Celestial Voyagers Myanmar 2017
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.
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Day 1 - Departure from the US
Airfare is not included (if air schedule is +2 days: departure is on December 27).
Day 2 - Yangon
The group arrives in Yangon (a.k.a. Rangoon), Myanmar Airport. Meet yourEnglish-speaking guide, who will help with airport formalities and transfer to Jasmine Palace Hotel (check-in 2:00PM). If you fly separately, private transfer may be arranged.
Day 3 - Yangon
Discover Yangon, by taking the Circular Train from central station, and for 30 minutes, observe the various neighborhoods. Disembark at Kyee Myin Daine station & continue your tour through this typical district and to the local market.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda with its 72meter reclining Buddha, the Royal Lake in Kandawgyi Park. Catch a view of Karaweik Hall (royal barge), and Golden Shwedagon Pagoda, that you will fully visit later on.
Day 4 - Yangon - Bagan
After breakfast, and your flight to Bagan, you’ll enjoy this city of splendid temples. You’ll be introduced to the Burmese culture through its traditional craftsmen (lacquer ware and wood crafts). In the afternoon, visit a Buddhist monastery school, and end the day with a memorable sunset over the fields and pagoda of Bagan, seen from heights of the temple plains. Compulsory new year hotel dinner ($55 included, if group is 16 or more participants).
Day 5 - Bagan
Start the day with a visit at Ananda Temple, followed at 10:30, by the hidden monastery, where monks line up for their daily alms distribution. From Shwe Nan Yin Taw temple will journey by horse cart among the temples to Taungbi village. At the library, will be welcomed by the local kids and their families. In the evening, you’ll find yourself onboard a local boat, for an incredible dinner.
Day 6 - Embark Cruise in Bagan
At 11:30 am, you’ll embark for a cruise along the Ayeyarwady River. Starting from Ayeya jetty, you’ll get to appreciate this mighty river, and visit few ports along the way. First stop: Pakokku with its market, pagodas and weaving shops.
Day 7 - Cruise
In the morning you’ll reach Yandabo Village, the site of 1826 Anglo-Burma peace treaty signing. Now a pottery village, you’ll discover the old technics of clay crafting. Later on, you’ll visit Pandaw School.
Day 8 - Mandalay
At 9:00 am, you’ll disembark in Mandalay, and start an orientation tour: Mandalay Hill and Palace, Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery. Continue your guided tour with a visit at Mahamuni Pagoda, and browse through the numerous craft workshops. Drive to Amarapura and enjoy this city at sunset from aboard a local boat.
Day 9 - Mandalay - Sagaing - Mandalay
Cross the Irrawaddy River into Sagaing, the spiritual hub of the country, with its 600 ivory colored pagodas and monasteries. On your way back, stop in the small village of Kan Daw, where dwellers are producing longyis and other textiles. Next it’s on to Ava, the old capital (14th to 18th century). Traveling with a traditional horse and carriage, discover the renowned Bagaya Monastery, and see Nanmyint Watch Tower, before ending the day’s sightseeing at Shwe Kyin Monastery.
Day 10 - Mandaley – Heho – Inle Lake
After breakfast, be ready for your departure to the airport for your flight to Heho. From Heho, a 1-hour scenic drive will take you to Nyaung Shwe, gateway town to Inle Lake, with narrow streets, temples, tea shops, and workshops specialized in traditional Shan paper and unique umbrellas. A private motorboat will take you to the spectacular Inle Lake, and the local Intha people. You will also visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monaste. Overnight stay on Inle Lake.
Day 11 - Inle Lake (Indein Village)
Today, you’ll start with the lake’s morning market, then experience the local, traditional agricultural methods, followed by a lunch at Inthar Heritage House. A 1-hour boat down a small canal will take you on the western shores to Pa-Oh village, with its iconic Buddha.
Day 12 - Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon
Return to Yangon by plane. Upon arrival to the airport, you’ll start your tour on Mahanbandola Road, and discover Yangon downtown.
Day 13 - Departure from Yangon
It’s time to say goodbye. You will transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
- Accommodations (based on double occupancy), and daily breakfast
- 3 days/2 nights River Cruise with main deck cabin for 2, and all meals
- Services of English speaking guides, throughout
- Domestic airfare, transfers as mentioned, ground and water transportation
- Horse cart rides
- Activities, sightseeing, English-speaking guides, and entrance fees as noted.
- Oil lamp ceremony in Sagaing
- Meals as specified (including food donation at the monastery)
- Unlimited drinking water and refreshing towel on touring day
- International airfare from your hometown to Yangon and Visa fees.
- Individual transfers on arrival and departure, if traveling individual.
- Optional tours, activities and meals, and drinks during meals
- Christmas and New Year surcharges and compulsory dinner (TBA)
- Single room, and cabin supplement (+$870), single room and cabin upper deck supplement (+$1085), upper deck twin room supplement (+$175).
- Meals other than specified
- 3% on any amount paid by credit card or on any online payments
- Cost of personal items: phone, drinks, etc.
- Optional travel insurance
- Gratuities to guides, drivers, assistants, and some local donations.
- Online: During your registration, you can submit your payment by e-check or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express). There is a 3% service fee for all online payments. To avoid this fee (check payments only), call us at 212-203-1021.
- Phone: We accept credit card & e-check payments by phone. Credit card payments incur a 3% service fee, but are no service fees for e-checks.
- Post Mail: Mail your paper check or money order. Checks should be made payable to “Celestial Voyagers” and mailed to the address below, in the ‘Contact Us’ section.
All Cancelations must be received in writing. The following penalties apply:
- Payment of $350, processing fee, for cancelations received before October 6, 2017.
- Penalty of 50% of the total trip cost if cancellation is received between October 6, 2017 and November 4, 2017.
- Penalty of 100% of the total trip cost if cancellation is received after November 4, 2017, and in case of no-show.
We advise all travelers to purchase travel insurance in case of any unforeseen circumstances and you are no longer able to travel. We offer the following insurance policies through Allianz Travel Insurance: Basic, classic, Deluxe, and classic with Cancel Anytime.
- Everyone needs a passport valid until March 27, 2018.
- American citizens need visa to visit Myanmar. As of December 2016, visa + government fees are &75. Michael Russo and Celestial Voyagers will contact you in due time, to process a group visa
Trip cost: $2,500 (land only package)
Single room, and cabin supplement (+$870)
Single room and cabin upper deck supplement (+$1085)
Upper deck twin room supplement (+$175)
Terms & Conditions
CelestialVoyagers Terms and Conditions relate to specific contracts with various suppliers.
The policies and regulations below must be strictly enforced.
We need your non-refundable deposit payment and a copy of your passport to confirm your space on the tour. Please note that deposit payments vary based on your preferred airport.
- We require $500 deposit, by January 21, 2017 in order to secure hotel and cruise reservation.
- Remaining balance is due on or before Wednesday, October 6, 2017. For payment received after October 6, 2017, a $100 late fee will apply.
- For reservations after October 6, 2017 full payment is required.