Myanmar Pilgrimage Tour
Places Visited: Yangon, Kyaikhtiyo, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Amarapura, Sagaing, Monywa, Pakkoku, Mt. Popa
14 Days / 13 Nights
Day 1: Yangon Arrival
On arrival meet your local guide, transfer to your hotel for check-in. A visit to the shimmering golden dome of Shwedagon pagoda at dusk caps a perfect first day in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon
Unearth some cultural highlights of Yangon in the Sule and Botahtaung Pagoda, the National Museum, Scott Market and Chinatown, presenting an exceptional chance to learn more about the food, history and people of this fascinating city.
Day 3: Yangon – Mandalay
Domestic flight to Mandalay, Myanmar’s capital of culture and the hub of Buddhism. On arrival, visits the Mahamuni Buddha statue. Afternoon transfer to hotel before visiting the Golden Palace monastery, the Kuthodaw pagoda, also known as The World’s Largest Book, that contains 730 stone tablets inscribed with the Tripiṭaka (Buddhist doctrine) and enjoy the beautiful sunset seen from the top of Mandalay Hill.
Day 4: Mandalay – Amarapura – Mingun – Mandalay
This morning drive to Amarapuara. Crossing the U Bein teakwood bridge, possibly the oldest and longest of its kind. Next to the lake is the Maha Gandayon monastery, the country’s most prominent monastic college founded in 1908 where you can observe the way of life of the Buddhist monks. In the afternoon, excursion to Mingun by boat on the opposite bank of Ayeyarwady River. A huge unfinished Mingun Pagoda with marble footprint of Buddha, Mingun Bell which weighs 90 tons, the largest ringing bell in the world and still standing and Myatheindan Pagoda with seven concentric terraces at the base are highlights of today.
Day 5: Mandalay – Sagaing – Mandalay
Drive to Sagaing which is one of seven Divisions of Myanmar and its monasteries and pagodas are truly mesmerising. Your journey is stretched up to Kaungmudaw Pagoda.
Day 6: Mandalay – Monywa
A scenic drive to Monywa prior to lunching at a local restaurant. This afternoon you’ll cross the Chindwin River in search of the carved Buddhist deities found within the rock face of Shweba Taung and caves of Pho Win Taung.
Day 7: Monywa – Pakkoku – Bagan
This morning’s drive to Pakkoku is via the statue-filled Mohnyin Than Buddha Temple and the world’s tallest Buddha, which is over 420ft high. After you arrive in Pakkoku you will head by boat to Bagan just in time for sunset.
Day 8: Bagan
A guided tour of Bagan commences with the Shwezigon Pagoda, Wetkyi Inn Temple and Ananda Temple. This afternoon you will take a charming horse and cart journey through Damayangyi Temple and the village of Phwa Saw.
Day 9: Bagan – Mt Popa – Bagan
Drive onwards to Mt. Popa via the surrounding palm sugar workshops. It requires some effort to climb the 777 steps to the top of Mt. Popa, but the views thoroughly justify it. Head down the verdant forest slopes for a well-deserved afternoon at leisure in Bagan.
Day 10: Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake
Domestic flight to Heho, before connecting with a boat trip from the jetty to begin a wonderful journey. Once you have settled in you will spend an afternoon touring monasteries, pagodas, villages and floating gardens, prior to your evening meal by the lake.
Day 11: Inle Lake
Visit to Inndein Creek, which feeds Inle Lake and contains thousands of pagodas within a magical bamboo forest setting. Take your time to soak up the ambience this afternoon in Inle Lake and around.
Day 12: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo
Domestic flight from Heho to Yangon. You will drive via Bago and its famed reclining Buddha statue to the “base camp” at Kinpun. From here it’s a bumpy journey by truck driving up the hills until reaching the upper staging area. Disembarking from your transport, there is then a 45-minute walk up a steep path before finally reaching the Golden Rock of the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, where you will encounter one of the wonders of the Buddhist world in time for a glorious sunset. Alternatively we can arrange for you to make this final part of the trip by sedan chair.
Day 13: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago – Yangon
For early-risers, a chance to see the sun come up from the Golden Rock. Opportunities for sightseeing today include the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, dating back more than a thousand years, and the incredible reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago, which measures 55 metres in length. The journey back to Yangon will encompass a poignant visit to the Allied War Graves Cemetery near Htauk Kyan, and also a very interesting stop at a tree shrine to the animist spirits commonly known as “Nats”.
Day 14: Yangon Departure
The rest of the morning at your leisure until transferred to airport for an international flight departure.
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Available upon request.
- Hotel accommodations on a twin/double share basis
- Daily hotel breakfast
- All Meals as listed (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
- Private transfers to and from airports
- English speaking local guides (different at each place) – except free day
- Domestic flights as listed
- Air-conditioned private car and driver for sightseeing
- Private boat service for sightseeing in Inle Lake
- Horse cart tour in Bagan
- Entry/zone fees for visiting sites (payable on entry)
What’s NOT included:
- International flights to and from Myanmar
- Myanmar visa fee
- Food and not drinks not specified
- International airport departure tax
- Travel insurance
- Camera and Video camera fees
- Any other services not mentioned as “included “
*Price, quoted in British Pound (GBP), is based on the low season rate and subject to change.
We will arrange all domestic flights included in itineraries. We can also arrange the flights from all UK airports upon request as we are ATOL bonded.
All details are for UK passport holders only. A visa is COMPULSORY to enter Myanmar. A 28-day tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors. The visa is issued by the Myanmar Embassy or Consulate in London. It usually takes 3-5 working days to obtain. At present, eVisa system is also in place. Check more info on http://www.evisa.moip.gov.mm/. Important Note: The Visa is valid 3 months from date of issue and NOT date of entry into the country so please time your application accordingly.
A valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date is required. Please ensure that it has at least one blank page.
You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We are the authorised referral agents of 2 insurance providers who are the UK market leaders in hassle-free travel add-ons. Please follow the link for more info http://www.visitatravel.com/travel-insurance/.
Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention
You will require vaccinations for your visit to Myanmar. Please consult your doctor for the up-to-date advice. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.
Once the travel dates and clients details are checked and confirmed, we would typically require a deposit of 20% in order that we can secure availability for your booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days before departure. Any booking within 30 days of departure needs a full payment.
At Visita Travel we believe that, as travellers, we have a shared responsibility to protect the places we visit and to do all we can to preserve the natural riches, unique and diverse cultures, and generous and hospitable communities which make it such a privilege to travel to these places. It is our belief that when we travel we should give as well as take, so in working toward sustainable tourism wherever possible we seek out local suppliers and businesses who take account of the environmental and social impacts of their activities.
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