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The Golden Land of Burma

Private  |  12 Days / 9 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
  • Sample local wine at the Red Mountain Estate near Inle lake
  • See the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda
  • Small group size – maximum 26 people

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

Day 2: Mandalay Arrive in Mandalay and transfer to Mandalay Hill Resort for 2 nights. Afternoon visit to Mahamuni pagoda, then on to Amarapura to visit the Mahagandayon monastery, ending with sunset at U Bein bridge. Welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: 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. Take a horsedrawn carriage to see grand colonial houses, and visit a local market. Lunch is at the Club Terrace in Maymyo, followed by a visit to the National Kandawgyi Gardens. (B, L)

Day 4: Fly to Nyaung U and Pagan Cross the river to Sagaing Hill to visit the pagodas. Cross back to visit the ancient royal capital of Inwa (Ava) and take a horse-drawn carriage to visit the Bagayar monastery, before flying to Nyaung U. On arrival, transfer to the Aye Yar River View Resort in Pagan (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, L)

Day 5: Pagan temple visits 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. (B)

Day 6: Pagan temple visits Full-day tour of Pagan, including Shwezigon pagoda, Lawkananda and Dhammayazika temples. End the day with a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy river. (B)

Day 7: Fly to Heho and 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 the lake. Stay 2 nights at the Amata Garden Resort (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 8: Inle lake Morning visit to Indein village. Tour the pagoda complex here with its hundreds of stupas. Afterwards, drive into the Shan hills for wine tasting at Red Mountain Estate. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Fly to Rangoon Morning flight to Rangoon, then visit the Kalaywatawya monastery. Continue to the city via a stop outside Aung San Suu Kyi’s gated home, and on to the Chatrium Hotel (or similar) for a 2-night stay. (B)

Day 10: Rangoon Visit Shwedagon pagoda, then take a walking tour of the downtown area. See the reclining Buddha and the National Museum, then end the day with afternoon tea at the Belmond Governor’s Residence. Farewell dinner at Le Planteur. (B, D)

Day 11: Fly to London via Bangkok Optional visit to the Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) market. Transfer to the airport and fly back to London via Bangkok. (B)

Day 12: London Morning arrival. (N)

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

Important information 

Superior tour: Typically based in 4-star accommodation.

Itinerary: The itinerary above applies only to departures from October 2016 onwards. For January to March 2016, the itinerary includes the same excursions, but is one day longer and begins in Rangoon instead of Mandalay.

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.

Tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 7808 6786 or email

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