Welcome to the Golden Land

Travel to one of the most nostalgic regions in Asia, Burma, to discover a land where historic tradition endures and the old Orient is yet to give way to the encroaching 21st century. Our tour includes Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay where we explore awe-inspiring temples, stupas and pagodas, sleepy villages and craft workshops, golden countryside and Royal Palaces. We’ll find intriguing culture, enchanting locals, historic heritage and colonial remains that sparkle as much as the diamond-encrusted golden hti (umbrella) of the inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda.

Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at the gleaming Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Discover Bagan's thousands of temples
  • Explore Burma’s royal capital, Mandalay
  • Taste the flavours of Burmese cuisine with a cooking lesson
  • Visit Burmese Monasteries where monks practice ancient traditions
  • Dates & Prices

    The prices shown below include return flights from a specified UK airport. If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please .

    September 20 - September 30, 2017 (11 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £2899 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £1899 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 2399 2399 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 1399 1399 Contact us for availability

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    Three Burmese fishermen rowing the traditional way with their legs on a clear blue lake.
  • A bright blue sky leads down to a green forest with crumbling temple spires rising out of the greenery

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers (UK prices only)
    • 3 internal flights
    • 3 nights at Hotel Parami in Yangon
    • 2 nights at Amata Garden Resort in Inle
    • 3 nights at Myanmar Treasure Resort in Bagan
    • 1 night at Shwe Pyi Thar Hotel in Mandalay
    • All meals
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
    • Services of a local tour guide
  • Excursions

    • Yangon city tour
    • Shwedagon Pagoda tour
    • Wine tasting
    • Inle Lake tour
    • Indein village visit
    • Bagan temples tour
    • Old Bagan craft tour
    • Bagan cruise and carriage ride
    • Mandalay city tour
    • Royal Lake tour
    • Cooking class (optional)
    Two Burmese monk children running from a temple in the sunshine.

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Wednesday 20th September

Fly overnight toward our destination.

Thursday 21st September

We arrive in Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, and transfer to our hotel.

Depending on how refreshed you are, you may wish to join the tour guide and visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a 72 meter long reclining Buddha statue, followed by the Royal Lake which sits in lush Kandawgyi Park. Sitting on the lake is a recreation of a Burmese Royal Barge, called Karaweik Hall.

Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Yangon.

Friday 22nd September

This morning is free to enjoy at leisure, following lunch we’ll embark on our guided tour of Yangon, visiting food stalls and markets, ornate colonial architecture and Yangon’s famous Strand. Time will be provided to shop in Scott’s market where antiques, fabrics and jewellery are on offer and we shall visit Sule Pagoda, a pagoda in the middle of a roundabout in the heart of Downtown Yangon.

The highlight of our day will be our guided tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda, this legendary monument is coated in 40 tonnes of gold leaf and crowned by a diamond encrusted hti (umbrella). As we walk around the monuments at the base of the pagoda we’ll learn about the rituals of Burma’s Buddhist people and why this is considered the country’s most important religious site.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Yangon.

Saturday 23rd September

We take a short flight to Heho and drive to Inle Lake, visiting craft workshops along the way. This region is famous for traditional Shan paper production, handcrafted umbrellas and intricate teak wood carvings.

This afternoon we shall visit a winery in the Shan Hills to look around the estate and sample the local wine produce. We’ll enjoy lunch on the estate overlooking Inle Lake before transferring to our hotel where we shall have dinner together this evening.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Inle.

Sunday 24th September

We will enjoy a morning visit to the Lake’s morning market where locals sell and trade their wares. We’ll then pass by villages on stilts where local Intha people have built floating gardens made from water hyacinth and go fishing using the iconic leg-rowing method, unique to Inle Lake. We will then visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, before boarding a vessel and sailing down a small canal to the Pa-Oh village of Indein, crowned by an iconic Buddha image surrounded by hundreds of overgrown stupa ruins.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Inle.

Monday 25th September

Our morning will be enjoyed at leisure by Inle Lake.

In the afternoon we shall transfer to the airport for a short afternoon flight to our next destination, Bagan.  Upon arrival we shall transfer to our hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Bagan.

Tuesday 26th September

Today we will discover mesmerising temples and landscapes on our tour of Bagan. We shall begin by visiting an unusual cave temple offering breath-taking panoramic views of Bagan, where over 2000 distinctive temples stand proud across the plains. Our guide will take us inside Ananda Temple, one of the most exalted temples in Bagan, before we continue to explore various other surrounding temples. We’ll also get a taste for rural Bagan life as farmers and families work in the surrounding area.

This afternoon, we’ll board a wooden river boat for a cruise down the Irrawaddy River, sailing past small villages, pagodas and local fishermen offering a spectacular perspective from which to get to know this living museum.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Bagan.

Wednesday 27th September

We begin our day with a visit to the local Nyaung Oo Market where locals come to shop and barter. From here we shall explore Old Bagan and discover the renowned golden Shwezigon Pagoda, built in the 11th century. We’ll continue onto a small local village, where lesser-known monuments and the village can be explored.

This afternoon we’ll drive to Myinkaba village to observe the local culture and visit workshops where famous Burmese products are crafted. This offers the chance to learn about how lacquer is made as well as other wood and silver crafts. Next, venture into the Gu Byaukgyi Temple where beautiful frescos bring to life the history of medieval Bagan.

Following this we’ll have the opportunity to ride a horse-driven cart, passing some of the most remarkable and tallest of Bagan’s temples.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Bagan.

Thursday 28th September

Our adventure continues to the former Royal Capital of Burma, Mandalay. Our journey by road follows the east bank of the Irrawaddy River offering the chance to see rural Burmese life and gorgeous stretches of unspoilt countryside. We’ll stop at Shwe Pyi Tha and Myingyan, two villages where you can meet local farmers and witness simple rural life.

Our tour will continue to Amarapura, Burma’s penultimate Royal Capital, meaning “City of Immortality”, to visit Mahagandayon Monastery. More than one thousand young monks live, study, and follow strict religious discipline here. Next to the monastery is the legendary U Bein Bridge, the largest teak wood bridge in the world that dates to 1782 and stretches 1.2km in length across the Taungthaman Lake. As the sun sets, we’ll conclude at Shwe Kyin Monastery in time for the daily evening prayer.

Upon arrival in Mandalay we’ll check into our hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Mandalay.

Friday 29th September

Our exploration of Mandalay begins with panoramic views from Mandalay Hill, before continuing to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, famous for its huge Buddha carved from a single block of marble. We’ll also visit the Shwenandaw Monastery, the only surviving structure of the original Royal Palace, known as the Golden Monastery. There are numerous craft workshops throughout Mandalay where marionettes, tapestries, wood carvings and gold leaf are created by hand.

This afternoon, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, home to the country’s most honoured Buddha images, covered in layers of gold leaf every day.

This evening, we’ll transfer to the airport for a short flight back to Yangon.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overnight in Yangon.

Saturday 30th September

Return Home.

Breakfast included.