Burma is filled with enchanting experiences, and you are sure to make memories on our Mystical Burma tour. From arriving in the city of Yangon with its colonial British architecture to visiting the fantastic Shwedagon Pagoda, our tour encompasses a range of areas throughout this ancient country.
Depart London on your scheduled overnight flight to Yangon.
Arrive in Yangon. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most impressive temple complexes dominated by the great golden stupa itself, reaching 99 metres into the sky.
Enjoy a full day city tour of Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. Today the city is a mix of a newly-built tower blocks, Buddhist shrines, and evocative colonial architecture where a strong British presence can still be felt.
Transfer to airport for a flight to Bagan. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. After your early check-in, you will be taken to the 13th-century Wetkyi-in Gubyakgyi cave to see the frescoes and rare ancient paintings before visiting the Ananda temple, one of the grandest in Bagan. On the evening, you’ll enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Bagan landscape from the Shwesandaw Pagoda or a similar vantage point.
This morning, enjoy far reaching views from the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River before driving to the largest temple in Bagan and on to Mount Popa, to visit a volcanic peak dedicated to the legendary ‘Nat’ spirits.
After breakfast, explore the busy Nyaung Oo Market where locals gather to sell traditional goods. Here you can buy local Myanmar food in preparation for your cooking class. Learn how to prepare and cook traditional Burmese dishes, and then enjoy them for your lunch! The rest of your afternoon will be at leisure. Enjoy a Sunset Cruise in the Ayeyarwaddy River this evening.
An early morning departure for your cruise to Mandalay. During your sailing, stop at the village of Latkka set on a Bamboo plantation, where you will get an insight of local village life. On arrival in Mandalay, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel.
Travel to the former royal capital of Amarapura to visit the famous U-Bein bridge, the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world stretching some 1.2 km across Lake Taungtaman. You then return to Mandalay. The rest of your day is free.
Visit the town of Pyin Oo Lwin, founded by the British in 1896 when it was known as Maymyo. It soon became the summer capital of the British rule in Burma, and many colonial half-timbered buildings still remain, including the Purcell clocktower – a gift from Queen Victoria. Enjoy some time wandering around the beautiful Botanical Gardens, created in the early 20th century to copy Kew Gardens, before heading back to Mandalay and your hotel.
Transfer to an airport for flight to Heho. You then travel to Lake Inle and board a boat to your hotel, before visiting Paw Khon village to observe the locals silk weaving and creating their handicrafts.
Enjoy a day of leisure to relax or further explore the Indein villages on the mainland. The villages contain bamboo and teak stilt houses and pagodas that date back to the 17th century.
Following breakfast, fly to Yangon and onto your return flight back to the UK. You can also continue to a beach extension if you wish.
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