11-Day World Heritage Discovery

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 11 Days

tour highlights

  • Explore Yangon with its colonial British influence and the world-famous Shwedagon pagoda
  • Overland drive throughout the trip to enjoy the scenic country side
  • Visit to World Heritage UNESCO site of Pyu Kingdoms Sri Ketsra, Beikthano and Halin
  • Visit to the new Paliament buildings in Nay Pyi Taw
  • Visit of the famous ancient pagodas and temples in Bagan
  • Visit Pakkoku town known for slippers, cheroots and wood carving making
  • Stop at Thanboddhay Pagoda which is thousands of small Buddha images
  • Sightseeing in Mandalay to see famous Pagodas and monasteries

tour details

Myanmar has long and complex history and accordingly, historical events are plenty. Fabulous traditions and folklores are handed down from generation to generation. Enjoy overland drivestarting from Yangon and ending in Mandalay. Visit the world heritage listed archaeological sites of Sri Ketsra in Pyay (Prome) the site of the ancient Pyu Kingdom , Beikthanoe near Taung Dwin Gyi the earliest one among the Pyu cities which flourished during 200 BC and AD 900 and Halin site near Shwe Bo has 32 excavation sites which have yielded many potteries, ornaments, weapons and coins. A stop in Nay Pyi Taw, new administrative capital city of Myanmar. Take the good opportunity to observe the new Paliament buildings, the huge and impressive 20 lane highway leading up to it makes this stop interesting.

Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel. (Your room might not be ready for check-in; international check-in time is 14:00 hours).
In the afternoon, visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts and souvenirs. Stop alongside Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Karaweik Hall and the Shwedagon. Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide - its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. It is always full of people praying and making offerings, and is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Return to your hotel.
Accommodation at Rose Garden Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Yangon
Today you start your overland journey with a drive to Pyay (Prome), situated near the ancient capital of Sri Kestra, where extensive archaeological excavations have been made. An optional visit is included at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery near Htaukkyant, the last resting place of over 6300 Allied soldiers and home to a memorial to 27,000 more. Just short of Pyay visit Shwemyetmhan Pagoda (Shwedaung) which is home to a most unusual Buddha image - one who wears gold-rimmed spectacles. Lunch at local restaurant.
This afternoon, visit the busy central market, a cheroot-making workshop and the Shwesandaw Pagoda. This pagoda is similar in design to the Shwezigon in Bagan, and is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage spots in Myanmar. An enormous seated Buddha figure rises up from the tree line adjacent to Shwesandaw.
Accommodation at Mingalar Garden Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Pyay
Early morning, drive to the outskirts of Pyay and cross the new bridge to Htone Bo village and continue by local private boat to Akaut Taung, overlooking the Ayeyarwady River. Here hundreds of niches in the cliff face are home to Buddha images of all shapes and sizes, many of which have been carved out of the rock face. Also see villages and typical rural life on the way. Return to Pyay. Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, drive out of Pyay to visit the site of the ancient Pyu Kingdom of Sri Ksetra, which pre-dates the Bagan period and is said to have arisen in the first millennium. Visit the site, by bullock cart (when available), and the tiny museum which houses artefacts unearthed in Sri Ksetra. Close to the museum there are two huge conical stupas, Payagyi and Payama, which you can view from a distance (the road is usually closed). Visible somewhat further away is the 5th century, 46-metre tall Bawbawgyi Pagoda, shaped like a bell jar, and the best example of this architectural style.
Accommodation at Mingalar Garden Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Pyay
Today overland drive to Beikthano (165 km, 4 hour). Among the three principle Pyu sites in Myanmar, Beikthano is seemed as the earliest one among the Pyu cities which flourished during 200 BC and AD 900. On your arrival, the first thing you will notice is the city wall shaped rather like a rhombus, with each side measuring 3.21 kilometres. The ruins of stupas, monasteries and burial urns can be explored. As Pyus were excellent in pottery making, judging from 2060 pots and jars uncovered comprising pots for cooking, water carrying etc. You can also observe interesting excavations at gate to the city wall dig No. 8. Then, stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
En route, visit Shwe Maw Daw pagoda, famous pagoda at Taungdwingyi and from there take a 20-minute walk to Kandawgyi lake.
Optional; stop at a local tea shop near the lake area for photo shooting or just people watch. After that, proceed to the new capital city Naypyitaw (119 km, 2 hours drive from shortcut route).
Accommodation at Nga Laik Kan Thar Eco Resort (Chalet Type 1) or similar, Naypyitaw.
This morning visit to The Parliament House Buildings (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw), the huge and impressive 20 lane highway leading up to it makes this stop interesting. The Parliament is made up of 31 buildings, with the Presidential Palace nearby. The significance of 31 is said to refer to the 31 'planes of existence' in the Buddhist cosmology. Set in 800 acres of land this highly decorated statement building with traditional Myanmar-style roofs is home to the 664 members of parliament. With the special permission visitors are allowed to see inside the buildings. Visit the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House), formed with a maximum of 440 representatives and then Amyotha Hluttaw (House of Nationalities or Upper House), formed with a maximum of 224 Hluttaw representatives. If in luck, you might have a chance to see politicians meeting from the observation lounge. Lunch at local restaurant.
Then, visit the National Land Marks Garden, a collection of miniature replicas from Myanmar. The garden exhibit scale models of well-known landmarks from each State in Myanmar, including its most famous pagodas such as Shwedagon Pagoda, Golden Rock, Royal Palace etc. Anyone interested in the development and architecture of the city a must visit this place.
Accommodation at Nga Laik Kan Thar Eco Resort (Chalet Type 1) or similar, Naypyitaw.
Today depart Naypyitaw and drive to Bagan (4 hours drive). Arrive Bagan and check in to your hotel. Lunch at Ayeyarwaddy River Terrace Restaurant.
In the afternoon, vsits to a selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon, Bagan's most important reliquary shrine - look out for images of the 37 'nats' (spirits) housed in a small hall - and Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-Inn village), a 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar-style temple built in Bagan, which boasts old murals and friezes. Your visit continues to Ananda Temple, a masterpiece of Mon-style architecture with four huge standing Buddhas and an adjacent brick monastery with well-preserved 18th century murals. Stop for a photo of Bagan's tallest temple; 61 metre-high Thatbyinnyu, known as the 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. Next visit Moe Moe Lacquer ware factory where you'll learn how this delicate art is made. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River.
Accommodation at Thazin Garden Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan
This morning we have time to explore the Myinkaba village area by horse cart. We continue to Nanpaya temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings, and said once to have been Manuha's residence. See the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda and later, visit Pyatsashwegu, built in 11th century showing frescoes with ancient Mon captions on the interior walls. Stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar's "Rosetta Stone", bearing inscriptions written in four languages. Lunch at Nanda Restaurant.
After lunch, visit to Nyaung Hla village (30 minutes' drive), which is the roost location for the giant flying fox (Pteropus giganteus). The spectacular colony is home to some 3500 individuals, which live in vast rain trees located in the heart of the village and adjacent to the river. Due to seasonal variations, there are more bats in rainy season. The colony started in 1998 and, so far, is increasing in numbers. We ask you to observe these bats but please never disturb them by clapping or making loud noises. They are a natural treasure for the village and for Myanmar.
From the village, return to Bagan. Visit to Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary which has been planted with teak, a non-native species to this dry zone area. It was established in 1997 and covers an area of 47 sqm. The sanctuary is a home to captive breeding populations of the Burmese star tortoise, Eld's deer and other rare species.
After our park visit, we will take a walk to nearby Lawkananda pagoda. It is located on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy which was built by King Anawrahta in AD 1059. The sunset across the river and gilded stupa will create a marvelous picture.
Accommodation at Thazin Garden Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan
Pick up from your hotel and drive to Pakkoku, an unspoilt small town famous for its tobacco trade and weaving workshops to see how characteristic Myanmar checked cotton blankets are made. Visit a local market and a cheroot maker's where skilled young women can make hundreds of cheroots in a day. Stop at a small thanaka market (traditional makeup and sunscreen for Myanmar people) and a workshop where traditional slippers and incredible wood carvings are made. Lunch at local restaurant.
Drive to Monywa (approximately 4 hours). On the way visit Thanboddhay Pagoda, about 20 Km from Monywa. The richly decorated central stupa has no less than 845 smaller stupas around it. Inside the pagoda compound are thousands of Buddha images (reportedly over 500,000) decorating every wall, archway and niche. Also see beautiful wooden carvings of the 'Jataka Tales' (stories from the Buddha's life) and a huge Reclining Buddha nearby. Arrive Monywa and transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation in Win Unity Hotel Monywa (Superior Room) or similar, Monywa
Early morning, drive to Shwebo (100 Km, about 3 hours). Shwebo is famous for production of Thanaka and this place is the area where one can sight locals selling Thanaka and other products. Visit to Shwebon Yadana Mingalar Palace which is the royal palace of King Alaungpaya who is the founder of Konbaung dynasty. The palace has 54 apartments and halls which are fabulously decorated with ten kinds of art in detail. A stop at Aung Mye (Victory Land) to make your own wish. The chronicles show the fact that King Alaungpaya used this spot as a gathering point before his battles. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afterwards, proceed another 13km drive to visit to Halin. Halin is a village near Shwebo in Sagaing Division which is considered as World Heritage site by UNESCO for the archaeological heritage dated back to years during 200 BC and 900 AD. Hanlin Archaeological Zone has 32 excavation sites which have yielded many potteries, ornaments, weapons and coins. Then, visit Hanlin Village which has its own attraction with unpaved ox-cart tracks linking to old stupas. Also, Nyaung Kobe Monastery which features a small museum displaying ancient artifacts, unlabeled finds of Pyu era. After that, overland drive to Mandalay (105km, 3 hours).
Accommodation at Shwe Ingyin Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Mandalay.
Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Mandalay, a highlight of which is the Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Near the river lies visit Shwe-im-bin, a wooden monastery over 100 years old which is known for its lovely carving. Stop at local workshops to see kalaga tapestries being made, gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces, and Burmese sweets being made. Lunch at Daung Lann Gyi Myanmar Restaurant.
Mid-afternoon, you'll take a trishaw ride to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname 'the world's largest book'. Next visit beautiful teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive World War II bombing. At Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda you'll see a large Buddha statue carved out of a single block of local marble. Atop Mandalay Hill lie glittering glass-studded temple walls which reflect the evening glow as you watch the sunset. Afterwards, visit Shwe Kyin Monastery to observe student monks start their evening prayers.
Accommodation at Shwe Ingyin Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Mandalay.
Day at leisure until departure to your international flight. Transfer to the airport.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking throughout guide from Yangon
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour

excludes

Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (Other languages)
  • Optional Balloons flight at sunrise in Bagan
  • Optional snacks at teashop in Taungdwingyi
  • The use of a sedan chair to go up or down the mountain
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • The use of a sedan chair to go up or down the mountain
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13
  • 17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

Notes:

  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned below. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
  • Domestic airfares are quoted separately and subject to change in case of increases imposed by the airlines (ie. taxes, fuel costs, etc.).
  • There are 8 different airlines operating on the domestic route in Myanmar. Each company has slight different airfares and this pricelist is based on average airfare. Diethelm Travel will book the most convenient and direct routing. The final price can be confirmed once the tickets are booked and issued depending on available booking class and seat availability.
Tour code: MMR11UNES
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