Myanmar Explorer

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Myanmar 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.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Yangon (2N) - Bagan (2N) - Mandalay (2N) - Inle Lake (2N) - Yangon (1N) - New Zealand

Day 1-2: Fly to Yangon
Fly to the vibrant city of Yangon for a two-night stay.
Day 1-2: Fly to Yangon
Day 3: Discover Yangon
Head downtown to the Central Post Office from where we will begin our tour. Encompassing the colonial highlights and more traditional architecture, stroll Strand Road and Pansodan jetty. Visit the National Museum before exploring the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda whose huge golden stupa dominates the city’s skyline. The apex of the stupa is studded with hundreds of priceless gems that glint in the sunshine. This is Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site and is purported to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within. Enjoy dinner with a cultural show this evening.
Day 3: Discover Yangon
Day 4: Fly to Bagan
Fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, visit Nyaung U Market and Shwezigon Pagoda, where a replica of Buddha’s tooth is enshrined. Later, visit Htilominlo Temple, Ananda Temple and see craftsmen at work at a lacquerware workshop. Enjoy a spectacular sunset from Aureum Watch-Tower.
Day 4: Fly to Bagan
Day 5: Mt Popa
Travel to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano where you will have the chance to ascend to its peak to explore the breathtaking Taung Kalat monastery that is perched there. Visit a toddy palm plantation and take a cruise on the Irrawaddy River to enjoy the sunset. Return to Bagan.
Day 5: Mt Popa
Day 6: Mingun and Ava
Fly to Mandalay and transfer to Mahamuni Pagoda, the Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Set sail up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to visit one of the world’s largest bells, Hsinbyume Paya, and the imposing Mingun Pagoda. Visit a silk workshop and Kalaga tapestry workshop before finishing the day on Mandalay Hill.
Day 6: Mingun and Ava
Day 7: Amarapura and Mandalay
Drive to Amarapura and visit Mahagandayon Temple, a place of monastic study and home to several thousand young monks. Later, travel to the Sagaing Hills, where you’ll find its forested slopes crowded with temples and pagodas. Continue to the Tha Kya Di Kya nunnery before proceeding to the U Bein Bridge for a sunset boat ride, the best way to really appreciate the world's longest teak bridge!
Day 7: Amarapura and Mandalay
Day 8: Inle Lake
Fly to Heho and drive to Inle Lake via Shwe Yan Pyay monastery. The lake is best known for the extraordinary Intha people, who live on and around the water, and their unique leg rowing technique. Out on the lake, see the floating gardens before visiting Nga Phe Monastery and Inpawkhon weaving village on its banks.
Day 8: Inle Lake
Day 9: Explore Inle Lake
Transfer by boat to the western shore of the lake to explore the crumbling Shwe Indein Pagoda complex. Walk to a nearby village to see the locals farming with traditional techniques. Pass through the rice fields to Saema to meet the friendly villagers.
Day 9: Explore Inle Lake
Day 10: Yangon Night Markets
Return to Heho to fly to Yangon. Upon arrival, browse the famous Bogyoke market to pick up any last minute souvenirs. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a late afternoon visit to Botataung Pagoda. This evening, stroll around Chinatown.
Day 10: Yangon Night Markets
Days 11-12: Yangon to New Zealand
Transfer to the airport for your flight to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day.
Days 11-12: Yangon to New Zealand

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:


Single Supplement from $850
Land Only (Yangon to Yangon) 10 days from $3,790 per person twin share
Additional charges: Customary tipping US$59 per person (subject to change) payable on arrival.
Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights per or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 0800 936 3998. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

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. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage, with active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Burma is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so 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 for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
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, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.

Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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Why Book This Tour?

This tour is the perfect opportunity for those with limited time to tick off the highlights of Myanmar, showcasing the magical culture, golden temples and magnificent scenery of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake

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