Mayanmar Kosher Vacation

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Do you know Rangoon has the most beautiful Baghdadi Synagogue in all of Asia?

Do you know Rangoon had a Jewish Mayor?

Do you know Coca-Cola was first brought to Rangoon by a Jewish family called Solomon Brothers?

The first country in all of Asia to recognize Israel and Burmese Prime Minister U Nu was the first-ever head of the state to visit Israel in 1955?

Ben Gurion said in 1961 – in all of Asia, there is no more friendly nation to Israel than Burma.

Today there are only a few Jews left in Myanmar. This trip will give you an insight into this vibrant community and learn their escape from Japanese occupation in WWII. You will hear the interesting stories of “Jewish Life in Pagoda Land”.

This trip will enable you to explore and experience this beautiful country about which Rudyard Kipling wrote, “This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know.”

 

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All about the Mayanmar Kosher Vacation.

Day 1: Yangon – (D)

Day 2: Yangon –  (B, L, D)

Day 3: Yangon – Bagan –  (B, L, D)

Day 4: Bagan & Villages –  (B, L, D)

Day 5: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura –  (B, L, D)

Day 6: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun (B, L, D)

Day 7: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake –  (B, L, D)

Day 8: Inle Lake – Indein –  (B, L, D)

Day 9: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon – (B, L, D)

Day 10:Yangon – Departure (B)

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Quotation

TRIP COST PER PERSON: $2350 (Based on twin or double sharing room)
Single Supplement: 7540

Cost Included

9 Nights Stay at 4 Stars Deluxe Hotels
Travel with Private Airlines for 4 Internal Domestic flights
All Transfers and sightseeing with Private Air Conditioned Bus
All entrance fees & all zone fees
Enjoy gourmet dining: 8 Lunches and 9 Dinners at Fine Restaurants & Hotels
Explore by traditional horse cart through scenic countryside
Explore the tranquil waterways of Inle Lake by private boat
Travel with Experienced English speaking local tour guides

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

International flights

Visa (easy to apply online: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ take only 1-2 days)
Tipping to Guide & Driver (suggested $3 per day)

City        :  Hotels

Yangon    :   Sule Shangri La or Sedona Hotel or Park Royal Hotel
Bagan       :   Thiripyitsayar Resort or Myanmar Treasure Hotel
Mandalay  :  Hotel Shwe Pyi Tar or Triumph Hotel
Inle Lake  :  Amata Garden or Pristine Lotus Resort

  1. Day 1 Yangon – 5th December (D)

    Upon your arrival in Yangon, welcome by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Visit famous Shwedagon Pagoda, with its glittering gold stupa. At the pagoda observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset view at Shwedagon pagoda. Welcome dinner.

  2. Day 2 Yangon – 6th December (B, L, D)

    SPECIAL Hanukkah Celebration in Yangon

    Enjoy private tour and drive through downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit over 100 year old beautiful Rangoon Synagogue. In there you will have the opportunity to learn the Jewish Life in the Pagoda Land. Visit Jewish cemetery and Jewish sights. Then visit Little India and Chinatown – stop to greet the vendors and let them introduce you to their wares – some familiar, some exotic.

  3. Day 4 Bagan & Villages – 8th December (B, L, D)

    More than just temples, our tour introduces you to provide a great overview of Bagan’s history, culture and local lifestyles. Today see the real way of life for most Myanmar people by visiting villages near Bagan to view the local lifestyle. Then you will explore Bagan from a different perspective as you explore the area by Pony cart. The cart can explore areas that cars are unable to enter giving a different feel of Bagan. In the late afternoon transfer to jetty where a private wooden river boat is waiting. Sitting under the shade or on the open-deck you’ll be treated to fabulous views as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Shwezigon Pagoda. A private boat tour on the river during sunset time will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset. Relax and enjoy the scenery. (For Shabbat Observant: we can arrange just walking tour today)

  4. Day 5 Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – 9th December (B, L, D)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to legendary Mandalay, a city of great cultural importance. This morning visit the second most sacred image in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon Pagoda is the Mahamuni Pagoda. Visit local artisan’s workshops of gold leaf making, woodcarving and marble carving. Next visit Golden palace Monastery famous for its intricate woodcarvings. Continue to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is known as the world largest book due to the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. Before sunset visit a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar.

  5. Day 6 Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun 10th December (B, L, D)

    After breakfast you’ll board a private local boat for a trip up the Irrawaddy to Mingun (45 min each way). Visit the Mingun Bell which weighs more
    than 87 tons and being the world’s largest intact bronze bell, the unfinished Mingun Paya (built with the intention of being the world’s
    biggest pagoda). Mingun’s other highlight is the Hisnbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru. Throughout Mingun there are small neighborhoods crafting traditional basketry and other artistic items and there is plenty of time to stop and interact with the craftsmen and friendly locals.After returning to Mandalay in the afternoon continues sightseeing and visits the ruined remains of the Royal Palace. This evening, enjoy a commanding overview of the city from the Mandalay Hill.

  6. Day 7 Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake - 11th December (B, L, D)

    After breakfast, fly to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake. From Heho drive to NyaungShwe where we pick our boat & transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the full day tour by private boat in Inle lake. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most holy religious site in southern Shan State. Be amazed by the local handicrafts, silk weaving, wooden handlooms and traditional blacksmith methods along the way. Visiting Inle Lake is not just about being on the water
    but also about discovering the Shan and Intha villages on the banks of the river. Pass the endless floating gardens, houses, monasteries built on stilts on the lake. Proceed to Nampan village and see local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made) and canoe carving.

  7. Day 8 Inle Lake – Indein – 12th December (B, L, D)

    Begin your day with a visit to the market, which rotates locations every five days and where hill tribe people dressed in colorful, traditional outfits — as they barter for goods and produce. We continue our sightseeing in Inle Lake, maneuvering by boat though long, scenic channels. We will visit the fascinating village of Indein, with it complex of ancient shrines and stupas and walk though exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls. We’ll visit the “long neck” tribal women, and weaving and craft villages perched on stilts. See the lake’s unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. It is a feast for the senses and a photographer’s dream.

  8. Day 9 Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon -14th December (B, L, D)

    Morning flight back to Yangon. Then enjoy a visit to Scott Market, the sprawling 75-year-old Market. At the market you will find a whole variety of interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquer ware to gems & jewelry – bargain at the stores to fully experience the Burmese market atmosphere! Day at leisure to explore around city. Farewell Dinner (For Shabbat Observant: you can either extend one more day in Yangon or flight out to other country in the morning/afternoon on Friday)

  9. Day 10 Yangon – Departure (B)

    After breakfast, day at leisure until transfer to airport for International departure flight.

Hotels

City                 :      Hotels
Yangon        :     Sule Shangri La or Sedona Hotel or Park Royal Hotel
Bagan            :     Thiripyitsayar Resort or Myanmar Treasure Hotel 
Mandalay   :    Hotel Shwe Pyi Tar or Triumph Hotel 
Inle Lake    :   Amata Garden or Pristine Lotus Resort