Myanmar - Odyssey Special Tour
Golden Rock - Bago — Bagan – Mt Popa — Mandalay – Sagaing – Pyin Oo Lwin – Inle Lake – Yangon Day(01)Yangon–Arrival(D) Arrive at Yangon International Airport, warmly welcome by guide (escort) and transfer to Yangon Traders hotel. We start sightseeing to Myanmar National Museum. Founded in 1952, the five-story museum has an extensive collection of ancient artifacts, ornaments, works of art, inscriptions and historic memorabilia, related to history, culture and civilization of Burmese people. Where you can observe the history and culture of Myanmar. Then visit to White marble Sitting Buddha. Lunch at Restaurant. Evening visit to Botataung Pagoda. Evening sightseeing in high lights Shwedagon Pagoda (world famous glistening gold stupa towering over the city with spearing to height of 326 feet), dinner and cultural show at Karaweik Nandaw Restaurant (a royal barge on the lake in Kandawgyi Relaxation Zone). Day (02) Yangon – Golden Rock ( Mt. Kyaikhtiyo)After breakfast, Drive to Golden Rock by car which is about 5 hours drive (160 km) from Yangon in the morning enjoy a scenic journey by road to Kyaikhtiyo. One of Myanmar ‘s great pilgrimages sites is the Golden Rock at Kyakhtiyo, a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicattely balanced on the edge of a cliff. The pagoda at the Golden Rock is said to hold a hair of the Buddha. Late morning arrival at Kyaikhtiyo base camp and transfer to the transit junction with one of the small open trucks in a one hour ride. After lunch, start an easy walk up to the Golden Rock and enjoy the sunset from the unforgettable site. Accommodation at Hotel in Kyaikhtiyo. (Superior) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Day (03) Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon After breakfast, return to the base-camp by open truck and head in the direction of Yangon for 110km to Bago, an ancient capital dating back to the 6th century. Sightseeing in Bago includes the beautiful 55m long reclining Buddha called Shwethalyaung and the Mon style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar. Its spire stands 114m high and is taller even than the Shwedagon Pagoda. Also visit the old Palace of Kambozathadi and the huge four sitting Buddhas. Return by road to Yangon, visiting the Allied War Cemetery near Htaukkyan, the final resting place for over 27,000 allied soldiers, and a local woven bamboo factory. Transferback to Yangon.
Accommodation at Hotel in Yangon. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day (04) Yangon – BaganEarly morning pick up by guide, drive to airport, ( 06:00)am, fly to Nyaung U Airport for your Bagan trip ( one hour flying ).Arrive at Nyaung U Airport, transfer to Bagan, check in Aye Yar River View Hotel or Similar. Tour Hightlight :Archaeological Museum, (this museum run by Archaeological Department is situated near the Ananda Temple. It has a collection of more than 2000 items including Buddha’s Statues, stucco pieces, terra-cotta cups and pots. Open from 09:30 am to 15:00 pm daily except Monday and public holidays. The new large museum is under construction and it will exhibit more ancient artifacts.Shewzigon Pagoda at Nyaung U ( this golden – domed pagoda was left unfinished on King Anawrahta’s death and completed by his successor King Kyansit-tha. ),Kyansit-tha Umin ( Not far from the Shwezigon a cave complex off the tourist route, it has murals from the 13th century. ).Features Myazedi Pagoda and Pillar and Myingabar Kybyaukkyi, ( It was built by Prince Rajakuma who was content to allow his nephew, Alaung Sithu, to be named crown prince instead of him, for the had been born to a country woman and came too late to court. The stone inscription he left is a beautiful dedication of love to his father, King Kyansit – Tha. The murals, protected from sunlight inside this drink temple, are spectacular. )Arnadar Temple (the most attractive feature of archaeological design some what like a Greek cross),Dhammayangyi ( a temple of massive and finest brick works),Thabyunyu Temple ( King Alaung Sithu was the donor of this magnificent, white-washed temple, the tallest in Bagan at 201 ft ( 64 m ),Gawtawpalin ( King Narapati Situ built this graceful temple )Sulamuni Temple, ( the pagoda temple like Htilominlo and the Gawdawpalin with better interior lighting. It stands beyond the Dhammayangyi Temple and was built in A.D. 1181 by Narapatisithu. The interior was once painted with fine frescoes but only traces can be seen today.) Panoramic view of sun setting land Bupaya Pagoda ( Not far from Gawtawpalin is a pagoda spire in the shape of a gourd in the bank of Ayeyarwady river. Overnight in Bagan. Day 05) Bagan – Mt. Popa by car Early morning wake up from your night dream and you will be picked up by BALLOON OVER BAGAN ferry to fly by balloons; “Ride balloon over Bagan to feel the panoramic view of ancient Bagan”Experience Bagan by flying at the sky, after your flying back to your hotel for having breakfast. After breakfast, morning excursion to Mt. Popa ( Rose from the ground are result of an earthquake 442 BC. Mt. Popa, known as Myanmar of Olympia, is 30 miles away from Bagan and is also a place, believed to be spiritual world.Mt. Popa, a 1500 meters (4981 feet) high and extinct volcano, is surrounded by EVER GREEN reserved forest with a MONKEY VILLAGE. Lunch and sightseeing in Popa surrounding Area and Popa Resort Hotel & Restaurant.Back to Bagan. Sightseeing in Htilominlo Temple, built in A.D. 1211 by King Nantaungmya.Nanpaya Temple, one of the oldest ancient monuments in Bagan, built by King Manuha in 11 century equipped with stone window for lighting and airy into the interior part of the cave with stone Shinbin Thalyaung Temple, inside this long, low hall of brick is a large reclining Buddha Image in the pose of death, for the head rests on a pillow and is not supported by the hand.Excursion to Lacquer wear factory and sightseeing and shopping the ancient time till today, master-pieces of Lacquer wares are the pride of Bagan. Those who visited Bagan can’t control anymore without buying souvenirs such as ashtrays, bowls, jewellery boxes, trays and so on. Overnight in Bagan. Day 06) Bagan – Mandalay by flightAfter breakfast, check out hotel, fly to Mandalay. Arrive at Mandalay airport, transfer to hotel.Check in hotel and relax for a while. Free and easy as your disposal. Overnight in Mandalay City Hotel or Similar.Day 07) — Mandalay SS After breakfast, tour start of Mandalay featuring Mandalay Museum and Palace houses a collection of article such as Royal costume Palm-Leave Manuscripts, Wood carving, Palace hall, King office, King bed room, Queen bed room, Palace tower.Mahamuni Pagoda was built to enshrine the Maha Muni Image, nearly 13ft (4m) high. It is covered with so much gold leaf that its body has lost all proportion. Only the face washed with ceremony each dawn, is not allowed to be gilded. Each of the four walkways leading to it has a different character according to the wares sold in the shops. One is lined with the descendents of the Brahmin astrologers who served at court, practicing the same profession of telling fortunes and writing astrological readings on elaborately decorated palm-leaf packets for new-born bodies. And the traditional handicraft work shops one can see marble works and wood carvings.Kuthodaw Pagoda, known officially as the Mahalawka Marazein Kuthodaw Pagoda, is called “ the largest book in the world” King Mindon who founded Mandalay as a new capital in 1859 held the Fifth Buddhist Synod in 1872. Over a period of eight years, the texts were recited and corrected as necessary by a presiding body of monks and the results were inscribed on 729 marble slabs.Excursion to Shwe Nadaw; Mandalay has hundreds of monasteries and many are still being built. The most beautiful is the Shwe Nandaw, or Golden Palace Monastery, called Shwe Kyaung by the locals .It was once the private residence of king Mindon, who died there. His heir moved it outside the palace and donated it to a monastery, thus saving it from the destruction of Would War Two. This teak pavilion carved all over with motifs and mythical creatures was once entirely covered in thick gold, inside and out but only the interior gold remains for the tropical weather is too harsh. Gold Leaf making work.Shwe Inn Bin Monestry, was built strictly according to the rules of monastic architecture whereas the Golden Monastery was first constructed as a royal pavilion and has no exact monastic structure. It is beautiful building well over a hundred years old, with ancient –style doors that swing upwards.Dinner and night stop in Mandalay.Day (08) — Mandalay – Mingun – Amarapura – Ava – Saging (B) After breakfast, boat trip to Mingun Village, visit World Largest Bell. Myatheindan stupa and village life. Back to Mandalay by boat.Continue excursion to Amapura and Ava, visit Begaya Ancient Monastery, Mae Nu Oak Kyaung, U Bein Bridge( this mile (1.6km) long wooden bridge across Taung Thaman Lake was built with discarded palace timbers which have stood firm for over 150 years. Monks and Lay people stroll its length in the evenings, looking out over the placid waters of the Lake. The beer and iced-drinks stalls ont the baks sell fried fish caught fresh from the lake.Another Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda built in 1874 is on far bank of Taung Thaman Lake. Its design is based on that of the Ananda of 11th century Bagan although it is smaller. There are 19th century murals showing famous Pagoda as well as the lives of the villagers.Proceed to Sagaing Hill, Swan Oo Ponnyashin Pagoda, U Min Thone Sae Pagoda, Silver Ware work, Earthen Pottery work.Dinner and overnight in Mandalay. Day (09) — Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin - (B/L/D)Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin ( 4 hours driving ), one of the beautiful town of Myanmar’s famous tourist sites. Also well-known for it’s second name, May Myo. The Town of Mr. May, the builder of the town, you will arrive to May Myo before your Lunch time. Sightseeing to bamboo strip pagoda, Pwe Kauk water fall, and National Botanical garden. Dinner and overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin. Day (10) Pyin Oo Lwin — Mandalay ( B/L/D ) Breakfast at hotel, morning sightseeing in Pyin Oo Lwin and after lunch back to Mandalay, arrive at Mandalay, transfer to hotel and relax in hotel.Dinner and overnight in Mandalay. Day (11) Mandalay – Inle Lake by flight (B/L/D)Morning check out hotel, drive to airport, fly to Heho airport ( 09:45 )am, arrive at Heho airport ( 10:15 )am. A via air port city of Inle Lake. Transfer to Nyaung Shwe, on the way of Heho – Nyaung Shwe there are so many of Nepalese people houses, visit to their houses to see their way of life and their culture, pay visit to Bamboo Paper making work shop. Continue to Taunggyi, a capital of Shan State. Arrive to Aye Thar Yar Vine yard, have your lunch among the terraces of Vine trees. Taste a little bit of grapes Wine. Then continue to Nyaung Shwe, where Inle Lake is situated. Arrive to the Lake and transfer to your Hotel: Golden Ireland Cottage, the floating hotel that is situated near the Nan Pan village. Tour start your sightseeing to Phaung Daw Oo pagoda, a master piece site of this program. Study Brass smith work shop, silk weaving workshop, and Cheroot making work shop, Have your Lunch at Inn Thar Lay restaurant with traditional Intha food and continue your sightseeing by Alo Daw Pauk pagoda, Kay Lar floating garden and finally Nga Phe Chaung monastery. Overnight in Inle Lake.Day (12) -Inle Lake S/s — IndeinAfter breakfast, excursion to Inle Lake (appropriately called the Venice of The East) has always been a “must” on the tourist itinerary. More than that, the visitors will be fascinated by the floating islands and unique leg-rowers as well as the natural beauty of the lake of the southern Shan State. It is located about 30 km to Taunggyi and about 2900 feet above sea-level and village life on the lake.Observation on worldwide famous wetland ecosystem of Inle. Enjoying scenic beauty of Shan Plateau. Observation and studying on traditional style of leg-rowers. Observation on floating agriculture practiced by local dwellers. Observation migratory birds. 65 Species of water birds and other aquatic plants and animals and 15 Species of Butterfly.Drive to Southern part of the lake where thousand of pagodas are gathered, the area is called Indein, study the natural beauty of the lake people along the way and arrive to the Pagodas compound about 1 hour later. On the way of beck walk through the Bamboo forest to get the boat and back for lunch, evening visit to floating gardens and overnight in Inle Princess Resort Hotel. Day 13 ) Inle lake – Pindaya CaveAfter breakfast drive to Pindaya (60km), a quiet town about 90 minutes drive. Pindaya is the site of the historic thousand Buddha image caves. We can make an excursion to the caves and exploring the district for it's famous traditional paper & umbrella making home base cottage industry. Late afternoon, drive to Inle Lake and transfer by “long-tail” boat out across the lake to our Hotel right on the Inle Lake. Overnight at the hotel on Inle Lake. Day (14 ) Heho — Yangon After breakfast, check out hotel, back to drive to Heho airport, fly back to Yangon golden city, arrive at Yangon airport, transfer to Sedona Hotel. Free and leisure at your own before your departure*****, in the evening transfer to the airport and back to your home land.