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13 Days, from £3,295pp incl. flights An active 13 day tour of Burma for adventurers looking for a unique off the beaten track experience. From cycling to trekking, homestays with local families and visiting hill tribes, you will discover the true magic of this enchanted land.

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Culture meets adventure in this 13 day active tour of Burma visiting Bagan, home to 1000’s of golden pagodas, and the beautiful temples and monasteries of Yangon.

Cycle from Mandalay and trek in the mountains meeting hill tribes along the way, staying in Burmese monastries. Venture onto Inle Lake and embark on a river cruise along the Irrawaddy River with its unique leg rowing fishermen.

Day 1: Depart London

Depart London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Yangon via Doha with Qatar Airways.

Day 2: Arrive Myanmar

Upon arrival into Myanmar today, you will be greeted by your local guide who will accompany your private transfer to the hotel.

Day 3: Yangon (B)

Take breakfast in a lovely historic building, The Post Office, before you walk downtown toward Sule Paya, passing by monument and historic Burmese buildings along the way. Continue to Bogyoke Market, Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods.

After lunch, visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha, stopping at a local tea shop. From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Explore the enormous golden stupa and enjoy breathtaking views from a vantage point.

Day 4: Yangon - Bagan (B)

Transfer to the airport today for the flight to Bagan, where you will be met by your guide.

The day will be dedicated to exploring the temples of Bagan and the surrounding area, starting by visiting an elevated temple from where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains.

Next, you have the opportunity to learn more about the local culture with a visit to two workshops producing Bagan’s most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Take a break for lunch at Shwe Myanmar, a favourite among local visitors who come for the delicious curries before returning to your hotel for a short rest.

This afternoon we board a private river boat and set off upriver toward Kyauk Gu U Min. Throughout your Irrawaddy river cruise you will be treated to fabulous scenes of life on the water, fishermen, local ferry boats, riverside villages and views of the Bagan temples. You have a chance to stop at local villages and walk to temples along the Irrawaddy.

Return to the boat for a relaxing cruise back to Bagan (around 1 hour) and transfer to your hotel.

Day 5: Bagan (B)

Set off today on an unforgettable tour of Bagan focusing on architecture and history, temple enthusiasts will learn a deep interest in Myanmar’s past. Late this afternoon, depart by horse cart for a relaxing ride through the temples. As the sun begins to set, visit an elevated temple to watch the vistas. Return to your hotel.

Day 6: Mandalay Cycling Tour (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung Oo Airport for a flight to Heho where you will be met by your guide and your bike.

Set off on the first leg of your trip, cycling from the airport to the former British hill station of Kalaw (approx. 50kms). Along the way you will pass through pine forests and both local and colonial-style houses.

The slightly higher elevation means that the air temperature will probably be cooler. On arrival in Kalaw in the early evening, check into your hotel to relax for the rest of the evening.

Day 7: Kalaw – Pindaya Trekking (B,L,D)

Today’s trek takes around 4-6 hours and passes through the beautiful mountains around Pindaya. The trip starts with one hour of gentle up and down terrain through pine forests followed by a one hour uphill climb to Peinnebin, a Palaung Village. Continue for a further hour to Taungyi where you will have lunch in a village home.

This afternoon walk downhill to Oomin Village, around 2.5 hours. This area is inhabited by the Danu people who grow crops such as ginger, potatoes, chili and rice. Arriving late afternoon we’ll settle in to your homestay in Ywadaw Village either a monastery or family house. A local dinner of freshly prepared dishes will be served. Total distance: 5 hours 30 minutes.

Day 8: Trek to Pindaya (B, L, D)

Following a hearty breakfast, set off on another amazing day of trekking, journeying further into the Pindaya area and with stops at hill tribe villages to meet friendly locals and learn about their unique traditions.

Starting with a one hour walk to Naungye, a Shan-Tare village, continue over rolling hills to Phuang Taw (2 hours).

Stop for lunch before continuing to Shan Ywa Village, your overnight stop for today. The walk takes around 3 hours 30 minutes and passes through Tebin village. Tonight dinner is served in the village and your overnight stay will be at a homestay in Shan Ywa. Total distance: 6 hours 30 minutes.

Day 9: Trek to Pindaya (B, L)

Final day of trekking today takes you to Pindaya, mostly downhill. You will have one final village lunch before arriving in the town of Pindaya in the early afternoon. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and a chance to freshen up. Then you will visit the famous Pindaya caves, filled with thousands of Buddha’s and meditation niches. Total Distance: 3 hours 30 minutes.

Day 10: Pindaya – Inle Lake Cycling (B, L)

Trade in your hiking boots for a bike today and enjoy a scenic ride to Nyaung Shwe (105km – a support vehicle will travel with us if you wish to swap pedal power for horse power along the way). The lake and surrounding area is home to a number of tribes. There are fantastic opportunities for browsing local markets and interacting with the local population.

Day 11: Inle Lake (B, L)

This morning board a private motorboat to head out onto Inle Lake, one of Burma’s most spectacular sights. The first stop will be the lake’s morning market visited by lake inhabitants and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares, ideal for buying the odd local handicraft or two. Note: As the schedule for the market rotation could be amended at short notice, your itinerary may be changed to take in alternative sightseeing.

Continue across the lake passing by houses built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people. Observe the famous leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens. Visit Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary containing five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf.

After lunch on the lake, continue to the ruined stupas and temples at the Pa-Oh lakeside village of Inndein. Stroll round the village, visit the local school before making your way to the top of Alaung Sitthou taking in the magnificent views of the lake and wandering between the weather beaten stupas. Return to your hotel early for the last evening on Inle Lake.

Day 12: Heho – Yangon (B)

This morning, you will be transferred to Heho Airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival your guide will pick you up for your transfer to your hotel for your final night in Burma.

Day 13: Departure (B)

Transfer to the airport this morning for your overnight flight back to London.

Holiday extensions: if you wish to extend your stay either in Yangon or at a beach resort, please ask us for details.

Price includes:

• Return international flights from the UK
• Accommodation as specified
• Private or shared transfers throughout
• Meals and touring as specified in the itinerary
• B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Prices vary according to season and are per person based on two people sharing travelling together. Please ask us for more details and exclusions.

Highlights

  • Temples of Yangon and Bagan
  • Historic Mandalay and local villages
  • Cycling in Kalaw
  • Trekking through beautiful Mountains
  • Inle Lake & boat cruise

Burma Information

  • Capital City: Yangon
  • Time Difference: GMT +5.30hrs
  • Language: Burmese
  • Fly with: Thai, Qatar, Malaysia Airlines
  • Flight time: Approx 11 hours (indirect)
  • Best time to go: October to March
  • Beaches are closed May - Sept
  • Currency: Burmese Kyat, or USD$
  • Visa required: YES for UK citizens


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