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Myanmar & the Irrawaddy

11 days with Abercrombie & Kent   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrive Yangon, Myanmar
Arrive in Yangon, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
 
Day 2: Yangon | Queen of the East
Today, enjoy your first taste of Myanmar, a profoundly Buddhist country, where many ancient traditions still flourish. Visit the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-foot-long statue with an expressive enamel face. This evening, transfer to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar, for a sunset oil lamp lighting ceremony. Standing nearly 330 feet tall, the venerated stupa is covered in gold leaf and topped by a finial encrusted with thousands of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and other precious gems. View this mesmerizing wonder first hand, as your local guide explains the history behind the holy relics it enshrines, which include strands of hair from the head of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. This evening, gather for a special welcome dinner. (B L D)
 
Day 3: Bagan | Temples & Pagodas
Fly to Bagan, a city with more than 2,000 Buddhist pagodas and temples, the first of which was built by King Anawrahta in 1044. Upon arrival, visit a rural village, where you have a chance to interact with the locals en route to your hotel. After a short rest, continue your journey to see the Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s greatest reliquary, built to house the Buddha’s collarbone, frontal bone and tooth. At sunset, Ride Like a Local as you weave your way through the temple ruins on the back of a horse cart. (B L D)
 
Day 4: Bagan | Ballooning Above the Temples
Rise early for an exhilarating hot air balloon ride (weather permitting) over Bagan, as dawn illuminates the gold- and sandcolored stupas. After breakfast, visit the well-preserved Ananda Temple, built in 1090. Next, travel to the village of Wetkyi-In to see the wonderful Kubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its ancient murals. Board luxurious all-balcony ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’ your home for a three-night cruise on the timeless Irrawaddy River. After lunch on board, visit a local lacquerware workshop before proceeding to the Gunee Temple complex to enjoy the sunset. Return to the ship for dinner. (B L D)
 
Day 5: Cruising the Irrawaddy | A Timeless Journey
After breakfast on board ‘Sanctuary Ananda,’ explore Nyaung Oo Market and observe the locals selling and bartering for goods. Return to the ship for lunch and begin your cruise along the Irrawaddy River. Listen to a special onboard talk about Myanmar’s history and vision for the future, followed by demonstrations of the longyi (traditional Burmese cloth worn by men and women) and thanakha (a white cosmetic paste made from ground bark). (B L D)
 
Day 6: Cruising the Irrawaddy | U Bein Bridge
Today, learn the secrets of Burmese cuisine during a cooking demonstration at a delightful Chef’s Table experience. After lunch, disembark to visit Sagaing, a former royal city renowned for its monasteries, pagodas and stupas. Proceed to Amarapura, where you embark by boat to view the picturesque U Bein Bridge — the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world — for a spectacular Scenic Sundowner. Watch locals riding bikes, carrying crops and commuting from work cross this tall, iconic landmark for an insight into everyday life here as well as an ideal sunset photo opportunity. (B L D)
 
Day 7: Mandalay | Icons & Evening Prayers
After breakfast on board, explore a gold-leaf workshop, where the metal is hammered paper-thin and prepared for use in some of Myanmar’s holiest sites. This afternoon, visit the Shwenandaw Monastery and view the more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist religious texts at Kuthodaw Pagoda, referred to as the biggest book in the world. Later, witness evening prayers at Shwe Kyin Monastery. (B L)
 
Day 8: Inle Lake | Floating Gardens
Fly to Heho and drive to Nyaung Shwe to visit a Shan paper workshop. Enjoy a firsthand look at the artisans who produce this distinctive paper, using fibers from the mulberry bush, and craft a wide range of items from it, most notably Burmese parasols. After lunch, board a boat and explore the ingenious floating gardens of Inle Lake. To create these gardens, used for growing fruit and vegetables, fishermen gather together lake plants such as water hyacinths and seagrass and anchor them with bamboo poles embedded in the lake bottom. Layers of mud, ash and more vegetation are then applied to form a farmable surface strong enough to stand upon. Also, visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery to view the Buddha statues on display in intricately decorated shrines. Transfer to your lakeside boutique hotel for the evening. (B L D)
 
Day 9: Inle Lake | Fifth-Day Market & Private Boat Race
Visit the Fifth-Day Market, where hill tribe people in traditional dress barter for goods and produce. Stop for lunch at the Intha Heritage House, savoring dishes made from recipes handed down for generations. Then, privately witness an Intha boat race with afternoon tea. Marvel at the coordinated effort required by the 20 participants per boat, each using the traditional single-leg rowing technique that local fishermen still employ. (B L)
 
Day 10: Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda & Farewell Dinner
Fly to Yangon and transfer to your hotel. After time at leisure, visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) to see where locals gather, socialize and shop. Later, savor afternoon tea with a local writer and former colleague of Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Tonight, toast your time in Myanmar at a special farewell dinner. (B L D)
 
Day 11: Depart Yangon
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart. (B)
Map
All This Included
Journey to untouched Myanmar to experience the serenity of Inle Lake, observe life along the banks of the Irrawaddy River from aboard 'Sanctuary Ananda' and watch the rising sun illuminate thousands of temples in ancient Bagan.
  • All accommodations.
  • Meals as specified.
  • Arrival and departure transers.
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary.
  • Bottled water supplied during Sightseeing.
  • Handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international fights.
  • Hotel taxes.
  • Gratuities throughout, except to your Tour Director
Highlights
  • Cruise in luxury for three nights on the legendary Irrawaddy River aboard all-balcony 'Sanctuary Ananda'
  • Experience floating gardens and a private viewing of a traditional Intha boat race on tranquil Inle Lake
  • Soar above thousands of pagodas and capture the photographs of a lifetime on a magical hot air balloon ride
  • Experience the ceremonial lighting of a thousand oil lamps at the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda
Accommodations
Yangon: Belmond Governor's Residence
Bagan: Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan
Cruising: Cabin onboard 'Sanctuary Ananda' 
Mandalay: Mandalar Resort  
Inle Lake: Aureum Palace Resort & Spa, Inle Lake  
Yangon: Belmond Governor's Residence
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre-Tour Extension: Bangkok
3 days, from $995. Internal Air from: $445. Internal Air Routing: Bangkok/Yangon. Available to add to select departure dates. 
 
Day 1: 
Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand, and transfer to your luxurious hotel. 
 
Day 2: 
Depart the hotel by boat. Onshore, explore the Royal Grounds of the Grand Palace by tuk-tuk, and then tour the palace. Next, behold the spectacular Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Later, glide along the Chao Phraya River and klongs (canals) by boat and visit a colorful market. Tonight, gather for a special welcome dinner. (B D)
 
Day 3: 
After breakfast, fly to Yangon to begin your main journey. (B)
 
Post-Tour Extension: Luang Prabang
4 days, from $1,595. Internal Air from: $1,285. Internal Air Routing: Yangon/Bangkok/Luang Prabang/Bangkok. Available to add to select departure dates. 
 
Day 1: 
Fly from Yangon to Luang Prabang via Bangkok. On arrival, transfer to your boutique hotel before enjoying a baci ceremony in a local home this evening. 
 
Day 2: 
Observe locals giving alms to monks. Visit an organic rice farm and Kuang Si Waterfall. Enjoy a sunset cruise and a farewell dinner. (B L D)
 
Day 3: 
See the monasteries of Wat Xiengthong, Wat Kili, Wat Sop and Wat Sene. Visit the Royal Palace and Phousi Hill on a city tour. This evening, fly to Bangkok. (B L)
 
Day 4: 
Today, transfer to the airport and depart. (B)
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Internal Air: Economy class from $475 (Yangon/Bagan; Mandalay/Heho/Yangon).
  • Minimum age is 10 years.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 9:00 a.m. on Day 2. Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 10. 
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Itinerary will operate with routing changes in the case of low water levels.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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