The most significant day excursion from Mandalay is discovering the unique town of Mingun featuring the uncompleted and ruined Mingun Pahtodawgyi and the Mingun Bell which is weighing 90 tons and is today the largest ringing bell in the world; the ancient capital of Ava (Innwa) with its remains in idyllic rural atmosphere featuring the 27-metre high leaning tower, the well preserved Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery ( Me Nu Oak Kyaung) and the un-renovated teak monastery of Bagaya Kyaung of the 18th century.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the jetty for a private boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun. Visit the Mingun Bell, weighing 87 tons and being the world's largest intact bronze bell, the beautiful Hsinbyume Paya (also known as Myatheintan Pagoda) and the unfinished Mingun Pahtodawgyi (built with the intention of being the world's biggest pagoda). Sail back to Mandalay. Proceed by car to the former capital of Inwa (Ava), located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers. Take the local ferry to reach there and visit by horse cart to the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery (also known as Ok Kyaung), the leaning Nanmyin Watch Tower, and the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung. Return to Mandalay in the late afternoon. Overnight at a Hotel in Mandalay.