Majestic Myanmar: Journey by Land & Luxury River Cruise12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Yangon
Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be met and privately escorted to your hotel for the next two nights, Relax, refresh and enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure.Belmond Governor's Residence or similar - 2 Nights
After breakfast today embark on a full day exploring the city highlights of Yangon, with its old world charm and its modern development standing side by side. Begin with Sule Pagoda, a 2,000-year-old golden temple, see the Mahabandoola Park and the beautiful Central Post Office dating back to 1908 then on to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, known for its 70m (230ft) Reclining Buddha.Belmond Governor's Residence or similar (B, L)
After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit the National Museum, home to priceless ancient artifacts including the jewel-encrusted throne of the last king of Myanmar. Bogyoke Market and the Indian Quarter next, then finally end your day of sightseeing at the impressive and awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Buddhism's most sacred sites.
After breakfast you will be escorted to the airport for your short flight to Bagan. Upon arrival you will be met by your private guide for your explorations of this beautiful pagoda dotted area. The ancient city of Bagan in central Myanmar, was formerly known as Pagan and where more than 4,000 temples and pagodas. Today there are 2,200 still remaining.Bagan Lodge or similar (B, L)
You will first visit Shwezigon Pagoda, with its gilded stupa, followed by Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images. You will also visit Anauk Pwa Saw Village where you can see cotton weaving, and Minanthu Village which produces cooking oil from peanuts.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will head to your hotel to check in and refresh. Later, your program will continue with a visit the largest and best preserved 12th century Dhammayangyi Pagoda. End your day savoring a beautiful sunset view from one of the most scenic spots as you look out over the plains of Bagan.
Onward this morning after breakfast with a private transfer to the airport to board your short flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted directly to your hotel where you can enjoy lunch prior to checking into your room.Mandalay Hill Resort or similar (B)
After having time to relax after lunch, begin your sightseeing program of Mandalay accompanied by your private guide. First stop will be the Golden Palace Monastery, Shwe Kyuang, built between 1857 and 1859 as part of King Mindon's founding of the new royal capital city of Mandalay. Continue on to Shwenandaw Monastery, a masterpiece of wood carving built by the last Myanmar King Thibaw in the year 1880, then head to Kuthodaw Pagoda, famous for having the world's largest book with 729 marble slabs inscribed with the teachings of Buddha. Last stop of the day will be a drive up Mandalay Hill for a panoramic view of the sun setting over the city of Mandalay.
Day 5Mandalay- Nwe Nyein-On board the "Anawrahta"
You will depart after breakfast to embark on your river cruise, home for the next 7 nights.River Cruise Anawrahta - 7 Nights (B, L, D)
Sailing will begin by heading north through the Dolphin Sanctuary. There will be a morning lecture on Myanmar culture entitled "Myanmar Ways of Life" and a Myanmar Traditional Dress demonstration early in the afternoon. In the cooler air of late-afternoon you can visit the pottery village of Nwe Nyein, to see traditional techniques still being used to produce a wide variety of decorative pots. This evening enjoy a welcome longyi cocktail party.
Begin early today with a morning yoga/meditation session. After breakfast, you will sail through the hills of the Third Defile. Passing bamboo and fishing villages. You can also enjoy a Cooking Demonstration in the morning and a Burmese language lesson in the afternoon. Upon arrival in Dagaung you can embark on an afternoon sightseeing tour, to witness the life along the riverbank.River Cruise Anawrahta (B, L, D)
Once again you can partake in an early morning yoga/meditation session and then enjoy meandering along the river until reaching the colonial town of Katha in the early afternoon, which is the setting for George Orwell's book, Burmese Days.River Cruise Anawrahta (B, L, D)
See the collection of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company's ship's bells, as Katha was the final resting place for much of the old flotilla. You can follow the locations mentioned in the book, and imagine how removed life was for the British Empire during that period of history.
Day 8Katha & Shwe Gu
You can visit Katha's colorful and bustling market this morning, then visit an elephant logging camp in the hardwood forest that surround the town. Lunch will be back on board before heading upstream up stream to Shwe Gu. Afternoon tea will be served before a lecture on Myanmar history and current affairs.River Cruise Anawrahta (B, L, D)
Day 9Shwe Paw Kyun & the Second Defile
An early start this morning to enjoy a tranquil walk through the rarely-visited island of Shwe Paw Kyun. Back on board, watch as the ship passes through the dramatic Second Defile. This will take about two hours, depending on the force of the current.River Cruise Anawrahta (B, L, D)
Upon reaching the turning point of Sinkan Bridge, the ship will begin its return journey. Just a short cruise before reaching the mooring point for the evening.
Just a short cruise to reach Thagara, where you can disembark if you are feeling energetic and climb the hill to reach a majestic Reclining Buddha gazing serenely southwards. After lunch another relaxing afternoon perhaps enjoying the facilities of the ship, maybe taking in one of the Spa treatments in the Swedish-style sauna.River Cruise Anawrahta (B, L, D)
There will be a lecture on the 'Religions in Myanmar' and another Burmese language lesson. Tonight the ship will moor near Tabbeikyin, the nearest port to the famous ruby mines of Mogok.
Day 11Taw Island
Depending on waters level and local conditions, you can visit Thiha Taw Island in the mouth of the Third Defile, where there is a beautiful monastery, which was suddenly and mysteriously abandoned around 100 years ago. The monks from this monastery were reputed to have tamed fish and used to place gold-leaf on them during special ceremonies.River Cruise Anawrahta (B, L, D)
In the afternoon there will be a lecture entitled "History of Mandalay" while we continue sailing south, reaching Mandalay late afternoon where you will disembark in time to see sunset at the famous "U Bein's Bridge", the longest teak bridge in Myanmar.
This morning disembark as you bid farewell to the crew, and continue on your journey or homebound flight.(B)
Book by August 31.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Majestic Myanmar: Journey By Land & Luxury River Cruise
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