Discover Burma on this journey through a land ful of religious temples, towns which float on lakes and cities that are built on a rivers bank .Meet the friendly people at markets, villages and monasteries, for an insight into life in a land which has been mostly cut off from western influence for so long. If you are seeking colonial architecture, countless temples, stunning landscapes and locals welcoming you with open arms then this is the trip for you.
Itinerary - 9 days/8 nights
Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Inle Lake - Yangon.
Days 1-2 - Yangon
On arrival in Yangon transfer to your hotel for free time before your welcome dinner. A walking tour of the city reveals the majestic British-colonial architecture and the Sule Pagoda. Wander through the Indian and Chinese quarters for a look at local life. Watch the sun sink behind the Shwedagon pagoda - the Golden Spire that dominates the skyline.
Days 3-4 - Bagan
A short flight brings you to Bagan, famous for plains filled with literally thousands of beautiful temples. Explore some of bagans finest monuments, some of which allow you to climb to the top for magnificent views across the plains. You will see Ananda temple, an architectural masterpiece, before viewing some of the temples and pagodas in the golden light of sunset with a romantic horsecart ride. A full day exploring Bagan includes the stunning murals and carvings at the Gudyaukgyi Temple and a visit to a local school. Discover the local handicraft of wood carving at a workshop, and then take a peaceful cruise on the Irrawaddy River, stopping at a local village. Return to Bagan by boat at sunset.
Days 5-6 - Mandalay
After an early morning flight to Mandalay, stop at Ava, the capital from the 14th to the 18th century. A horse and carriage brings you to the old, wooden Bagaya Monastery. See Mandalay Hill on a city tour, followed by the Golden Palace Monastery and a huge marble Buddha at the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda. Marvel at the 'Worlds Largest Book', over 700 stone slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Visit Amaraoura and wonder along a 200-year-old teak bridge, spanning over two kilometres. At Sagaing Hill, see hundreds of white-washed pagodas. With over 3000 monks and nuns, this widely regarded as the religious centre of Burma. Here take a trip to a local nunnery to share lunch with the nuns is a highlight for many travellers.
Day 7 - Inle Lake
Your morning flight brings you to Heho. See the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery and enjoy a some free time before your cruise on Inle Lake. Discover the fascinating floating gardens which rise and fall with the tides to avoid flooding and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake's main sanctuary. Explore a cheroot factory, where typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
Days 8-9 - Yangon
Spend a full day cruising the lake. Visit the morning market where you can meet local hilltribe people who gather from the surrounding area and explore a local village and beautiful ruined ancient stupas before you transfer to the airport for you flight to Yangon. On your last day enjoy free time in Yangon before your departure transfer.
Tour includes -
8 nights hotel accommodation
Breakfast daily and 1 lunch
4 internal flights within Asia
Transport in air conditioned vehicles
Western tour leader based on a minimum 7 travellers
Local English speaking guides
Prices From £1660
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