« ICONIC MYANMAR TRAVEL
THE ROAD TO MANDALAY & ANCIENT BAGAN
It was a clear dawn late 1287; thunder rolled eerie in the distance, but the only clouds were dust rising on the horizon. As the thunder of Kublai Khan and his Mongol hordes grew louder and the ground beneath the 13,000 temples began to shudder, the people of Bagan shuddered with it. What had taken a thousand years to build would be ruined in a thousand minutes.
Some 2,220 temples and stupas remain in good standing today, hundreds with ancient mural paintings still in tact. You can tour one of the world’s greatest archeological and architectural wonders by horse and carriage, bicycle or on foot. Please don’t ride the goats! Sunsets and sun rises viewed from a temple-top can be positively surreal!
The “Mandalay Array” is a term we coined to indicate the impressive number of impressive places to visit both in and around the city. No tour of limited duration has the logistical setup to get them all in, but this one comes close and you will have your choices. There is the longest teak bridge in the world at Amarapura; the ancient capitol of Inwa; the world’s biggest book; the great unfinished rock temple at Mingun; the Holy Hills of Sagaing with its 600 monasteries and nunneries along the Irrawaddy, and of course, much more!
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Road to Mandalay & Bagan
Day 1: Arrive Mandalay – Explore Mandalay – Sunset Bridge at Amarapura – Overnight Mandalay
Day 2: Mandalay – Morning Boat to Mingun Rock Temple – Boat to Sagaing – Ava – Overnight Mandalay
Day 3: Mandalay – Complete Mandalay City Touring – Fly to Bagan – Bagan Sunset – Overnight Bagan
Day 4: Bagan: Optional Balloon Flight – Full Day Tour by Carriage – Temple-Top Sunset – Overnight Bagan
Day 5: Bagan Morning Spa – Fly to Yangon for Departing Flight
*This tour can easily be adjusted to see Yangon and Shwedagon Pagoda as well.
MONASTERIES & MONGOLS
Starting at $695 per person, double occupancy
5 Days / 4 Nights
Deposit required to secure reservation
Top Rated English speaking guides
Luminous Journeys “Swag Bag”
Airport welcome & farewell
All Accommodation with breakfast
Meals according to your personalized plan
All in-country airfare, airport taxes, air porter fees
All itinerary based transport, inc. private car & driver
Ample bottled water throughout
Entrance and zone fees
Donations to Luminous Journeys’ micro-NGO Charities
any personal transportation unrelated to the itinerary
trip/medical insurance, medical expenses
Early check-in or late check-out charges
personal expenses, such as telephone, laundry, alcohol, etc.
tips for hotel porters or wait staff
guide or driver gratuities
Myanmar visa fee (Visa on arrival may be obtained via Luminous Journeys)