DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO YANGON – SIGHTSEEING
DAY 2: YANGON – KYEIKHTIYO SIGHTSEEING
DAY 3: KYEIKHTIYO – BAGO – YANGON
DAY 4: DEPARTURE HOME
Land at Yangon International Airport in the morning. Meet & greet by your English speaking guide and transfer to visit the magnificent Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi, take a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall, a ‘Hamsa-bird’ shaped floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. Complete your first day in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Shwedagon Pagoda – One of Buddhism’s most sacred sites, is adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf, along with thousands of diamonds and other gems, and is believed to enshrine eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha as well as relics of three former Buddha’s.
After the tour return back to the hotel and free at leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Land at Nyaung U Bagan Airport and transfer to Nyaung Oo Market to experience local ways of trading. Then proceed the visit the most significant Pagoda and temples of Bagan including Shwezigon Pagoda, built by king Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; Gu Byanuk Gyi and Ananda Temple, with four famous standing Buddha images.
In the afternoon, visit one of Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts, a lacquer ware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village. You will continue to Manuha Temple, built in the Mon style in 1059. Next you will explore the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, a temple noteworthy for its mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. At the end of or tour enjoy 30 min ox-cart ride to enjoy sunset over the famous Ayeyarwaddy River from one of the Temples. Transfer to the hotel for check-in
Breakfast at the hotel. Today our program includes “Full Day trip to Mount Popa”. We will drive for about 1.5hrs to enjoy breathtaking scenery and spectacular views. Mount Popa, 48kms south east of Bagan is an extinct volcano that rises 2417 feet above the northern plains. On top of this striking tower lies the most important ‘Nat’ (Spirit) shrine in Myanmar. The mountain is the abode of the powerful ‘Nat’ known as the Popa Goddess, or Popa Mother. She is considered to be kinder than most spirits and is the protector of women. The complex of shrines is accessed by a 25 minute climb and there are panoramic views from the top. Tradition says you should avoid wearing red or black on the mountain as this may offend the resident spirits. Festivals take place here throughout the year.
On the way back, a short stop at a locally run toddy palm, sugar & sky beer (toddy palm juice) shop and plantation. You will return back to the hotel and free to relax.
After breakfast transfer to airport for domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, proceed the sightseeing tour includes the old colonial-style city center including the gilded Sule Pagoda dating back over 2,000 years.
In the afternoon, take 30-45 minutes ride on board the circular train.
Opened in 1961, the train carries an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people a day, starting and ending at the Central Station in downtown Yangon. The circle train will throw you into life the way the locals live it, and it’s a great way to participate without being obtrusive. There are several stops along the ride where you can take pictures, buy drinks from the locals or simply disembark
Of course we cannot miss a stop at Scott’s Market which is a heaven for shopping lovers. Bogyoke Aung San Market (formerly Scott’s Market) – was built in 1926, late in the British rule of Myanmar, and although it is commonly believed to be named after James George Scott, the British civil servant who introduced football to Myanmar, it is actually named after the Municipal Commissioner of the time, Mr. Gavin Scott. The ground floor and the 1st floor are lined with small antique shops selling old coins, bank-notes, postage stamps and medals. In the middle of the market are jewelers, selling famous Burmese jade, Burmese rubies and other precious stones. After the tour transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of the trip
English speaking station guides on excursions
Hotel accommodation in twin/double sharing rooms
Daily breakfast at the hotel
All transfers by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with mineral water and cold towels
All tours and sightseeing with entrance fees as per program
Return flight Yangon – Bagan – Yangon (Economy class)
All service charges, government taxes and handling fees
International flight tickets to/from Myanmar
Visa to Myanmar
Tip for guides & drivers, bellboys, boats, restaurants …
Personal travel insurance
Any other cost not mentioned in the Inclusions