Pilgrimage – Culture – Luxury Tour
Duration: 21 Days / 20 Nights
Coverage: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin – Mandalay – Kalaw – Inle – Loikaw – Yangon – Ngapali
Tour Code: SYM Pilgrimage 007
Day 1: Yangon (-/L/D)
Arrive Yangon International Airport. Transfer Pullman hotel in downtown. Sightseeing to City Centre, Mahabandoola Park and Independence monument, Mayor’s Hall, High Court, Secretariats building and colonial districts. Visit St. John Church & St. Mary Cathedral Church. Dinner will be served at Karaweik restaurant which is floating on Kandawgyi Lake. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel join a Mass at St. Mary Cathedral Church. (The Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin is Yangon’s biggest Roman Catholic Church. Its Neo-Gothic style is reminiscent of Cathedrals built around the same time in northern Europe, but the inside sets it apart: The colorful bricks offer a livelier feel than its often-austere contemporaries. St Mary’s Cathedral Church was one of two major Christian churches built at the turn of the 20th century). After mass proceed to Yangon Jewish Temple/ Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue. Lunch will be served at Monsoon restaurant.
Shopping/ Window shopping at Bogyoke Aung san Market.(Scott Market).
Visit St Anthony’s Church. Sunset will be at Shwedagon pagoda. Dinner will be served at Golden Duck restaurant. Overnight at Pullman Hotel in Yangon.
Day 3: Yangon (B/L/D)
After breakfast, Trishaw ride in downtown for an hour. Then proceed to Home for the Aged. The objectives of the Catholic Home are –
- To look after all the residents with compassionate love and kindness regardless of their nationality, race and religion.
- To create an atmosphere of joy, happiness and peace so that they could live their lives peacefully and tranquilly according to one’s own faith and culture while waiting for their final moment to depart from this earthly life. Lunch will be served at Padonma restaurant. After lunch, will continue to Yangon Theology School where we can exchange biblical knowledge. On return from there will visit to Mary Chapman’s School for The Deaf. Charity program and supporting the school by using Spa, foot and body massage. Dinner will be served at the My Garden restaurant. Back to hotel for the day break.
Day 4: Bagan (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport to depart Bagan. Arrive Bagan around 9:30 am in the morning .Start sightseeing the Ananda Temple located in Bagan, Myanmar is a Buddhist temple built in 1105 AD during the reign (1084–1113) of King Kyanzittha of the Bagan Dynasty.Thatbyinnyu Temple, Sabbannu or "the Omniscient", is a famous temple located in Bagan (formerly Pagan), built in the mid-12th century during the reign of King Alaungsithu. 166–167 It is adjacent to Ananda Temple. Thatbyinnyu Temple is shaped like a cross, but is not symmetrical. The temple has two primary stores, with the seated Buddha image located on the second story.
Lunch will be served at the King Sithu restaurant and check in to the hotel after lunch. Rest for a while and continue sightseeing in the evening till 6 pm. Dinner will be served at Sunset Garden Restaurant. Back to Aureum Palace hotel, rest for the day.
Day 5: Bagan (B/L/D)
Early morning 5:00 am the car will pick you up at the hotel and transfer to the place where you can ride the hot air balloon. You will be back from ballooning around 8:30 am. Have breakfast and start your day tour to Popa. Drive to Mount Popa – an extinct volcano shrines dedicated to home of the spirits known as living being spirits. For your energetic climb the 777 steps to the shrine top of the dead volcanic. Lunch will be served at Popa Mountain Resort. Back to Bagan visit some temples and have dinner at Art of Bagan restaurant. Overnight at Aureum Palace in Bagan.
Day 6: Bagan - Mandalay Cruise (B/L/D)
The embarkation time is 11:30 am at Bagan Ye Kin jetty and cast off after half an hour. Welcome cocktail and and briefing in the Saloon or Sundeck followed by lunch. In late afternoon stop in a typical river village. Dinner will be served on the cruise and overnight on cruise.
Day 7: Bagan - Mandalay Cruise (B/L/D)
Cruising to Mandalay. Stop at Yandabo Village.Cruise all day with stop en route in the morning to visit Yandabo, a typical river village specializing in Pot making, where the peace treaty of the first Anglo- Burmese war was signed on the 24th Feb 1826.We visit the Pot workshop, the monastery and the school. Overnight near by a village.
Day 8: Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin (B/L/D)
Mandalay . Enjoy the sunrise. After an early breakfast, the passengers will disembark at Mandalay. The car and English speaking guide will come and meet you at the jetty and from there go straight to Pyin Oo Lwin. Morning start to explore Pyin Oo Lwin, the former resort of British during the colonial time (2-hour drive).Take a morning tour around the charming town on a traditional carriage. Move on the tour to National Botanical Garden. On the way back, stop at the Candacraig Hotel built in 1904, the most ancient hotel of Myanmar.Visit to Catholic Major SeminaryAfter breakfast you will meet with English speaking local Guide and go to Pyin Oo Lwin. The driving time will be approximately 1: 30 hrs. We are now visiting to Catholic Major Seminary School. Institute of Philosophy, Catholic Major Seminary, St Joseph's Catholic Major Seminary was founded in 19xx for the formation of catholic priests for the ecclesiastical province of Myanmar. It is located in the Mandalay Archdiocese, 22 Cherry Pyin Oo Lwin (May Myo). The Seminary provides course of Philosophy in human, spiritual, pastoral and academic formation. From there will visit Botanical Garden. Lunch will be served at the Pan Taw Win restaurant. After Lunch, we will go to Botanical Garden and National Races Village.
From there will go to Pwe Gout waterfall near Pyin Oo Lwin. On the return, will drop in to the shops where you can buy local woolen sweat clothes. Some local sweets and snacks. Dinner will be served at Feel restaurant and overnight at The View Hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Day 9: Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive back from Pyin Oo Lwin to Mandalay. In the morning go straight to Amarapura famous sightseeing of Maha Gan Da Yone Monastery – Where you can see nearly a hundred of monk while they are having their 2nd or last meal of the day and observing the Buddha teaching. Proceed to 1.2 Km long U Beinteak bridge- which was recuperated from the waste of abandoned Ava palace, Wood carving, Marble carving and Bronze casting. Lunch will be served at the Golden Duck restaurant. In the afternoon, Transfer to Mandalay jetty for a boat ride on the Ayayarwaddy River to Mingun village about 11 km (1hour) upstream from Mandalay. Visitthe Pathodawgyi- One of the world’s largest unfinished brick monument built by King Bodaw Phaya, Mingun Bell – weighing 90 tons the biggest Bronze bell in Myanmar and Mya Thein Dan Zedi (Stupa) by car. Overnight at Mercur Mandalay Hill hotel.
Day 10: Mandalay (B/L/D)
After breakfast visit Mandalay Maha Myat Muni Buddha Image – A spectacular Buddha image of Rakine feathur, Gold-leaf processing method, Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung(Golden Palace Monastery)- a traditional teak architect handicraft design,Kutho Daw Pagoda- known as the world’ s biggest book (Buddhist scripture), consisting of 729 marble slabs,Tapestries and silk weaving of Mandalay. Sunset would be spent at Mandalay hill for day break. Overnight in Mandalay.
Day 11: Pindaya - Kalaw (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Mandalay International Airport to depart Inle. You will be arriving to Heho Airport around 10:00 am and from the airport to Kalaw will take another another few minutes. Have lunch at local restaurant and check in hotel. Then proceed to Pindaya where you can see The Pindaya cave, is an important pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists and an attractive, unusual sights for tourists.
The cave is set in a limestone hill in Central Burma not far from Inle Lake. The hill contains three caves, only one of which is open to the public. This cave that is about 150 meters long contains thousands of Buddha images in various styles and from different eras from the early Konbaung dynasty era to present day.
The top attractions to visit in Pindaya are:
• Pindaya Caves
• Pone Taloke Lake
• Umbrella workshop
• Trekking and Camping Tour
Back to Kalaw, dinner will be served at local restaurant and overnight at Kalaw Hill Lodge hotel.
Day 12: Inle (B/L/D)
After breakfast , from Kalaw to Nyaung Shwe where the Inle Lake is located. Hotel check in and proceed for Inle sightseeing. Lunch will be served at the local restaurant.
What you can see in Inle.
Life on the water, Looking out across the lake, visitors will see stilt-house villages and Buddhist temples rising above the water. Vast and beautiful, Inle Lake is 13.5 miles in length and is home to 70,000 people.Local fishermen take their boats out on the lake every day and are known for having a specific and unique rowing style that involves balancing on one foot while rowing with the other. This rowing style can only be seen at Inle Lake. The best way to enjoy the lake is by boat and sunset cruises offer the most picturesque and peaceful views of its water-based culture.
Floating Garden—Walking on Water -The local people who live in the stilted villages surrounding the lake use charming floating gardens to grow vegetables and fruit for their traditional cuisine. The biggest and most extensive gardens are located on the northwest portion of the lake where the lush greenery spreads out in rows far past the houses. Locals can be seen tending the flourishing gardens daily from their small wooden boats. Some of the oldest gardens are even firm enough to walk on, because roots from the plants have spread down to the lake bottom and keep the gardens firm.
5-Day Market—A Mobile Bazaar The market rotates each day between 5 different villages in various locations bordering the lake, with all trade conducted from small traditional wooden boats. The best time to go is in the early morning, to avoid boat jams.
Phaung Daw U Pagoda—the Gilded BuddhasThe statues at Phaung Daw U Pagoda are renowned Buddhist artifacts covered in gold-leaf applied daily by devotees as they come to worship. Every year an 18-day Pagoda Festival is held to celebrate the five images of Buddha. The festival involves the royal barge, as well as local boat races and other celebrations.
Nga Hpe Kyuang—Jumping Cats Monastery- The Nga Hpe Kyuang Monastery is one of the oldest and largest on the lake. Made of wood and built on stilts, it offers incredible views of the lake and surrounding areas. Inside the monastery, visitors get the chance to see young monks peacefully studying and golden statues sitting on thrones.
Red Mountain Estate Vineyard—Relaxing Views- One of only two wineries in Myanmar, the Red Mountain Estate Vineyard produces nine different varieties of wine made from locally grown grapes. You can visit the Vineyard for inexpensive wine tastings and vineyard tours.
Lunch will be served at local restaurant and continue the sightseeing and have dinner at local restaurant and back to hotel. Overnight at Sofitel hotel in Inle.
Day 13: Inle (B/L/D)
Visit to Indein Stupa Complex—Garden of Stupas - The Indein Stupa Complex is a sea of ornate spires rising out of the ground like a forest of stupas. Built into the hillside, the complex contains over 1,600 stupas, some of which are intricately carved and gilded.
Several of the pagodas have been restored, but others have cracks in their bases, creating the suspicion that the stupas are being reclaimed by the vibrant jungle.
There are two different groups of stupas at the complex. The first is located near where the boat lands and many of the pagodas here are decorated with images of mythical animals. The second group is located at the top of a hill, from which visitors can take in the striking scene of the whole Indein Stupa Complex and the surrounding area below. Lunch will be served at local restaurant and continue the sightseeing and have dinner at local restaurant and back to hotel. Overnight at Sofitel hotel in Inle.
Day 14: Loikaw (B/L/D)
After breakfast continue to Phe Kone leading to Loikaw. On the way will visit some villages and have lunch on the way. Arrive to Loikaw in the evening. Have dinner and rest for the day at Loikaw Lodge Hotel in Loikaw.
Day 15: Loikaw (B/L/D)
We begin the day with a tour of Loikaws highlights with stops at the Haw Kyaung, a former Shan chieftain’s palace, which has been converted into a monastery and the Kayah State Museum, to learn about the fascinating history and culture of the state. After a lunch stop, we drive 30 minutes out of town into the serene countryside to explore the recently opened Kyat Gu cave system, a sprawling limestone cavern full of mesmerizing geological structures. In the late afternoon we return to town to enjoy a beautiful sunset atop Loikaws iconic TaungKwe Pagoda. The pagoda is perched on top of a limestone outcrop overlooking the city and offers excellent views of the surrounding landscape.
Lunch – The Sunday Club Traditional Food Restaurant,
Dinner – Loikaw Night Market
Overnight stay – at Loikaw Lodge
Day 16: Loikaw (B/L/D)
After breakfast at your hotel we set off to visit the Kayan (Padaung) minority villages of Pan Pet. The Kayan ‘Long Neck’ Ladies are famous for their traditional brass ring necklaces that appear to elongate their necks. On arrival at Pan Pet, you will be received by a local community guide. Taking advantage of the cool morning weather, your guide will begin the visit with a moderate hike along a scenic nature trail. As we climb the hill, your guide will stop to explain important cultural sites on the way. These include a monument which honors the village clan, an animist bird totem, and a guardian spirit cave. The two-hour hike ends at a beautiful viewpoint, with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, rice fields and the five hamlets of Pan Pet. After a picnic lunch at the scenic spot, we continue to the hamlet of Salong Kana where you will be able to meet with members of the Kayan community to get an insight into the local life and culture. During your time at the village you will also have a chance to visit traditional Kayan homes and observe artisans making Kayan bracelets, weaving traditional textiles, carving wooden statues and other handwork. After a full day spent with these fun loving and artistic people, we say our farewells and return to Loikaw in the late afternoon.
Lunch – Pho Kwar Restaurant
Dinner – Amazing Bar
Overnight stay – at Loikaw Lodge hotel.
Day 17: Yangon (B/L/D)
After Breakfast, visit Loikaw market then transfer to airport for departure Yangon. Arrive Yangon around 1:00 am. Have lunch and check in hotel. Dinner will be served at local restaurant ( Taing Yin Thar restaurant ) and rest for the day at Pullman Hotel.
Day 18: Ngapali Beach (B/-/-)
YAngon to Ngapali by Flight. Ngapali (pronounced Napally and said to be named after the Italian city of Naples) is Myanmar’s premier beach destination. Located on the Bay of Bengal coast in Rakhine State, its main feature is an idyllic stretch of white sand and palm tree-lined coast, with a number of resorts spread out next to traditional fishing villages.
Day 19: Ngapali Beach (B/-/-)
Free & Leisure at hotel, feel the taste of natural beauty of white sand on the Ngapali beach, overnight there.
Day 20: Yangon (B/L/D)
Ngapali beach to Yangon by flight. Dinner will be served at Seeds restaurant. Overnight at Pullman Hotel in Yangon.
Day 21: Departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast at hotel, leisure time to pursue individual interest until lunch. Transfer to the airport for departure flight from Yangon.