Myanmar Discovery 

11 nights / 12 Days

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Trip highlights

  • Amarapura

  • Inle Lake

  • Sunset at Bagan

  • Yangon

  • Po Win Taung Caves

  • Mandalay

  • Ava

  • Sagaing

Day 1

Arrive (Myanmar)

Arrival - Welcome to Myanmar!

Transfer to Yangon

Yangon city tour and Shwedagon Pagoda

Overnight in Yangon :

Belmond Governor's Residence B&B

Details

 

Arrive (Myanmar)

Arrival - Welcome to Myanmar!

After your arrival, we head into Yangon’s city centre after and visit the Sule Pagoda before we take a stroll along Yangon’s lively riverside and visit Botataung Pagoda which houses relics of Buddha from India. We head over to the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see a 70 meter long reclining Buddha statue before we take ‘Afternoon Tea’ at the “The Governor's Residence,” an imposing teak mansion dating from the 1920s.

 

Finally we visit the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda. Witness the colours transform on the 100-meter chedi which is literally enclosed in over 40 tons of gold leaf. Shwedagon is considered to be the most important religious site for the Burmese.

Overnight in Yangon :

Belmond Governor's Residence B&B

Day 2

Yangon / National museum / Train exploration

Start the day with a ride on the Yangon circular train to experience a different view of the city.

Visit Insein market.

After lunch - National Museum visit plus Boqyoke Market and Kyaukhtatgyi.

Overnight in Yangon :

Belmond Governor's Residence B&B

Details

 

Yangon / National museum / Train exploration

This morning we take a ride on the Yangon circular train for an unusual view of the city, afterwards we visit Insein Market.

 

After lunch, our first stop is the National Museum which features exhibits of Burmese history, art and culture. Then we call in at the Bogyoke Market before we head over to the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see a 70 meter long reclining Buddha statue.

Overnight in Yangon :

Belmond Governor's Residence B&B

Day 3

Yangon - Mandalay

Flight to Mandalay (additional cost)

Mandalay city tour

 

Overnight in Mandalay :

Mandalay Hill Resort Breakfast & Lunch

Details

Mandalay

We depart Yangon on a domestic flight to Mandalay, the second largest city of Myanmar, and begin with a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda houses one of the country’s most honoured Buddha images, completely covered in gold leaves. We continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda (where the 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures are called the ‘World’s Biggest Book’). Then we visit Shwenandaw Monastery, before we reach the summit of Mandalay Hill to catch the stunning sunset views.

Overnight in Mandalay :

Mandalay Hill Resort - Breakfast & lunch

Day 4

Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing

Full day tour exploring Ancient Capitals

Overnight in Mandalay :

Mandalay Hill Resort - Breakfast & lunch

Details

Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing

Today we embark on an expedition to investigate the ancient capitals of Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing.

 

Starting at Amarapura’s Mahagandayon, home to more than a thousand monks. Then it’s on to Ava which was the capital between the 14th and 18th centuries. By horse and carriage, we visit Bagaya Monastery renowned for its extraordinarily elaborate woodcarvings and the Nanmyint Watch Tower - also called “the leaning tower of Ava“ – the remnants of the ancient palace, and Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery.

 

After lunch we cross the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing, with Sagaing Hill known as the spiritual hub of Myanmar and which claims residence to around 3,000 monks and nearly 100 meditation shrines. We stroll along the legendary U Bein Bridge which at 1.2 kms is said to be the longest teakwood bridge in the world, before we return to Mandalay.

Overnight in Mandalay :

Mandalay Hill Resort - Breakfast & lunch

Day 5

Monywa and the caves of Po Win Taung

This morning we drive to Monywa on the eastern banks of the Chindwin River and en route we call in at Thanboddhay Pagoda, an enormous Buddhist temple that happens to be endowed with more than 500,000 images of Buddha. The Boditahtaung Pagoda houses the biggest Buddha likeness in Myanmar, measuring 100m long x 27m high.

 

After lunch we cross the Chindwin River and drive into the dramatic Po Win Taung. The 947 sandstone caves that have been hollowed out of the surrounding hills. They contain what is considered to be the best collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in SE Asia.

 

We then head to Shwe Ba Taung, carved into the cliffs, to end the day.

Overnight in Monywa :

Win Unity Resort - Breakfast & Lunch

Day 6

Boat journey to Bagan

 

After breakfast, we travel along the calm eastern river, stopping at traditional villages before we reach Pakokku, with its history of craft work.

 

In the afternoon, we board a local boat for a relaxing two hour journey downriver to Bagan, and the next stage of your adventure.

Overnight in Bagan : 

Aureum Palace Hotel - Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7

Bagan's Ananda temple & Sunset

Full day tour of Bagan plus end of the day photo/sunset opportunity.

Overnight in Bagan :

Aureum Palace Hotel - Breakfast & Lunch

Details

Bagan's Ananda temple & Sunset

After breakfast, we start a tour at the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda for a closer look at Bagan’s affluent past. Continue to Wetkyi-In, Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with beautiful wall paintings and the stylish Htilominlo Temple.

This afternoon will begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer workshop followed by Ananda Temple, certainly one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples, housing two distinctive Buddha images. Their expressions transform, according to your viewing point. By horse cart, we visit Thatbyinnyu, the tallest temple in Bagan, Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple. We watch the extraordinary sunset over the plains from the higher verandas of one of these three temples.

Overnight in Bagan :

Aureum Palace Hotel - Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8

Bagan Markets, village life & crafts

After breakfast, we start the day at the Nyaung U market, followed by a walk through Myinkaba village where you’ll have the chance to see local craftsmen at their lacquer workshop.

 

We carry on to Manuha Temple (constructed in 1059) and investigate the Nanbaya Temple, a distinctive sandstone shrine, which according to myth, was the bastion of King Manuha.

 

After lunch we have the option to cycle to the tranquil village of Minnanthu, visit remote temples, a cave monastery at Kyat Kan before we enjoy sunset over the plains from the top of Tayokpye temple.

Overnight in Bagan : 

Aureum Palace Hotel - Breakfast & Lunch

Day 9

Inle lake - Phaung Daw U Pagoda

Flight to Heho (Extra cost)

From the airport drive to Inle lake - take boat ride on lake.

After - visit Phuang Daw U Pagoda as well as village stop to view weaving and other products.

Overnight in Inle Lake :

Inle Princess Resort - breakfast & lunch

Details

Inle lake - Phaung Daw U Pagoda

After breakfast we take a domestic flight to Heho. We then drive to reach Nyaung Shwe, gateway village to Inle Lake. En route, we’ll stop at the teak monastery of Shweyanpyay to witness the intricate wood carving artwork. We take a boat out onto Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. We’ll pass several stilted Intha villages built over the lake, and observe the local leg-rowing fishermen and see their ‘floating gardens.’.

 

We’ll check into the hotel and then visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, which houses many early Shan Buddha Images. It’s also famous for its unique ‘jumping cats.’ We continue onto Phaung Daw U Pagoda, the lake’s main haven, which contains five sacred images of Buddha decorated in gold leaf. A stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where traditional Burmese cigars are handmade, will close the day.

Overnight in Inle Lake :

Inle Princess Resort - breakfast & lunch

Day 10

Inle Lake Indein Pagoda


Day tour - Visit the morning market.  Take a boat ride to Indein and view its impressive Pagoda.  All the while exploring the local Intha customs and way of life.

Overnight in Inle Lake :

Inle Princess Resort - breakfast & lunch

Day 11

Yangon

Flight to Yangon (Extra cost)

After breakfast and some relaxation time, we take the short domestic flight to Yangon.

 

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Yangon :

Belmond Governor's Residence B&B

Day 12

Last day and transfer to airport

Departure - We recommend that you arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to your departure flight (or 2 hours if travelling business class). Your departure time will be given to you by your chauffeur guide. It is recommended that you check in online for your departure flight so that you can avoid long queues at the airport check in counters. On line check in is available for most airlines 24 hours before your flight. Your hotel will be able to help you with this if necessary. We wish you a pleasant journey back home or to your next destination.

International flights home

Trip details

Price from £ 3070  Per person based on twin share basis.

With all domestic & international flights to/from Uk approx price from £ 3995 per person

Price includes

  • Private tours and transfers

  • All site entrance fees on tours

  • English speaking guides

  • Hotels as shown 

  • Meal plans as show day by day

  • Luggage handling fees at airports

  • ATOL protection (When taking international flights)

Additional Extra's

  • Domestic & International Flights

  • Additional unscheduled excursions / activities

  • Early check-in, late check-outs

  • Drinks during meals

  • Camera & Video fees - some sites as for small fees for taking photographs and video recordings

  • Immunisations

  • Visa's

  • Personal travel insurance

  • local gratuaties