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Myanmar (Burma) highlights & island cruise

17 days from €8,955pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Sail the beautiful clear waters of the Mergui archipelago by yacht.

  • Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of Yangon's shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda.

  • Explore the many beautiful and impressive temples of Bagan.

  • Enjoy an early morning balloon flight over Inle Lake for a unique vantage point of the stilted villages and floating gardens.

  • Imagine the former splendour of Inwa, a lost royal city.

  • Witness a little seen side of Mandalay.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Bangkok
  • Phuket
  • Khao Lak
  • Ranong
  • Kawthoung
  • Yangon
  • Bagan
  • Heho
  • Inle Lake
  • Heho
  • Mandalay

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Bangkok.

Day 2 Khao Lak

Bangkok , Phuket , Khao Lak

On arrival in Phuket you will be met and transferred to your resort in Khao Lak.

Day 3 On-board ship (Kawthoung)

Khao Lak , Ranong , On-board ship

This morning you will transfer to Ranong where you will be met by a cruise representative and assisted through the border into Myanmar to join the Meta IV cruise for the next six days. Welcome drink on board, boat orientation and safety briefing before departing towards Hasting Island and dinner on the beach.


Day 4 On-board ship (Kawthoung)

On-board ship

Passage to Lampi Island, the largest in the region. Brunch on board, followed by a visit to a village of Moken sea nomads. Sail to Clara Island with a dinghy excursion into a nearby mangrove forest.


Day 5 On-board ship (Kawthoung)

On-board ship

Sail to Pila Island where you can enjoy a barbecue on the long beach and a jungle walk. Snorkelling opportunities, followed by sundowners on deck.


Day 6 On-board ship (Kawthoung)

On-board ship

Early-morning sail towards the Mid Group Islands to explore hidden coves and beaches. Visit Frost and Potter Islands, famous for their large fig trees by the beach.


Day 7 On-board ship (Kawthoung)

On-board ship

Long, leisurely sail towards Zadetkyi Island with its beautiful bays and beaches. Snorkel and explore the pristine reefs and their underwater wildlife.


Day 8 Yangon

Kawthoung , Yangon

Start sailing early this morning towards Kawthaung where you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Yangon. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 9 Yangon


Morning colonial walking tour of downtown Yangon with the highest concentration of colonial architecture in Southeast Asia. Your tour includes the former High Courts, Telegraph Office, Post Office and Strand Hotel to name a few. Late afternoon your driver and guide will take you to visit the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda as the sun sets, this will be followed by drinks on 19th Street - the perfect place to people watch in downtown Yangon.

Day 10 Bagan

Yangon , Bagan

Take an early flight to Bagan and have the afternoon at leisure.

Day 11 Bagan


Discover Bagan's temples and ruins on a private tour with your guide.

Day 12 Inle Lake

Bagan , Heho , Inle Lake

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Inle Lake.

Day 13 Inle Lake

Inle Lake

An early start today to take advantage of the panoramic views of Inle Lake and the Shan Mountains on an early morning balloon flight. Back on land, you will then spend the rest of the day exploring the stilted villages, cottage industries and markets of Inle Lake.

Day 14 Mandalay

Heho , Mandalay

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. Visit Amarapura, famous for U Bein's Bridge and the lost royal city of Inwa before checking into your hotel.

Day 15 Mandalay


This morning you head out on an exciting tour of Mandalay, which will take you behind the scenes of this bustling city. In the afternoon enjoy a leisurely cruise to Mingun to view the colossal remains of King Bodawpaya's Pagoda.

Day 16 International return flight

Mandalay , International return flight

Today you will be transferred to the airport in time for your international departure flight.

Day 17 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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The specialist who designs your trip to Burma (Myanmar) will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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