Mystical Myanmar

  • 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.

    Exceptional Experiences

    • 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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

What's included in the cost
  • 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.
Not included in the cost
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities

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.

Group price:
US $6615
  • The Strand - Yangon

    This grand old dame has not only aged gracefully, but sets a new benchmark in refined elegance. Built in 1901 on the banks of the Yangon River, it combines classic luxury and colonial style in a way that makes you feel instantly at home. We love bringing our travellers here as The Strand is not just somewhere to lay your head, it’s an experience in itself. Speaking of laying your head, there’s no finer place in the country to do it. Expect luxury bathrooms, high ceilings, teakwood floors, hand-carved wood framed beds and ceiling fans whirring lazily overhead - all beautifully accompanied by Burmese lacquerware and antiquities. Every desire is at your fingertips, with a butler servicing each floor of the hotel and highly trained therapists in The Spa to knead away any remnants of jetlag. When you’re refreshed and ready to see the city, downtown Yangon is just a short walk away. The Strand Bar is a Yangon institution, graced by the likes of Kipling, Somerset Maugham and George Orwell. When you’ve got a G&T in hand you’ll feel as if you’re part of the club.

  • Aureum Inle Resort, Inle Lake

    Inle Lake is such an incredible, iconic part of Burma that we believe every Reserve traveller should wake to views of it. That’s why we chose Aureum Inle Resort, perched right on the water’s edge. Each of the spacious villas boasts a private terrace or balcony so you won’t miss a moment of watching daily life unfold on the lake before sunset over the hills beyond. Make the most of a sumptuous spa and beauty parlour, take a splash in the pool or simply sit back and enjoy your surroundings. This is Burma at its finest.

  • RV Paukan

    This floating boutique hotel was called Paukan after the ancient name of Bagan. To climb aboard is like stepping back in time, thanks to a clever design in the style of a classic river steamer. Settle into your spacious outward facing cabin with its beautiful wood panelling, rich colour scheme and traditional fabrics. Wake in the morning and step out onto the promenade in front of your cabin to watch life unfold on the Irrawaddy River. With its welcoming blend of colonial and traditional Burmese style, your floating home also offers two massage rooms on the lower deck and a sun deck boasting a stage for cultural performances, a lounge for relaxation and a bar for fun. Head to the upper deck with its movie screening room, complete with LCD projector and TV screen.

  • Aureum Palace - Bagan

    We couldn’t let you visit Bagan without also staying at its most luxurious resort. To wake up at Aureum Palace is to find yourself in a world of elegance with the ancient pagoda-studded landscape at your doorstep. With a sprawling 27 acres at their disposal, the owners have spared no expense in bringing you the ultimate in indulgence. One of our favourite spots is the viewing tower, although then again it might be the sushi bar or even the huge swimming pool framed with palm trees. It’s impossible to decide! Each of the roomy 72 villas has a lavish bathroom and has been decorated with museum-quality antiques, rich fabrics and local handicrafts. The entire compound is reminiscent of an ancient oriental settlement with large teak columns and red bricks, roofed with teakwood shingles. Pamper yourself at one of the six spa suites offering traditional Thai or Myanmar massage, body scrubs facials and foot reflexology. There’s no better place to get to know your travelling companions than the bar or lounge, where you can enjoy sunset drinks or a spot of afternoon tea at your leisure.

  • Enhance your journey

    To compliment your journey, we recommend adding Cambodia Unveiled or Premier Vietnam to the beginning or end of your tour.

    Private & tailor-made journeys

    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.

    Guaranteed departures

    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

Price from:
US $6615


10 Days
Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.

Scheduled Departures

01 Nov 14 - 10 Nov 14
22 Nov 14 - 01 Dec 14
20 Dec 14 - 29 Dec 14
27 Dec 14 - 05 Jan 15
24 Jan 15 - 02 Feb 15
14 Feb 15 - 23 Feb 15
14 Mar 15 - 23 Mar 15
17 Oct 15 - 26 Oct 15
27 Oct 15 - 05 Nov 15
02 Nov 15 - 11 Nov 15
19 Dec 15 - 28 Dec 15
26 Dec 15 - 04 Jan 16
20 Jan 16 - 29 Jan 16
13 Feb 16 - 22 Feb 16
11 Mar 16 - 18 Mar 16
Guaranteed departure date

Maximum passengers: 12

Private Journeys

Private Journey departures available on request.

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