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Burma - Golden Earth

Temples at sunset, Bagan, MyanmarBurmaIntha Fisherman, Inle Lake, BurmaShweggadon Pagoda, BurmaGreen Hill Elephant Conservation Camp - Kalaw
 
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Duration
14 days
Date
16 – 29 Oct 2014
Price pp
£3,695
£2,785 excl. flight
Single supp.
£495
Flight time
15 hours
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  • Bagan, a vast plain of pagodas to rival Angkor
  • Irrawaddy River cruise from Bagan to Mandalay
  • The serene and tranquil waters of Inle Lake

As Burma seeks to shrug off decades of self-imposed isolation and rejoin the world stage, there has never been a better time to visit. Discover ancient Bagan, experience colourful rural life and sail on the historic Irrawaddy River, while learning of Burma’s rich history and potential future.

Day 1 London/ Yangon – Overnight flight to Yangon.

Day 2 Yangon – Arrive in Yangon (Rangoon), Burma’s former capital.

Day 3 Yangon – Morning at leisure. Afternoon visit to the National Museum and old colonial centre, concluding at the 2,500 year old Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset.

Day 4 Yangon / Bagan – Early flight to Heho, and tranfer to Inle Lake. Home of the Intha fishermen, the unusual ‘one-legged’ rowers, with stilt villages and beautiful pagodas it’s an enchanting place.

Day 5 Inle Lake – Explore the lake by boat visiting the ruined Indein Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung monastery.

Day 6 Inle Lake / Kalaw - Drive up through the valley to the Green Hill Elephant Conservation camp. After lunch tranfer back down to Kalaw for the night.

Day 7 Kalaw / Heho / Mandalay - Morning at leisure in Kalaw before a transfer to Heho for your short flight to Mandalay. Afternoon visit to Mandalay's bustling local market and the Kuthodaw Paya, the largest stone book in the world.

Day 8 Ava (Inwa) / Amarapura - This morning explore the former capital of Ava by horse and cart. Afternoon visit to Amarapura for the impressive almost mile long U Bein's Bridge which spans Taungthaman Lake.

Day 9 Irrawaddy River / Bagan - Sail downriver observing the unfolding drama of daily river life. You will spend the full day taking a leisurely cruise down the Irrawaddy river reaching Bagan in the late afternoon.

Day 10 Bagan – Morning visit to Nyaung U to visit its thronging local market. Then take a horse and cart ride around Bagan, Burma’s ancient capital of 13,000 temples, one of the great sites of Southeast Asia.

Day 11 Bagan – Full day’s sightseeing at Bagan visiting the great Shwezigon Paya, Ananda Temple, Abeyadana Temple and other temples. Evening marionette performance.

Day 12 Mount Popa – Optional early morning balloon ride over Bagan’s thousand year old pagodas (not included in tour price). Drive to Mount Popa, home to the nats (spirits) and a pilgrimage site for centuries. Afternoon visit to a lacquer making workshop, a local speciality.

Day 13 Bagan / Yangon / London via Bangkok. Early flight back to Yangon with time to visit Bogyoke market and the Sule Pagoda. Overnight flight back to London.

Day 14 London – Arrive in London.

Rory Maclean

Rory Maclean

An acclaimed writer and broadcaster, Rory Maclean is author of eight travel books, including Under the Dragon about his journeys in Burma. Rory’s books have won awards and were shortlisted twice for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Prize. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. A seasoned Burma observer for many years, he’s an ideal companion to help unlock this beguiling country.

Client Feedback

'Rory was fascinating and we thoroughly enjoyed what we heard and his company. He was a huge asset to the trip for us'

Client Feedback

'Rory was fascinating and we thoroughly enjoyed what we heard and his company. He was a huge asset to the trip for us'

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