17-day Amazing Far East Journey: China & Myanmar Highlights
Tour code: ETC-A18
Private South-East Asia tour escorts you across two ancient kingdoms - China and Myanmar, with both haunting cultural experiences and fascinating sightseeing trips. You’re going to visit Great Wall, Terra-cotta Army Museum, Chengdu Panda Base, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Shwedagon Pagoda, Ananda Temple, Inle Lake…
|Tour Date||City||Tour Brief|
|1||Beijing||Arrive Beijing, Free Day|
|2||Beijing||Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, The Summer Palace|
|3||Beijing||Great Wall, The Sacred Road, Ming Tomb|
|4||Beijing - Xi’an||Fly to Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum|
|5||Xi’an||Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda|
|6||Xi’an - Chengdu||Fly to Chengdu, Jinsha Cultural Relics Museum, Jinli Old Street|
|7||Chengdu - Lijiang||Panda Breeding Center, Fly to Lijiang|
|8||Lijiang||Lijiang Old Town, Black Dragon Pool Park|
|9||Lijiang||Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Baisha Mural in Baisha Town|
||Lijiang - Kunming||Fly to Kunming, Dragon Gate & West Hills|
|11||Kunming - Yangon||Fly to Yangon, Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda|
|12||Yangon – Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake||Pindaya Lake and Pindaya Cave, Red Mountain wine yard|
|13||Inle Lake||Phaung Daw Oo Pagodas, Nyaung Oak Pagoda, Shwe Inn Dein Paya|
|14||Inle Lake Kakku||Kakku, Ananda temple|
|15||Inle Lake – Heho – Bagan||Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigon Pagoda, Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi, Ananda Temple, Thatbyinnyu Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple|
|16||Bagan||Myinkaba village, Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi Temple, Manuha and Nanpaya temples, village of Minnanthu, Ayeyarwaddy River|
|17||Bagan – Yangon||Yangon departure|
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing. Our guide will meet you at the airport & transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
Take a private escorted tour to go to the Tiananmen Square, located at the heart of Beijing, is the world's largest city center square. Secondly, go to the Forbidden City, officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was constructed between 1406 and 1420 by the Ming emperor Zhu Di and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors over the following 505 years. The Summer Palace comes the last one on the plan. Its 70,000 square meters of building space features a variety of palaces, gardens and other ancient-style architectural structures.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)
Private escorted tour to the Great Wall, the greatest of the eight ancient architectural wonders in the history of human civilization. Then go to Ming Tomb, about 50 kilometers from the northwest of Beijing, is the best preserved Chinese imperial tombs and have been nominated by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. The Sacred Road, namely "the way leading to Heaven", is affiliated with Ming Tomb. At night, a famous and delicious Peking Duck Banquet is offered.
Day 4 Beijing - Xi’an (B, L)
Enjoy the free time until your guide escort you to airport for you flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, transfer to visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is known as the eighth wonder of the world and a museum to display terra-cotta warriors and horses in Qin Dynasty (221-207B.C.).
Day 5 Xi’an (B, L)
After breakfast, go to the Shaanxi History Museum, which boats a large collection of unearthed cultural relics of China. Then visit the Ancient City Wall, the best-kept and biggest city walls in China – 13,912 meters in circumference, 12 meters in height, and the foundation is 18 meters in width and the top of the wall is 15 meters wide. Later, go to the Wild Goose Pagoda - the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty (618--907) for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang.
Day 6 Xi’an - Chengdu (B, L)
Fly to Chengdu, transfer to visit Jinsha Cultural Relics Museum, which was claimed as the first important archaeological find in China at the beginning of 21 century. Then wander around Jinli Old Street to have fun.
Day 7 Chengdu - Lijiang (B, L)
Half-day tour to Panda Breeding Center to see the lovely China's ambassadors. Transfer to airport for your flight to Lijiang.
Day 8 Lijiang (B, L)
Spend the whole morning exploring the famous Lijiang Ancient Town, originally called Dayan, it is a very well preserved old town built by Naxi people with unique cultural background. It was listed as the World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1997.Then go to Black Dragon Pool Park, to enjoy the stunning view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from it. After lunch, enjoy half day cycling tour to Shuhe Village.
Day 9 Lijiang (B, L)
Drive to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to take a cable car to Yak Meadow. It is the holy mountain of local Naxi people and the soul of Lijiang. Then visit Baisha Mural and free time at leisure. It was painted in Baisha Town in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), an interesting co-existence of Buddhism, Taoism and Lamaism in the artworks.
Day 10 Lijiang - Kunming (B, L)
Fly to Kunming, Have city tours to Dragon Gate & West Hills.
Day 11 Kunming - Yangon (B, L)
Depend on your international flight arrival; start with visit to Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda with colossal reclining Buddha. Transfer to hotel check in and at noon walk around Sule Pagoda, City Hall and see many colonial bulidings. Enjoy sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, have been built over 2,600 years ago, its golden stupa is the Landmark of Myanmar people. It is always full of local people praying and make offerings, and a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Have dinner at Karaweik Barge watching culture show. Transfer to hotel and stay overnight at Yangon.
Day 12 Yangon – Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake (B)
In the morning, transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Heho in Shan State. On arrival meet and greet our Inle lake guide, continue by car and enjoy a scenic drive to the small quiet town Pindaya, 48 km north of Kalaw, to visit Pindaya Lake and Pindaya Cave, well-known for its thousands of Buddha images. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the countryside along the road to Pindaya through picturesque landscapes. Visit bamboo umbrella workshop and Red Mountain wine yard for tasting wine. Drive to Nyaung Shwe and transfer to hotel check in.
Day 13 Inle Lake full day sightseeing (B)
Take a full day tour of Inle Lake by private boat with chances to see villages, the unique leg-rowers fishermen and the floating gardens, built up from the strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored with bamboo poles. The tour also includes visits to the silver smith factory, the silk weaving village, the Cheroot making factory, the boat making workshop, the jumping cat monastery and the most famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda where the Buddha images have been covered in so much gold that they look like balls of solid gold. Final visit to 14th and 15th century ruins pagoda of Nyaung Oak, visit to Shwe Inn Dein Paya.
Day 14 Inle Lake Kakku sightseeing (B)
After having breakfast, pick up from hotel and transfer to Kakku, about 40 km south of Taunggyi, takes 2hours drive, is one of the most religious sites of Shan State and near village of local Pa O people. On arrival of Kakku, visit around ruined temples. Drive back to Taunggyi, the capital of shan state and visit central local market and Ananda temple with beautiful mountain. Evening Drive back to Jetty and transfer back to hotel.
Day 15 Inle Lake – Heho – Bagan (B)
After breakfast, our driver will pick up at hotel and transfer to the domestic airport for flight to Bagan. On arrival, meet and greet our guide and start to tour in Bagan including the colourful Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigon Pagoda, Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi (a cave temple with exquisite jatakas mural paintings), the elegant Htilominlo Temple (noted for its plaster carvings) and the Tharaba Gate. After hotel check in and refreshment, explorations of Bagan continue in the afternoon including visits to Ananda (an architectural masterpiece of early-style temple), Ananda Okkyaung (one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period), Thatbyinnyu Temple (the highest in Bagan, rising to 61 m) and Dhammayangyi Temple (noted for its remarkable brickwork). Enjoy a fantastic sunset view at one of the famous temples.
Day 16 Bagan (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, our driver and guide pick at hotel and proceed to Myinkaba village and observe the process of creating traditional lacquer ware, one of the best-known Myanmar handicrafts and a speciality of Bagan. Visit Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi (an early period Pyu-style temple of Hindu influence). Next, stop at the Manuha and Nanpaya temples. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the countryside village of Minnanthu. Visit to some of the interesting temples if time permits, such as Payathonzu, Lemyethnar, Sinbyushin, Nandaminnya and Minnanthu monastery. Enjoy sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River at Bupaya.
Day 17 Bagan – Yangon (B)
After breakfast at hotel, pick up at hotel and transfer to airport for domestic flight to Yangon. On arrival, connect your international flight departure.
PRICES START FROM PER PERSONAs all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.
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