Discover Yangon, the gateway to Myanmar, during a scenic full-day orientation tour of this beautiful and historic city.
Depart the pier via coach with your guide for an orientation drive through the country to Yangon, the Garden City of the East. The capital city of Yangon is the gateway to Myanmar, the Land of Pagodas. Yangon is filled with lush tropical trees, evergreen avenues, enchanting parks and beautiful lakes, with little of the skyscrapers, crowds and fast-pace lifestyles found in most modern-day cities. Flanked by water on three sides, Yangon offers numerous sightseeing opportunities, from ancient temples to old Colonial buildings.
En route to Yangon, you will pass by the old town of Thanlyin, then cross over the bridge on the Bago River for a visit to the world-famous Stupa Shwedagon. This 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda is located on a 190-foot hilltop on the last mountain-spur, or Singuttra Hillock, stretching from the Bago Mountain Range. For centuries, this glittering stupa has been highly venerated as a symbol of architectural perfection, and the appearance of Gautama Buddha in the present world.
Your tour continues with a visit to the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda. Upon arrival, you will view the Huge Reclining Buddha Image housed beneath a large sheet metal roof. The Buddha's head reaches a height of about 2.5 stories, and he is positioned resting on his right side with toes together - apparently in the classic dying position, or parinibbana. From there, a brief photo stop will be made at the 150-foot Independence Monument at Maha Bandoola Park. The Monument is an obelisk surrounded by 5 pillars, representing the harmony of Burma with its 5 former semi-autonomous states.
Next, you will proceed to the Strand Hotel, a national landmark, for a set-menu lunch. The Strand features marble flooring inlaid with teak, rattan furniture, potted palms, chandeliers, and black lacquered ceiling fans that reflect the grand ambience of an earlier era. After lunch, you will take a tour of the National Museum. Inside, you will marvel at the 26-foot tall Royal Lion Throne, or Sihasana, which once belonged to King Thibaw Min, the last Myanmar King. You will also view 19th-century Royal Regalia, gem-studded weapons, priceless ancient artifacts, works of art, and historic memorabilia displayed in 14 halls spanning four stories.
After your National Museum visit, a stop will be made to enjoy some shopping. Your tour concludes with a visit to the Karaweik Royal Barge, or Palace, situated on the eastern edge of Royal Kandawgyi Lake in full view of the great Shwedagone Pagoda to the west. During your photo and rest break, a soft drink or mineral water and refreshing tissue will be provided.
Following your tour, you will rejoin your coach for the one-hour return drive to Thilawa Wharf.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 4-hours of moderate walking/standing as well as numerous steps to negotiate at Shwedagon. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Conservative attire is required and shoulders and knees must be covered. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. When entering places of worship, visitors must remove their shoes and socks.