Bagan Temple Marathon, Myanmar

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Itinerary

FIVE NIGHT ITINERARY

Wednesday, November 24​ – Welcome to Myanmar! 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. In the evening, we offer an optional dinner at Restaurant the Seeds, owned by Michelin Chef (and Bagan Temple marathon runner) Felix Eppisser and his wife Lucia. They have created a special dinner for us with welcome cocktail & canapes and a four-course meal ($95.00).

Thursday, November 25​ – The day will begin with a Yangon Colonial Walking Tour, a mixture of colonial building, churches, mosques (including Sunni and Shia), a Buddhist monastery and ordinance hall. The beautiful buildings reflect the mix of religions in the city. Next stop will be 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. We'll enjoy lunch 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 Bagan. Flight time is approximately one hour and 20 minutes and via a short stopover in Mandalay, we will arrive at Nyaung U Airport just outside the Bagan Archeological Zone.  After checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to become acquainted with the magnificent landscape of Bagan. (Breakfast and lunch included)
 
Friday, November 26​ – Today we'll explore the ancient area of Bagan. We’ll start with a visit 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 continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture. With its four standing Buddha’s and adjacent brick monastery with well-preserved 18th century murals, this temple is one of Bagan’s most significant. 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. Back at the hotel the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and prepare for tomorrow’s race. In the evening we carbo-load with a pasta dinner in the hotel or a nearby restaurant. (Breakfast and dinner included)
 
Saturday, November 27​ – Today’s the big day! After an early breakfast at the hotel, we hop on a coach 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 buses will take all participants (runners and spectators) back to the hotel where the rest of the day and evening can be enjoyed as you prefer. (Breakfast and light lunch at the finish included)​

Sunday, November 28​ – Today is free to relax, enjoy and explore at your own pace. Whether you want to relax at the hotel with a cold drink or rent a bike and explore more of Bagan is up to you. If your legs can carry you, we suggest a visit to Thatbinnyu Temple dating from 1144, also known as the temple of omniscience. Another great option is to visit one of the local villages or follow the running course to the majestic Dhammayangyi Temple for a closer look.

Organized Group Optional Activities:

1) Balloons over Bagan is a perfect way to fly into the sunrise in a hot air balloon, with a magical view of the Bagan area (flight duration 45 minutes). Weight, height and age requirements apply.
2) Take a five (5) hour trip to Mount Popa. Visit the temple on top of Mount Popa and enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant with a good view of Mount Popa.
3) Bagan Cooking Class. Have a fun and delicious experience with our Bagan Cooking Class. Learn how Myanmar people prepare their cuisines with traditional spices and condiments while you cook some their most traditional dishes.

In the late afternoon, we’ll meet and celebrate your achievements of yesterday. A festive dinner and awards ceremony will lead to an unforgettable evening. (Breakfast and dinner included)
 
Monday, November 29​ - After an early breakfast and checkout, we head to the airport for our morning flight back to Yangon. Flying time is approximately one 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 3:00 PM. You can also choose to extend your stay in Myanmar and book the tour to the idyllic Inle Lake, go to the perfect beach retreat at Ngapali Beach or explore the less visited Chin State Villages a climb of Mt. Victoria. (Breakfast included)

 

SEVEN NIGHT ITINERARY

Monday, November 22​ - Welcome to Myanmar! 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 far. If assistance is needed a Meet and greet guide will be present after customs have been cleared. 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. In the evening, we offer an optional dinner at Restaurant the Seeds, owned by Michelin Chef (and Bagan Temple marathon runner) Felix Eppisser and his wife Lucia. They have created a special dinner for us with welcome cocktail & canapes and a four-course meal ($95.00).

Tuesday, November 23 - The day will begin with a Yangon Colonial Walking Tour, a mixture of colonial building, churches, mosques (including Sunni and Shia), a Buddhist monastery and ordinance hall. The beautiful buildings reflect the mix of religions in the city. Next stop will 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. We'll enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant where you will taste the exquisite Myanmar cuisine. After lunch, you'll head to the airport to catch the flight to Bagan. Flight time is approximately one hour and twenty minutes and via a short stopover in Mandalay, we will arrive at Nyaung U Airport just outside the Bagan Archeological Zone. After checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to become acquainted with the magnificent landscape of Bagan. (Breakfast and lunch included)​

Wednesday, November 24​ - After breakfast, we head off for more exploration of Mandalay and its surroundings. Starting from the ancient royal capital of Amarapura, we are heading to the world’s longest wooden bridge that was built in 1782, the U Bein Bridge, which spans 1.2km. Next, we will visit Burma's largest Buddhist monastery: Mahagandayon Monastery. It is home to more than 1,000 monks and monks to be. Our journey continues to the highly revered Mahamuni Pagoda where we will also see the work of local craftsmen. We will enjoy lunch 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. (Breakfast and lunch included)​

Thursday, November 25​ - Following an 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 on board 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 and lunch included)​

Friday, November 26​Today we'll explore the ancient area of Bagan. We’ll start with a visit 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 continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture. With its four standing Buddha’s and adjacent brick monastery with well-preserved 18th century murals, this temple is one of Bagan’s most significant. 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. Back at the hotel the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and prepare for tomorrow’s race. In the evening we carbo-load with a pasta dinner in the hotel or a nearby restaurant. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Saturday, November 27Today’s the big day! After an early breakfast at the hotel, we hop on a coach 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 buses will take all participants (runners and spectators) back to the hotel where the rest of the day and evening can be enjoyed as you prefer. (Breakfast and light lunch at the finish included)​

Sunday, November 28​ - Today is free to relax, enjoy and explore at your own pace. Whether you want to relax at the hotel with a cold drink or rent a bike and explore more of Bagan is up to you. If your legs can carry you, we suggest a visit to Thatbinnyu Temple dating from 1144, also known as the temple of omniscience. Another great option is to visit one of the local villages or follow the running course to the majestic Dhammayangyi Temple for a closer look.

Organized Group Optional Activities:

1) Balloons over Bagan is a perfect way to fly into the sunrise in a hot air balloon, with a magical view of the Bagan area (flight duration 45 minutes) Weight, height and age requirements apply.
2) Take a five (5) hour trip to Mount Popa. Visit the temple on top of Mount Popa and enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant with a good view of Mount Popa.
3) Bagan Cooking Class. Have a fun and delicious experience with our Bagan Cooking Class. Learn how Myanmar people prepare their cuisines with traditional spices and condiments while you cook some their most traditional dishes.

In the late afternoon, we’ll meet and celebrate your achievements of yesterday. A festive dinner and awards ceremony will lead to an unforgettable evening. (Breakfast and dinner included)

Monday, November 29​ - After an early breakfast and checkout, we head to the airport for our morning flight back to Yangon. Flying time is approximately one 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 3:00 PM. You can also choose to extend your stay in Myanmar and book the tour to the idyllic Inle Lake, go to the perfect beach retreat at Ngapali Beach or explore the less visited Chin State Villages a climb of Mt. Victoria. (Breakfast included)

Itinerary subject to change.