Enjoy the highlight of Myanmar on this incredible cultural journey – discover ancient temples and pagodas, observe wandering monks and be captivated by the most charming and hospitable Burmese people. This really is a trip of Highlights!
Now is the right time to visit this beautiful and still untouched corner of South East Asia. Offering the absolute highlight of Myanmar, this wonderful journey will take you right into the heart of a friendly land, where exceptional hospitality is guaranteed. Our journey begins in the charming colonial city of YANGON flying to BAGAN, it is considered by many to be the finest collection of temples in Asia and savoring the sunrise from the upper terrace of the temple is an experience not soon forgotten. MANDALAY, the last royal capital – the cultural center and ancient capital of Amarapura, a royal capital founded before Mandalay.
Upon arrival, Myanmar Damsel’s tour guide welcomes you at Yangon int’l airport and offers you any assistance needed before leaving the Arrivals terminal, you will be on the way to check into your hotel to drop off your luggage. Afterwards, start an orientation tour of downtown Yangon. You will drive through Yangon’s busy roads and take a glimpse of the hustle downtown, MAHABANDOOLA PARK, TOWN HALL. See the magnificent colonial buildings of Victorian & Edwardian era architecture. This introductory drive will end with a stop near SULE PAGODA – dating back over 2,000 years ago, for brief photo taking. Next, visit BOTATAUNG PAGODA, named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from India over 2000 years ago. Afterwards, you may proceed for lunch.
In the afternoon, visit some of the well known pagodas, including CHAUKHTATGYI RECLINING BUDDHA, and enjoy a break at BOGYOKE (SCOTT) MARKET, a pleasant covered market containing crafts from all corners of Myanmar, gems, fabrics and more. (The market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). Next, photo stop at Royal Lake with the background of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Finally visit sunset at SHWEDAGON PAGODA, the finest of Yangon and perhaps the most stunning religious edifice in the world. Take your time to enjoy seeing this impressive feature and watching local people. Stroll on its platform surrounded by set of smaller temples, shrines and pavilions, and observe numerous shops along the stairways selling various colorful items, flowers and books. As the sun sets, the reddish golden rays of Shwedagon reflect on everything around and turning into a magical arena. Great photo time & a moment to take away with you. Overnight in Yangon.
This morning we transfer to the airport to get the early morning flight to Bagan (06:15-07:35).On arrival start sightseeing around the Bagan archaeological zone world heritage area. Begins the tour at colorful Nyaung Oo local market; SHWEZIGON PAGODA, the prototype of later Myanmar stupa mural painting of 13th century and HTILOMINLO TEMPLE. In the afternoon, visit to lacquer ware workshops; next MANUHA TEMPLE built by exile King Manuha; NANPHAYA, said to have been the residence of King Manuha; ANANDA TEMPLE, architectural masterpiece and OAK-KYAUNG MONASTERY decorated with multi color mural paintings. Overnight in Bagan.
Early morning breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for a domestic flight to Mandalay (08:05-08:35). Upon arrival at airport, head to ancient capital of AMARAPURA, a royal capital founded before Mandalay. Firstly, we take you to MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY; every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Then, proceed to two-century old U-Bein teak bridge on the Taungtaman Lake. Take a leisurely walk over the bridge and enjoy the panoramic view of Taungthaman Lake and surrounding. Next visit weaving industries, a traditional silk & cotton weaving. En route to Mandalay visit MAHAMUNI PAYA, CRAFT WORKSHOPS and transfer to Hotel for check in. After refreshments, afternoon tour begins SHWE NAN DAW KYAUNG (Golden Palace Monastery), a delicately carved wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA (the world’s largest book), consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Finally, visit MANDALAY HILL at Sunset. Up on the hill, you find a scenic view of the city, the plains surrounding it, the Shan Mountain, as well as the Ayeyarwaddy River, especially great at sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.
After Breakfast at hotel, Transfer to Mandalay Airport for a domestic flight to Yangon (08:55-10:55). Upon arrival, visit KABA AYE (World Peace) PAGODA and MAHAPASANA HUHA CAVE en route, where the Sixth Buddhist Council took place.Transfer to Hotel for check in.
This afternoon, the guide and car will be at your disposal for further sightseeing or shopping. As a free and easy tour for today, visit STRAND JETTY to witness the daily life of the local people and Yangon’s River. Then. Visit CHINA TOWN: There you can enjoy the bustling street markets; you can buy nearly everything and visit Kheng Hock Keong, the largest Chinese Temple in Yangon, which is over 100 years old. Overnight in Yangon.
Mr Miroslaw (5th MAR 19)
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