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Discover Myanmar
Holiday Length: 09 days
Start City: Mandalay
End City: Yangon
Boutique Small Group Tour
(minimum 2 - maximum 20)
As Rudyard Kipling put it over a hundred years ago: "this is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about".  This small group tour is the perfect introduction to discover this land of breathtaking beauty and its millennial-old culture. Start your journey in the ancient royal city of Mandalay, continue to the thousands Pagodas and Temples of Bagan, witness the life of local tribes around Inle Lake and end your trip in Yangon, to admire the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda and take in the colonial heritage of Myanmar's capital city.

Departure Dates
2016: 15 Oct | 19 Nov | 10 Dec
2017: 21 Jan | 18 Feb | 19 Mar | 22 Apr | 20 May | 17 Jun | 15 Jul | 19 Aug | 23 Sep

Day 1
Mandalay
 

Welcome to Myanmar. Arrival transfer to your hotel. This afternoon begin our exploration with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, home to one of the country's most revered Buddha images, entirely covered with Gold Leaf. Continue through traditional workshops where wood carvings, Kalaga tapestries and Gold Leaf are crafted using ancestral techniques. End your tour with magnificent views of the city and the Irrawaddy River from the top of Mandalay Hill.

   
Day 2
Mandalay
 

Early morning optional Hot Air Balloon flight.
Today visit the former capital of Sagaing, Myanmar's major religious centre. Visit Pagodas and a typical Burmese market. Later return to Mandalay for a visit of the Kuthodow Pagoda known as the "World's Biggest Book" for its 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures. Later admire the sunset at the 200 years old U Bein teak bridge at Amarapura. (B)

   
Day 3 Mandalay - Bagan
 

Today take a local ferry from Mandalay to Bagan. During the cruise, observe life along the riverbank, stop at local villages or join a discussion on Myanmar Culture and Tradition. Lunch is served on board. (B,L)
Note: Cruise might not operate if water levels are low; land or air transfer will be arranged (supplement may apply.)

   
Day 4 Bagan
 

Early morning optional Hot Air Balloon flight. Today experience the amazing atmosphere of Bagan; here thousands of temples, stupas, pagodas and monasteries from the 11th-13th centuries have been preserved. Visit this impressive archaeological site as well as the colourful Nyaung Oo Market and a traditional lacquerware workshop. (B)

   
Day 5
Bagan
 

Day at leisure in Bagan to explore further on your own. (B)

   
Day 6

Bagan - Heho - Nyaung Shwe - Red Mountain - Inle Lake

 

This morning fly to Heho. Upon arrival take a scenic drive to Nyaung Swe, the gateway village to Inle Lake, en-route visiting local markets and monasteries. Taste local wines at Red Mountain Winery. Later, jump aboard a motorboat and cruise on the lake to discover stilt villages and water gardens. A visit to Phaung Daew Oo Pagoda, the lake's main sanctuary is included. (B)

   
Day 7 

Inle Lake

 

Today explore the life of villages around the lake, visit local markets, taste traditional snacks, see traditional wooden boats, stop at a weaving village or visit a cheroot factory – where typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. (B)

   

Day 8

Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon

 

This morning fly to Yangon. Upon arrival stroll through the famous Bogyoke Market. Later, visit the 70 metre long reclining Buddha at Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, the glittering Karaweik Barge at Kadawgyi Central Park and the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. (B)
Note: Bogyoke Market is closed on Mondays

   
Day 9

Yangon                                            

 

Today departure transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight. (B)




INCLUSIONS:




 
  • Air conditioned transfers and transportation
  • Accommodation in first class hotels
  • Day cruise on the Irrawaddy River
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Domestic flights (price subject to change)
  • Activities, meals and entrance fees (except camera fee) as per itinerary

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