Myanmar (Burma) has been largely hidden from the outside world for many years. With a new political settlement being forged, Myanmar is coming "in from the cold" and visitors are once again welcome to this wonderful country. Diverse in both culture and landscape, discover beautiful Inle Lake, the winding Irrawaddy River and plains dotted with thousands of stupas. The country is home to over 130 ethnic groups, many of whom are collectively bound by their strong Buddhist beliefs. British rule has left a strong legacy of magnificent colonial architecture which contrasts the atmospheric and, yes, spiritual landscape.
Bagan • Ananda • Mandalay Royal Palace • Mingun Pagoda • Pindaya Caves • Indein
Day 1 Fly from London, via Bangkok, to Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar.
Day 2 Arrive in Yangon and transfer to your hotel.
Day 3 Short flight to Bagan, appearing as a miraculous sea of temple spires emerging through the forest canopy. Spend the day with your guide exploring Nyaung Oo local market, Shwezigon Pagoda and Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi, a cave temple with exquisite Jatakas mural paintings. In the afternoon, visit Ananda, an architectural masterpiece of the early-style temple and in the evening enjoy a horse cart ride to enjoy the sunset at one of the most famous temples in Bagan.
Day 4 Visit Mount Popa where the remarkable temple complex sits perched atop the summit. This is regarded as the source of "Nat", or spirit worship which is practiced by many alongside Buddhism.
Day 5 Fly to Mandalay and visit the Maha Gandaryone Monastery, the gold leaf covered Mahamuni Buddha, Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery in the Mandalay Royal Palace and Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned for having the world's biggest book, consisting of 729 stone slabs on which the teaching of Buddha are inscribed.
Day 6 Morning boat journey on the Irrawaddy River to visit the huge unfinished Mingun Pagoda, with its 90 ton bell which is the largest in the world. In the afternoon visit the town of Ava and explore by pony and trap, the Bagaya Teak Wood Monastery where local school boys study with the monks. Enjoy the sunset and views on Sagaing Hill.
Day 7 Fly to Heho and view the Pindaya Caves, with walls adorned with thousands of Buddha images dating back many centuries. Continue to beautiful Inle Lake and visit a local silversmith workshop, traditional silk weaving factory and the Phaundawoo Pagoda which is home to a revered image of Buddha.
Day 8 Travel by boat to the floating village of Ywama, the "downtown" area of the lake. Continue by boat to the Indein Pagoda complex and then through narrow canals to a small Pa O tribal village and the ruins of a 13th century monastery hidden amongst the vegetation.
Day 9 Fly to Yangon and visit the Chaukhtatkyi Reclining Buddha and Karaweik Royal Barge. In the afternoon, visit the city's liveliest bazaar, the Bogyoke Aung San Market and magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.
Day 10 Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight, via Bangkok, to London.
Day 11 Arrive in the UK.
All tours are tailored to your requirements
The 4 star luxury hotels on this tour are a splendid mix of styles and charm. All have high quality restaurants offering a varied menu, including a set menu option for approximately £10 per night. Full details of the hotels will be provided with your quotation.
Your tour includes:
• Scheduled flights to and within Myanmar
• 8 nights bed and breakfast
• Transport/Excursions and admissions as detailed in the itinerary
• English speaking guides
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