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Highlights of Burma (Myanmar) tour
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Introduction...
This tour introduces you to the culture of Burma, taking in the most popular and spectacular sights this beautiful country has to offer. Beginning in Yangon you visit the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda then travel up to Bagan and its thousands of stupas and pagodas. Continue on to Mandalay and the ancient capital cities of Ava, Amarapura and Sagaing ending at the vast Inle Lake.
- Accommodation is a tasteful mix of modern and character hotels.
- Travel is by coach, plane and boat.


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Tour Highlights

Yangon
The city of Yangon still retains a distinct colonial feel, with wide shaded lanes, huge green parks, grid streets and many Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Amongst all this, the shimmering golden pagodas with their tapering spires soar into the sky. The most majestic of these is the Shwedagon Pagoda, some 2500 years old.

Bagan
Beginning in the 11th century, during the transition from Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism to Theravada Buddhism, an unprecedented religious fervour lasting for two and a half centuries, led to the construction of thousands of magnificent temples and pagodas along the banks of the Ayeyarwady.

Inle Lake
The massive Inle Lake rimmed with high hills and villages on stilts. These are inhabited by the Intha people, known for rowing their flat-bottomed boats by standing at the stern on one leg, using the oar with the other.

Mandalay
Mandalay was the capital of Burma before the British took over and is considered the most Burmese of the large cities in Burma. The Mahamuni Pagoda with its gold leaf covered Buddha image and the Kuthodaw Pagoda with the 'world's largest book' are some of the sights worth visiting.

Itinerary...

DAY 1 OUTBOUND FLIGHT
Fly to Yangon via Bangkok on Thai Airways.

DAY 2 YANGON
Arrive in Yangon and transfer to the first class Traders / Chatrium Hotel for two nights. Rest of the day is at leisure to rest after the long flight. Enjoy a welcome dinner at Green Elephant Restaurant.

DAY 3 YANGON
Today we enjoy a full day tour of Yangon.Visit Sule pagoda in the centre of the city. Walk around the Mahabandoola Park to see the colonial courthouse and the city hall. Visit Kandawgi Royal Lake. Enjoy the taste of Burmese tea and take in the atmosphere of a local teashop. Visit the bustling Yangon harbour and its environ. Early evening visit the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset.

DAY 4 BAGAN
We fly to Bagan in the early morning and check-in to the first class hotel at Tharabar Gate / Thiripyitsaya for two nights. We set off to visit the colourful Nyaung Oo Local Market, Shwezigon Pagoda and its magnificent golden stupa, Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi, a cave temple with exquisite jatakas murals paintings, and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its plaster carvings. Observe the process of traditional lacquerware, one of the best-known Burmese handicrafts. Our next visit is to Ananda, an architectural masterpiece and one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period. We then visit Thatbyinnyu, the highest pagoda in Bagan, rising to 61 m. End your day watching the sun set over the plains of Bagan from one of the open upper terraced temples.

DAY 5 BAGAN
Drive to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano over 1500m, about 48 km south east of Bagan. Visit the Nat worship shrines, stupas and monasteries at the summit. In the late afternoon, return to Bagan & stop at the countryside village of Minnanthu, the least visited temple area in Bagan. Enjoy a sunset boat ride along Ayeyarwaddy River in the evening.
(Optional proposal: Balloon flight will be available for a supplement and you will be picked up at the hotel around 0500 AM for sunrise balloon ride).

DAY 6 MANDALAY
Take an early flight to Mandalay, the centre of Burmese culture. On arrival, we drive to Amarapura to witness the daily meal of over a thousand monks at the country's largest monastery, Mahagandayon. We also visit a silk weaving workshop, the craft speciality of Amarapura. Check-in at the Mandalay City Hotel for 2 nights. In the afternoon, we take a tour of Mandalay, visiting Mahamuni Pagoda, famous for its venerable statue of Buddha covered with gold leaf. A tour of traditional workshops includes crafts such as woodcarving, marble masonry, Kalaga tapestry and gold leaf making. Next stop is at the Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures (known as the world's biggest book) & Shwenandaw Monastery. Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill.

DAY 7 MANDALAY
After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to the jetty and take a ferry boat to Ava, exploring by horse cart, before returning to Mandalay. In the afternoon proceed to Sagaing, Covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious centre of Burma and is home to 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres. Enjoy the sunset from Sagaing Hill.

DAY 8 INLE LAKE
We fly to Heho in the morning and drive to Nyaung Shwe to take a boat to the picturesque Inle Lake. Check-in at the first class Inle Resort / Aureum Palace for three nights. Take a full day tour of Inle Lake visiting the Lotus robe weaving village of Inpawkhon. We stop at a floating village at Ywama, the lake's downtown, Kan Paw Nan Paw Pagoda. Our final stop is at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.
(Note: Enjoy the special festivities at the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival on¬ 06 October departure).

DAY 9 INLE LAKE
This morning, we visit In Dein village in the south of the lake, by motorboat. From the middle of the lake, the boat takes you through a long channel where you watch the farmers cultivate their produce. This ride is one of the most scenic boat tours on the lake. After a walk around the village, passing a local school, take the covered stairway to the beautiful Alaung Sitthu area where ancient stupas are partly covered by vegetation. From here we get a magnificent view over the lake.

DAY 10 INLE LAKE
Enjoy soft trekking about 2.5 - 4 hours in Inle in the morning. Trekking routes are not fixed. Your guide will be pleased to suggest the best route (softer or harder trekking routes) depending on your wish (how far and how long you are able to walk). In the afternoon continue your visit of the lake by boat to the floating gardens, built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Remainder of the day will be at leisure.

DAY 11 YANGON
We transfer back to Heho airport in the morning for our flight to Yangon. Check in at the Traders / Chatrium Hotel for the night. Enjoy a visit to Chinatown, fruit market and the famous Bogyoke Market (formerly Scott's market). Rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 12 RETURN FLIGHT
The day is at leisure today before you take your return flight to Bangkok and on to London.

DAY 13 LONDON
Arrive London in the morning.


Departure dates and prices...

Private tour...

08 Aug 2014- 20 Aug 2014 - from £3395pp
03 Oct 2014- 15 Oct 2014 - from £3695pp
24 Oct 2014- 05 Nov 2014  - from £3745pp
07 Nov 2014- 19 Nov 2014  - from £3695pp
14 Nov 2014- 26 Nov 2014  - from £3695pp
28 Dec 2014- 09 Jan 2015  - from £3940pp
16 Jan 2015- 28 Jan 2015  - from £3745pp
30 Jan 2015- 11 Feb 2015 - from £3745pp
13 Feb 2015- 25 Feb 2015 - from £3745pp
20 Feb 2015- 04 Mar 2015 - from £374pp
20 Mar 2015- 01 Apr 2015 - from £3745pp

The basic tariff is per person, based on twin share.  The above itinerary is subject to change and will be confined upon confirmation.

SRS: single room supplement, to be added to basic tariff for those requiring single accommodation

What is included...

The following elements are included in your holiday for group as well as independent travel. For tailor-made holidays/extensions/amendments there can be individual variations.

International flights in economy class from London Heathrow.

Airport taxes are included in your holiday price except for places where they are payable locally directly on departure.

ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) on flight inclusive holidays.

Assisted transfers for all arrivals and departures by air or rail, using a private coach or chauffeur-driven car. In some resorts the hotel may provide a courtesy transfer. For courtesy transfers and arrivals/departures by road assistance may not be available in some places.

Accommodation in the hotels listed, or similar. Unless otherwise specified standard grade rooms are booked. For booking superior rooms or suites please ask us for a quote.

Meals as indicated in the "Meal Plan" with each tour. Most tours have a bed & breakfast arrangement, except in game parks and remote places where full board is provided. Given the wide variety and choice of restaurants in most hotels it is preferable not to be tied down to a fixed meal. It is also more cost effective to have a la carte dining in most hotels.

All scheduled sightseeing including English-speaking guides and entrance fee to monuments and other sites listed in the tour details.

All scheduled game viewing in game reserves. This is usually in shared jeeps, seating up to five, or a larger open vehicle, seating up to eighteen, accompanied by a naturalist. For booking exclusive jeeps a higher charge may apply. These are subject to availability as only a limited number of vehicles is allowed inside a game park in a day.

All trekking expenses including guide & cook, porters, camping equipment, environment fee and insurance for porters. Sleeping bags are provided but you are welcome to bring your own. When travelling independently the entire retinue is organised just for you.

All internal travel including flights in economy, trains in the class specified, boat cruises - normally using exclusive boats for your private use, and road travel by a private coach or your own chauffeur-driven car. For road journeys spread over many days a daily allowance for the driver to cover for his accommodation and meals is included in your price. Again for such long journeys the vehicle and driver are normally available for local use, within reasonable limits, at each place of halt at no extra cost. When adding extra days to a tour using a car circuit, the cost of retaining the car is also included in your supplementary accommodation costs.

The assistance of our local agents - we have a wide network of tried and tested agents who are on hand to assist you during your travel.

The services of an experienced local tour escort for published group tours with minimum 5 persons. If the number falls below 5 we may still, at our discretion, provide an escort. The escort joins you on arrival and remains with you for the main body of the tour. For some portions of the tour, normally at the end, the accompanying escort may leave you. In such instances local assistance is provided. For example in North India & Nepal the escort remains with you from Delhi through till Varanasi and the Nepal portion is assisted locally.


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