Duration: 13 Days / 12 nights
(Cruise: 2 nights upriver – Pre & Post Cruise Tour: 11 days / 10 nights)

DAY 01 YANGON ARRIVAL

Arrive at Yangon Airport. Afternoon visit Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image and Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of the world, where one can see and enjoy the beauties of the Pagoda and the life style of Myanmar People.

DAY 02 YANGON / BAGAN (BY FLIGHT)

In the early morning flight to Bagan, the Ancient Capital and Birth place of Myanmar Culture. Morning siteseeing begins with visit to the Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar satupas; Wetkyi-in Gubyakkyi Temple, with fine mural paintings of Jataka scenes; Htilominlo Temple, noted for its plaster carvings; the Tharaba City Gate, the oldest extent of Bagan architecture. Afternoon visit begins with lacquer-ware factory, Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi Temple, a typical Mon style temple; Manuha Temple, a captured king's impression of life in prison; Nanpaya Temple; an earliest masterpiece with its fine stone carvings; photo stop at Seinnyet Nyima Pagodas, a temple and a stupa with exquisite design and Mingala zedi pagoda, on of the last ones built in Bagan; sunset from a suitable temple or pagoda.

DAY 03 BAGAN

Morning siteseeing to South East Bagan featuring 13th century temples; Nandamanya; Thambula and Lemyethna Temples, noted for their fine mural paintings of Mahayanist character. Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross; and Thatbyinnyu, the highest of Bagan Temples ; and Bupaya Pagoda, a Pyu style pagoda on the brink of the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River.

DAY 04 BAGAN / CRUISE

Some more visits or shopping and then drive to Bagan Shwe-kun-char jetty at 11.30 to board the ship. Welcome Cocktail in the Saloon. The Cast off time is at 12 noon. Lunch will be served at 13.00. In the late afternoon stop in a typical river village (Thein Gone or Shartaw).

DAY 05 CRUISE

Cruise all day with stop enroute in the morning to visit Yandabo, a typical river village specialize in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Moor overnight nearby a village (Ywar Thit Gyi or Pauk Myaing Pauk Taw) few miles away from Ava Bridge.

DAY 06 CRUISE – MANDALAY (VISIT AVA)

Enjoy the sunrise. After an early breakfast, the passengers will disembark at Sagaing Jetty (Thursday only) or Gawein jetty (Sunday Only) at around 09.30/10.00 hrs. In the afternoon you cross the Myitnge River with a ferry boat to reach Ancient Capital Ava. The siteseeing in horse-cart includes Maenu brick monastery, ancient Bargayar monastery famous for its hundreds of teak pillars and the wood curving and Nan Myint tilting watching tower.

DAY 07 MANDALAY / MINGUN / MANDALAY (BY BOAT)

Excursion to Mingun, a village on the western bank of Ayeyarwaddy River. Tour highlights include Settawya Pagoda with a marble foot print of Buddha; Pondawyapaya, nearby the river; Pahtodawgyi, an enormous pile of bricks is all that remains of King Bodawpaya's grandiose scheme; Mingun Bell, the world's largest ringing bell weighing 90 tons; Mingun Village; and Shinbume Pagoda, most attractive pagoda built in 1816 by King Bodawpaya's grandson in memory of one of his wives. Afternoon Mandalay tour includes Mahamuni Pagoda; Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures: and Mandalay Hill, advantage point for panoramic view of the city.

DAY 08 MANDALAY / AMARAPURA/ SAGAING / MONYWA (BY CAR)

Morning excursion to Ancient Capital Amarapura, 11 Kilometers south of Mandalay visiting Mahagandayon monastery; 1.2 Kilometer long U Bein Wodden Bridge and visit handicraft workshop. Afternoon drive to Sagaing crossing the Inwa (Ava) Bridge on the Ayeyarwaddy River. Tour highlights are Ywataung Village, silver smith workshop and Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Then transfer to Monywa, on the eastern bank of Chindwin River, about 136 kilometers to the west of Mandalay, and the land route journey is about 3hrs drive.

DAY 09 MONYWA / MANDALAY (BY CAR)

Morning visit Pho win hill, on the other bank of the Chindwin river, Than Boddhay temple , The reclining Buddha. In the evening drive back to Mandalay.

DAY 10 MANDALAY/ HEHO / PINDAYA (BY FLIGHT/CAR)

Morning flight to Heho in the Shan State known for its colourful markets, scenery, country sides and especially its people, a mixture of tribal races. Drive from Heho airport to Pindaya, a small quite town, enjoying scenic beauty along the country side. Evening excursion of the town, visiting the lake and the Pindaya Cave , well known for its countless Buddha Images.

DAY 11 PINDAYA / INLE (BY CAR) (B,L,D)

In the morning drive to Inle Lake, 100km from Pindaya. Escursion of the lake well known for its scenic beauty and its unique leg rower. Tour highlights include Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda; wonderful floating gardens; floating market on its market day; native method of fishing; traditional weaving villages; and village life in the lake. (Please note that the floating market is once every 5 days, but may vary according to the Buddhist Sabathdays).

DAY 12 PINDAYA / HEHO/ YANGON (BY FLIGHT)

Drive to Heho airport for the flight to Yangon. Afternoon visit Sule Pagoda and the City Centre.

DAY 13 YANGON DEPARTURE

International departure flight.

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