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12 DAYS MYANMAR WITH PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA FESTIVAL AT INLE LAKE
(Festival days: Sep. 24 – Oct. 11, 2014)

The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the most famous pagoda festival in Myanmar. 4 Buddha Images are taken around the lake in a gilded barge pulled by hundreds of leg-rowers in long canoes in front. These images sometimes stay over night at some villages and sometimes just stop over for a short while. Rowing competitions are also held. Pilgrims from all over the country come to this festival to pay homage to the Buddha Images. Many are from the plains, some from the mountains, while others are from small remote villages but everybody is here to gain merit and enjoy the festive air of the event.

YANGON – HEHO – NYAUNG SHWE – INLE LAKE – NYAUNG SHWE – MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY – AMARAPURA – SAGAING – MANDALAY - BAGAN – MT. POPA – BAGAN - YANGON

Price based on 2 persons/per person:
From US$ 2.043 up

 

 



 

DAY 01  YANGON / arrival day
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport welcome by our local tour guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in. In the afternoon drive to Mawtin Jetty and take a rickshaws for a short trip along the Yangon River, enjoy “High Tea” at the Strand Hotel built in 1896, once described as the "leading hotel of the East" and proceed to Botataung Pagoda, where sacred hair relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined in it. Overnight in Yangon.
 
DAY 02  YANGON (B)
Early morning take the City Circle Train for a 2 hours ride through rural areas, stopping at numerous stations watching cigarette sellers, betelnut sellers, fortune tellers and and and…. Back in downtown visit Sule Pagoda , dating back over 2000 years, the Mahabandoola Park with it's Independence Monument and walk around the downtown area. Wide streets, orderly town planning and neglected public buildings revive visions of British rule, while busy streets scenes and shimmering pagodas, bursting through a leafy canopy, hint at the rich local culture. Skyscrapers and glaring neon billboards have yet to overtake the capital. Late in the afternoon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda described by Somerset Maugham: "The Shwedagon rose superb, glistening with its gold, like a sudden hope in the dark night of the soul of which the mystics write, glistening against the fog and smoke of the thriving city." This massive bell-shaped stupa rises nearly 100 meters above its hill-top surroundings. Wander through this magnificent structure and its courtyards, stupas, bells, Temples, and Buddha images, and see religious and secular visitors from all parts of the globe. Shwedagon has become the symbol of Myanmar. Enjoy the sunset over the Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.
 
DAY 03 YANGON – HEHO – NYAUNG SHWE – INLE LAKE (B)
Morning flight to Heho in Shan State. Upon arrival drive to Nyaung Shwe (appr. 1 hour), a small town at the northern end of Inle Lake. From here take a boot for the excursion on Inle Lake (25 km) famous for its unique one-leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing and village life. Overnight at Inle Lake.
 
DAY 04 INLE LAKE & PHAUNG DAW OO FESTIVAL (B)
Watch the procession of leg-rowed boats, which are ceremoniously tugging four Buddha statues situated on a royal barge clockwise around Inle Lake. Throughout the event leg-rowed boat races are being held and you will come across them during the excursion on the lake. Hundreds of other vessels travel in the entourage in a general festive atmosphere. Thousands of people from around the Shan State attend this most holy of all Shan celebrations. In the afternoon excursion to Indein (appr. 1 hour drive) to see the ancient Bagan + Shan style pagodas, built during Bagan Period, passing the beautiful scenery with tall grasses and little water steps. The ruin pagodas, hide in the bushes will give you an impression of you were in the 12th - 13th Centuries ago. Overnight at Inle Lake.
 
DAY 05 INLE LAKE – NYAUNG SHWE – HEHO – MANDALAY (B)
Transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Mandalay, the city of the last Myanmar Kings. In the afternoon visit gold leaf making industry, Mahamuni Pagoda, originally built by King Bodawpaya in 1784, hosting the revered Mahamuni image, cast in the 1st Century and now covered in thick gold leaves and arts and crafts center (bronze casting; stone carving, etc.). Overnight in Mandalay.
 
DAY 06 MANDALAY MINGUN MANDALAY (B)
After breakfast drive to Kywezon jetty to watch the busy riverside activity and take a local riverboat to the ancient capital of Mingun (appr. 1 hour per way). Visit the Settawya Pagoda, with a footprint of the Buddha, walk to the huge Mingun Bell, see the nearby unfinished Mingun Pagoda, built to be the world’s biggest pagoda and visit the Hsinbyume Pagoda, a reproduction of the mythological Mt. Meru. Then come back to Mandalay. In the afternoon visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings, Atumashi Monastery, the "Incomparable Monastery", the Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's Biggest Book for its stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures and sunset on Mandalay Hill, a vantage-point for panoramic view of the city. Overnight in Mandalay.
 
DAY 07 MANDALAY- AMARAPURA SAGAING MANDALAY(B)
After breakfast drive to Amarapura the “City of Immortals” and visit the 150 year old Mahagandayon monastery, and famous Buddhist learning center. It is home to a thousand monks, who will form a procession as they go to take their noon and final meal of the day. Apart from Pagodas that have survived, the ancient art of silk and cotton weaving, using handlooms, is very much alive and visit U Bein wooden bridge, over 150 years old, which is still in use. After lunch drive over Ava bridge to Sagaing, 21 km southwest of Mandalay and visit the Sagaing Hills, a retreat for Buddhist devotees with numerous Pagodas, monasteries and nunneries. Visit the village of Sagaing, at the foot of Sagaing Hill with markets, shops and restaurants; one of the monasteries on the hillside; the Tilawkaguru cave temple, with mural paintings; Umin Thounzeh caves, containing 45 Buddha images and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda built in 1312. The view of Sagaing from here is outstanding. Late afternoon come back to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.
 
DAY 08 MANDALAY – BAGAN (by express boat) (B)
Early morning transfer to Gaw Wein jetty to take the express boat to Bagan (Etd: 05:30 / Eta: 16:00). After a day river cruise on the mighty river of Ayeyarwaddy you reach Bagan. Thousands of decaying pagodas rises majestically from the plain to create a timeless scene, saluting a glorious past. On arrival at Bagan Jetty transfer to your hotel for check-in and overnight.
 
DAY 09 BAGAN (B)
Full day sightseeing tour of Bagan with a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; the Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; the Ananda Temple, with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior and the Shwe Gu Gyi Temple, noted for its fine stucco carvings and panoramic views of the area’s many monuments. In the afternoon visit Myinkaba, two km south of Bagan. This village is well known for its lacquerware workshops and has also a number of interesting temples, as Nanphaya Temple, said to have once been the residence of King Manuha and Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, which has very nice frescoes inside. Overnight in Bagan.
 

 
DAY 10 BAGAN – MT. POPA – BAGAN (B)
After breakfast drive to Mt. Popa (appr. 1 hrs drive). On the way visit some villages and watch the collection of juice from the palm trees, and its conversion into palm sugar. Visit the great extinct volcano. Rising out of the shimmering heat, the solitary volcanic crag of Mt. Popa is home to Myanmar's most powerful " nats ". Visit the Nat Museum with its life-sized statues of the 37 Nat Gods. Walk up the steps to the stupas and shrines that top the hill above the museum, seeing many pilgrims along the way. In the afternoon visit the Popa Mountain Park’s Information Center operated by the Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division. The area is indigenous to over 150 different species of medicinal plants and animals. Time permitting, enjoy a short late afternoon trek into the forest to visit a sandalwood plantation. Late afternoon drive back to Bagan for overnight.
 

 
DAY 11 BAGAN YANGON (B)
After breakfast drive to Nyaung Oo and visit the lively market and the down town area. From here continue to Nyaung Oo jetty and take a private boat to Kyaukku U Min Temple, which contains some very impressive sandstone relief's. On the way back to Bagan, stop at the Bupaya Pagoda, on the bank of majestic Ayeyarwady River and visit the Mahabodhi Temple, resemble of Mahabodi Temple in Bodaghaya. Afternoon free at your own leisure till transfer to the airport for your flight back to Yangon. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for check-in and overnight.

 
DAY 12 YANGON/ departure (B)
Free at your own leisure till transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.

PRICE IN US$ PER PERSON FOR DEPARTURE 20.09.2014 – 31.10.2014

Superior category English
speaking guide
throughout
German
speaking guide
throughout
Italian or Spanish
speaking guide
throughout
1 person 3.230,- 3.420,- 3.357,-
2 persons 2.043,- 2.138,- 2.107,-
3 persons 1.805,- 1.869,- 1.848,-
4-6 persons 1.696,- 1.744,- 1.728,-
7-10 persons 1.534,- 1.562,- 1.553,-
11-15 persons 1.422,- 1.440,- 1.434,-
16-20 persons 1.382,- 1.395,- 1.391,-
21-25 persons 1.321,- 1.331,- 1.328,-
Single supplement     423,-
Half board supplement
12 x dinner
    138,-
Full board supplement
11 x lunch and 12 x dinner
    260,-
  List of hotels used for the superior category
 
First Class category English
speaking guide
throughout
German
speaking guide
throughout
Italian or Spanish
speaking guide
throughout
1 person 4.803,- 4.993,- 4.930,-
2 persons 2.865,- 2.960,- 2.929,-
3 persons 2.617,- 2.681,- 2.660,-
4-6 persons 2.504,- 2.552,- 2.536,-
7-10 persons 2.335,- 2.363,- 2.354,-
11-15 persons 2.218,- 2.236,- 2.230,-
16-20 persons 2.176,- 2.189,- 2.185,-
21-25 persons 2.112,- 2.122,- 2.119,-
Single supplement    1.167,-
Half board supplement     166,-
Full board supplement     289,-
  List of hotels used for the first class category
 
Deluxe category English
speaking guide
throughout
German
speaking guide
throughout  
Italian or Spanish
speaking guide
throughout 
1 person 6.228,- 6.418,- 6.355,-
2 persons 3.594,- 3.689,- 3.658,-
3 persons 3.336,- 3.400,- 3.379,-
4-6 persons 3.218,- 3.266,- 3.250,-
7-10 persons 3.043,- 3.071,- 3.062,-
11-15 persons 2.921,- 2.939,- 2.933,-
16-20 persons 2.878,- 2.891,- 2.887,-
21-25 persons 2.811,- 2.821,- 2.818,-
Single supplement    1.850,-
Half board supplement     181,-
Full board supplement     302,-
  List of hotels used for the deluxe category



SERVICE:

- Bed & breakfast
- 16th person FOC in single room
- High Tea at Strand Hotel
- Local guide throughout the tour
- All domestic flights by private airlines
- Air-con car/van/bus throughout the tour (not on day 4 for the full day sightseeing on Inle Lake)
- Entrance fees as indicated in our itinerary
- Express boat from Mandalay to Bagan
- All boat excursions as mentioned in our itinerary
- Porter fees at the airports
- Drinking water and refreshment tissues during the sightseeing

NOT INCLUDED:
- International air fare to/from Myanmar
- Visa fees
- Lunch & dinners
- Beverage
- Early check-in and late check-out
- Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry service, ect
- Porter fees at the hotels
 

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