Day 1: Mandalay
Upon arrival in Mandalay ESS guide and car will pick you up and you will begin your sightseeing tour of Mandalay with a visit to Mandalay Hill for great views of the surrounding countryside, Ayeyarwaddy River and city centre. At the base of the hill, you’ll visit Golden Palace Monastery. Then, visit to Khuthodaw Pagoda, home to “the world largest book”, a collection of more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings.
Take a midday break for lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch, visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda is home to one of the country’s most revered Buddha images which, over the years. Mandalay is well known for its skilled craftsmen and as you tour traditional workshops, you will learn more about the city’s cottage industries. Observe the production of wood carvings and gold-leaf where the techniques remained unchanged from those used centuries ago to craft items for the Royal Court.
Dinner at Local restaurant. And then return back to Hotel and overnight in Mandalay.
Day 2: Mandalay – Inwa – Sagaging- Amarapra – Mandalay
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura.
This morning, cross a bridge over the Ayeyarwaddy River to Sagaing. Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae (30 caves).
We’ll also visit Sagaing’s local market. Then continue south of the city to Ava where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our horse and carriage are waiting. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery , the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort and Mahar Aung Mye Bon San Monastery.
Return toward the Mandalay and stop at Amarapura. First visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products and then visit Mahagandayon monastery, when over one-thousand monks reside. After that, continue to 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 kilometers in length making it the world’s longest teak span. The view of sunset from and around the bridge is most beautiful scene around Mandalay.
Return to Mandalay and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 3: Mandalay – Mingun – Mindalay
After breakfast, transfer to the Mandalay jetty and board a private local boat for a 1-hr cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun.
Visit the main sites of Mingun beginning with the famous Mingun Pahtodawqyi. This huge brick structure was left unfinished after an astrologer predicted the King’s would die should the temple be completed. In the 1800s, an earthquake left several large cracks in the structure. Continue your visit at the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda whose distinctive style is meant to resemble the mythical Mount Meru. Then, see the Mingun Bell which weighs 90 tons and is considered the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell.
Return to Mandalay by boat. Enjoying the lunch at local restaurant. Then, continue to Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from 19th Century Royal Palace.
Dinner at local restaurant with own account. Overnight in Mandalay.
Tour Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Tour Price: Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.