6 - Day Myanmar Tour with River Cruise

                                                                                         Yangon - Mandalay - Bagan - Yangon

YANGON (-/-/-)

DAY 1 SUN: Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel. Today's sightseeing tour includes the old colonial-style city center, the gilded SULE PAGODA, dating back over 2,000 years, BOGYOKE (SCOTT'S) MARKET (closed on Mondays) and a visit to a gem shop. The tour continues to CHAUK HTAT GYI, a huge reclining Buddha image, followed by a photo stop at KARAWEIK HALL royal floating barge. An extended visit to SHWEDAGON PAGODA, one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude the tour of this picturesque Garden City. The golden dome of Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Lunch to your own account. Dinner and overnight at Traders Hotel (member of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts) in Yangon. 

Yangon - Mandalay (B/L/D)

DAY 2 SUN: Transfer to Yangon Airport and domestic flight to MANDALAY. Upon arrival at the new Mandalay Airport, proceed directly to AMARAPURA for sightseeing. Visit MAHGANDAYON, a famous Buddhist monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study, and the 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Then proceed to SAGAING HILLS, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, to enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding areas. Transfer to the hotel in Mandalay. 
An afternoon sightseeing tour of Mandalay includes MAHAMUNI PAGODA with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, 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. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Mandalay. 

Mandalay - RV Pandaw River Cruise (B/L/D)

DAY 3 MON: Visit to a craftsmen's workshop to see Kalaga tapestries being created, then transfer to the jetty to embark on the RV PANDAW. Commence your river journey on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River to BAGAN, observing a rich and varied river life and magnificent scenery. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

Pakokku & Bagan (B/L/D)

DAY 4 TUE: Early in the morning dock in PAKOKKU, a port city set south of the Chindwin confluence. Visit the important market, local pagodas and a weaving shop by trishaw. Set sail to BAGAN, where a Travel guide is waiting to greet you upon arrival. Transfer to hotel in Bagan for check-in. 
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the site of TAYOKEPYAY TEMPLE in Min Nan Thu Village, PHAYA THONE ZU and the NANDAMANYA TEMPLES, noted for exquisite 13th century murals, and KYAT KAN CAVE monastery, a famous meditation center in Bagan. Visit farming villages around Bagan and observe a sunset in the vicinity of Bagan's ancient monuments. Dinner and overnight in Bagan. 

Bagan - Yangon (B/L/-)

DAY 5 WED: Full day sightseeing tour of magical Bagan starting with a 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 arranged around the interior gallery.
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit a lacquer craftsmen's workshop in nearby MYINKABA village. Sightseeing continues with visits to MANUHA TEMPLE, built in Mon style in 1059, NANBAYA TEMPLE, a unique sandstone monument that is said to have been the palace of King Manuha, and MYINGABA GU BYAUK GYI TEMPLE (under the protection of UNESCO), noted for its ancient mural paintings. Transfer to Nyaung Oo (Bagan) Airport for return flight to YANGON. Upon arrival in Yangon, proceed to the hotel for check-in. Dinner to your own account. Overnight in Yangon.

Yangon - Departure (B/-/-)

DAY 6 THU: Transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure

International flights need to be booked as follows:

Arrival in Yangon : morning
Departure from Yangon : any flight

Remark: Every effort will be made to ensure that the published cruise itinerary is followed as closely as possible, however, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries are subject to alterations and delays at short notice.