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Exploring Myanmar By Land & River
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Exploring Myanmar by Land & River

10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey

Yangon, Mandalay, Irrawaddy River & Bagan

Begin your journey in Yangon at the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda. Reach the last royal city of Mandalay and marvel at the sunset from the summit of famed Mandalay Hill. Cruise the Irrawaddy River on a four-night cruise past remote villages where rural life has remained the same for centuries. Take a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan, where thousands of pagodas dot the plains, reflecting the Burmese people's devotion to Buddhism.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Yangon

    Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be escorted to your hotel. Set off on an afternoon tour of the city, including the Sule Pagoda, the magnificent reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi, and Botataung Pagoda before arriving at Yangon's most celebrated temple: Shwedagon Pagoda.

    Belmond Governor's Residence - 1 Night
  • Day 2
    To Mandalay

    After breakfast, fly to Mandalay, the former royal capital in northern Myanmar. See the Vo Mahamuni Pagoda, tour traditional workshops and discover Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwe Inbin Monastery.
    On the summit of Mandalay Hill enjoy a stunning sunset.

    Mandalay Hill Resort - 1 Night (B)
  • Day 3
    Cruising The Irrawaddy

    After breakfast, embark on a cruise on the Irrawaddy River. Enjoy lunch as you sail to Mingun, site of the huge unfinished pagoda of King Bodawpaya and the world's biggest un-cracked bell. Moor in Sagaing with a beautiful view of the illuminated pagodas dotted along these sacred hills.

    Heritage Line Anawrahta - 4 Nights (B, L , D)
  • Day 4
    Irrawaddy River Cruise

    After breakfast, see the highlights of Sagaing before crossing the river to the ancient capital of Ava, which you explore aboard a traditional horse and cart. Don't miss the Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery built in 1834.

    Heritage Line Anawrahta (B, L , D)
  • Day 5
    Irrawaddy River Cruise

    Disembark for a walking tour of the riverside village of Yanderbo. Sail on past the confluence of the Irrawaddy and the Chindwin the Chindwin rivers, arriving in Bagan in time to see the magnificent Ananda Temple, the Sulamani Pagoda and the beautiful sunset over the temple plain.

    Heritage Line Anawrahta (B, L , D)
  • Day 6
    Irrawaddy River Cruise

    After breakfast, visit the Nyaung-U market and the revered Shwezigon Pagoda. Learn about the process of making lacquer ware and see the fine frescoes inside the Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi Pagoda. This afternoon, choose to visit sacred Mount Popa or explore the area around Myinkaba Village before returning to the ship for a festive farewell dinner.

    Heritage Line Anawrahta (B, L , D)
  • Day 7
    Bagan

    Disembark after breakfast. Meet with your local guide and driver to continue your explorations of Bagan. Continue to Min Nan Thu village to explore the Tayokepyay and Nandamanya temples, which are known for their exquisite murals. Discover the famous meditation retreat of Kyat Kan Cave monastery before arriving at Shwe San Daw in time for another unforgettable sunset.

    Bagan Thiripyiysaya Sanctuary Resort - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 8
    Bagan

    Start early to embark on a hot-air balloon flight at sunrise. Seeing the plains below dotted with ancient temples just as the sun crests the horizon is an unforgettable experience. After breakfast, visit the local villages to learn about local industry - from artisan lacquerware workshops to cigar makers.

    Bagan Thiripyiysaya Sanctuary Resort (B)
  • Day 9
    To Yangon

    Fly to Yangon. After checking in to your hotel, visit Bogyoke Market (formerly known as Scott's Market), offering a selection of Burma's handicrafts.

    Belmond Governor's Residence - 1 Night (B)
  • Day 10
    Depart Yangon

    Take the local ferry across the Yangon River to the town of Dalla. Hop aboard a traditional trishaw for a fascinating ride through local villages and plantations in this rural area of the country before returning to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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Exploring Myanmar By Land & River