Myanmar Discovery Tour
27 nights, from £4,695pp (based on 2 sharing) excl. international flights Boat cruises, train rides and ancient ruins – this comprehensive 28-day tour of Myanmar is the perfect introduction to this magical country
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This 27 night tour shows you the very best Myanmar (Burma) has to offer as you uncover the countries vast historical sites, ancient pagodas, colonnial cities and wonderul friendly people.
You'll enjoy a 15-night luxury cruise along the Irrawaddy River, stopping at villages and towns along the way for city tours and visits. Take two thrilling train rides across creaking viaducts and through the stunning countryside. Spend time on the shores on Inle Lake, exploring the magical floating markets and staying in a boutique lake resort. Finish your trip on the shores of the Ngapali Beach where you have 3 days to indulge in watersports, spa treatments and relaxation before heading home.
Day 1: Depart
Depart on your overnight flight to Mandalay.
Day 2: Arrive Mandalay
On arrival at Mandalay Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Just one hour by air from Yangon and twenty minutes flight from Bagan, Mandalay lies within reach of some of most remarkable archaeological sites in the world.
Day 3: Pyin Oo Lwin (B)
Transfer to Pyin Oo Lwin, a former British Colonial Hill Station originally named Maymyo. Take a horse drawn carriage ride to explore the town and visit the botanical gardens, Purcell tower and the hilltop pagoda of Naung Kan Gyi Paya with its panoramic views.
Day 4: Gokteik Viaduct – Hsipaw (B)
Journey across the Gokteik Viaduct to Naung Pain Station by train. This trip is not for the faint-hearted as the train shakes and rattles its way across the 689m span, but the thrill of the adventure, stunning scenery and opportunities to mix with the locals make it worth the ride.
Day 5: Hsipaw (B)
Take a hike through the paddy rice fields to the Shan villages stopping at a noodle factory. Board a motor boat for a trip down the river to spot wildlife and walk to a nearby monastery.
Day 6: Hsipaw – Mandalay (B)
Stop at the Peik Chin Myaung Caves filled with depictions of Buddhas before continuing to Aung Hthu Kan Tha Paya Pagoda - the region's most impressive religious building. It enshrines an enormous 17-ton white marble Buddha statue. Continue to Mandalay.
Day 7: Irrawaddy Cruise (L, D)
Transfer to the Irrawaddy River where you’ll board your beautiful home for the next 14 nights – a-state-of-the-art river cruise ship. The afternoon is at leisure before a Welcome Dinner and cultural show.
On board, every cabin is air-conditioned and offers state-of-the-art facilities including twin beds or a queen-size bed, an en-suite bathroom, desk/dressing table, a safe and luxurious bathrobes and slippers. The lounge offers magnificent views, while the Sun Deck is a great location from which to soak up the passing riverside scenery or you may like to be pampered with a massage in the ship’s spa.
Day 8: Mandalay (B, L, D)
Explore Mandalay, starting with a visit to the Mahamuni Buddha Temple and the Kuthodaw Pagoda to see Buddhist scripture inscribed on 729 marble slabs. Climb Mandalay Hill for panoramic views across the city, take a tour of Shwenandaw Monastery and enjoy a stroll across the beautiful U Bein Bridge.
Day 9: Sagaing – Inwa (B, L, D)
Visit a silversmith’s workshop and explore Soon U Ponya Shin and Kaunghmudaw pagodas. Cruise to Inwa, an ancient imperial capital abandoned after it was destroyed by earthquakes in 1839. Enjoy a tour of Inwa by horse-drawn cart, taking in Mahu Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the teak-wood Bagaya monastery.
Day 10: Bagan (B, L, D)
Enjoy a walking tour of Yandabo, famous for its terracotta pots made from the riverbank clay. Back on board capture your first glimpse of Bagan, one the world’s most awe-inspiring archaeological sites.
Day 11: Bagan (B, L, D)
Start exploring Bagan with a visit to the Anada Temple, known as the ‘Westminster Abbey of Burma,’ one of the best preserved in the country. Visit Shwezigone Pagoda and the bustling Nyaung-U market. Visit a range of distinctive structures such as Gubyaukgyi Temple, a 13th-century ‘cave temple’ with an Indian-style spire, before you head to a lacquerware workshop and a local village.
Option: take an early morning balloon flight over Bagan (subject to weather conditions). Enjoy the sunrise over the pagodas and the Irrawaddy River before finishing with a glass of Champagne on landing.
Day 12: Bagan - Tantkyi Hill - Salay (B, L, D)
Travel to Tant Kyi Taung, climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda, encircled by 32 elephant statues. Continue your cruise to the village of Salay - a colourful religious centre. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the regions oldest surviving wooden monastery resplendent with spectacular wood carvings and ancient religious artefacts.
Day 13: Salay - Magwe (B, L, D)
Awake to the glorious scenery along the Irrawaddy River as sail to the sleepy delta town of Magwe. Arrive in the afternoon and visit the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda sitting atop the Naguttama Hill.
Day 14: Magwe - Thayetmyo (B, L, D)
Stop in the town of Minhla and take a small boat to visit Gwechaung and Minhla forts, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Myanmar. Cruise to Thayetmyo, a pleasant port town that once sat on the British colonial border between upper Burma and lower Burma. Here, step out to wander the streets, take in the colonial houses and visit Burma’s oldest golf course.
Day 15: Thayetmyo - Pyay (Prome) (B, L, D)
See a selection of gilded pagodas this morning, including the imposing Shwesandaw Pagoda this morning before cruising to the ancient ruins at Sri Ksetra. Marvel at the 1,500 year old brick stupas and temples which are among the earliest Buddhist monuments in the world and see wonderful views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings as you continue cruising to Pyay.
Day 16: Pyay - Myanaung (B, L, D)
As you cruise out of Pyay, enjoy more mountain views and keep your eyes peeled for more of the river-facing carvings which adorn the cliff walls along the Irawaddy. Disembark in Myanaung for a walking tour of well-preserved colonial houses and the bustling local market.
Day 17: Ainteloge - Danuphyu (B, L, D)
Continue south along the Irrawaddy Delta to Ainteloge. Takw in the towns many colonial-style wooden houses and large tropical gardens before cruising to Danuphyu, a small town where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against the British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War.
Day 18: Danuphyu - Maubin (B, L, D)
Explore Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against British troops. Visit the Monastery of Maha Bandula and a cheroot-making (cigar) workshop.
Day 19: Maubin (B, L, D)
Visit Maubin, home to a number of universities as well as a range of Buddhist pagodas. Disembark for a walking tour and learn about the town’s history and a visit to the local market.
Day 20: Yangon (B, L, D)
Awake in the beautiful city of Yangon. Tour the sights including Sule Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake and Bogyoke Market. Visit the Reclining Buddha and marvel at the Shwedagon Pagoda, resplendent with a golden spire that dominates the skyline. Enjoy a farewell dinner as you spend your final night on board your boat.
Day 21 Disembark Ship in Yangon – Heho - Kalaw (B)
Leave the boat and transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho and on to Kalaw. The popular hill station from the British days is a peaceful place. Visit the local market, Shwe U min cave, Bamboo pagoda, train station and the King church.
Day 22: Train from Kalaw to Aung Pan-Shwe, Nyaung Shwe (B)
Board the train at Kalaw for a unique rail experience. As the locomotive slowly click-clacks its way through the countryside, mingle with the locals and gaze out the windows admiring the Shan landscape. Transfer to your resort on the shores of Inlay Lake.
Day 23: Inle Lake (B)
Visit one of the local markets and get a feel for the way of life for the tribal residents who come to sell their commodities. Cruise by a small boat to Indein, nestled on the banks of the lake. The village is famous for its overgrown and mystifying 16th century stupas and its handicrafts.
Day 24: Inle Lake – Sagar village full day tour (B)
A full-day boat trip is a photographers dream taking you to an area that seldom sees tourists passing through spectacular mountain scenery. The highlight is the 108 stupas that date back to the 16th. Visit the monastery and a local village known for its rice wine, where you can watch the distillation process and if you dare, sample the brew! Witness the amazing sight of more than 200 stupas at Tar Kuang with a quick photo stop before heading back to your hotel in time for sunset.
Day 25: Heho-Thandwe, Ngapali Beach (B)
Fly to Thandwe and check into your 4-star beachside resort.
Day 26 & 27: Ngapali (B)
Spend the remainder of your holiday at leisure enjoying the facilities at the hotel and exploring the local area.
Day 28: Departure (B)
This morning you will be transferred to Thandwe Airport for your flight home.
- Internal flight tickets & airport taxes
- Private round trip transfer Airport/Hotel/Airport at all locations
- Tours and transfers as mentioned
- Irrawaddy River Cruise
- Accommodation based on twin/double room inclusive tax and service charges
- Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Departure taxes
- Services of Odyssey World’s local agents in Burma
- International flight tickets & airport taxes
- Visa - visas must be applied for before travel.
- Any meals other than those specified
- Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge applicable)
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, tips etc.
- Anything not stated above
- All itineraries shown can be amended to suit your personal requirements. To find out more, give us a call on 01453 883937 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.