Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
The center of Myanmar (Burma) combines the best of lush wildlife, exciting industries and diverse history, all waiting to be discovered on this exciting journey. This compact seven-day adventure itinerary takes visitors from the former British outpost of Pyin Oo Lwin and the local gem mining areas, to the Ayeyarwady river to meet the iconic Irrawaddy dolphins and enjoy a memorable two-night cruise.
Arrive at Mandalay international airport and head two hours east to Pyin Oo Lwin, a former British military outpost located in the Shan Highland. Spend the afternoon exploring this picturesque town: visit former British stations; enjoy a local botanical garden; and take a pony cart around the forested outskirts.
On the second day, head two hours north to Mogok, a city renowned for its mining and gemstones. Check in to the comfortable three-star Golden Butterfly Hotel and then visit the central gem market in the city - perhaps picking up a few precious finds. Spend the evening enjoying a sunset and panoramic views from Padamya Pagoda, an incredible monument that sits high above the city, or taking a dip in the hotel pool.
Today you’ll visit the mines to learn about the exciting gemstone industry. On the drive out of town, you’ll stop at the gem market once again, and then visit Kyat Pyin to see how it all works. Tour the mines and meet the miners themselves - perhaps you’ll even get to see them find some rubies! On the way home, you’ll stop at another gems market to see how the selection varies.
Today, you’ll head out on an exciting cruise down the Ayeyarwady river. Enjoy the beautiful landscape on the four-hour drive to the river, then sit back and relax as you float down the Ayeyarwady valley. Enjoy lunch and dinner on board before we stop near Kyauk Myaung Village for the night, as the boat calmly rocks you to sleep under a star-blanketed sky.
After breakfast, your dolphin excursion will begin with visits to a local fisherman village, Kyauk Myaung village and Ngwe Nyein village to learn how fishermen interact with dolphins and use them to help with fishing. Get up-close and personal with these friendly animals - and perhaps watch as they help with that day’s catch! After the exciting day, you’ll spend another night on board.
On the final day of your excursion, you’ll cruise down to Mingun, famous for its unfinished monument, the Mingun Pahtodawgyi - unfinished, the story goes, because an astrologer once said if the monument was completed, the King would die. Afterward, enjoy a final lunch on the boat before disembarking in Mandalay.