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Burma Cruise & Tour
Discovery Journey of Burma

Price

$6727.00 twin share

Duration

17 Days

Departure

27 Oct 2017
Veiled in mystery and largely uninfluenced by the western world, Burma - or Myanmar as it is known today- is one of the world's least explored destinations. Inquisitive locals greet you with warmth, grace and pride. Age old temples , monasteries and stupas glow against the backdrops of lush green forests. And with a culture that remains gloriously intact, life goes on as it always has. As with most of our escorted tours, we offer you the benefits of travelling with a small group, allowing a more intimate travel experience. There is simply no better way for travelers to experience the magic of Burma than on a boutique river cruise, taking you in complete style, comfort and safety along the Irrawaddy River. Join us for an unforgettable journey through this once forgotten land before the rest of the world discovers it.......

Escorted Burma Cruise Tour Discovery Journey of Burma

Welcome to Burma. Veiled in mystery and largely uninfluenced by the western world, Burma - or Myanmar as it is now known - is one of the world’s least explored destinations.
Largely hidden from the world for the last 60 years its doors and gateways are now open and travel to this breathtaking land is proving to be unrivaled. Known for its enchanting ancient ruins, vibrant cities, and incredibly friendly people we know you are going to love every unique day of this tour.

COLONIAL PAST
A fading British colonial legacy complements the predominantly Buddists culture: inquisitive locals greet you with warmth, grace and pride: Age old temples, stupas and
monasteries glow against backdrops of lush green forests. And with a culture the remains gloriously intact, life goes on as it always has.

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
The flavours of China and India merge to create cuisine unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Expect day after day of gastronomic flavour surprises with the ever-changing dishes unique to each area of the country. We have included just about all meals on our tour, with a few gaps for you to explore on your own or with your tour managers.

SMALLER GROUP COMFORT
As with most of our escorted tours, we offer you the benefits of relatively smaller groups, allowing a more intimate travel experience.There is simply no better way for
travellers to experience the magic of Burma than on a boutique river cruise,
taking you in complete style, comfort and safely along the Irrawaddy River.
Your Tour Managers always have  your best interest at heart so you can  expect the very best of care.

Join us for an unforgettable journey through this once forgotten land before the rest of the world  discovers it...
 

INCLUSIONS

• 8 nights accommodation as specified 7 night Pandaw Cruise
• International and Domestic airfares + all airfare taxes and surcharges
• Meals as listed
• Sightseeing and activities as outlined
• Local English speaking guides only
• Entrance fees as specified
• Transport as outlined)
• Local taxes and surcharges
• Optional tours
• Travel wallet 
Tour Escorts
Leanda & Roland Blank

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DAY 1 - Friday 27 October 
PERTH – SINGAPORE – YANGON - MANDALAY
Our tour manager will be on hand at Perth International airport to assist with check in formalities for our Singapore Airlines flight to Yangon. Upon arrival at Yangon Airport,we will be met by our local representative and transferred to the domestic airport for our flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival at Mandalay Airport, our local representative will arrange your transfer to our accommodation.

DAY 2 – Saturday 28 October
MANDALAY
Following breakfast we will be transferred to our Pandaw cruise with time to explore our new home before sitting down to a leisurely lunch.  The afternoon’s excursion to central Mandalay includes a visit to the palace and hill areas as well as a craft workshop and a small amount of time for some local shopping. B L D 

DAY 3 – Sunday 29 October 
MINGUN
Slip our moorings early in the morning and stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda that is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. We also visit the Mingun Old People’s Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s. Drive through the beautiful Sagaing hills to the hilltop to enjoy an amazing view over the region and Irrawaddy River. B L D

DAY 4 - Monday 30 October
KYAUK - MYOUNG
Today our cruise continues up river to Kyauk-myoung (pronounced 'Chao-miao'), famous for its distinctive glazed pottery. Following our visit to Kyauk-myoung our cruise continues downstream to Sagaing jetty. B L D

DAY 5 - Tuesday 31 October
AVA
Our early morning arrival back into Mandalay allows ample opportunity to embark on our excursion to the picturesque Sagaing Hills. Located on the Irrawaddy  River, 20 km to the south-west of Mandalay, Sagaing with its numerous Buddhist monasteries is an important religious and monastic center. The pagodas and monasteries crowd the numerous hills along the ridge running parallel to the river. The central pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, is connected by a set of covered staircases that run up the 240 m hill. B L D

In the afternoon we will visit Ava an ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. and later explore the ancient capital of Amarapura by coach and sampan. Sunset today will be enjoyed at the U Bein Bridge, easily one of Burma's most photographed sights, U Bein bridge  is an excellent way to spend a late afternoon.

DAY 6 – Wednesday 01 November
YANDABO
For much of the morning we will enjoy a leisurely cruise downstream on the Irrawaddy River toward Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery made from the river bank clay.  Yandabo is also the location on 24 February 1826 where the signing of the Treaty of Yandabo which ended the First Anglo-Burmese War took place.B L D

DAY 7 – Thursday 02 November
PAKOKKA
Pakokka is a quiet and traditional country town on the banks of the Irrawaddy, Our visit includes an excursion to the local market and town centre by tuk tuk.Later we continue to Bagan in central Burma is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, a sight to rival Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat but – for the time being at least – without the visitors. The setting is sublime – a verdant 26 square-mile plain, part-covered in stands of palm and tamarind caught in a bend of the lazy-flowing Irrawaddy river and framed by the hazy silver-grey of distant mountains.This afternoon our sightseeing continues in Bagan’s archaeological area, where more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments tower over green plains will be spent exploring a selection of the monuments by coach.B L D 

DAY 8 – Friday 03 November
BAGAN
With so much to see and do in this area another day of exploration is planned as well as a visit one of the areas lacquer workshops. The lacquer is the sap tapped from the varnish tree that grows wild in the forests of Myanmar Bagan is the major center for the lacquerware industry where the handicraft has been established for nearly two centuries, and still practiced in the traditional manner B L D 

DAY 9 – Saturday 4 November
BAGAN – KALAW
Following another sumptuous breakfast on board our cruise ship we will proceed towards Kalaw, ffounded as a hill station by British civil servants fleeing the heat of the plains, Kalaw still feels like a high-altitude holiday resort: the air is cool, the atmosphere is calm, the streets are leafy and green.The scenic drive takes you into the heart of the Shan State, passing pine forests, rolling hills and small towns along the way before arriving in to Kalaw for our overnight stop. It is a charming spot with a mix of local and colonial style houses, take some time to walk around the town, or relax at a teashop with a chai (Indian-style tea). The Hotel Kalwa Hill Lodge   B  D 

DAY 10 – Sunday 5 November
KALAW - PINDAYA
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your Kalaw hotel before departing for Pindaya. There is an interesting market every 5 days in Kalaw and, should it be market day, we recommend you make some time to explore it before our departure. En-route to Pindaya we will stop in the junction town of Aungban where we will visit the ‘wholesale’ market, overflowing with regional produce such as ginger, onions, chilies, potatoes, cabbage and other seasonal vegetables.Our very scenic drive north to Pindaya will provide many scenic photo Opportunities and depending on our arrival time into Pindaya we may go for lunch at a local restaurant or on to our hotel for check in.  This afternoon we will visit the town’s famous Pindaya Caves. Nestled on a hillside, the caves consist of many chambers filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. On the return to the hotel, we will stop to visit a local workshop making umbrellas and paper from local materials.Pindaya Inle Inn  B 

DAY 11 – Monday 6 November
PINDAYA - INLE LAKE
Following breakfast at our hotel we will visit the Pindaya market, a typical rural market selling an array of food and dry goods. Later we will leave the hills behind with a drive to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway town for Inle Lake.Upon reaching the edges of Inle Lake, we will board a private Motor-boat and head out on to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Pass villages built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains of five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. Explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. Inle Resort Hotel  B L D

DAY 12 -Tuesday 7 November 
INLE LAKE
Following breakfast, we will visit the lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm it is visited by the lakes inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who sell and trade their wares.  We will then, continue to the western banks of the lake and travel down a small canal to Indein,  a Pa-Oh village which is known for its stupa-covered hill at Alaung Sitthou. We will spend time exploring Indein on foot, strolling around the village and making our way to the top of Alaung Sitthou where we will have time to wander amid the weather-beaten stupas and enjoy magnificent views of the lake below. If time permits, there may be time to enjoy a short walk through one of the lakeside villages.Inle Resort Hotel  B 

DAY 13 – Wednesday 8 November
INLE LAKE
Enjoy a leisurely morning before our visit to the ancient monastery of Shwe Yan Pyay, a fascinating wooden monastery built in the early 19th Century. It is a very interesting red painted teak wood building with oval windows, and is richly decorated with mosaics and golden ornaments. Later we visit the Inle Speaks community, a community awareness program, to encourage everyone involved with the lake, both residents and visitors, to learn about the condition of the lake, and to share solutions and ideas to support the lake Inle Resort Hotel  B 

DAY 14 – Thursday 9 November  
INLE LAKE – HEHO – YANGON
Today following breakfast our local representative will transfer us to  Heho airport for our flight to Yangon.  On arrival in Yangon our local guide will meet us and transfer us to the very colourful Thirimingalar markets.  Following free time for lunch ( own expense) we will visit Chaunk Htet Gyi Pagoda, and appreciate the 65 meter long Reclining Buddha.This evening our excursion includes a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, this gilded 99 meter tall pagoda is situated on Singuttara Hill, to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, and dominates the Yangon skyline.
Our next stop will be Chinatown. Our local guide will walk with us through this energetic neighbourhood famous for its lively barbeque restaurants, satay and other snack stalls, a popular spot for locals to gather, have a drink and chat with friends. Make the most of delicious grilled meats, seafood and vegetable dishes with traditional dipping sauces and side dishes (own expense).After your evening in Chinatown, your guide and driver will transfer us back to the hotel.Chatrium Hotel  B 

DAY 15 – Friday 10 November
YANGON
Today’s excursion will take us to downtown Yangon to visit the old colonial area.Out first stop is the Botataung Pagoda - one of Yangon’s most famous religious sites. The interior has a mirrored maze-like configuration and houses a hair relic of Buddha. The pagoda was completely destroyed during WWII, and rebuilt shortly there-after. Afterwards we take a trishaw ride along Strand Road.The ride ends at the Secretariat, considered the city’s grandest colonial building, where a short walking tour of the downtown area begins.We will make a short stop for lunch at Rangoon Tea House (own expense), a new take on a traditional Burmese tea shop located in a renovated colonial building.Following lunch we will head to Chinatown to explore one of the city’s liveliest neighbourhoods. With our guide we will wander along 17th Street where our first stop is Sit Teik Tong Temple, a clan house which traces its heritage back for 23 generations! The top floor affords incredible river views. The street is full of Chinese-styled terrace houses, food vendors and shops selling fresh produce and dry goods so take the opportunity to taste some of the offerings. Lastly we’ll take a visit to Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market. Known for its colonial architecture and inner cobblestone streets, the market is a major tourist destination, dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewelry shops as well as art galleries and clothing stores. Chatrium Hotel  B 

Day 16 – Saturday 11 November
YANGON – SINGAPORE - PERTH
Today is at your leisure until you transfer to Yangon International Airport for your onward Singapore Airlines flight back to Perth.

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:


DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person together with a signed booking form is required at the time of booking. Deposits are non transferable and non refundable.
Final payment is required on or before 04 June 2017 .Credit card payments attract a merchant fee. 
PRICES
All Prices are subject to change and must be recalculated at the time of final payment.  West Coast Cruise and Travel Service will re-invoice for any unpaid retrospective increases in air taxes or increases caused by currency fluctuations. .
CANCELLATION POLICY
If cancelled outside of 120 days prior to travel a cancellation fee of the $1000pp deposit applies.If cancelled 119 days or less prior to departure the cancellation penalty is  100% of tour cost. Travel insurance for cancellation protection is strongly recommended.  No refunds can be given to any passenger who joins the tour after its commencement, or for early departure from the tour. Refunds are not available for any meals, accommodation or excursions not partaken during the tour. No refund is given where pre-booked accommodation  is partially or wholly unused. No overseas supplier or associate is authorised to promise a refund on behalf of West Coast Cruise and Travel Centre.
TOUR BROCHURE
Every care has been taken to ensure that the contents of this brochure are correct and accurate at the time of printing,however  some details may have changed since the brochure was published. Please check this with your consultant prior to departure. All possible effort will be made to adhere to the published touring itinerary.  Occasionally circumstances beyond our control, will force changes, amendments or modifications to the itinerary and its inclusions. West Coast Cruise and Travel Centre cannot be held
responsible for any omissions or modifications to the itinerary or the inclusions made as a consequence of these changes.
FORCEMAJEURE
If the tour can not proceed due to flood, earthquake, war or civil strife, acts of terrorism, hurricane, cyclone, industrial disturbance, strike, fire, lock out, epidemic, failure or delays of scheduled transportation facilities, or other Acts of God, or
any law, order, decree, rule or regulation of any government authority or for any reason whether of a similar or dissimilar nature beyond the control of West Coast Cruise and Travel Centre, this agreement shall terminate and there shall be no claim for damages by either party against the other.
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is a condition of travel that each passenger is adequately covered by a proper insurance cover. Please also check the contingencies of your prospective insurance cover and ensure you are aware of its conditions and omissions. We strongly
advise travel insurance from time of booking to provide full cover. In the event that Travel insurance is arranged independently a copy of the travel insurance policy is required at the time of final payment

UNSUITABILITY
If the operators consider any passenger as an unsuitable person for any tour it may in its absolute discretion cancel that passenger’s booking or decline to carry that passenger further, if at all.
GUARANTEED GROUP DEPARTURE
The programme offered in this brochure is a group touring  programme.  The term ‘group tour’ is defined as having a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 30 passengers travelling.Once West Coast Cruise and Travel Centre confirms 20 deposited passengers travelling, it guarantees that the group tour will depart.  In the event that only 19 passengers or less book and travel on that specific departure we are unable to
operate that departure as a group tour and that departure will be withdrawn. In rare instances such as this, West Coast Cruise and Travel Centre guarantees to advise all parties concerned of the withdrawal of the tour at least 60 days prior to its scheduled departure date.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE
Unless otherwise indicated we have not included  Airfare,  Visas, Tips, Airport transfers , Shore excursions whilst cruising or  items of a personal nature such as , laundry, drinks and consumables.
COMPLAINTS
a) In the unlikely event of a complaint, the client is obliged to make West Coast Cruise and Travel Centre and the local supplier aware of such problems immediately.
b) West Coast Cruise and Travel Centre will only consider
claims made against it in those circumstances where a com plaint has been made pursuant to sub paragraph (a) above and where the claim has been received by it within 30 days from the end of the services provided by it, otherwise, the client will have no right to make any claim against it.
RESPONSIBILITIES
West Coast Cruise and Travel Centre acts only as a booking  agent making reservations with the companies or associates offering the services contained in this brochure. Whilst acting in good faith, West Coast Cruise and Travel Centre does not
accept any responsibility for default causing loss or injury to person or property whether by negligence or otherwise on the part of the operator or accommodation managers/owners or its employees. West Coast Cruise and Travel Centre has
made every effort to ensure the quality of accommodation and the accuracy of the brochure but shall not be liable forany dissatisfaction the passenger may have with the accommodation and touring or any injury, damage or loss caused by the change or withdrawal of any price, detail or other item or
service. In addition, West Coast Cruise and Travel Centre shall not be held responsible
for any loss of quality of goods or services supplied or any changes in an itinerary
beyond our control made by third parties. This agreement shall be governed and controlled in accordance with the laws of

Western Australia.
TOUR MANAGERS
 
LEANDA AND ROLAND BLANK

 

Tour Coast

TWIN COST         $6727.00 per person

SINGLE                  $8032.00 

EXCLUSIONS

 •  Passport and visa fees
•  Travel insurance
•  Meals not specified
•  Tips and gratuities for drivers and guides
•  Any item of a personal nature such as room service, telephone calls, beverage or bar        service and any other incidentals
•  Optional tours

 

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