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  • Ayeyarwady Adventure from Bagan

    Code: MRC04 - Duration: 8 Days
    Start: Yangon | Finish: Bagan
  • This journey commences in Myanmar's cultural capital, Mandalay, before continuing on to the temple-strewn plain of Bagan and the charming colonial town of Maymyo. Witness the breathtaking temples of Bagan while sampling the serene river life of the Ayeyarwady on board Belmond Road to Mandalay.

    Highlights:Ayeyarwady Adventure from Bagan

    • Choose your own morning adventure in Bagan, including a bike ride, a pagoda tour, a hot-air balloon flight or a visit to a community project
    • Experience an exclusive candle-lighting ceremony at a small temple
    • Discover historic sites or a rural village near Mingun 
    • Spend a day in the colonial hill town of Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin)
    • Explore sacred Popa near Bagan and a Buddhist nunnery in Sagaing
    • Witness Mandalay’s incredible traditional arts in action, including bronze casting and marble carving

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Yangon – Flight to Bagan (-/L/D)
    Day 2: Bagan – Cruise to Mandalay (B/L/D)
    Day 3: Mingun (B/L/D)
    Day 4: Maymyo (B/L/D)
    Day 5: Mandalay – Sagaing (B/L/D)
    Day 6: Burmese Village & Ava (B/L/D)
    Day 7: Mount Popa (B/L/D)
    Day 8: Bagan – Departure (B/-/-)

    Notes:

    - We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE"

    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in Customize your trip” 
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request. 

  • Day 1: Yangon - Flight to Bagan (-/L/D)

    Yangon - Bagan: 626km, 1h20min flight

    baganMorning domestic flight from Yangon to Bagan. On arrival transfer to the Road To Mandalay berthed at the private jetty near Old Bagan. After lunch on board, set off on a guided tour. Visit Ananda, one of Bagan’s most magnificent temples, then explore a rarely visited temple by torchlight. Later learn about the traditional art of lacquer ware. Your day ends watching the sun set over the mesmerising Bagan plains, followed by an exclusive candle-lighting ceremony. Tonight, dine under the stars at the Road to Mandalay Grill on the Observation Deck.

    Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: On Board Road to Mandalay

    Day 2: Bagan - Cruise to Mandalay (B/L/D)

    mandalay cruiseBefore setting sail embark on the morning adventure of your choice: a bicycle or horse-and-cart ride around the temples of Old Bagan, a sunrise temple tour or a visit to a village community project. For an additional supplement you can choose to take an incredible hot-air balloon flight. As the ship sails towards Mandalay, enjoy onboard activities ranging from a cultural lecture to a treatment at the spa. Relax by the pool on the Observation Deck, the largest outdoor space of any river cruise ship in Myanmar, or work out in the gym. Sample local infusions and delicacies in our Burmese Tea Shop and learn how to dress in a traditional Myanmar longyi. In the evening, dine on a tempting mix of Asian and Western dishes in the elegant Restaurant.   

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        
    Accommodation: On Board Road to Mandalay

    Day 3: Mingun (B/L/D)

    mingunStart the day with a choice of onboard activities, such as a sunrise yoga, meditation, a cookery demonstration or an informative talk from our onboard doctor. Arrive in Mingun and choose from two fascinating tours. Discover the historical sites nearby on a guided excursion or join a walk through a rural village, getting to know the locals. In the evening you are invited to wear a traditional sarong to our vibrant Longyi Cocktail Party on the Observation Deck.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        
    Accommodation: On Board Road to Mandalay

    Day 4: Maymyo (B/L/D)

    mandalayWe arrive in Mandalay after a short cruise. Early risers can participate in a Buddhist almsgiving ceremony on shore. Select the tour of your choice: “Highlights of Mandalay” visits important historic sites around the city, including Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Golden Monastery. “Mandalay Arts and Shopping” focuses on the city’s renowned traditional crafts, using materials such as bronze, marble, silk and wood. Rejoin the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet village. After lunch, visit the Sagaing Hills, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar. Toast the sunset with a champagne cocktail overlooking the amazing U Bein Bridge. Traditional entertainment follows a sumptuous dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        
    Accommodation: On Board Road to Mandalay

    Day 5: Mandalay - Sagaing (B/L/D)

    mandalaySpend the day on an excursion into the mountains and the former colonial hill station of Maymyo, also known as Pyin Oo Lwin. Board a traditional horse and carriage for a ride around the town. See the influence of colonial architecture in many of the country cottage homes. Visit the vibrant local markets and enjoy a stroll through the National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens. Return to the ship berthed at Shwe Kyet Yet for an evening at leisure. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        
    Accommodation: On Board Road to Mandalay

    Day 6: Burmese Village & Ava (B/L/D)

    avaFor a revitalising start to the day, combine an early yoga session with a refreshing drink from the Healthy Juice Bar. Participate in an morning almsgiving ceremony at a small pagoda and enjoy the bustling activity of the village near our jetty. The ship sails to Ava, where you alight for a tour of the ancient capital. Choose to explore by horse and cart or by bike, either guided or independent. Spend the afternoon sailing to Bagan and enjoy a range of onboard activities. These include a lecture on Myanmar culture, a demonstration of how to tie a longyi sarong, and a fortune-telling session with an astrologer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        
    Accommodation: On Board Road to Mandalay

    Day 7: Mount Popa (B/L/D)

    mont popaRelax this morning with a meditation session in the Observation Lounge. Today we arrive in Bagan, where over 3,000 ancient temples and pagodas cover the sun-baked plains by the Ayeyarwady River. Embark on a full-day excursion to Mt.Popa, around two hours outside of Bagan. This sacred mountain is considered home to the 37 Nat spirits. En-route, stop at a toddy palm plantation to see how they produce sweet jaggery and a potent alcoholic spirit. Climb the 777 steps to the top of Mt.Popa or stay and explore the village below. Lunch is served at a nearby resort with stunning panoramic views over the mountain and surrounding plains. Return to the ship in the late afternoon. Dine under the stars at the Road to Mandalay Grill before enjoying a classical marionette performance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        
    Accommodation: On Board Road to Mandalay

    Day 8: Bagan - Departure (B/-/-)

    bagan 3Today, you may wish to experience one of the highlights of Bagan. Take a hot-air balloon flight over the pagodas at sunrise, available at an additional supplement. An early-bird breakfast is served before you disembark from Belmond Road to Mandalay for your onward travel arrangements. End of our services

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.

    Inclusion:

    • Buffet breakfast and lunch, and table d'hôte dinner - both eastern and western choices available
    • Complimentary soft drinks, mineral water, local beer and free flow house wine (local and international) with lunch and dinner
    • Internal flights within Myanmar included between Yangon and ship, as per itinerary
    • Fully-qualified resident doctor
    • All sightseeing, as per itinerary
    • No single supplement on Superior or Deluxe Cabins

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Personal expenditures such as camera fees, tips, laundry service, etc.
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air fare to/from Yangon
    • Visa and visa arrangement
    • Departure tax of US$10/person

    Booking

    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.

    Accommodation

    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.

    Transport

    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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