This tour can be arranged individually (minimum 2 persons) or in a group. An offer for all those visiting the country for the first time and like to see the most important sights, with emphasis on Bagan. And who might then decide for a more extensive second trip. Many important sights are included in this program, and the visit to the temples and pagodas of Bagan can be arranged in complete detail.
Welcome to our World!
Day 01 Arrival Yangon: Arrival in the Burmese capital. You will be met at the airport by our local guide, who will take care of everything from now on. Then you will be brought by minibus/bus to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will get to know our capital on city tour: Drive along scenic Royal Lake to Karaweik Hall, a ship-like construction built in the shape of the mythological bird Karaweik; have a look at the lake with world famous Shwe Dagon Pagoda in the background! Then visit the huge Reclining Buddha and the octogonal Bo-ta-taung Pagoda in the harbour area along Yangon River. Then, shortly before sunset, the 107 metres high golden stupa of Shwe Dagon Pagoda will glitter in the soft light of the early evening. Overnight.
Day 02 Yangon-Bagan: 80 minutes morning flight to Bagan, the first and most beautiful capital of the Burmese, founded in the eleventh century by a great king. Along with Angkor in Cambodia, this is the most important temple and pagoda complex in Asia. An all-day visit to this huge area - a day full of culture. But we will avoid hectic tourism and will show you the most beautiful temples and pagodas, leisurely but in detail: You will visit Shwezigon Pagoda, the only golden pagoda in Bagan-area built by the great king Kyanzittha. Then you will visit the caves of Kyanzittha Umin (with the oldest murals in Burma, showing the Mongolian invasion under Kubilai Khan). In Gubyaukgyi, a perfect Indian-style temple, you will see hundreds of frescoes illustrating the jataka-stories of the previous lifes of Lord Buddha. This morning ends with a visit to huge Htilominlo Temple. After lunch, continue your tour with a visit to Manuha Temple, erected over huge Buddha-images. Then enjoy the elaborated stone engravings in close-by Nanpaya Temple; on your way further South of Bagan area, you will be impressed by beautiful Abeyadama Temple; your afternoon tour ends at Lawkananda Pagoda in the very South of Bagan, a landmark of Ayeyarwaddy-fishermen. Visit traditional manufacture of unique Bagan lacquer ware. Enjoy Sunset over Bagan from one of the pagodas. Overnight.
The Glory of the Bagan Dynasty
Day 03 Bagan: In the morning, you will stroll through the marketplace of Nyaung U, and get a glimpse into the lifestyle of Burmese people. You will then admire the Ananda Temple, whose interior seems almost Gothic and who is considered to be the most beautiful among all the temples of Bagan. Then you will be impressed by ancient wall murals in the meditation chamber nearby... another fullday sightseeing of ancient temples and pagodas. Visit traditional manufacture of unique Bagan lacquer ware. Late afternoon you will reach the platform of a pagoda - and then you will enjoy the sunset. Overnight.
The Gold Buddha
Day 04 Bagan-Mandalay-Amarapura: In the morning only a short 30 minute „hop“ by plane to Mandalay, where the Konbaung kings resided and eventually capitulated to the British, more than 100 years ago. The sightseeing program will start directly after your arrival: A short drive will bring you then to the temples and small pagodas of former ancient capital Amarapura (Sanscrit for „Beautiful town“). There you can take a walk over the world´s longest teakwood bridge U Bein. Continue drive to Mandalay. Visit to Shwe Nandaw, the famous Golden Monastery, the only one building still existing from more than one hundred once standing on the palace grounds of Konbaung kings. From there you will stroll to Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble slabs showing the entire Buddhist canon and commemorating the Fifth Buddhist World Council at the end of last century. Then you will admire the huge marble Buddha in a temple nearby. Your tour in the afternoon: Visit to Mahamuni Temple housing the country´s holiest Buddha image, century-old and legendary Arakan Buddha, made of pure gold. If you still feel fresh, you might climb up to the top of Mandalay Hill for a bird´s eye view (or take the elevator).Overnight.
To Shwe Dagon!
Day 05 Mandalay-Yangon-Departure: A one-hour morning flight back to the capital. If you have not been on a city tour yet due to late arrival on Day 01, we will provide right after arrival from Mandalay: Visit to Shwe Dagon Pagoda, you will be touched by the deep religiosity of Burmese people, walking up to this beautiful pagoda to offer flowers and holy water to images of Lord Buddha. Drive along scenic Royal Lake to Karaweik Hall, a ship-like construction built in the shape of the mythological bird Karaweik. Have a look at the lake with world famous Shwe Dagon Pagoda in the background! Then visit the huge Reclining Buddha and the octogonal Bo-ta-taung Pagoda in the harbour area along Yangon River. Rest of day at leisure. Transfer out for departure.
Price per Person in US$: Prices for 2010 / 2011 on request