Welcome to Burma

Travel to Myanmar, one of the less-trodden regions in Asia, to discover a land where historic tradition endures, and the old Orient is yet to give way to the encroaching 21st century. Our tour includes Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay, all places where we’ll explore awe-inspiring temples, stupas, pagodas, sleepy villages, craft workshops, golden countryside and royal palaces. We’ll find intriguing culture, enchanting locals, historic heritage, and colonial remains in the sunlight of this gorgeous country.

Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at the gleaming Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Discover Bagan’s thousands of temples
  • Receive blessings from monks in Bagan
  • Explore Myanmar’s royal capital, Mandalay
  • Enjoy the sunrise from U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge
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  • Dates & Prices

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    January 2 - January 12, 2020 (11 days)

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    Discounted Sighted Price: £2299 Contact us for availability

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    temples among green trees lit up at dawn
  • monk in an orange robe sat bathing in a stream

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation at Reno Hotel
    • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation at Mount Inle
    • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation in Bawgatheddhi
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Thiri Thitsar
    • All breakfasts
    • Nine lunches
    • Nine dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Visit to Botathaung Pagoda, Royal Lake and Karaweik Hall
    • Walking Tour Of Yangon
    • Circular Train in Yangon
    • Shwedagon Pagoda
    • Shan Paper Workshop
    • Wine Tasting At Red Mountain Estate
    • Private Boat Journey On Inle Lake
    • Visit 5-days Market
    • Visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, Pa-Oh Village, Indein Pagoda
    • Visit Ananda Temple
    • Visit the sustainable Taungbi Library Project
    • Visit Nyaung Oo Market
    • Lunch In A Monastery Garden
    • Visit Shwe Pyi Tha Village and Shwe Kyin Monastery
    • Sunrise on U Bein Bridge
    • Visit Mahamuni Pagoda and East Palace Market
    Orange balloons flying above temples at dawn

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Thursday 2nd January

Today we depart for Yangon, in Myanmar, one of the most intriguing countries on earth. It’s an overnight flight with a short connection in Doha so bring some comfortable clothes with you for the plane.

Overnight in flight.

Friday 3rd January

We arrive in Yangon late afternoon so we have time for a leisurely dinner before resting for the  day ahead tomorrow!

Dinner included. Overnight in Yangon.

Saturday 4th January

Walk through the streets of downtown Yangon on today’s walking tour around Myanmar’s capital. We’ll discover the colonial era buildings and other significant landmarks. We’ll start at the Yangon Heritage Trust before visiting places that will give you an insight into stories of the Secretariat. We may also stop in a historic tea shop for some local tea on our route before embarking on the “Circular Train”, a slow paced rail journey where we’ll experience the view of the city from a different angle. This train stops at Kyee Myin Daine Station, one of the most beautiful rail stations in Yangon. From here we’ll take a trishaw ride through the neighbourhood where locals will be enjoying their day to day life and we’ll end up at a local market to see what wares are being offered by the vendors.

We’ll end our tour by visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda, a glittering gold temple where we’ll observe the tradition and rituals of Myanmar’s Buddhists. The 100-metre high chedi is literally enclosed in 40 tons of gold leaf and is considered to be the most important religious site in Myanmar.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Yangon.

Sunday 5th January

Today we travel from Yangon on a flight to Heho. From Heho we’ll take a scenic one-hour drive to Nyaug Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. On our journey we’ll visit a rural workshop that specialises in traditional Shan paper and unique handcrafted umbrellas.

We’ll then drive from Nyaug Shwe to the Red Mountain Estate, a winery tucked away in the Shan Hills. We’ll get to walk around the estate, learn how the wine is made, and what challenges the winery faces in Myanmar. As part of the visit, you’ll also get to try some of the best wines before transferring to the hotel to check in.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight at Inle Lake.

Monday 6th January

Board a private boat to head out onto Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular and breathtaking sights. Surrounded by mountains, the lake is home to floating gardens, leg-rowing fishermen, and stilt houses. We’ll also get to walk around the 5 days market before boarding a long-tail boat which will transport us to Nga Hpe Monastery, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and places where traditional crafts such as cigar making, lotus silk weaving and siler smiths, are still done on Inle lake.

Our next stop is the Pa-Oh village of Indein which is on the western shore of Inle Lake. We’ll take a leisurely stroll before ascending the staircase leading to the pagoda where an iconic Buddha image will greet us. The Indein Pagoda complex is one of the most stunning sites on the shore of the lake. Made from hundreds of small stupas, most of which are overrun by moss and greenery, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight at Inle Lake.

Tuesday 7th January

This morning you’ll enjoy some free time before we board a boat from our hotel to Nyaung Shwe. From here we’ll drive to Heho Airport to get a domestic flight to Bagan.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Bagan.

Wednesday 8th January

Our day will start with an elevated view of Bagan’s pagodas and temples, including Ananda Temple. We’ll reach here before the majority of everyone else arrives so we can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Among all the temples, we’ll get an idea of rural Bagan life as we pass through several small villages where farmers and families work amongst the monuments. We’ll then visit Taungbi Library, a sustainable project that plays a key role in increasing the overall general knowledge of the villagers as well as inspiring the children to achieve a higher level of education. By visiting this project, we’ll understand how the library has  contributed to a higher level of living.

It is from here that we’ll journey on a horse cart, passing through some of the tallest temples – in particular, Dhammayangi Temple which is known for its brickwork. Our day will end by enjoying the sunset over Bagan.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Bagan.

Thursday 9th January

Today we visit the colourful Nyaung Oo Market where locals come to trade fresh fruits and produce and we’ll delve into the Buddhist culture with a mid-morning offering to monks. This offering is called a soan meal and is the final meal of the day for the monks. They’ll line up on the red carpet in front of the monastery where we’ll serve them rice in their alms bowl. After the monks lunch, they will thank you with a blessing of wishes for health and happiness.

We’ll then travel as a group to a remote village to enjoy a special lunch in the intimate compound of a monastery. We’ll walk through sesame and peanut farms and if we’re lucky, we may also get to chat with the monks here too. Our traditional Burmese lunch will be set up in the yard of the monastery so we can enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

In the late afternoon, we’ll drive to the river and board a private wooden boat. Sitting under the shade or on the open deck, we’ll cruise down the Irrawaddy River passing several small fishermen and local boats. After enjoying a refreshing cocktail and various traditional snacks, we’ll disembark and travel back to the hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Bagan.

Friday 10th January

In the morning, we’ll leave Bagan for Mandalay via a land transfer. During our journey, we’ll pass by toddy palm tree fields, fields of millet, sesame, cotton, corn and rice. We’ll also pass through Myingyan, an attractive town where we’ll have a break to walk around the farmer’s village of Shwe Pyi Tha.

Once in Mandalay, our first stop will be Shwe Kyin Monastery in time for sunset. Young student monks gather and line up for their evening prayer which we’ll be able to observe discreetly while we walk around the magnificent teak monastery.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Mandalay.

Saturday 11th January

One of the best places to view the sunrise in Mandalay is on the U Bein bridge. Located in the village of Amarapura, the U Bein Bridge is the longest teak wood bridge in the world. As the sun rises, locals will start waking and the village will come to life around us. We will then visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the country’s most honoured Buddha images. This is also completely covered in gold leaf that’s applied to the statue every day by male devotees.

Our trishaw ride will then be waiting to take us through the back streets of the city to experience lively Mandalay. On the way you can try traditional snacks such as tea leaf salad, Mohinga – a famous dish of fish soup and noodles – samosas and fresh fruits. After enjoying these mouthwatering snacks, we’ll ride to Nan Shae Market to take a tour among the locals. It’s then time to visit Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery, as well as Kuthodaw and Mandalay Palace – three beautiful places in one!

We’ll then transfer to Mandalay Airport for our flight to Yangon.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Yangon.

Sunday 12th January

This morning we’ll transfer to Yangon Airport for our flight home. We’ll land back in the UK early evening and we hope you’ve had a great time in Myanmar!

Single supplement: £250

Visa Information: UK passport holders need a visa before travelling to Myanmar. These can be obtained by applying at the nearest Burmese embassy or consulate well in advance of travelling. You can also apply online. Your passport should be valid for a period of 6 months from entry into Myanmar.