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Discover age-old traditions and a way of life that has changed little for centuries

Discover age-old traditions on this enchanting tour. Visit stilted villages on Inle Lake, experience the magical atmosphere in Bagan with its 3,000 temples, and contrast the colonial and Asian architecture in Yangon. Now is certainly the time to visit this unspoilt country known as Myanmar, as change is on its way…

Including...

11 nights (2017 departures)/13 nights (2018 departures) in hotels and 2 in flight

23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 4 dinners (2017 departures)

27 meals: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 5 dinners (2018 departures)

Excursions and visits

  • City tour of Yangon
  • Visit to Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Bagan temple tour
  • Horse-and-cart ride through Bagan
  • Mount Popa and palm toddy village
  • Horse and carriage ride through Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Scenic mountain railway journey
  • Visit to Shwenandaw Monastery
  • Mandalay highlights tour
  • Ancient capitals tour of Ava and Amarapura
  • Inle Lake boat trip, monastery and winery
  • Inthar villages tour
  • Scenic railway in Yangon

15 Nights 2018

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Day 1 UK to Yangon

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to your departure airport fly overnight to Yangon.


Day 2 Yangon

Check into the Chatrium Hotel (4Q), where you stay three nights. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. D


Day 3 Yangon

Botataung pagoda

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. 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. B, L, D

Botataung Pagoda Yangon Burma Asia

Day 4 Yangdon

Travel by trishaw

Take a ferry ride across the Yangon River to the rural town of Dhala, which you explore by Trishaw. Head to the lively market and then visit the monastery, which serves as the centre of the community. Return to Yangon for lunch at a local restaurant. This evening you can join an optional cocktail cruise on the Yangon. B, L



Optional excursions

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 River
Yangon River Yangon Myanmar Asia

Day 5 Yangon-Heho-Kalaw-Inle

The landscape surroundiung Kalaw, the hill station

Fly to Heho and travel to the former British hill station of Kalaw which has some elegant colonial influences and boasts some incredible views of surrounding hilltops and valleys. Enjoy lunch here at a local restaurant and perhaps visit She Oo Min Cave (if time permits), filled with thousands of Buddha statues. Continue to Inle Lake where you stay for three nights at the Pristine Lotus Resort and Spa (4Q). B, L


Day 6 In Dein

Traditional handmade weaving technique

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. Learn more about the culture and heritage of this region at the Inthar Heritage House before returning to the hotel. B, L


Day 7 Inle Lake

Inle Lake

Spend the day at leisure – perhaps visit the sunken stupas of Sagar or the town of Nyuang Shwe. B



Optional excursions

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.

Stupas at Kakku
Kakku pagodas Burma Asia

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.

Sagar
Inle Lake Nyaungshwe Burma Asia

Nyuang Shwe is the main settlement on Inle Lake. Explore by trishaw to visit the market and waterfront, busy with local people, and then sample some of the local cuisine. You’ll also head up to a nearby winery where you can take in fantastic views of the town, the lake, and the vineyards cascading down the hiillside.

Nyaungshwe Burma Asia

Day 8 Inle Lake-Bagan

Bagan pagodas

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 lunch at a local village, visit a lacquerware workshop. 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 three nights at the Tharabar Gate Hotel (3Q). B, L


Day 9 Bagan

Bagan

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 Burma Asia

Day 10 Bagan

Bagan

Day at leisure. B



Optional excursions

Head to a local restaurant to meet an expert chef and take part in a masterclass of Burmese cuisine.

Try your hand at Burmese cuisine

King Anawrahta founded the Pagan Empire, the forerunner for the country of Burma, or Myanmar, that we know today. Travelling by boat, car and jeep through rural villages and the countryside, visit four sights associated with this historic figure.

Shwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung-U, Bagan

Take to the streets of Bagan on an electric bike and enjoy the sights as you cycle between atmospheric temples, monuments and farms.

Travel round Bagan on an e-bike
Bagan Burma Asia

Day 11 Bagan-Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin

Botanical Gardens of 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 two nights at the Aureum Resort Governor’s House (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


Day 12 Pyin Oo Lwin

Enjoy a rain ride over famous Goteik viaduct

Look forward to a rail journey through the Shan Mountains and over the Gokteik Viaduct which spans a 300-metre-deep viaduct. Return to Pyin Oo Lwin by road, visiting a local strawberry and dairy farm en route. B, L


Day 13 Pyin Oo Lwin-Mandalay

Mahamuni Buddha Temple in Mandalay

A full-day tour will reveal Mandalay's Mahamuni Pagoda and some craft workshops. You’ll also visit the area surrounding Mandalay Hill and the Kuthodaw Pagoda which houses the world’s largest book. Scale Mandalay Hill this evening to watch the sun set over the city. Spend two nights at the Mandalay Hill Resort (4Q).  B, L, D


Day 14 Mandalay

Mandalay city

Pay a visit to the religious centre of Sagaing, home to 3,000 monks and 600 pagodas. Then head to Amarapura, the former capital, to see the U Bein Bridge, built using 984 teak posts and spanning more than a kilometre. B, D


Day 15 Mandalay-UK

Travel to the airport for your overnight flight. B


Day 16 UK

On arrival at the airport take your included UK door-to-door travel service home.


13 Days 2017

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Day 1 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.


Day 2 Yangon

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


Day 3 Yangon

Botataung pagoda

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

Botataung Pagoda Yangon Burma Asia


Optional excursions

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 River
Yangon River Yangon Myanmar Asia

Day 4 Yangon to Bagan

Bagan pagodas

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

Yangon Burma Asia

Day 5 Bagan

Bagan

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 Burma Asia

Day 6 Bagan-Pyin Oo Lwin

Bagan

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


Day 7 Pyin Oo Lwin-Mandalay

Bein Bridge

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

Sagaing Burma Asia U Bein Bridge Amarapura

Day 8 Mandalay

Mandalay city

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


Day 9 Mandalay-Inle Lake

Inle Lake

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

Nyaungshwe Burma Asia

Day 10 Inle Lake to Indein

Inle Lake

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


Day 11 Inle Lake

Spend the day relaxing at your hillside hotel, or perhaps join one of our optional trips.



Optional excursions

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.

Stupas at Kakku
Kakku pagodas Burma Asia

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.

Sagar
Inle Lake Nyaungshwe Burma Asia

Day 12 Inle Lake-Yangon

Inle Lake

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


Day 13 Yangon to UK

Travel to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.


Day 14 UK

On arrival at the airport take your included UK door-to-door travel service home.



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