(Optional) Pre-Package: Monday, November 20 – Arrive in Yangon International Airport and make your way to the hotel for check-in. Transportation from the airport is not provided, but there are plenty of taxis and the distance is not long. At the hotel your tour leader and local guide will assist with the check-in and give information about the coming days. The rest of the day is free to explore Yangon on your own.
(Optional) Pre-Package: Tuesday, November 21 – The day will begin with a city tour of Yangon in an air-conditioned coach. The first stop is one of the most iconic symbols of Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is considered by many to be the 'heart of Myanmar'. The pagoda is believed to be more than 2,500 years old and the central stupa is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. Next is a visit to the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see the magnificent reclining Buddha. From here, you'll go to the floating Karaweik Royal Barge and enjoy the quiet settings around the lake. Lunch will be at a nearby restaurant where you’ll taste the exquisite Myanmar cuisine. After lunch, you'll head to the airport to catch the flight to Mandalay. Flight time is approximately one hour and thirty minutes. After checking into the hotel in Mandalay, the rest of the day and evening can be enjoyed at your leisure.
Wednesday, November 22 – After breakfast, it's time to explore Mandalay and its surroundings. Starting from the ancient royal capital of Amarapura, we'll head to the world’s longest wooden bridge that was built in 1782, the U Bein Bridge, which spans 1.2KM. Next, is a visit to Burma's largest Buddhist monastery, Mahagandayon Monastery. It is home to more than 1,000 monks and monks to be. The journey continues to the highly revered Mahamuni Pagoda where we will also see the work of local craftsmen. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant followed by a visit to what is known as the world’s largest ‘book’, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the entire collection of Buddhist scriptures.
Thursday, November 23 – Following early breakfast, our group will drive to the Irrawaddy River, where a boat will take us on a journey to one of southwest Asia’s finest treasures, Bagan. This boat trip takes approximately 8-9 hours, and the atmosphere onboard is quite relaxed.
While underway, we will witness life along the river and cruise past cities, monasteries and pagodas. We will arrive early in the evening, just in time to witness a beautiful sight – golden rays light as the sun sets over the 42 sq. km. grassy plains of Bagan and its more the 3,000 historic Buddhist temples.
This mystical landscape is sure to take your breath away. (breakfast included)
Friday, November 24 –Today we'll explore the ancient area of Bagan. We’ll start with a visit to Old Bagan, the centre of the ancient kingdom. Here we take a closer look at the Bupaya pagoda, which offers great views to the Ayeyarwaddy River and nearby mountains. We continue to the Shwezigon pagoda, built in the 11th century by King Anawratha. Still an active place of worship it stands today as one of the most astonishing and well-kept pagodas in all of Bagan. We finish our sightseeing with a visit to the lesser visited pagodas at Tayok Pyi Paya and the village of Minnanthu, both part of the running course tomorrow. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax. The pre-race pasta dinner will be held in a local restaurant. This evening you will pick-up your bib and participate in the race briefing held by the race organizers. (breakfast and dinner included)
Saturday, November 25 - Today’s the big day! After an early breakfast at the hotel, a coach bus will transport runners and spectators to Hti Lo Min Lo Temple where the marathon, half marathon and 10K race start and end. Running amid the pagoda-studded landscape, we’ll experience Bagan in all its glory and pass by small picturesque villages and farmland. After the race, we’ll enjoy some snacks on the steps of the iconic Hti Lo Min Lo Temple. Shuttle busses will take all participants (runners and spectators) back to the hotel where the rest of the day and evening can be enjoyed on your own. (breakfast and dinner included)
Sunday, November 26 – Today is free to relax, enjoy and explore at your own pace. Whether you want to relax at the hotel or rent a bike and explore more of Bagan is up to you. Some sites to see include a visit to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture. Close by is also the Thatbinnyu Temple dating from 1144, also known as the temple of omniscience. You may also wish to visit one of the local villages or follow the running course to the majestic Dhammayangyi Temple for a closer look. In the late afternoon we’ll meet for a sunset excursion and enjoy another magical moment reveling in the stunning beauty of the area. A festive dinner and awards ceremony will lead to an unforgettable evening. (breakfast included)
Monday, November 27 – After an early breakfast and checkout, we head to the airport for a morning flight back to Yangon. Flying time is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes and arrival in Yangon is estimated before noon. However, flight times are not yet confirmed and delays do occur, so it is NOT recommended to book your onward flight out of Yangon earlier than 15:00 (3:00 PM) today. (breakfast included)
Itinerary subject to change.