Classic Burma (Myanmar) Tour

Myanmar (Burma), South East Asia
Overview

On this tour we admire Cultural Burma. Yangon is home to bustling markets, parks, and towering Shwedagon Pagoda Standing on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady River is Bagan. Bagan to behold the mind-blowing scene of its some 2000 temples. Admire spectacular of U Bein bridge. Relax by the palm lined beach of Ngapali

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16 Days
Classic Burma Tour
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Pit Stops

  • UK – Yangon (3N)
  • Bagan (3N)
  • Mandalay (2N)
  • Inle Lake (2N)
  • Ngapali Beach (3N) – UK
Tour Includes

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • 14 nights in hotels , and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 26 meals: 13 breakfasts & 13 Dinners
  • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guided Excursions as described
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
Tour Highlights

  • Exploring Myanmar’s most bustling city, Yangon – British colonial heritage and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Walking along Ubien Bridge in Amarapura.
  • Bagan – Vast plain studded with thousands of ancient temples.
  • Enjoy the vibrant life of Lake Inle.
  • Relax by the palm lined beach of Ngapali.
Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 UK – YANGON

Fly to Yangon.

DAY 2 YANGON (D)

On arrival at Yangon airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel Kandawgyi Palace. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon has been the capital city only since 1885 although some settlements in this site date back about 2,500 years. This colourful metropolis features an intriguing mix of the scenes from a bygone era and the modern tempo of bustling streets punctuated by serene temples and impressive colonial edifices.

DAY 3 YANGON (B/D)

After breakfast we start our city tour, seeing the old colonial styled city center, first stop is the Sule Paya, a Burmese stupa located in the heart of downtown. After that intermingle with residents in one of the colourful local markets before heading to the iconic Strand Hotel for a drink in the shadows of Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell and Somerset Maugham. Take a look at the enormous reclining Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha. In the afternoon hop on the famous circular train for a 30- to 45-minute ride. Enjoy the slow pace of this antique railway, used by locals, monks and vendors.

DAY 4 YANGON (B/D)

After breakfast, begin with a visit to Chaukhtatgyi Paya, inhabited by a giant reclining Buddha statue that although not ancient has become one of Myanmar’s most revered. Take a walk through Kandawgyi Park. Along the way the guide will share local stories and anecdotes. Pause for a tea break and people watching before heading to Shwedagon Paya. Inside the eastern entrance there is a very different type of local market, giving an idea of how significant Buddhism is in daily life. After enjoying the market climb the long, stair-filled corridor up to the Pagoda platform. Its magnificent golden dome rises an impressive 98 metres above its base and is said to be covered with tons and tons of pure gold, along with numerous precious stones. Humbling in its beauty, the Pagoda is the perfect spot in which to cap off a Yangon tour of tradition and culture.

DAY 5 YANGON – BAGAN (B/D)

After early breakfast take a flight to Bagan. On arrival check in at hotel Tharbargate. We visit the Nyang U Market for a dose of local life and culture. Explore the beauty of famous Shwezigon Pagodaand Ananda Temple. Afternoon, you experience local culture by visiting local lacquer ware workshops.

DAY 6 BAGAN (B/D)

After breakfast, spend a full day to discover Bagan’s most outstanding pagodas including MinkabaGubyaukyi Temple, MyaZedi Pagoda, Manuha Temple, Nan PayaPadoga and ShweSandaw Pagoda – the highest pagoda in Bagan.

DAY 7 BAGAN – MT POPA – BAGAN (B/D)

Take a drive to Mount Popa and enjoy the magnificent view of mountainous landscapes on top of this famous volcano. Enjoy the panoramic view of sunset while visiting PopaKalat Monastery and Popa National Park, before returning to Bagan.

DAY 8 BAGAN – MANDALAY (B/D)

Morning take a flight to Mandalay, transfer to Sagaing where we will visit Uminthonze Pagoda and Sunooponnyashin Pagoda on top of Sagaing Hill. Continue our tour to Amarapura to explore Mahagandaryone Monastery and Ubein Wooden Bridge. Transfer back to Mandalay.
Evening check in at Mandalay Hill Resort.

DAY 9 MANDALAY (B/D)

Explore the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, Mingun Bell, Mandalay Palace, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery, then conclude the tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to watch the Burmese sunset and the panoramic view of the city.

DAY 10 MANDALAY – HEHO – INLE LAKE (B/D)

Take a flight to Heho and then transfer to Inle Lake – the heart of Shan State and a major tourist attraction of Myanmar. Enjoy the boat trip to Phaungdawoo Pagoda and Ngaphechaung Monastery which is also known as “Monastery of Jumping Cats”. Travel to Nampan village to discover local silk-weaving and cigar-making. Evening check in at hotel Inle Princess Resort.

DAY 11 INLE LAKE – TAUNGGYI – KAKKU – INLE LAKE (B/D)

Today we head out of the town, driving south towards Kakku, a hidden streasure surrounded by undulating mountains and trees. There are more than 2,000 stupas, which have been constructed here in a very small area of just one square kilometer. Using the local track, we walk through the breathtaking mountain landscape to this complex of temples. This fasinating adventure will also gives us a chance to visit the Pa O ethnic minorities people, who are very poor but have an interesting culture and a colorful history. In the afternoon, we travel by roads to Inle Lake, a famous wander of Myanmar.

DAY 12 INLE LAKE – HEHO – THANDWE – NGAPALI BEACH (B/D)

After breakfast you will be transferred to NyaungShwe by boat and then by car to Heho Airport (around an hour’s drive) for the domestic flight to Thandwe. Upon arrival in Thandwe, you will be transferred to hotel for check-in at hotel Aureum Palace.

DAY 13 NGAPALI BEACH (B/D)

Today, you will spend your whole day to relax on Ngapali Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Myanmar. Its white sand, long beach and sunshine will satisfy you.

DAY 14 NGAPALI BEACH (B/D)

After breakfast the day is free for your own leisure to relax on the beach.

DAY 15 NGAPALI BEACH – THANDWE – YANGON – UK (B)

Free at leisure until transfer to the Thandwe airport for the flight to Yangon and flight to UK.

DAY 16 UK

Arrive home today.

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TOP PLACES
  • Yangon
  • Bagan
  • Mandalay
  • Inle Lake
  • Ngapali Beach

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