Meet Me in Myanmar - 8 days

As Rudyard Kipling wrote ‘this is Burma and it is quite unlike any land you know about’. Experience the cultural delights of this extraordinary country across eight days, visiting the many religious buildings of Yangon, cruising down Irrawaddy River and exploring the many ancient stupas which fill Bagan’s incredible landscape.

April 11 - 18, 2020
$1314 CAD per person
Save 15% - Savings of $464 per couple

*Land only

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
• Yangon – visit highlights of the city on a guided tour including the reclining Buddha of Chaukhtagyi and the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda
• Sagaing Hill – enjoy spectacular views over rolling hills and and visit the impressive Thirty Caves Pagoda
• Mandalay – explore highlights including the Royal Palace and enjoy a beautiful sunset from Mandalay Hill
• Bagan – marvel at the historic Dhammayangyi Temple and the incredible Mingalazedi pagoda on a guided city tour
• Mingun – see the colossal Mingun Bell and the abandoned project to build the world’s largest pagoda
• Irrawaddy River – cruise on the river to Bagan, taking in the picturesque scenery and rural village life on the river banks
• Amarapura - discover the iconic U Bein Bridge at sunset and visit the Mahagandayon Monastery
• Nyaung-U – browse the bustling local market, visit the glittering Shwezigon Pagoda and explore the Kyansittha Cave Temple

INCLUDED
• 7 breakfasts and 2 lunches
• Riverboat cruise from Mandalay to Bagan or flight from Mandalay to Bagan between 01 Apr - 31 Jul each year. Dates can vary slightly according to the weather conditions.
• Escorted by an English speaking tour guide (for groups of 6 or more) and specialist guides at some sights
• Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 8
• 7 nights 3-4 star hotels
• One way economy class flights from Yangon - Mandalay and Bagan - Yangon
• Guided sightseeing - Yangon, Mandalay, Amarapura, Inwa and Bagan
• All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

NOT INCLUDED
• International flights and visa
• Entrance Fees: USD$55-65pp, paid in USD
• Tip for your tour guides. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guides is an entirely personal gesture
• Tipping Kitty: USD$35-45pp, paid in USD 

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ITINERARY

Day 1
Yangon
Saturday. Welcome to Myanmar and Yangon, the commercial and spiritual centre of the country. After your airport transfer to our hotel, the day is free to spend as you wish, acquainting yourself with the bustling streets of downtown Yangon or adjusting to the time difference before the activities of the next day. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting from your tour guide.
Overnight: Yangon

Day 2
Yangon pagodas, tea rooms & markets
We enjoy a tour of Yangon and its famous religious monuments today. In the heart of downtown we begin with a photo stop in front of Yangon City Hall, before visiting the Sule Pagoda, which is a peaceful place to retreat from the bustle of the city. The pagoda is near Maha Bandoola Park which is encircled by a host of colonial buildings and heritage sites, including Independence Monument and the High Court. We also visit the golden hollow Botahtaung Pagoda, which was originally built over 2500 years ago.

We enjoy lunch at the Yangon Tea House, which is reminiscent of the grand tea houses of colonial times and serves a delicious cup of traditional tea. Moving on we take a stroll around the colourful Bogyoke (Scott) Market, which sells an array of goods, including gemstones, handicrafts and clothes. Then we visit the giant 70 metre-long reclining Buddha of Chaukhtagyi Paya at Chaukhtagyi Pagoda, which has a crown encrusted in diamonds and other precious stones.

Later this evening we visit the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar, the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, where locals gather to make offerings and prayers. Standing at 90 metres tall, the gold leaf central stupa dominates the city’s skyline and turns vivid hues of yellow, orange and red when the sun begins to set.
Overnight: Yangon  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3
Mandalay & Mahagandayon Monastery
Yangon – Mandalay. Bidding farewell to Yangon we leave on a morning flight to Mandalay, Myanmar’s last royal capital before the start of the colonial era. Upon arrival we visit the Mahagandayon Monastery, which is located south of Mandalay, in the ancient city of Amarapura. This is the largest teaching monastery in the country and hundreds of monks from the monastery queue to receive their daily alms from the people.

Travelling into the city we explore the Royal Palace and see the teak carvings on the historic Shwenandaw Monastery. We also have the opportunity to visit a local handicraft workshop to see bronze sculpting, gold leaf marking and wood carving, before spending the afternoon at leisure. This evening we visit the world’s largest book at the Kuthodaw Pagoda and our day concludes at Mandalay Hill, where we can take in the wonderful views across the city and hope to enjoy a spectacular sunset.
Overnight: Mandalay  |  Breakfast

Day 4
Mingun & U-bein bridge
We cruise up the mighty Irrawaddy River to Mingun this morning, where we visit the remains of what could have been the world’s largest pagoda. Intended to reach a staggering height of 152 metres, work on the pagoda stopped after the death of King Bodawpaya in 1819. Dramatically split by an earthquake in 1838, the monumental structure is still incredibly impressive. We'll also see the mighty Mingun Bell.

We travel on to Sagaing Hill to take in the spectacular views over the river and the rolling hills, which are studded with pagodas and stupas. On top of the hill is the ancient Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin pagoda and we visit the remarkable Thirty Caves Pagoda and the Kaungmhudaw Pagoda.

This afternoon we drive to Amarapura, which is renowned for its textile industry. We see how traditional fabrics are woven at a cottage industry workshop before visiting famous U Bein Bridge, set over the enchanting Taungthaman Lake. Here we have the wonderful opportunity to see the bridge in all its glory at sunset. The silhouettes of monks commuting over the longest teak bridge in the world, as the sun sets, is an iconic image. In the evening we return to Mandalay.
Overnight: Mandalay  |  Breakfast

Day 5
Irrawaddy River Cruise to Bagan
Mandalay - Bagan. Transferring to the jetty this morning we board the MGRG express riverboat that plies the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan. The journey takes approx 9 hours where you'll be treated to breathtaking views interrupted only by scenes of everyday life as family fishing boats pass and children wave from the shore. Upon arrival in Bagan the evening is at leisure.

Please note: Between 01 Apr and 31 July each year the water level of the river is at its lowest which prevents cruises from operating. These dates do vary depending upon rainfall and the amount of water coming down the river. If travelling with us during this time a flight between Mandalay - Bagan replaces the cruise. Day 5 arrangements during this period are morning at leisure in Mandalay before transferring to Mandalay Airport to board the 30 minute flight to Nyaung Oo Airport and transfer to Bagan where we spend the night. Please also note that only breakfast is included when we fly to Bagan, lunch and dinner is excluded.
Overnight: Bagan  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6
Bagan's famed Stupas
Early this morning there's the opportunity to float over Bagan in a hot air balloon by booking our Ballooning Over Bagan Add-on. Nothing can quite prepare you for the spectacular sight of stupa-upon-stupa that fills the dusty plains of Bagan. Over 2,000 temples and pagodas dating back some 800 years creates one of the world’s most impressive skylines. Today we explore this mesmerising and peaceful Buddhist temple town.

Our sightseeing begins in the bustling river town of Nyaung-U to see the lively market in action and visit the glittering Shwezigon Pagoda, the simple Kyansittha Cave Temple and Manuha Temple which houses gigantic Buddha’s. Close by is the Nanpaya Temple, which was built by captive Thaton Kingdom King Makuta, and Ananda Temple, an existing masterpiece of the Mon architecture with four gold-leaf Buddhas.

The towering Thatbyinnyu Temple provides wonderful photo opportunities before heading over to Dhammayangyi Temple, a massive 12th century temple visible throughout Bagan. This is the best preserved of Bagan’s temples, hiding mysterious inner passageways and a dramatic history of death and murder. The magnificent Mingalazedi pagoda, the pinnacle of Myanmar pagoda architecture with its bell-like dome and intricate Jataka tiled terraces, is the last site of the day and a wonderful representation of Bagan’s architectural skills. On our way back to the hotel we also stop at a local lacquer workshop where we see how local craftsmen skillfully prepare Bagan’s most famous handicraft.
Overnight: Bagan  |  Breakfast

Day 7
Fly Bagan to Yangon, free time
Bagan - Yangon. Enjoy the morning at leisure ahead of an airport transfer for our flight to Yangon. We’ll be met on arrival and transferred to our hotel to spend the rest of the day as you wish, whether relaxing in the hotel or venturing out into the city.
Overnight: Yangon  |  Breakfast

Day 8
Yangon
Saturday. Today is the end of our Myanmar adventure, with airport departure transfers once you have checked out of your hotel. Opt to extend your stay and further explore this delightful city by booking post tour accommodation.
Breakfast

Terms & Conditions: 
Prices quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect ALL applicable savings, and are land only. Airfare extra. Save 15% applies to On The Go Tours Signature Tours - 8 days or longer only. New bookings only. Not combinable with any other offer except past passenger discount. Offer valid from November 11 - 25, 2019. Offer reliant on space availability and may be withdrawn at any time, and is subject to availability until booked. Subject to On The Go Tours Booking Terms and Conditions.