Burma Discovery - 10 Days
Starts : Yangon City, ends : Yangon City
Highlights: Yangon • Bagan • Dallah Village • Inle Lake • Mandalay • Ayeyarwaddy River
Trip code: MTP-BD-10
Day 1 Yangon , Burma (Myanmar) Arrival Day. City Walking Tour and Shwedagon Pagoda
Soon after arriving at Yangon International Airport and transferring to your centrally located hotel, you get acquainted with your guide(s) over lunch. You set out on foot to explore the colonial heritage of one of Southeast Asia's most evocative capitals, Yangon, with its unique spiritual atmosphere, broad tree-lined avenues, bustling waterfront, and
teeming markets. Yangon, translated as "End of Strife," was founded by King Alaungpaya in the mid-18th century, and anglicized to "Rangoon" when the British annexed Burma in 1885. Now Burma's educational and commercial center, it has a population of over five million people.
Day 2 Dallah Village, the World Peace Pagoda
Following breakfast, you are driven through the colonial heart of the city to the foot-passenger ferry terminal. From there, you catch a 10-minute ferry across the swiftly flowing Yangon River to the peaceful, rural area known as Dallah. In Dallah you walk through Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim villages where communities live together peacefully.
Day 3 Transfer to Heho. Inle Lake Hot Springs
After breakfast, you board a plane for the approximately one-hour flight to Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake. Considered Burma's most beautiful lake, Inle Lake's calm waters are surrounded by high hills and dotted with floating gardens and stilted villages. From Heho you board a private coach for a stunning drive (approximately one hour), which winds though heavily forested hills of banyan, jacaranda, acacia, and rubber trees, interspersed with monasteries, stupas, and small lakes. You descend to the wide plateau where most of the country's rice is grown along with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and sugarcane and soon stop for lunch at a small hotel. After lunch, nearby at a small jetty, a private boat picks you up for the 30-minute ride to your lakeshore hotel. En route you may pass local Intha fishermen, known as "leg rowers," who are famous for propelling flat-bottomed boats by standing on one leg and wrapping the other around the oar.
Day 4 Inle Lake to Forest Monastery. Inle Lake boat tour
Inle Lake is the second largest natural lake in Burma, and while located in the low point of the Nyaungshwe Valley between two parallel north south mountain ranges in the southern Shan State, it sits at an elevation of 4,358 feet among hazy blue mountains. Your exploration of this shallow 14-mile-long and 7-mile-wide lake continues this morning with a 20-minute boat trip to the village of Maing Thauk. Here you walk to the Forest Monastery along a trail shaded with tamarind trees, passing mango and sugarcane plantations. Ascending into the jungle (approximately 750 feet), the trail crosses a deep gorge with a stream running below. Bird calls punctuate the journey, and you may spot monkeys in the trees. Arriving at the monastery, Buddhist monks may be gathering for their mid-morning meal. Further along the trail from the monastery is a stupa, which overlooks Inle Lake and the surrounding hills.
Day 5 Transfer to Mandalay. Mandalay Hill. Traditional marionette show
Early risers may greet the new Day watching the sun rise through the mist over the lake. Following breakfast, your last boat ride on the lake returns to the jetty and waiting coach for the transfer to the Heho Airport for the 30-minute flight to Mandalay. Once Burma's capital, Mandalay is still considered to be the country's cultural and religious heart with some of its most spectacular pagodas and temples.
This morning your guide(s) offer an optional pre-breakfast walk along the palace moat (located just in front of the hotel). Each side of the moat (and palace wall) is just over a mile long, and at this cooler time of Day you can join the locals as they walk, jog, or practice Tai Chi. Following breakfast, a drive out of the city (approximately 45 minutes) takes you through open farmland, soon reaching the narrow river crossing point to Inwa, previously known as Ava. Crossing to the other side by boat, you then board horse-drawn buggies for a short ride to the old city wall. Passing through the ancient gate, you begin a walk through serene countryside, visiting historic sites along the way. There are virtually no cars in Inwa, and the farmland consists of fields of soybeans, rice, and sunflowers. The highlights of Inwa include an ancient monastery, made entirely of teak and supported by enormous teak posts, and a crumbling pagoda with large stone statues of Buddha dating back to the 15th century. Again riding in a horse and buggy, you reach a restaurant located on a quiet spot by the river to enjoy lunch.
Day 7 Transfer to Bagan. Ancient Temples
ToDay is a transfer Day, and after breakfast you depart Mandalay for the short 20-minute flight to the historic city of Bagan, considered one of Asia's richest archeological sites. Located on the lush delta plain, Bagan was once a great royal city, at its peak in the 10th century, during which time over 13,000 temples were constructed. Although the majority of the temples have been destroyed, hundreds of temples, shrines, pagodas, and monuments-from simple to magnificent-remain and are spread over 15 square miles, seemingly as far as the eye can see.
Day 8 balloon flight over Bagan. Paya-thone-zu Temples; Old Bagan
If you reserved the optional balloon ride, you are picked up early in the morning to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Bagan and the Ayeyarwaddy River. Gentle winds not exceeding 15 miles per hour guide the balloon, allowing passengers a serene, bird's-eye view of ancient temples. On average the flight lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour. (The cost of approximately $265 USD per person for this flight option is not included in your tour price and must be pre-paid to Country Walkers.)
Day 9 Transfer to Yangon. Inya Lake and Bogyoke Market
The itinerary comes full circle as you return by plane to Yangon, arriving mid-morning. Immediately on the agenda is a walk through a leafy neighborhood inhabited by many of Yangon's professionals. A brief stop in a local teashop provides a window into daily life before continuing on to the shores of Inya Lake, a favorite spot for students and young couples to come to stroll along the boardwalk.
Day 10 Departure from Yangon
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The tour price includes all hotel accommodations with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available accommodations without sacrificing value. Although the quality may vary slightly from one hotel to another, our commitment to your comfort is unwavering. Two-bedded rooms and One-beded with Queen size rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are accommodated in two-bedded rooms plus a rollaway cot where available, and are not recommended for comfort.
All transfers and road transport in modern, air-conditioned vehicles
- For a private smaller groups (2pax -10pax), modern sedan cars and minibuses are used.
- For tour groups of 11pax or more travelers, air-conditioned Hyundai with 19- 25-35 seats are used on all road journeys. These vehicles are designed with excellent viewing windows and a high roof. All our vehicles are modern, spacious, comfortable, well-maintained, and safe
•Complimentary airport transfer on arrival and on departure days
All Breakfasts & Lunches on tour
• Breakfast – Is always included on all Vietnam Royal Tourism – European Continental breakfasts are supplied at the hotels where you stay. The Continental style usually consists of rolls, butter, jams, tea or coffee and juices.
• Lunch - Your Lunch meals are included and generally served at a local restaurant
• Dinner – is not included and is always up to you – allows you the freedom to eat what you want and enjoy the local flavors.
Please note: If you have special dietary requirements (eg Vegetarian), let us know so we can notify restaurants and prepare appropriate food for you.
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All sightseeing as specified including entrance fees
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