Yangon- Bagan- Yangon (4 days/ 3 nights)
Day 1: Yangon
Welcome by the Grand Lotus Tours representative on arrival at Yangon International airport and transfer to your hotel. After a brief freshening up at the hotel, we begin your orientation tour of Yangon.
Explore commercial Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar with a population of over 5 million. Its tree lined wide avenues, shady green parks and beautiful lakes give Yangon the reputation of one of the most charming and lively cities in Asia.
The orientation tour of Yangon includes Sule Pagoda, quite unusual in that its octagonal shape extends right up to the bell and inverted bowl, the City Hall and colonial buildings. Visit Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda – which houses a spectacular 70 meters long reclining Buddha, a photo stop at the distinctive Karaweik Hall and Royal Barge on the Kandawgyi Royal Lake.
At sunset, visit the marvelous Shwedagon Pagoda, the glistening golden stupa that towers over the metropolis and one of the wonders of the world, the spiritual centre of the country.
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (Flight)
Early morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Bagan.
The Bagan archaeological zone is one of the richest historical sites in Asia and the main tourist attraction in Myanmar. It is considered by archaeologists, historians and photographers alike as one of Asia’s holiest cities along with Varanasi in India and Angkor Wat in Cambodia as it displays the greatest collection of Buddhist sculptures, lavishly decorated monuments : temples and pagodas decorated with mural paintings and plaster carvings from the 11th to 13th centuries. During its Golden Age, in the 12th century, Bagan was known as “the City of Four Million Pagodas”. While Kublai Khan and several massive earthquakes have reduced that number drastically, what remains is quite incredible.
Over the next days, you will visit several small villages, the museum and the principal pagodas including: Shwezigon Pagoda, the first monument built in pure Myanmar style, a prototype for later pagodas, is one of the oldest and loveliest temples and remains an important place of devotion for the Burmese; Ananda Temple, a masterpiece of the early style temple architecture. Built in 1066, the gilded and whitewashed Ananda is among the most elegant temples, with delicate decorations in glazed tiles along its base and terraces; Gubyaukgyi Temple, strongly influenced by the Indian culture; Shwesandaw pagoda, which displays a clear affinity with the Mon civilization with a steep stairway directed to the terraces and a superb view from the upper level.
This evening you will enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy river that will provide different views of the amazing archaeological sites as well as a glimpse of the local people going about their daily lives as the sun goes down.
Day 3: Bagan
This morning, visit Nyaung Oo Market, then proceed to Sulamani temple, Shwegugyi Temple, and Minanthu village.
Bagan is also famous as the centre of Myanmar’s thriving lacquerware industry. In the afternoon, the tour includes a stop at a local lacquerware workshop to watch the skilled artisans at work on the various stages of the production. Then proceed to Old Bagan for a pony cart tour among the temples before sunset; Tayokpye, Htilominlo and Thatbyinnyu temples. Late in the afternoon, ascend to the top of one of the tall temples, watch the sun sink into distant hills and experience peaceful, tranquil moments and the indescribable magical power of Bagan.
Day 4: Bagan – Yangon (Flight)
After your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Yangon.
Upon arrival in Yangon, visit to one of Yangon’s fabulous bazaars- an endless jumble of color, clamor, heady aromas and contraband goods. The Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) has an enormous array of antiques, handicraft and art goods. This will be a wonderful opportunity to pick up some souvenirs to bring home. You will be transferred back to the airport in time for your flight home.