5-DAY MYANMAR CLASSIC PRIVATE TOURDaily Departures(Yangon-Mandalay-Bagan-Yangon) Day 1 YANGON (-, L, D) Upon arrival at YANGON airport you will be welcomed by your Asian Trails guide and transferred to your hotel. After lunch in a local restaurant, your journey begins with an afternoon tour through Yangon’s colonial-style city center. Visit SULE PAGODA, dating back over 2,000 years ago; the magnificent reclining Buddha at CHAUK HTAT GYI; and after a photo stop at the KARAWEIK HALL, a ‘hamsa-bird-shaped’ floating barge on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake, stroll through the BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores. Complete your first day in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the SHWEDAGON PAGODA. Dinner and overnight stay at Traders (****, Superior room) or similar in Yangon. Day 2 YANGON – MANDALAY (B, L, D) After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for domestic flight to MANDALAY. Upon arrival, excursion to Amarapura, 15 km from Mandalay to visit MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY where more than a thousand monks live and study. Time permitting you will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. Continue to 200-year-old U BEIN teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital. Since then it is noted for silk- and cotton weaving. Visit a traditional hand-woven silk workshop. The BAGAYA MONASTERY will delight you with an interesting collection of Buddha statues before returning to Mandalay. After lunch you will experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including one of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar, the MAHAMUNI PAGODA; the SHWE INBIN MONASTERY; the GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA the world’s largest book, made of marble. Mandalay is also a major crafts center. Visit a Kalaga tapestries craftsmen’s shop before proceeding to MANDALAY HILL for sunset. Dinner and overnight stay at Mandalay Swan Hotel (***, Standard room) or similar in Mandalay. Day 3 MANDALAY – BAGAN (B, L, D) After early breakfast, a 300 km drive (8 hours) by road through varied agricultural landscapes will take you to BAGAN.After lunch at a local restaurant en route, the journey continues to MOUNT POPA, an extinct volcano with spectacular views. Its shrine is dedicated to animist spirits known as “nats” and you will have time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. After a scenic drive and a stop at one of the quaint villages you will arrive in Bagan right in time to watch the sunset from BUPAYA PAGODA or MINGALA ZEDI STUPA over the famous AYEYARWADDY RIVER and the magnificent plain of pagodas and temples.Dinner and overnight stay at Ruby True Hotel (**, Superior room) or similar in Bagan. Day 4 BAGAN (B, L, D) Your day will begin early with a nostalgic horse cart ride (if available) to the YWA HAUNG GYI TEMPLE to celebrate the rise of dawn. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After a stroll through the colorful local market, continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including SHWEZIGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; KU BYANUK GYI, a temple with superb murals of Jataka scenes; KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments and ANANDA TEMPLE, with four standing Buddha images.After lunch, visit one of Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts, a lacquerware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby MYINKABA village. You will continue to MANUHA TEMPLE, built in the mon-style in 1059 and follow on to NANBAYA TEMPLE, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha. Next you will explore the MYINGABA GU BYAUKGYI TEMPLE, a temple noteworthy for its mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. The ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM is also visited to view beautiful Buddha images of bronze, stone and lacquer. Dinner at a riverside restaurant and overnight stay at Ruby True Hotel (**, Superior room) or similar in Bagan. Day 5 BAGAN – YANGON (B, L, -) Breakfast at your hotel and return flight to YANGON. After lunch at Le Planteur, the best restaurant in Myanmar, the rest of the day is at your leisure for relaxing, shopping or sightseeing until the departure transfer to the airport. Itinerary is subject to changes depending on confirmed flights, road conditions and availability of rooms. Our Ngapali Beach Extension is the ideal option for guests who wish to spend some relaxing days at one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. Starting in October 2004 Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways will operate direct flights between Bagan, Heho and Thandwe (Ngapali Beach). See our Ngapali Beach Extension program for further information or contact Asian Trails. HOTEL ADDRESSES:
TRADERS223 Sule Pagoda Road G.P.O Box 888 Yangon Tel: (95 1) 242828 Fax: (95 1) 242800
MANDALAY SWAN HOTELNo.44(B), 26th Road Junction of 66th & 68th Street Chan Aye Tha Zan Township Mandalay Tel: (95 2) 35678,31591 Fax: (95 2) 35677
RUBY TRUE HOTEL Myar Lay Road New Bagan Tel: (95 2) 67263
Cancellation Charges35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable. 30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable. 25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 50% of the total amount will be applicable Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount. Acceptance Payment non refundableADDITIONAL TERMS & CONDITIONSIncluded in the Cost
- Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned above or equivalent – subject to availability. Accommodation in air conditioned room with bath (room with shower at Maekok River Village Resort) and meals as mentioned in the programme
- Any single room subject to supplement shown.
- Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D)
- Full board at Wildlife Park if applicable.
- Transfers, entrance fees, and tours by air conditioned car/minibus with English/German/French/Italian/Spanish-speaking guide
- Services of an English speaking local guide (or a naturalist in National Parks)
- Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable
- Train journeys where applicable – 2nd class airconditioned sleeper berth train ticket Chiang Mai-Bangkok
- Domestic economy airfares, indicated in the itinerary, are subject to change – Domestic air ticket Chiang Rai-Bangkok
- Boat trip
- Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips).
- All currently applicable taxes.
- Where US$ or Thai Baht are quoted, the UK pounds price shown is for comparison only and is subject to change.
- Excluded from the Cost
- Expenses of a personal nature: table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, Internet charges, mineral water, tips, shopping etc.
- Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list.
- Any international airfares to India and Asia
- Any airport taxes where applicable in each country
- Any subsequent increase in airfares, fuel costs, monuments/sightseeing fees.
- Any other taxes subsequently introduced by Government, State or Tourist Ministry.
- Travel Insurance
- Visa Fees, if applicable, in any country
- Any Christmas, New Year and Gala Dinners