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Day 1:
Arriving at Yangon International airport, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel, with time to settle in and relax before an introductory guided tour of the former capital city, visiting its cultural and historic highlights such as Bogyoke Aung San Market and Sule, Kobe Aye, and Shwedagon Pagodas, Chinatown and its Kheng Hock Keong Temple.
Day 2:
Today, you’ll travel to Kyaiktiyo, one of Myanmar’s most sacred sites and the location of the ‘Golden Rock’, a large boulder precariously sitting on the edge of a cliff and, in popular legend, said to be held in place by the divine power of one of the Buddha’s hairs. The rock itself is around seven and a half metres in height, covered in Gold leaf, and topped with a small pagoda.
Day 3:
Today, during your return to Yangon, you’ll visit the city of Bago, once the centre of the ancient Mon Kingdom, to view its attractions, including the thousand year old 55 metre reclining Buddha and Shwemawdaw Paya.
Day 4:
In the morning, you’ll catch the flight to Heho, where you’ll be met and driven to Kalaw, a former British hill station, still resonant with colonial memory, where you’ll check in to your hotel and visit the local market and Pinmagon Monastery.
Day 5:
This morning you’ll be driven to Pindaya, to visit the Buddha images, of which there are over 8,000 tucked away in its sacred caves. You’ll also visit the nearby Shan-paper umbrella factory. Travelling further across the Shan Plateau, you’ll arrive at Lake Inle, where you’ll board a boat for your transfer to your tranquil lakeside hotel.
Day 6:
Today, you’ll have a boat tour of the lake, imbibing the atmosphere of its stilted villages and floating gardens, and visiting the ‘five day market’, Nga Phe Monastery, craft villages and Phaung Daw U Pagoda.
Day 7:
In the morning, you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight to Mandalay and your next hotel. You’ll have a guided tour of the city, including the Royal Palace, Mahamuni Pagoda, Khuthodaw Pagoda, the seated Buddha at Kyauktawgyi Paya and Shwe Nandaw Monastery.
Day 8:
Today, you’ll explore the nearby historic cities of Ava, Sagaing, and Amarapura, discovering the sights of these splendid former capitals and their place in Burmese history.
Day 9:
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Pyin U Lwin, for your stay at another charming relic of the British colonial period. You’ll enjoy a traditional stage coach ride of this historic postcard town, often referred to as the ‘city of flowers’.
Day 10:
In the morning, you’ll board a train to cross the British constructed Gokteik tressle viaduct, completed in 1900AD. You’ll then be driven to Hsipaw, one of the oldest of the northern Shan cities, where you’ll spend the night.
Day 11:
Today, you’ll continue your drive through Shan state to its largest city, Lashio, a colourful melting pot of various ethnic groups, famous as the Burmese terminus of the famous ‘Burma Road’ of the Second World War.
Day 12:
Your exploration of the Shan province ends with the five hour drive through its countryside back to Mandalay and your hotel, with the remainder of your day at leisure in this remarkable city.
Day 13:
This morning, you’ll catch the flight to Nyaung U, where you’ll be met and driven to Bagan, to visit the awesome and vast architectural treasure of this ancient civilisation, contemporaneous to Sukhothai in Thailand and Angkor in Cambodia, visiting the most significant of its remains.
Day 14:
An optional early morning hot air balloon ride over the sunrise scene of the ancient city of Bagan provides for a truly remarkable and unforgettable experience. You’ll have the rest of the day to further explore the fascinating ruins and imbibe their ancient memories.
Day 15:
Today, you’ll be driven south to visit Salay Monastery, Mount Popa and the visually stunning sight of the temple atop the volcanic outcrop of Taung Kalat, accessible via a climb of its 777 steps, returning to Bagan for the night.
Day 16:
Today, you’ll catch the flight to Thandwe, where you’ll be met and driven to your beach resort at Ngapali, with the rest of the day free to enjoy in your own style.
Day 17:
Your time will be free at your beach resort.
Day 18:
Your time will be free at your beach resort.
Day 19:
This morning, you’ll catch the flight to Yangon and be transferred to your hotel, with the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the former capital.
Day 20:
Today, you’ll be driven to the airport for your onward or departure flight.