27 September 2016
This five-day tour takes in Myanmar's most spectacular temples and breathtaking natural landscapes, as well as giving you an authentic insight into everyday life in the country, with visits to off-the-beaten-track markets and local craft workshops.
Your tour begins today as you're met on arrival at Yangon Airport and transferred to your hotel. Once you've checked in, you have the rest of the day at leisure to explore Myanmar's former capital. You may like to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most striking religious monuments in South-East Asia. If time permits, you'll take a guided walk through Yangon’s Chinatown and visit some of the city's colonial buildings, as well as Bogyoke Aung San Market, which sells a huge range of handicrafts. In the early evening, you'll visit the truly spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, covered with hundreds of gold plates and encrusted with 4,531 diamonds.
Early this morning you'll transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city, known as the country's cultural capital. Your first stop here will be Amarapura township, formerly Myanmar's capital, where you'll visit the iconic U Bien’s Bridge, which spans Taungthaman Lake and is the longest teak footbridge in the world. This afternoon you'll visit the spiritually important Mahamuni Pagoda, which houses one of Myanmar's most famous seated Buddha images, and the Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), before continuing to Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is said to house the world's largest book: 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. You'll end the day with a drive to the top of Mandalay Hill to watch the sun set over the city.
Early this morning you'll transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Bagan boasts more than 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries; today you'll have the chance to explore some of the most spectacular, including Gubyauknge Temple, with its excellent stucco carvings, the impressive Htilominlo Pahto and Ananda Pahto, one the area's best-preserved temples. Bagan is also famous for its handicrafts and lacquerware, so after lunch you'll have the chance to visit a local workshop. As the sun begins to set, you'll climb to the top of one of the temples to take in the magnificent views.
This morning begins with a visit to the bustling Nyaung Oo market to see the variety of fresh produce for sale. You'll also stop off at a local village to learn more about rural life here. After lunch in a local restaurant, you'll be able to visit some more stunning temples, travelling by horse cart or bicycle, which enables you to explore some of the lesser-visited areas which cannot be reached by car. You'll end the day with a sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River before returning to your hotel.
This morning you'll transfer to the airport for your flight back to Yangon. Here you'll visit peaceful Kandawgyi Lake, and have time to explore the park that surrounds it and take a look at the Karaweik, a replica of a traditional royal barge. If time permits, you'll take an excursion to the huge reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Kyi before your tour ends as you head to the airport for your onward flight.
Standard fr £981pp
Superior fr £1066pp
Deluxe fr £1216pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated