Essential Burma (Myanmar) tour    *alt*

13 days, from £3590
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This itinerary will suit the first time visitor, providing an affordable tour of Myanmar's main highlights. The itinerary starts in the former capital Yangon, with its crumbling colonial architecture and the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda, before flying north to the iconic temple plains of Bagan. Mandalay is the next stop, reached via a day boat cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River. After encountering the lesser visited areas of Mandalay fly on to Inle Lake with its serene stilted villages and interesting tribal markets. End your adventure with a relaxing stay at Ngapali Beach and reflect on your experiences in this enchanting country.

Places visited
- Yangon (Rangoon)
- Bagan (Pagan)
- Mandalay
- Heho
- Nyaung Shwe
- Inle Lake
- Ngapali Beach

- See the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
- Explore the temples of Bagan.
- Rub shoulders with locals on the boat from Bagan to Mandalay.
- Relax and enjoy the serenity of Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach.

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 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)
On arrival in Yangon you will be met by your guide and transferred by private vehicle to your downtown hotel. Head out to explore the glistening stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda and enjoy a drink on 19th Street, with its lively atmosphere.

 Day 3 Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon (Rangoon)
Morning colonial walking tour of downtown Yangon with the highest concentration of colonial architecture in Southeast Asia. Your tour includes the former High Courts, Telegraph Office, Post Office and Strand Hotel to name a few. Remainder of the day at leisure.

 Day 4 Bagan (Pagan)

Yangon (Rangoon) , Bagan (Pagan)
Morning transfer to the airport for your domestic flight from Yangon to Bagan. On arrival you will be met by your knowledgeable guide for an introduction to the temples of Bagan and surrounding area until check in time at 14.00. After spending some time relaxing at the hotel you will have the opportunity to head back out onto the temple plains and witness sunset from a choice of vantage points.

 Day 5 Bagan (Pagan)

Bagan (Pagan)

 Day at leisure to explore Bagan independently.

 Day 6 Mandalay

Bagan (Pagan) , Mandalay
Transfer to the riverside for your full day journey along the mighty Ayeyarwady to Mandalay. On arrival this evening you will be met by your guide at the riverside and transferred to your hotel.

 Day 7 Mandalay

A fascinating and diverse day spent discovering Mandalay's various sights and attractions. Highlights include the railway bazaar, jade market and private cyclo ride.

 Day 8 Nyaung Shwe

Mandalay , Heho , Nyaung Shwe
Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Heho where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in the town of Nyaung Shwe on the shore of the lake.

 Day 9 Nyaung Shwe

Inle Lake , Nyaung Shwe
Explore Inle Lake by private boat. This is a leisurely day trip and includes visits to stilted villages, monasteries, an interesting tribal market and a visit to the Indein Temple complex on the southwest side of the lake.

 Day 10 Ngapali Beach

Inle Lake , Heho , Ngapali Beach
Return to the airport at Heho and fly to Ngapali to finish your trip with complete relaxation in this stunning and unspoilt setting.

 Day 11 Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach
Full day at leisure.

 Day 12 Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach
Full day at leisure.

 Day 13 International return flight

Ngapali Beach , Yangon (Rangoon) , International return flight
Transfer back to the airport for your short flight to Yangon. You will have a driver and guide at your disposal for some final sight seeing before your departure flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.