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Burma emanates the exotic glamour of a relatively undiscovered destination. Enchanting, unique and dripping with cultural riches, exploring this magical country and discovering a heritage so far removed from our own can only be immensely rewarding.
Take in the historical and religious sights of Myanmar's largest city
Immerse yourself in the Temples of Bagan
Climb Mandalay Hill for stunning sunset vistas
Watch fishermen glide across this majestic lake
Our Burma Explorer itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Rangoon, the former capital of Burma (Myanmar).
Sightseeing today incudes a city tour of Rangoon, starting with a visit to Sule Pagoda followed by a walk through the downtown area. Observe the locals going about their daily activities at Mahabandoola Park before visiting the National Museum, home to priceless ancient artefacts. After lunch, visit the Bogyoke Market and stroll through the Indian Quarter. Relax at Kandawgyi Lake and enjoy the sunset at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, which is said to hold strands of Buddha's hair.
Fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, visit Nyaung U Market and Shwezigon Pagoda where a replica of Buddha's tooth is enshrined. Later visit Htilominlo Pagoda, Thatbyinyu Temple and take a short drive through the scenic countryside to Minnanthu village.
Travel to Mt Popa, stopping en-route at a local village to learn how palm sugar is produced. At Mt Popa visit Taung Kalat, the spectacular Buddhist Monastery located at the top of the mountain. Return to Bagan and visit the temples of Manuha, Nanpaya and Gubyaukgyi, before witnessing the sunset from the top of Shwe San Daw Temple.
Fly to Mandalay and transfer to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Temple, home to several thousand young monks as well as a place of monastic study and strict religious discipline. Continue to U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teak wood bridge before driving to Ava. On arrival, travel by horsedrawn carriage to the teak wood Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace. Pay a visit to Sagaing Hill before returning to Mandalay.
Take a boat to Mingun to visit Mantara Gyi Pagoda, an imposing stupa situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy. Return to Mandalay and visit Mhamuni Pagoda, Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda; home to the world's largest book, each page inscribed in marble. Finish the day by watching the sunset from Mandalay Hill.
Fly to Heho and continue to Inle Lake where you will visit Shwe Yan Pyae Monastery and take a cruise on the lake to the floating gardens. Later visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, one of Burma’s most sacred shrines before admiring the collections of ancient Buddhas at Nga Phe Monastery. Finally visit the weaving village of Inpawkhon.
Transfer by boat to the western shore of the lake to explore the crumbling Indein Pagoda complex. Pass through the rice fields to Saema to meet the friendly villagers and visit a local village primary school.
Fly to Rangoon and visit Kaba Aye Pagoda. Later visit Botataung Pagoda. This evening stroll around China town, visit a Chinese temple and wander through the night markets.
Fly overnight to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
In a quiet spot between the airport and city centre, the Inya Lake Hotel sits in gardens on the edge of a lake. Rooms are spacious with a balcony and ensuite bathroom with bath/shower and a range of toiletries. The swimming pool is a welcome respite after a day of touring and there is also a fitness centre, restaurant and lounge. The hotel’s foyer exudes the glamour of the orient and has a café serving snacks, cakes and drinks. ...Read more
Perfectly located two kilometres from Old Bagan, where you’ll find the majority of the area’s beautiful old temples, this stylish 57 room hotel has an outdoor pool and lush gardens in which to relax. All rooms are simply decorated and have a private bathroom with shower and/or bathtub and a balcony. ...Read more
Located in Mandalay’s city centre, the Eastern Palace Hotel is a quirky, modern hotel. 114 guestrooms are spacious and contemporary and have an ensuite bathroom with shower and bathtub. There is a swimming pool, fitness area and spa treatment options as well as a lounge, bar and restaurant area. ...Read more
Residing on the western shore of Inle Lake, this small residence has twenty modern, en-suite rooms with air conditioning and a private living room with international television channels. Some rooms at the front of the hotel offer panoramic views of the lake. The hotel also has a small swimming pool and a superb restaurant. ...Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Burma is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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