MANDALAY-PROME(PYAY) (10NIGHTS/11DAYS)

MANDALAY-PROME(PYAY) (10NIGHTS/11DAYS)

Days: 11 days - 10 nights

DOWNSTREAM (MANDALAY TO PROME)
Duration: 10 Nights - 11Days

DAY 1 MANDALAY – MINGUN

mandalay01Our representative and guide will meet the guest upon arrival at Mandalay airport between 07:30/ 08:00 Am. Vist central Mandalay : Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay Hill where spiraling staircases lead to sweeping views of the city and its temples and the nearby Kuthodaw Paya, which contains the worlds’s biggest book, the workshops of gold leave making, tapestry making , woodcarving, marble carving and branze castding.Embark the ship at Gawein jetty before lunch. Welcome cocktail in the saloon and sail upstream to Mingun . Visit the unfinished  pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the aged” . Dinner and overnight on board.

DAY 2 AVA – AMARAPURA

After breakfast we explore Ava by horse-cart visiting the beautiful 200  year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery , Nanmyin watchtower 9 27 mt.high ) and the Me Nu Ok Kyanung monastery . We travel then by sampan and coach to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital ( 1783 ) to visit U- Bein Bridge at sunset. Moor overnight at Sagaing . Dance and Theatre performance on the Sundeck.

DAY 3  MONYWA ( HPOWINDAUNG AND SHWEBADAUNG CAVES )

monywa01Early morning drive by coach( approx. 2 and half hous )to Monywa to visit the Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings dated back to the. After lunch we visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. Drive to Myin Mu jetty ( approx.1 and half hours ) where we will rejoin the ship. Dinner and overnight on board.

 

DAY 4 YANDABO

In the morning we arrive at Yadabo , a picturesque village  that specializes in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb 24 , 1826 . We go ashore for a walk stopping at some pot-making workshops and to visit the school and the monastery . Continue cruising downstream with an afternoon stop at Shwe Pyi Thar village for a walk. Moor overnight  midriver.

DAY 5 BAGAN

We arrive at Bagan in the early morning. Full day visit of a selection of the 2,000 listed pagodas and temple. Lunch on board and in the afternoon continue the exploration of the archeological area.  Dinner on board or in a local restaurant. Overnight on board.

DAY 6 BAGAN- TAN KYI MOUNTAIN

Explore some of Bagan’s local markets selling wood carvings , fabrics , longyis and rattan products. Visit a workshop to see the ancient technique of lacquerware making. Alternatively passengers can hire a horse cart or a bicycle and explore the site on their own or have a splendid Baloon flight over Bagan( surcharge applied – optional). Cast off a 15:30 hrs and sail downstream to reach the village of Tan Kyi on the opposite sie of the river. Reach the mountaintop by WW2 jeep where stands one of the four stupas that marked the original edges of the city and enjoy a marvelous senset over Bagan plain.

DAY  7 SALAY

salay01Sail downstream to  Salay,a 7,000 resident village founded  in the 13th century with Bagan-era  shrines, beautiful 19th century leak monasteries and preserved British colonial buildings. We visit the huge Youqson Kyaung wooden monastery designed as a copy of the Crown Prince House of Mandalay; we explore then an area of colonial buildings and some interesting Bagan-era monuments such as Payathonzu and the Shinpinsarkyo Paya . Back to the ship for lunch and proceed south to Magwe.

 

DAY 8 MAGWE – ITALIAN FORTS

In the morning visit Myat Than Lun Paya, a 1929 built pagoda of gold solid brinks set on a hilltop with a beautiful view of the river. We drive then to Minbu a small village across the river where we explore the Nga Ka Pwe Taung( Dragonlake) , a burping pond of Butane Gas set in a moon-like plat of land with bubbling pools.Back to the boat and cast off before lunchtime. Stop in Minhla and Gwechaung to visit the twoforts built by two Italian Military Engineers for the Burmese King in order to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar at the time of the 2nd Anglo-Burmese King in order to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar at the time of the 2nd Anglo-Burmese War. Proceed downstream to Thayetmyo , a pleasant colonial town.

DAY 9 THAYETMYO – PROME ( PYAY )

Early Morning exploration of Thayetmyo: the oldest golf course of Myanmar, the market and the old colonial houses, Proceed sailing downstream. In late evening we arrive in Prome ( Pyay ).Once controlled by the Mon during the Bagan Era and then conquered by the Burmese King Alaungpaya in the 1754, this quiet  town located 8 km West of the famous ancient Pyu capital of Thayekhittaya, boomed along with the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1890’s and it is now an important trading post.

DAY 10 PROME ( THAYEKHITAYA )

pyay01Drive to Thayeikhittaya  ( also known as Sri Ksetra,the “Fabulous city” Pali language ) , an huge ancient  Phu city that ruled in this area betweenthe 5th and the 9th century AD, In central Prome if time permits we visit the impressive .Shwesandaw Pagoda complex , one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site of Myanmar,and the Wunchataung Paya ( Apology Mountain Pagoda ) a vantage point of the Shwesandaw  Pagoda and the surrounding mountains.

 

DAY 11  PROME – YANGON ( BY COACH )

Disembark and drive by coach to Yangon. Transfer to Hotel or Airport.

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