Places Visited: Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Yangon
Our Essential Myanmar group tour introduces you to the culture and sights of a beautiful land that, until recently, was one of the least visited countries in Asia.
Beginning at Yangon we see majestic Shwedagon Pagoda. Continue to Mandalay to see the ancient capital cities of Amarapura, Sagaing and Inwa. Visit the hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin before travelling on to Bagan to awe in the splendour of its thousands of stupas and pagodas. Visit Mount Popa, a sacred animist centre, and enjoy a sunset cruise on the Ayerwaddy (Irrawaddy) River. Enjoy the vast Inle Lake and its surroundings before returning back home.
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- Group Size 4-16 people
- Internal Travel Arrival & departure transfers, Internal travel by road and rail
- Accompanying Guide English-speaking guides. Accompanying tour escort when minimum group size achieved
- Accommodation 9 nights
- Meal Plan Breakfast daily. Dinner on day 2
Departing on 5th March 2020, our 10-day Essential Myanmar small-group tour is filling up and close to becoming a guaranteed departure. Book your place and discover the highlights of Bagan, Yangon and Mandalay.
Itinerary for Essential Myanmar
Arrive in Yangon and transfer to the Hotel Esperado or similar for two nights.
This morning, visit the Sule Pagoda in the centre of town. Walk around the Mahabandoola Park to see the colonial courthouse and Kandawgyi Royal Lake. Stop for tea at a local tea shop and visit the bustling Yangon harbour area. End the day with sunset at the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda. Welcome dinner arranged in the evening.
Fly to Mandalay this morning. Transfer to the Magic Mandalay Hotel or similar for two nights. Take a tour of Mandalay in the afternoon, visiting Mahamuni Pagoda and Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble slabs of Buddhist scriptures. Drive to Mandalay Hill for a view of the city at sunset.
Drive to Amarapura in the morning to witness the daily meal of over a thousand monks at the country’s largest monastery, Mahagandayon. Continue on to see the Sagaing hills, dotted with hundreds of stupas and pagodas. Take the ferry to Inwa (Ava), enjoy a horsecart ride and visit Bagaya Kyaung teakwood monastery. Return to Amarapura for a boat ride to witness the spectacular sunset at U Bein teak bridge over a glass of champagne.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Stay at the Areindmar hotel or similar for three nights. Visit Bagan’s many temples and pagodas including Ananda, an architectural masterpiece, and Thatbyinnyu, the highest pagoda in Bagan. Enjoy the sunset over the plains of Bagan.
Morning visit to Salay village. Late afternoon, return to Bagan and stop at the countryside village of Minnanthu, the least visited temple area in Bagan. Enjoy a sunset boat ride along Ayeyarwaddy River in the evening. Optional excursion: Hot air balloon ride.
The day is at leisure to enjoy this charming city. Optional excursions: Full day tour of Mount Popa, Lacquerware workshop or Cycling tour of Bagan at sunset.
Bagan, Inle Lake
Fly to Heho this morning and drive to Nyaung Shwe to take a boat transfer to a resort on Inle Lake. Stay at the Novotel Inle Hotel or similar for two nights. Take a full day tour of Inle Lake, visiting the lotus robe weaving village of Inpawkhon. Stop at a floating village at Ywama, the lake’s downtown area, to see Kan Paw Nan Paw Pagoda. End the day at the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.
Take a scenic boat tour to the village of In Dein. From the middle of the lake, the boat heads through a long channel from where farmers can be seen cultivating their produce. After a walk around the village, passing by a local school, take the covered stairway to see ancient stupas in the beautiful Alaung Sitthu area for a magnificent view over the lake.
Inle Lake, Yangon
Transfer to Heho airport and fly to Yangon. Board your onward flight.
Group Tour 10 days from £1495 per person
✓ 9 nights accommodation
✓ Arrival & departure transfers, Internal travel by road and rail
✓ English-speaking guides. Accompanying tour escort when minimum group size achieved
✓ Breakfast daily. Dinner on day 2
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary
Holiday Extensions for this tour
Essential Myanmar - Ngapali beach break
4 days, 3 nights from £525 per person
Single supplement £ 255 per personview itinerary
Inle Lake, Ngapali
Transfer to Heho airport and fly to Ngapali. Stay at the Bayview Beach Resort for three nights. The rest of your time is at leisure.
Fly to Yangon to take your onward flight.
Places and Experiences in this tour
Despite having been deposed as capital in 2005, Yangon (formerly ‘Rangoon’) is most travellers’ gateway to Myanmar. Its resplendent centrepiece, rising from a hilltop in the centr...
Mandalay, Myanmar’s second city on the left bank of the Ayeyarwady River, was founded in the 1850s by King Mindon of the Konbaung Dynasty, whose palace complex at the foot of Mand...
Draped around the shores of Thaungthaman Lake on Mandalay’s southern fringes, the leafy suburb of Amarapura, site of the Konbaung Dynasty’s capital in the early 19th century, is f...
Myanmar’s largest collection of pagodas and monasteries, lies amid the low, wooded hills on the opposite bank of the Ayeyarwady River at Sagaing. Connected by an extensive network...
Another perfect antidote to the congested streets of Mandalay is a visit to the archaeological site of Inwa (Ava), where monuments spanning five centuries of Burmese history stand...
U Bein Bridge
U Bein Bridge is the longest teak bridge in the world and can be found linking Amarapura to Mandalay across Taungthaman Lake. Built between 1849 and 1851, it still stands steady t...
Pyin Oo Lwin
A two-hour drive east of Mandalay takes you through the foothills of the Shan Plateau to Pyin Oo Lwin (formerly known as ‘Maymyo’), where the British established their hot-season ...
For many, the opportunity to gaze at the ruins of ancient Bagan, silhouetted against their distinctive backdrop of dusty acacia scrub and distant hills, is reason enough to travel...
Magical Inle Lake lies a short, 40-minute flight southeast of Mandalay, amid the outlying hills of the Shan Plateau. Nowhere else in Myanmar exemplifies the country’s geographical...
When it comes to views over Bagan, a balloon flight at dawn is hard to top. Preceded by a champagne breakfast and transfer by antique Burmese bus, the experience of drifting hundr...
Myanmar is not particularly well known for its beaches, but it is easy to see why so many visitors are seduced by the translucent water and powder-soft white sand at Ngapali. Afte...
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