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Introduction

Wonders of Myanmar including 4 Day Cruise    
9 Days/ 8 Nights
   
We enjoy the wonders of Myanmar and the comfort of a luxury cruise boat, the Road to Mandalay, for this insight into this incredible country. We begin in Yangon with its dramatic pagodas before we head to fabulous Mandalay and our three night cruise, taking in the delights of Mandalay and Bagan en route. The dramatic Inle Lake is our last port of call before we return to Yangon and head for home.
Wonders of Myanmar including 4 Day Cruise

In Brief

Wonders of Myanmar including 4 Day Cruise
9 Days/ 8 Nights

Day 1: Arrive Yangon. City tour. Shwedagon Pagoda.

Day 2: Fly to Mandalay. Board the Cruise Boat Road To Mandalay.

Day 3: Sagaing. On board the Cruise Boat.

Day 4: Arrive Bagan. Ananda Temple and sunset. On board the Cruise Boat.

Day 5: Disembark the Cruise Boat. Bagan tour.

Day 6: Fly to Heho. Pindaya Caves. Inle Lake.

Day 7: Inle Lake. Phaung Daw U Pagoda.

Day 8: Fly to Yangon.

Day 9: Departure.


In Detail

Wonders of Myanmar including 4 Day Cruise
9 Days/ 8 Nights

Day 1: Arrive Yangon. City tour. Shwedagon Pagoda.
We head into Yangon’s city center after our arrival and visit the Sule Pagoda before we take a stroll along Yangon’s lively riverside and visit Botataung Pagoda which houses relics of Buddha from India. We skip over to the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see a 70 meter long reclining Buddha statue before we take ‘Afternoon Tea’ at the “The Governor's Residence,” an imposing teak mansion dating from the 1920s. Finally we visit the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda. Witness the colors transform on the 100-meter chedi which is literally enclosed in over 40 tons of gold leaf. Shwedagon is considered to be the most important religious site for the Burmese.

Day 2: Fly to Mandalay. Board the Cruise Boat Road To Mandalay.
After breakfast we take a domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival we transfer to the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River at Shwe Kyet Yet. All meals including lunch and dinner will be on board. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay regarded as the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning.

Day 3: Sagaing. On board the Cruise Boat.
After an early breakfast visit Sagaing, with Sagaing Hill known as the spiritual hub of Myanmar and which claims residence to around 3,000 monks and nearly 100 meditation shrines. The ship begins its journey south mid-morning. The rest of the day is spent relaxing on board observing the local river life from the top deck. An onboard guide lectures on local places and customs. All meals are on board.

Day 4: Arrive Bagan. Ananda Temple and sunset. On board the Cruise Boat.
We arrive at Bagan where over 4,000 temples and pagodas remain on this awe-inspiring plain. A guided orientation tour introduces you to the most important temples such as Ananda Temple. After lunch you have the opportunity to rejoin the guide and visit the inside of some of the more significant pagodas. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this fascinating area on your own. Late afternoon we take in the breathtaking vista of the sun setting over the plain. All meals are on board.

Day 5: Disembark the Cruise Boat. Bagan tour.
After breakfast we leave the cruise boat and continue our exploration of Bagan. You might consider the option of a hot-air balloon ride over the temples.
After lunch we begin with a walk through Myinkaba village where you’ll have the chance to see local craftsmen at their lacquer workshop. We carry on to Manuha Temple (constructed in 1059) and investigate the Nanbaya Temple, a distinctive sandstone shrine, which according to myth, was the bastion of King Manuha. Then we take in the delights of Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with beautiful wall paintings and the stylish Htilominlo Temple. Investigate Nanbaya Temple, one of the oldest temples in the region, the Myazedi (Jade) Stupa and Sulamani Temple. We watch the extraordinary sunset over the plains from the higher verandas of one these temples.

Day 6: Fly to Heho. Pindaya Caves. Inle Lake.
After breakfast we take a domestic flight to Heho. We drive two hours to Pindaya and visit the renowned Pindaya caves, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images. Then we carry onto Nyaung Shwe, gateway village to Inle Lake. En route, we’ll stop at the teak monastery of Shweyanpyay to witness the intricate wood carving artwork. We take a boat to our hotel on arrival.

Day 7: Inle Lake. Phaung Daw U Pagoda.
After breakfast we visit the lake’s morning market, the location of which changes every day. We’ll visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses many early Shan Buddha Images. It’s also famous for its unique ‘jumping cats.’ We continue onto Phaung Daw U Pagoda, the lake’s main haven, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf. A stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where traditional Burmese cigars are handmade, will close the day.

Day 8: Fly to Yangon.
After breakfast and some relaxation time, we take the short domestic flight to Yangon. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your options include finding out what the future holds from one of the local fortune-tellers. Or a farewell dinner at Le Planteur, one of Yangon’s best restaurants.

Day 9: Departure.
The remainder of the day is at your leisure - you may wish to visit Bogyoke Market for your last minute shopping - until your departure flight.

What's In

Wonders of Myanmar including 4 Day Cruise
9 Days/ 8 Nights

ROAD TO MANDALAY DEPARTURE DATES (DEPARTURE ON DAY 2)
   -  July 2012             25
   -  October 2012       03, 10, 17, 31
   -  November 2012     07, 14, 21, 28
   -  December 2012     05, 19
Arrival in Yangon should be 1 day before Road to Mandalay departure date

What’s In:
   -  All sightseeing and transfer services as detailed in our itinerary
   -  Accommodation in confirmed room category and named hotels
   -  Meals: daily breakfast at hotel only or as specified (drinks not included)
   -  English-speaking local guides (or the relevant language requested)
   -  Guide services during cruise provided by Road to Mandalay Cruise for all passengers (Day 2-4)
   -  All entrance fees as detailed in our itinerary
   -  Private air-conditioned vehicle with drinking water during sightseeing
   -  Boat trips as specified
   -  Hanuman arrival and departure gifts
   -  Public liability insurance

What’s Not:
   -  Tour services not detailed in our itinerary
   -  All meals not specified and no drinks except complimentary water
   -  International departure taxes
   -  Visa fees
   -  All International flight tickets
   -  Overweight luggage
   -  Early Hotel check-in/ Late check-out
   -  Expenditure of a personal nature
   -  Tips and gratuities
   -  Other services not listed in ‘What’s In’
   -  Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expense, including repatriation in the event of accident or illness).

Service Charter
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Price Promise
We don't claim to offer the cheapest trips in the Mekong region, as many of the cheap tours cut corners. We don't believe in cutting corners and strive to deliver the best experiences on offer during a visit to the Mekong region. We do claim to offer value for money and strongly believe that our original trips are an excellent deal. However, we are aware that we operate in a competitive environment, so please do contact us if you find a significantly better price elsewhere. There may be a reason for the discrepancy in the detail, but we will take it upon ourselves to review your quote and see if we can offer a better price.

Extra Touches
We pride ourselves on really looking after our guests. Travel with a personal touch isn't just an empty slogan, but a philosophy that has guided our company through almost two decades of friendship with international travellers from more than 150 countries around the world. Welcome gifts on arrival, departure gifts to remember, complimentary drinking water throughout, our team is always on hand to ensure you have a most memorable time in the Mekong region. Your satisfaction is our satisfaction. Rely on our experience to better your experience and enjoy an authentic journey to the Mekong region with Hanuman.
 
     
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