Kipling is perhaps Myanmar’s most famous traveller, but it is an earlier visitor who remains its most influential. The Lord Buddha is said to have passed through here sometime between 500 ~ 550BC, and the stories of his journey are retold in the many cities, pagodas and golden statues you will see on this journey.
- Sunrise balloon flight over the temples of Bagan
- Private robe offering ceremony with blessing
- Private visit to a local Intha family
- Meditation session with one of Myanmar's top practitioners
- Day 1 Yangon (Rangoon)
On arrival you’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel, The Strand. Built in 1901, it is considered one of South East Asia's most impressive grand colonial hotels. Witness your first Myanmar sunset from the Shwedagon Pagoda.Accommodation:The Strand
- Day 2 Yangon ~ Inle Lake
On a morning walking tour you’ll witness life in the busy boat stations, tea shops and markets. Visit Mahabandoola Park and Sule Pagoda before reaching Bogyoke Market. Fly to Inle Lake and your waterfront accommodation.Accommodation:Aureum Inle Resort
- Day 3 Inle Lake
Discover the ancient Indein ruins near Inle Lake followed by lunch in a bamboo forest. On an afternoon boat ride you will meet the famed Intha leg-rowers.Accommodation:Aureum Inle Resort
- Day 4 Inle Lake ~ Mandalay
Spend the morning with a local Intha family and see how they live in their dwellings above the water. Fly to Mandalay and settle into your fabulous resort, which boasts the city’s largest swimming pool.Accommodation:Rupa Mandalar Resort (Deluxe Bungalow)
- Day 5 Mandalay
Explore the Shwenandaw Monastery and the Mahamuni Pagoda, perhaps the spiritual centre of this devout Buddhist nation. Take part in an offering ceremony with local monks, where you will be delivered with your own blessing. Sit in the audience for a performance of Shwe Min Thar traditional dance.Accommodation:Rupa Mandalar Resort (Deluxe Bungalow)
- Day 6 Irrawaddy River
Cruise the Irrawaddy River in your luxury floating hotel, RV Paukan. Watch life unfold from your cabin as small bamboo dwellings, elegant monasteries and ancient temples rise above trees along the riverbank.Accommodation:RV Paukan
- Day 7 Bagan (Pagan)
Disembark this morning and take a horsedrawn carriage through the immense Bagan complex, consisting of over 3000 temples and shrines overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Fourteen kings ruled here and for one sunset at least, it’s yours.Accommodation:Aureum Palace
- Day 8 Bagan
Explore the bustling Nyaung Market then drive up to Mount Popa, the million-year-old volcano. Climb the steps to the summit for outstanding views of temples, stupas and monasteries.Accommodation:Aureum Palace
- Day 9 Bagan ~ Yangon
A hot-air balloon gives you a fresh, earlymorning perspective on the Bagan complex. Toast the experience over a champagne breakfast. Fly back to Yangon and dine in the city’s finest restaurant, Le Planteur.Accommodation:The Strand
- Day 10 Yangon
This morning your journey comes to an end and your tour leader will take you to the airport for your departing flight.Accommodation:Hotels listed are subject to availability.
All accommodation, private transportation, the services of an exceptional local leader & local guides at some sites, are included in the price of Reserve tours. Please see below for all other inclusions relevant to this itinerary.
- Domestic economy class flights, with airport assistance, as indicated in the itinerary.
- Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 5 dinners.
- Private sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary.
- Comfortable private transportation with driver. Other modes of transportation include private long tail boat, horse-drawn carriage & hot air balloon.
- Snacks and refreshments along the way.
- Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way.
- Airport meet and greet service.
- Departure transfer.
- International flights
- Airport taxes
Visit the Contact us page for help with booking flights and extra accommodation, or organising visas, transfers and insurance.
The price of your journey will vary depending on whether you wish to book a group departure, or take a private journey.
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All of our itineraries can be taken as a Private Journey. Simply choose the dates that suit you, and your travelling companions, while we take care of all the arrangements. We can also amend this itinerary to suit your needs and interests. The only limit is your imagination! Contact a Reserve Specialist to start planning your ultimate journey.
We want you to be able to book your Reserve journeys with confidence, which is why every itinerary has at least one guaranteed departure date. This means you can plan your journey ahead of time and take advantage of airfare sales knowing that the tour is guaranteed to run. For this tour the guaranteed departures are:
25 Oct 14 ~ 03 Nov 14
14 Mar 15 ~ 23 Mar 15