UK to Yangon
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to your departure airport fly overnight to Yangon, arriving in the morning.
Check into the Chatrium Hotel (4Q), where you stay two nights. This afternoon an included guided tour shows you Yangon's Kandawagyi Park, home to a replica royal barge, and on to Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar: you'll have the chance to witness an oil lighting ceremony here. Look forward to a welcome dinner at a local restaurant tonight. D
Today's walking tour takes you downtown to view the city's many religious landmarks and colonial-era buildings including City Hall and the old railway station. After lunch at a local restaurant you have the afternoon at leisure. B, L
Set sail on the Yangon River and watch life alongside and on the waterway. See the fishermen returning when the sun sets and village children playing after school while you enjoy a beer or cocktail and snacks.
Yangon to Bagan
Fly to Bagan, the former capital of Myanmar, which contains a remarkable 3,000 temples. On this morning's tour you'll visit a handful of them, including Gubyaukgyi Temple with its exquisite murals. After a visit to a lacquerware workshop you continue to a nearby village for lunch at a local restaurant. You then have the afternoon at leisure followed by a very special evening as you'll travel by horse and cart past a few more of the beautiful temples in time to watch the sunset over the plains from atop a temple. Stay two nights at the Tharabar Gate Hotel (3Q). B, L
Set off to Mount Popa, believed to house the spirits of ancient animists. 900 steps lead you to the shrine itself on top of the volcanic peak, and your effort will be rewarded with superb views across the plains. Lunch will be in a small village which sustains itself by producing items from palm trees. You'll have the chance to see how palm toddy is created before returning to the hotel, stopping en route at a monastery for some afternoon refreshments. B, L
Bagan-Pyin Oo Lwin
Fly to Mandalay this morning and continue on a scenic drive to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin, where you stay overnight at the Pyin Oo Lwin Hotel (3Q). After lunch in a local restaurant you'll be taken by horse and cart through the town, visiting the botanical gardens and market along the way. Dinner tonight is at an atmospheric colonial-era restaurant. B, L, D
Pyin Oo Lwin-Mandalay
This morning look forward to a fabulous journey by rail through the Shan Mountains and across the dramatic Gokteik Viaduct to Mandalay. Lunch at a local restaurant is then followed by an introductory tour of of the city – see Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the 'world's biggest book', and Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remnant of Mandalay's 19th century Royal Palace. The day concludes atop Mandalay Hill where you can watch the sun set over the Irrawaddy River. You spend the next two nights at the Mandalay Hill Resort (4Q). B, L
U Bein Bridge
A full day tour will reveal Mandalay's Mahamuni Pagoda, its industrious craft workshops, and the nearby former capital of Ava which you'll tour by horse and cart to see an old wooden monastery and the remains of the royal palace. Pause for lunch here before heading back via Amarapura to visit a silk workshop and its famous 200-year-old wooden bridge. Dinner is at a local restaurant tonight. B, L, D
Fly to Heho for a scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe beside Inle Lake. Tour the village and its market and stop for lunch at a restaurant with terrific lake views before heading to a vineyard where you can enjoy further fine views while sampling the wine. You'll then have the chance to sail across the lake to see the remarkable stilt villages and fishermen's gardens made from water hyacinths. Stay three nights at the Pristine Lotus Resort and Spa (4Q). B, L
Inle Lake to Indein
Travel by boat to the village of In Dein, where you can learn about the indigenous Inthar people. Stay for lunch here before you head to the village of Inpawkhone to see their traditional and unique forms of weaving. Pause for refreshments at the Inthar Heritage House before returning to the hotel. B, L
Spend the day relaxing at your hillside hotel, or perhaps join one of our optional trips.
Venture deep into the Shan hills to the hidden 'forest of temples' at Kakku on this atonishing journey. On arrival at Kakku, you'll be rewarded with incredible views of more than 5000 stupas dating from the 11th century, and the opportunity to head off the tourist trail as you wander amongst them.
Lesser-known Sagar benefits from spectacular scenery, friendly people and traditional culture. A main highlight is its fascinating sunken stupas, which number 108 in total. These are often flooded by the serene waterways which wind through this region. There will be a picnic lunch included on this excursion.
Travel to Heho for your flight to Yangon where you can enjoy a sedate, circular train ride through the countryside. Disembarking back in Yangon, you'll walk to Bogyoke Market – the perfect place to buy a few handicrafts as a memento of your trip. An afternoon at leisure is rounded off with a farewell dinner in one of the city's finest restaurants, and your final night is spent at the Chatrium Hotel (4Q). B, D
Yangon to UK
Travel to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
On arrival at the airport take your included UK door-to-door travel service home.