Day 1. To Yangon
Fly from London to Yangon, via Bangkok on Thai Airways.
Day 2. Yangon
Arrive Yangon. Two nights at the Strand hotel.
Day 3. Yangon – City tour
Morning excursion to Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha, the Shwedagon pagoda, and Kandawgyi Lake. Afternoon visit to Bogyoke Aung San market and bargain for anything from jewellery, to paintings, to antiques and handicrafts or the local ‘longyi’. Later take a walk with a ‘colonial’ air from the Sule pagoda to the Yangon riverfront.
Day 4. To Mandalay – City tour, Amarapura and Dinner with Show
Early morning fl ight to Mandalay. Tour of Amarapura, including the Mahagandayon Monastery, the main centre of Buddhist learning in Burma. Afternoon city tour of Mandalay and see the sunset at Mandalay hill. In the evening have dinner watching a cultural show. Three nights Mandalay hill Resort.
Day 5. Day tour to Maymyo and national Kandawgyi Gardens
Full day trip to Maymyo (pyin Oo Lwin). Initially a military outpost, Maymyo became the summer Capital during British rule. Visit the Kandawgyi national Botanical Gardens and pyin Oo Lwin nursery, with their wide variety of plants, trees, indigenous orchids, fl owers and animals: see also the local pagodas and Temple; the impressive pwe Kauk Waterfalls, and fi nally, peik Chin Myaung - an intriguing large Buddhist shrine-cave.
Day 6. Irrawaddy Cruise to Mingun
After breakfast, board a boat for a short cruise on the Irrawaddy River to the 18th C. Royal capital of Mingun. Explore Mingun on foot, taking in the key sites, including King Bodawpaya’s unfi nished Temple and the mighty Mingun Bell. Visit the enchanting hsinbyume pagoda, with its crisp white wave-like roof set perfectly against the deep blue sky. Return to Mandalay for lunch; afteroon at leisure.
Day 7. To Bagan via nyaung u – u Bein, Inwa and visit to Sagaing
Morning visit u Bein Bridge, Inwa - by horse-drawn cart - and Sagaing hill with its superb views particularly, of the almost surreal clusters of pagodas, dotting the surrounding hills. Afternoon fl ight to nyaung u then transfer to the hotel. Three nights at the Thiripyitsaya hotel.
Day 8. Bagan
Full-day tour of Bagan, highlights include Tayoke pyay and Ananda Temple - one of the fi nest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan Temples. Later visit a local village perhaps Minanthu Village with its oil presses powered by bullocks. In the evening, watch a puppet show with dinner.
Day 9. Bagan
Continue the tour ofBagan – highlights include nyaung u Market, Shwezigon pagoda, hgnet pyit Taung, Lawkananda and Dhammayazika Temples.
Day 10. To Inle Lake via heho – Lake tour
Morning fl ight to heho and transfer to Inle Lake. Afternoon tour the fl oating villages, gardens and Temples around Inle Lake and watch the famous leg rowers in action! Two nights at the Inle Resort.
Day 11. Inle Lake - Inn Thein pagoda
Morning excursion by boat to the Inn Thein pagoda. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 12. To Yangon – national Museum visit and Farewell Dinner
Morning fl ight to Yangon and visit the national Museum. Farewell dinner at Le planteur. Overnight at the Strand hotel.
Day 13. To London via Bangkok
Morning transfer to the airport and fl ight back to London via Bangkok on Thai Airways.
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £2,850.00
Single room supplement £385.00
Fishin’ for your Dinner
Go fi shing with a local fi sherman to help catch the fish for dinner and enjoy a barbeque on the banks of the Irrawady River.