Mysteries of Myanmar

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Mysteries of Myanmar (Burma)

"It will be quite unlike any place you know about." Kipling's quote still rings true, and a tour of this captivating country will uncover a truly authentic and enigmatic land, worlds apart from any other. This is Burma, and her beauty will astound you.

12 days from

£2,178

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 17/09/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

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  • Ananda Temple, Bagan, Myanmar, Burma Ananda Temple, Bagan, Myanmar, Burma
  • Fishing boats, Irrawaddy River Fishing boats, Irrawaddy River
  • Fisherman, Inle Lake Fisherman, Inle Lake
  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
  • Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mandalay Kuthodaw Pagoda, Mandalay
  • Phaung Daw U Pagoda, Inle Lake Phaung Daw U Pagoda, Inle Lake
  • National Kandawgyi Gardens, Pyin Oo Lwin National Kandawgyi Gardens, Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Sule Pagoda, Yangon Sule Pagoda, Yangon
  • Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha, Yangon Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha, Yangon
  • Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay
  • Large golden Gautama Buddha inside Ananda Temple, Bagan Large golden Gautama Buddha inside Ananda Temple, Bagan

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : Depart UK.

DAY 2 : Arrive Yangon.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights. Otherwise known as Rangoon, the former capital of Burma (Myanmar) is one of the most distinctive Southeast Asian cities. Tour this enigmatic city on an included sightseeing trip and explore the leafy downtown area, which still retains an old colonial charm, starting at Sule Pagoda. According to legend, the pagoda is over 2500 years old but was rebuilt in the 1880s and used by the British as the nucleus for the city's grid pattern. Visit the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha which, at over 246 feet, is thought to be one of the largest of its kind, before your sightseeing concludes with a visit to the gleaming Shwedagon Pagoda, towering almost 320 feet above the green cityscape of Yangon. A wonder of the religious world, Shwedagon Pagoda is plated in gold and topped with 4531 diamonds, the largest being a single 76 carat diamond.

DAY 3 : Yangon.

This morning, stroll through Kandawgyi Park to the incredible Karaweik Royal Barge for a sunrise view of the lake and Shwedagon Pagoda. Afterwards, visit a Yangon monastery to observe the monks' morning procession, collecting alms for their meals. This afternoon, barter for lacquerware, jewellery and gems at Scott Market before exploring the markets of the Chinatown area. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Drive to Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake, a breathtaking waterscape brimming with stupas and stilted houses and home to traditional fishermen who have a unique way of rowing with their legs. On arrival in Nyaung Shwe, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery before transferring to your private boat and venturing on to the lake. Continue to your hotel. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Inle Lake - Inndein - Inle Lake.

This morning starts with a visit to 5 Day Market, where local hill tribesmen come to buy and sell their produce. Working on a '5 day system', this unique market visits different lakeside villages on different days. Later, continue to the mysterious temples of Inndein. Reached by a covered walkway, the crumbling pagodas are still relatively untouched and overgrown. Afterwards, continue to the holy Phaung Daw U Pagoda, home to five Buddha images coated in so much gold leaf that they resemble giant balls of gold. Later, continue to the mysterious temples of Inndein. Reached by a covered walkway, the crumbling pagodas are still relatively untouched and overgrown. This afternoon visit the silk weaving village of Inn Paw Khone, and Nampan Village where locals make cigars (cheroot) before visiting a floating farm where vegetables are grown on matted reeds floating on the surface of the lake.The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of the floating villages that are scattered throughout the lake. Includes Breakfast

DAY 6 : Inle Lake - Heho - Mandalay.

Begin today by transferring to Heho for your flight to Mandalay, the second largest city in the country. Dotted with the remains of the old Royal City and many old monasteries, Mandalay is a showcase of 19th century Burmese art and architecture and noted for its woodcarvings, silverware, tapestries and silk cloth. Admire one of Burma's most sacred Buddha images, Maha Muni in the Mahamuni Pagoda. The image is believed to have been cast in the lifetime of Gautama Buddha and that Buddha embraced it seven times, bringing it to life. Continue to Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), famed for its intricate woodcarvings and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the world's largest book. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay.

Today is dedicated to Pyin Oo Lwin, a favourite summertime retreat for British colonists in the late 1800s due to its cool climate. Visit Pwe Kauk Falls before exploring the town, which retains many colonial buildings and even stagecoaches! See the famous colonial Candacraig Hotel building before spending the afternoon in National Kandawgyi Gardens, a botanical garden featuring over 480 species of flowers, shrubs and trees. Includes Breakfast

DAY 8 : Mandalay - Bagan.

After breakfast fly to Bagan, one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and an enchanting city with over 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries. Visit well-preserved and culturally significant temples including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilo Minlo and the amazing Ananda Temple, an unusual fusion of Mon and Indian architectural styles. Bagan is not only famous for the profusion of pagodas but also for its artistic handicrafts and local Lacquer-ware store where the process of making each piece can be seen. Visit a local Lacquer-ware workshop where the process of making each piece can be seen and observe the art of Bagan Lacquer-ware which done! The only way to truly appreciate the beauty of Bagan is at sunset from the top of Mingalazedi Pagoda to see the panoramic view of the temples surrounding you. Sit back relax and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Bagan.

Start today with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, which affords the opportunity to witness rural Burmese life. En route you will be able to stop at the interesting market at Nyaung Oo to see the variety of fresh produce for sale and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. Later this afternoon there is another chance to re-visit the temples, this time by Horse Cart which allows you to explore some of the lesser visited areas which cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport. This evening take a relaxing sunset cruise along the Irrawaddy River, watching life on the river as the sun sets. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10 : Bagan.

After breakfast, spend the full day at leisure in Bagan. Why not take an optional excursion to Mount Popa? Includes Breakfast

DAY 11 : Bagan - Yangon.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for one night. The rest of the day is at leisure. Includes Breakfast

DAY 12 : Yangon - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Hua Hin.

DAY 13 : Home landing in the UK.

Hotels on Tour

  • Bagan:Areindar. <note>
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.</note>
  • Yangon:Sedona Yangon
  • Inle Lake:Hupin Khaung Daing
  • Mandalay:Sedona Mandalayl

Visa Information

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour 9 breakfasts
  • Services of a local guide
  • Transfers
  • All airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable

Holiday Highlights

  • Sule Pagoda
  • Reclining Buddha
  • Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery
  • Mahamuni Pagoda
  • Pwe Kauk Falls
  • Cruise on the Irrawaddy River

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday
Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : Depart UK.

DAY 2 : Arrive Yangon.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights. Otherwise known as Rangoon, the former capital of Burma (Myanmar) is one of the most distinctive Southeast Asian cities. Tour this enigmatic city on an included sightseeing trip and explore the leafy downtown area, which still retains an old colonial charm, starting at Sule Pagoda. According to legend, the pagoda is over 2500 years old but was rebuilt in the 1880s and used by the British as the nucleus for the city's grid pattern. Visit the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha which, at over 246 feet, is thought to be one of the largest of its kind, before your sightseeing concludes with a visit to the gleaming Shwedagon Pagoda, towering almost 320 feet above the green cityscape of Yangon. A wonder of the religious world, Shwedagon Pagoda is plated in gold and topped with 4531 diamonds, the largest being a single 76 carat diamond.

DAY 3 : Yangon.

This morning, stroll through Kandawgyi Park to the incredible Karaweik Royal Barge for a sunrise view of the lake and Shwedagon Pagoda. Afterwards, visit a Yangon monastery to observe the monks' morning procession, collecting alms for their meals. This afternoon, barter for lacquerware, jewellery and gems at Scott Market before exploring the markets of the Chinatown area. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Yangon - Mandalay.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. On arrival, drive to Amarapura. Meaning 'City of Immortality', Amarapura was Myanmar's penultimate Royal Capital and the last stop today before returning to Mandalay. An included sightseeing tour will include the iconic U Bien's Bridge, which spans Taungthaman Lake and is the longest teak footbridge in the world, and the spiritually important Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses one the most famous seated Buddha images in all Myanmar. Also visit the the Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) and Kuthodaw. Finish the day with a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill for sunset and a panoramic view of the city. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Mandalay - Day Cruise - Bagan.

Early this morning transfer to the Jetty for Day cruise to Bagan at 6:00 a.m. On the way stop at a little village on the Ayerawaddy river bank. Lunch will be served on board. On arrival in Bagan transfer to your hotel. Includes Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 : Bagan.

Visit well-preserved and culturally significant temples including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilo Minlo and the amazing Ananda Temple, an unusual fusion of Mon and Indian architectural styles. Bagan is not only famous for the profusion of pagodas but also for its artistic handicrafts and local Lacquer-ware store where the process of making each piece can be seen. Visit a local Lacquer-ware workshop where the process of making each piece can be seen and observe the art of Bagan Lacquer-ware which done! The only way to truly appreciate the beauty of Bagan is at sunset from the top of Mingalazedi Pagoda to see the panoramic view of the temples surrounding you. Sit back relax and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Bagan.

Begin the morning with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, which afford the opportunity to witness rural Burmese life. En route you will be able to stop at the interesting market at Nyaung Oo to see the variety of fresh produce for sale and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. Later this afternoon there is an another chance to re-visit the temples, this time by Horse Cart which affords the opportunity to explore some of the lesser visited areas which cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport. Rest of the day at leisure. Includes Breakfast

DAY 8 : Bagan - Heho.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Drive to Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake, a breathtaking waterscape brimming with stupas and stilted houses and home to traditional fishermen who have a unique way of rowing with their legs. On arrival in Nyaung Shwe, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery before transferring to your private boat and venturing on to the lake. Continue to your hotel. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Inle Lake.

This morning starts with a visit to 5 Day Market, where local hill tribesmen come to buy and sell their produce. Working on a '5 day system', this unique market visits different lakeside villages on different days. Later, continue to the mysterious temples of Inndein. Reached by a covered walkway, the crumbling pagodas are still relatively untouched and overgrown. Afterwards, continue to the holy Phaung Daw U Pagoda, home to five Buddha images coated in so much gold leaf that they resemble giant balls of gold. Later, continue to the mysterious temples of Inndein. Reached by a covered walkway, the crumbling pagodas are still relatively untouched and overgrown. This afternoon visit the silk weaving village of Inn Paw Khone, and Nampan Village where locals make cigars (cheroot) before visiting a floating farm where vegetables are grown on matted reeds floating on the surface of the lake. The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of the floating villages that are scattered throughout the lake. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10 : Helo - Yangon - UK.

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport at Heho in order to connect with your return flight to Yangon. Upon arrival you will be taken to the international terminal at Yangon Airport in order to connect with your onward flight. Includes Breakfast

DAY 11 : Home landing in the UK.

Hotels on Tour

  • Inle Lake:Ananta Inle Resort. <note>
  • Note:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.</note>
  • Yangon:Rose Garden Hotel
  • Mandalay:Mandalay Hill Resort
  • Bagan:My Bagan Residence

Visa Information

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour – 8 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • Services of a local guide
  • Transfers
  • All airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable

Holiday Highlights

  • Sule Pagoda
  • Reclining Buddha
  • Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery
  • Mahamuni Pagoda
  • Pwe Kauk Falls
  • Cruise on the Irrawaddy River

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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14-Oct-2016

I do feel that when in Mandalay an extra day instead of the spare day in bagan we went off on our own in Mandalay hired taxi for the day and went to monywa and the Thanboddhay pagoda that' was an experience I would not want to miss and would be an as...

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