Sightseeing Tour of Mandalay
Visit to Mahamuni Pagoda
Visit to Sagaing and Amarapura
Visit to Sagaing Local Market
Visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda
Visit to Shwenandaw Monastery
Walk along 200 Year Old U Bein Bridge
Visit to Colourful Nyaung Oo Market
Visit to the Cave Temple of Wetky-In Gubyaukgyi
Visit to Ananda Temple
Visit to Nyaung Shwe including Market
Visit the Water Villages of Inle Lake
Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Inle Lake Day Trip
Be a "Local" for the Day.
Visit to the Morning Market at Inle Lake
Opportunity to see Pa Oh, Inthar & Shan Villagers
Visit to Bogyoke Market - Yangon's Best Market for handicrafts
Visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda - the 70M Reclining Buddha
Visit to Shwedagon Pagoda the Most Revered Buddhist Temple in Myanmar
3 Night Beach Stay at Ngwe Saung with Pleny of Leisure Time
** Optional - Balloon Excursion over Bagan - additional $450AUD, please advise at time of booking.
Fully Escorted Tour - Your Sisterhood Tour Hostess is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one
Return Airfares ex Melbourne with Singapore Airline including taxes (Other departure cities upon request)
Domestic Flights as per Itinerary
Private Transportation Throughout
All meals as described in Itinerary
All sightseeing as described in Itinerary
Willing to Share Option
Document Distribution Day Subject to Minimum Numbers
This tour will require a basic level of fitness. You may be climbing on uneven stairs and pathways.
Itinerary Open Printable Itinerary
Day 1 - Tuesday 13 March 2018
Melbourne - Singapore - Mandalay (Meals Inflight)
Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel. Your Tour Hostess will meet you at the designated time and departure point for your tour to Myanmar. Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight hospitality of our airlines as we head towards Mandalay. We will arrive into Mandalay, Myanmar via Singapore early afternoon. Upon check in to our hotel we'll embark on our sightseeing tour of Mandalay starting with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. The Pagoda is home to one of the country's most revered Buddha images which over the years has been covered in gold leaf. . Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and with each visit to the traditional workshops, learn more about the city’s cottage industries. Observe the production of wood carvings, kalaga tapestries, and gold-leaf where the techniques remained unchanged from those used centuries ago to craft items for the Royal Court. We'll head to the top of Mandalay Hill as the sun begins to set to enjoy magnificent views of the city and Irrawaddy River.
Accommodation: Yadanabon Dynasty Hotel, Mandalay.
Day 2 - Wednesday 14 March 2018
After breakfast we take an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Sagaing and Amarapura. This morning, cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres and we'll visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae. We'll visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Here find a range of items for sale including locally made pottery, silver and other handicrafts. Stop at a small pottery village to see the process of making the ubiquitous water pots found throughout Myanmar. Back to Mandalay and continue our tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures have earned it the title ‘World’s Biggest Book’. Continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace. This grand teak building is known for its exquisite woodcarving. At the end of the day, stop at Amarapura at U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200 year-old teak bridge. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace and it is 1.2 kilometres in length making it the world’s longest teak span. Enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.
Accommodation: Yadanabon Dynasty Hotel, Mandalay.
Day 3 - Thursday 15 March 2018
Mandalay - Bagan (B,L)
This morning after an early breakfast we'll take a ferry to Bagan from Mandalay. Lunch is served on board. In the late afternoon views on the horizon of the first pagodas before we reach Bagan. From the 11th to 13th centuries, when Bagan was the capital of the country, originated more than a thousand stupas, temples and monasteries, and most of them are still preserved as ruins. Bagan is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the whole of Southeast Asia.
Accommodation: Bawga Theiddhi Hotel, Bagan – 3 nights
Day 4 - Friday 16 March 2018
Optional Activity: Start the day with an incredible hot air balloon flight over Bagan’s temple studded plains. Commence with a morning snack on pastries and croissants, and tea or coffee as the balloon is inflated. Climb aboard before gently rising above thousands of gilded stupas and earthen temples all back-dropped by the impressive Irrawaddy River. A truly unforgettable and unique experience. (This activity is weather permitting - AUD450.00 per person)
After breakfast, we visit the colourful Nyaung Oo Market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their produce and other goods. We'll then continue to Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya. Continue with a visit to an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Next stop is the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history. Then we'll visit to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations. This afternoon we begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where we can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts. Then onto Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. From here, we'll travel by horse and cart for a tour passing Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple. Then to finish off our busy day we'll enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples.
Day 5 - Saturday 17 March 2018
Bagan - Day at Leisure (B)
Today we'll have the whole day to explore Bagan at leisure. We'll come together in the evening to share our day's experiences.
Day 6 - Sunday 18 March 2018
Bagan - Heho - Nyaung Shwe - Red Mountain - Inle Lake (B)
Today after breakfast we'll flight to Heho and upon arrival we'll take a scenic one hour drive leading Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Enroute, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. We'll have time for around the town Nyaung Shwe to visit the colourful market if it is being held on this particular day. Continue onto Red Mountain Winery for a tasting of locally produced reds and whites. Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, we'll board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. We'll pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people and observe the leg-rowing fishermen and their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud anchored to the bottom of the Lake with bamboo poles. We'll visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf then enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.
Accommodation: Golden Island Cottages 11, Inle Lake - 2 nights
Day 7 - Monday 19 March 2018
Inle Lake (B)
This morning we'll begin our Inle Lake day trip. We will be equipped with a pair of Intha trousers and hat to prepare for the morning spent ‘as a local.’ Begin with a visit to the morning market, which rotates locations on a 5-day basis. (note: there are no markets on full moon or dark moon days) This daily market attracts people from all over the lake’s shores who gather to buy and sell their wares - if we are lucky we may see Pa-Oh, Inthar and Shan people in their traditional outfits. Time to wander amid the stalls and learn about the local produce and goods for sale. We then continue to Khaung Daing village on the lake’s western shores. This village is famous for its traditional Shan tofu - fried tofu crackers and folded, triangular tofu treats. We'll have the opportunity to watch (and perhaps participate!) as the locals sift the soy beans, boil them, mash them into balls then form tofu cakes to dry in the sun. There will also be a chance to visit the village monastery for a tea break and snacks. This is a fabulous taste of local life on Inle Lake.
We'll then return to the main part of the lake and venture through small ‘streets’ as you make your way to a neighbourhood of stilted houses whose residents craft wooden boats. Depending on the time of year we may see traditional methods of boat building in various stages, from the initial framework all the way to the final coat of paint. Return to Inle Lake and explore if time allows the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. This will be a day of cultural immersion!
Day 8 - Tuesday 20 March 2018
Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B)
Today we fly to Yangon where upon our arrival we'll visit Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market, where there is time to browse through the dozens of stalls and shops. This is Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods. We'll visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism with murals depicting the life of Buddha, the feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray. Continue to Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. See the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. Depending on the day of your visit to Kandawgyi it may be busy with local families who come here on the weekend to relax in the fresh air. From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
Accommodation: Best Western Green Hill Hotel, Yangon
Day 9 - Wednesday 21 March 2018
Yangon - Ngwe Saung (B)
This morning we'll depart Yangon and head out on a scenic drive through the Irrawaddy Delta to Ngwe Saung Beach. Ngwe Saung, which means Silver Beach, is located 5-6 hours’ drive from Yangon on the beautiful Bay of Bengal and features 14 kilometres of sandy beaches. We'll arrive in the late afternoon and check into the hotel for a 3 night stay including breakfast daily.
Accommodation: The Palm Beach Hotel, Ngwe Saung – 3 nights
Day 10 - Thursday 22 March 2018
Ngwe Saung - Free Time (B)
We'll enjoy two full days at leisure. Take in the tropical ambience of the area, bathe in the warm tranquil waters, or do nothing at all. Optional boat trips or bike rides are available, booked and paid directly to the hotel. Tonight we'll regoup and share out day's experiences.
Day 11 - Friday 23 March 2018
Ngwe Saung - Free Time (B)
Another day to relax. Swim, read a book by the beautiful infinity pool or wander along the 17km of white sandy beach.
Tonight we'll regroup and share our day's experiences before enjoying a farewell dinner to celebrate great times spent with new friends.
Day 12 - Saturday 24 March 2018
Ngwe Saung - Yangon - Singapore - Melbourne (B)
After a leisurely breakfast and relaxing morning we'll depart for Yangon airport to connect with our return flight home to Melbourne via Singapore.
Day 13 - Sunday 25 March 2018
A 10.00am (Subject to change) arrival into Melbourne. We thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure.
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