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CLASSIC BURMA

A fascinating insight into this intriguing country, taking in the bustling city of Yangon with its iconic Shwedagon Pagoda and the ancient temples in Bagan. Cruise up the Irrawaddy River, discover ancient wonders in and around Mandalay before escaping to the serenity of Inle Lake, which you explore by longtail boat.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the bustling, crumbling colonial heart of Yangon.
  • Explore Inle Lake by traditional longtail boat.
  • Cycle amongst the temples of Bagan.
  • Sail up the mighty Irrawaddy to Mandalay, Myanmar's cultural capital.
£2,658
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ED GRANVILLE

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Yangon

    Relax in Myanmar's most stylish colonial property, in the peaceful Embassy District. The country was known as Burma during British rule and the country's colonial heritage is very much in evidence in its architecture, including The Governor's Residence.

    Overnight: Belmond Governor's Residence

  3. Day 2 Explore Yangon

    After breakfast, your guide will meet you for a comprehensive tour of the splendid city of Yangon. Highlights include a stroll around the crumbling colonial quarter, with a drink at The Strand perhaps, visits to the Botataung & Shwedagon Pagodas before ending at Scott Market, which is a wonderful warren of shops and stalls selling all manner of Burmese products and handicrafts, shipped in from all corners of the country.

    Overnight: Belmond Governor's Residence

  4. Day 3 Bagan

    Fly to Bagan in the early morning and spend the day uncovering the endless landscape of over 4,000 temples alongside your private guide, who will help you decide what to see and make sense of it all. See any or all of the 12th Century Shwezigon Pagoda, the Cave Temple of Gubyauki Pagoda, the three storey high Htilominlo Temple and the brick-built Ananda Okkyaung, the best preserved masterpiece of Mon architecture. See too the 12th Century cross-shaped Thatbyinnyu Temple, the tallest in Bagan, and then the largest temple, the Dhammayangyi. Finish the day aboard a boat enjoying the sunset.

    Overnight: Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

  5. Day 4 Bagan

    Perhaps take a dawn balloon flight over the temples (optional extra). When you are ready, spend the morning exploring Bagan by bike (or e-bike) with your guide, which allows you to get to some of the more remote parts of the site. You can explore the Archaeological Museum, as well as Bu-Paya, believed to have been built by the third king of Bagan who ruled from 168 to 243 AD. You are also free to explore the less well-visited temples like Satu-Mukha and U-pali-thein. Relax in the afternoon by the banks of the Irrawaddy River prior to the next phase of your journey.

    Overnight: Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

  6. Day 5 - 6 Mandalay

    Explore the riverside communities of Burma with a cruise along the mighty Irrawaddy River aboard a colonial-style river cruiser. Pause at riverside villages and moor up on sandbanks for the night, before arriving into the cultural capital, Mandalay.

    Overnight: RV Paukan

  7. Day 7 Sagaing - Mandalay 

    Disembark at the ancient capital of Sagaing, now a tranquil hillside community on the banks of the Irrawaddy where thousands of monks and nuns retreat to hundreds of stupas, monasteries, temples and nunneries for meditation and contemplation. Then head to Mandalay to explore the city. See the Maha-myat-muni Pagoda, the most revered Buddha image in the city, the Golden Teak Monastery and the ZeyCho Market - not to mention the iconic wooden U-Bein Bridge.

    Overnight: Rupar Mandalar

  8. Day 8 Mingun & Ava  

    In the morning, board a private boat and head up the Irrawaddy River to the village of Mingun, where you can see the huge and crumbling 'Unfinished Pagoda', the Mingun Bell (the largest ringing bell in the world), and the truly beautiful Sin Phyu Me Stupa. After lunch, explore the ancient capital of Ava by horse-drawn cart .

    Overnight: Rupar Mandalar

  9. Day 9 Inle Lake 

    Fly to Heho and travel down to Inle Lake, where you board a longtail boat and head across the waters to your lakeside hotel. In the afternoon, head back out onto the lake to see Indein with its crumbling pagodas, as well as the amazing floating gardens.

    Overnight: Inle Princess Resort

  10. Day 10 Inle Lake 

    Spend a second day with your guide and private longtail boat at your disposal, exploring the extremely photogenic Inle Lake. Perhaps head away from the crowds to the far south, which is less frequented by the many visitors, or catch a colourful five-day market, which teems with ethnic minorities in their traditional tribal dresses, who come down from the villages in the surrounding hills to sell their produce and meet friends.

    Overnight: Inle Princess Resort

  11. Day 11 Depart

    Fly back to Yangon and catch your flight home.

  12. Depart

BOOKING NOTES

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a room/cabin.
  • Balloon flights at Bagan operate from mid-October to March only.
  • River cruises are less frequent in the low season.

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • 2 dinners at Inle Lake and all meals aboard your river boat.
  • Private transportation throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.

EXTRAS

  • International Flights.
  • Meals not indicated in your itinerary.
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, drinks, gratuities).
  • Travel insurance and visas.
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