Ancient Temples of Bagan
*Important Note - Due to fluctuating tides, the arrival and departure schedule of the ship is not verified by our local port agents until closer to the ship’s arrival date (approximately 1-2 weeks prior). As a result, the flights, dates and timings of this overland are subject to change. Should a revised itinerary be required, we will advise any guests who have booked this overland as soon as possible. Please be aware that you may be required to depart the ship as early as 4:00am depending on the flights we need to secure. Please also be aware that the date of the program may change as the ship will be in Myanmar for 3 days and please be aware that we may use scheduled flights, charter aircraft or both depending on what is available when we make the final reservation. Per our cancellation policy, refunds are not granted within 45 days of your cruise sailing date.
Bagan was one of the first capitals of an ancient Burmese empire and, today, is one of the world’s major heritage sites.
Fly to ancient Bagan to behold it’s seemingly countless pagodas and temples, most of them constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries, when the Kingdom of Pagan was at the height of its power.
DAY 1 - January 24th, 2016
Early this morning you will drive from the port to Yangon for your flight to Bagan.
Known as the city of four million pagodas, Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. Here today, you can find over 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries that remain and built during the Bagan Dynasty founded by King Anawrahta in 1044A.D.
Once you arrive you will transfer from the airport to the Nyaung Oo Market to see a vast variety of fresh fruit and vegetables for sale and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan.
Your next stop will be the well-preserved Shwezigone Pagoda. Commenced by Anawrahta in the 12th century but completed by his son, King Kyansittha, it is a prototype for many later Myanmar pagodas. Its distinctive gilded zedi dominates the small town of Nyaung-U. This impressive pagoda contains 4 shrines at the cardinal points, each housing a 13ft high bronze standing Buddha, the largest surviving examples in Bagan.
Proceed to amazing Ananda Temple (via pony cart) which is one of the four main temples remaining in Bagan. Ananda temple is considered to be one of the most surviving masterpieces of the Mon architecture and is also known as the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples.
Lunch will be served at one of Bagan’s finest restaurants, Amata Boutique Restaurant.
After lunch, transfer to your hotel for check-in.
In the afternoon, continue to Sulamani Temple which offers some of Bagan’s finest ornamental work and is in fairly good condition. It was built in 1183 by King Narapatisithu and restored after the 1975 earthquake utilizing brick and stone, with frescoes in the interior of the temple. It was rebuilt in 1994.
Bagan is not only famous for the profusion of pagodas but also for its artistic handicrafts and local lacquer-ware store where the process of making each piece can be seen. Visit a local lacquer-ware workshop where the process of making each piece can be seen and observe the art of Bagan lacquer-ware being created.
At the end of the day you will enjoy a panoramic view from the top of Sunset Pagoda. The only way to truly appreciate the scale of the Archaeological Zone is from the top of one of its temples where you can take in the enormity of the surrounding area.
After a picture-perfect sunset, return to Bagan Lodge for check-in and dinner
Overnight at the Bagan Lodge.
DAY 2 - January 25th, 2016
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the Bagan airport for your flight back to Yangon.
Upon arrival in Yangon transfer to the ship.
Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings and/or flights indicated are approximate. They are given here only for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
4:00am Transfer to the Yangon Airport
6:00am Fly to Bagan – flight details TBA and subject to change
7:20am Arrive in Bagan
8:00am Transfer to Nyaung U Market
8:30am Visit Nyaung U Market
9:30am Shwezigone Pagoda visit
11:15am Anandar Temple visit via pony cart
12:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant
1:30pm Transfer to your hotel for check-in
2:30pm Drive to Dhammayangyi Temple
2:45pm Dhammayangyi Temple visit
3:15pm Drive to Sulamani Temple
3:30am Sulamani Temple visit
4:00pm Drive to Lacquerware workshop
4:15pm Lacquerware workshop visit
4:45pm Transfer to Sunset Pagoda
5:00pm Enjoy sunset from top of pagoda (weather permitting)
6:00pm Transfer back to your hotel for dinner
7:30pm Dinner at hotel
Overnight at Bagan Lodge or similar
7:00am Transfer to the Bagan Airport
8:45am Fly to Yangon – flight details TBA and subject to change
10:00am Arrive at the Yangon Airport and transfer to your ship
10:15am Transfer back to ship
12:15pm Approximate arrival back at ship
March through May is the hottest season with average temperatures ranging from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius (86 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit). October through February is considered the cool season with temperatures ranging from 20 to 24 degrees Celsius (68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit)
What to Bring:
It can be offensive wearing shorts, mini skirts or revealing clothing especially when visiting Temples or any holy sites. Having a large scarf or wrap to wear around the waist is suggested for ladies who may be wearing shorts. Moderate, clothing is recommended, with a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings and early mornings. Remember to bring a hat, sunglasses and your camera. You may want to carry cash for personal expenses as credit cards generally are not accepted in Myanmar. In cases where hotels or larger shops take major credit cards, they will do so at a high surcharge.
The currency in Myanmar is the Kyat. It is recommended to bring U.S. dollars in small denominations. Dollars are accepted and often preferred throughout Myanmar.
The voltage is 220 V throughout the whole country. Video and camera plugs at hotels are mostly 2 pin plugs.
The luggage weight limit allowed on the domestic flights is 20 kg (44 lbs) per person and the hand-carried weight allowance is 7 kg (15 lbs) per person. Excess baggage fees can be paid with Myanmar Kyats at the airline check-in counter and any overweight / excess luggage is the responsibility of each guest.
Documents and Visa Requirements:
A valid passport is required
One-night stay at Bagan Lodge or similar
Myatlay Street, New Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Phone: +95 1 860 4945
*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in the program.
Note - Shoes and socks must be removed when visiting any place of worship in Myanmar and the marble you walk on may be warm/hot due to the sun. At times you may have to walk a long distance without your shoes. Guests can stay on the bus if they do not wish to enter sites. Knees and shoulders also need to be covered.
Rest Room Information : Restrooms are available at most tour sites but are of local standards. Tourist class restrooms are available at tourist class restaurants and hotels. It is advisable to bring tissues or toilet paper as well as hand sanitizer.
•Domestic flights in economy class from Yangon - Bagan –Yangon as per the program
•One night accommodation in a deluxe hotel, deluxe room
•All tours, transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program
•One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner (lunch and dinner include water, tea and coffee)
Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guide and any other personal incidentals.
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Overland Programs must be purchased no later than 45 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 45 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.