Pandaw.
Day - 5 R.V Paukan / R.V Pandaw - Mandalay
Enjoy the sunrise. After an early breakfast, the passengers will disembark at Sagaing Jetty (Thursday only) or Gawein Jetty (Sunday only) at around 09.30 hrs. After disembarkation, meet your Myanmar guide and transfer to your hotel. Lunch is taken at hotel.
In the afternoon you will experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including one of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar, the MAHAMUNI PAGODA; the SHWE INBIN MONASTERY; the GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA the world’s largest book, made of marble. Visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop as well as a gold-leaf manufacturing workshop before proceeding to MANDALAY HILL for sunset. Enjoy a traditional Myanmar Puppet Show at the Mandalay puppet theatre. Dinner is taken at a local restaurant and overnight stay in Mandalay.
Day - 6 Mandalay - Yangon
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to airport and fly back to YANGON. Upon arrival car and guide at your disposal until your departure flight.
Itinerary is subject to changes depending on confirmed flights, road conditions, river conditions and availability of rooms.
NOTES : During the forthcoming 2013/2014 season, Ayravata Cruises will operate the voyages between Bagan and Mandalay only on Tuesday and Friday.
All the cruises will be operated by RV Paukan 2007 or RV Pandaw1947. The name of the ship on which clients will travel will be confirmed at time of booking. We reserve the right to substitute one ship with the other without prior notice. If guests wish to travel on a particular Pandaw ship, please advise us so at the time of booking.
The language speaking guide does not accompany passengers during the cruise. Services are provided by the English-speaking crew of RV Pandaw.
All prices are subject to changes in case of increase of airfares, cruise, entrance fees etc.