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Luxury Myanmar Holiday

Destination : Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Yangon

Duration: 10 days

Travel in style, enjoying the best Myanmar has to offer taking this luxury Myanmar trip. Delve into the rich culture, explore ancient ruins, and discover breath-taking scenery all the while enjoying personalized top-class service, delicious food and the country’s best hotels. Commencing in Yangon, the holiday includes a luxury three-night cruise from Bagan to Mandalay and a visit to Inle Lake before returning to Yangon.

The detailed program

Day 1 : Yangon Arrival

 

Mingalabar and welcome to Myanmar! The former capital of Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a fascinating place to begin your Myanmar holiday. Its mix of historic sites, beautiful architecture, religious monuments, and diverse cultures provide a great insight into the wonders of the country. Your day is free to explore the city on your own or opt for a refreshing spa treatment.

Lunch on your own. Welcome dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Yangon at the Strand Hotel.

Day 2 : Yangon

Delve into the best the city has to offer with a full-day excursion. Spend the morning with an architecture expert who will walk with you through the city’s streets to learn about the historic monuments, their significance, and the preservation efforts underway to ensure they are around for many years to come. This afternoon includes some of Yangon’s most recognized landmarks including the Kyauktatgyi Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, and of course, the Shwedagon Pagoda for a truly unique Yangon experience (Option: Should you wish to travel in a restored, antique Chevrolet bus, that could be arranged).

Lunch on your own. Dinner at the Monsoon Restaurant (Indochina Set Menu).
Overnight in Yangon at the Strand Hotel.

Day 2 : Yangon

 

Delve into the best the city has to offer with a full-day excursion. Spend the morning with an architecture expert who will walk with you through the city’s streets to learn about the historic monuments, their significance, and the preservation efforts underway to ensure they are around for many years to come. This afternoon includes some of Yangon’s most recognized landmarks including the Kyauktatgyi Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake, and of course, the Shwedagon Pagoda for a truly unique Yangon experience (Option: Should you wish to travel in a restored, antique Chevrolet bus, that could be arranged).

Lunch on your own. Dinner at the moonsoon restaurant (Indochina Set Menu)
Overnight in Yangon at Strand Hotel

Day 3 : Yangon – Bagan

 

Travel up-country to Bagan, the famed site of more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments. Check-in to your luxury cruise ship and then set off on an excursion through Bagan, introducing you to the most famed monuments such as the Ananda Temple and the Htilominlo Temple. Watch the sun cast its rays over the pagodas and the Irrawaddy River in the last light of day before returning to the ship for an indulgent welcome dinner.

Lunch and dinner on board.
Overnight stay on the Sanctuary Ananda.

Day 4 : Bagan – Embark Cruise

Start your morning with a breath-taking hot-air balloon ride over Bagan or practice a sunrise meditation at one of the temples. Spend the morning discovering more of Bagan and its 9th-14th century monuments. At mid-day, the ship casts off and sails north along the Irrawaddy River. Relax on board or partake in the various lectures or demonstrations on board. End the day with sunset cocktails served on a mid-river sandbank followed by dinner on the ship.

Lunch and dinner on board.
Overnight stay on the Sanctuary Ananda.

Day 4 : Bagan – Embark Cruise

 

Start your morning with a breath-taking hot-air balloon ride over Bagan or practice a sunrise meditation at one of the temples. Spend the morning discovering more of Bagan and its 9th-14th century monuments. At mid-day, the ship casts off and sails north along the Irrawaddy River. Relax on board or partake in the various lectures or demonstrations on board. End the day with sunset cocktails served on a mid-river sandbank followed by dinner on the ship.

Lunch and dinner on board.
Overnight stay on the Sanctuary Ananda.

Day 5 : Bagan – Mandalay (Cruise Day)

 

Awaken early for a meditation or a yoga class on board or enjoy a leisurely morning as the ship sails towards Ava. Ava was the ancient imperial capital for five centuries; and, after lunch, travel by a horse-drawn carriage to visit its main sites. Continue to Sagaing and Amarapura to see the local silversmiths and textile workshops before reaching U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, in time for sunset drinks. A memorable farewell dinner will be held on a sandbank overlooking Mingun, followed by a traditional musical performance.

Lunch on board and Dinner on the sandbank.
Overnight stay on the Sanctuary Ananda.

Day 6 : Mandalay – Disembark Cruise

The ship arrives at the Mandalay jetty mid-morning. Disembark and set off on a half-day discovery tour of the city’s main sites including the Mahamuni Pagoda, the Shwenandaw Monastery, and the Kuthodaw Pagoda. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Lunch on your own. Dinner at the hotel (Western Set Menu).
Overnight in Mandalay at the Red Canal.

Day 6 : Mandalay – Disembark Cruise

 

The ship arrives at the Mandalay jetty mid-morning. Disembark and set off on a half-day discovery tour of the city’s main sites including the Mahamuni Pagoda, the Shwenandaw Monastery, and the Kuthodaw Pagoda. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Lunch on your own. Dinner at the hotel (Western Set Menu).
Overnight in Mandalay at the Red Canal.

Day 7 : Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake

After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Mandalay airport for your flight to Heho and continue to the majestic Inle Lake. Spend the day exploring the lake while observing the unique leg-rowing technique of the Inthar fishermen, pass through villages made of houses on stilts, floating gardens, and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Visit some of the lake’s highlights including the revered Phaung Daw Oo and Nge Hpe Chaung monasteries. Several craft shops are also on the lake for those who wish to purchase local souvenirs. For a memorable meal, a private gourmet lunch can be arranged on a converted rice barge.

Lunch on a rice boat.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight at Inle Lake at the Villa Inle.

Day 8 : Inle Lake – Indein

Continue today exploring Inle Lake, traveling to some of the remoter parts of its waters. Visit a local village known for its tasty tofu and bean products and walk along the quiet lanes to see small shops processing these items. Continue to the Pa-Oh village of Indein where a fantastic picnic will be served among the bamboo forests. Then, visit the majestic stupa-covered Indein hill and continue on foot to Sae Ma, a typical lakeside village. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Luxury picnic lunch in a bamboo forest.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight at Inle Lake at the Villa Inle.

Day 8 : Inle Lake – Indein

 

Continue today exploring Inle Lake, traveling to some of the remoter parts of its waters. Visit a local village known for its tasty tofu and bean products and walk along the quiet lanes to see small shops processing these items. Continue to the Pa-Oh village of Indein where a fantastic picnic will be served among the bamboo forests. Then, visit the majestic stupa-covered Indein hill and continue on foot to Sae Ma, a typical lakeside village. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Luxury picnic lunch in a bamboo forest.
Dinner on your own
Overnight at Inle Lake at the Villa Inle.

Day 9 : Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon

The day is at your leisure at Inle Lake until the evening flight back to Yangon. Or, if you prefer, opt to go on a light trek through the Shan Hills to learn more about the culture and lifestyles of the region. Fly back to Yangon and enjoy a special farewell dinner at one of the city’s top restaurants.


Lunch on your own 
dinner at Le Planteur (full a la carte menu)
Overnight in Yangon at the Strand Hotel

Day 10 : Yangon Departure

Today is at your leisure to do any last-minute shopping or sight-seeing before departing Myanmar. Should you have time, you may wish to visit the Bogyoke (or Scott’s) Market. The market is filled with stalls selling craftwork, jewelry, and fabrics among other items. Or, venture to some of the many art galleries downtown or simply relax at your hotel. You will be transported to the Yangon International Airport in time for your international departure.

Day 10 : Yangon Departure

 

Today is at your leisure to do any last-minute shopping or sight-seeing before departing Myanmar. Should you have time, you may wish to visit the Bogyoke (or Scott’s) Market. The market is filled with stalls selling craftwork, jewelry, and fabrics among other items. Or, venture to some of the many art galleries downtown or simply relax at your hotel. You will be transported to the Yangon International Airport in time for your international departure.

Price Includes:
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room with a daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Soft drinks and local beer on board of the Sanctuary Ananda.
  • Activities and sight-seeing as mentioned in the program
  • Local English-speaking station guides (different guides in each destination – one guide per town)
  • Ground transportation with air-conditioned vehicles (where available) with drivers on touring days
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in the program (except camera fees)
  • Private, motorized boat at Inle Lake
  • Drinking water and moist towelettes on touring days

Price Excludes:
  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfares with neither Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Air KBZ, nor Man Yadanarpon Airlines (please refer to the airfare table)
  • Visa fee for Myanmar
  • Tour options (quoted separately)
  • Transfer for dinners if meals are not included in the itinerary.
  • Drinks during meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, laundry, etc.)
  • Peak season surcharges (Myanmar Water Festival, Christmas, New Year, etc.)
  • Christmas and New Year compulsory dinner supplement (TBA at time of booking)
  • Early check-in and late checkout from the hotel
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and other suppliers
  • Any other services/items not mentioned in inclusions

yangon

Bagan

Mandalay

Inle Lake

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