This tour will take you to Myanmar’s two biggest cities: Yangon and Mandalay and their unique landmarks as well as their historic heritage.
In bustling and dynamic Yangon, known as the 'City of Peace', the sacred Golden Pagoda which overlooks the city and is a very imposing and spectacular site on the skyline. Mandalay, known as the 'Gem City', and Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal capital (1783) play a vital role in preserving the rich historical and cultural heritage of Myanmar. U Bein Bridge, the world longest teak footbridge, that stretches across Taungthaman lake, is one of the simple, yet unexpected wonders of Myanmar. We will also explore the surrounding areas of Mandalay: the ancient Inwa (Ava) and Sagaing, once the capitals of Myanmar and Pyin Oo Lwin, a popular hill station where you will explore the Peik Chin Myaung Cave, Pwe Kauk water Falls, splendid National Kandawgyi Gardens and colonial-era mansions. A ride in a horse-drawn carriage is one of the visitors' favorite activities.
Upon arrival of Yangon International Airport (a.m arrival), your journey starts with a visit to the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a magnificent reclining Buddha Image and Sule Pagoda, said to be as old as 2000 years, standing at the heart of the city as the central reference point from where all the major streets of Yangon radiate. The sightseeing includes Kandawgyi(Royal Lake),an oasis in the middle of the bustling city, where floats a large structure known as the Karaweik, modelled after a royal barge used by Burmese kings. The lake itself is a unique place for taking scenic pictures with Shwedagon Pagoda in the background. Complete a day tour in Yangon with an extended visit to one of the sacred landmarks of Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda. You will have a chance to walk round in 360 degree the golden stupa enshrining the Buddha’s sacred hairs. Overnight in Yangon.
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, proceed to MahaGanayon Monastery, where more than one thousand monks are studying Buddhist scriptures,and where their daily life especially the rituals around having lunch is worth seeing. In the afternoon, we will drive you to Sagaing, the14 th Century royal abode just across by Sagaing Bridge from Mandalay, famous for its dozens of monasteries and nunneries located on Sagaing Hill, considered to be a holy place. You will also visit the silversmith workshops and Kaungmudaw Pagoda, a giant dome shaped pagoda built in 16 th century and Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda, modelled after Bagan’s Shwezigon Pagoda, where the panoramic view of the surrounding areas can be seen. Then, proceed to Inwa (Ava), the ancient royal city of Myanmar kings. Ride a horse-cart to Bagaya Monastery, a teakwood structure with 267 big pillars built in 1834, which is a small monastic school now; to the Ava watch tower;the old palace compound before rounding up the visit to the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, an impressive brick monastery built and donated by the chief queen of King Bagyidaw.On the way back to Mandalay, you will visit U Bein Bridge, 1.2 km long teak footbridge, the longest of its kind in the world. Overnight in Mandalay.
Today we take an early morning drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), about 65 km east of Mandalay. Once a popular summer retreat during British rule due to its pleasant climate, away from the hustle and bustle of city life of Mandalay. Even today, the city still retains its charms with famous fresh fruits and beautiful flowers. Your first visit will be the fantastic Peik Chin Myaung Cave which is filled with many Buddha images and pagodas of various sizes and styles. Another highlight is Pwe Kauk Waterfall, a popular picnic spot among locals. Next, wander around meticulously maintained National Kandawgyi Gardens, a botanical garden filled with a vast variety of colorful plants and trees. Spend the afternoon by taking the sightseeing ride in the horse-drawn carriages to explore the city center and its famous colonial era mansions. Among them, it is worth seeing the old Candacraig, formerly the British Club of Maymyo and the Governor’s House, the British governor’s summer residence. Then, we will drive you to Myoma Market, situated at the town center, near the Purcell Tower. Finally, we leave the city of flowers and drive back to Mandalay. Overnight stay in Mandalay.
Today, take a boat trip on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River few kilometers upstream to Mingun,where you will visit the unfinished Mingun stupa; the Mingun Bell, the world’s largest ringing bell weighing 90 tonnes; and nearby Mya Thein Tan Pagoda, built by the crown prince in 1816 in a style different from most pagodas in Myanmar. Take by boat back to Mandalay. The afternoon tour starts visiting the Mahamuni Buddha Image, one of the most important religious sites for Buddhist pilgrims. After then, proceed to explore Mandalay’s traditional arts and crafts industries such as marble stone carving, wood carving and gold leaf making workshops. Another highlight is Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), a traditional wooden building, which was once a royal palace chamber. You will also visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, where “world’s biggest book”(2013 UNESCO registered World Heritage site)is on display in the form of 729 marble slabs on which the entire Buddhist canon is inscribed. Complete Mandalay tour with enjoying th esunset from atop the Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.
This morning, transfer to Mandalay International Airport by car to fly back to Yangon. The afternoon tour in Yangon takes you to visit Botataung Pagoda, hollow but housed what is believed to be a sacred hair of Buddha. Then, we will drive you to BogyokeAung San Market, formerly Scott Market, a shopper’s paradise with numerous shops of gemstones, gold, handicrafts, arts, clothing and many other souvenirs (Closed on Mondays). Before returning back to the hotel, the China town area is worth visiting. It is one of the most enjoyable parts of the downtown and you can observe many vendors on the platform.
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure.
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