Ancient Cities a long the Irrawaddy River
Learn about the rich royal history of the ancient cities near Mandalay on this cultural tour. Stroll along the longest teak foot bridge in the world and visit what could have been the world’s biggest pagoda. Relax on leisurely boat rides along the Irrawaddy River.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Leisurely
- Group Size Small Group
Highlights of Ancient Cities a long the Irrawaddy River
- Explore three former royal capitals surrounding Mandalay
- Visit record-breaking sites such as U Bein Bridge and the Mingun Bell
- Take in this ancient history from the unique perspective of the Irrawaddy River
- Hotel pick up and drop off at the hotel in Mandalay
- Private transfer by car
- Private boat trip to three ancient cities
- Professional tour guide
- Lunch on the boat
- Visist Ava by Horse car (or) by car
- Visit Sagaing by Tuk Tuk
- Entrance fees in Ava and Mingun
- Camera fees and personal expenses
- Other sightseeing does not mention above
- Tips for guide and others
- Morning A visit to U Bein bridge before Ava
Today’s historic tour starts after breakfast at 8.30am from your hotel in Mandalay. Our knowledgeable local guide will escort you in a private car towards the first of today’s three ancient royal capitals – Amarapura, capital from 1783 until 1859. We will visit a silk-weaving workshop to learn about this impressive tradition from the artisans themselves. Then, we proceed to the iconic U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak foot bridge constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace. Stroll along part of the 1.2km length of the bridge to take in wonderful views of Taungtaman Lake over which it spans.
Afterwards, it is time to visit Ava by private car. This ancient site was the royal capital from the 14th to 18th centuries and you have the option of taking a short tour around by horse cart. For those that prefer to remain in the comfort of the private car, all the main sites can also be visited by this means of transport, although it may mean a bit of extra walking. We will explore Bargayar Monastery with its beautiful teak wood structure and stunning carvings, and Maha Aungmyae Bonzan Monastery, an imposing brick monastery dating back to the 19th century.
- Afternoon Explore Sagaing and Mingun
From Ava we will head towards our third ancient capital of the day by boat on the beautiful Irrawaddy River. A local lunch will be served along the way with the beautiful river providing a gorgeous backdrop against which to enjoy the delicious meal. Upon arrival in Sagaing take a local transport (tuk tuk) and head to Swan Oo Ponnya Shin Pagoda, which offers wonderful views of the surrounding nature. Sagaing is widely regarded as the religious centre of Myanmar and its famous hill is dotted with hundreds of pagodas and monasteries.
After the tuk tuk adventure we will return to the jetty to travel by boat to Mingun village. After a 45-minute scenic ride we will arrive at Mingun pier from where you can view the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, an enormous stupa which would have been the biggest in the world if it was completed. Take some time to look around this magnificent site and then walk to the Mingun Bell, the world’s largest ringing bell, believed to weigh some 200,000 pounds. Crawl underneath the bell to crouch beneath this massive structure if you dare. Then continue on foot to the white-washed Hsinphymae Pagoda with its notable architecture and history. This is one of the best places in the country for photography and wedding couples often come here to take their pre-wedding photos, a tradition in Myanmar.
Just before the sun starts to set return to the boat to enjoy the sunset on the ride back to Mandalay while enjoying a glass of local wine or beer.
Upon arrival at Mandalay jetty transfer to your hotel by private car.
No, our tour price is not included entrance fees. But our tour guide will help you to buy it.