|8 days and 7 nights|
Myanmar (Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake)
This tour can be:
- on SIC Basis (guaranteed departures every Monday minimum 2 PAX)
- on private basis (daily departures, rates based on 2 pax)
On the last day, the flight Heho / Rgn (Yangon) arrives in the morning, so it is necessary that to book the international flight for the return of passengers in the AFTERNOON.
Otherwise you will need to spend another night in Yangon. In this case, you can add an extra during the booking process which will include dinner on the last day + overnight at hotel in Yangon with breakfast + transfer to the airport the next day.
Day 1: - Yangon
Arrival at the international airport in Yangon - transfer to the hotel (free lunch) - Yangon Tour was founded in 1755 and is one of the most fascinating cities in Asia. Until 2006 Yangon was also the capital of the country, before it was officially moved to a city built from nothing hundreds of kilometers to the north and in the middle of the tropical jungle, Naypyitaw. It remains one of the most important shopping centers. The city has 6 million inhabitants of different Burmese ethnic groups coexist peacefully with the Indians and Chinese, and is a fascinating mixture of buildings of different styles:
English Victorian period, Chinese, Burmese, Indian ... watered by rivers and two lakes, shady parks and tree-lined avenues from which the towering spiers of the many pagodas scattered everywhere. The Burmese people as the traditional "Longji" (sarong) and women use to beautify your face with a whitish cream, "tanaka", from plants. The Strand Road, the main street, along the Irrawaddy River, which runs through the city and the busy port area hub for commerce and communication. The tour includes: the gigantic reclining Buddha and Shwedagon pagoda. A myriad of small pagodas, temples, shrines, pavilions and statues, framed by the powerful central stupa that rises to nearly one hundred meters, completely covered with plates of gold and embellished with gems and diamonds in the umbrella on top. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: - Bagan - Boat ride on the river at sunset!
Towards the middle of the eleventh century, under King Anawrahta (1044-1077), Bagan became one kingdom starting a golden age in which the Mon culture, and especially its form of Theravada Buddhism, exerted a dominant influence . King became a staunch supporter of the ideas and practices Theravada, starting a large construction program in support of the new religion. From the reign of Anawrahta until the conquest by Kublai Khan's forces in 1287, the area was the vibrant center of a bustling religious architecture.
Early morning transfer to the airport - flight Yangon / Bagan - arriving in about 1 hour. It is thought that here probably more than 13,000 temples are constructed, pagodas and other religious facilities, of which there are about 2,000 now. A unique heritage of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia and the world. In 2002 it was awarded the status of World ARRIAGE. Two main types of historical architectural structures are located in the Bagan area. The pagoda or stupa (in Burmese Zedi) is one of the main Buddhist monuments. Originally a pile of stones, has become a tomb, then it acquired the cosmic symbolism of the Buddha. The other is the temple, or Pahto, which can take a variety of forms. The temples (gu) were inspired by the caves dug into the rock by the Buddhists in India. They were larger and multi-storey buildings, places of worship that included richly frescoed corridors with sacred images and statues. In the plain of Bagan there are over 2,200 monuments still standing and remains an equal number of ruins: earthquakes, floods and invasions destroyed many temples and stupas. Start the visit of Bagan with its spectacular temples and pagodas, as the temple of Thatbyinnyu. Its name means omniscient, one of the attributes of the Buddha. Erected in the mid-twelfth century. by Alaungsithu reaches 60 m. high and it is one of the tallest buildings of the plain. It is said that the small adjacent pagoda, the Tally, was constructed by placing a brick for every ten thousand used in the construction of Thatbyinnyu. Visit the Dhammayangyi Temple, the most massive shrine of Bagan.
In the afternoon we visit the village of Minnanthu, where are the important temples still visible frescoes and off the tourist circuit, in a rural setting of great serenity. River navigation Irawaddy at sunset on a local boat. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
Day 3: - BAGAN - Horse-drawn carriage tour of the temples!
The program continues as day Wednesday as the basic sic, with subsequent visit to Bagan. Stop at the colorful market in Nyaung-oo, very animated in the morning hours, then visit the beautiful Shwezigon pagoda, whose bell-shaped stupa became the prototype for all the other pagodas in Burma. Followed by visits to other pagodas and temples of the most important and spectacular, and the factory of the beautiful lacquer, typical of Bagan. Visit the Ananda temple, the temple Manuha particular, carriage ride up to finish with an unforgettable panoramic sunset from the top of a pagoda. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: BAGAN MANDALAY --- (overland)
DCapitale 1857-1885, Mandalay is today an important cultural, religious and commercial center of Myanmar. Here they alternated the Burmese capital since the fall of Bagan, until its fall during the English domination and the adventurous escape the Last King of Burma in India. Various buildings in and around the town testify to the ancient splendor of the last Burmese kingdom.
(OPTIONAL: hot air balloon flight at dawn on the archaeological site.)
After breakfast, depart for Mandalay through the landscapes of Burma Center: you can see the crops, villages, and local life. Arrival in Mandalay after about four hours. The last capital of the Burmese kingdom, before the British occupation it decreed the end, sending into exile the unfortunate King Thibaw, it is now the country's second city with a population of around one million. In the afternoon begins the visit includes a stop at the workshops of puppets and tapestries, and a visit to Shwenandaw monastery, with beautiful wooden carvings, wonderful example of traditional art Burmese and only survivor of the Palace buildings Real were completely destroyed during World war II. So the Kuthodaw Paya, which was the result of a great synod of 2,400 monks, called by King Mindon in 1857 to establish the final canon of the oldest original text of the 15 holy books that handed down the teachings of Buddha. The text was carved in Pali on 729 marble slabs. It is estimated that, to read the entire "book", a person would take at least eight hours a day for 450 days. Continue to the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill. Overnight at hotel in Mandalay.
Day 05: - Mandalay - Mingun Amarapura - Mandalay
Buddhist ritual of the donation of the meal to the monks After breakfast, start now visiting the charming Anmarapura, where we witness the procession and the silent communal meal of the monks in a large non-touristy monastery Continue to the bridge U Bein, the teak deck throughout the world's longest on which to walk. (For those who want to take the boat on the lake, you pay a modest fee on the spot). Visited the Mahamuni pagoda, the great statue of the seated Buddha from dall'Arakhan covered with gold sheets votive, continue through the neighborhood where they work marble. Walk in the colorful market. Lunch at local restaurant. Then, transfer to Mingun, ancient royal city, local boat. Along the banks of the river they are observed landscapes and scenes of the river life. Visit the archaeological site of Mingun which includes the huge unfinished pagoda, the largest bell in the world, weighing 90 tons, and Myatheindan pagoda, built with special white spire, symbolizing mythological mountains. Return to Mandalay always by boat. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 06: - Inle Lake - Shan State - The Pagodas Remote Of Taung Tho (east coast inle) -ESCLUSIVA! -
Inle Lake is a shallow body of water, about twenty kilometers long and ten in his point more broad. It is clear, of particular interest because of several environmental factors, the serenity of the people and the sweetness of the landscapes. In this exceptional place the 80,000 inhabitants of the Intha ethnicity which means "Sons of Water," live, work, study, pray, all the water! Transfer to the airport and a short flight from Mandalay to Heho, Shan State, on the border with Thailand, said the "Switzerland of Myanmar" for beautiful mountain landscapes. Arrival and departure to Lake Inle through scenic route, arriving in about 1 hour. We embark on motor launches and immediately begins the tour of Lake Inle, the lake is very nice and extremely picturesque! He meets the world in itself a unique population, that of Intha, who lives on the lake, and the lake draws life. fish with a special conical pot, floating gardens built with mud and water hyacinths and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Excursion to the remote Pagodas Taung Tho through one of the most scenic areas of Lake Inle, through villages on stilts and floating gardens. Coming back we stop at the village of Impawkone with textile cooperative of women Intha precious silks and fabrics from lotus flowers. Overnight at hotel in Inle.
Day 07: - The Mysterious Site of Inthein
Breakfast. Morning departure by motor launches for r the villages in the central part of the lake, visit the lovely hills of Inthein, in a secondary arm of the lake. Here lives the minority Pa-Oh, the second largest ethnic minority in Shan State. Walk in the village before venturing on a long avenue full of stalls, which leads to the top of a hill where the magnificent Buddhist complex in Inthein composed of hundreds of stupa covered with vegetation dating back to the thirteenth century, surrounding an ancient monastery. It returns to the dock through a forest of tall bamboo. In the afternoon you can see the famous crops of fruit and vegetables floating on water, visiting the monastery Nga Pha Kyaung, once famous for cats trained by monks, and the great pagoda Phaung Daw U Kyaung, the most important of the Shan State. Return for overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08: - Back to Yangon and departure (afternoon)
Transfer to airport for flight to Yangon. It ends consistent with the international departure time visiting the city of Yangon. Lunch in local restaurant, transfer to the airport and departure.