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Spiritual Myanmar

Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days

Destinations Covered :Yangon - Inle - Mandalay - Monywa - Pakokku - Bagan - Popa - Yangon

Day 1 : Yangon

Meet with our guide on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Today's sightseeing tour includes the old colonial style city center, the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years and Bogyoke (Scott’s) Market (closed on Public Holidays & Mondays). You will then proceed to ChaukHtatGyi, a huge reclining Buddha image, followed by a photo stop at Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. An extended visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments 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. Accommodation at the hotel, in Yangon.

Day 2 : Yangon - Heho - Inle (Flight, Car, Boat)

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for a domestic flight to Heho. As soon as you arrive you will proceed by road to NyaungShwe and transferred to your the hotel for check- in. you will see the famous Inntha leg rowers, the floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. You will visit the PhaungDawOo Pagoda, one of the most sacred shrines in Myanmar, dating back to the 18th century; the NgaPheChaung Monastery, famous for its jumping cats trained by monks; the weaving village of Inpawkhon and one of the local markets in the Inle Lake region (on market days only).
Accommodation at the hotel, in Inle.

Day 3 : Inle - Inn Dein - Inle (Boat)

After breakfast depending on the water level, you will board a boat to the Western Shore of Inle Lake, where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the well hidden Inn Dein pagoda complex. Visit some more villages to see their way of life. Accommodation at the hotel, in Inle.

Day 4 : Inle - Heho - Mandalay (Flight, Car, Boat)

After breakfast, you will visit some villages at Inle on your boat. After that you will be transferred to the airport for a domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival transferred to your hotel. Accommodation at the hotel, in Mandalay.

Day 5 : Mandalay - Amarapura - Inn Wa - Sagaing – Mandalay (Car)

After breakfast, travel directly to Amarapura. You will visit Mahagandayon, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study. Then the visit will continue to the 150 years old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1851 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Then you will proceed to Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, to enjoy a magnificent view over the surrounding area. You will then go to Inn Wa and visit Bagayar monastery with 247 teak wood pillars built in 19 century, Nan Myint watch tower and Menu Okkaung. Back to Mandalay. Accommodation at the hotel, in Mandalay.

Day 6 : Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay (Boat, Car)

After breakfast excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwady river to Mingun about 11 km (1 hour) upriver from Mandalay. You will visit the magnificent 90 ton weighing Mingun Bell, Settawya Pagoda, Hsinbyume pagoda and the unfinished Mingun Pagoda, which was meant to become the largest stupa in Myanmar during the reign of King BodawPaya. Then, after the visit return Mandalay and visit Mahamuni Pagoda, Golden Palace Monastery: a superb example of a traditional wood work and Kuthodaw Pagoda (UNESCO Memory of the World), made of marble. Mandalay is also a major arts and crafts center. You will visit a Kalaga tapestry craftsmen’s shop to see the Kalaga tapestries being created. Finally enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill for sunset viewing.
Accommodation at the hotel, in Mandalay.

Day 7 : Mandalay - Monywa (Car)

After breakfast drive to Monywa (140 km, 4 hours). On the way to Monywa we will stop to make a visit at the Thanboddhay Pagoda. Inside the temple, you will see thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 500,000) decorating every wall, archway and niche and Bodhitataung Pagoda with one thousand Buddha images. Arrival in Monywa and drive to Po Win Hills by local truck to see more than one hundred of Buddhist statues and murals. Most exhibit the Innwa style but some may date from the 14th century. Nearby, you will see Shwe Ba Hill, which features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with Bubddha images. Drive back to Monywa. Accommodation at the hotel, in Monywa.

Day 8 : Monywa - Pakokku - Bagan (Car, Boat)

After breakfast tranfer to Pakokku (100 km about 3 ½ hours drive). Arrival in Pakokku and visit the local market and where you will see genuine indigenous regional open-air market with a vast array of things for sale including local’s snacks, fresh vegetables, ingredient, textiles, handy crafts, etc. If time allows it, you will continue your visit and see the small Thanaka vendors, the cheroots factory, the slippers workshop and the carving of wood sculptures. Then, you will take a local boat across the Ayeyarwaddy River to Bagan(approximately 2 hrs to Bagan).
Accommodation at the hotel, in Bagan.

Day 9 : Bagan (Car)

After breakfast you will start your day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan. Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; Kubyaukkyi, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments and Ananda Temple, with four standing Buddha images. In the afternoon you will visit one of Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts, a lacquer ware craftsmen’s workshop in the nearby Myinkaba village. You will continue to Manuha temple, built in the Mon style in 1059. Next you will explore the Myinkabargubyaukkyi temple, a temple noteworthy for its mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. After this, you will continue to Shwesandaw to watch the sunset over the famous Ayeyarwaddy River. Accommodation at the hotel, in Bagan.

Day 10 : Bagan - Popa - Bagan (Car)

After breakfast you will start your day with a visit to Mount Popa(50 km, about 1 ½ hours drive). Mount Popa is said to be abode of 37 Nats(spirits) and you can get panoramic view from Taungkalat after climbing 777 steps. Back to Bagan and visit more temples including the site of Tayokepyay temple in Min Nan Thu Village, PhayaThoneZu and Nandamanya Temples noted for exquisite murals of 13th century and Kyat Kan Cave monastery, a famous meditation retreat in Bagan and a visit to farming villages around Bagan will give you insight into the rural life of the local people. Accommodation at the hotel, in Bagan.

Day 11 : Bagan - Yangon (Flight, Car)

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast transfer to airport to take domestic flight to Yangon. Arrival Yangon where you will visit Bogyoke market, formerly known as Scott Market(closed on Public Holidays & Mondays) and china town to enjoy a colorful vegetable market.
Accommodation at the hotel, in Yangon.

Day 12 : Yangon Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.