10 days from £1,659* per person Saving you £312 per person*
This itinerary isn’t set in stone. Pick, mix, swap however you like – your trip will be totally tailor made for you.
Day 1 Arrival in Yangon
You’ll be greeted at Yangon International airport and taken to your hotel.
Time to explore the commercial capital of Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, with wide tree-lined avenues, shady green parks and beautiful lakes. See the Sule Pagoda, City Hall and the colonial buildings, Chaukhtatkyi Pagoda with its spectacular reclining Buddha and the Royal Barge on Kandawgyi Royal Lake.
At sunset, visit the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda, the glistening golden stupa that towers over the metropolis.
Day 2 Yangon – Mandalay
After breakfast, board your flight to Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar. On the way to the city itself, you’ll stop in Paleik, a quaint town that’s home to hundreds of temples and pagodas. At Amarapura, visit the picturesque U Bein Bridge, a long teak walkway spanning Taungthaman Lake.
In the late afternoon, visit the Golden Palace Monastery, famous for its intricate carvings, before being driven to the top of Yankin Hill. Crowned with a quiet monastery, the location offers fantastic views of Mandalay city and the surrounding farmland.
Day 3 Mandalay
First stop is Mahamuni Temple, with its huge bronze Buddha figure covered in thick layers of gold. The temple attracts devotees from all around the country.
Next you’ll board the RV Paukan for a two-night journey down the majestic Ayeyarwady River to Bagan. Have lunch on board before stopping in Sagaing, a centre for Buddhist studies with hundreds of monasteries and nunneries.
After dinner, enjoy a dance and drama performance on the sundeck of the boat.
Day 4 Cruise towards Bagan
Continue your cruise downstream to Yandabo, a village specialising in pot-making. You’ve got the rest of the day to admire your surroundings from the sundeck before mooring for the night.
Day 5 Bagan
Say goodbye to your boat – today you’re going to Bagan, one of the richest historical and archaeological sites in Asia. Prepare yourself for a landscape of Buddhist sculptures and lavishly decorated temples and pagodas, complete with mural paintings and plaster carvings from the 11th to 13th centuries.
Take a pony cart ride among the temples, before climbing one to watch the sun sink into the distant hills.
Day 6 Bagan
After breakfast, take a brief stop at Nyaung Oo Market then proceed to Sulamani temple, Shwegugyi Temple and Minanthu village. Alternatively, take your pick from other activities – grab an aerial view of Bagan on an exhilarating hot air balloon ride, or take a cookery class with a local bio-gardening expert.
In the afternoon, stop at a local lacquerware workshop to watch the artisans at work, then join an evening cruise along the Ayeyarwady River.
Day 7 Bagan – Inle Lake
Today you’re flying to Heho, the gateway to the Southern Shan State. From here you’ll be taken to Inle Lake, famous for its scenic beauty and the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. You’ll have the rest of the day to explore the lake by longtail boat, watching the Inthas tend their floating gardens. If you prefer, you can join a cycling tour through Nepalese villages and rice fields, finishing at the shores of the lake. The day also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw U Pagoda.
In the evening, you can do a tasting at the Red Mountain Winery, where a French winemaker is producing exciting new Myanmar wines.
Day 8 Inle – Indein
Spend a day exploring the Inle Lake by boat, surrounded on both sides by high hills. You’ll also have a chance to visit the market and see the hill tribe people coming down to sell their wares and buy provisions.
Situated on the western shore of the lake, the Indein temple complex is often referred to as a mini Angkor. After a short walk through a bamboo forest, you’ll see the mysterious monuments appear, some covered in climbing vegetation.
In the afternoon, visit the silk-weaving village of Impawkhone, a traditional blacksmith and a cigar-making workshop before returning to your hotel for the evening.
Day 9 Inle Lake – Yangon
Today you’ll visit Thale U, a typical lakeshore village, for a taste of local life. Learn about the traditional agricultural methods used by the villagers to grow their vegetables throughout the year.
You’ll be taken back to Yangon for the night, ready for your airport transfer. It’s up to you what you do with your evening – maybe a cruise along the Yangon River or a farewell dinner by Inya Lake.
Day 10 Goodbye Yangon
Enjoy your last leisurely breakfast in Myanmar before your trip back to the airport.
*Prices are based on private arrangements (not lower priced escorted tours with set dates). Quality three star accommodation is quoted here (unless mentioned otherwise), with breakfast included and other meals where mentioned. Mostly private transfers with an English speaking driver/guide and all activities mentioned, with top guides, are included. Domestic flights and transport all included from Day 1 to end point. Can be tailored to your needs, so prices could be lower for budget arrangements or higher for luxury.
International flight is not included