The Great Crossing of Myanmar(12 days / 11 nights)

Yangon – Mandalay – Saging – Amarapura – Ava – Mingun – Monywa – Po Win Taung – Pakkoku – Bagan – Heho – Pindaya – Taunggyi – Kakku – Inle – Heho – Yangon

DAY 01 – PARIS – YANGON

Welcomed by our experienced guide and transfer to hotel and leisure.

Green city marked out lakes with the carefully landscaped banks, Yangon is full of vigor and vibrancy. Visit Chaukhtatgyi pagoda and of its great Buddha laying whose colossal stature is fortunately softened by the good-naturalness of its expression!

Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch, an extended visit to the Shwedagon pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments, will conclude the tour of this pictures garden city. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 02 – YANGON – MANDALAY – SAGAING – AMARAPURA – AVA – MANDALAY

Breakfast.

Transfer to Yangon airport for domestic flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival proceed to Sagaing, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, to enjoy a magnificent view over the surrounding area.Then stop with the Pagoda Soon U Ponnya Shin to benefit from the panorama.

Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch, continue visit to the former royal capital of Ava, reached by a short boat trip. Visits by horse-drawn carriage to Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remains of the palace building nicknamed “leaning tower of Ava”, Maha Aungmye beautiful monastery built of brick and stucco and Bagayar Monastery, famous for its impression ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Return to Mandalay. Departure for Amarapura and continue to the 200- years –old U Bein Bridge, built in 1782  at the time of Amarapura was the royal capital ,entirely constructed by teakwood.

Dinner and OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 03 – MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY

Breakfast.

An excursion by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River will take you to Mingun (45min approximately). Visit one of the world largest bell, weighing 90 tons Mingun BellHsinbyume Paya and the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the largest zedis by King Bodawpaya. Return by boat to Mandalay.

Lunch on boat during visit.

At the afternoon, visits with the Shwenandaw monastery (or Golden Palace monastery) a superb example of a tradition work, and Kuthodaw Pagoda. The world’s largest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Proceed to Mandalay Hill for sunset viewing.

Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04 – MONYWA – PO WIN TAUNG – MONYWA

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Monywa (3h approximately) by coach. Stop on route to visit the KaungMudaw Pagoda with its enormous white dome and its some 800 stone pillars located at the base.

Visit multicolored Thanboddhay temple, built from the dream designs of a noted monk.

Lunch at Shwe Lein Maw restaurant.

After lunch, departure for the splendid temple-caves of PoWinTaung (1hr)a seldom-visited complex of cave temples and shrines (some dating back to the 15th century) that contain an abundance of Buddha images and some fine mural paintings.  And then continue to discovery of the maze of temples Shwe Ba Taung. Return to Monywa.

Dinner and OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 05 – MONYWA – PAKKOKU – CRUISING ON THE IRRAWADDY – BAGAN

Breakfast.

Drive to Pakkoku (3h approximately) by coach. Then cruise to Bagan (2h 30), the occasion to discover the life of the banks of the river with its market gardening’s and its traditional villages of another time.

Lunch is taken on the way.

Arrival to Bagan at the beginning of afternoon.

Bagan is without doubt most astonishing site of Myanmar, if it is all South East Asia. At edges of  Irrawaddy river, renamed  from now on Ayeryarwaddy, and on the area of 40 km2 straighten up some hundreds  temples (2219 exactly). All of these remnants have been constructed of 11century au 13 century by the sovereigns’ successive qui made size of Bagan (Anawratha, Kyanzittha, Alaungsitthu and Narapatissithu,…). This unbelievable concentration made of Bagan strong moment of your stay in Myanmar and the sunset of the site reminds an unforgettable moment.

Departure for the visit of site BAGAN of the 11th century. Visit stops at one of the pagoda where you can sit for the beautiful sunset.

Dinner and OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 06 – BAGAN

Breakfast.

Day devoted to discovered of Bagan “the mystic” extraordinary archaeological site that do not have anything to envy that of Angkor with its 3000 temples and pilot pink brick stupas of the apogee of the Buddhist architecture of Myanmar. starting a sightseeing tour with a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, and discovered temples Shwegugyi, Gawdawpalin and colored market located at Old Bagan.

Afterwards, lunch is taken at local restaurant.

After lunch visit Ananda Temple, with its four huge standing-Buddha images and numerous seated figures that are arranged around the interior gallery and  Gu Byauk Gyi Tample ( under the protection of UNESCO), noted for its ancient mural paintings. Observe a sunset near Bagan’s ancient monuments.

Dinner at local restaurant with the traditional spectacle and overnight at yangon.

DAY 07- BAGAN-MONT POPA-BAGAN

Breakfast.

Continuation of the visits of Bagan with the discovery of the ruins of the Royal Palace; door of Tharaba, temple of Tayok Pye. Visit of a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village.

Lunch is taken at local restaurant.

Then, a 45 km drive (1 ½ hour) will take you Mount Popa.

An extinct volcano with spectacular views. Its shrine is dedicated to animist spirits knows as “Nats” and you will have time to climb nearly 800 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. Return to Bagan.

Dinner at Thazin Garden restaurant. OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 08 – BAGAN – HEHO – PINDAYA

Breakfast.

Transfer to Nyaung U airport for domestic flight to Heho.
Departure by the road (2h30 approximately) for the caves of Pindaya, an interesting long way up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau, through fields of mountain rice.Pindaya is especially famous for its natural caves in which ones were stored, with the passing of the centuries the donations of the pilgrims is more than 8000 statues of Buddha out of wood, alabaster, marble, cement. An occasion to discover the evolution that knew the representations of the Buddha through the time.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Visit magnificent Pindaya cave set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are a display in the various cave chambers. Continue visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols.

Dinner and OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 09 – PINDAYA – TAUNGGYI – KAKKU – INLE LAKE

Breakfast.

Departure by the road for Taunggyi, capital of the Shan state and former British hill station. Visit the local market where minority people sell their products. Continuation by the road (1h 30) for Kakku. KakKu pagoda is very unusual and little-known about its origins. Dozens of small stupas surround the main pagoda in a huge circle. Stops in way to visit some small villages Pao, principal ethic group of the area.

Lunch is taken at local restaurant. Departure by road (2h 30), for Nyaung Shwe, at the edge of the lake Inlé. Visit monastery out of wooden of Shwe Yan Pyay. Visit of Nyaung Shwe.

Dinner and OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 10 – INLE LAKE – INDEIN

Breakfast.

Drive by road to Inle Lake (90 km-2 ½ hours). Idyllic framework, blotted around the mountains, the Inle Lake is a punctuated blue oasis of villages on pile, temples and monasteries. You can discover the life of the lake: it’s surprising floating vegetable gardens, fixed on the bottom of the lake by large poles of bamboo; its fishermen inthas, principal ethnic of the lake, which ancestral mode of fishing, with a bow net and while rowing with a leg, is the unique in the world.You can walk in the village and visit the old pagodas which were built in 12th century.

Inn Dein, located on south-western bank of the principal lake, In Dein close it village one can say that it is the most picturesque part of the lake Inle. The brook which leads to the village is animated with various activities on its banks. In-Dein village is used as principal door to approach the western part of the lake and to discover the close villages situated on the hills.

Lunch at the local restaurant.

After lunch, visit monastery Nga Phe, also called “monastery of the jumping cats” since its monks drew up cats to be jumped inside rings. This monastery out of wooden, built on pile, and contains an astonishing collection of statues of Buddha. Visit Pagoda Phaung Daw Oo, one of the most scared shrines in Myanmar, dating back to the 18th century, and visits some of its many artisanal factories of weaving of silk, cigars.

Dinner and OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 11 – INLE LAKE – HEHO – YANGON

Breakfast.

Transfer by the road for Heho airport (1h) and for flight back to Yangon. Continuation of the visits Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years ago and the Botataung Pagoda. Then, walk through China Town that houses along the facades are decrepit colonial buildings, an abundance of small shops, street vendors and canteens street.

Lunch at the restaurant during the visit.

A stop at Bogyoke (Scott) Market gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar’s wide range of handicrafts.

Dinner at local restaurant in downtown. OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 12 – YANGON – OTHER DESTINATION

Breakfast.

Leisure time until the transfer to the airport. Lunch at the restaurant.

Transfer to the international airport, assistance with the formalities of recording and take-off bound for Paris.