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Exploring Burma (Myanmar) by boat & on foot

22 days from £7,135pp

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

Itinerary highlights

  • Walk through the Shan hills and stay in a local monastery.

  • Explore the Ayerwaddy River by boat with a stay at a local village en route.

  • Take an iconic rail journey across the Goteik Viaduct.

  • Visit the sandstone caves of Monywa.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodation
  • Yangon (Rangoon)
  • Kyaiktiyo
  • Mawlamyine (Moulmein)
  • Hpa An
  • Yangon (Rangoon)
  • Mandalay
  • Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
  • Mandalay
  • Yandabo
  • Monywa
  • Pakokku
  • Bagan (Pagan)
  • Heho
  • Kalaw
  • Inle Lake
  • Nyaung Shwe
  • Inle Lake
  • Nyaung Shwe
  • Inle Lake
  • Nyaung Shwe
  • Inle Lake
  • Heho
  • Yangon (Rangoon)

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Yangon (Rangoon).

Day 2 Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon (Rangoon)

Arrive in the city of Yangon, where you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel by private vehicle.

Day 3 Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon (Rangoon)

With your private guide enjoy a tour of the city's highlights and a ride on the circle train. This is a great chance to interact with the local people, who will be interested to chat with you. The day ends with a visit to the Shwedagon at sunset.

Day 4 Kyaiktiyo

Yangon (Rangoon) , Kyaiktiyo

This morning you depart Yangon for Kyaiktiyo to visit the revered Buddhist site of Golden Rock.

Day 5 Mawlamyine (Moulmein)

Kyaiktiyo , Mawlamyine (Moulmein)

Continue your journey further south to Mawlamyine where you will have the afternoon to explore this sleepy riverside town.

Day 6 Mawlamyine (Moulmein)

Mawlamyine (Moulmein)

Today visit the terminus of the Death Railway at Thanbyuzayat as well as the interesting Yele Pagoda at Kyaikkami.

Day 7 Hpa An

Mawlamyine (Moulmein) , Hpa An

From Mawlamyine you head to Hpa An in Karen State by small private boat where you will visit the Kawgun Caves.

Day 8 Yangon (Rangoon)

Hpa An , Yangon (Rangoon)

Continue your journey from Hpa An to Yangon where you will spend the night.

Day 9 Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

Yangon (Rangoon) , Mandalay , Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Mandalay, where you will be met by your new driver and guide. From Mandalay you will travel to the hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo). Enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring this interesting town.

Day 10 Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

You can explore Pyin Oo Lwin by car, or alternatively you can hire a pony and trap - the local taxi. The main sights include the colourful Chinese temple, the Central Market , and the church of the Immaculate Conception. You can also include a visit to the botanical gardens or a little further outside the town is the Mahar Anhtoo Kan Tha Pagoda.

Day 11 Mandalay

Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) , Mandalay

This morning you will travel to the small station of Naung Cho where you will board the train to travel over the scenic Goitek Viaduct. Your driver will meet you at the next station where you will drive back down to Mandalay.

Day 12 Mandalay

Mandalay

Mandalay has a surprising amount to offer for those who know where to find it. This tour has been designed to reveal Mandalay from a diverse and interesting perspective.

Day 13 Yandabo

Mandalay , Yandabo

Today you will travel to along the Ayerwaddy River to Yandabo where you spend the night. The ferry will take approximately 4 to 5 hours. From the afternoon, enjoy a unique experience visiting a local family home to see where pottery for the area is made, followed by a short boat trip to a village, relatively untouched to tourism as yet and just before sunset buffalo come to drink from the water springs - a beautifully Burmese sight!

Accommodation

Day 14 Bagan (Pagan)

Yandabo , Monywa , Pakokku , Bagan (Pagan)

After a leisurely morning, check out and board the ferry to Bagan at approximately midday. The downstream journey takes around four hours and has you arriving in the beautiful old city for sunset.  The lunch included on board is simple so you may wish to eat at Yandabo Home before departure. On arrival in Bagan you will be met your new driver and guide and transferred to your hotel.

Day 15 Bagan (Pagan)

Bagan (Pagan)

This morning you will visit the dusty plains of Bagan, exploring some of the many temples and stupas that make this site an historical treasure.

Day 16 Kalaw

Bagan (Pagan) , Heho , Kalaw

Fly to Heho and transfer to the former colonial hill station of Kalaw. You have the afternoon at leisure.

Day 17 Kalaw

Kalaw

Visit the Green Hill Valley Elephant centre for a chance to interact with these incredible creatures and learn about the work of this worthwhile project.

Day 18 Kalaw

Kalaw

You depart Kalaw for a nearby village where your two-day trek begins. Walk through ethnic villages and stop off for local delicacies before staying the night at the village monastery.

Accommodation options

Day 19 Nyaung Shwe

Kalaw , Inle Lake , Nyaung Shwe

After breakfast continue your trek through Shan State and numerous villages heading for the temples of Indein and Inle Lake for lunch.

Day 20 Nyaung Shwe

Inle Lake , Nyaung Shwe

Enjoy a day exploring the serene nature of Inle Lake visiting floating communities, markets and interacting with the local Intha people.

Day 21 Nyaung Shwe

Inle Lake , Nyaung Shwe

Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility.

Day 22 International return flight

Inle Lake , Heho , Yangon (Rangoon) , International return flight

Fly to Yangon where you have use of a day room at a hotel close to the airport and a driver and guide at your disposal for any last-minute shopping or visits. Early evening fly to Bangkok and connect with your onwards flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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Golden Rock
 
 
 
Mawlamyine (Moulmein)
 
 
 
Hpa-An
 
 
 
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Pyin Oo Lwin
 
 
 
Monywa
 
 
 
Bagan
 
 
 
Kalaw
 
 
 
Inle Lake
 
 
 
Nyaung Shwe
 
 
 

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