The Magic of Myanmar
There is nowhere quite like Myanmar. Formerly known as Burma, it's a country whose landscapes have barely changed in centuries - from the thousand temples scattered across the plains of Bagan and the floating gardens of Inle Lake, to the majestic Irrawaddy river and the gleaming pagodas of Yangon.
And there is no tour quite like this one. Staying in the country's finest hotels, you will enjoy 10 exclusive experiences on a magical 12-day journey through the heart of Myanmar that you'll never forget.
Nine reasons to book now
1 Free stopover in Kuala Lumpur
2 Take a balloon ride over Bagan
3 Pandaw river cruise
4 Climb majestic Mount Popa
5 Light up the Shwedagon Pagoda
6 Dine at a floating restaurant
7 Sundowners on Mandalay Hill
8 Shop in the markets of Yangon
9 See the floating gardens
- International flights
- Domestic flights
- Private transfers and all transportation
- Services of an experienced tour manager
- Expert local guides
- All exclusive experiences, tours, entrance fees and taxes
- One-night river cruise
- Luxury accommodation
- All breakfasts, plus Pandaw River Cruise breakfast, lunch and dinner, lunch on Inle Lake and farewell lunch
- Free stopover in Kuala Lumpur, subject to availability**
Day1DepartureMandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Depart London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Myanmar.
Day2MandalayMandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Join your connecting flight to Mandalay. On arrival, the group will be met and transferred to the Mandalay Hill Resort for a two-night stay. This evening, take a trip to the top of Mandalay Hill - a height of 774ft - via steps or an escalator. Explore Su Taung Pyai Pagoda and enjoy the wonderful serenity of this beautiful place.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Enjoy sundowners at the top of Mandalay Hill.
Day3MandalayMandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
After breakfast, begin a full day of sightseeing with your expert local guides. Visit Inwa and the monasteries of Bagaya, Maha Aung Myay Bon Zan and Shwenandaw - the latter is an exquisite teak carved building remaining from the 19th-century Royal Palace.
You will also visit Kuthodaw Pagoda and see the world's biggest book, weighing a staggering nine tonnes. Visit the collections at Mahagandayon, where over 1,000 monks gather to collect their daily meal from local Buddhists, in the company of an expert local guide.
Enjoy a stroll along the iconic teakwood U Bein Bridge Alms and sundowners as dusk falls.
Day4Pandaw River CruiseBagan, Myanmar (Burma)
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: One-night river cruise from Mandalay to Bagan. Today the group will board a Pandaw River Boat, the RV Kindat Pandaw. Sit back and relax as the wonders of Burma float by.
Day5BaganBagan, Myanmar (Burma)
This morning, disembark in enchanting Bagan. Visit the local market in Nyuang Oo, before exploring some of the more popular temples, including Kubyaukgyi, Htilominlo and Shwezigon Pagoda.
Bagan has the largest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas in the world, dating as far back as the 11th century. The next two nights will be spent at the Bagan Lodge Hotel.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Take a traditional horse and cart ride around Bagan.
Day6BaganBagan, Myanmar (Burma)
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE Climb to the top of majestic Mount Popa, overlooking the flat plains of Bagan
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE Take a balloon ride over Bagan (£390pp supplement applies). Early this morning, you can choose either to take a wonderful balloon ride over Bagan or join an excursion to Mount Popa, rising 1,518ft from the otherwise flat plains of Bagan. The group will transfer back to the hotel, where you will enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Day7HehoHeho, Myanmar (Burma)
After breakfast, the group will take a flight from Bagan to Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake. Set in the hills of the southern Shan state, you will fall in love with the charm and character of Inle, with its hundreds of villages built on stilts, inhabited mostly by the Intha people.
Your lakeside hotel will be the Villa Inle Resort, where you'll spend two nights.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Take a boat ride to the famous floating gardens, fishermen and silk weavers of Inle Lake. You'll see the one-legged fishermen and get a glimpse of the cottage industries thriving along the lake, including lotus silk weaving and cigar-making
Day8IndeinHeho, Myanmar (Burma)
Today you will embark on another boat ride along the densely forested river to Indein, a typical lakeside village. Try the local snack "laphet thote" - tea leaves picked with garlic and salt, with a local Myanmar beer.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Dine on local dishes at a floating restaurant on Inle Lake.
Day9YangonYangon, Myanmar (Burma)
After breakfast, the group will transfer by boat and vehicle back to Heho Airport, for your flight to Yangon. Today, explore three of the city's major sites - the Botataung and Sule Pagodas, and the vibrant Bogyoke Aung San Market.
End your day at Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma's holiest temple. The next two nights will be spent at the luxurious Sule Shangri-La.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Take part in the lighting of 1,000 special oil lamps to illuminate the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset.
Day10YangonYangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Today the group will visit the National Museum, where you can see the "Lion's Throne", a striking example of local woodcarving. You will also visit the impressive Reclining Buddha Pagoda, take in the city's British colonial architecture and take a stroll along the boardwalks that surround the peaceful lake - a perfect way to take in daily life in Yangon.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Shopping experience in the markets of Yangon.
Day11YangonYangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Your last morning in Burma is free to enjoy at leisure before the group share a farewell lunch in a typical Burmese restaurant. You are then transferred to the airport to check-in for your flight home.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Special farewell lunch at one of Yangon's great local restaurants
Day12Arrive HomeYangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Arrive London Heathrow early this morning.
Mandalay Hill Resort
Mandalay Hill Resort lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill and has panoramic views of Myanmar's famous pagodas and overlooks the distinctive architecture of the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. Its excellent facilities include a bar, café, restaurant, fitness centre and a large swimming pool
Bagan Lodge Hotel
The Bagan Lodge Hotel is a friendly boutique hotel combining Burmese design with modern facilities, including a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness centre and spa, as well as two bars and an open-air restaurant, the Tiffin Box. Each of its luxurious bungalow-style rooms and suites has its own private veranda, while the hotel itself is perfectly located close to Bagan's stunning archaeological treasures
Villa Inle Resort
Villa Inle Resort is a boutique resort spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern shore of beautiful Inle Lake, and its facilities include two bars, a restaurant and a spa. Villa Inle's 27 secluded lakeside villas are designed to offer guests both comfort and privacy throughout their stay
Luxurious Sule Shangri-La lies at the heart of one of south-east Asia's most exciting cities and the hotel is perfectly situated near Yangon's must-see attractions - including the Bogyoke Market, Sule Pagoda and the city's China Town and colonial buildings - and is just a 10-minute drive away from the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Its five-star facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, sauna, steam room and beauty centre