The Ultimate Gem and Mineral Tour of Burma Ultimate Gem and Mineral Tour of Burma (Myanmar) November
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The Ultimate Gem and Mineral Tour of Burma (Myanmar)
November 5th to November 19th, 2014
A journey through Burma, featuring Mogok The Valley of Rubies Guided by geologist Kyaw Thu, and Museum staff
5 nights in Mogok, 3 nights each in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan Visit sapphire, ruby, spinel and peridot mines in Mogok Visit the famous gem markets in Mogok In Yangon, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, as well as museums and markets In Mandalay, visit the famous Jade market and Royal Palace, plus additional activities In Bagan, stay at a beautiful resort on the Irrawaddy River and enjoy free time to sightsee
amongst the 2,000 ancient temples and pagodas Most meals included
Top: Womens Gem Market in Mogok.
Bottom, from left to right: A sapphire mine in Mogok; temple on a boulder near Mogok; temple in Mandalay. All Photos by Jamie Newman/AMNH from November 2013
Proposed Burma Tour Itinerary (Subject to change)
Day 1 (Wed., Nov. 5): Arrive in Yangon
Day 2 (Thurs., Nov. 6): Visits to Shwedagon Pagoda, MGEs Gem Museum, Bogyoke Aung San Market (Gems, jewelry, minerals & souvenirs); overnight in Yangon
Day 3 (Fri., Nov. 7): Fly to Bagan, sightseeing in Bagan; overnight in Bagan
Day 4 (Sat., Nov. 8): Sightseeing in Bagan; overnight in Bagan
Day 5 (Sun., Nov. 9): Trip to Popa; overnight in Bagan
Day 6 (Mon., Nov. 10): Fly to Mandalay and drive to Mogok; overnight in Mogok
Day 7 (Tues., Nov. 11): Ladys Gem Market, visits to viewpoint of Mogok Valley, Shunt-pan (secondary ruby and spinel mine), Lin-yaung-chi (primary and secondary ruby mine)
Day 8 (Wed., Nov. 12): Visits to Kadoke-tat, Baw-pa-dan (primary ruby mines), Baw -mar (primary and secondary sapphire mine)
Day 9 (Thurs., Nov. 13): Visits to Inn-gaung (secondary ruby and sapphire mine), Baw-lone-gyi (primary ruby mine), Kyauk-pyat-that Pagoda, Panma gem market
Day 10 (Fri., Nov. 14): Visits to Bernard-Pyaung-gaung area (Peridot mine), British Soldiers Cemetery, Bernard traditional market (Market time is 6:00 am to 8:30 am), Gem market
Day 11 (Sat., Nov. 15): Drive to Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin; overnight in Mandalay
Day 12 (Sun., Nov. 16): Visits to jade market (rough, faceted, bangle, carving, cutting of jade, polishing of jade), sightseeing in Mandalay; overnight in Mandalay
Day 13 (Mon., Nov. 17): Visits to Royal Palace of Mandalay, Gold plating factory, Mandalay Hill, Rock books Pagoda; overnight in Mandalay
Day 14 (Tues., Nov. 18): Fly from Mandalay to Yangon
Day 15 (Wed., Nov. 19): Depart from Myanmar
Tour Cost: $6,000 per person
Including most meals, accommodations, & transportation during the tour (excluding airfare and other expenses before and after
For more information contact the Gem and Mineral Council: 213-763-3326, email@example.com
$1,000 per person deposit required to reserve a spot on the tour. Full payment due by August 1st, 2014. Registration limited to $1,000 and above Gem & Mineral Council members. Non-Council members wishing to register for the tour may submit
membership dues ($1,000 per couple) with their reservation request. If space is not available, their deposit and Council dues will be refunded.
Act NOW, space is very limited.
Gem & Mineral Council Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
The Ultimate Gem and Mineral Tour of Burma
Travel Information Sheet
Dates: November 5th to 19th, 2014
COST: $6,000 per person (excluding airfare) Price based on double occupancy. Single supplement: TBD.
Payments: A $1,000 deposit is required to secure your reservation. Full payment is due by August 1, 2014. Make your check payable to the NHMLAC Foundation and send it with a reservation form to The Gem & Mineral Council, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Note: Payments by credit card are subject to a 3% surcharge.
Transportation: You will need to arrange and pay for your own air transportation. In order to connect with the tour, you will need to arrive in Yangon, Myanmar on or before November 5th.
It is crucial that you consult with us prior to finalizing flight reservations to assure that you will be able to connect with the tour group.
For further information contact the museums Gem & Mineral Council Coordinator, Kathy Kampf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-763-3326.
THE TOUR COST INCLUDES:
In-country Transportation: In-country transport includes three airline flights: Yangon to Bagan, Bagan to Mandalay and Mandalay to Yangon. Vans or SUVs will be used between Manadalay and Mogok.
Hotels: Accommodations are based on two persons sharing a double room with private bath and/or shower.
Single Accommodations: Although we will endeavor to arrange for congenial travel companions, this cannot be guaranteed and a single supplement will be charged when required or requested.
Meals: Most meals are included in the cost of the tour, but usually not drinks other than water. Lunches and dinners in Bagan may not be included. Missed meals are not reimbursed.
Taxes and Fees: All local government taxes on hotels, meals and services listed in the itinerary are included. All entrance fees to places visited in the itinerary are included unless the activity is specified as optional.
Arrangements: The tour price includes planning, handling, and operating charges. The final cost of the trip may vary somewhat depending on the final number of participants and variations in airfares, foreign currencies or tariff rates. The cost is subject to revision.
Donation: The tour cost includes a $1,000 tax-deductible donation to The Gem & Mineral Council, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. A letter of acknowledgement will be provided at the conclusion of the tour.
THE TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Round-trip travel costs between the U.S. (or other countries) and the starting and ending points of the tour are not included. Also specifically excluded are passport fees, cost of personal travel insurance, transportation of excess baggage, all items of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, telephone calls, gratuities for extra services, optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour, individual transfers to join or leave the group once the tour has commenced, special order items at meals and any item not specifically mentioned as included.
Travel documents: You are responsible for obtaining your own passport. Passports must be valid 60 days past return date. Citizens of the U.S. must also have a visa for Myanmar.
Rates: All rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and are based on tariffs and rate of exchange in effect as of March, 2014. These rates are subject to change prior to the operation of the tour.
Unused: There can be no refund for services or portions of the tour not taken. It is also understood and agreed that refunds cannot be made to tour members who do not complete the tour for any reason.
Baggage: Be aware that, for economy class travel between the U.S. and Asia, fees for checked bags and weight limits vary from airline to airline and change frequently. Also note that planes within Myamar and the vans will have limited luggage capacity, so we request that you limit yourself to one reasonable-sized piece of luggage and one handbag.
Clothing, etc.: Bring casual wear. Bring clothing suitable for visiting mines. Temperatures should be quite warm, expect days in the 80s to 90s. Bring sturdy, comfortable footwear with good traction that you don't mind getting dirty. It's good to have a hat and sunscreen for sun protection.
Equipment: Don't forget your camera, memory cards and extra batteries. A pocket calculator comes in handy for currency conversion and dickering with the dealers. A hand lens and small flashlight (penlight) are useful for examining mineral specimens. Collecting gear is not necessary, but a few small hand tools might be useful. If you decide to bring a pick, pocket knife or any other sharp implement, pack them in your checked luggage; otherwise they will be confiscated by airport security.
Currency: Cash is the only currency accepted. You must bring your cash with you, do not expect to be able to use credit cards or ATMs. You should bring crisp, new U.S. bills. Note that if you are carrying monetary increments in excess of US$10,000, you are required to file a report with U.S. Customs.
Medication: Don't forget to bring any needed prescription medication. Medical facilities are limited! In Mandalay and Yangon there are pharmacies and modern hospitals, but you may not find exactly what you are used to. Pack prescription drugs in your carry-on luggage. There are almost no medical facilities in Mogok! If you are sick or injured in Mogok you must make the 5-6 hour drive back to Mandalay to receive help!
Electrical appliances: There are a number of different types of electric outlets in Myanmar. We recommend checking each hotels websites for information.
Gratuities: Recommended gratuities for drivers: $5-$10 per day per person and for local guides: $10-$20 per day per person. Tipping is sometimes acceptable in other situations; our local guide can provide advice on tipping servers, etc.
U.S. Customs: There is U.S. import ban on rubies and jade from Myanmar; however, other gems and minerals may be brought into the U.S. For more information on customs tariffs see here: http://usitc.gov/publications/docs/tata/hts/bychapter/1000C71.pdf