Myanmar Highlights 10 Day 8 Night (KA) Xpert Holidays

Myanmar Highlights 10 Day 8 Night (KA)

Price valid: 01Oct18-31Mar19
Minimum 2 adults travel together
Hotel Category
Adult/Person
2 pax
4 pax6 pax
Standard 13,380 12,080 11,580
Superior 14,180 12,780 12,380
Deluxe 16,780 15,480 14,980
LocationNo. of NightsStandard SuperiorDeluxe
Yangon 3 nights Mayshan
(Standard)
Central Hotel
(Superior)
Sule Shangrila
(Superior)
Mandalay 2 nights Shwe Phyu Hotel
(Superior)
Hotel Mandalay
(Superior)
Mandalay Hill
(Superior)
Bagan 2 nights Sky Palace
(Superior)
Thante Hotel
(Superior Bungalow)
Aye yar River View
(Deluxe)
Inle Lake 1 night Nandawun Hotel
(Superior)
Paramount Inle
(Superior Teak)
Myanmar Treasure
(Deluxe)

Notes:

Day 01

Hong Kong/Yangon KA 250 21:45-23:30

Upon arrival, group will be greeted by a local guide who will accompany you as you
transfer to the hotel.

Overnight: Yangon
Meal: --/--/-- 

Day 02

Yangon

After breakfast, your exploration of Yangon will start with a drive through downtown to explore the
city center and its mixture of colonial and Burmese traditional architectural designs.

First visit, St. Mary’s Cathedral is situated on Bo Aung Kyaw Street in Botahtaung Township, Yangon,
Myanmar. It was designed by Dutch architect. Construction began in 1895 and was completed in
1899. The interior of the Cathedral is richly decorated with some outstanding examples of featured
exquisite stained glass windows.

Continue to the Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbour, where ferries leave for Pathein
in the Delta and upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. This gives you the opportunity to
get a feel for the local lifestyles of People.The next logical stop is the old colonial style city centre
with the glittering 2000-year-old Sule Pagoda, and tranquil Mahabandoola Park with Independence
Monument.

You can make few stop during the tour if you want to take pictures.

You then will have some free time shopping at Bogoyke Aung san market (closed on Mondays and "
Public Holidays), best known for its colonial architecture, inner cobblestone streets and wide selection
of handicrafts and souvenirs.

In the afternoon, proceed to the magnificent a 70-meter long and 16 meters high reclining Buddha
at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda. The soles of the feet contain 108 segments in red and gold colors that show
images representing the 108 lakshanas or auspicious characteristics of the Buddha. Stop alongside
Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake to take photographs over the lake towards Karaweik Hall and the Shwedagone.

Late this afternoon, pay homage to the famed 2500-year-old Shwedagone Pagoda. It is reputed to be
one of the most outstanding religious monuments in Southeast Asia. This great golden dome rises 99
meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. According to legend, the pagoda was
enshrined with hair relics of the Buddha. Enjoy the gentle sound of the pagoda bells chiming in the
evening breeze. Here visitors can see into the heart of Myanmar’s Buddhists as they pray and offer
flowers, incense and candles.

Return to your hotel.

Overnight: Yangon
Meal: BB/--/--

Day 03

Yangon/Mandalay K7 244 07:00-08:25

Today take a morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival enjoy a comprehensive tour of Mandalay and
visit Mahamuni Pagoda one of Myanmar’s most revered Buddha images, a 4-meter-high statue
covered with a thick layer of gold leaf applied by generations of pilgrims seeking merit. Stop at local
workshops to see Kalaga tapestries being made, marble being carved into Buddha images, and gold
leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces. 

Proceed to Shwenandaw Monastery, only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This
grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving.

Tour continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where Buddhist scripture are carved on 729 marble tablets, billed
as the “biggest book” in the world. Each slab is housed by a small temple and it is amazing to see the
whole complex.

You will end today at Atop Mandalay Hill, which is crowned by a pagoda from which you can enjoy a
360-degree view of the city and surrounding countryside.

Overnight: Mandalay
Meal: BB/--/--

Day 04

Mandalay-Amarapura-Ava-Sagaing-Mandalay

After an early breakfast, depart from Mandalay for a full day trip to the ancient cities of Amarapura,
Ava and Sagaing.

Start heading 11km south from Mandalay towards your first stop “Amarapura”. Your journey into
the kingdom’s regal history will take you to country’s largest monastery “Maha Ganyon Kyaung”,
home to several thousand young monks, renowned as a centre for monastic study and strict
religious discipline.

Perhaps timing is for the monks’ daily meal, you can watch the whole monastery eating silently.

Then explore a silk weaving workshop where colourful silks are woven.

Drive 4 miles to the southwest of Amarapura and arrive at the small jetty near Mandalay side of
Ava bridge where you will need to take a short 10-minute flatbed ferry boat ride cross Myintge
River (Myintge canal) to Ava. Then you will travel by a native horse cart to the ancient sites
surrounded by village life and visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery (the Me Nu Ok Kyaung),
the ruined remains of the 90ft-high masonry watchtower Nanmyint, the brick-and-stucco monastery
Maha Aung Mye Bonzan, the Royal Palace, old fort walls and several faded white pagodas.

Afterward, return to jetty to take the ferry back to car.

Continue on to Sagaing. Your visit in Sagaing include the Sagaing Hills, “Buddhists studies and a
meditation center of Myanmar”, with numerous pagodas and over 600 monasteries and nunneries
dotted along the Hills. Visit the impressive 29.3m-high Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin pagoda and U-Min
Thounzeh (30 Caves), which has 45 Buddha images in a crescent-shaped colonnade.  If time permits,
stop at a small village of pottery where see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found
throughout Myanmar and also visit handicrafts workshop like cane weaving place and paper make toy
for kids.

Finally, today itinerary concludes with a walk at sunset along the 1.2km long teak-pole U Bein
pedestrian footbridge.

Overnight: Mandalay
Meal: BB/--/--

Day 05

Mandalay-Bagan (RV Panoram downcruiseBoat)

Early morning transfer to the jetty to board the RV.Panorama. Departure from Mandalay at 06:00.
Your day will be started with a magnificent sunrise from the upper deck of RV PANORAMA, having
breakfast on the upper deck under the sunlight and the gentle breeze. Downstream from Mandalay to
Bagan, exploring a typical village at a shore of the Ayeyarwaddy will give you unforgettable memories.

Delicious Myanmar cuisine awaits you for lunch and you will have a relaxing time sunbathing in the
solarium. As an extra service, our crew will demonstrate different ways of wearing traditional Myanmar
Longyi (garment worn by the people of Myanmar) and Thanatkha (scented paste made from the bark
of the Thanatkha tree). Enjoy the beautiful sunset time and arrive at your destination. The boat will
reach Bagan Jetty in the evening and you will be transferred to your hotel.

Meals and drinks - Breakfast and lunch will be provided on board. Beverages are billed
According to the consumption. Koshers and vegetarians must inform in advance.


Overnight: Bagan
Meal: BB/LL/--

Day 06

Bagan

After breakfast,  visit the busy local market where every day the locals come to buy and sell fresh
produce and other goods.

Continue with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples in Bagan.

First visit Shwezigon Pagoda, its graceful bell shape became a prototype of later Myanmar stupa, and
follow by visits to  nearby Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi, a cave temple with exquisite Jatakas mural paintings
and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations.

Get to learn more about the local culture with a visit to workshop producing Bagan’s most famous
products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Watch as the skilled craftsmen use techniques passed down
through generations to create beautiful items.

Take a break from escaping the heat of the midday sun before heading out again.

In the afternoon, tour continues to explore Ananda, an architectural master piece reflecting the
early-style of Bagan temple construction and containing four 9.5m standing images.  

From Ananda, embark on a horse cart ride amongst the ancient stupa ruins giving you a chance to
take in more of Bagan’s surroundings.  Ride through heading to see the Thatbyinnyu pagoda, named
for “omniscience”, Bagan’s highest temple, Shwesandaw Pagoda’, used to be the Bagan’s most
famous sunset pagoda, the white pyramid-style pagoda with steps leading past five terraces to the
circular stupa top,  the massive walled, 12th-century Dhammayangyi Pagoda and Sulamani Temple.

Stop as you wish to take photos or explore the temples.

Finally, enjoy sunset from a raised earthen bank at the northwest corner of Nyaung Lat Phat pond near
Sulamani temple.

Overnight: Bagan
Meal: BB/--/--

Day 07

Bagan/Heho  YH 935 09:00 - 09:45 - Boat trip on Inle Lake

Breakfast at hotel. transfer to airport for your domestic flight to Heho in the Southern Shan State,
your gateway to the captivating Inle lake, followed by a scenic 1 hour drive through the countryside
with a stopover at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery (Shwe Yanghwe Kyaung), the unique oval
windows in the ancient teak thein (ordination Hall) create a perfect frame for portraits of the novices.

You will then arrive at Nyaung Shwe’s dock to find a private motorboat waiting for you. Surrounded by
the Shan Hills, embark on a private motorboat trip taking in views of stilted villages, floating gardens,
unique pagodas, and traditional flat-bottomed boats powered by leg-rowing fishermen along the way.

Continue by boat to visit Phaung Daw Oo pagoda, the holiest religious site in the southern area of
Shan State, which houses five ancient Buddha images that have been transformed into amorphous
blobs by the complete volume of gold leaf applied by devotees. From here you venture into the
Nampan floating villages that host a whole variety of local artisans from knife makers, weavers,
cheroot rollers, parasol makers and market gardeners and also visit workshops of the boat carpenters.
The tour takes in these local workshops and you get to see how these local products are made, in
these small scale local operations. In the afternoon, visit Inn Paw Khone weaving village, where
weavers are skilled in weaving colorful shawls, scarves and Longyis in silk and cotton.Finally visit Nga
Phe Chaung Monastery, one of the most impressive of the many monasteries on the lake with its
150-200 pillars with elaborate wooden carvings. This monastery is also known as the jumping cat
monastery, where visitors are treated to a show that involves well-trained felines. 

Returning back to the hotel the beauty of sunset over Inle Lake enchants all visitors.

Overnight: Nyaungshwe
Meal: BB/--/--

Day 08

Heho/Yangon  K7 827 16:25 -17:35

After breakfast, if a floating Market day is held, your day starts with a visit to a bustling morning market
on the lake which rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5-day scheme. At this market, you
will see local hill tribes selling their wares in their colorful ethnic costumes.

Afterwards, you will cruise down along a narrow canal leading to the Pa-Oh village of In Dein on the
western bank of the lake. Indein is a Pa-Oh village known for its stupa-covered hill at Alaung Sitthou.
Spend time exploring Indein on foot, and head to the top of Alaung Sitthou. Here, wander around the
weather-beaten stupas and enjoy magnificent views of the lake below.

This afternoon, transfer to Heho Airport for the flight to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for a
good night’s rest.

Overnight: Yangon
Meal: BB/--/--

Day 09

Yangon

Enjoy your final day in Myanmar, today you will have some free time shopping at Bogoyke Aung san
market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays), best known for its colonial architecture, inner
cobblestone streets and wide selection of handicrafts and souvenirs. Also some shopping at Junction
City, Sule Square etc.

In the afternoon: visit  Kheng Hock Keong, also known as the Kheng Hock Keong or Qingfu Temple,
is the largest and oldest temple to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu in Yangon, Burma. It is located on
the corner of Sintodan Street and Strand Road in Latha Township and then Art Gallery tour: explore
traditional and modern Burmese art scene. Visit a section of local galleries displaying paintings,
sculptures and photographs from famous art pioneers and emerging young artists.

Finally transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.

Day 10

Yangon/Hong Kong  KA251  01:10-05:45

Depart Yangon for flight back to Hong Kong.

 

Price valid: 01Oct18-31Mar19
Minimum 2 adults travel together

Airfare Discount (-)
Airline Cathay Dragon (KA)
Date -
Details -
Discount (-) -
Remarks -
Airfare Surcharge (+)
Airline Cathay Dragon (KA)
Date
03Jul18-30Jun19
Surcharge (+) $250 (L/0-14D); $880 (M/0-3M)
$1,550 (K/0-3M)
 
Date
Start from 01Jul19
Surcharge (+) TBC

Package Rate Includes
  • Roundtrip economy class air ticket between HK and Yangon on Cathay Dragon.
  • Domestic flights Yangon/Mandalay, Bagan/Heho/Yangon.
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation.
  • All land transfers.
  • Private motorized boat in Inle Lake excursions.
  • Flatbed ferry boat ride in Ava.
  • Horse cart fares in Bagan & Ava.
  • RV Panorama boat fare from Mandalay to Bagan.
    (Down cruise, Breakfast, Lunch)
  • Meals as metioned in the itinreary.
  • Entrance fee on sightseeing tour.
  • $100,000 Zurich Group Travel Accident Insurance (Insurance Plan).
Package Rate NOT Includes
  • Visa fee, Airport taxes, Hong Kong security charge, Airport Construction Fee.
  • Drinks during the meals.
  • Tipping for tour guide & driver: around USD5-USD10 per person per day could be reasonable
    (around HKD40-HKD80, the package tour service charge is of a recommendatory nature).
Practical Information
Electric Plug: 2 parallel prongs,
w/ an earth connector
(French type)
  3 large flat prongs
(British type)
Voltage: 230V
Image:
 
Cathay Dragon
Hong Kong / Yangon
KA 254
14:25-16:20
1,3,5,7
KA 250
21:50-23:45
1-3,5,7
KA 252 22:20-00:10+1 4,6
Yangon / Hong Kong
KA 251
01:05-05:25 Daily
KA 275 17:20-21:45 1,3,5,7

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