Explore Bagan, a spiritual centre with over 3,000 temples dating back over 1500 years. An included horse cart ride takes you up close to these amazing monuments.
- Small Group 25 or less
- VIP door to door
- Top performer
Look forward to this enchanting journey through a little-explored destination
Visit stilted villages on Inle Lake, experience the magical atmosphere in Bagan with its 3,000 temples, and contrast colonial and Asian architecture in Yangon. It's the first time we've taken our customers to this unspoilt country, known as Myanmar, and now is the time to visit as change is on its way.
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
- Return flights and transfers
- 11 breakfasts, three lunches and seven dinners including a farewell dinner
- Excursions as described
- Saga tour manager
- Porterage at all hotels
- Tourist visa for full British Citizens resident in the UK
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Day 1 UK to Yangon
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to your departure airport, either Gatwick or Heathrow, fly overnight to Yangon.
Day 2 Yangon
Arrive in the morning to check into the Chatrium Hotel (4Q), where you stay two nights. This afternoon an included guided tour shows you Yangon's religious heritage and colonial architecture. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3 Yangon
Visit two street markets and the Botataung Pagoda. In the afternoon compare Kyaukhtatgyi and Shwedagon pagodas.
Day 4 Yangon to Bagan
Fly to Bagan, a spiritual centre with 3,000 temples, and visit Shwezigon Temple and a local tea shop. See lacquerware and woodcraft workshops, visit a temple at sunset and dine at a local restaurant overlooking the river. Stay two nights at the Tharabar Gate Hotel (4Q).
Day 5 Bagan
Enjoy an included journey of Bagan by horse-and-cart this morning and take a closer look at the area’s pagodas. Spend the afternoon at your leisure.
The perfect way to end your stay in Bagan, this cruise in the late afternoon will give you the chance to see life on the river as you cruise upstream on the Irrawaddy aboard a motor boat. After around 45 minutes your cruise returns towards Bagan giving you views of the temple tops as the sun sets.
Day 6 Bagan to Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay this morning and enjoy an included visit to a traditional workshop, Mahamuni Pagoda and the village of Yay Kyi. Stay three nights at the Mandalay Hill Resort (4Q). In the afternoon a guided tour shows you more of the highlights of the area.
Dinner is included tonight.
Day 7 Mandalay to Sagaing to Amarapura
Visit to the former capital of Sagaing, a place of great religious significance which is home to 3,000 monks and where you’ll visit a market and a nunnery.
Lunch is at a local restaurant before you head to a monastery for an insight into the monks' day-to-day life. Finally you see the 200-year-old U Bein Bridge, which at one-and-a-half kilometres long is the world’s longest teak bridge.
Day 8 Mandalay
Today is free to spend at your leisure.
Myanmar is where the world's best-quality jade can be found, and if you'd like to invest in some as a souvenir to take home, or even if you would just like to see the range of items that are produced from this precious stone, head for the jade market.
A scenic two-hour drive gives you plenty of time to admire the scenery outside of the city en route to Pyin-Oo-Lwin – formerly known as Maymyo. Reminders of its British colonial past are everywhere – look out for brick and timber houses with British names. In the afternoon, you'll join a horse-and-carriage tour which will drop you off at the impressive Botanical Gardens.
Day 9 Mandalay-Heho-Inle Lake
Start early today for your flight to Heho. From here you enjoy a scenic drive to Nyaung Shwe, for a guided tour of this village on the shores of Inle Lake before heading out onto the lake to see stilted villages. Lunch will be included.
Stay for the next three nights in a villa at the lakeside Inle Resort (4Q). Dinner is included tonight
Day 10 Inle Lake to Indein
Immerse yourself in local culture further with a visit to the village of Indein which you reach by boat. Here you visit a local school and look around the village before heading back by boat to the Inthar Heritage House, working to preserve the heritage of the lake’s people, for an included lunch.
Also enjoy a cookery demonstration today. Dinner is at your hotel.
Day 11 Inle Lake
Spend the day relaxing by the lake or perhaps join an optional excursion.
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.
Day 12 Inle Lake to Henho to Yangon
A private boat transfer and drive this morning takes you back to Heho for the flight back to Yangon. After checking in to the Chatrium Hotel for your last night, you are taken to the colonial Strand Hotel for tea or coffee.
The rest of the day is at your leisure. A farewell dinner at a local restaurant marks the end of your tour tonight.
Day 13 Yangon to UK
Travel to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Arrive in the morning for your included UK VIP door-to-door travel service home.