Myanmar Heritage Lines 13 days

The Myanmar’s primitive Buddhism has left their marks of domination through thousands of temples, tower and pagodas scattered across the country. This comprehensive tour let you enjoy the spectacular views and contemplate the pinnacle of every temples and pagodas from the ancient region Mandalay to the enormous plain of Bagan.  Make the time to delve deeper into Myanmar by several visits to Pindaya caves, traditional Shan paper making, pottery and umbrella making villages around Inle Lake or it can be a great experience for those who love wine to watch the distillation process and then have a taste of local wine in the traditional village of Thaya Gone.

Itinerary in detail

Day 1: Mandalay – Arrival

Met and welcome by our guide upon arrival at the airport.

Then transfer by private car to your hotel You refresh and relax a little after your flight, then we will furnish you with various items needed to begin your adventure:

  • You will be given a map of the city, and the necessary explanations to help guide you.
  • Then we’ll help you to exchange currency, and you can start to soak up the atmosphere.

Overnight at hotel in Mandalay

Day 2: Mandalay – City tour – Amarapura

After breakfast you transfer by private car to the airport for a flight to Mandalay.

Meet with your guide on arrival and transfer to the city of Mandalay, the second largest city in the country, known as the “Golden City”, and also the cultural and religious center of Buddhism in Myanmar.

While here we will discover

  • The Atumashi and Shwe Nandaw monasteries to see beautiful and extremely fine hand carved teak motifs that adorn these magnificent architectural buildings which house incredibly beautiful marble sculptures.
  • Kuthodaw Pagoda, a set of Buddhist stupas that house the largest book in the world, a vast collection of seminal texts engraved on marble headstones, each nestled in a small white temple, a total of 729 in all.
  • The Arakan Pagoda, also known as the Mahamuni Pagoda, that houses a Buddha from the ancient Arakan Kingdom, conquered by the Burmese. This highly revered Buddha is endlessly being covered in gold leaf. We take lunch during our travels, after which we drive to Amarapura.

We will visit

  • A workshop to see marble sculpturing, and some gold hammering.
  • A cotton and silk weaving establishment
  • The Patodawgyi and Kyauktawgyi Pagodas.
  • And as sunset draws near we cruise on the Taungthaman boat to view the magical spectacle of U Bein Bridge, built in 1841and based on teak columns, and is the longest teakwood bridge in the world.

Overnight at hotel in Mandalay

Day 3 Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing – Mandalay

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We visit the Jade Market then board a boat to go up the Irrawaddy River towards Mingun.

  • Disembark in front of the Satowya Pagoda
  • See a model of the Mingun Pagoda, and receive an explanation of same.
  • Visit the unfinished Mingun Pagoda, started in the reign of King Bodowpaya, and originally meant to be 150mts in height, but amounts to only 50mts, and then visit the ruins and the imposing pile of bricks.
  • See the Mingun Bell that weighs over 90 tons, the largest bell in the world to ring.
  • Visit the Hsinbyume pagoda

We then return to Mandalay for lunch.

Tour to Sagaing and its impressive panorama of pagodas dotted the surrounding countryside.

We will continue our day around the hills of Sagaing approximately 20kms south of Mandalay, using the metal bridge at Ava, after which we will enjoy a tour of Sagaing and its impressive panorama of pagodas that dot the surrounding countryside.

Overnight at hotel in Mandalay

Day 4: Mandalay – Po Win Taung – Monywa

In the morning, depart Mandalay for a drive to Monywa, a busy trading city of the upper Myanmar (about 150km – 4 hours) to the west of Myanmar and a commercial centre of Chindwinn Valley.

Upon arrival, pay visits to

  • Thanbokde Pagoda – a domed with over 500,000 Buddha images
  • Bodhi-tahtaung (one thousand sacred trees) with a thousand Buddha images sitting at the foot of each tree and enjoy the view from Aung Setkaya Pagoda, standing 130 meter high on the Pa Khaung Hills
  • Ledi Kyaungtaik, a teaching monastery where Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 806 stone slabs
  • Kyaukka Village, known for its own distinctive kind of lacquer ware

Overnight at hotel in Monywa

Day 5: Monywa – force– Bagan

Heading to Powintaung, home to 947 sandstone caves, believed to hold some of Southeast Asia’s richest collection of mural paintings and Buddha statues. On the way, pay visits to Phoe Win Hill and Shwe Ba Hill, the caves named after U Hpo Win famous alchemist who once live there and enjoy the beautiful scenes of the countryside.

In the afternoon, continue to drive to Pakkoku and visit Pakkhangyi Kyaung Monastery and Pakokku Market. Then take a boat trip to Bagan crossing the mighty Ayeyarwady River.

Overnight at hotel in Bagan

Breakfast, included

Day 6 Bagan

The plain of Bagan is the largest archaeological site in Myanmar and it covers around 40 square kilometers, and is a testament to the populations’ Buddhist beliefs.

In this magical and historical location there are over 2000 pagodas spread out and punctuated by vegetation.

Some of the monuments were built between the 10th and 13th century, showing a variety of external influences including Tibetan, Indian, Sri Lankan and some Burmese influences as well.

Our guided tour of Old Bagan and popular surrounding sites can be made by carriage or bike, depending on your choice.

We will see

  • Were away, Sarabha
  • The monastery of Ananda
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Thatbyinnyu Temple
  • Dhammayanzika Temple
  • Nanpaya Temple
  • Pagoda Bupaya
  • Mnuः Temple
  • Discovery of a workshop, making traditional lacquer ware products

And at sunset, if the sky permits, we will climb to the terrace of a temple to admire the scenery of Bagan in the last rays of the setting sun.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 7: Bagan

After a short tour of the Nyaung Oo Market, we will resume our visit to the ancient and historical archaeological sites, with a visit to Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the most beautiful and richly decorated pagodas in the country.

After lunch, we embark on a carriage ride and visit the village of Minnanthu, set a little apart from the ruins

  • Visit the Sulamani temple.
  • Visit the Tayoke Pyay and see its temple frescoes, and also enjoy the spectacular views and contemplate the pinnacle of the temple.
  • Visit the pagoda Dhammayazika Enjoy dinner in Bagan and a puppet show.

Overnight in Bagan

Day 8: Bagan – Mt Popa – Kalaw

In the morning, depart Bagan for Kalaw. On the way pay a visit to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano over 1500 m high, about 48 km south east of Bagan and visit the Nat worship shrines, stupas and monasteries at the summit.

Then proceed to Kalaw – a small hill station with numbers of old colonial style British built buildings.

Arrive at Kalaw in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Kalaw

Day 9: Kalaw – Pindaya – Inle Lake

After breakfast, drive to Pindaya, a small quiet town, famous for it’s thousand of Buddha Images deposited inside the caves centuries of years ago. For the time being here, pay visits to Pindaya caves, traditional Shan paper making, pottery and umbrella making villages.

After lunch, proceed to Nyaung Shwe – a small town located at the entrance of Lake Inle. And then boat transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in hotel in Inle lake

 

Day 10: Inle Lake

We will embark on a morning visit to a market to meet some ethnic Pa-O, Padaung and Intha people, and also to sample some typically local specialties.

We stay onboard our dugout until we reach Maing Thauk, situated on a hill and enjoy the magnificent panoramas available from this position.

Then discover the wonderful site Inthein and old and beautiful 12th century Burmese stupas.

At night we will enjoy a dinner show, and spend our night in a lakeside hotel.

Overnight in Inle lake

Day 11: Inle Lake

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Transfer from Nyaung Shwe to Taunggyi, the capital of Shan Stateitory, 26 miles south of Taunggyi – the capital of Shan State. In Taunggyi, we will have chance to visit more than 2000 stupas in a site closely packed together in ranks covering an area of approximately a square kilometer apparently unknown to outside world.

Then depart Taunggyi to Kakku (called mini Bagan), 26 miles south of Taunggyi – a hidden treasure an unusual, magnificent collections of Buddhist Stupas unheard of by historians and unlisted in guide books lies in the deepest Pa-oh territory

Overnight in Inle lake

Day 12: Inle Lake – Sagar

Set off this morning from your lakeside hotel for Sagar, the far southern region of Inle Lake. Very few tourists make the trip down to this region yet it is one of the most beautiful places in the Shan State, with the mountains forming a backdrop for the small villages and fishermen on the water.

The boat journey takes 2.5-3 hours but is full of fabulous views and home to many unique species of birds, both indigenous and migratory. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

Upon arriving in Sagar area there are several stops that will be made (the order will depend on the time, other tourist boats and activity in the villages) The main highlight for many travelers are the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar- 108 stupas from the 16-17th centuries that are partially underwater for a few months a year. There is also a local monastery and village that can be visited here.

Continue to the village of Thaya Gone, home to Pa-Oh, Shan and Inthar people and known for its production of local rice wine. Watch the process of distillation and then sample some of the local brew if you wish. In Thaya Gone there is also the chance to climb to the top of a small hill which there are great views of the lake and surrounding villages.

Another stop will be made in Sae Khaung Pottery Village to see the crafting of oil and water pots as well as the natural, underground kilns used by the villagers. On the western shores of the Sagar area is Tar Kaung, a series of more than 200 stupas which also make a fabulous photo stop. Lunch will be arranged along the way (either picnic lunch or local lunch at a small restaurant) Around 2.30 the boat will begin its journey back to the main section of Inle Lake.

Traveling back in the afternoon the light has shifted and the route looks much different on the return, with different activities occurring on the water and in the villages. Rice noodles can be seen drying in the sun, spun cotton is hung out to dry and kids are returning from school at this time of day.

You’ll reach your hotel early this evening in time to freshen up and watch the sunset.

Overnight in Inle lake

Day 13: Inle Lake – Heho – FLY – Yangon – Departure

Free until transfer to the airport for a flight to Yangon and then your departure flight.

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