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Private

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 Chatrium Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. Welcome dinner at the Chatrium Hotel. (D)

Day 3 – Rangoon: Morning excursion to Shwedagon Pagoda. After lunch, visit the Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) market, and stop outside Aung Sang Su Kyi’s gated home, followed by a walk from Sule Pagoda to the Rangoon riverfront and a visit to the National Museum. At the end of the day, enjoy high tea at the Governor’s Residence hotel. (B, L)

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. Afternoon tour of Mandalay Palace and fort, then watch the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Stay 2 nights at Mandalay Hill Resort (or similar). (B, L)

Day 5 – Maymyo: Full-day trip to Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), a former British hill station. Visit a local farmers market, then take a horsedrawn 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 Bagan Thande Hotel (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, Hgnet Pyit Taung, and 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 Inle 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 Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha, Kandawgyi Lake and the Kalaywatawya Monastery in the afternoon. Farewell dinner at Le Planteur. Stay overnight at the Chatrium Hotel (or similar). (B, D)

Day 12 – To London: 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.

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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