Meandering Through Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing

Meandering Through
Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing

This almost obligatory exploration beyond the Mandalay city borders actually does not need
any introduction. Names such as Amarapura and Sagaing that evoke floods of spiritual
and historical euphoria are captured perfectly through this full day excursion

WHY THIS TOUR?

Located about 600 kilometres North of Yangon on the Ayeyarwaddy River, Mandalay is the centre of Myanmar culture. It was outstanding in the past, holds the stage now and will continue to be a place of pride in the future.

Within the near vicinity of Mandalay are some of Myanmar’s best-known destinations that will bring visitors back to the 18th century are represent the finest examples of the spiritual importance and the birth place of the country’s cultural values. With visits to Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing, you will encounter the pinnacle of the former Shan Kingdom.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Meandering Through Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing

08:00 - 18:00

We will pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay and transfer in the direction of Amarapura, around 15 kilometres south of Mandalay. The morning starts at the Mahagadayon Monastery, a famous Buddhist monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study. Continue afterwards to the iconic U Bein teak bridge built in 1782 when Amarapura was Royal Capital. Spanning the Taungthaman Lake, this 1,2-kilometre long bridge is the longest teak footbridge in the world. It is often busy with locals ‘commuting’ back and forth which makes for an attractive photo opportunity. Following our path further, we head out to Bagaya Monastery, known for its superb collection of Buddha statues.

After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to the former Royal Capital at Ava that includes a short boat trip, where further exploration by horse-cart offers the opportunity to discover the picturesque ruins and surrounding countryside at a relaxed and more tranquil pace. Sightseeing will include the teak monastery of Bagaya Kyaung with impressive ornate woodcarvings, and the former royal monastery temple known as Maha Aungmye Bonzan, completely built of brick and stucco. Also the top of Nanmyin will be part of this visit, affording great views of the surrounding area. Called “the Leaning Tower of Ava“, this important relic remains the only tangible landmark of the old palace building.

Our final stop of the day will be at Sagaing. Sagaing is considered to be the living centre of Buddhism in Myanmar and the hundreds of monasteries and temples reverberate with the echoes of cymbals, gongs and pagoda bells. There will be time to explore the most important temples and pagodas in the area. The place makes an excellent stop for the day, as many devout Buddhist choose the Sagaing Hill for its beautiful sunsets. Return back to Mandalay and arrive in the late afternoon / early evening back in your booked hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Mandalay. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Sagaing, Amarapura, Monywa, Pyin Oo Lwin, river cruise ports and Mandalay’s International airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • During this tour, we will enter religious sites where a dress code may be applicable. Please dress respectfully by wearing clothing that cover the knees and shoulders, avoid wearing clothing with obscene prints or pictures. Failure to comply may result in denying access into these sites.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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