ANCIENT TEMPLES OF BAGAN OVERLAND
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.
Following an early breakfast on board, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to the Yangon Airport for your scheduled flight to Bagan ( 1 & 20 mins ). On arrival in Bagan, you will begin your sightseeing program.
You will begin with a morning visit to the local colorful market to experience the daily life of the local people. Next you will visit the most significant pagodas and temples of the Bagan including the golden stupa of "Shwezigon Pagoda "built by King Anawrahta in the early 11 century as a religious shrine. It was constructed more than 900 years ago to enshrine a replica of one of Buddha's teeth. The pagoda is also important architecturally because of its bell shape, which became a prototype for almost all of the pagodas built later in Bagan.
Continue with a visit to Annada Temple, a white washed masterpiece of Mon Architecture with four standing Buddhas and well preserved 18th century murals.
You will enjoy lunch at the Bagan Viewing Tower which is an amazing place to take photos of the Bagan panorama. Afterwards, visit a lacquerware home industry nearby Myingabar village and learn of one of Myanmar's most treasured handicrafts. At the Archaeological Museum, you will see Royal hair styles as worn century after century. Continue on with a visit to the Damayangyi Temple, the biggest temple in Bagan, followed by a short ride on a local horse cart to Pyitthagyi Temple to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Bagan countryside. Riding by pony cart is a delightful way to venture into areas that are off limits to most motorized vehicles. The covered, two-wheel cart is a simple, eco-friendly means of transportation that has been used for centuries.
After your day of touring, return to the hotel where a special demonstration will be arranged on the Myanmar Longyi. Your guide will explain how to wear the Myanmar Longyi which is a sheet of cloth that is worn around the waist extending down to the feet and is held in place by folding the fabric over without tying a knot. You may keep the Longyi and wear it to the Myanmar Royal Dinner with show at your hotel.
Overnight at Aureum Palace Hotel or similar.
Following breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the Nyaung-U Airport and depart for Yangon on a scheduled flight. Upon arrival to Yangon Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Thilawa Port to re-board your ship.
Overland Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
4:30am Disembark the ship which is already in port overnight
5:00am Transfer from Thilawa Port to Yangon Airport
6:00am Check-in at the airport. Depart for Mandalay by scheduled flight. The
domestic airline will serve light refreshments on board. Airline and
Flight number TBA
and subject to change
8:00am Arrive at Nyaung-U Airport.
8:20am Morning visit to the local colorful market
9:00am Visit Shwezigon Pagoda " built by King Anawrahta in the early 11
century as a religious shrine.
10:15am Visit Annada Temple and Gubyaukgyi( Wet Kyi -in) temple
11:15am Photo Stop for Panoramic view of Bagan
11:30am Transfer to Bagan Viewing Tower to enjoy the Lunch.
12:30pm Transfer to the hotel and enjoy some leisure time
3:00pm Visit a lacquerware home industry nearby Myingabar village.
3:45pm Visit a local village to see how the people of Bagan live
4:30pm Visit Damayangyi Temple
5:00pm Local horse cart ride to Pyitthagyi Temple
5:15pm Sunset at Pyitthagyi Temple
6:15pm Transfer back to your hotel
7:30pm Myanmar Longyi demonstration in the hotel lobby followed by a Myanmar
Royal dinner with puppet show
Overnight at Aureum Place Hotel or similar hotel
6:00am Luggage drop off at Reception and buffet breakfast at the hotel
7:00am Transfer to Nyaung - U airport and check in for your flight. The
domestic airline will serve light refreshments on board
9:20am Arrival in Yangon and transfer back to the ship
10:40am Arrival at Thilawa Port and re-board the ship
March through May is the hottest season with average temperatures ranging from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius (86 to 95 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 Myanmar Visa is required for any guests visiting Myanmar. Please contact the OCI or RSSC Reservations Department for Visa details and pricing as Visa's will need to be purchased ahead of time.
One-night stay at Aureum Place Hotel or similar
NOTE: For this program, regularly scheduled domestic air flights are used. Flight details will be provided closer to your departure date by your on-board Destination Services Team. As this excursion involves approximately three hours of walking on Day 1, it is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes that are easy to remove and put back on. This excursion is not recommended for those guests with walking difficulties. Shoes must be removed when visiting any place of worship and knees and shoulders need to be covered.
Shwezigon Pagoda - Approximately 45 minutes without shoes on marble which will be warm. There are 7-10 stairs at the Pagoda platform.
Anada Temple - Approximately 45 minutes without shoes on smooth cement. There are 3-5 stairs to negotiate.
Gubyaukgyi Wetkyi-inn Temple: Approximately 30 minutes without shoes. Ground may be uneven in spots.
Archaeological Museum : Approximately 45 minutes. No need to take off shoes. 10 steps here. No elevators.
Lacquerware Industry : Approximately 30 minutes. Shoes are ok and there are no stairs.
Damayangyi Temple: Approximately 15 minutes without shoes. There are 5 stairs to the entrance of the Pagoda .
Nyaung -Oo Morning market: Approximately 45 minutes. No stairs and shoes are ok.
Rest Room Information : Restrooms are available at most tour sites but are of local standards. Tourist class restrooms are available at tourist class restaurants & hotels. It is advisable to bring tissues or toilet paper as well as hand sanitizer.
" Scheduled domestic flight from Yangon and Bagan -Yangon as per the
" One night accommodation in a deluxe hotel
" All tours, transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program
" One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner (lunch and dinner include a
glass of house wine OR a bottle of local beer, OR soda, bottled
water, tea, or 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.