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Temples in Bagan

Classic Myanmar tour

16 days from £5,725pp

Temples in Bagan
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Tour highlights

  • Explore the incredible temples of Bagan.

  • Enjoy a two-night cruise on the Ayeyarwady River.

  • Visit the famous five-day market on the shores of Inle Lake.

  • Admire the splendour of the Shwedagon in Yangon.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international and domestic flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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

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

  • On arrival in Yangon, you're met by your guide and transferred by private car to your hotel. Depending on your flight time, you might have some time this afternoon to explore. The People’s Park is a short walk from the hotel and is filled with small temples and interesting statues.

  • Spend your morning relaxing and perhaps venture into Yangon for a local lunch. At dusk, visit the majestic centrepiece of the city with your private guide and driver — the Shwedagon Pagoda. Sit and absorb the atmosphere of this spiritual site as local families and communities come to give offerings and worship after a day's work.

  • Be driven to the airport by private transfer this morning before catching a short flight to Bagan. On arrival, you'll be met by an Audley representative and driven to your hotel. Take some time to relax before heading out to explore Bagan's temples and ruins with an experienced guide on a private tour. A temple city of more than 2,000 temples, it's thought that there were originally more than 10,000 temples here.

  • Today is at leisure to explore the temples and beautiful countryside around Bagan independently or relax at your hotel. Bicycle hire is available locally through most hotels, or you could choose to explore on foot or by horse and cart.

  • Take a private transfer to the jetty to board the RV Paukan for your two-night cruise to Mandalay along the majestic Ayeyarwady. The journey begins with a welcome drink and briefing in the saloon or on the sundeck, followed by lunch at 1pm. In the late afternoon, disembark to visit a small village on the banks of the river. All meals are included during your stay.

  • Enjoy the scenery and service as you cruise toward Mandalay. There will be stops along the way to explore places of interest. As part of a small group with your fellow guests, you can explore little-visited villages and markets with an experienced guide.

  • Today, the Paukan arrives in Mandalay. You'll be met at the jetty and taken to the ancient capitals of Ava and Amarapura, a short drive away. With an experienced guide, explore the ancient former capitals, visiting a selection of the most impressive temples and a few lesser-known gems. Continuing onward, you will arrive in Mandalay in time for dinner.

  • Mandalay offers a surprising amount for those who know where to find it. Take a tour today, which has been designed to reveal Mandalay from a diverse and interesting perspective. The itinerary today is quite flexible, and your guide will design it so that you can see some of the more interesting areas while avoiding some of the more visited tourist traps.

  • This morning, you're picked up and driven to the airport for a short flight to Heho. After being met by your private driver and guide, drive through the Shan countryside to Nyaung Shwe to board a long-tail boat for the journey to your hotel on Inle Lake. We suggest a brief stop on the hour-long drive at the interesting Red Mountain Vineyard en route — ideal for lunch. With the rest of the afternoon free to relax at your hotel on the lake, you might like to take a walk through the surrounding village.

  • Enjoy a tour of the lake visiting the main temples, cottage industries and the five-day market on a private guided tour today. At sunset swap your long-tail boat for a small wooden canoe. Your experienced local guide can show you the smaller tributaries of the lake where few tourists venture.

  • Explore the Indein Pagoda complex today with a private guide. A huge site, a driver will be on hand to take you between temples to maximise your time. The hillside, covered in temples, is an important site for locals and you'll find many new offerings dotted around the complex.

  • Take a private transfer back to Heho airport by boat and car for your flight to the coast. On arrival, you'll be met by a hotel representative and transferred to your beach hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day on the stunning Ngapali Beach at your leisure.

  • Today, you are free to enjoy Ngapali Beach. You might like to explore the clear waters surrounding the hotel by arranging a fishing or boating activity, available through your hotel. A sunset kayak paddle is a particularly pleasant way to end the day.

  • Another day free to relax, or explore. The village of Mya Pyin is a short walk away, you might like to walk in to visit some of the shops or local cafés.

  • Fly to Yangon where you have a car and guide available for further sightseeing before your onward flight. Day use of a hotel can be arranged if you prefer. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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Inle Lake
Ngapali Beach