Discover Myanmar (11 days)

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flag Pyin Oo Lwin - Mandalay - Bagan - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Yangon
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  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Discover the heart and soul of Myanmar, visiting the most beautiful and interesting cities that make Myanmar a must-see destination. Learn the history and culture that make this country what it is today. The friendly and inviting people will make this visit a memory that will last forever.

 

Day 1 UK departure

Depart the UK with international economy flight to Mandalay. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.

Day 2 Pyin Oo Lwin arrival

Arrive Mandalay, the second largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin and check in to the hotel on arrival. After a rest we begin our exploration with a visit to the cool hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (approx. 2 hours’ drive from Mandalay). At over 1,000 meters above sea-level the station enjoys cool and pleasant weather all year round. The flower city is well known for its colonial era-buildings, pine trees, eucalyptus and silver-oak abounding in town. Enjoy a one-hour horse ride around Pyin Oo Lwin, followed with a visit to the National Kandawgyi Gardens – botanical gardens founded in 1915.  It features more than 480 species of flowers and trees.

Meals Included

  • Dinner
Day 3 Pyin Oo Lwin to Mandalay

After breakfast, drive back to Mandalay and visit Amarapura and U Bein Bridge, a 1.6km long wooden bridge said to be the longest teak bridge in the world, built over 150 years ago. We then visit Mahamyatmuni Buddha Image, bronze casting and marble stone cutting craftsmen quarters and gold leaf beaters. Visit one of Myanmar’s famous marionette workshop where you can participate how to make a puppet performance. Then we continue to hotel and check in.

In the evening, visit Ku Tho Daw Pagoda, also known as world’s largest book, surrounded by 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. We proceed to Golden Palace Monastery, which was once part of the palace complex where King Mindon lived. Finally this evening enjoy a panorama view from Mandalay Hill.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 4 Mandalay to Bagan

This morning we drive to the jetty and take a boat trip of about 1 hr to Mingune, located on the western bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Arrive Mingune and visit the huge unfinished Mingun Pagoda built between 1790 and 1797, which was split by an earthquake in 1838. It is possibly the world’s largest pile of bricks! We continue to the World’s largest working bell of 87 tons cast in 1808 by Bodawpaya. Then visit Mya Thein Tan pagoda, an image of Sulamani Pagoda at the peak of Mount Meru in Tavatimsa plane of nats.

We then drive to Sagaing (24Km, 35 minutes driving). Sagaing is a town at the foot of Sagaing Hills, dotted with hundreds of pagodas, monasteries and nunneries quarters. In Sagaing explore U Min Thonze (Hall of thirty Buddhas) and Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda, perched on the highest hill and offers panoramic views of the valleys and wide Ayeyarwady River. We continue drive to Pakokku, a flourishing trading town on the western banks of Ayeyarwaddy River. We then cross the Ayeyarwaddy River by boat to Bagan and check-in to hotel on arrival.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 5 Bagan

On the banks of the Ayerwaddy River is home to the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world, many dating to the 11th and 12th century. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component part taking on spiritual meaning. We begin our day with the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, where the 37 pre-Buddhist ‘nets’ were first officially endorsed by the Barmar monarchy. Then visit Kyan-Sit-Thar U Min which was built in the 11th century, into a cliff face, with frescoes. It served as a monastery and features a few small rooms, which were home to the monks. We continue our exploration of Bagan with the Damayasaka Temple and a visit to Myin Kabar Village, with a visit to a Lacquer-ware Factory which features the traditional way of producing lacquer ware and has a lot of products on sight. Drive back to hotel and relax.

In the evening, continue to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery with beautiful, well-preserved 18th century murals. Next stop is Htilominlo, situated close to the road between Nyaung U and Bagan, built by king Nantaungmya in 1218 and where traces of old murals are also still visible. Then visit Sulamani, more sophisticate temple styles, with better internal lighting.

The day is always finished off by going to one of the larger temples to get an incredible sunset view of the entire area; a truly magical experience!

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 6 Bagan / Zee Oh Village

After breakfast, start your trip to Zee Oh Village, about 12 kilometers off the main Bagan-Kyaukpadaung Highway (45-minute drive from Bagan). It is famous for “A Sacred Forest” of 16 hectares covered with over 600 Ingyinn trees (Shorea Siamensis) and 100-year-old Tamarind tree. Here you will get a glimpse of a typical Myanmar village. Most residents of Zee Oh, which has about 300 households, earn a living from farming and selling toddy palm juice. The villagers are simple, friendly, and most of all, both religious and superstitious. You can also watch the traditional way of extracting oil from peanuts and sesame seeds, with cows turning a mortar and pestle, or the making process of palm sugar and taste Burmese candies.

Donation lunch at Monastery.

We then head back to Bagan and relax.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 7 Bagan to Kalaw

Transfer to the airport and depart for Heho by scheduled flight (apprx: 45 mins flying).

Greetings on arrival in Heho – you are now in the Shan State. We begin with a visit to Pindaya Cave, believed to contain more than 8000 Buddha Images of all sizes, and carved in wood, stone, marble and bronze thickly gilded. We then visit the Shan papers production cottages where handmade papers are produced from the pulp of mulberry bark and dried in the sun. We also discover other interesting cottage industry such as oiled paper umbrellas used by monks and nuns. We then continue our drive to Kalaw, which was formerly a British Hill Station. On arrival in Kalaw and check into your hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 8 Kalaw to Inle Lake

This morning, visit the local 5-days market and see the fascinating daily life of local villagers. Then, visit the Old Catholic Church, Kalaw Railway Station (built in 1918) and the colonial buildings on East Circular Road. We then drive to NyaungShwe – on the way photo stop at Shwe Yan Pyay old wooden monastery and visit to Shan Palace. Take a short boat trip on Inle Lake to reach our hotel.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 9 Inle Lake

Today enjoy sightseeing by boat on the beautiful Inle Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar stretching 11 miles (17.7 km) and home to Inthar national race, many of whom live in stilted houses built over the water. On the boat trip you will visit floating villages and floating gardens and see lotus stems weaving. You can also see Inthar technique of leg-rowing where one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the boat and is also their traditional way of fishing. We continue with a visit to the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Later we head back to hotel and relax.

This evening, enjoy bike ride or Toke Toke. Visit Red Mountain Winery/Vineyards and witness sunset over Shan Mountain ranges. Enjoy a fantastic experience of various local wines tasting at the restaurant during sunset.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 10 Inle Lake to Yangon

After breakfast we transfer to the airport and depart for Yangon by scheduled flight. On arrival we can enjoy a photo stop around Mahabandoola Park, Sule Pagoda, Mayor’s Hall, and the old colonial districts of Yangon. We also visit Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market).

Evening visit Shwedagon Pagoda, which rises 326ft (99.3m) above its base. Erected more than 2500 years ago and enshrining eight hairs of Buddha placed in a treasure chamber deep under its base. It is the highest symbol of the people’s devotion to Buddha.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 11 Yangon departure

After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight back to UK.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Pyin Oo Lwin - 4* Aureum Palace Hotel

4* Aureum Palace Hotel

Enjoy the elegance and splendour of the past and traditional luxury in a unique colonial style where you can experience the ambience of a century gone while enjoying the modern facilities of luxurious bungalows.

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Mandalay - 4* Eastern Palace Hotel

4* Eastern Palace Hotel

Located in the heart of the Mandalay’s main business and historical district. Delivering Myanmar’s unique and courteous hospitality, this elegant upscale hotel will delight both business and leisure travellers with spacious accommodation, a broad array of leisure facilities, extensive meeting space and international dinning choices.

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Bagan - 4* Aye Yar River View Resort

4* Aye Yar River View Resort – Old Bagan

Occupying a vantage site on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy(Irrawaddy) River and revelling in space and privacy, the Aye Yar River View Resort is an ideal destination for a family holiday, individual solitude and self-renewal or intimate holiday for the hopeless romantics.

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Kalaw - 4* Kalaw Princess Hotel

4* Kalaw Princess Hotel

Located in Kalaw, a beautiful and scenic mountain town in Upper Myanmar. Beautiful pine trees, green mountains and its people are the most attractive to visitors to the area. The hotel is situated at the old train station and it is only a few minutes walk to Mhainh Lone mountain.

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Inle Lake - 4* Novotel Inle Lake

4* Novotel Inle Lake

Treat yourself to tranquillity at Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min hotel. The infinity pool invites you to soak up the views, and the sunset on the lake provides an unforgettable backdrop to your holidays or meetings at Novotel.

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Yangon - 4* Rose Garden Hotel

4* Rose Garden Hotel

This unique luxury property offers authentic Myanmar style along with cutting-edge technologies and the latest international-standard facilities and services. The Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon features an elegant lobby, a gourmet restaurant, a stylish bar, and five floors of exceptionally well equipped, beautifully decorated guestrooms.

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Tour Prices include:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • Activities such as boat tours, cooking classes, horse cart rides etc.;
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels on touring days.

Tour Prices exclude:

  • Myanmar visa fee;
  • Transfer for meals if dinner not included in itinerary;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Balloon flights over Bagan;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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