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Inside Myanmar
Two Departures:
   October 05-12, 2014 (With Festivals)
   October 26-November 02, 2014

8 Days / 7 Nights

From: $1,700.00 Per Person Double Occupancy
Starts In: Yangon / Ends In: Mandalay
Tour By: Seat-in-coach
International Air Fare Not Included

Meals: 7 Breakfasts

The Union of Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, is one of the few truly unique destinations remaining in this much-traveled world.

This tour starts in Yangon where you will visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, encrusted with over 60 tons of gold leaf.

Spend two days in Bagan, explore some of her 2000 temples and pagodas.

See the "Leg Rowers" of Inle Lake, also visit the floating villages and see the way vegetables are raised on floating gardens.

Spend a night in Mandalay exploring monasteries and temples.

This is truly a memorable tour providing an insightful peek into this remarkable country.

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Day 1 (Sun): Arrive Yangon / Transfer To Your Hotel
Arrive at Yangon Airport on your own flight arrangements. Meet your guide after customs clearance.
Two nights' accommodations at the Parkroyal Hotel or similar.
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temple Day 2 (Mon): Full Day Yangon Sightseeing (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel. Meet your guide this morning and embark on a full day of sightseeing around the city of Yangon. Your tour begins with a visit to a colorful local market. Then board the Circular Train that weaves through Yangon's main townships and districts. Continue to the National Museum to see some of the historic royal relics of the past Burmese monarchy.
Also visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Our tour also includes a visit to the Sule Pagoda, this octagonal-shaped stupa is located in the center of downtown Yangon. Finally, visit the market in Chinatown before returning to your hotel.

Day 3 (Tue): Fly Yangon to Bagan / Bagan Sightseeing (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Upon arrival at Bagan Airport, collect your luggage and meet your local guide.

Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwady River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.

Sightseeing highlights today will include a visit to Shwezigon Paya, this stupa's graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later stupas all over Myanmar. Also visit Ananda Pahto, one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Thought to have been built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, this perfectly proportioned temple heralds the stylistic end of the Early Bagan period and the beginning of the Middle period.

As time allows, also visit Gubyaukgyi Temple with its well-preserved stuccos from the 12th century on the outside walls. The magnificent paintings date from the original construction of the temple and are considered to be the oldest original paintings in Bagan. Manuha Temple, built in 1059 by King Manuha and Shwesandaw Paya, built in 1057 by King Anawrahta. This is the first monument in Bagan, which features stairways leading up from the square bottom terraces to the round base of the stupa.

The villages around Bagan are known for producing the finest lacquerware in Myanmar. Stop by one of the workshops and learn about the painstaking process of laquerware making and decoration.
Two nights’ accommodations at the Bagan Hotel River View or similar.

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RIVER Day 4 (Wed): Bagan Morning At Leisure / Afternoon Boat Ride (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning is at leisure for you to explore Bagan on your own. This afternoon enjoy an excursion to Kyauk Gu Umin, a cave temple located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River. Continue by boat down river to Bagan, enjoy watching life along the river. Return to your hotel.

Oct 08: The Thadingyut Festival (Festival of Lights) marks the end of the Buddhist Lent and is held on the full moon day of the Burmese Lunar month of Thadingyut. This year, the full moon falls on the 8th October 2014. The festival is held to welcome the Buddha.

Day 5 (Thu): Fly Bagan To Heho / Overland To Inle Lake (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Upon arrival at Heho Airport, collect your luggage and meet your local guide. Overland transfer to Inle Lake and your hotel.
Two nights' accommodations at the Pristine Lotus Spa Resort Inle or similar.
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fisherman Day 6 (Fri): Inle Lake Sightseeing (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel. This morning board a boat and explore the many sights around the lake. Visit floating gardens, a floating market and Intha village (please note that no markets take place on full moon or new moon days). Enjoy the spectacular scenery and observe the skilled fisherman using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake.

Also visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery and Inn Paw Khon Village that is built on stilts. Inn Paw Khon Village is known for their lotus and silk weaving. Also visit the home of a fisherman prior to returning to your hotel.
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Day 7 (Sat): Overland To Heho Airport / Fly Heho to Mandalay (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel. Overland transfer back to Heho Airport in time for your onward fight to Mandalay. Upon arrival at Mandalay Airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight accommodation at the Sedona Hotel Mandalay or similar.

Oct 10: The Phaung Daw Oo Festival is celebrated on Oct 10th at Inle Lake. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have the opportunity to watch some of the festivities. During the procession, four Buddha images are ceremoniously tugged around the lake on the royal barge. Leg rowing competitions are also held throughout the event.

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Mahamuni Day 8 (Sun): Mandalay Sightseeing / Transfer To Mandalay Airport (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel. The last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual center. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty percent of the country's monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the finest crafts in Myanmar.

This morning visit Mahamuni Paya, the Mahamuni image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. En route to the pagoda, stop to observe the laborious process of the making of gold leaf. Also visit a craft workshop.

Continue on to the Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Teak Monastery), built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace, used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen.

Also visit Kyaukawgyi Paya, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Finally, visit Kuthodaw Paya, known also as the world's biggest book.

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Tour disbands upon arrival at Mandalay Airport.

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Box Breakfast: Early morning flights may require you to depart the hotel prior to the hotel restaurant being open. A box breakfast will be provided by the hotel.
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Visa: Required.
Note: Visa fee is not included. Please obtain your visa at the Myanmar embassy prior to leaving home.
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