CLASSIC Myanmar – 9 DAYS 8 / NIGHTS
Myanmar offers colonial luxury wrapped in a mist of the tropical Far East. Still a newly accessible country with the most exquisite, untouched natural beauty, ancient wonders and gentle, kindly people, Myanmar hypnotizes travellers with its splendour. Our exceptional excursion through the Golden Land starts in the colonial capital and financial hub of Yangon.
Travelling north we pass through the stunning and expansive countryside, witnessing local life up high in the Shan Plateau. Our destination here is Inle Lake, a life providing water where literally everything floats – including the houses and markets. We continue to the ancient royal capital of Mandalay, a name that conjures the mystical romance of a bygone era. Before returning in a loop back to Yangon, we spend two nights at the stupa-laden plains of Bagan. A region blessed with 2,000 temples and religious buildings – a sight to behold.
Day 1: Arrival in Yangon
Visit some of the city’s most famous historical landmarks such as Sule Pagoda and Shwedagon Pagoda.
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan
Fly to Bagan. Journey through the history of ancient Bagan with visits to its most revered pagodas that are centuries old.
Day 3: Bagan
Learn how Bagan’s famous lacquer ware crafts are made on a visit to a local craft house.
Day 4: Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake
Visit a local family workshop to learn how Shan umbrellas are traditionally made. Explore the amazing scenery of Inle Lake.
Day 5: Inle Lake – Inn Thein
Journey by boat along a small river to Indein Pagoda Complex before visiting lakeside villages – and a house on the lake that houses Burmese cats!
Day 6: Inle Lake – Mandalay
Travel by boat to Red Mountain and tour this lush vineyard with some tasting to enjoy.
Day 7: Mandalay
Today we explore Mandalay to its fullest. Visit the only surviving royal palace building and end the day atop Mandalay Hill at sunset.
Day 8: Ava – Amarapura
Walk across the beguiling Ubein Bridge, spanning 1.2 kilometers in length it is the longest teak bridge in the world. We then continue with a visit to Ava.
Day 9: Mandalay Departure
After breakfast we transfer to Mandalay airport.