Shwedagon PagodaOn arrival Myanmar, transfer to hotel. Today sightseeing tour that includes the old colonial-style city center with the gilded SULE PAGODA Mahabandoola Park. Then visit to strand road by Car and Yangon Jetty. The tour continues to CHAUK HTAT GYI 70m long reclining Buddha. Afternoon, visit to SHWEDAGON PAGODA, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude today's sightseeing tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon–Mandalay–Amarapura (B)
After breakfast, fly to Mandalay, on arrival transfer to hotel for check in. Proceed to directly to Amarapura. Visit MAHAGANDAYON, a famous Buddhist monastery, where more than a thousand monks live and study; continue to the 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Visit of BAGAYA MONASTERY, with a superb collection of Buddha statues. En route stop at a traditional hand-weaving silk workshop. Afternoon sightseeing tour including MAHAMUNI PAGODA with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, visit to Gold Leaf Making Workshop and one of the most outstanding monasteries in the country, SHWE NAN DAW KYAUNG or GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA, known as the world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Sunset on the Mandalay Hill and overnight in Mandalay
Day 3: Mandalay-Ava–Sagaing-Mandalay (B)
Shwedagon PagodaExcursion to the former royal capital of INWA (AVA), reached by a short boat trip. Visits by horse-drawn carriage to NANMYINT WATCH TOWER, the remains of the palace building nicknamed "leaning tower of Ava", MAHA AUNGMYE BONZAN MONASTERY, built of brick and stucco and BARGAYAR MONASTERY, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Continue to SAGAING HILLS, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, for sunset. Overnight in Mandalay
Day 4: Mandalay - Bagan (B)
Transfer to Mandalay Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to hotel and proceed for sightseeing starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, KU BYAUK GYI, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its spectacular panoramic view of the area’s many monuments and ANANDA TEMPLE with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior. Afternoon a visit of a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop in nearby MYINKABA village and sightseeing to MANUHA TEMPLE, built in Mon style in 1059, NANBAYA TEMPLE, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha and MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE, noted for its ancient mural paintings. Overnight in Bagan.
Day 5: Bagan - Mt.Popa – Bagan (B)
Proceed on a scenic overland journey to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with its shrine dedicated to animist sprits, known as "Nats". For the energetic, there is time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Return to Bagan and overnight.
Day 6: Bagan–Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) (B)
Transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic flight to Thandwe (Ngapali Beach). Upon arrival Thandwe, transfer to Ngapali Beach. Overnight in Ngaplai Beach.
Day 7-13: Ngapali Beach (B)
Shwedagon PagodaAfter breakfast, time at leisure. Overnight in Ngapali Beach.
*Farewell dinner with cultural show. (by own account, USD 12/- per person.)
Day 14: Ngapali Beach- Yangon (B/D)
Afternoon domestic flight to Yangon and transfer to hotel. Balance of the day at leisure to pursue individual interests. Overnight in Yangon.
*Farewell dinner with cultural show.
Day 15: Departure (B)
After breakfast, (car and guide at disposal for individual interest as more sightseeing in Yangon or shopping). Transfer to Yangon international airport for departure.