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Mandalay & Vicinity Tours – 5 Days

Price from: US$385 / person

Mandalay, the very name evokes the splendors of the Burma of old. But, most people will be surprised to learn that Mandalay is not an old city, not even a medieval one, but rather a new city that was created by King Mingdon Min of Burma in 1857 as the new capital of the kingdom of Ava. The trip cover all highlights of this city and vicinity includes Mandalay hill, Pyin Oo Lwin, Gokteik and Sagaing…
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Departure City: Mandalay
Visit Cities: Mandalay – Mingun – Mandalay Hill – Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) – Gokteik – Kyaukme – Amarapura – Sagaing – U Bein Bridge
Duration:  5 Days 4 Nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request
Extendable with optional tours from Mandalay

  • PRIVATE TOUR COST: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
    Group size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons Single Supp
    Land Tour/person 570 460 385 150
    Flight/person 0 0 0
    Total/person 570 460 385

    INCLUDES

    • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
    • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
    • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

    EXCLUDES

    • International flights
    • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
    • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
    • Tips for guides and drivers
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Myanmar Visa (more at www.burmatravel.com/visa).

    TOUR NOTES

    • Above prices subject to availability and subject to change.
    • Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change.
    • Amounts payable to third parties not included.
    • International airfares not included unless otherwise specified.
    • Please check all prices, availability and other information with your Burma Travel consultant before booking.
    • Burma Travel general booking conditions apply.

  • Day 1: Mandalay Arrival – Mingun – Mandalay Hill
    Arrive at Mandalay International Airport, meet your guide and driver then drive to Mandalay pier, embarking on a private boat upstream to visit Mingun, famed for its huge and incomplete Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bell the 90 tons ringing bell.
    In the afternoon, visit Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite wood carvings, gold leaf beating workshop, Kuthodaw Pagoda – known as the world’s biggest book and finish the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the sun-set and the panoramic view of the city.
    Meal: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay  
    Day 2: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
    Depart this morning from Mandalay on a scenic two-hour drive to the former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially called Pyin Oo Lwin.  The town is located on a plateau 1000m above sea level and renowned for its cooler temperatures and lush foliage. Many reminders of the colonial era are still present in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses with British names and the Botanical Gardens to the south of town. Visit the local market in the center of the town near the clock tower where colorful array of items are for sale including locally-produced jams and fruit wines.
    This afternoon, enjoy a traditional horse and carriage ride through the town to see the historical houses including Candacraig, built in 1905. Your horse and carriage will drop you off at the 175-hectare Botanical Gardens where you can take a relaxing walk through the beautifully-landscaped gardens.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin
    Day 3: Pyin Oo Lwin – Train to Gokteik – Kyaukme
    Today we will take the 8:34am morning train to Nawngpeng through Gokteik. This train used to be an infamous black-market train transporting goods to and from China. As you travel past pretty hills and scenery the train will also cross the famous 700 meter long Gokteik Viaduct, built in 1900 by the American Pennsylvania Steel Co. The impressive height from the bridge to the bottom of the valley is nearly 300 meters. After crossing the bridge the train will stop at a small station and you will get the chance to have a better look at the bridge. Please take note that you may be not permitted to photograph/video as the Burmese consider the bridge to be of strategic importance. Arrival at Kyauk Me in the afternoon & take a stroll around this charming trading town amid the Shan Hills.
    Late afternoon, transfer back to your hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin
    Day 4: Pyin Oo Lwin – Amarapura – Sagaing – U Bein Bridge
    After breakfast, drive all the way back to Mandalay. Upon arrival, drive a short way more to Amarapura. Being famous for Mahagandaryone Monastery, Amarapura is the best place to experience the monk life in Mandalay. Every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up silently to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists.
    Next, head to Sagaing, discover the monk education, visit Budda cave, Uminthonze pagoda and Sunooponnyashin pagoda. Behold the panoramic view of Mandalay.
    We then cross the river by ferry to Inwa (Ava), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a horse cart ride around the peaceful countryside, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung, and Nan Myint tower.
    End of the day, walk over Ubein Wooden Bridge, the longest teakwood of its type to Mahamuni Image – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself. Enjoy great sunset view here.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
    Day 5: Mandalay – Departure
    Enjoy your time at leisure until pick-up by your driver and transfer to Mandalay airport for your onward flights.
    Goodbye & Bon Voyage!
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: N/A.

    NOTES

    Please be aware that flight time, hotels and all others logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. Where flights are cancelled or delayed Burma Travel will endeavor to secure alternative arrangements of similar value as noted in our booking conditions.

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