Mysteries of Myanmar (Burma)


  • Asia & The Far East

  • Active pace

Tour : 2740

Overview

Little changed from colonial times, Myanmar offers an enticing glimpse of the past with its beautiful pagodas and tranquil temples. Cruise the Irrawaddy River and watch Burmese life drift; browse floating water markets and walk the world’s largest teak bridge.

Highlights

  • Sule Pagoda A grand Burmese stupa in the centre of Yangon dating back 2,500 years.
  • Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha A mesmerising statue which gazes down on Burmese worshipers.
  • Mahamuni Pagoda One of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Burma.
  • Bagan Cruise Enjoy a day cruise to Bagan stopping at the Ayerawaddy river bank along the way.
  • U Bein Bridge Walk across the world's largest teak bridge.
  • Inle Lake Five Day Market A unique market where local hill tribesmen come to buy and sell their produce.
Mysteries of Myanmar (Burma)

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts

Depart UK

Day
1

Arrive Yangon

Day
2

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights. Otherwise known as Rangoon, the former capital of Burma (Myanmar) is one of the most distinctive Southeast Asian cities. Tour this enigmatic city on an included sightseeing trip and explore the leafy downtown area, which still retains an old colonial charm, starting at Sule Pagoda. According to legend, the pagoda is over 2500 years old but was rebuilt in the 1880s and used by the British as the nucleus for the city's grid pattern. Visit the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha which, at over 246 feet, is thought to be one of the largest of its kind, before your sightseeing concludes with a visit to the gleaming Shwedagon Pagoda, towering almost 320 feet above the green cityscape of Yangon. A wonder of the religious world, Shwedagon Pagoda is plated in gold and topped with 4531 diamonds, the largest being a single 76 carat diamond.

Yangon

Day
3

This morning, stroll through Kandawgyi Park to the incredible Karaweik Royal Barge for a sunrise view of the lake and Shwedagon Pagoda. Afterwards, visit a Yangon monastery to observe the monks' morning procession, collecting alms for their meals. This afternoon, barter for lacquerware, jewellery and gems at Scott Market before exploring the markets of the Chinatown area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Yangon - Heho - Inle Lake

Day
4

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Drive to Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake, a breathtaking waterscape brimming with stupas and stilted houses and home to traditional fishermen who have a unique way of rowing with their legs. On arrival in Nyaung Shwe, visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery before transferring to your private boat and venturing on to the lake. Continue to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Inle Lake - Inndein - Inle Lake

Day
5

This morning starts with a visit to 5 Day Market, where local hill tribesmen come to buy and sell their produce. Working on a '5 day system', this unique market visits different lakeside villages on different days. Later, continue to the mysterious temples of Inndein. Reached by a covered walkway, the crumbling pagodas are still relatively untouched and overgrown. Afterwards, continue to the holy Phaung Daw U Pagoda, home to five Buddha images coated in so much gold leaf that they resemble giant balls of gold. Later, continue to the mysterious temples of Inndein. Reached by a covered walkway, the crumbling pagodas are still relatively untouched and overgrown. This afternoon visit the silk weaving village of Inn Paw Khone, and Nampan Village where locals make cigars (cheroot) before visiting a floating farm where vegetables are grown on matted reeds floating on the surface of the lake.The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of the floating villages that are scattered throughout the lake.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Inle Lake - Heho - Mandalay

Day
6

Begin today by transferring to Heho for your flight to Mandalay, the second largest city in the country. Dotted with the remains of the old Royal City and many old monasteries, Mandalay is a showcase of 19th century Burmese art and architecture and noted for its woodcarvings, silverware, tapestries and silk cloth. Admire one of Burma's most sacred Buddha images, Maha Muni in the Mahamuni Pagoda. The image is believed to have been cast in the lifetime of Gautama Buddha and that Buddha embraced it seven times, bringing it to life. Continue to Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), famed for its intricate woodcarvings and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the world's largest book.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay

Day
7

Today is dedicated to Pyin Oo Lwin, a favourite summertime retreat for British colonists in the late 1800s due to its cool climate. Visit Pwe Kauk Falls before exploring the town, which retains many colonial buildings and even stagecoaches! See the famous colonial Candacraig Hotel building before spending the afternoon in National Kandawgyi Gardens, a botanical garden featuring over 480 species of flowers, shrubs and trees.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mandalay - Bagan

Day
8

After breakfast fly to Bagan, one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and an enchanting city with over 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries. Visit well-preserved and culturally significant temples including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilo Minlo and the amazing Ananda Temple, an unusual fusion of Mon and Indian architectural styles.  Bagan is not only famous for the profusion of pagodas but also for its artistic handicrafts and local Lacquer-ware store where the process of making each piece can be seen. Visit a local Lacquer-ware workshop where the process of making each piece can be seen and observe the art of Bagan Lacquer-ware which done! The only way to truly appreciate the beauty of Bagan is at sunset from the top of Mingalazedi Pagoda to see the panoramic view of the temples surrounding you. Sit back relax and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bagan

Day
9

Start today with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, which affords the opportunity to witness rural Burmese life. En route you will be able to stop at the interesting market at Nyaung Oo to see the variety of fresh produce for sale and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. Later this afternoon there is another chance to re-visit the temples, this time by Horse Cart which allows you to explore some of the lesser visited areas which cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport. This evening take a relaxing sunset cruise along the Irrawaddy River, watching life on the river as the sun sets.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bagan

Day
10

After breakfast, spend the full day at leisure in Bagan. Why not take an optional excursion to Mount Popa?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bagan - Yangon

Day
11

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for one night. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Yangon - UK

Day
12

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
13

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Yangon

Day
1

Welcome to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. Explore the leafy downtown area of this enigmatic city which still retains an old colonial charm. Visit Sule Pagoda, which is over 2,500 years old. See the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha, thought to be one of the largest of its kind. Today's sightseeing concludes with a visit to the gleaming Shwedagon Pagoda, towering almost 320 feet, or 100 metres, above Yangon. A wonder of the religious world, Shwedagon Pagoda is plated in gold and topped with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. NOTE: Sightseeing begins this afternoon so we recommend a mid-morning arrival.

Yangon

Day
2

This morning, stroll through Kandawgyi Park to the incredible Karaweik Royal Barge for a view of Kandawgyi Lake and Shwedagon Pagoda. Afterwards, visit a Yangon Monastery. In his lifetime, a Myanmar male is expected to spend some time serving as a monk, to learn the ways of Buddhism. This afternoon, have fun haggling with local traders for lacquerware, jewellery, and gems at Bogyoke Aung San Market, still known by its British name of Scott Market. Stroll the Chinatown area in the early evening to experience the vibrant, fresh fruit market.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Yangon - Mandalay

Day
3

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. Drive to Amarapura, Myanmar's penultimate Royal Capital. Dotted with the remains of the old Royal City and many old monasteries, Mandalay is a showcase of 19th century Burmese art and architecture and noted for its woodcarvings, silverware, tapestries, and silk cloth. Admire one of Myanmar's most sacred Buddha images, Maha Muni, in the Mahamuni Pagoda. Continue to Shwenandaw Kyaung, or Golden Palace Monastery, an imposing teak-wood monastery-temple. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is said to house the world's largest book.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mandalay - Day Cruise - Bagan.

Day
4

Transfer early this morning to the Jetty for your cruise to Bagan, an enchanting city and one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia, and with over 2,000 pagodas, temples, and monasteries. On the way, stop at a little village along the Irrawaddy River.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Bagan

Day
5

Visit well-preserved and culturally significant temples including Shwezigon, Gubyaukgyi, Htilominlo Pahto, and the amazing Ananda Pahto. Bagan is not only famous for its temples and pagodas, but also for its artistic handicrafts and local lacquerware. Visit a Lacquerware Workshop and see the process of making these items. The best way to appreciate the true beauty of Bagan is at sunset from the top of Mingalazedi Pagoda. Be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bagan

Day
6

Start today with a visit to nearby Phwar Saw Village, which affords the opportunity to witness rural Burmese life in action. En route, stop at Nyaung Oo Market to see the variety of fresh produce for sale. Later this afternoon, there is a chance to revisit the temples-this time by Horse Cart, which allows you to explore some of the lesser visited areas that cannot be reached by more conventional modes of transport.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bagan - Heho

Day
7

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Drive to Nyaung Shwe, gateway to Inle Lake, a breathtaking waterscape brimming with stupas and stilted houses and home to traditional fishermen. You will enjoy their unique way of rowing their boats with their legs. On arrival in Nyaung Shwe, visit Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung Monastery before boarding your private boat and venturing onto the lake for a boat transfer to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Inle Lake.

Day
8

This morning starts with a visit to 5-day market, where ethnic minorities come to buy and sell their produce. Working on a 5-day rotation system, the market visits different lakeside villages on different days. Continue to the ruined stupas and temples at the lake-side village of Inndein. See the crumbling pagodas that are relatively untouched; then visit the holiest monastery on the lake, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, home to five Buddha images coated in so much gold leaf they are hardly recognisable. Visit the silk weaving village of Inn Paw Khone and Nampan Village, where locals make cheroot (cigars). The day will end with a tranquil canoe ride to witness life in one of Inle Lake's Floating Villages. NOTE: The 5-day market schedule is not available until closer to tour date. If necessary, the order of sightseeing will be changed in order to coincide with the market day. On occasions where there is no market, the Tour Director will make other arrangements.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Heho - Yangon

Day
9

Transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon where your tour ends.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes

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