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                                                                         COUNTRY COMBINATION TOURS

                                                                                      The Old Burma Road
13 - Day Overland Tour
From Myanmar to Yunnan (China)

Yangon - Mandalay - Maymyo - Lashio - Muse - Ruili - Mangshi - Dali - Lijiang - Kunming


YANGON (-/-/D)

DAY 1: 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. Overnight  in Yangon. 

Yangon - Mandalay & Amarapura (B/L/D)

DAY 2: Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival at the new Mandalay Airport proceed 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 BAGAYA MONASTERY with its superb collection of Buddha statues. En route stop at a traditional hand-woven silk workshop. Drive to Mandalay and check-in at hotel.
After lunch, proceed on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Mandalay. Included are 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. A visit is also made to a craftsmen's workshop to see Kalaga tapestries being created. Dinner and overnight in Mandalay.

Yangon - Maymyo (B/L/D)

DAY 3: Take a scenic drive (80 km - 2 hours) to the cool hill station of PYIN OO LWIN (MAYMYO) with its lovely lake and waterfalls, botanical garden and colonial era buildings. Explore the town center by the famous horse-drawn carriages (if available). Sightseeing continues after lunch with the famous PEIK KHYIN MYAUNG CAVES, since ancient times a Buddhist shrine, and a visit to a wine makers village. A coffee break with an opportunity to take pictures is made at the historic CANDACRAIG HOTEL, which was built during the colonial era about one hundred years ago. Overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo).

Maymyo - Gokteik Viaduct - Hsi Paw - Lashio (B/L/D)

DAY 4: Transfer to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) Railway Station for an adventurous train journey to KYAUKME. A boxed lunch is provided. The train passes over the amazing GOKTEIK RAILWAY VIADUCT. When the Pennsylvania Steel Company built the viaduct across a 300-meter deep gorge a century ago, it was the second highest bridge in the world. The view from the train is fascinating and the scenery is beautiful. At Kyaukme, leave the train and continue by car to the historic town of HSI PAW where a stop is made. Arrive in LASHIO in the evening. Dinner and overnight at a modest hotel in Lashio.

Lashio - Muse - Ruili (B/L/D)

DAY 5: Visit MANSU MARKET where locals shop for fresh produce and other foodstuff. Pay a visit to the busy QUAN YIN SAN TEMPLE, one of the largest Chinese temples in Myanmar. Depart Lashio for an overland journey of approximately 5 hours to MUSE, a bustling trading town at the Myanmar-China border. After completing immigration formalities, meet the Travel agent China tour guide, who will escort clients to their hotel in RUILI for dinner and overnight.

Ruili - Mangshi (B/L/D)

DAY 6: Explore Ruili, one of the most interesting towns in Southwestern China. Depart for MANGSHI. Signs of the flourishing border trade are evident throughout the region. Opportunity to visit a village of an ethnic Dai community. Dinner and overnight at a modest hotel in Mangshi.

Mangshi - Dali (B/L/D)

DAY 7: Today's scenic journey of approximately 12 hours leads through an ethnically diverse region inhabited by Burmese, Dai and Jingpo people. Stop at BAOSHAN. Cross the Lancang Jiang (MEKONG) River near Wayao. Arrive late in the afternoon in DALI, at the intersection of the Yunnan-Myanmar Highway (Burma Road) and the Yunnan-Tibetan Highway. The town is located on the southern tip of the picturesque ER HAI LAKE. Dinner and overnight in Dali.

Dali (B/L/D)

DAY 8: Explore DALI and its vicinity. The historic city of Dali, 400 km west of Kunming, is the birthplace of Yunnan's ancient culture and capital of notable the former Nan Zhao and Dali Kingdoms. Cruise on the ER HAI LAKE, one of the biggest freshwater lakes in China. Enjoy the wonderful scenery with its stunning mountain backdrop and beautiful islands.
In the afternoon, visit the THREE OLD PAGODAS, symbols of outstanding technology. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Dali.

Dali - Lijiang (B/L/D)

DAY 9: Leave Dali by car for LIJIANG, a journey that takes approximately 4 hours. On the way stop at the Bai minority villages of ZHOUCHENG, famous for its achieved technique of batik, and XIZHOU, with traditional Bai architecture. In the vicinity of Lijiang take a cable car ride up to the JADE DRAGON SNOW MOUNTAIN, the famed mountain with thirteen peaks like jade pillars. The large pastures on the mountain present a splendid view. Dinner at local restaurant followed by a Naxi Orchestra performance of classical Taoist music. Overnight in Lijiang.

Lijiang - Kunming (B/L/D)

DAY 10: A sightseeing tour of LIJIANG includes the Black Dragon Pond Park, the famous Moon Embracing Pavilion and Yufeng Monastery with its small lamasery famous for a Camellia Tree that has 10,000 blossoms. Also visit a Baisha village with its temple frescoes and the traditional village of Longquan. Do not miss to explore OLD LIJIANG, an intimate mountain town of stone and tile and laced with canals, which became a World Heritage Site in 1997. Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to KUNMING, the capital of Yunnan province. Upon arrival in Kunming, transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Kunming.

Kunming (B/L/D)

DAY 11: Drive to the WESTERN HILLS and take a chair lift ride up the hill, a very quiet pleasant journey through beautiful scenery overlooking DIANCHI LAKE. At 2,200m above sea level, a path winds down to the famous "Dragon Gate". On the way back, discover the Chinese Buddhist temple of HUATING. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit YUANTONG TEMPLE, a Tang Monastery with a golden Myanmar of over 1,200 years, a lively flower and bird market and the old city around BAOSHAN STREET. Enjoy a walk around GREEN LAKE to get a glimpse of the local way of life. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Kunming.

Kunming (B/L/D)

DAY 11: Drive to the WESTERN HILLS and take a chair lift ride up the hill, a very quiet pleasant journey through beautiful scenery overlooking DIANCHI LAKE. At 2,200m above sea level, a path winds down to the famous "Dragon Gate". On the way back, discover the Chinese Buddhist temple of HUATING. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit YUANTONG TEMPLE, a Tang Monastery with a golden Myanmar of over 1,200 years, a lively flower and bird market and the old city around BAOSHAN STREET. Enjoy a walk around GREEN LAKE to get a glimpse of the local way of life. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Kunming.

Kunming - Stone Forest (B/L/D)

DAY 12: Depart by car for a 98-kilometer drive to the STONE FOREST, one of China's most remarkable natural phenomena. It consists of 80 hectares of innumerable bizarre-shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion some two hundred million years ago. The Stone Forest area is the home of the Sani minority. Lunch at the Stone Forest Hotel. On the way back, visit a Yi minority village. Dinner at a local restaurant is followed by a Yunnan Minority Cultural show at the Kunming Theater. Overnight in Kunming.

Kunming - Departure (B/-/-)

DAY 13: Time at leisure until transfer to Kunming Airport for international departure flight.

Important note:
Myanmar's Shan State region is still undeveloped for most aspects of tourism. This is essentially an adventure tour. Travel agent will endeavor to obtain the best available accommodation, transport and facilities for guests, but would ask for their understanding for any practical aspects which do not come up to expectations and for delays or changes in the itinerary. Train schedules from Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin) to Kyaukme are subject to change and the standard of the train is modest.

Services Included: 

Accommodation with breakfast at hotels.
Meals on table d'hote basis as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) in the itinerary (full board throughout the tour starting with dinner on Day 1 and terminating with breakfast on Day 13).
All entrance fees.
All domestic airfares (Yangon-Mandalay and Lijiang-Kunming).
Train ticket Maymyo - Kyaukme.
Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides.
Domestic airport departure tax.
Service charges, room tax and baggage handling.
One (1) tour leader FOC for every 15 full-paying participants.

Services Excluded: 

Insurance.
Visa fee for Myanmar.
Visa fee for China.
Meals other than those specified in the itinerary.
International air tickets to Yangon and from Kunming.
International airport departure tax at approx. US$ 12 per person in Kunming.
Expenditures of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.

Immigration formalities:
Travelers have to obtain their visa for Myanmar and China at a diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate) abroad prior to their arrival in Myanmar. When applying for visa, the entry and exit points have to be clearly stated. In addition, a special permit is necessary to be allowed to exit Myanmar in Muse, crossing the border into China. This permission is organized by Travel agent and issued by the Myanmar Government at its discretion. As such, we need ample advance notice to proceed with paperwork for border crossing which must include names as spelled in passports, nationality, passport numbers, date and place of issue as well as occupation of travelers. For any name change or cancellation less than 4 weeks prior to traveling date we have to charge US$ 100 per person for administration fees. 

The special permit, which will be arranged by Travel agent, is only a permission to cross the border, but this is not the actual visa. The Myanmar and China tourist visa must be stamped into the clients' passports prior to their arrival at the Myanmar-China border.

 

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.