Mandalay Stopover Balloons Tour (4 Nights/5Days)
Day 1 Mandalay Arrival
On arrival, meet at Mandalay International Airport. Then transfer to Hotel to check in and overnight at the Hotel in Mandalay.
Day 2 Mandalay – Sagaing – Ava- Amarapura Full day sightseeing (B/L)
In the early morning, after breakfast at the Hotel, move to Amarapura, famous for silk weaving, 15km from Mandalay. Then visit Bagaya Monastery with its superb collection of Buddha status. And continue to over 150 – year old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1851 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. After that back to Mandalay and have a lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to Mahamuni Pagoda and its spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves, Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung (or Golden Palace Monastery), a superb example of a traditional wooden building and Kuthodaw Pagoda consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Then a visit include a craftsman’s workshop to see Kalaga tapestries being created. And enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Then return to the Hotel and stay overnight in Mandalay.
Day 3 Mandalay – Bagan (B/L)
*Departure must be on Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Pick up at hotel early morning cast off from Mandalay jetty at 6:00, take a brief and breakfast. Visit a typical village on the Ayeyarwaddy River around 1 hour. After lunch , demonstration and discussion on Myanmar culture & Tradition. Around 5:00 pm arrival to Bagan and check in to your hotel.
Day 4 Enjoy Balloons over Bagan (B/L)
After breakfast at the Hotel, you will be picked up at the hotel to the departure ground of the balloons. Then you will enjoy spectacular views of the ancient kingdom of Bagan in your hot air balloons. The most exciting part of Balloons ride is you don’t know where you are landing, it can be somewhere near village or pagoda. After that you will be brought to the hotel. Then you still have time to explore the Myinkaba village area by bicycle or by horse cart. First we visit Gubyaukgyi Temple admiring the fine stuccowork. Then continue to Nanpaya temple, built in the Mon style with intricate stone carvings. And see the four Buddha images in Manuha Pagoda and later stop at Myazedi stupa to see Myanmar’s “Rosetta stone” bearing inscriptions written in four language. Have a lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Moe Moe lacquer ware factory to watch craftsmen skill fully making the most famous of Bagan handcrafts. After that visit Abeyadana Temple with frescoes representing Bodhisattvas and the gods of Indian mythology. Then continue to Dhammayangyi, the most massive temple in Bagan and Sulamani which has 4 seated Buddha images. Observe a sunset in the Bagan’s ancient monuments. And return to the Hotel and stay overnight at the hotel in Bagan.
Day 5 Bagan - Mandalay Departure (B)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Nyaung oo airport and flight to Mandalay, continue to Mandalay International Airport for departure by international flight.
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