Cox & Kings – Essential Myanmar
Discover the diverse culture and landscape of magical Burma on this private, nine-day journey. Experience the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. From a hot-air balloon, witness the wonder of thousands of pagodas dotting Bagan’s countryside. Roam about the last royal capital of Mandalay. And cruise leisurely along the Irrawaddy River to see remote traditional villages.
9 Nights • Essential Myanmar
Available through December 31, 2012
Virtuoso Exclusive Experience Includes:
• Six nights’ luxury hotel accommodation
• Two-night cruise to Mandalay aboard RV Paukan (suite)
• Daily breakfast and select other meals
• All-guided sightseeing
• Hot-air balloon flight over Bagan (October–March only)
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Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon tour of the city including the National Museum, Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda and Shwedagon Pagoda. The Governor’s Residence (Deluxe Garden View Room) – 1 night
Option: Shwedagon Pagoda to your hotel transfer by ‘Elephant Coach’, the colonial Chevrolet bus.
Fly to Bagan (Nyaung Oo). On arrival, visit the Tayokye Pyay temple, the Shwezigon Pagoda, the nearby cave temple of Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi and the elegant Htilominlo Temple. In the afternoon, visit the magical Ananda Temple. From here, travel by horse cart for a tour passing the temples of Thatbyinnyu, Dhammayangyi and Sulamani. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Hotel (River View Suite) – 2 nights (B)
Embark on a hot-air balloon flight at sunrise. Available only from October to March.After breakfast, visit Nyaung Oo Market. Continue to Myinkaba village for a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya and also visit a lacquer ware workshop. Afternoon visit Minnanthu village before heading for a cruise down the Irrawaddy River. (B)Option: Choose from two optional activities available. Enjoy cocktails on a sandbank in the middle of the Irrawaddy River. OR Relish a Burmese dinner in the grounds of an ancient temple.
Note: Dinner subject to a permit from the local authorities. Alcoholic beverages cannot be served.
After breakfast, commence your journey to Mandalay. Relax on deck and enjoy a welcome cocktail. Feast on a delicious lunch and in the late afternoon, visit a typical river village. RV Paukan 2007 (Suite Cabin) – 2 nights (B, L, D)
Cruise all day with a stop en route in the morning to visit Yandabo, a river village that specializes in pot making. Moor overnight nearby a village, a few miles away from Ava Bridge. (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, disembark at Sagaing jetty (Thu) or Gawein jetty (Sun). Proceed on a tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. Tour traditional workshops where century-old techniques of wood carvings and gold-leaf crafting are still intact. This afternoon, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery. Head to the top of Mandalay Hill at sunset. Red Canal Hotel (Run of the House) – 2 nights (B)
After breakfast, visit Sagaing. Home to over 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers, visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Thone Sae, and Shin Pin Nan Gyaing.
Option: Experience the Soan Offering ceremony which is the last meal of the day for Buddhist monks and enjoy lunch at the monastery.
Afternoon visit a silk weaving workshop and enjoy a walk along the 150 year-old U Bein Bridge. (B)
Fly to Yangon. The Governor’s Residence (Deluxe Garden View Room) – 1 night (B)
Depending on your flight time, there is an option to take a ride on Yangon’s Circle Train in the morning. Disembark at the Insein market and wander through various stalls before returning to Yangon. This afternoon, visit Bogyoke Market. Transfer to Yangon airport for your international flight. (B)