Highlights of Myanmar
Duration: 7 nights private tour
Price from: £1999pp
Mandalay 2 nights
Bagan 2 nights
Inle Lake 2 nights
Yangon 1 night
Day 1: Fly to Mandalay.
Day 2 Mandalay: On arrival, transfer to your hotel. If time allows, maybe pre-book an optional trishaw excursion (additional expense) around Mandalay Hill?
Day 3 Mandalay: Early morning transfer to Mahamuni Temple to see a traditional ceremony (which starts at around 4.30am) with monks, nuns and local people paying homage to the temple’s Buddha image. Afterwards, you can watch activities around the temple including monks chanting and locals praying. There is also a covered market which is well worth a browse before you return to your hotel. Later, on the way to Sagaing, stop at Shankalay Kyun, a small village home to talented artisans. Cross the Ayeyarwady River via Yadanapon Bridge, also known as New Ava Bridge, for views of the Old Ava Bridge built by the British in 1934. The bridge leads to Sagaing, the spiritual centre of Myanmar where hundreds of pagodas and monasteries dot the hilly landscape. Visit some of the most prominent pagodas before continuing to a small village to view the unique craft of paper doll making. Continue to Amarapura to see silk weaving workshops and then visit the famous U Bein Bridge which stretches across Taung Thaman Lake. Watch the sunset before returning to Mandalay.
Day 4 Mandalay/Bagan: Fly to Bagan, a spectacular plain beside the Ayeyarwady River dotted with thousands of centuries-old temple ruins. Visit some of the most remarkable temples including Shwezigon Pagoda, Ananda Pahto, Manuha Temple and Shwesandaw Pagoda.
Day 5 Bagan: Travel to Mount Popa, stopping en route in the small village of Shwe Hlaing for a Burmese-style tea party hosted at a family home. Stroll around the village and watch the locals demonstrate how they climb palm trees and use the sap to make palm sugar and fiery liquor. Arriving at Mount Popa, you’ll find an extinct sheer-sided volcano that rises out of the plain. Topped by golden stupas it is a famous pilgrimage site for locals who worship at the Nat temples. Enjoy lunch at the midway point of this legendary summit, taking in the panoramic views before returning to Bagan. This evening, enjoy a private sunset cruise along the Ayeyarwady. The sight of pagodas and temples glinting in the moonlight is incredibly beautiful and won’t disappoint.
Day 6 Bagan/Inle Lake: Fly to Heho. On arrival, drive to Pindaya which perches beside Pone Ta Love Lake. Explore the Pindaya caves which has thousands of Buddha images. Continue to Inle Lake and transfer by boat to your hotel.
Day 7 Inle Lake: Travel across the placid lake by longtail boat to visit a farm where tomatoes are grown on an island that floats on the lake’s surface. Next, visit an Inthar village to see houses constructed on wooden stilts in the water and spend time with a local family who generously open their home for you. Later, during a boat ride on the lake, enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery and watch the fishermen, who row uniquely with their legs, glide gracefully across the lake. Visit the enchanting floating gardens, a teeming market and a lakeside village before visiting the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, lotus and silk weaving villages and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.
Day 8 Inle Lake/Yangon: Transfer by boat and onwards by road to Heho for the flight to Yangon. On arrival, a city tour begins at the Sule Pagoda, a gleaming octagonal pagoda that stands at the centre of the city. Afterwards, visit the National Museum for an insight into Myanmar and then continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, a city highlight. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country and is at its most beautiful during the sunset, as the golden stupa reflects twilight’s changing colours.
Day 9 Yangon: Transfer to the airport for your journey home, or perhaps extend your stay?
Why not extend your stay?
Extend your stay with time to relax at beautiful Ngapali beach, which is just short ﬂight from either Yangon or Heho
Accommodation: 3* accommodation. Upgraded hotels and extra nights in each destination available at a supplement.
Meals: Breakfast.Lunch is also included on day 5.
Tour price: The price shown for this privately escorted tour by air-conditioned car is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return international flights from the UK, domestic flights, private transfers between your hotels, accommodation, sightseeing as outlined, private services of an English speaking guide and entrance fees.
National Museum in Yangon is closed on Mondays and public holidays. Inle Lake can be chilly in the mornings and evening between Nov-Apr, so you may wish to pack a jumper.