Classical Myanmar Tour

Explore red-brick temples and gleaming pagodas as you travel round this fascinating country.

Kick start your eight night tour of Myanmar in the former capital of Yangon, taking in the city sights on a full day tour. Fly to Bagan for temple exploration and stunning sunrises and sunsets before spending a few nights in vibrant Mandalay. End your trip on the shores of Inle Lake, cruising the waters in a private motorboat and witnessing the unusual ‘one-leg’ rowing technique of the local fishermen.

Tour highlights

    • See Yangon’s 70 meter long reclining Buddha statue 
    • Tour the temples of Bagan 
    • Get panoramic views from the top of Mandalay Hill 
    • Spend a few nights on the shores of Inle Lake

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive into Yangon

Arrive into Yangon

Touch down in Myanmar’s former capital, Yangon and be warmly welcomed with a ‘mingalabar’ (hello) by your guide. Transfer to your hotel for check in and have a little time to relax before kick-starting your city tour in the afternoon. Be awed by the sheer size of the 70 metre long reclining Buddha at the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, followed by people watching while you sip tea, a quintessentially Myanmar pastime, at a local tea shop. Your tour continues with a visit to the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda, an important religious site for the Burmese people. At the entrance you’ll find stalls selling monks robes, alms bowls and incense; browse a while before heading to the main platform covered entirely in golf leaf.

INCLUDES : Lunch

Day 2 - Free Day in Yangon

Free Day in Yangon

Today is yours to spend at your leisure, exploring the city at your own pace. Head downtown to Yangon and experience everyday life at the open air markets for authentic street food and book vendors.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3 - Explore Bagan

Yangon - Bagan

Begin the day with an internal flight to Bagan, an ancient city on the Irrawaddy River. With more than 2,000 temples dating back to the 11th century, you’ll have a chance to experience an important part of the Burmese culture. Enjoy moments of tranquillity as you look round the temples, including the exalted Ananda Temple, before learning about the art of lacquer ware and wood craft at local workshops. An afternoon siesta out of the blazing sun will leave you refreshed for the day’s later activities – a journey by horse cart past Bagan’s most iconic temples; end the day watching the sunset.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4 - Free Day in Bagan

Free Day in Bagan

One day just isn’t enough to explore all that Bagan has to offer! On this free day (without a guide) we recommend rising early to catch an incredible sunrise over the temples; or for a memorable and iconic Bagan experience, take to the skies on a morning hot air balloon ride. Take your time and don’t rush things – consider hiring a bike (or e-bike) to get around and explore. A popular day trip from Bagan is Mount Popa, glistening temples perched atop a dormant volcano – be sure to bring sturdy shoes to climb the 777 steps to the top!

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5 - Explore Mandalay

Bagan - Mandalay

You’re off to Mandalay! A short flight sees you touch down in this ancient royal capital, both a vibrant city and epicentre of Burmese music, dance and drama. Get orientated on a full day tour starting with a walk up Mandalay Hill for panoramic views over the city below. On flatter ground you’ll head to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda famed for its giant Buddha carved for a single block of marble before marvelling at the remarkable wood carvings at the 19th century Shwenandaw Monastery. Midday brings about a rest period and in the afternoon visit the Mahamuni Pagoda and Mahagandayon Monastery, home to 1,000 young monks. The final stop of the day is the U Bein Bridge – stretching over a kilometre it is said to be the longest teakwood bridge in the world.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6 - Free Day in Mandalay

Free Day in Mandalay

On your free day in Mandalay take time to further explore Myanmar’s second largest city. Set out in a grid-like pattern, this is a modern city rebuilt after WWII. Pop into one of the city’s teashops, try a bowl of mohinga (a fish and noodle soup that is practically a national dish) and see local craftsmen at work in the gold pounders district and gem and jade market. If you want to get out of the city, consider a day trip to the former capital Inwa or head to Sagaing for hilltop pagodas.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7 - Explore Inle Lake

Mandalay - Heho - Inle Lake

Board your morning flight to Heho, where you’ll be collected for a scenic hour-long drive to the village of to Nyaung Shwe, visiting rural workshops and teak monasteries on the way. Upon arrival at Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake, walk the narrow streets lined with temples, monasteries, tea shops and local houses. Hop on board your private motorboat for a tour of the lake; several villages built on stilts dot the landscape along with ‘floating gardens’ maintained by the local Intha people. Stop at the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda before returning to your hotel for the evening.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8 - Free Day Inle Lake

Free Day Inle Lake

Discover more of the natural, cultural, historic and religious sites of the shallow freshwater lake. Hire a wooden canoe (complete with captain) for the day and glide out onto the water to see Intah fishermen row with one foot while using both hands to fish, pick up an authentic souvenir at one of the weaving houses, where women of all ages create beautiful pieces from lotus fabric. Prefer to stay off the water? Rent a bicycle and bike around the lake through picturesque countryside or explore further afield with visits to the villages of Thaung Thut, Hmaw Be, and Samkar.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9 - Depart Myanmar

Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon Departure

Have a final breakfast at your hotel before making your way by boat and car to Heho Airport in time for your internal flight to Yagon Airport. You’ll need to make your way from the domestic to the international terminal. Board your return flight back to the UK (or speak to one of our travel specialists about extending your trip).

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Pricing

Superior 1st June 2016 - 31st March 2017

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