THIS SPECIAL ITINERARY IS DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE TOUR:
Traveling Date :
With immediate effect from now onwards to March 31 2017 except from Dec’ 24 2016
to Jan’ 10 2017
Number of Client(s) : 2/3~4/5~6/7~10 Adults
Room Arrangement : Double/twin room
Trip Type : Free & easy Cultural, Historical, local life style & Nature Tour
Destination : Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Amarapura, Mingun, Innwa, Sagaing, Inle, Inndein
Tour Guide : 4 different station English guides
MYANMAR is poised as the destination of 2016. With the easing of government policies, the country is opening up, and it is becoming a very popular place to visit. Now is the time to journey with us through a country steeped in history, a mystical, beautiful land of golden temples with a rich and vibrant cultural heritage. Enjoy the faded charm of old Rangoon, marvel the famous archeological temple site of Bagan, explore the artistic heritage of Mandalay and around, experience the tranquility of Inle Lake and see its intriguing leg rowers, and meet the people who make this country so unforgettable.
BIG FOUR OF MYANMAR/BURMA – 11 days/10 nights
Big Four of Myanmar Tour Itinerary at a Glance
Designed for a small group tour of Myanmar/Burma visiting Yangon, Ancient Bagan & Nyaung U, Mandalay, Amarapura, and Lake Inle
Day 01: Arrive Yangon/Transfer to hotel
Day 02: sightseeing Yangon
Day 03: Morning flight to Bagan/sightseeing
Day 04: Sightseeing Bagan
Day 05: Flight to Mandalay/sightseeing Amarapura and Mandalay
Day 06: See around Mandalay
Day 07: Morning flight to Heho/ transfer to Nyaung Shwe and relax in lake Inle
Day 08: Sightseeing Inle Lake by boat
Day 09: Excursion to Inndein boat trip and sights
Day 10: Morning see Nyaungshwe and flight back to Yangon
Day 11: Farewell Burma/depart Yangon
Day One: Arrive YANGON
G' day and welcome to Myanmar! Today you will arrive in Yangon, the commercial capital and the main gateway to Myanmar, meet Yangon guide and transfer to your hotel. It is time for a brief Introduction to holiday and just relax to adjust the time zone. Dinner and stay overnight in Yangon. Meals: (None)
Day Two: Touring YANGON – What a Charming City!
This morning we’ll then head off for a day of sightseeing in Yangon. Walk around Colonial architecture lining Strand Road - A walk along the Strand or Pansodan St is like strolling down Pall Mall mixed with all the distressed grandeur of Havana! In fact Yangon has many large colonial buildings including high court, general post office, former secretariat building, St Paul boarding school, and the legendary Strand hotel, built in 1896, once described as the "leading hotel of the East". The tour extended to Central Sule Pagoda, an octagonal golden stupa, dating back over 2,000 years; nearby city hall, a Baptist church and an Islam mosque. If time permits you will have the chance to do some shopping at 85-year old BOGYOKE (Scott) market which is one of the most popular tourist hangouts. It was named after Mr. Jarvin Scott, Yangon Municipal Commissioner during the British colonial government and crown off the day with visit the great Shwedagon Pagoda. Witness the golden dome, covered with 60 tons of pure gold, glistening as the sun sets. Stay overnight in Yangon. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day Three: Fly to BAGAN
Today we board our flight to Bagan. Bagan was ancient capital of the first
Myanmar Empire and it still preserves 2217 well-renovated Stupas (Buddhist
religious monuments). Upon arrival at Nyaung U Airport meet your local Bagan
guide and we'll move straight on to see some of the amazing sights - over 2,200
temples in a space the size of Manhattan, the biggest problem you face is
deciding where to start.
First stop is the thriving Nyaung U market - soak it up in one of the small tea houses is also high on the agenda. Check into your hotel and visit some temples and stupas before lunch. Pagodas and Temples represent the diversity of ancient Myanmar architectural styles in the 11th to13th centuries. We’ll visit the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan’s most important reliquary shrine – look out for images of the 37 ‘nats’ housed in a small hall. See 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha ‘Cave’ Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi In village), another ‘cave’ temple with fine frescoes of the ‘Jataka Tales’. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Myanmar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. We’ll then check into hotel. By late afternoon, we’ll visit continues to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61 meters – Thatbyinnyu known as ‘temple of omniscience’ and we will then visit a local lacquerware workshop, where we can watch craftsmen skillfully making this most famous of Bagan’s renowned handicrafts. Continue to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple dating from 1170 that is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork. Next, visit Sulamani, one of Bagan’s great two-storied Myanmar style temples, which has 4-seated Buddha images. We’ll crown off the day by enjoying the lovely sunset from a perfectly situated temple or pagoda. Stay overnight in Bagan. (Meals: Breakfast or Boxed Breakfast)
Day Four: Continue your tour in BAGAN
This morning, after breakfast, we’ll head off to visit Damayasaka temple,
built in 1196 A.D, the biggest pentagonal base stupa in Bagan. Continue to
Lemyethna Temple, topped by an Indian-style spire similar to Ananda. Then, visit
the three shrines of Payathonzu (if open) with its small perforated windows
allowing the light to come in. They are connected by passages adorned with
Mahayanist or Tantric mural paintings. Then we will see the real way of life for
most Myanmar people by visiting “PHWAR SAW VILLAGE”. This village is a perfect
example of how locals live, and good photo opportunity. The tour then extended
to Lawkanandar monastery (better arrive around 10h30) where all the monks about
100 are lined up to take their lunch. We continue to Nanpaya temple, built in
the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been exile
King Manuha’s residence. See the four huge Buddha images housed in very narrow
shelter in Manuha Pagoda and later stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar’s
“Rosetta Stone”, bearing inscriptions written in four languages. After that
we’ll visit Abeyadana Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the
gods of Indian mythology. Continue to Dhammayangyi, a massive-looking temple
dating from 1170 that is famous for its interlocking mortar less brickwork.
Next, visit Sulamani, one of Bagan’s great two-storied Myanmar style temples,
which has 4-seated Buddha images, and enjoy another sunset on Shwe Sandaw Stupa.
Stay overnight in Bagan. (Meals: Breakfast)
(Optional Balloon flight: This is an optional if you would like to get a unique opportunity to see the ancient city of Bagan from a different perspective. Balloon agent will pick you up at hotel between 05h30 and 06h00. The whole experience including light champagne breakfast, balloon flight, and rescue at the end upon landing will take about 2 ½ to 3 hrs and you’ll get back to hotel about 08h30.)
Day Five: Fly to Mandalay - & Ancients cities AMARAPURA
After breakfast, drive the Nyaung U airport for the flight to Mandalay. On
arrival at Mandalay International Airport, meet your Mandalay guide and drive to
AMARAPURA. In Amarapura, visit one of the biggest monasteries named Maha
Gandaryon with more than 1200 Buddhist monks where under the strict
tight-scheduled Rules the monks study very hard the Buddhist Canons day and
night in order to be able to carry on the Buddha’s teachings verbally like the
Noble Theras did after the Buddha’s demise in the 6th Century B.C. Then drive to
U Bein Bridge believed to be the longest wooden bridge in the world that spans
Taung Thaman Lake. Take a walk on the bridge and enjoy a photo opt!
Then drive to Mandalay, upon arrival check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit MAHA MUNI BUDDHA IMAGE which is the most revered and sacred site of Mandalay, some handicraft cottages such as stone carving, tapestry, and gold-paper making. Then we'll tour onward to SHWE NANDAW MONASTERY where you can marvel the superb example of Myanmar traditional woodcarving, Kuthodaw Pagoda which is known as the world biggest book of the world, Golden Palace Monastery where you can see the best wood-carvings. Finally, go up Mandalay Hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the city with sunset. Stay overnight in Mandalay. (Meals: Breakfast or Boxed Breakfast)
Day Six: Boat ride to MINGUN – Onwards to INNWA & SAGAING HILL
Today we’ll drive to ‘Mayan-Chan’ jetty for a scenic journey on the great Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun on board a small private boat. Tour the Mingun and see huge unfinished Pagoda and world largest un-cracked ringing bell. We’ll then onward to INNWA (known AVA to the West), one of the Ancient Capital Cities around Mandalay. Explore the Ava island in horse-drawn cart; in Ava visit Bagayar Monastery which is nearly 200 years old with amazing Teak Logs, Leaning Tower of Ava which is inside the then Royal Palace. Ava excursion will end with a visit to Maha Aungmyay Bonsan Brick Monastery. The tour extended to SAGAING HILLS. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar and is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers. Finish the day with a stroll at sunset over the 200 year-old U Bein wooden Bridge, spanning the Taung Tha Man Lake. Return to Mandalay to complete the day. Stay overnight in Mandalay. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day Seven: Fly to HEHO – drive to Nyaungshwe and relaxing in LAKE INLE
This morning we depart for the airport and board your flight to Heho, gateway to explore southern Shan State including Lake ILE. On arrival, meet your Inle guide and drive to NYAUNGSHWE, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Make a photo stop at the ancient wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery on the way. We'll then transfer to jetty and board a private long boat to head out onto Inle Lake, and check into hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Stay overnight in Inle. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day Eight: Touring the Lake
Today board a private boat and head out again onto the lake. Enjoy the natural wonder of this magnificent vast waterway which is in fact one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. We pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by Intha people, the leg-rowing fishermen of the lake and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. We’ll stops for visits at the ancient NGA PHE CHAUNG (formerly known as jumping cats) Monastery and its ancient Shan Buddhas and PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA, the lake’s main sanctuary. Other visits include the weaving village of INPAWKHONE, A SILVERSMITTH WORK SHOP & SHOWROOM, a cheroot cottage where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. We’ll Return to the hotel and finish the visits of the lake for the day. The balance of the day is free. Stay overnight in Nyaungshwe. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day Nine: Excursion to INNDEIN – ruins of ancient Stupas
After breakfast, we head to the morning market on the lake. Rotating around villages on and near the lake in a 5 day rhythm, a colorful market visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes is held daily (except on new and full moon days). From the middle of the lake, continue down a small canal leading to the Paoh village of Inndein. After a walk around the village, passing a local school, take the covered stairway to the beautiful Alaung Sitthou area where ancient stupas are partly covered by vegetation. From here there is a magnificent view over the lake. Return to the lake and finish the visits of the lake in the afternoon. Return to your hotel and the balance of the day is free. Stay overnight in Inle. (Meals: Breakfast)
Day Ten: Fly back to YANGON
Today we depart for the airport and our flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival in this capital city, we transfer to our hotel. We may do some last minute shopping at 85-year-old BOGYOKE (Scott) market (close on every Monday) which is one of the most popular tourist hangouts. It was named after Mr. Jarvin Scott, Yangon Municipal Commissioner during the British colonial government. The balance of the day is free on your own. Stay overnight in Yangon. (Meals: Breakfast or Boxed Breakfast)
Day Eleven: Depart MYANMAR
Today is at leisure until at appropriate time, you’ll be transferred to Mandalay Airport for outward flight back home. (Meals: Breakfast)
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to ensure that the above stated
itinerary is followed as closely as possible. However, given uncertain weather,
flight time changes and other local conditions, all schedules and itinerary is
subject to alterations and delays at short notice.
OUR PRICES IN USD PER PERSON FOR A PARTY OF :
ALL RATES ARE NETT IN US$ PER PERSON (with Regional based English-speaking Guides)
|ROOM TYPE||BASED ON||SUPERIOR CATEGORY /3*||FIRST CLASS/ 4*|
|Twin/double sharing||2 Pax||1,590||2,135|
|Surcharge for Single Occupancy||+ $ 395||+ $ 870|
Validity: With immediate effect from now onwards to March 31 2017 except from Dec’ 24 2016 to Jan’ 10 2017
(Important Note: The prices stated above are based on a current hotels/flight and exchange rate of US$ (i.e. 1200kyat against 1 USD) and the fuel cost which is calculated on the current market average (i.e. USD2.6 per imperial gallon). In case of either unforeseen currency fluctuation or hotel/flight rates or fuel price rise by more than 10%, Myanmar Elite Tours will be entitled to impose a surcharge equivalent to the amount that exceeds the price allowed for in the above rates, provided that the notice of this rise is given to you within 30 days prior the commencing of traveling date).
Above mentioned pricing is based on the hotels mentioned hereunder, or similar hotels, depending on the availability on the dates required.
|Where||Superior /generally 3*||Room Type||First / generally 4*||Room Type||Number of Nights|
|Yangon||Grand United - Ahlone||Superior||Sule Shangri-La||Superior||3|
|Bagan||Oasis (OR) Ruby True||Superior||Areindmar||Deluxe||2|
|Mandalay||Bagan King||Superior||Sedona (*****) (OR) Mandalay Hill||Superior||2|
|Inle||Royal Inlay||Deluxe||Thanakha Inle||Deluxe||3|
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
BOOKING / PAYMENT CONDITIONS
Due to the tight booking situation, we kindly require the payment of 50% deposit to secure the reservation upon confirmation from Myanmar Elite tours.
FULL PAYMENT or FINAL BALANCE:
After receiving your deposit, we will send you a Final Invoice. Full Payment or Final Balance can be done by bank transfer not later than 30 days of the arrival date in Myanmar:
A CANCELLATION TERM:
The cancellation notice must be received in writing either by e-mail or fax. It will be effective on the date of receipt. Cancellation charges, per person, are based on the date of cancellation:
- Cancellation from forty-five (45) to thirty (30) day prior to travel commencing date – fifty (50) % of the total tour cost.
- Cancellation from thirty (30) to fifteen (15) day prior to travel commencing date – seventy-five (75) % of the total tour cost.
- Cancellation from fifteen (15) to one (1) day prior to travel commencing date – one hundred (100) % of the total tour cost.
- No show – (100) % of the total tour cost.
We would use regional-based knowledgeable local English-speaking guides (different guides will wait for clients at their respective destinations (i.e. Yangon, Inle, Mandalay, Bagan, etc.) guide them there and after that put them on a plane or other means of transport to their next destination. However they do not accompany guests on train/Ferry boat/flight, etc.
“MYANMAR ELITE Travel & Tour acts purely as INTERMEDIARY between the concerned airlines, hotels, either any of the government or private transport providers (rails/car/boat rental firms) and other logistics, agents, or organizations providing the services. We will therefore NOT be held RESPONSIBLE for any loss, injury, damage, delay, omission, accidents which may be occurred during or outside the tour program. Additional expenses or inconveniences incurred due to delay, accidents, sickness, death, natural disaster, political actions and unrest MUST BE BORNE by the CUSTOMERS.
Participation in our tour implies tour operators, agent, customers have read and well understood the above terms and conditions and agree to each of them”.
please ask for off-season rates from now onward to September 30 2016