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Balloon Over Bagan

 

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►Day 01 Arrive Yangon (-/L/D)

Arrive at Yangon International Airport. Welcome by our tour guide. Transfer to Hotel. Yangon sightseeing tour includes the old colonial style city center with the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years. Bogyoke (Scotts) Market with hundreds of stores and of a gems shops. The tour continue to Chaukhtatgyi, a huge reclining Buddha image, extended visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most spectacular religious monuments and the golden dome of Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold., will conclude the tour of this picturesque garden city. Dine and overnight in Yangon.

►Day 02 Yangon – Kyaikhtiyo (B/L/D)

After an early breakfast, drive to Kin Pun “ base camp ” ( 194km- 5hours ). Continue to Kyaikhtiyo, the Golden Rock, a huge boulder completely covered by gold leafs and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. From Kin  Pun, a steep and rough 11 km dirt road leads to the upper staging point, a journey made in open trucks, which are very crowded. From the “ upper area ”, travelers must at present walk the final stage, approximately 4 km up steep paths, which ascend some 500m to the Golden Rock. As an easier alternative to walking, visitors can be carried in sedan chairs by four porters at an extra cost of approximately US$ 10 p.p. On arrival, Lunch at local restaurant en route or at base camp and watch the beauty of sunset or dawn at this important pilgrimage site. Dine and overnight at Kyaikhtiyo.

►Day 03 Kyaikhtiyo – Bago – Yangon (B/L/D)

After breakfast, visit the Golden Rock and the surrounding area. Return to Bago (110 Km – 3 ½ hours). Sightseeing includes the SHWEMAWDAW Pagoda, over a thousand years old, its spire is even taller than SHWEDAGON Pagoda. The 55 meter long reclining SHWE THALYAUNG Buddha image is among the country’s most revered. After that, drive back to Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.

►Day 04 Yangon – Mandalay (B/L/D)

After early breakfast, transfer to station and go to Mandalay by day train. Overnight in Mandalay.

►Day 05 Mandalay (B/L/D)

Arrive Mandalay, transfer to hotel. Drive to Amarapura. Visit about 200 years old U BEIN’S TEAK WOOD BRIDGE. Then proceed to MAHAGANDARYON MONASTERY where there are more than 1500 buddhist monks. Then proceed to MAHAMUNI PAGODA with its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, Gold-leaf beating, SHWE NAN DAW KYAUNG or GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA, known as the world’ s biggest book, consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Among the historical buildings craftsmen’s workshop like Bronze casting, Marble stone carving, Kalaga tapestries, should be seen. Sunset from MANDALAY HILL. Dine at a local restaurant and overnight in Mandalay.

►Day 06 Mandalay – Mt. Popa – Bagan (B/L/D)

After breakfast, Drive to Bagan, Sightseeing at Mt. Popa on the way. Proceed to Bagan. On arrival, check into your hotel. Dine and overnight in Bagan.

►Day 07 Bagan (B/L/D)

After breakfast, tour start with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important Pagodas and temples, such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century, Kubyauk Gyi, a temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes, and Ananda Temple with four huge standing Buddha images and numerous seated figures in niches around the galleried interior. Lunch is followed by a visit of a lacquer craftsmen’s workshop in near by Myinkaba village. Continue sightseeing to Manuha Temple, built in Mon Style in 1095, Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument, said to have been the palace of King Manuha and Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple,noted for its ancient mural paintings under the protection of UNESCO. Proceed to Bupaya Pagoda or Mingalazedi Stupa to watch sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River. Dine and overnight in Bagan.

►Day 08 Bagan – Heho – Pindaya (B/L/D)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for domestic flight to Heho. Arrive the Heho airport. And then drive (60 km-1 ½  hrs) to Pindaya. After Lunch, visit to Pindaya Cave, unique for the thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over many centuries. Dine and overnight in Pindaya.

►Day 09 Pindaya – Taunggyi – Inlay (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive to Taunggyi sightseeing- wish fulfilling Pagoda and colorful Taunggyi Market. Proceed to Nyaung Shwe. Dine and overnight in Inlay Lake.

►Day 10 Inlay (B/L/D)

       After breakfast, an excursion by boat on Inlay lake will include sights of the famous leg-rowers, typical Floating gardens, typical and traditional ways of  fishing and village life. Lunch at a local restaurant on the lake. Further visits are made to PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, the weaving village of NPAWKHON and other sights. Dine and overnight in Inlay Lake.

Day 11 Heho – Yangon (B/L/D)

After breakfast, fly back to Yangon. Transfer to hotel and Yangon City sightseeing short visit to Botataung Pagoda, Nan Thida Jetty, Sule Pagoda. Dine and overnight in Yangon.

►Day 12 Departure (B/-/-)

Time at leisure to pursue individual interests until your transfer to the airport. Your guide will pick you up the hotel and accompany you to the airport. Departure from Yangon. End of our service

Above tour cost include hotel accommodation (twin sharing) with breakfast, transfer and transportation with air conditioned car, Domestic air fare, Boat cruise as per itinerary, Train fare, Entrance fee, meals, porter charges and throughout English speaking guide fees. Exclusive of International air fare, visa fees, airport tax (US$ 10 per person), travel insurance, personal expenses (telephone call, beverages, laundry, …) and non specified expenditure.

How long is the flight?

Our Balloon flights on average last 45 minutes  to one hour depending on the wind. Flights      over 25 minutes are deemed completed. The   whole experience including hotel pick ups and light champagne breakfast lasts between 2 ½ to 3 hours. Ballooning is also about watching  the set up of the balloon, and being “rescued” at the end too, not just the flight itself. Not knowing where you are going to land is always exciting and part of the adventure!

What do we see?

The exciting thing about ballooning is that you just don’t know. You will see Bagan waking up in the
morning. You will see many temples in the distance and get a spectacular aerial view of Bagan. Sometimes
you may fly over villages and see people on their early morning rounds, feeding their animals; or going to
market. It is an amazing and interactive experience.

Is it safe?

  • Commercial passenger ballooning is the safest form of all air transport.
    • In Bagan we are always very careful. We only fly when there are light surface winds less than
    8 knots since we launched in 1999 and have never recorded any accident or incident however minor
    • Our pilots and technicians are European Nationals qualified and registered in the UK.
    • Our balloons are built to the highest standards of the British aerospace industry by Cameron Balloons
    Ltd and Lindstrand Balloons,
    • All our crew are trained to the highest international standards for the past 15 years and have all been
    trained in first aid by UK Public Transport Inspectors. Our Senior crew have been trained in the UK at
    the manufactures, and form part of a permanent in house maintenance organisation,

Do we see this pagoda?

You will see lots of pagodas! Exactly which pagoda you will see depends on the wind direction.

How many people can fit in one balloon?

We currently have 12 balloons in service. Three balloons have room for 8 passengers in four separate
compartments plus a pilot. One balloon has room for 12 passengers in four separate compartments. Eight
balloons have room for 16 passengers in four separate compartments, offering a range of flexibility across
our entire fleet for small or larger groups.

What is the premium service?

Our successful premium service offers a more personalised and spacious experience for a maximum of just 24 passengers per day in our three smallest 8 passenger balloons. Designed to hold just 4 couples in their own individual compartments with more personal space, the premium service offers a more intimate and private experience. A highlight of the experience is a guided interactive tour around the balloon during inflation from your pilot just prior to take off. In addition to this, clients will receive a free CD or memory stick including an in-flight photo of their flight.

 

Price (1st October 2015 to 31st March 2016)

  • Standard Service is USD 300 per person
  • Premium Service is USD 350 per person