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Myanmar's Ancient Highlights (10 days)

Trails of Indochina - Vietnam

Yangon, Myanmar To Inle Lake, Myanmar

Valid for Departures: 09 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Myanmar's Ancient Highlights (10 days)

Day 3

Bagan, Myanmar

Day 4

Bagan, Myanmar

Day 5

Yandabo, Myanmar →Pakkoku, Myanmar

Day 7

Mingun, Myanmar→Mandalay, Myanmar

Day 8

Mandalay, Myanmar

Day 9

Inle Lake, Myanmar

Day 10

Inle Lake, Myanmar

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
09 Nov 2018
Yangon, Myanmar
The Strand Hotel None

Upon arrival, when you leave the airport terminal please look for a tour guide displaying a welcome signboard with the Trails of Indochina logo and your name. Transfer from the airport to your hotel with guide.

Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2
10 Nov 2018
Yangon, Myanmar
The Strand Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

The city of Yangon is home to a vast collection of cultural sites.

Start the day with a visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites believed to house eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha as well as relics of three former buddhas. The 99m (325ft) high golden stupa can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Drive to Kandawgyi Lake, a favourite picnic spot for locals and walk around the lake taking in scenes of local life. Continue to the Sule Pagoda, a 2,000-year-old golden temple in the southern part of the city. Finish the day with a visit to Chaukhtatkyi, known for its 70m (230ft) long Reclining Buddha. Later, return to your hotel.

Before electricity and TV came to Myanmar, puppet theatres were the highlight of entertainment as the sun went down. Expert puppet masters used to spend a lifetime as an apprentice, learning the ancient art of puppetry, including designing and carving the intricate wooden puppets, making their bright colourful clothing and learning how to master the rapid moves and dances passed down to them through generations. Fast, fun and often full of laughter and drama, the theatre in Yangon was set up to preserve this once thriving source

of entertainment and to teach the younger generation the art of puppetry. Learn about the craft and watch a performance in a puppet theatre today.

Day 3
11 Nov 2018
Bagan, Myanmar
Aureum Palace Hotel - Resort - Bagan Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, meet with your guide at hotel and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Bagan.

Upon arrival, when you leave the airport terminal please look for a tour guide displaying a welcome signboard with the Trails of Indochina logo and your name. Transfer from the airport to your hotel with guide.

The regular check-in time is at 1400; early check-in is NOT included and subject to availability.

The ancient city of Bagan in central Myanmar is reminiscent of other great ancient Southeast Asian cities such as of Angkor in Cambodia. Bagan, formerly known as Pagan, was the capital of several ancient Burmese Kingdoms. Approximately 2,200 of the originally 4,400 temples remain standing in Bagan.

Start your day with a visit to Shwezigon pagoda, one of the four most significant buildings in Bagan which served as the centre of reflection and prayer. Then, continue to Ananda temple with its four huge standing – Buddha images and numerous seated figures arranged around the interior gallery. Make a short excursion at Anauk Pwa Saw village to see the cotton weaving work as well as Minanthu village which produces cooking oil from peanuts. Also enjoy lunch at local restaurant on the way. Return back to hotel and take a rest. In the late afternoon, visit to the Dhammayangyi pagoda, Bagan’s largest temple. The temple is a large square, single story, pyramidal temple with six monumental ascending exterior terraces. Finally, enjoy sunset from one of the most scenic spots in town and return to the hotel in the early evening.

Day 4
12 Nov 2018
Bagan, Myanmar
Anawrahta Cruise Lunch, Dinner
Described by Marco Polo as ‘one of the finest sights in the world’, the ancient city of Bagan was the capital of several ancient Burmese kingdoms who built up to 4,400 temples between the 11th and 13th centuries. Take to the skies with Balloons Over Bagan for a breath-taking bird’s eye view of the approximately 2,200 temples that remain standing in Bagan. Champagne and breakfast are served during the morning flight. Around noon, embark on a cruise aboard the luxurious Anawrahta. Berthed at the quay of Bagan, enjoy a leisurely lunch as the ship sails towards Pakkoku.

Pakkoku is an old trading town on the western riverbank of the Ayeyarwady. Upon arrival, you see the longest bridge of Myanmar (Pakokku Bridge). On shore, the tour takes us to some of the small industries in this area, such as a cheroot-rolling factory and a producer of ‘Burmese slippers’ (“flip-flops”). A visit to the thriving market gives us an insight of the local goods and trading.

Pakokku is also well-known for the production of Tobacco. If you like to buy some Burmese cigars, this is the place. We continue touring to the Shwegu Temple that features incredible, intricate carvings made from rare Yamanei wood. It also houses a unique Buddha image seated on a lotus throne. Anawrahta then continues her journey to the utmost highlight of this journey - Mandalay. The ship will dock at the Mandalay pier at the early afternoon (approx. 2PM).

As the evening approaches and the Burmese sun immerse everything in a golden light a special event will take place at the Kipling’s Bar. Dress up in style as we send “A toast to the past” during a British club gathering. Adjacent dinner is served at the Hintha Hall. If you choose, you can join our open air cinema under the stars on the sun deck showing classic movies (depends on weather conditions).

Day 5
13 Nov 2018
Yandabo, Myanmar
Pakkoku, Myanmar
Anawrahta Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

For early morning risers there is a special opportunity to participate at a yoga session on the sun deck. Strengthen your muscles and ease your mind by merging with the Ayeyarwady and its therapeutically slow flow upstream. We leave in the morning from Pakkoku for our next stop Yanderbo. While having breakfast the ship passes the confluence of the Ayeyarwady and it’s greatest tributary, Chindwin River.

We arrive at the quiet, small riverside village of Yanderbo. An unique and fascinating gem of a village where in 1826 the King of Ava signed the Treaty of Yanderbo, signaling the end of the First Anglo-Burmese war. Nowadays the villagers produce a type of water pot which is reputed to keep water cooler than pots from anywhere else in the country. Anawrahta’s broad-knowledge guides will offer you the explanation to that. On foot we explore the village. You quickly notice that the villagers here are extremely friendly, charming and open for chit-chats. You will definitely take back home some enchanting memories. Their techniques and skills to produce a variety of pots and utensils are perplexing. Try yourself to work on one of these pots. Back on board a delicate lunch buffet awaits you.

The ship continues its journey northwards. Gaze on the river banks of this eternal stream from your bench on the sun deck or alternatively, a spa treatment would have the same recreation effects. In the afternoon we learn more about some of the long-lasting traditions (Longyi and Thanaka demonstration). A fascinating presentation about the history and culture of Myanmar follows afterwards. Before dinner you may like to enjoy one of our various treatments in the Thanzin Spa. Dinner is served at the Hintha Hall restaurant. If you feel like it you can take a seat at our open air cinema under the stars on the sun deck showing a classic movie (depends on weather conditions).

Day 6
14 Nov 2018
Yandabo, Myanmar
Anawrahta Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning our yoga class helps to get in the right form for a day.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the ship sails some more miles northwards before we arrive in Ava.

In Ava we disembark for a wonderful discovery of some very highlights of this former royal capital. By horse-drawn carriage we explore this area, sprinkled with many kinds of distinguished ancient monasteries and fanes: Bagaya Kyaung a jaw-dropping teak monastery built in 1834, which nowadays continues to be a monastic school; Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery or the Nanmyint watch tower come both in a different art and creation. It is the peace of Ava which you will then hopefully absorb during a laid-back apéritif at a secret place in the middle of this sacred spot on earth. Back on board a feast of a lunch buffet is served and Anawrahta continues the cruise northwards, eventually arriving at the utmost highlight of this journey - Mandalay. Take some time to observe the beautiful Sagaing Hills with loads of scattered pagodas while the ship is passing by. We will dock at Mandalay at the early afternoon (approx. 2PM).

At this time we bid farewell to our guests of the 3-day/2-night cruise.

In the afternoon a magnificent tour shows us some of the most interesting sights of Mandalay. Observe the incredible process of the gold-leaf beating, visit a silk-weaving manufactorer and finally have a stroll through the amiable streets hosting many marble-carving workshops. The ultimate highlight of this day is a sunset cruise in a small rowing boat around the famous 200 year old “U-Bein Bridge”- a true “Kodak” moment. We wistfully return to the boat. After some refreshing time and before dinner you are invited to watch a traditional dance and music performance by students and teachers of the Mandalay Art School. After dinner our nightly open air cinema is offering another classic movie on the sun deck (depends on weather conditions).

Day 7
15 Nov 2018
Mingun, Myanmar
Mandalay, Myanmar
Anawrahta Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up in the early morning and follow the going-ons on the Ayeyarwady before breakfast is served. After breakfast we say good-bye to our guests of the 4-day/3-night cruise.

Today we take our guests on an amazing discovery of the most impressive pagodas of Mandalay during a morning tour. First we visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is known as the “the world’s largest book”. This pagoda comprises of a gilded pagoda, hundreds of shrines housing inscribed marble slabs and several pavilions.

We continue to the Mahamuni Pagoda, which is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Burma and houses the most highly revered Buddha image in the country. Last but not least the atmospheric

Shwenandaw Monastery, which is maybe the finest examples of traditional 19th century wooden monastery buildings. It used to be part of King Mindon’s Mandalay Royal Palace. From this elevated point we can entirely overlook the city of Mandalay.

We return to the ship and have lunch while Anawrahta sets sail to the site of Mingun. Mingun showcases the monumental, unfinished stupa of King Bodawpaya. It has never been completed, due to an astrologer claiming that states: once the temple would be completed, the king will die. Via a relaxed walking tour we reach the closeby world’s biggest un-cracked bell, weighing 90 tons. Upon return to the ship our cruise manager invites to a high tea at dusk with cocktails, sweats and treats. Anawrahta sail gently back to Mandalay. Dinner is served is the restaurant and afterwards the crew offers some farewell entertainment in the lounge before you retire for your last night onboard

Day 8
16 Nov 2018
Mandalay, Myanmar
Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast your stay on your floating, luxury home regrettably ends. Heritage Line and the Anawrahta crew wish you a wonderful onward journey in the Golden Land - Myanmar.

Meet your guide at the pier and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Heho.

Upon arrival at Heho airport, after you have cleared all customs procedures, meet with your guide and he will lead you to the exit/entrance compound and handle to your guide. Transfer from airport to Nyaung Shwe pier, then embark on a short boat to your hotel. Lunch at hotel.

Remainder of the day is at leisure

Day 9
17 Nov 2018
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min Breakfast, Lunch

Located in Central Myanmar’s Shan State, Inle Lake is the country’s second largest at 22km (13mi) long and 11km (7mi) wide. Located at an altitude of 880m (2,887ft), the lake is also one of the highest in the country, with a cool climate and exceptional flora and fauna. There are an estimated 70,000 people living in more than 200 villages on or around the lake.

Start your exploration on a boat cruise passing floating villages and gardens on your way to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site on the lake and home to five Buddha images completely covered by worshippers with gold leaf.

Continue to the Heya Ywama Village and observe traditional handicraft workshops including silk weaving on wooden handlooms and blacksmithing before having lunch at a local restaurant. Also visit cheroot making (the traditional cigar of Myanmar) and gold and silversmith workshops. On the way back to your hotel, catch a glimpse of the lake’s unique leg-rowers, the Intha people who row standing up with one leg wrapped around the oar.

Day 10
18 Nov 2018
Inle Lake, Myanmar
None Breakfast

After breakfast, meet with your guide at hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Upon arrival in Yangon, connect your departure flight.

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  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing
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Hidden from the rest of the world for decades, Myanmar is still an untouched haven. Visit the country’s pristine temples that embody the landscape and cruise down the Ayeyarwaddy River, where local life continues to bustle as it has for many years.

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By: Andy37


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2015

Overall, our experience was a great one. The drivers, tour guides, etc were all there to pick us up and get us to where we were going and everyone was extremely friendly and outgoing. We did have a minor issue with a few additional charges that we were given and we were not told (at all) that any of them would have been an extra charge. Additionally, our tour guide in Bali seemed to be really pushing us to sign on to additional tours with him on days that we had chosen to be on our own. Our experience on Lombok was top-notch, however in Bali, the tour guides were much more chatty with what seemed their prescribed talk and not so attentive to specific questions that we had. Additionally, when we were picked up for our bike tour, the guide asked to see our itinerary, as he had no idea what we were supposed to be doing. We ended up not doing a number of activities outlined on the itinerary and instead just did what the guide wanted to do. We had a great time, but these were concerns.
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Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2015

They made the arrivals and departures very easy. All guides were personable and very well informed. They added greatly to our travel experience.
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Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2017

Our experience was excellent. The organization proved to be very professional and reliable
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Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2017

The tour, with a few exceptions, we well organized. We saw most of what there was to see. The hotels and guides were excellent.
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