Day 1: Mandalay (L, D) ( 21 Dec 2017)
Picked up at Mandalay airport by holding a sign board with client’s name on it and then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Evening at 3:00 pm, we will meet in the lobby and start evening exploration to cultural heritage site including Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Mandalay hill for a spectacular sunset over the city. Then enjoy welcoming dinner with the group at the restaurant. Overnight will be at M3 hotel in Mandalay.
Hotel check-in time is after 2:00 pm.
Day 2: Mandalay City and Mingun (B, L, D) ( 22 Dec 2017)
We will pick up at the hotel and transfer to jetty then take a boat down to Mingun village, another bank of Irrawaddy river. Here you can view the MingunPahtodawgyi, an immense stupa which would have been the biggest in the world if it was completed. You can also see the world’s largest ringing bell and the white Hsinphymae Pagoda with beautiful architecture. After the tour to Mingun, return to Mandalay where you’ll visit some optional unusual places. Learn about the city's gold-leaf making industry, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, marble workshop and other handicrafts shop. Overnight will be at the hotel in Mandalay.
Special Activity: Today special activity is visiting to the home of Myanmar harpist and to learn the local artist’s life. She may play a song which is a very classical of Myanmar for you.
Day 3: Ava-Sagaing-Amarapura (B, L, D) ( 23 Dec 2017)
Today we will take a full-day tour of the three former royal capitals surrounding Mandalay: Sagaing, Ava, and Amarapura. We will start driving to Ava and will take a horse-cart ride into the remains of the city of Ava, the capital from the 14th to the 18th century. Here we will visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the famous Maenu' brick monastery. Continue drive to Sagaing, where you can see uncountable white-and-gold Stupas glitter on waves of green Sagaing hill and the whole scene is enthralling. Then continue towards to Amarapura, royal capital from 1783 until 1859, where highlights will include a visit to a silk weaving workshop and U Bein Bridge. Crossing the Tangthaman Lake, U Bein Bridge is the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world. Overnight will be at the hotel in Mandalay.
Day 4: Mandalay – Hsipaw (B, L, D) ( 24 Dec 2017)
Early this morning you will be transferred to PyinOoLwin and take a train ride over famous Gokehteik Viaduct. The whole train ride will take about 4 hours. The bridge itself is in a beautiful location and exciting which is over hundred-year-old and built by the British in 1901. The train is slow and bumpy, but it will be a crazy trip through the countryside with an opportunity to see and talk to local travellers. The main attraction is to see the stunning scenery and amazing the old Gokehteik Viaduct. You will enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking view crossing at the Gokteik Viaduct. When you arrive at Naung Pain station, the private car is waiting for you to continue to Hsipaw. You will get Hsipaw in the evening and take a rest at your hotel. Overnight will be at Mr. Charle hotel in Hsipaw.
Day 5: Hsipaw (B, L, D) ( 25 Dec 2017)
This morning you will visit for a half-day boat trip to the starting point of Dothawaddy river (confluence) is an enticing option. While you are on a boat trip can explore charming Shan village with traditional houses and the beautiful river junction. You can also see the typical Shan style Monastery by walking approx; 45 mins crossing pineapple plantations and fields. Come back and afternoon visits the highlights of Hsipaw. The Palace of the last Shan Prince is the first interesting place for traveller who comes to Hsipaw and also a chance to explore a little Bagan (where many small ancient stupas existed), Nat Shrine and local market. Even you can view the sunset from the top of the Hill in the evening. Overnight will be at the hotel in Hsipaw.
Day 6: Hsipaw - PyinOoLwin – Mandalay (B, L, D) ( 26 Dec 2017)
In the morning checking out hotel and drive back to Mandalay. You can make a stop at PyinOoLwin on the way back to Mandalay. Visit some spots at the hill station city where many colonial buildings are located. PyinOoLwin is once the capital of British Burma, 67 km far away from Mandalay. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery, friendly people and amazing experience. You will arrive back to Mandalay in the evening. Overnight will be at M3 hotel in Mandalay.
Special Event: Flower Festival will be held at National Kandawgyi Park, Pyin Oo Lwin and it will take place from 15 to 31 December if there are nothing changes by Government. The festival will display foreign flower species, artificial flowers and local flower species in the festival area. There will be thousands of number of visitors to the flower festival at the gardens.
Day 7: Mandalay - Bagan by boat (B, L, D) ( 27 Dec 2017)
Early morning transfers to the jetty and goes by boat down the mighty Irrawaddy River, providing a chance to relax and take in the slow pace of riverside life. On the way along the river, you can see a local village life and beautiful scenery. Lunch is included on the boat. Overnight will be at Zfreeti hotel in Bagan.
Day 8: Bagan (B, L, D) (28 Dec 2017)
Bagan, thousands of temples on the plains of ancient capital and it is one of Asia’s most stunning archaeological sites. Explore the most beautiful and historically significant temples with your tour guide who will give you detailed insights. Visit a traditional lacquer ware factory and have the chance to buy unique, finely-crafted, locally produced products. Today special interesting is to visit Anandar Pagoda festival in the early morning before we explore Bagan plain.
Special Event: Anadar pagoda fesitval is the biggest and most important pagoda festival in Central and Upper Myanmar. Villagers come in caravans of covered ox-carts and camp out for the duration of this exciting country fair. You can see many souvenir shops and traditional food shops near the festival compound.
Day 9: Bagan (B, L, D) (29 Dec 2017)
Enjoy a free day and continue your exploration of this gorgeous area or take some time to relax on your own way.
Day 10: Bagan-Kalaw by flight (B, L, D) (30 Dec 2017)
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for a short flight to Heho, from where it is one hour drive through the beautiful Shan Hills to Kalaw, a quaint British Hill Station dating back to the colonial era. After dropping our bags at the hotel, we'll set out for a leisurely hike, lasting around 3-4 hours, which passes through the farms, forests and local minority culture villages in the mountains around Kalaw. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the town. Overnight will be at Dream Villa hotel in Kalaw
Day 11: Kalaw - Pindaya - Inle Lake (B, L, D) (31 Dec 2017)
Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Pindaya, a peaceful lakeside town in the Shan hills. Along the way, visit the Pa-O and Danu tribal villages of Pwehla and JiChanzi, as well as rolling fields of dry cultivated mountain rice and potato as far as the eye can see. Visit Pindaya caves where more than 8000 Buddha images exist. Pilgrims flock to the caves and install new Buddha images within this labyrinth of tunnels and chambers. Then head to NyaungShwe and continue to wine garden at TaungGyi or Red Mountain for your evening pleasure. Overnight will be at 81 hotel in NyaungShwe.
Day 12: Inle Lake - Indein (B, L, D) (1 Jan 2018)
Start today by heading out in a motorised boat. You’ll see local life on the lake, including the fisherman who uses a unique leg-rowing technique on their boats, floating tomato plantations and cottage industries such as silversmiths, weavers and cigar makers. Here you can buy traditional wares produced by the locals. Visit PhaungDawOoPaya, the most religious site in the region and take a quick look inside at the various images of Buddha. You can also see a golden barge which is used during PhaungDawOo festival. We will also visit Indein on the western banks of the lake; this intricate pagoda complex has hundreds of Shan style stupas clustered together on the hillside. I am sure it will be a good place for fantastic photographic opportunity for you. Overnight will be at hotel NyaungShwe.
Day 13: Inle Lake – Mandalay by flight (B) (2 Jan 2018)
This morning we will take a domestic flight and fly back to Mandalay (by default). Our car will pick you up at Mandalay airport and drop at your hotel only. Today you have free time, and you can visit the city or anywhere you interest in your way. Overnight will be at M3 hotel Mandalay.
Optional Plan: Please request in advance if you would like to continue to Yangon (instead of Mandalay) we will provide domestic flight from Heho to Yangon, airport pickup in Yangon and one-night accommodation at Esta hotel in Yangon only. Air port transfer is not included in the next day for departure.
Day 14: Mandalay (B). Depart any time (3 Jan 2018)
Have your Breakfast at the hotel and our small group tour finish this morning. We will arrange transfer service (in Mandalay only) to the airport to connect with your international departure flight.
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Tour price per/person (Adult)
Single Room Supplement
21 Dec 2017
3 Jan 2018