Mysteries of Myanmar (Burma)

Price per person
from £2,411

Price based on
London Heathrow
21st Oct 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 11 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • Active pace

  • Small group tours

Little changed from colonial times, Myanmar offers an enticing glimpse of the past with its beautiful pagodas and tranquil temples. Cruise the Irrawaddy River and watch Burmese life drift; browse floating water markets and walk the world’s largest teak bridge.

At a glance


  • Sule Pagoda A grand Burmese stupa in the centre of Yangon dating back 2,500 years.
  • Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha A mesmerising statue which gazes down on Burmese worshipers.
  • Mahamuni Pagoda One of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Burma.
  • Bagan Cruise Enjoy a day cruise to Bagan stopping at the Ayerawaddy river bank along the way.
  • U Bein Bridge Walk across the world's largest teak bridge.
  • Inle Lake Five Day Market A unique market where local hill tribesmen come to buy and sell their produce.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Little changed from colonial times, Myanmar offers an enticing glimpse of the past with its beautiful pagodas and tranquil temples. Cruise the Irrawaddy River and watch Burmese life drift; browse floating water markets and walk the world’s largest teak bridge.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Depart UK

Day
1

Yangon

Day
2

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights.

Welcome to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. Explore the leafy downtown area of this enigmatic city which still retains an old colonial charm. Visit Sule Pagoda, which is over 2,500 years old. See the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha, thought to be one of the largest of its kind. Today's sightseeing concludes with a visit to the gleaming Shwedagon Pagoda, towering almost 320 feet, or 100 metres, above Yangon. A wonder of the religious world, Shwedagon Pagoda is plated in gold and topped with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. NOTE: Sightseeing begins this afternoon so we recommend a mid-morning arrival.

Yangon

Day
3

This morning, stroll through Kandawgyi Park to the incredible Karaweik Royal Barge for a view of Kandawgyi Lake and Shwedagon Pagoda. Afterwards, visit a Yangon Monastery. In his lifetime, a Myanmar male is expected to spend some time serving as a monk, to learn the ways of Buddhism. This afternoon, have fun haggling with local traders for lacquerware, jewellery, and gems at Bogyoke Aung San Market, still known by its British name of Scott Market. Stroll the Chinatown area in the early evening to experience the vibrant, fresh fruit market.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Yangon - Mandalay

Day
4

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. Drive to Amarapura, Myanmar's penultimate Royal Capital. 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 Myanmar's most sacred Buddha images, Maha Muni, in the Mahamuni Pagoda. Continue to Shwenandaw Kyaung, or Golden Palace Monastery, an imposing teak-wood monastery-temple. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is said to house the world's largest book.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mandalay - Day Cruise - Bagan.

Day
5

Transfer early this morning to the Jetty for your cruise to Bagan, an enchanting city and one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia, and with over 2,000 pagodas, temples, and monasteries. On the way, stop at a little village along the Irrawaddy River.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Bagan

Day
6

Visit well-preserved and culturally significant temples including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilominlo Pahto, and the amazing Ananda Pahto. Bagan is not only famous for its temples and pagodas, but also for its artistic handicrafts and local lacquerware. Visit a Lacquerware Workshop and see the process of making these items. The best way to appreciate the true beauty of Bagan is at sunset from the top of Mingalazedi Pagoda. Be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bagan

Day
7

Start today with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, which affords the opportunity to witness rural Burmese life in action. En route, stop at Nyaung Oo Market to see the variety of fresh produce for sale. Later this afternoon, there is a chance to revisit the temples-this time by Horse Cart, which allows you to explore some of the lesser visited areas that cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bagan - Heho

Day
8

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. You will enjoy their unique way of rowing their boats with their legs. On arrival in Nyaung Shwe, visit Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung Monastery before boarding your private boat and venturing onto the lake for a boat transfer to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Inle Lake.

Day
9

This morning starts with a visit to 5-day market, where ethnic minorities come to buy and sell their produce. Working on a 5-day rotation system, the market visits different lakeside villages on different days. Continue to the ruined stupas and temples at the lake-side village of Inndein. See the crumbling pagodas that are relatively untouched; then visit the holiest monastery on the lake, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, home to five Buddha images coated in so much gold leaf they are hardly recognisable. Visit the silk weaving village of Inn Paw Khone and Nampan Village, where locals make cheroot (cigars). The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of Inle Lake's Floating Villages. NOTE: The 5-day market schedule is not available until closer to tour date. If necessary, the order of sightseeing will be changed in order to coincide with the market day. On occasions where there is no market, the Tour Director will make other arrangements.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Heho - Yangon

Day
10

Transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon where your tour ends.

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

Things to note

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.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Yangon: Rose Garden Hotel 
  • Mandalay: Mandalay Hill Resort 
  • Bagan: Amata Garden Bagan 
  • Inle Lake: Amata Garden Inle

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