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Burma Unveiled: Ancient Kingdoms, Indelible Beauty

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Program #20337RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Feb 6 — Feb 21, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, February 06 - Departure from Home
Depart From: Depart from home for your flight to Asia.

Day Two: Friday, February 07 - En Route
In Transit: Overnight flight to Asia.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon situated in its privileged position on the shores of the tranquil Kandawgyi Lake (Royal Lake) and was originally opened in 1934 as the Rangoon Rowing Club. Retaining the traditions of Myanmar architecture using local golden teak and modern conveniences blend with the beautiful environs of the lake, gardens and original old rainforest make our Hotel the preferred destination in Yangon, Myanmar for both discerning business travelers and tourists alike. Kandawgyi Palace Hotel is situated on the Royal Lake in the centre of Yangon. The hotel extends into the neighbouring extensive gardens and lake walkways of Kandawgyi Park, approximately 5 to 10 minutes walk from the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, Peoples Park and the striking Royal Barge on the lake, the downtown area of Yangon and the major shopping malls and sightseeing spots are only minutes away.

Contact info:
Kan Yeik Tha Road,
Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township
Yangon, Myanmar
phone: +(95) 1 382-919
web: www.kandawgyipalace-hotel.com/

Room amenities: hair dryer, a mini bar a telephone The rooms are decorated in a traditional style

Facility amenities: Business centre Executive Lounge and services Valet and Butler Swimming pool Boutique and Souvenir Shops Massage and Spa 24 hour reception 24 hour room service 24 security

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, February 08 - Arrival Yangon, Myanmar / Program Orientation
Note: Transfer time is approximately 30-40 minutes.

Arrive To: Arrival to Yangon International Airport. Check into your program hotel.

Afternoon: In the lat afternoon, join your group leader for a program orientation with a presentation on the do's and don'ts of Myanmar.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon situated in its privileged position on the shores of the tranquil Kandawgyi Lake (Royal Lake) and was originally opened in 1934 as the Rangoon Rowing Club. Retaining the traditions of Myanmar architecture using local golden teak and modern conveniences blend with the beautiful environs of the lake, gardens and original old rainforest make our Hotel the preferred destination in Yangon, Myanmar for both discerning business travelers and tourists alike. Kandawgyi Palace Hotel is situated on the Royal Lake in the centre of Yangon. The hotel extends into the neighbouring extensive gardens and lake walkways of Kandawgyi Park, approximately 5 to 10 minutes walk from the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, Peoples Park and the striking Royal Barge on the lake, the downtown area of Yangon and the major shopping malls and sightseeing spots are only minutes away.

Contact info:
Kan Yeik Tha Road,
Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township
Yangon, Myanmar
phone: +(95) 1 382-919
web: www.kandawgyipalace-hotel.com/

Room amenities: hair dryer, a mini bar a telephone The rooms are decorated in a traditional style

Facility amenities: Business centre Executive Lounge and services Valet and Butler Swimming pool Boutique and Souvenir Shops Massage and Spa 24 hour reception 24 hour room service 24 security

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, February 09 - Yangon / City Orientation / Shwedagon Paya
Note: There will be some walking in the morning. The evening visit to Shwedagon Paya will require you to take off your shoes and sock to visit the inside of the temples.There are many steps to the top of the Pagoda. There is an elevator as well, but please do not rely solely on this.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin your understanding of Burma with a presentation on Burmese History by a retired professor. Afterwards, interact with some university students to learn about higher education in Myanmar. Continue on a field trip to discover the cultural and ethnic diversity of Yangon City. Coach to Pansoedan Street, passing by St. Mary’s Cathedral, old parliament building and the Strand Hotel. Take a stroll to the Sule Pagoda with a view of British colonial buildings. Continue on a walk through Little India. Then end the morning exploring Bogyoke Aung San market (aka Scott's market).

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in town.

Afternoon: In the late afternoon, explore Shwedagon Paya. Shwedagon is a Burmese icon and a must see while in Yangon. Unlike many great sites around the world, Shwedagon is visited mostly by local Burmese. The giant gold gilded Paya serve as a meeting point for families, friends and teenagers looking to enjoy the cool night air. The bell shaped structure is said to be covered with over 8 tons of pure gold, making it an impressive presence in the night sky.

Dinner: Dinner in town.

Lodging: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern fringe of Inle Lake near the village of Maing Tauk in Nyaung Shwe township. Our boutique hotel features 16 secluded lakeside villas, with 52 by October 2013, and is the ideal choice for those seeking a unique experience, away from mass-market tourism. All villas at Villa Inle Resort & Spa are designed to harmoniously blend in with the natural environment of the Lake. Featuring hand-selected local paintings and antiques, high wooden ceilings, and spacious living areas and bathrooms, they radiate a sensation of luxury and comfort.

Contact info:
Inle Lake
Nyaung Shwe Township, Myanmar
phone: +(95)-1-242-259
web: www.hotelininle.com

Room amenities: - Lake view private bath & shower - Hairdryer - satellite TV with international sport, news and movies channels - LCD 32" flat-screen in every villa - Mini bar and refrigerator - IDD telephone - In-room safe - Bathrobes and slippers - Tea / coffee maker Special: - Individual air conditioning and heater (We promise you a warm sleep in the winter of Inle) There are about 10 steps to climb up to the room, you have to walk from reception to get to your villa.

Facility amenities: - 10 Lake front single villas - 6 Lake side single garden villas - Restaurant (Western & Shan, Myanmar, Inthar cuisine) - Bar - Chemical free vegetable garden - Business center with internet services - Room service (24 hours) - Wi-Fi internet access (very slow during rush hour “7 to 9 in the morning and 5 to 8 in the afternoon) - Laundry service - Library

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, February 10 - Yangon / Fly to Heho / Coach to Inle Lake
Note: Long transit. Please note that you must be able to get in and out of small boats and travel much of the time on boats while at Inle Lake.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Check out of hotel and transfer to the Yangon airport. Along the way, drive on Univeristy Avenue to see Myanmar Demoocracy Icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Residence. Then take a 1.5 hour flight to Heho. Upon arrival, transfer to the picturesque hills of the Shan State to the small lakeside town of Nyaung Shweunch. Driving time is approximately 1 hour.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in town.

Afternoon: After lunch, board private motorboats to head out to Inle Lake to check into your hotel. Then head out on your motorboat to explore Inle Lake, one of Myanmar's most spectacular sights. Pass villages on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people, explore the floating garden, see the Inntha Leg Rower fisherman at work and the Ngaphechaung Monastery (or Jumping Cat Monastary – note there are no longer any cats in this monastery). Return to hotel just after sunset.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Villa Inle Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern fringe of Inle Lake near the village of Maing Tauk in Nyaung Shwe township. Our boutique hotel features 16 secluded lakeside villas, with 52 by October 2013, and is the ideal choice for those seeking a unique experience, away from mass-market tourism. All villas at Villa Inle Resort & Spa are designed to harmoniously blend in with the natural environment of the Lake. Featuring hand-selected local paintings and antiques, high wooden ceilings, and spacious living areas and bathrooms, they radiate a sensation of luxury and comfort.

Contact info:
Inle Lake
Nyaung Shwe Township, Myanmar
phone: +(95)-1-242-259
web: www.hotelininle.com

Room amenities: - Lake view private bath & shower - Hairdryer - satellite TV with international sport, news and movies channels - LCD 32" flat-screen in every villa - Mini bar and refrigerator - IDD telephone - In-room safe - Bathrobes and slippers - Tea / coffee maker Special: - Individual air conditioning and heater (We promise you a warm sleep in the winter of Inle) There are about 10 steps to climb up to the room, you have to walk from reception to get to your villa.

Facility amenities: - 10 Lake front single villas - 6 Lake side single garden villas - Restaurant (Western & Shan, Myanmar, Inthar cuisine) - Bar - Chemical free vegetable garden - Business center with internet services - Room service (24 hours) - Wi-Fi internet access (very slow during rush hour “7 to 9 in the morning and 5 to 8 in the afternoon) - Laundry service - Library

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, February 11 - Inle Lake Exploration
Note: Must be flexible and sturdy enough to get in and out of small wooden boats. Must be able to walk across planks with minimum help.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Market is best visited in the morning. Today will begin around between 7-8am (timing will change depending on where the market is located). Set out on private long tail boats to explore the morning village market, held at different locations each day of the week. See the villagers’ produce and their daily activities of buying and selling of produce. Continue through narrow canals to Innthein Village, a hillside village dotted with thousands of small stupas built in the 15th century. Observe the villages and the houses on stilts along the way. Walk in Innthein Village, visit the local school, meet the villagers, and see the thousands of Shan Style stupas on the hill side.

Lunch: Lunch at a centennial family house. By tradition, the historic house is preserved by the oldest daugher for future generations. Enjoy an informal short talk on their family's history.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue to Inle Lake’s famous silk weaving in Inn Paw Khone Village where very difficult but beautiful woven work is done using lotus flower stems. Return to hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Villa Inle Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar, located in a place where the culture is interconnected with the beauty of Myanmar, a place where the historic, lake Aung Pin Lae, founded by King Mindon together with the new royal capital of Mandalay. Faining the traditions of Myanmar architecture using local golden teak and modern conveniences blend with the beautiful Shan Mountain View, The Hill View of Mandalay and City View make our Hotel the preferred destination in Mandalay, Myanmar for both Business Travelers and Tourists alike.

Contact info:
N0.B-8, Pyin Oo Lwin Road,
Between 31st & 32nd Street, Chan Aye Thar Zan Township
Mandalay, Myanmar
phone: +(95) 2 74 402 (to 09)
web: www.hotelshwepyithar.com/

Room amenities: •Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access throughout hotel •LCD Flat screen TV •DVD Player •Iron and ironing board (Upon Request) •In-room safe •IDD/STD telephone lines •Individual Air conditioning •Tea and coffee making facilities •Shoes shine service •Myanmar Traditional Slipper

Facility amenities: 24 – Hours front desk, Concierge and luggage storage. 24 – hours business centre ( IDD, Internet, Photo copy, scanning and printing) Free Wi-Fi service Limousine service All are non smoking rooms except 4th floor (smoking room) 24 – hours lift services Spa service ( from 09:00 to 21:00) Nice and cleaned swimming pool ( from 08:00 to 21:00) Fitness Centre and bicycle rental service Doctor on call service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, February 12 - Inle Lake / Fly to Mandalay
Note: Must be able to be ok with uneven stairs and walks of at least 1.5 to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, participate in a presentation on the positive impact of tourism for the Burmese people and their economy presented by your Group Leader. Then transfer back to Heho airport for your flight to Mandalay. Flight time is around noon, but this is all subject to change.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant at or near the aiport in Mandalay also known as Tadaoo Airport.

Afternoon: This afternoon, explore the royal capital of Amarpura. Coach to famous Maha Ganda Kyaung Monastery in Amarapura, home to 1500 monks who live and study Dhamma (Buddha teaching) there. Then walk on U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, constructed with over 1000 teak posts and is over one kilometer long. From there transfer to Golden Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world's largest book and featuring more than 700 engraved stone slabs and walk up to Mandalay Hill to view the sunset over the city.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Shwe Pyi Tha Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar, located in a place where the culture is interconnected with the beauty of Myanmar, a place where the historic, lake Aung Pin Lae, founded by King Mindon together with the new royal capital of Mandalay. Faining the traditions of Myanmar architecture using local golden teak and modern conveniences blend with the beautiful Shan Mountain View, The Hill View of Mandalay and City View make our Hotel the preferred destination in Mandalay, Myanmar for both Business Travelers and Tourists alike.

Contact info:
N0.B-8, Pyin Oo Lwin Road,
Between 31st & 32nd Street, Chan Aye Thar Zan Township
Mandalay, Myanmar
phone: +(95) 2 74 402 (to 09)
web: www.hotelshwepyithar.com/

Room amenities: •Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access throughout hotel •LCD Flat screen TV •DVD Player •Iron and ironing board (Upon Request) •In-room safe •IDD/STD telephone lines •Individual Air conditioning •Tea and coffee making facilities •Shoes shine service •Myanmar Traditional Slipper

Facility amenities: 24 – Hours front desk, Concierge and luggage storage. 24 – hours business centre ( IDD, Internet, Photo copy, scanning and printing) Free Wi-Fi service Limousine service All are non smoking rooms except 4th floor (smoking room) 24 – hours lift services Spa service ( from 09:00 to 21:00) Nice and cleaned swimming pool ( from 08:00 to 21:00) Fitness Centre and bicycle rental service Doctor on call service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, February 13 - Mandalay / Mingun by local private boat
Note: In Myanmar if you want to learn what is happening in their daily life, it is better to start the exploration as early as possible. In Mingun, you will be required to walk about 2 hours to explore the village. It will be a leisurely walk, exploring the sites of the village.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Participate in a presentation on the “Chronology of the royal capitals of the Mandalay Division” presented by a local expert. Transfer by coach toe the Irrawaddy River Bank, observing local community’s morning life on the river before embarking on that a local long tail boat up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun. Enjoy the river and scenery in the morning light. (Note: Boat ride is approximately 1 hour upstream). Upon arrival, explore Mingun, an ancient site home to what would have been the world's largest pagoda had King Bodawpaya not met an early demise.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own. For those interested, join your group leader to learn about needle work and embroidery work and design. Optional visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, Gold Leaf making workshop and Sein Myint's embrodiery and painting workshop, a nationally renowned artist.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the local fare.

Lodging: Shwe Pyi Tha Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar, located in a place where the culture is interconnected with the beauty of Myanmar, a place where the historic, lake Aung Pin Lae, founded by King Mindon together with the new royal capital of Mandalay. Faining the traditions of Myanmar architecture using local golden teak and modern conveniences blend with the beautiful Shan Mountain View, The Hill View of Mandalay and City View make our Hotel the preferred destination in Mandalay, Myanmar for both Business Travelers and Tourists alike.

Contact info:
N0.B-8, Pyin Oo Lwin Road,
Between 31st & 32nd Street, Chan Aye Thar Zan Township
Mandalay, Myanmar
phone: +(95) 2 74 402 (to 09)
web: www.hotelshwepyithar.com/

Room amenities: •Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access throughout hotel •LCD Flat screen TV •DVD Player •Iron and ironing board (Upon Request) •In-room safe •IDD/STD telephone lines •Individual Air conditioning •Tea and coffee making facilities •Shoes shine service •Myanmar Traditional Slipper

Facility amenities: 24 – Hours front desk, Concierge and luggage storage. 24 – hours business centre ( IDD, Internet, Photo copy, scanning and printing) Free Wi-Fi service Limousine service All are non smoking rooms except 4th floor (smoking room) 24 – hours lift services Spa service ( from 09:00 to 21:00) Nice and cleaned swimming pool ( from 08:00 to 21:00) Fitness Centre and bicycle rental service Doctor on call service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, February 14 - Mandalay / Pyin Oo Lwin
Note: Drive time to Pyin Oo Lwin is approximately 2 hours one way.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Spend the day exploring Pyin U Lwin, the former British Hill Station that colonial officers called Maytown, where they came to enjoy the cool climate. Along the way, stop at the National Kandawgyi Park and explore this place with a Park Warden. Continue to explore Pyin U Lwin.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time in Pyin U Lwin to explore this town on your own. Then return to Mandalay.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel with a traditional performance from students at the Mandalay Fine Art School.

Lodging: Shwe Pyi Tha Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is situated on a small lake on the outskirts of Monywa, near the Chindwin River.

Contact info:
Bogyoke Road, Yone Gyi Quarter, Kantharyar
Yone Gyi Quarter
Monywa Township, Sagaing Division, Myanmar
phone: + 951-227-389
Room amenities: Irons, hair dryer, air-conditioning, refrigerator and safety-deposit box, phone.

Facility amenities: Lounge, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service, restaurant, business center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, February 15 - Mandalay / Coach to Monywa
Note: Driving time is approximately 3 hours. Please note that Win Unity Hotel is the best hotel in this town. It is a basic hotel with basic amenities. NOTE: Visits to the caves in the afternoon will be difficult as the caves are carved in hillside. Also the trip to the caves, including the exploration and return will be approximately 3 hours. You will be crossing on a ferry and taking local jeeps to to the caves.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning depart for Monywa. Along the way, make a stop at Sagaing Hill for a photo sto. Continue your drive to Monywa with a visit to Thanboddhay Pagoda, a huge Buddhist temple covered with more than 500,000 Buddha images. Then continue to Boditahtaung Pagoda which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar, at 100m long and 27m high. Then check into your hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: This afternoon continue your exploration of the Burmese countryside with a visit to the Hop Win Daung Caves. With a unique landscape more like the Serengeti than Southeast Asia, the caves date back to the 15th century and are dotted with hundreds of sandstone carved temples.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Win Unity Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is set in a picturesque location on the banks of the Irrawaddy river, inside the walls of Ancient Bagan City. It is within walking distance to temples and the Bagan Archaeological Museum.

Contact info:
No.75 (D) Banyadala Road
Bahan Township
Yangon, Myanmar
phone: +95-61-60025
web: www.hotelbaganthande.com/index.htm

Room amenities: Deluxe, river-view rooms with satellite T.V, mini-bar, air-conditioning, telephone, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Coffee shop, souvenir shop, outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, massage service, bird sanctuary and gardens, laundry service, internet service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Sunday, February 16 - Monywa / Pakkoku / Bagan
Note: The total drive to Bagan is about 7 hours with rest and lunch stops.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning, depart for Bagan. Begin with a visit the old market of Monywa. Monywa is known as a place for trade, so this market is one of the livelier ones in this area. Then resume your journey to Pakokku and have lunch at arrival.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Pakokku.

Afternoon: After lunch, drive towards Bagan while enjoying the scenery. On arrival at Bagan, check-in to the hotel and take some refreshment.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Bagan Thande Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is set in a picturesque location on the banks of the Irrawaddy river, inside the walls of Ancient Bagan City. It is within walking distance to temples and the Bagan Archaeological Museum.

Contact info:
No.75 (D) Banyadala Road
Bahan Township
Yangon, Myanmar
phone: +95-61-60025
web: www.hotelbaganthande.com/index.htm

Room amenities: Deluxe, river-view rooms with satellite T.V, mini-bar, air-conditioning, telephone, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Coffee shop, souvenir shop, outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, massage service, bird sanctuary and gardens, laundry service, internet service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Monday, February 17 - Bagan: Early Period
Note: Please note if you really want to experience the temples, then you will need to be able to walk bare feet for at least 2 miles in and around the temples.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin the morning with a presentation about Architectural Evolution of Bagan: Early, Transition, Middle and Late periods- led by your Group Leader. Then begin exploring the temples that represent the early Bagan period. First temple is Temple of Gubyaukgyi of Myingaba Village, with its well preserved colored paintings inside that date back to its construction in 1113. The temple is typical of the Mon style in that the interior is dimly lit by perforated rather than open windows. Next continue to Manuha Paya, known as the Mon King Temple, which is said to represent his view of being imprisoned. Then lastly, visit Nan Paya, a rare early period Sandstone temple with the best examples of the early Bagan carvings.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Take a short rest from the heat. Then later in the afternoon, continue your discovery of the temples of the Early Period and explore the Shwezigon Pagoda. Shwezigon was built as the most important reliquary shrine in Bagan, a centre of prayer and reflection for the new Theravada faith King Anawarahta had established in Bagan. While there, learn about the Burmese Belief in Nats (Spirit world), which was officially replaced by Buddhism in the 12th century, but continues even to this day. Then transfer to a temple terrace to view the sunset over Bagan. End your day with a horse cart ride back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Bagan Thande Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is set in a picturesque location on the banks of the Irrawaddy river, inside the walls of Ancient Bagan City. It is within walking distance to temples and the Bagan Archaeological Museum.

Contact info:
No.75 (D) Banyadala Road
Bahan Township
Yangon, Myanmar
phone: +95-61-60025
web: www.hotelbaganthande.com/index.htm

Room amenities: Deluxe, river-view rooms with satellite T.V, mini-bar, air-conditioning, telephone, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Coffee shop, souvenir shop, outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, massage service, bird sanctuary and gardens, laundry service, internet service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, February 18 - Bagan: Transition and the Middle Period
Note: Please note if you really want to experience the temples, then you will need to be able to walk bare feet for at least 1 1/2 miles in and around the temples.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin the morning by attending a presentation on temples of the Transition and the Middle Period led by a local expert. Then head to the Shwe San Saw Pagoda. Climb to the top to get a view of the Bagan complex and see how the architecture evolved in height and style during this period. Continue with a visit to Ananda Temple and Ananda Ok Kyaung, and explore the architectural area of the Anada temple.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in town.

Afternoon: This afternoon learn about Lacquerware and the work involved in creating masterpieces. Meet the owner of this 4th generation lacquerware factory, who shows you the difference between the various quality levels and the complete process involved. In the late afternoon continue to see Htilominlo Temple, the late period temple. Then visit a local village to learn about village life there, where you can also walk through the ruins of the late period temple, Phayathonzu, where your discovery of Bagan ends for the day.

Dinner: Dinner on own.

Lodging: Bagan Thande Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is set in a picturesque location on the banks of the Irrawaddy river, inside the walls of Ancient Bagan City. It is within walking distance to temples and the Bagan Archaeological Museum.

Contact info:
No.75 (D) Banyadala Road
Bahan Township
Yangon, Myanmar
phone: +95-61-60025
web: www.hotelbaganthande.com/index.htm

Room amenities: Deluxe, river-view rooms with satellite T.V, mini-bar, air-conditioning, telephone, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Coffee shop, souvenir shop, outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, massage service, bird sanctuary and gardens, laundry service, internet service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Wednesday, February 19 - Bagan: Monk Initiation Ceremony / Sunset Cruise o...
Bagan: Monk Initiation Ceremony / Sunset Cruise on the Ayeyarwady River

Note: The Monk initiation Ceremony is a Road Scholar Sponsored event and you are welcome to participate in anyway that you feel comfortable. Your group leader will advise you of what is appropriate to do there. This is a very traditional ceremony and not a tourist spectacle. This is sponsored by RS because a ceremony can be quite expensive for a family and this is very much a part of the Burmese culture and a right of passage for the young boys.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Participate in a Buddhist novice initiation ceremony in a village monastery. There everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the ceremony that is one of the most important days of a young child’s life – the initiation to become a novice monk, and the start of his learning about the Dhamma (Buddhist teachings). This is a great ceremony that includes the involvement of the local community. The ceremony begins with a colorful procession of folk musicians, dancing girls and of course, the prospective novices dressed like fairytale princes. The procession ends on the crowded steps of the lovely Monastery, where the village will be out in force, singing and clapping, and dressed in their finest traditional costumes. The young lads, honored by their initiation into becoming novices, are hoisted on shoulders and triumphantly carried into the monastery. There, they are stripped of their finery, and subjected to the first part of their initiation when their heads are shaved.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: In the late afternoon, head to the Ayeyar Jetty where you will board a private local boat for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River. As you cruise the on the river, observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villages. Then participate in a presentation on Buddhism with a Buddhist Monk.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Bagan Thande Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon situated in its privileged position on the shores of the tranquil Kandawgyi Lake (Royal Lake) and was originally opened in 1934 as the Rangoon Rowing Club. Retaining the traditions of Myanmar architecture using local golden teak and modern conveniences blend with the beautiful environs of the lake, gardens and original old rainforest make our Hotel the preferred destination in Yangon, Myanmar for both discerning business travelers and tourists alike. Kandawgyi Palace Hotel is situated on the Royal Lake in the centre of Yangon. The hotel extends into the neighbouring extensive gardens and lake walkways of Kandawgyi Park, approximately 5 to 10 minutes walk from the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, Peoples Park and the striking Royal Barge on the lake, the downtown area of Yangon and the major shopping malls and sightseeing spots are only minutes away.

Contact info:
Kan Yeik Tha Road,
Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township
Yangon, Myanmar
phone: +(95) 1 382-919
web: www.kandawgyipalace-hotel.com/

Room amenities: hair dryer, a mini bar a telephone The rooms are decorated in a traditional style

Facility amenities: Business centre Executive Lounge and services Valet and Butler Swimming pool Boutique and Souvenir Shops Massage and Spa 24 hour reception 24 hour room service 24 security

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Fifteen: Thursday, February 20 - Fly to Yangon / Free Afternoon / Presentation on ...
Fly to Yangon / Free Afternoon / Presentation on Political Change in Burma

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to the National Museum and explore the museum.

Lunch: Lunch on own.

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to your hotel and check in. Free time this afternoon to explore Yangon. In the late afternoon, participate in a presentation on the "the Changing Political Climate in Burma" given my a local expert.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Friday, February 21 - Departure from Yangon
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Bagan
Archaeological MuseumBuilt in 1996, the museum features many fine pieces from Bagan (reclining Buddhas, original images, inscripted stones and murals and an unexpected modern art rendering of the temples). This collection provides an alternative perspective of Bagan. The museum is located within walking distance from the hotel. Open daily 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission $3 U.S. (museum times and price subject to change)
Mandalay
Mandalay Cultural MuseumIt features a collection of Mandalay regalia, royally commissioned art and palm leaf manuscripts, coins, and Bagan period Buddhas. Open daily 9:30 a.m. –4 p.m. Admission included with your Mandalay pass.
Mandalay Palace and FortThe overwhelming center piece of Mandalay, the palace fort compound is surrounded by an immense wall that is nearly two miles long and 26 feet high, guarded by a moat 76 yards wide. Visitors enter from the east gate only. This is a nice place for a stroll, the palace is not original (rebuilt in the 1990s) and houses many military offices. Open daily 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission included with your Mandalay pass.
Optional Road Scholar Mandalay Insider programFor those interested in a structured afternoon, join us to learn about needlework, embroidery work and design. Visit the studio of Sein Myint, a nationally renowned artist, to see the artistic creations he designs and how his skilled staff turns the designs into masterpieces. Explore his private collection of antique embroidery. Continue on to visit Mahamyni (Buddha with a great face). This statue has been doubled in size with gilding added by pilgrims. End the afternoon by going to the top of Mandalay hill to enjoy the sunset. Transportation is included at no additional cost.
Yangon
Bogyoke Aung San MuseumLocated in Bahan Township, the quiet and secluded museum is the former home of General Aung San and his wife, Daw Kin Kyi. It contains remnants of another era. The house itself dates back to the 1920s and the rooms, stairways, railing and furniture are fairly intact. There are some old family photos that also include daughter Suu Kyi as a child. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission $3 U.S.
National MuseumThe National Museum of Burma is located on Pyay Road in a splendid five-story, purpose-built construction set in landscaped grounds. The museum offers an interesting sample of Burmese archaeological items, as well as a nice exhibit of Burmese musical instruments. Open daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: $5 U.S.
Yangon Circular TrainThe train’s circular route takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to complete, nonstop. View from the windows or choose to get off at one of the stops to explore. The train connects the residential neighborhoods to the more rural paddy fields and provides insights to daily life that few foreign visitors see. A train ticket costs approximately $1 U.S. round trip. A map is available for 50 kyat. Board at the nearest railway station stop.

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35 meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances
3 Flights during the program

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