11 days from £4700 per person
Places Visited: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake
This tour introduces you to the culture of Myanmar, taking in the most popular and spectacular sights this beautiful country has to offer.
Beginning in Yangon you visit the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda then travel up to Bagan and its thousands of stupas and pagodas. Continue on to Mandalay and the ancient capital cities of Inwa (Ava), Amarapura and Sagaing ending at the vast Inle Lake.
Fly to Yangon via Bangkok.
Arrive in Yangon and transfer to the first class Belmond Governor’s Residence for two nights. In the evening enjoy a walk through Chinatown and the fascinating Bogyoke Aung San Market.
Tour the city including the gilded Sule Pagoda, the National Museum and the giant reclining Buddha at Kyaukhtatyi. You also visit the serene Kandawgyi Lake and the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda.
Fly to Bagan and check in to the first class Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort, Bagan, on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy for two nights. Spend the morning visiting the Shwezigon, Htilominlo and Ananda Pagodas. After lunch explore a lacquer workshop in Myinkaba village, followed by a visit to the Gubyaukgyi Pagoda famous for its ancient mural paintings.
Early morning balloon ride over Bagan: For the ultimate views, a balloon flight at dawn is the way to go. Continue to explore Bagan this afternoon.
Take an early flight to Mandalay the centre of Burmese culture. After checking in to the first class Hotel By The Red Canal, Mandalay for two nights, you enjoy a visit to the Golden Palace, the Kuthodaw Pagoda and the revered Mahamuni Pagoda to see the bronze image of Buddha covered in thick gold. In the afternoon enjoy a visit by pony cart to the former capital of Ava, including the Nanmyint ‘Leaning’ watchtower and the Bagaya Monastery.
Visit the Amarapura Monastery to witness monks going to breakfast, their only meal of the day. Visit U Bein’s teak bridge. Afterwards, take a boat ride on the Ayeyarwaddy to visit the unfinished pagoda at Mingun. Time permitting, continue to the Sagaing hills for a scenic sunset.
Fly to Heho in the morning and drive to Nyaung Shwe to take a boat to the picturesque Inle Lake and check in at the Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake a first class traditional style property, for two nights.
Visit the unique leg rowers, the floating markets and the village life around this idyllic lake. Later see the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and Nga Pe Pagoda, popularly known as the Jumping Cat Monastery, a wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake. Also, visit the ancient Kakku pagoda complex.
Time permitting, visit the Pindaya limestone caves, which have thousands of Buddha images collected over the ages before taking your flight to Yangon and check in at the Governor’s Residence for the night.
Fly to Bangkok to board your return flight to the UK, arriving the same day.
11 days from £4700 per person
✓ International flights from London
✓ 9 nights accommodation
✓ All internal transportation and transfers
✓ English-speaking guides
✓ Breakfast daily
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary
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...
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...
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...
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...
High on a hill in Yangon sits the Shwedagon Pagoda - an incredible complex including a structure that houses strands of the Buddha's hair, as well as a number of other holy relics...
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...
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...
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