Classic Burma

Classic Burma

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 10 days
Type: PrivateExclusive departures for you, your friends and family


Day 1 - Yangon

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon visit Yangon downtown, which is unique with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. You will find one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth- century buildings, religious and secular. This walking tour will take you through downtown Yangon, focusing on its old colonial buildings. Your guide will walk you through the back streets at a relaxed tempo and explain you the history of each building some of them empty, some getting restored and some used for different purposes than when they were built. This walk will take you back architecturally in time. The walk ends with a drink at Rangoon Tea House, a cosy restaurant on lower Pansodan street, a new place where many of Yangon’s expatriates of today meet up for a drink or a meal. Overnight Eastern Hotel or similar.  

Day 2 - Yangon

This morning we visit the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. You will learn about the history of the pagoda and the daily lives of the people living in the immediate surroundings. Gain a deeper insight into the Buddhist religion, and how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats- the Myanmar spirits. Pass workshops, markets and monasteries along the way. The tour includes a traditional Burmese breakfast, offerings to monks and the pagoda, and a visit to a fortune teller. The afternoon is free to discover downtown Yangon with its heritage buildings on your own. You may wish to revisit Shwedagon in the evening to see this magnificent pagoda illuminated in all its glory. Overnight at Clover City Centre Hotel or similar. (BL) 

Day 3 - Yangon- Mandalay

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. On arrival you will take an excursion to the snake pagoda in Paleik, known for the three pythons that sleep by the Buddah statue, and are fed and washed by local worshippers. You will also visit the ancient temple ruins nearby, some of them over 200 years old and partly overgrown by vegetation, which receive few Western visitors. After checking into your hotel explore Mandalay visiting Mandalay Hill, Atumashi and Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings. Finish the day with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda, with its giant white marble slabs representing the world’s biggest book. Overnight at Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel or similar. (B)  

Day 4 - Mandalay

After breakfast you will transfer to the jetty for a leisurely day cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River. Sailing past temple dotted hills the boat will stop at Sagaing to visit the Setkyar Thida Nunnery before continuing to Ava. As a former capital Ava is a magnificent site and you will visit the ancient temple ruins by horse and cart. After lunch you will continue to Amarapura by car, and have the chance to walk across the U-Bein Bridge, believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Return to Mandalay. Overnight at Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel or similar. (BL)  

Day 5 – Mandalay - Bagan

This morning take the public bus to Bagan where you arrive at lunchtime and transfer to your hotel. Drive to the Minnanthu temple area for a picnic lunch and visit two or three of the temples. Overnight at Zfreeti Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 6 - Bagan

Enjoy a full day’s sightseeing tour with a guide who will show you the best known temples of the area. You start by climbing a pagoda to get a first impressive view over the whole plain. From here the guide plans their way to some of the other impressive temples that have been here for hundreds of years. Places like the Ananda, Dhammayangyi and Thatbyinnyu are sure to impress you. After lunch in a local restaurant you will continue by horse and cart to Pyathagyi Pagoda to enjoy the sunset. Overnight at Zfreeti Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 7 - Bagan

Begin today with a visit to Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple which receives few western visitors. Continue to Pakkoku where the blankets of the same name are made. Board a private boat and travel downriver for two hours while lunch is served. You will visit Myinkaba village and its lacquer workshop before returning to your hotel. Overnight Zfreeti Hotel or similar. (BL).

Day 8- Bagan- Heho- Inle Lake

Take a flight to Heho and on arrival transfer to Inle Lake. Visit Indein village with its picturesque 16th century pagodas. Walk along the shores of the lake and take lunch in a local house, then continue exploring by canoe before finally heading back to the hotel. Overnight Thanakha Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 9 - Inle Lake

An early morning start to begin your exploration by long tailed boat of this magical and unique shallow lake. Highlights include the boatmen with their 'one-legged' rowing style, the floating gardens and a local market. Overnight at Thanakha Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 10 - Heho - Yangon

Fly back to Yangon. Spend the rest of the day exploring the multiculturalism of the city, visiting the Indian quarter, Chinatown, a Sikh temple, mosque and synagogue among other sites, gaining a real understanding of the influences that have shaped Yangon today. Tour ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)

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