Gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Aboard Reception and Dinner. Accommodations — Irrawaddy Explorer Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thayetmyo Ride in a horse cart and explore the colonial town of Thayetmyo. Many of the local buildings date from the time of the Second Anglo-Burmese War of Visit the oldest golf course in Myanmar and wander through a local market.
Magwe In Magwe, adventure out for a short walk to the vibrant local market. Then climb aboard trishaws for a tour of Magwe city and a visit to Myat Than Lun, a pagoda built on a hilltop in Delight in this beautiful panoramic vantage point! If you wish, try the paste on yourself! Salay Salay, founded in the 13th century, features Bagan-era shrines, beautiful 19th-century teak monasteries and well-preserved British colonial buildings.
Enjoy a stroll next to the river and visit the Yoke Soun Kyaung Monastery. Originally designed as a copy of the Crown Prince House of Mandalay, the monastery is now a museum boasting remarkable wood carvings and artifacts. Continue on to Mann Paya, a pagoda with a beautiful lacquerware Buddha. Following lunch, travel in vans to Tan Kyi village. At the top of the Tan Kyi Paya temple, admire the spectacular panoramic view across the Irrawaddy. Traditional Myanmar Puppet Show Burmese puppetry, also known as yoke thay, dates from the 15th century, and puppets today are still made out of clay and wood.
Enjoy a traditional puppet show featuring puppeteers, singers and musicians.
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Delight in this landscape while riding in a traditional, ceremonial oxcart. Visit the massive Htilominlo temple where fine plaster carvings still remain undamaged. Explore Ananda, one of the most famous temples of Bagan. The temple was constructed in the 12th century by King Narathu to atone for his sins. Then enjoy a sand painting demonstration by a local artist before returning to the ship for lunch.
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Following lunch, continue your Bagan excursion by visiting a local workshop where the traditional methods of creating lacquerware, or yun-de in Burmese, are still practiced. Those who wish may climb to any of the five terraces to view the sunset over Bagan — an experience to remember.
Visit a traditional Burmese lacquerware workshop and see the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda, a religious site that dates to the reign of King Anawrahta, founder of the Bagan Empire. You may choose to hire a horse cart or a bicycle to explore the site on your own. Enjoy a leisurely walk through this typical Irrawaddy River village.
This particular village is famous for its production of jaggery candy made from palm sap. Enjoy a demonstration about how to make a Tea Leaf and Ginger Salad. Learn where the ingredients are grown, taste the savory salad and take home a recipe card so you can one day create this salad for family and friends back home. Yandabo This morning, arrive in Yandabo, a picturesque village famous for its terracotta pottery and where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese War was signed on February 24, Walk through the village and visit workshops to witness the craft of making, decorating and firing of the pretty pottery.
A Day of Buddha In Monywa, visit the Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung Caves where hundreds of Buddha statues have been placed inside niches decorated with stunning murals. After lunch, visit the splendid Thanboddhay Pagoda with its more than , Buddha images. Walk through the colorful pavilions and rest houses; see golden pillars and stupas; and take note of large pools where fish and turtles make their homes.
After standing near the bell as it is rung, visit the local market, famous for its makeshift galleries that display inexpensive art from both local and internationally recognized artists.
Continue on to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital. At sunset, visit U-Bein Bridge, a construction spanning the Taungthaman Lake that is believed to be the longest teakwood bridge in the world.
Enjoy a sampan cruise and champagne toast before returning to the ship. As your Irrawaddy cruise draws to an end, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner onboard the ship. Traditional Myanmar Dance Burmese dance has certainly been influenced by its neighbors, including Thailand and India. Delight in a riveting show of traditional music and dance that is presented by local performing arts school students.
Following breakfast, disembark the Irrawaddy Explorer. Mandalay Explore traditional workshops of gold leaf, tapestry making, woodcarving and bronze casting. Visit central Mandalay including the Mahamuni Pagoda and Mandalay Hill where spiraling staircases lead to sweeping views of the city and its temples. Transfer to the Mandalay Airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, check in to the Sule Shangri-La. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner. After breakfast, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Yangon International Airport for your return flights home.
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Your Travel Director will provide the details. Some passengers will arrive in North America today. Others will arrive tomorrow, depending on their individual flight itinerary. Itinerary schedule may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.
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Take in a view of Mandalay Palace from this unique hotel located at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Set on 12 acres, Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel has beautiful grounds and gardens to explore. The hotel has a spa, fitness center, swimming pool, tennis courts and several dining options.
Luxury is redefined onboard the guest all-suite Irrawaddy Explorer. Three decks filled with character and warmth educe an ambience of an elegant British estate. With just 28 cabins, the Irrawaddy Explorer offers guests a true small-ship experience while onboard entertainment reflects the culture and biodiversity of the local area. Take your seat in the Customs House Dining Room to enjoy refined service and five-star gourmet meals prepared with the freshest ingredients. Enjoy exceptional service and a wide range of amenities, including a fitness center and an outdoor swimming pool.
There also are two restaurants, a Peacock Lounge and Gallery Bar and a gourmet shop. Book online and learn more about this trip. We are preparing students to become the next generation of global leaders. We invite alumni and friends to participate in our campaign, and help double the number of alumni who contribute to making Western extraordinary. Logging into the Alumni Western web site at www.
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