Day 1: Yangon
Our representatives will meet you on your arrival at Yangon International Airport and from there you will transfer to the hotel. Today’s sightseeing tour includes the old colonial-style city center with its gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years; the Bogyoke (SCOTT’S) Market with its hundreds of stores; and a visit to a gems shop. The tour continues on to Chauk Htat Gyi, a huge reclining Buddha image, and is followed by a photo stop made at Karaweik Hall, a royal floating barge. From there we stop for an extended visit to the great Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, which will conclude the tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold.
Lunch is not included. In the evening you will enjoy a Myanmar cultural show and dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan.
Upon arrival in Bagan, you will transfer to the hotel and then proceed with the sightseeing. We will start with the busy local market and continue on with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century; Ku Byauk Gyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; Khay Min Ga Temple, noted for its spectacular panoramic view of the area’s many monuments; and Ananda Temple with its four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior. Lunch is followed by a visit to a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop in the nearby Myinkaba village, and then sightseeing at the Manuha Temple, built in the Mon style in 1059. We move on to Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha; and Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple, noted for its ancient mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. We will observe the beautiful sunset in the vicinity of Bagan’s ancient monuments. Dinner at a riverside restaurant and overnight in Bagan.
Day 3: Bagan – RV Pandaw – Pakokku
Early start by horse-drawn carriage (when available) to Ywa Haung Gyi Temple to see the dawn rise over Bagan.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. Mid-morning transfer to RV Pandaw for embarkation and check-in. The river journey on this nostalgic ship starts at around noon. We then set sail for Pakokku, observing the rich and varied river life and magnificent scenery. In the late afternoon, we will dock in Pakokku, a port city set south of the Chindwin confluence. Here we will visit the important market, local pagodas and weaving shops by trishaw.
Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
Day 4: Pakokku – Sameikkon
The cruise continues past Chindwin to Sameikkon. We will stop to go for a walk in Sameikkon, a delightful village that was once a wealthy trading post of the colonial era, leaving a legacy of a number of splendid houses. There is a wonderful network of teak footbridges that connect the village to the local monastery.
Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
Day 5: Sameikkon – Mandalay, Amarapura and Sagaing
Today we set sail to Mandalay where your guide will be waiting to greet you upon arrival of the ship.
After disembarkation, you will drive to Amarapura, 15 km from Mandalay. There you will visit
Mahagandayon, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study. From there, we continue on to the 200-year-old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. We will visit the Bagaya Monastery with its superb collection of Buddha statues, and then proceed to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, to enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding areas and a beautiful sunset.
Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 6: Mandalay
For today, a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Mandalay includes the Mahamuni Pagoda with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves; Shwe Inbin, one of the most outstanding monasteries in the country; Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung or the Golden Palace Monastery, a superb example of a traditional wooden building; and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist
scriptures. A visit is also made to a jetty to observe daily life at the river and then to a craftsmen’s workshop to see the Kalaga tapestries being created.
Dinner and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 7: Mandalay – Yangon
We will drive to the new Mandalay Airport for your domestic flight to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon, we will transfer to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for leisure and to pursue individual interests.
Lunch is not included.
Dinner is at the hotel. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 8: Yangon – Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure.
Remarks: Every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible; however, given uncertain natural and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries are subject to alterations and delays at short notice.