5 days, 4 nights with Myanmar Travel

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS - 2 Days Yangon & 2 Days Mandalay 

(YANGON -  MANDALAY -  MINGUN - AMARAPURA )

 

DAY 1: YANGON / ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport welcome by our local guide and transfer to your Hotel. In the afternoon drive to Mawtin Jetty and take a rickshaw for a short trip along the Yangon River. Then visit Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda (a huge reclining Buddha), Karaweik Hall, a Royal floating barge on the Royal Lake for a photo stop. Late in the afternoon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: "The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city." This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.

 

DAY 2: YANGON  'local' - MANDALAY

Your guide and driver will  pick you up around 8 am.Head  to one of the colourful morning markets. Here you can find everything from fresh vegetables, fruits to fish and chicken, beef and pork meat. A certain smell will  lead you to the popular Burmese pastes… a mix of chilli and fish paste. Sit on tiny chairs in one of the tea shops and enjoy your local breakfast… be it Mohinga (a delicious fish soup served with noodles) or Onou Khoswe (coconut noodles) which comes with coriander, raw onions, boiled eggs and fried been cakes as a side dish. Most of our clients love this dish, although it is a breakfast…

Then continue your market discovery tour and enjoy your desert. May it be pancakes, steamed sticky rice with beans or donuts. Visit another market popular for its palata, but also selling flowers and fruits. Some fruits you might never have seen, try them!  It is time now for a real Burmese tea of just Green tea to digest your breakfast a bit and just sit at the tea shop and watch the people.

After your delicious unusual breakfast you will drive to Yangon’s train station (an old colonial building where time still stood still)  and board the slow moving circular train. The 20-30 minute ride is another kind of a glimpse into local life with  activities inside the train and  the outside passing  small wooden settlementsl and traditional markets. Your driver will pick you up at Insein station. Here your car awaits you to bring to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. 

On arrival, proceed to Amarapura the “City of Immortals”. Amarapura was the capital of upper Burma until 1850. As was the custom, most of the important wooden palaces and monasteries were taken down and transported to the new capital in Mandalay. On the way, visit Bagayar monastery, in which variety of Buddha images from 16th to 20th century are displayed. You can also visit to a library, where they stored the old palm leaf books on which Buddha scriptures were written. Then also visit to a house of hand weaving looms, where, they produce silk and cotton textiles. Amarapura’s silk has a very unique pattern, sometimes; some patterns even take 3 months to finish a longyi. Then have a leisure walk at U Bein teak wood bridge, which is over 150 years old. 

Overnight in Mandalay.

DAY 3: MANDALAY - MINGUN - MANDALAY
Enjoy a full day sightseeing of Mandalay: start with the Mahamuni Pagoda with its spectacular Buddha image covered in thick layers of gold leaf. Visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery, the "Incomparable Monastery", and the Kuthodaw Pagoda known as the world's Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures. Finally drive up to Mandalay Hill, a vantage-point for panoramic view of the city. One famous song in Myanmar said "if you want to live long, you have to go Mandalay Hill"

In the afternoon drive to the Mayan jetty and take a local riverboat to the ancient capital of Mingun (appr. 1 hour per way). Visit the Settawya Pagoda, with a footprint of the Buddha, walk to the huge Mingun Bell, see the nearby unfinished Mingun Pagoda, built to be the world’s biggest pagoda and visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda, a reproduction of the mythological Mt. Meru. Overnight in Mandalay.

 

DAY 4: MANDALAY - JADE MARKET- MANDALAY - INTL. AIRPORT

Early breakfast and before heading to the airport your guide will pick you up at the hotel to get started for an amazing morning experience.  Drive to 86th street for a walking tour of the surrounding streets. Mandalay is strategically located in Northern Myanmar, nearby the ruby, gold and jade mines and this has welcomed the merchants from China, India and Thailand who contributed to the jade market's flourishing.  Here you 

discover white, yellow and green jade which can  be found in all forms, from its raw, unpolished state to beautiful handcrafted jewelry.  Watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish the stones on wet saws and sellers and buyers involved in negotiating the best price. It is now the busiest time of the day! Before heading to the airport snack at one of the numerous tea shops. 

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              All prices in US$ per person; Validity: 01.10.18 to 12.04.19                   Price  incl. English, German, Spanish, Italian, French or Russian Guide    

 

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PLEASE ASK FOR SUMMER SPECIALS FROM MAY 1 - SEPTEMBER 30

 

Tour Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Tour Price for more than 2 Persons: Available upon Request

 

PLEASE NOTE:

A.m. prices are a guide line only. Please kindly contact us to get the best price as due to the fluctuation of the exchange rate as well as hotels might be already fully booked on your requested date (we then have to switch to a similar hotel category) the rates vary. Best is to get your travel period and your specific travel requirements.

 

Also during Christmas and New Year time some hotels charge compulsory Christmas and New Year Eve Dinners. Some hotels only announce these shortly before the Christmas holidays. Please contact us for further information.

 

SERVICE INCLUDED:

Bed and breakfast, domestic flights with Air Mandalay, Air Bagan, Asian Wings, Yangon Air or Air Kanbawza, air-con car/van/bus throughout the tour, boat: Mingun, English/ German/ Spanish/ Italian/ French or Russian speaking guide throughout the tour, entrance fees as in the itinerary, porter fees at the airports and jetties.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

International flight to/from Yangon, visa fees, early check-in and late check-out, porter fees at the hotels, tips, beverage, bank handling fees, etc.