Luxury of Myanmar - 9 Days / 8 Nights
The Road to Mandalay Cruise
If you’re looking for luxury holiday, then look no further and embark on this wonderful tour. This luxury tour combines the highlights of Myanmar with several days on the Ayeyarwady River – the legendary Road to Mandalay. You will stay the finest hotels, enjoy the best restaurants and experience a level of service you could only dream about. The warmth of the Burmese and their amazing hospitality rewards all travelers with a VIP feel.
• Staying in Deluxe hotels
• Enjoy a dinner at a pagoda ruin
• Amazing three-night cruise on the Ayeyarwady with Road to Mandalay
• Explore impressive colonial and spiritual heritage of Yangon
• Travel by traditional horse cart through scenic countryside
• Visit ancient capitals – and palace of legendary Mandalay
• Cruise the tranquil waters of Inle Lake to see extraordinary floating gardens and floating villages
Day 1: Yangon
On arrival you will be welcomed by Myanmar Shalom tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Drive through downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building- and to Sule Paya in the middle of downtown, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit Little India and Chinatown – stop to greet the vendors and let them introduce you to their wares – some familiar, some exotic. Photo stop at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge.Nothing will prepare you for Shwedagon Pagoda, with its glittering gold stupa. At the pagoda observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset view at Shwedagon pagoda.
Road to Mandalay Cruise from Mandalay – Bagan depart – every Wendnesday.
Day 2 – Road to Mandalay Cruise – Depart every Wednesday
Morning domestic flight from Yangon to Mandalay. Transfer to the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River at Shwe Kyet Yet. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay regarded as the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. Return to Road To Mandalay for dinner and local entertainment in the evening.
Day 3 – Road to Mandalay Cruise – Thursday (Sagaing)
After an early breakfast visit Sagaing, the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Burma and famous for its silversmiths who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did. The ship gets underway mid-morning, and begins its journey south. The rest of the day is spent relaxing on board observing the local river life from the top deck. An on-board guide lectures on local places and customs. A casual cocktail party is followed by dinner on board.
Day 4 – Road to Mandalay Cruise – Friday (Bagan)
The ship arrives at Bagan where over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered on an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. A guided orientation tour introduces you to the most important temples. After lunch you have the opportunity to rejoin the guide and visit the inside of some of the more significant pagodas. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this fascinating area on your own. Late afternoon your guide takes you to watch the breathtaking vista of the sun setting over the plain. Dinner and local entertainment on board.
Day 5 – Bagan Disembarkation & Visit in Bagan – Saturday
After an early breakfast, pick up from Road To Mandalay Cruise and start your full day Bagan sightseeing. – Begin our exploration of Bagan by visiting a busy local market and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan and continuing sightseeing and visit some local villages.
Day 6: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake
After breakfast, fly to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake. Known as the most beautiful lake in Myanmar, Inle Lake’s calm waters are surrounded by high hills and dotted with floating gardens and stilted villages. Then drive to NyaungSh- pick up boat & transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the full day tour by boat in Inle lake. The five Buddha images of Phaung Daw U Pagoda are the holiest in Inle Lake. Next, visit a unique Monastery on the Lake Nga Phe Kyaung, near Ywama village where the local Monks have trained the cats to jump through hoops, it is now affectionately known as the jumping cat Monastery. Proceed to Nampan village and see local cigar [cheroot] making and canoe carving.
Day 7: Inle Lake – Indein
Continue sightseeing in Inle Lake, maneuvering by boat though long, scenic channnels where you can watch the farmers cultivate their produce in “floating gardens”. You will visit the fascinating village of Indein, with it’s complex of ancient shrines and stupas and walk though exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls. You’ll visit the “long neck” tribal women, and weaving and craft villages perched on stilts. See the lake’s unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. It is a feast for the senses and a photographer’s dream.
Day 8: Inle Lake – Yangon
Morning flight to Yangon. Then enjoy a visit to Scott Market, the sprawling 75-year-old Market. At the market you will find a whole variety of interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquer ware to gems & jewelry – bargain at the stores to fully experience the Burmese market atmosphere! Visit the over 100 year old beautiful Rangoon Synagogue. In there you will have the opportunity to meet with Trustee of the Synagogue to learn the Jewish Life in the Pagoda Land. Drive through the city and observe the influences of other cultures in the region. Visit the Jade Buddha temple with marble statue weighs 500 tons and the largest in the world.
Day 9: Yangon – Departure
After breakfast, transfer to airport for International departure flight.
This private tour can be arranged for single traveler, couple, family and group tour. Prices vary according to hotel standard, when you travel, how many people you travel with, the level of private guiding required and the overall arrangements. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.