Laos or MyanmarMyanmar or Laos
Best of Laos & Myanmar - 11 Sundays
After your check-in you will be met at the Mandalay International Airports by Myanmar Travel's chauffeur and travel guides and transferred to your Mandalay hotels - followed by a welcome meal in one of the best Mandalay dining establishments. Mandalay Essen Hotel: Mandalay - Mingun - Mandalay HillMandalay is known as the center of Buddhism in Myanmar and is an empire of stupa, friars and cloister.
It will be the most intriguing experience to observe the friars worshipping and eating. Cruise to Mandalay Peer, by personal ferry upriver to see Mingun, famous for its giant and imperfect Pahtodawgyi Pagoda and Mingun Bells, the 90 ton bells. Later in the day you will stop at Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery - famous for its fine woodcarvings, goldsmith ing, Kuthodaw Pagoda - known as the largest of its kind in the history - and end the trip with a trip to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the sunset and the panorama over the town.
Mandalay Essen Hotel: Breakfast Day 3: Mandalay - Sagaing - Amarapura - Flight to BaganLeave town for Sagaing Hill, explore monks training, see Budda den, Uminthonze pit and Sunooponnyashin pit. See the panorama of Mandalay. Known for the Mahagandayon monastery Amarapura is the best place to live the monastic world in Mandalay.
Bagan Meal Hotel: Breakfast Day 4: Bagan SightseeingBagan is Myanmar's archeological marvel where over 3,000 old churches bloom from the land. Nyang U Market before starting your explorations with a tour of the Shwezigone Buddha which will anchor a bones and teeth of Gautama Buddha at Ananda, Sulamani Theatre.
During the afternoons you will explore the tradition of how the locals make the lacquerware that is part of Bagan's name. BaganMeal Hotel: BreaksfastDay 5: Bagan Discovery - Take a flight to YangonAfter having brakfast, begin your sight-seeing tour with a visit to the Minkaba Gubyaukyi Monastery, see the architectonic differences of the MyaZedi Monastery before driving to Manuha Monastery.
Explore the majestic horse-drawn carriage to one of the largest temples in Bagan this afternoon: and many other interesting places in the vicinity. Today's climax is the panorama look from Bagan's second highest panorama pit, the Shwe Sandaw pit. We will then take you to the Aiport for your flights to Yangon.
YangonMeal Hotel: Breakfast Day 6: Yangon City TourToday you will be visiting the Shwedagon Lagoon - the most famous memorial in Yangon, which is dominating the skies with gold lightning, huge towers and sacred relic. The next stop is the 70m long Buddha of the Kyaukhtatgyi pit. After lunch we resume our tour of Yangon by visiting the Sule Pagode.
At Sule Pagode we take an orienteering tour through the tropical roads of Yangon city centre and colonial buildings like Emmanuel Church, Inland Water Buildings. YangonMeal Hotel: Breakfast Day 7: Yangon - Fly to VientianeYou can discover the bustling city until you are taken to the Vienna International Center to take your Vientiane flights.
On your arrivals our guides will pick you up at the international airports and take you to your hotels for check-in. Vientiane Meals Hotel: Today we have a whole afternoon to discover Vientiane - the enchanting and captivating city of Laos, one of the classical Indo-Chinese towns, which conjures up breathtaking pictures with its captivating mixture of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Moroccan, French, US and Sovjet allies.
We will take you to the most important sights: In the afternoons, before visiting Pha That Luang, we recommend a stop at the older part of the city' s mornings' mall. We continue to the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, Patuxai. Ahead of sundown, take the 328 stairs to the top of Phou Si Mountain, which provides breathtaking views of the local river and townscape before strolling through the lively Hilltribe markets for local textile and mountain people's arts and crafts.
Luang Prabang Meals Hotel: Breakfast Day 10: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Kuang Si WaterfallToday you may want to awaken early and join the everyday rite of saffron-clad friars with their native-born alms-giving cups, which include the ever-present glutinous travel.
Our tour leader and chauffeur will meet you at your Luang Prabang accommodation after breakfasts and take you to the village jetty to take a historic cruise on the Mekong River and explore the Pak Ou Cave. On the way you will stop at Ban Xang Hai, where you can see the distilling of gooey ricecy...
After lunch we will have a brief tour through the Luang Prabang landscape to the Kuang Si waterfalls. Luang PrabangMeals Hotel: DeparturesHave your free morning at the Luang Prabang Beach Resort and use your free travel to Luang Prabang Aiport.