ITT 110 Journey Beyond Cultural Heartland

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DAY 1 Arrival Mandalay (by afternoon flight)
DAY 2 Inwa (AVA)-Amarapura
DAY 3 Mingun-Mandalay
DAY 4 Mandalay-Sagaing-Monywa
DAY 5 Monywa – Pakkoku (Car) / Boat ride to Bagan
DAY 6 Bagan full day sightseeing
DAY 7 Bagan/ Mt. Popa/ Bagan
DAY 8 Heho (by afternoon flight) – Kalaw
DAY 9 Kalaw - Inle
Day 10 Inle - Indein sightseeing
Day 11 Inle-Heho (flight)/Yangon full day sightseeing
Day 12 Day Free  / Departure Yangon

 

 

 

 


Program Code : ITT110
Program Type : Classical
Destinations :

Mandalay-Monywa-Bagan-Kalaw-Inle-Yangon

Duration : 12 Days

ITT - 110 -  JOURNEY BEYOND CULTURAL HEARTLAND  (12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS)

Day 01 Arrival Mandalay (by afternoon flight) ( - / - / - )

Arrive Yangon in the afternoon by flight. You will be welcomed by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Have a rest there before starting a short excursion to city center and Yangon river front.

Overnight at Mandalay.

Day 02 Inwa (AVA)-Amarapura ( B / - /- )

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Inwa, formerly known as AVA, a former Royal capital of Myanmar located at the confluence of the Ayeyarwaddy River and Myitnge River. After crossing the Myitnge River by small boat, taking a horse cart along the bumpy road to visit the ruins of the old royal capital includes the watch tower,the 27 meter tall leaning tower of old royal palace; Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery, the impressive brick and stucco monastery; Bargaya monastery, a splendid teak wood monastery with wood curving.

Drive to Amarapura; U Bein bridge, the world’s longest teak wood bridge across the Taungthaman lake, an ideal place to enjoy the sunset. Return to Mandalay Overnight at Mandalay.

Day 03 Mingun-Mandalay ( B / - /- )

Breakfast at the hotel. From the Mandalay Gawwein jetty, we will take a short boat ride up river to reach Mingun, located at the other side of the Ayeyarwaddy River and north of Mandalay. The boat ride is always pleasant as one can learn the ways of local life along the river. Sightseeing highlights includes Pathodawgyi, believed to be one of the largest brick base in the world and it would be one of the wonders of the world in case if it was completed; Mingun bell, said to be world’s biggest un-cracked ringing bell and Myatheindan pagoda, represents for Buddhist cosmology. Return to Mandalay.

Afternoon sightseeing includes Mandalay Royal Palace – a well planned palace located at the heart of today’s Mandalay city; Atumashi monastery, originally believed to be the best teak wood monastery in architecture and art works until it was burnt down and nowadays a new building of similar prototype exists there; Shwenandaw monastery, still existing masterpiece of last Myanmar kingdom’s architecture in teak and wood carving; Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the world’s largest book; and Mandalay Hill, regarded a natural watch tower in the plain region of Mandalay, to view the sunset.

Overnight at Mandalay.

Day 04 Mandalay-Sagaing-Monywa ( B / - /- )

After breakfast at the hotel visit Sagaing, a former capital of Shan Kingdom and Myanmar Kingdom. Sagaing nowadays is renowned as the religious center of Myanmar because of over 400 monasteries spreading throughout the hillocks. After crossing the Inwa bridge (also called Sagaing Bridge), one can visit the Sagaing hill by trucks. The highlights include Soonooponyashin Pagoda, UminthonesePagoda, a thirty man made caves pagoda. Other highlights include silver smith andKaunghmudaw pagoda – the giganticstupa represent paddy heap.

After lunch drive to Monywa situated 157 km north of Mandalay (about 3 ½ hrs by car) by the east bank of the Chindwin River. Arrive Monywa and check in at the hotel. Afternoon, we will cross the Chindwin River and take the jeep or pick-up truck drive to reach Poe Win hill caves – an interesting area with the caves containing ancient sculptures, mural paintings dating from 17th and 18th centuries. Return to Monywa.

Overnight at Monywa.

Day 05 Monywa – Pakkoku (Car) / Boat ride to Bagan ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and leave Monywa. After 13 km out from Monywa, we will stop at Thanbodday Pagoda – an unusual Buddhist temple with over 500,000 Buddha images. Visit one thousand Bodhi trees complexwhere you will see the elegant standing, reclining and lying Buddha statues are being built.

From there another three and half hour drive to Pakkoku, the big town of Ahnyar, you can seeAhnyar people - their land and climate, their culture and product. ArrivePakkoku where we will take a boat sailing down to Bagan for two hours.

Overnight at Bagan.

Day 06 Bagan full day sightseeing ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel.Bagan, one of the Asia’s most popular archaeological destinations and one out of two most pre-eminent religious old cities in South East Asia. The sightseeing starts with a visit to NyaungOo market – a typical local market; followed by visits to most distinctive pagodas such as Shwezigon Pagoda – the holiest one believed to be enshrined with Buddha tooth and hair; Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyiinn village) – the 13th century ‘cave temple’ with fine frescoes of scenes from Jakatas; Anada Temple – one of the masterpieces surviving and remaining in Bagan and considered to be in the Mon architecture style.

Afternoon, we will visit a lacquer ware factory followed by a visit to local village. Before the sundown, we would take a boat ride along the Ayeyarwaddy River to view the sunset and relax. Overnight atBagan.

Day 07 Bagan/ Mt. Popa/ Bagan ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano locates 65km south east of Bagan. It stands as one of the National parks with preserved forest in the hot, dry and plain region of middle Myanmar. The popularity of Mt. Popa today lies in the interest of religious and mystical beliefs as an abode of spirits, “Nats”. Climb the Taungkalat, believed to be the part of the main volcano blown apart and plugged at the current location, to see the panoramic view of the whole area. On the way back to Bagan we will visit the toddy palm producing home cottage.

Overnight at Bagan.

Day 08 Heho (by afternoon flight) – Kalaw ( B / - / - )

Arrival Heho with the afternoon flight. Drive about 45min to Kalaw, an old British hill resort stands at the altitude of 1,315 meters, is also known as Pine Land because of its abundant in pine trees. The sightseeing includes: Shweumin natural caves; taking along the up-down meandering roads of Kalaw to have the panoramic view of Kalaw; old colonial style buildings from a hillock opposite of Kalaw.

Overnight at Kalaw

Day 09 Kalaw- Inle ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Inle Lake, one of the magical lakes in Myanmar located 900 meters above sea level surrounded by beautiful mountains of Shan plateau, is the home land of the Inthar tribe. If by chance today coincides with the market day, we will visit the regional market which is held on a 5 days rotation basis in different areas of the Lake. We will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda – famous for its richly gilded five small Buddha images; Ngaphechaung monastery (also known as jumping cat monastery) was built more than one and a half century ago and features a number of interesting old Buddha Images. Other attractions include: unique leg-rowing style and fishing method of the Inthar, floating gardens used as vegetable plantations, silk and cotton weaving cottages and black smith.

Overnight at Inle Lake.

Day 10 Inle - Indein sightseeing ( B / - / - )

We explore the southern part of the Lake by boat sailing through small twisting and turning creeks to reach Indein village. This small village located on the southwestern bank of the lake is famous for its ruined clusters of pagodas dated back to 16th century. The tranquil peaceful ambience and the ruins overgrown with bushes will bring you centuries back.

Ywa-Ma village, gold and silversmith workshop. In the evening, enjoy the sunset while visiting the Inle Lake by boat.

Overnight at Inle Lake.

Day 11 Inle-Heho (flight)/Yangon full day sightseeing ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport to fly to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon, the full day tour of Yangon commences with a visit to city center and Sule Pagoda,the landmark of downtown Yangon, followed by Kandawgyi Lake for photographing the panoramic view of the lake overlooking the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Afternoon sightseeing includes Bogyoke Market (formerly called Scott Market), where we can shop varieties of goods ranging from handicrafts to clothing and local food/ snack; a walk at Chinatown area, the bustle point of Yangon; sightseeing and sunset viewing at Shwedagon Pagoda, an inspiring golden stupa which is one of the best landmarks in Myanmar. Overnight at Yangon.

Day 12 Day Free / Departure Yangon ( B / - / - )

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Yangon and connect departure flight.


**Itinerary is subject to change depending on flights, road conditions and availability of rooms.**

Price Condition:
Price Includes –

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast based on twin sharing basis
  • Ground transfers with air conditioned vehicles
  • Sightseeing tours with entry fee as per itinerary
  • Domestic flight tickets as per itinerary
  • Domestic boat fare
  • Service of an English speaking guide throughout the trip

Price excludes –

  • International air fare
  • Airport taxes
  • Insurance
  • Myanmar Visa fee
  • Seasonal Supplements
  • Visa processing service
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratitude
  • Any other not mentioned in the “Price Includes” section
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