touring with Wendy Wu Tours
- Early bird savings of $500 pp
- Flights included
- Admire the dazzling Shwedagon Pagoda
Myanmar emanates an unusual glamour that only comes from a relatively undiscovered destination. Enchanting, unique and bursting with cultural riches, exploring this magical country and discovering a heritage so fare removed from our own can only be immensely worthwhile.
- Admire the dazzling Shwedagon Pagoda
- Discover Bagan's ancient temples
- Watch the sun set from Aureum Watch-Tower
- Ascend Mt Popa to Taung Kalat monastery
- Visit Tha Kya di Tha Nunnery, a Buddhist retreat located on Sagaing Hill near Mandalay
- Wander along U Bein Bridge as the sun sets
- Absorb Mandalay's spiritual culture
- Watch the 'leg rowers' of Inle Lake
- Explore the ruins of the Shwe Indein Pagoda complex
- Shop for a bargain in Yangon's night markets
- International flights and current taxes
- Domestic transportation
- Most meals
- Touring with guides and entrance fees
- Visa fees for Australian passport holders
- Tipping (paid locally)
Day 1: Australia to Yangon
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Yangon for a two-night stay. Your National Escort/Local Guide from Wendy Wu Tours will meet you at the Yangon International Airport in the Arrivals Hall tonight. Together with other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer to your hotel and check-in. In the event of flight delays or changes to arrival times, please see the details above as to what to do in this circumstance.
Day 2: Discover Yangon
After breakfast, you will start your walking tour of Yangon at the Central Post Office, and then stroll down Strand Road and observe the locals going about their daily lives. Continue walking up Pansodan Street famous for some of Yangon's most impressive colonial architecture, before arriving at Mahaboandoola Park where you can view the Sule Pagoda. Next visit City Hall and the High court. Later explore Mahabandoola Garden and the Bogyoke Markets. Visit the National Museum, home to priceless ancient artifacts and Karaweik Hall before watching the sunset at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda located on top of Singuttara Hill, where many locals and Buddhists come to worship.
Day 3: Fly to Bagan
This morning fly 1 hour and 10 minutes to Bagan where upon arrival you will start your sightseeing tour with a visit to the colourful Nyaung U Markets before exploring the pagodas of Htilominlo and Shwezigon and the Ananda Temple. Visit a Lacquer ware craftsmen's workshop and travel through the town of Phwar Saw Village to climb the 400 steps of Aureum Watchtower for a view of the setting sun.
Day 4: Mt Popa
Today drive 2 hours to Mt Popa and climb more than 750 steps to the nearby temple of Taung Kalat, set atop an extinct volcano and said to contain 37 spirits, also known as 'nats'
Day 5: Mingun And Ava
Leave Bagan and fly 30 minutes to Mandalay this morning. Considered the epicenter of Burma culture, Mandalay’s sites reflect this. Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Transfer to the jetty after lunch for a boat ride across the Irrawaddy to Mingun on board a local boat. Return to the mainland and visit a traditional handloom silk workshop and Kalaga tapestries craftsmen’s shop. Finish the day with a drive up Mandalay Hill in an open top vehicle for magnificent views from the 230m-high summit.
Day 6: Amarapura and Mandalay
This morning, visit Amarapura with its working monastery dating back to 1783. Later travel to Sagaing, a former Shan capital in the 14th century with many impressive stupas scattered on its Hill and on to the charming island of Inwa with highlights such as the ' leaning tower of Ava' and the elegant teakwood monastery Bagaya Kyaung. Inwa is only accessible by a short ferry transfer and there are no cars on the island. At sunset take a boat ride at the U Bein Bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world.
Day 7: Inle Lake
This morning board your 30 minute flight to Heho, continue to Inle Lake where you will visit Shwe Yan Pyae Monastery. Begin your visit on the lake by long tail boat, seeing the floating gardens and Intha fisherman. Later visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, one of Burma’s most sacred shrines before admiring the collections of ancient Buddhas at Nga Phe Monastery. Finally visit the weaving village of Inpawkhon. Destination Information Inle Lake - Located 900m above sea level and approximately 22km long and 11km wide, this water paradise is inhabited by over 200 villages constructed on stilts. The lake is most famous for the extraordinary lives of the people who live on and around it, known as the 'Intha'. Shwe Yan Pyae Monastery - Built in the 19th Century, this red painted teak monastery provides education and boarding for novice monks. Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda – One of the most sacred shrines in Burma dating back to the 18th Century. Inside the tiered pagoda, devotees await an opportunity to place gold leaf on one of four ancient Buddha statues housed here. Nga Phe Monastery - A beautiful collection of Buddha images depicted in the Shan, Tibetan, Bagan and Inwa styles are displayed inside the expansive wooden meditation hall.
Day 8: Explore Inle Lake
Sightseeing today on the western shore of the lake at the Indein Pagoda complex. Take a leisurely walk along one of the many creeks, passing through rice fields to the village of Saema. Visit the village primary school.
Day 9: Yangon Night Markets
This morning transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival visit the Kaba Aye Pagoda, then continue to Botataung Pagoda and Nanthida jetty to observe the daily life of the local people. In the evening, visit the busy area of Chinatown including a Chinese Temple and night market before a farewell dinner.
Day 10: Depart Yangon
Any time before your flight is free at your leisure today. You will be transferred from the hotel to Yangon Airport for your onwards flight.
Day 11: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.
2018 departures & prices:
9 February - 19 February - $4,780*
9 March - 19 March - $4,780*
19 October - 29 October - $4,780*
9 November - 19 November - $4,780*
*based on per person, twin share
Single supplement - $720
- Advertised prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation
- Earlybird pricing is only valid until the 22nd of September
- A $99 non-refundable deposit is required to book
- Price includes airline fuel surcharge, which is subject to change
- Single supplement applies for solo passengers
- Peak season surcharges will apply
- All prices and offers are subject to availability, currency fluctuations and can change or be withdrawn without notice
- Wendy Wu terms and conditions apply
- Credit card fees of up to 2.5% may apply
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