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ROYAL MYANMAR INTRODUCTION 6DAYS 5NIGHTS

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ROYAL MYANMAR INTRODUCTION 6DAYS 5NIGHTS
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DAY 1: MANDALAY ARRIVAL– AVA – SAGAING - AMARAPURA – MANDALAY
DAY 2: MANDALAY
DAY 3: MANDALAY – BAGAN
DAY 4: BAGAN – POPA – SALAY – BAGAN
DAY 5: BAGAN - YANGON
DAY 6: YANGON – DEPARTURE
 
Day 1: MANDALAY ARRIVAL– AVA – SAGAING - AMARAPURA – MANDALAY
Arrival at MANDALAY airport. From Mandalay, drive towards the former royal capital of Innwa (Ava) located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers.  A local ferry carries you to the island where your horse cart and driver await you – no cars are allowed here.  Pass through the ancient city walls to visit the brick and stucco monastery of Maha Aungmye Bonzan (also known as Ok Kyaung) before continuing to the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. If time permits, visit some village homes to see local handicrafts such as silk weaving, cane mats and alms bowls.
In the afternoon, visit picturesque Sagaing, perhaps the living centre of Buddhist faith in Myanmar today. The hills here are dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Return across the Ayeyarwady River to the third former capital, Amarapura, via the Ava Bridge, built by British engineers. Take a sunset stroll on U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometer is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world.  Return to your hotel in Mandalay.

Lunch at local restaurant
Dinner on own account 
Accommodation at hotel

 

Day 2: MANDALAY
Optional:
Oriental Ballooning’s flights offer stunning bird’s eye views of the world-famous archaeological site of Bagan and the mystical landscape of Mandalay. There is no better way to enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire region, with the mighty Ayeyarwady River or the former royal capital at your feet and mysterious mountains on the horizon.
You will be collected from your hotel and provided with a light breakfast and safety briefing while the balloons inflate, before enjoying a sunrise flight lasting just under one hour.  Flights operate daily from 20 October 2014 in Bagan and 01 November 2014 in Mandalay, and run through 31 March 2015. 
Oriental Ballooning is operated by qualified European or UK pilots and technicians who are all registered in the United Kingdom. Cameron Balloons Ltd., the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality balloons, manufactures the equipment. 
 
Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Mandalay, a highlight of which is the Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Near the river lies visit Shwe-im-bin, a wooden monastery over 100 years old which is known for its lovely carving.  Stop at local workshops to see Kalaga tapestries being made, gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces, and Burmese sweets being made.
Mid-afternoon, you’ll take a trishaw ride to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname 'the world’s largest book'.  Next visit beautiful teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive World War II bombing. At Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda you’ll see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Atop Mandalay Hill lie glittering glass-studded temple walls which reflect the evening glow as you watch the sunset. Afterwards, visit Shwe Kyin Monastery to observe student monks start their evening prayers.

Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at local restaurant
Dinner on own account 
Accommodation at hotel
 
Day 3: MANDALAY – BAGAN
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Full day sightseeing tour, starting with the busy local market at Nyaung Oo.  Continue with visits to a selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon, Bagan's most important reliquary shrine – look out for images of the 37 'nats' (spirits) housed in a small hall - and Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-Inn village), a 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar-style temple built in Bagan, which boasts old murals and friezes. Your visit continues to Ananda Temple, a masterpiece of Mon-style architecture with four huge standing Buddha and an adjacent brick monastery with well-preserved 18th century murals. Stop for a photo of Bagan’s tallest temple; 61 meter-high Thatbyinnyu, known as the 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144.
Next visit a lacquer craftsman's workshop in nearby Myingaba village, where you’ll learn how this delicate art is made. Sightseeing continues with visits to Manuha Temple, built in the Mon style in 1059; Nanpaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha, and Gubyaukgyi (Myingaba) under the protection of UNESCO and noted for its ancient mural paintings. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River.

Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at local restaurant
Dinner on own account 
Accommodation at hotel
 
Day 4: BAGAN – POPA – SALAY – BAGAN
Optional:
There is no better or more spectacular view of the ancient kingdom of Bagan than from a hot air balloon. This world-famous archaeological site of more than a thousand Buddhist temples scattered over a plain is at its best when seen from a bird’s eye vantage, as the sun comes up gently over the Ayeyarwady River.
You will be collected from your hotel in Balloons Over Bagan’s vintage Renault bus, and provided with a light breakfast and safety briefing while the balloons inflate, before enjoying a dawn flight lasting just under one hour.  Flights operate daily from 01 October 2014 through 31 March 2015.
Balloons over Bagan is operated by qualified pilots and technicians who are all registered in the United Kingdom. Cameron Balloons Ltd., the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality balloons, manufactures the equipment. Eleven balloons carrying a total capacity of 140 passengers are available for pre-booking.
 
Full day to explore the countryside around Bagan. From your hotel drive to Mount Popa (46km, about 1hour), home to Myanmar's intriguing 'nats' (spirits). The 777 steps to the top of Mount Popa provide an energetic climb rewarded by fabulous views from the top.  In the afternoon, drive to the town of Kyaukpadaung and visit the local market before continuing to Salay. Visit Yokesone Monastery, built on 154 teak posts and known for its 130-year-old beautiful wooden carvings of the ‘Jataka Tales’ (stories from the Buddha’s life) which decorate the outer walls. (The monastery is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays). Continue to Payathonzu, a complex of three brick shrines with mural paintings from the Bagan period, and see Man Paya - a large lacquer Buddha image, said to date from the 13th century.  Return to Bagan through Chauk (53km, about 1hour), where you will see old Burma Oil installations ('nodding donkeys'), and the banks of the Ayeyarwady River.  Arrive in Bagan and transfer to hotel.

Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at local restaurant
Dinner on own account 
Accommodation at hotel
 
Day 5: BAGAN - YANGON
Transfer to Nyaung Oo (Bagan) Airport for domestic flight to Yangon. Start your sightseeing with a drive to the famous Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbor, where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Visit Botathaung Pagoda, close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics. You then drive through the colonial-historical district, Chinatown, and the Indian quarter.  Make a photo stop at the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years, and a landmark in central Yangon.
In the afternoon, visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts and souvenirs. Stop alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Karaweik Hall and the Shwedagon. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide - its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. It is always full of people praying and making offerings, and is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Return to your hotel.

Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at local restaurant
Dinner on own account 
Accommodation at hotel
 
Day 6: YANGON – DEPARTURE
Yangon retains one of the most complete ensembles of colonial architecture in the world. This walking tour in Yangon reveals some of the heritage buildings and the rich history of their functions and inhabitants up to the present day. 
Transfer from your hotel to Yangon City Hall, located at the heart of the colonial-era city. Built in 1936 by Myanmar architect U Tin, it is a massive building with traditional tiered roofs, a combination of European design and engineering technology with traditional Myanmar flourishes.  Nearby is the former Immigration Department. This building was designed in 1910 to be the country’s most upmarket department store, Rowe & Company. With its corner tower and top-floor balconettes, the structure retains an air of its former opulence. Proceed to the High Court, a 1911 brick building designed by the architect John Ransome, and another outstanding example of the grand Imperial style.
Continue to Strand Road, home to the three-storey former New Law Courts, built in 1931 with an imposing colonnade of Ionic columns. Next stop is the 1916 Custom House, a large building with an elegant white tower and double-faced clock above the entrance. The Art Deco period Myanma Port Authority is noted for its imposing square corner tower, wave-inspired stuccowork, and bas-relief sculptures of sailing vessels. The former Irrawaddy Flotilla Company’s graceful white building and colonnaded façade is another landmark.
Walk past the red brick General Post Office to the luxurious Strand Hotel, built in 1901 by the Sarkies brothers, Armenian hoteliers. Here you’ll enjoy well-earned refreshments (non-alcoholic) in the Bar, and later, transfer back to your hotel. The Ideaindochina Travel tour guide and car remain at the clients’ disposal for further sightseeing or shopping until transfer back to Yangon International Airport for departure flight.

Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at local restaurant
 
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