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Best of Burma

12 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Yangon  |  from USD $3,699  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Discover Burma, an exotic land of tradition and sacred sites from the awe-inspiring religious monuments of Yangon to evocative Mandalay and its Royal Palace, the spectacular stupa-filled plains of Bagan and heavenly Inle Lake with a few surprises along the way.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Yangon

Saturday. Welcome to Burma, ‘quite unlike any place you know about’. Arrive Yangon with included airport transfer to your hotel where later in the day a Welcome Meeting will be held.
Overnight: Yangon

Day 2

Yangon City Tour

Today we explore the fascinating city of Yangon and its famous religious monuments. We begin at the waterfront, the heart of the city and home to many impressive traditional and colonial buildings including the Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park with Independence Monument, the City Hall and the High Court. We also visit the gold, hollow Botahtaung Pagoda, originally built over 2500 years ago, and the giant 70 metre-long reclining Buddha of Chaukhtagyi Paya whose serene features are topped by a crown encrusted in diamonds and other precious stones.

Later this evening we visit the most revered Buddhist temple in Burma, the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, where locals gather to make offerings and prayers. Standing at 90 metres tall, the gold leaf central stupa dominates the city’s skyline and turns vivid hues of yellow, orange and red when the sun begins to set.
Overnight: Yangon  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Fly to Mandalay

Yangon – Mandalay. This morning we fly to Mandalay, Burma’s last royal capital. After hotel check in we head to the jetty for a pleasant boat ride upriver to Mingun to visit the remains of what could have been the world’s largest pagoda. Intended to reach a staggering height of 152 metres, work on the pagoda stopped after the death of King Bodawpaya in 1819. Dramatically split by an earthquake in 1838, the monumental structure is still incredibly impressive. We also visit the huge Mingun Bell and the beautiful white Myatheindan pagoda nearby.

Returning by boat to Mandalay the afternoon is spent exploring the Royal Palace, the teak carvings of the historic Shwenandaw Monastery and the world’s largest book at the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Our day concludes with Mandalay Hill and depending on the time, a spectacular sunset with vistas across the city.
Overnight: Mandalay  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Mandalay & Inwa

As a former capital of Burma, the ancient city of Amarapura is rich in sights and this morning we visit the largest teaching monastery in the country, the Mahagandayon Monastery. Everyday hundreds of monks queue to receive their daily alms from the people. We also visit the longest teak bridge in the world, the U Bein Bridge set over the enchanting Taungthaman Lake, and the Mahamuni Temple, home to an ancient bronze Buddha image. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local handicraft workshop to see bronze sculpting, gold leaf beating and marble stone carving.

The afternoon is spent at the historical city of Inwa where a horse-drawn carriage brings us to the stone Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, a fine example of Burmese masonry, the Mainu brick monastery and the old watchtower.
Overnight: Mandalay  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Cruise the Ayeyarwaddy to Bagan

Mandalay – Bagan. Transferring to the jetty this morning we board a boat for a scenic cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River taking us to Bagan. Sit back and relax as the vessel plies its course past rolling fields of green. Arriving into Bagan later this evening we transfer to our hotel.

Please note: Boats do not operate between 01 April and 23 October 2015/ 2016 (dates can vary dependent upon the river water level). If travelling when boats are not in operation we have included the cost of a flight between Mandalay - Bagan within our tour price. Day 5 arrangements during this period would be, spend the morning at leisure in Mandalay before transferring to the airport for your flight to Bagan.
Overnight: Bagan  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Bagan's Stupas

Nothing can quite prepare you for the spectacular sight of stupa-upon-stupa that fills the green, dusty plains of Bagan. Over 2000 temples and pagodas dating back some 800 years create one of the most impressive skylines to be seen in Southeast Asia. Our sightseeing today begins with a visit to the town of Nyaung-U to see the local market and Bagan’s most important reliquary shrine, the Shwezigon Pagoda, and the simple Kyansittha Cave Temple with interesting 12th century frescoes.

We continue to the Manuha Temple to see the gigantic Buddhas housed inside and the sandstone carvings of the nearby Nanpaya Temple, and on to the Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing gold-leaf Buddhas. We stop for a photo opportunity at the towering Thatbyinnyu Temple before visiting the Dhammayangyi Temple, a massive structure famous for its brickwork, and the Mingalarzedi Pagoda, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th century, representing the pinnacle of Bagan’s architectural skills. At a local lacquer workshop we witness how local craftsmen skilfully prepare Bagan’s most famous handicraft before enjoying a tranquil sunset boat ride on the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Overnight: Bagan  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Kalaw Hill Station

Bagan – Mount Popa – Kalaw. Today we travel to the popular hill station of Kalaw with a stop en route at the extinct volcano of Mount Popa. The mountain is believed to be the abode of legendary Nats (spirit gods) and at the summit are numerous monasteries, pagodas and shrines in various architectural styles. Arriving into Kalaw late afternoon we visit Thein Taung Pay pagoda.
Overnight: Kalaw  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Trek the Palaung Hills

Kalaw – Painaebin – Pindaya. An early morning start allows us to enjoy trekking in the Palaung Hills through small ranges of rice paddies and tea plantations bringing us to Painaebin village, home to the indigenous Danu people. Walking back to Kalaw we drive to the quiet town of Pindaya set amidst beautiful countryside and famous for its extensive cave network. Highlights of our sightseeing tour today include the carved Buddha images of the Pindaya caves, the ancient Banyan tree and small local factories producing Mulberry paper and bamboo hats.
Overnight: Pindaya  |  Breakfast

Days 9-10

Inle Lake

Pindaya – Inle Lake. After breakfast on day 9 we drive to the wonderful watery world of Inle Lake home to floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas. Touring the lake by boat we witness the unique rowing techniques of the local fishermen before visiting the unusual Nga Pe Chaung monastery where Buddhist monks have taught cats to jump through hoops and Inle Lake’s largest pagoda, the Paungdaw Oo pagoda.

Day 10 is free for you to enjoy at leisure. You could take advantage of the lush surrounding countryside and partake in canoeing or cycling, or alternatively you could opt for an excursion to Indein village on the western side of Inle Lake. You’ll visit the impressive Shwe Indein Pa-O complex affording magnificent views over the lake and walk through bamboo forest where local villagers bathe along the riverside (bookable and payable locally).
Overnight: Inle Lake  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 11

Yangon

Inle Lake – Yangon. After breakfast we leave the lake and transfer to the Heho airport for our flight back to Yangon. Once back in the capital, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Yangon  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Yangon

Wednesday. Today marks the end of our Burmese adventure with hotel check out and airport departure transfer
Breakfast

Burma on the Beach

Consider extending your stay and enjoying some rest and relaxation at Ngapali Beach, a pristine stretch of unspoiled, palm-fringed coast on the beautiful Bay of Bengal. Please contact us for further information.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $3999
USD $1469
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $3999
USD $1469
 
USD $3999
USD $1469
 
USD $3999
USD $1469
 
USD $3999
USD $1469
 
USD $3699
USD $1099
 
USD $3699
USD $1099
 
USD $3699
USD $1099
 
USD $3699
USD $1099
 
USD $3699
USD $1099
 
USD $3999
USD $1469
 
USD $3999
USD $1469
 
USD $3999
USD $1469

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $800
-  

This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

TOUR PRICING AND DEPOSITS: In Burma tourism is relatively new and at this point in time demand exceeds supply meaning that hotels and the local airlines tend to increase prices on a whim. We are required to pay for hotels up front in order to book rooms and for this reason it is necessary for us to collect a higher deposit at time of booking which is non refundable.

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Summit Park View, Yangon

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Summit Park View features a quaint Myanmar style architecture frontage, set within manicured gardens that faces the lush, green People’s Park. The newly renovated guest rooms are comfortable with a good selection of amenities including complimentary high speed WiFi.

Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel, Mandalay

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Overlooking the Ayarwaddy River, this newly built hotel offers wonderful river views from its front-facing guest rooms as well as the Sky bar on the roof top, the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner. The well-sized rooms feature pleasant wooden furnishings with all mod-cons.

Thande Hotel, Bagan

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 2 Star Hotel

Built in 1922 to facilitate the arrival of the British Prince of Wales, the Bagan Thande Hotel is the only colonial era building in the city. Rooms are furnished to a high standard with beautiful teakwood, fine fabrics and traditional handicrafts. An Al-fresco dinner overlooking the Ayeyawaddy River facing numerous pagodas is a great way to spend evenings at this wonderful Burmese retreat. Perfectly located by the river in Old Bagan surrounding by beautiful gardens and temples as far as the eye can see.

Golden Island Cottages, Inle Lake

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Trip Highlights

Yangon – Botahtaung Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park, Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda
Mingun – the remains of what could have been the world’s largest pagoda, Mingun Bell and Mya Thein Tan pagoda
Inwa - Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, Mainu Brick Monastery and old watch tower
Mount Popa – extinct volcano with numerous shrines at the summit
Pindaya – the Pindaya Caves with Buddha images carved from the limestone rock, ancient Banyan tree and local factories
Mandalay – the Royal Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Manadalay Hill
Amarapura - Mahagandaryone monastery, U Bein wooden Bridge and Taung- ta-man lake, Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image
Bagan - Nyaung-U local market, Shwezigon pagoda, Kyansitta "Cave" temple, Manuha Temple, Nanpaya, Ananda temple, Thatbuinnyu, Dhamayangyi, Mingalarzedi and local lacquer workshop
Kalaw – peaceful hill station with the hilltop Thein Taung Pay pagoda and trekking opportunities to local villages
Inle Lake – local fishermen, floating gardens, stilted villages, Jumping Cat Monastery and Paungdaw Oo Pagoda

Included

Maximum group size: 24 travellers
10 nights 3 star & special class hotels, 1 night simple country cottage
One way economy class flights from Yangon – Mandalay – Bagan and Heho (Inle Lake) – Yangon
Escorted by an English speaking tour guide (for groups of 6 or more) and specialist guides at some sights
Horse carriage ride in Inwa
Private boat on Inle Lake and to Mingun
11 breakfasts
Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 12
Boat from Mandalay to Bagan OR economy flight when the boat is not running (this is usually between April and October, can vary dependent upon weather conditions)
All relevant transfers and transportation
Private sunset boat cruise in Bagan with a cocktail

Not Included

International flights and visa.
Entrance Fees: $70 - $75 USD
Tip for your tour guides. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guides is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $45 - $50 USD
Tour Details
Starts
Yangon
Ends
Yangon
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide for groups of 6 or more
Meals
Breakfast: 11

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Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.