Mandalay & Bagan (3 nights)

RAN 407-201
Highlights
  • Mandalay and its monuments
  • Education center in Mandalay
  • Bagan and its famous temples
  • Hot air balloon ride
Program Overview
Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Depart: 02/21/2017 0500
Return: 02/24/2017 1300
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 25 / Max 32
Program Fee
$1551 (early booking: $1462)

Field Work Conflicts
  • PSY 315 Social Psychology
  • TH 141 Introduction to Theatre
  • POLS 131 27391 Current World Problems
  • AM 460 Historic Textiles
  • GR 320 Cultural Geography
  • SOC 105 Social Problems (Section 2)
  • POLS 241 Comparative Government and Politics

This fabulous trip gives participants the opportunity to visit both Mandalay and Bagan with a special boat ride down the Irrawaddy River, stopping in a riverside village en route.

Itinerary

Day 1

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The early morning departure provides a full day of exploration in Mandalay. Stop at the U Bein Bridge, the longest wooden bridge in Myanmar, curved to withstand the wind & waves. Continue to the Mahamuni Pagoda and marvel at the second most famous statue of the Buddha in Myanmar, which has been covered in gold leaf by visiting pilgrims. Next, visit a silk weaving and arts and crafts shop followed by lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to the hotel for some leisure time.

In the afternoon, visit the Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) famous for its intricate woodcarvings. Proceed to Kuthodaw Pagoda, listed by UNESCO as a Memory of the World Heritage Site, which is known as the world’s largest book due to the Buddhist scripture carved on its 729 marble slabs. In late afternoon, visit one of the monastic education centers. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to the hotel for the evening.

Day 2

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

After breakfast, cruise downstream to Yandabo Village, where the local economy depends on the production of terracotta from riverbank clay. Disembark and observe the pottery making process at its various stages. Continue on the river toward Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for leisure time before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Early this morning enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Bagan Archeological Zone. There is no better way to take in Bagan’s historic sunrise and spellbinding landscape than from a hot-air balloon. Prepare to be amazed by one of life’s most breathtaking scenes as you experience the unrivalled majesty of thousands of ancient temples drifting below. Flight duration averages 45 minutes.

Following this experience, visit the Nyaung U market to see a vast variety of fresh fruit and vegetables for sale and gain insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. Next, visit the most culturally significant and best preserved pagodas of Bagan, including: Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, HtiloMinlo and the amazing Ananda temple. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy some leisure time. In the afternoon, visit Ms. Moe’s hand- made lacquer ware workshop to learn about Bagan’s main industry.  Bagan is not only famous for the profusion of pagodas, but also for its artistic handicrafts and lacquer ware and master craftsmanship of lacquer ware has been the pride of Bagan since the days of the Bagan Empire (849–1287).  In the late afternoon, explore and learn more about ancient pagodas in Bagan.  Finally,  travel by a traditional Bagan pony carriage to the Pyatthada Pagoda. Once here, sit back, relax and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun dip below the ancient pagodas. Then, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4

Friday, 24 February 2017

In the morning, transfer to Bagan airport for the return flight to Yangon. On arrival,  transfer to your ship.

Meals Included

Includes 3B, 3L, 3D

Special Note

Hot air ballooning is a weather dependent activity. Flight service cannot be guaranteed until the scheduled flight day. Should your flight be cancelled as a result of weather a full refund will be issued.
Individual passenger weight limit is 280lbs
Bagan is a hot an arid environment.