Highlights of Myanmar

    Day 1: Yangon arrival
    Meals: drinks

    On arrival in Yangon International Airport, meet your guide and driver for a private transfer to your hotel in Yangon.

    Yangon Heritage walk - KMM-YGN-016 – half day, morning or afternoon
    Yangon downtown is unique with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. You find one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth- century buildings, religious and secular. Starting after breakfast or lunch this walking tour will take you through downtown Yangon, focusing on its old colonial buildings. Your guide will walk you through the back streets in a relaxed tempo and explain you the history of each building some of them empty, some getting restored and some used for different purposes than when built. This walk along the streets of Yangon will at least architecturally take you a step back in time. The walk ends with a drink at Rangoon Tea House, a cosy restaurant on lower Pansodan street, a new place where many of Yangon’s expatriates of today meet up for a drink or a meal.

    Overnight at Savoy Hotel, Deluxe Room
     



    Day 2: Yangon
    Meals: B | L

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Own transfer to the meeting point. Meeting point is at Daw Cho Mohinga shop (Address: No.118-D, Old Yae Tar Shae Road, Bahan Township) and the arrival time is at 08:00am sharp.

    Spiritual Shwedagon Pagoda – half day (seat in coach)
    So what’s behind the golden façade of the Shwedagon Pagoda? During this interactive half day tour we take you through the back door and show you the full history of the pagoda, the daily life of all people living in the immediate surroundings of the pagoda and a deeper insight in the Buddhist religion and how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats – the Myanmar spirits. An intriguing half day tour starting from the bottom of the hill and passing the workshops, markets and monasteries which will be useful or even essential to understand more of the country during the rest of your journey. The tour includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda, a visit to a fortune teller.

    After the tour own transfer to the hotel.

    Afternoon free at leisure on your own.

    Overnight at Savoy Hotel, Deluxe Room



    Day 3: Yangon – Mandalay
    Meals: B | L

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay.

    Upon arrival at the Mandalay airport meet your guide & start sightseeing

    Mandalay monuments – the hill, the monastery and the book – KMM-MDL-006 – half day
    It’s not just the former capital cities around Mandalay that are interesting to visit. During this half day tour (morning or afternoon) we will take you to the most famous monuments of Mandalay starting with the top of Mandalay hill for a great view over the Mandalay fort. We continue to Atumashi and the Shwenandaw monasteries which are excellent examples of the architecture and crafts work of this region and we end with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda with the white marble slabs.

    The rest of the day the car and guide are available for additional visits till 6 pm if wanted – we suggest you to visit Yankin Hill.

    Overnight at Rupar Mandalar Resort, Deluxe Room



    Day 4: Mandalay
    Meals: B

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Biking Tour: Magnificent Mandalay Mornings-KMM-MDL-012 – half day joining biking tour operated by Grasshopper adventure (morning)
    A fantastic tour just outside the city operated by Grasshopper Adventures a small specialised biking company in Mandalay.

    We start biking from our conveniently located shop and ride through the back lanes to get out of town. We pass through fresh markets, lively neighbourhoods and head for the north east of the city. After only a short pedal we find ourselves in the true countryside where farmers tend to their fields and villagers go about the daily rituals that have remained unchanged for decades, if not longer. Water buffalo lazily roll in the mud, goats nibble at the foliage, and friendly locals wave from all directions. We make some interesting stops, first at a fresh market to learn about the different produce on sale and then continue on to see bamboo weaving which is used to construct everything from roofs and walls to fans. We take a walk through a typical central Myanmar village and learn about their way of life and their different crops. On our way back to town we stop at a tea shop for some delicious snacks and tea. We return to our shop at around 11:30/noon and bring you by motorbike back to the hotel. Please note, you should wear clothing suitable for this activity: quarter length pants, shorts, t-shirts are all advisable, as are comfortable closed shoes. Sunscreen is also a must.

    The tour includes transfers at 07:15 AM from your hotel to the starting point and back to your hotel by motorbikes.

    Overnight at Rupar Mandalar Resort, Deluxe Room



    Day 5: Mandalay – Bagan
    Meals: B

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Transfer to the bus station to take public bus from Mandalay to Bagan (driving about 5 hours)

    Bus depart from Mandalay at 08:00 AM & arrived Bagan around 18:00. Arrived at the Bagan bus station meet your guide & transfer to the hotel.

    Overnight at Areindmar Hotel, Deluxe



    Day 6: Bagan
    Meals: B | L

    Breakfast at the hotel

    This is Bagan! - KMM-BGN-001 – full day orientation tour
    A full day tour by car, with an experienced guide through Bagan will show you the best known temples of the area. We start the day climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole area. From here the guide plans his way to some of the other amazing temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi, Sulamani, and Thatbyinnyu will certainly impress you. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant and around 4pm we continue the tour by horse cart to Pyathagyi pagoda for sunset with some refreshing drinks served! Oh… we forgot to mention the best part of this tour; whenever you see a temple you like, just ask you guide to stop to have a look at it – simply pick your own favourite temple.

    Overnight at Areindmar Hotel, Deluxe Room



    Day 7: Bagan
    Meals: B


    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Biking Tour: Bike Brilliant Bagan - KMM-BGN-013 – half day joining biking tour operated by Grasshopper adventure (morning)
    The perfect guided introduction to Bagan temples and village life operated by Grasshopper Adventures a small specialised biking company in Bagan. Ideal to find your way on your first day in Bagan before heading off on your own to explore the temple zone.

    Ride through the back lanes to get into the temple plains. We quickly leave the sealed, busy roads behind and venture off onto dirt tracks, only accessible to bikes and horses. It's not long before we are pedalling alongside ancient brick structures, pausing to visit some of the most famous monuments like Shwesandaw, Ananda and Shwezigon as well as several hidden gems.

    Aside from temples, Bagan is still a buzzing little town and we'll be sure to explore some of the traditions and lifestyles of its people. Kids on a break from school, snack vendors and a menagerie of pigs, cows and the occasional horse greet us along the way.

    We cap off the morning with a visit to a tea shop where we will sample unique snacks and, of course sip a cup of sweet Myanmar tea.

    The tour includes transfers at 06:30 from your hotel to the starting point and back to your hotel by local truck around 12-1pm.

    Overnight at Areindmar Hotel, Deluxe Room



    Day 8: Bagan
    Meals: B


    Breakfast at the hotel.

    In the morning free at leisure on your own.

    Around 16:00 meet your guide and start sightseeing.

    Sundowners on a Sandbank - KMM-BGN-007 – sunset tour
    We’ve decided that you have to stay at least 2 nights in Bagan; one to see the sun go down from the top of an ancient temple, the other one to take a boat ride on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River and have some sundowners on a sandbank in the middle of the river (if the river is not too high). A private boat tour on the river during sunset time will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset while your guide will be serving cocktails and some snacks.

    Overnight at Areindmar Hotel, Deluxe Room



    Day 9: Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake
    Meals: B | L


    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho.

    Upon arrival at the Heho airport meet your guide and transfer to Inle Lake for sightseeing.

    A day on the lake! - KMM-INL - 001 – full day
    Inle Lake in southern Shan State is a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional Shan villages. On the lake itself the Intha people have been living for many centuries in village built entirely on stilts on the lake. Today we will take you by private motorboat around the lake to discover the natural beauty of the lake, visit the floating gardens, see some of the famous leg rowers and have some tea at a local family’s house. On and around the lake traditional markets are held in different villages according to a 5-day rotating schedule and today we will take you to visit a colourful market frequented by Shan and PaO people living nearby. We will certainly also visit a local house where cheroot (the Burmese cigars are made), floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, an Intha house where a traditional Intha lunch is served and if wanted we visit a weaving factory.

    Overnight at Sanctum Inle Resort, Cloister Deluxe



    Day 10: Inle Lake
    Meals: B | L


    Breakfast at the hotel.

    The ruins of Indein & home cooked food with a local family & canoe trip floating gardens - KMM-INL-002 – half day
    In the south of the lake the ruins of Indein are certainly worth a visit. Partly covered by vegetation the area looks like a “pagoda forest”. We will walk about 1 hour to enjoy a fantastic view over the lake. A home-made cooked lunch is served in a local house. We continue towards the Nam Pan village for a very interesting trip going local with a small canoe. Whenever you are tired paddling yourself we continue by motorboat back to your hotel.

    Reminder of the day free at leisure.

    Overnight at Sanctum Inle Resort, Cloister Deluxe



    Day 11: Inle Lake
    Meals: B


    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Day free at leisure on your own at Inle Lake

    Overnight at Sanctum Inle Resort, Cloister Deluxe



    Day 12: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon – Departure
    Meals: B


    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon.

    Upon arrival at the Yangon airport car & guide available until departure to your flight.



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Total from
£3,500.00

Based on:
Departures from London Heathrow (LHR)

Travel Dates:
01 Sept – 10 Dec 2020







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