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Essential Myanmar

Small Group Tour to the highlights of Myanmar


Group Tour

10 days from £1295 per person

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  Places Visited: Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake

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 in Mandalay, visit 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 surrounds before ending in Yangon to see the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda.

Holiday Types

Group Tours Cultural Holidays


Travel Arrangements

  • Group Size 4-16 people
  • Internal Travel A combination of road and air. Road travel is in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accompanying Guide English-speaking accompanying guide throughout
  • Accommodation 9 nights
  • Meal Plan Breakfast daily, lunch on days 2 to 9, dinner on day 2


Itinerary for Essential Myanmar

Day 1

Arrive in Yangon and transfer to the Hotel Esperado or similar for two nights. Welcome dinner arranged in the evening.

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Day 2

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.

Day 3
Yangon, Mandalay

Fly to Mandalay this morning. Transfer to the Magic Mandalay Hotel or similar for three 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.

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Day 4

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 teak-wood monastery. Return to Amarapura for a boat ride to witness the spectacular sunset at U Bein teak bridge over a glass of champagne.

Day 5

Take an excursion to Pyin Oo Lwin, formerly called Maymyo. Visit the Botanical Gardens, Purcell Tower and the Church of Immaculate Conception in this erstwhile British hill station.

Day 6
Mandalay, Bagan

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Stay at the Areindmar hotel or similar for two nights. Later, visit Bagan’s many temples and pagodas including Ananda, an architectural masterpiece, and Thatbyinnyu, the highest pagoda in Bagan. End the day by enjoying the sunset over the plains of Bagan.

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Day 7

Morning visit Salay village. In the 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.

Day 8
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.

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Day 9
Inle Lake

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.

Day 10
Inle Lake, Yangon

Transfer to Heho airport and fly to Yangon. Board your onward flight.

10 days from £1295 per person

What's included

✓   9 nights accommodation
✓   All internal transportation and transfers
✓   English-speaking accompanying guide throughout
✓   Breakfast daily, lunch on days 2 to 9, 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 £545 per person

Single supplement £ 290 per person
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Day 10

Transfer to Heho airport and fly to Ngapali. Stay at the Bayview Beach Resort for three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Day 11

Day at leisure.

Day 12

Day at leisure.

Day 13
Ngapali, Yangon

Fly to Yangon to take your onward flight.

2018/2019 tour prices for Essential Myanmar

Thu 02 Aug 2018 £1295 £325 Good
Thu 06 Sep 2018 £1295 £325 Good
Thu 18 Oct 2018 £1499 £325 Good
Thu 15 Nov 2018 £1499 £325 Good
Thu 29 Nov 2018 £1499 £325 Good
Thu 10 Jan 2019 £1499 £325 Good
Thu 31 Jan 2019 £1499 £325 Good
Thu 14 Feb 2019 £1499 £325 Good
Thu 07 Mar 2019 £1499 £325 Good
Thu 21 Mar 2019 £1499 £325 Good
Thu 04 Apr 2019 £1489 £499 Good
Thu 18 Apr 2019 £1489 £499 Good

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