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The Golden Land of Burma

Private  |  13 Days / 10 Nights
from £2595
Burma (Myanmar) has a rich cultural heritage and a long, eventful history. This journey visits the highlights of this diverse country, beginning with the majestic Shwedagon pagoda in Rangoon. The tour passes thousands of pagodas in ancient Pagan and monasteries in Mandalay, reflecting the deep-rooted Burmese belief in Buddhism and spirit worship. Finish at the beautiful Inle lake, famous for its floating villages and gardens, and the leg-rowers of the Intha tribe.
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy river from Pagan (Bagan)
  • Sample local wine at the Red Mountain Resort near Inle Lake
  • Learn about monastic life at the Kalaywatawya monastery in Rangoon (Yangon)

Day 1 – To Rangoon: Fly from London to Rangoon, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways. (N)

Day 2 – Rangoon: Arrive in Rangoon, the former capital of Burma, and transfer to the Parkroyal Yangon (or similar) for 2 nights. Welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 – Rangoon: Morning excursion to Shwedagon pagoda. After lunch, walking tour of Rangoon then visit the reclining Buddha and the National Museum. At the end of the day, enjoy high tea at the Governor’s Residence hotel. (B)

Day 4 – To Mandalay: Early morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival, take a tour of Amarapura via Paliak village, and visit Mahamuni pagoda and the iconic U Bein Bridge. Watch the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Stay 2 nights at Mandalay Hill Resort (or similar). (B, L)

Day 5 – Maymyo: Morning visit of Mandalay Palace and its fort, followed by a full-day trip to Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), a former British hill station. Visit a local farmers’ market, then take a horse-drawn cart to see grand colonial houses. Take lunch at the Club Terrace in Maymyo, then visit the National Kandawgyi Gardens in the afternoon. (B, L)

Day 6 – To Pagan: Today, visit the ancient royal capital of Inwa by horse-drawn cart and visit the Bagayar monastery. Drive to Sagaing Hill for lunch and views, before flying to Nyaung U. On arrival, transfer to the Aye Yar River View Resort (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, L)

Day 7 – Pagan: Optional sunrise balloon ride over Pagan (October to March only. Must be booked in advance). Full-day tour of Pagan, including the Ananda, Dhammayangyi and Htilominlo temples. View the sunset from a quiet location and, in the evening, enjoy a puppet show with dinner. (B, D)

Day 8 – Pagan: Full-day tour of Pagan, including Shwezigon pagoda, Lawkananda and Dhammayazika temples. End the day with a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy river. (B, L)

Day 9 – To Inle lake: Morning flight to Heho and transfer to Inle lake. In the afternoon, take a tour of the floating villages, gardens and temples around Inle lake. Stay 2 nights at the Amata Garden Resort (or similar). (B)

Day 10 – Inle lake: Morning visit to the Indein village, followed by wine tasting at Red Mountain Resort. (B)

Day 11 – To Rangoon: Morning flight to Rangoon, then visit the Kalaywatawya monastery. Farewell dinner at Le Planteur. Stay overnight at the Parkroyal Yangon (or similar). (B, D)

Day 12 – To London: Optional morning visit to the Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) market. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly back to London via Bangkok. (B)

Day 13 – London: Morning arrival. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Superior Tour: 
Based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Domestic flights: Due to a restricted domestic flight schedule in Burma, the journey involves a number of early morning flights and requires check in at least one hour prior to departure.

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