MYANMAR - 14 DAYS
A vast unspoilt country with loads of cultural & historical attractions - beautiful temples, pagodas, beaches, scenic landscapes, lakes, rivers & wildlife. No visit would be complete without experiencing the cosmopolitan city of Yangon, with its local market, traditional tea houses & temples. Cruise on the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to the ancient city of Bagan, with over 2000 temples, best viewed from a hot air balloon. Climb Mount Popa, visit an elephant camp & the floating gardens on the beautiful Inle Lake & relax on the pristine beaches of Ngapali - a unique experience in beautiful Myanmar.
PROGRAMME CAN BE CUSTOMISED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS
DAY 1 ARRIVAL YANGON Meet & greet at Yangon International Airport. Private transfer & check into your hotel.
DAY 2 YANGON FULL DAY TOUR (B+D) Drive along the famous Strand Road, visit Yangon harbour, Botataung Pagoda, close to Yangon river, Chinatown, the Indian quarter & the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back 2500 years. Visit Bogyoke Market to purchase local handicrafts. Enjoy the sunset at the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda - its golden stupa is the ‘heart’ of Buddhist Myanmar. Dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 3 YANGON - HEHO - INLE LAKE (B+D) Transfer to Yangon Airport for your flight to Heho. Transfer down into the valley to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake & take a boat transfer & check into your hotel. Afterwards travel by long-tailed boat across the lake to Indaing, passing through the busy village of Ywama, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts. See the pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak & onwards by boat downstream past Yethar village. Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 4 INLE LAKE - FULL DAY TOUR (B+D) Explore a 5-day rotating market (if it coincides with your schedule) which offers an insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu & Intha people. Enjoy a full day boat trip on Inle Lake. Experience exotic & memorable dining in a rice carrier boat, transformed into a fully equipped floating restaurant, surrounded by the magical Shan Hills. After lunch, visit a traditional silk-weaving workshop, pass endless floating gardens & visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 5 INLE LAKE - ELEPHANT CAMP - HEHO - MANDALAY (B+D) Drive through the hills to Magwe and visit The Green Hill Valley Elephant camp - join in feeding & bathing the elephants. Transfer to Heho Airport for your flight to Mandalay. Transfer, check-in & dinner at the hotel.
DAY 6 MANDALAY - CRUISE - MINGUN (B+L+D) Early morning visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda to see the Golden Buddha. Transfer to the jetty to start your 2 night cruise. Sail to Mingun Pagoda Complex. Lunch & dinner on board. Moor overnight at a sand bank in mid-stream.
MINGUN - SAGAING - RIVER VILLAGE (B+L+D) Cruise down the Irrawaddy, admire the natural beauty of the river & enjoy sunrise over Sagaing hill, while relaxing on the sundeck. Stop at Sagaing - the hills here are dotted with numerous pagodas & monasteries. Stop at Yandabo, a village specializing in pot-making. Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint.
DAY 7 BAGAN (B+D) Disembark from the cruise in Bagan & start your tour by car to visit Dhammayazika, the largest pentagon-based stupa in Bagan. Visit other temples adorned with fine frescos & exotic murals. Time to explore the village of Minnanthu to see how local people live. Later visit a lacquer-ware factory to learn about this delicate art. Check into your hotel & dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 8 BAGAN - MOUNT POPA (B+D) There is no better or more spectacular way to view the ancient kingdom of Bagan, than from a hot air balloon (Optional excursion). Enjoy a light breakfast & safety briefing while the balloons inflate, before your dawn flight. Flights are operated daily from October through mid March, by qualified pilots and technicians. For those who opt not to do the balloon ride (or if the balloons are not operating), you can explore Bagan by horse cart / carriage. Afterwards, drive out of Bagan through Chauk to Salay to visit Yokesone Monastery, one of the oldest surviving wooden monasteries in Myanmar. Continue to Mount Popa. Check in & dinner at your hotel.
DAY 10-12 MOUNT POPA - NGAPALI BEACH (B+D) Day 10 - transfer to the Airport to catch your flight to Thandwe & onwards to check-in at your Ngapali beach hotel where you can spend 3 days relaxing at leisure.
DAY 13-14 NGAPALI BEACH - YANGON (B) Day 13- Afternoon transfer & flight to Yangon. Check into your hotel. Free evening.
Day14 - Free time before your departure as per flight schedule.
The above stay in Myanmar includes
:► Accommodation 3 / 4 / 5 star hotels + cruise with Breakfast (B)
► Private English-speaking guide where applicable
► All featured excursions with air / land / water transfers & entrance fees
► Arrival / Departure transfers
Does NOT include:
► Lunch (L) or Dinner (D) unless specified
► Early check-in / late check-out
► Optional supplements and excursions
► Tips & personal expenses
► Travel Insurance & entry Visa
Terms & Conditions apply