Myanmar Tour 2019/2020

October 25 – November 7, 2019
February 7 – 20, 2020
August 3 – 16, 2020
October 30 – November 12, 2020

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Magical Myanmar

What to Expect

Until recently, the beautiful country of Myanmar (Burma) was a closed book when it came to tourists, but luckily it’s slowly opening its stunningly beautiful lands to to visit. Our 14 day Myanmar adventure promises to be full of unforgettable experiences from the cultural centres of Yangon and Mandalay, the trekking haven of Kalaw, the rolling Shan Hills and the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp.

We visit floating Buddhist communities, sacred temples, vineyards, markets, witness sunrises to sunsets and drink in the tapestry of local life to mention just a few. This charming spiritual country with its vast range of different ethnic groups (over 100) and charming culture is home to some of the most friendly and hospitable people you will ever meet…let this one in a lifetime adventure begin.

Tour Highlights

  • Traditional Pottery in Twante
  • Trekking Haven of Kalaw
  • Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp
  • Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery
  • The Gokteik Viaduct
  • Markets & Cooking Class
  • Bustling Metropolis of Mandalay
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Myanmar Tour Itinerary*:

Day 1 - Yangon

As you step outside of the airport of this impressive city, you will be greeted by its friendly and hospitable welcome.

Your private transfer will be waiting to escort you to your luxury lakeside hotel in the city of Yangon known for its colonial and spiritual heritage making it one of the most fascinating capitals of South East Asia, as you will realise in the days to come.

Late afternoon it’s time to get to know your Voyage girlfriends a little better as you head to your welcome meeting where you’ll also hopefully get the chance to witness one of many breathtaking sunsets where the sky turns an array of beautiful golden colours.

After it’s time to toast the start of some amazing experiences that lay ahead as we head out to a traditional restaurant for dinner.

Hotel: Chatrium Hotel – Delux Room

Meals:  Dinner

Day 2 - Yangon
After a tasty breakfast, we head to Pan Soe Dan jetty for a ferry crossing to Dala, a small fishing village on the southern bank of the Yangon river, to get a glimpse into rural Burmese life. We travel by trishaw to first the local market and then to a small pagoda (a Buddhist temple made up of tiered eaves).

Twante is our next stop, renowned for its earthenware pottery industry and surrounding ancient pagodas. Traditional pottery has been practiced in Twante for more than a century. Even today, pots produced in Twante are popular throughout Myanmar. 

Shwesandaw pagoda, our next stop, is visited by both locals and pilgrims from across the region. Unlike some of the more famous Pagodas, Shwesandaw doesn’t see throngs of worshippers or tourists, instead it’s inhabited by a family of monkeys who spend their days waiting for edible treats.  

Lunch is in a local restaurant once we arrive back to Yangon with some free time before late afternoon when we visit Karaweik Hall, known as the royal barge and then Shwedagon Pagoda, which is claimed to be the world’s richest golden stupa, over two thousand five hundred years old, 98 meters high and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold.

From the hilltop, we are able to see another fantastic sunset, the colours light up the dome in pinks, reds and golden colours at about the same time as around the pagoda’s base, hundreds of oil lamps are carefully lit creating a sea of flames flickering in the evening sky, a magical setting that’s a definite worthy of some great photos.

The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Hotel: Chatrium Hotel – Delux Room

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3 - Kalaw
After breakfast we head to the aiport for a short flight to Heho, and onwards to the trekking haven of Kalaw. As we drive towards our hotel for a quick freshen up, the stunning scenery that greets us is only a taste of the landscape that lies ahead.

Our five-kilometre trek through the magnificent rolling fields and hills, is totally worth it once you reach Pein Ne Bin village. Here, multiple families of the Palaung, one of the oldest ethnic groups in Myanmar, live in a single longhouse under one roof. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch and catch a rare glimpse into village life in this rural community.

After lunch, we have the opportunity to watch as the villagers show us how they hand-weave Palaung textiles and roll cheroot leaf cigars. We can enjoy some panoramic views from the nearby Pagoda hilltop before we return to the hotel to relax as the mist descends over the mountains, quite a spectacular sight.

Hotel: Pine Hill Resort – Superior Room

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4 - Elephant Camp - Inle
Today we drive through the Shan Hills to reach the residents of the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp. This family-run sanctuary began as a means of improving the welfare of retired timber logging elephants in the area. First we help with feeding these magnificent animals, then the fun starts, so make sure you have your bathing suits as it’s spa time and we’ll be helping to bathe and scrub them.

Watching these magestic creatures playfully throwing dirt with their trunks is a truly moving experience you’ll most likely never forget. After a traditional lunch back at the main camp in Magwe, we head towards Inle Lake and board an authentic long-tail boat to reach our gorgeous lakeside cottages, our home for the next couple of nights.

Freshen up after day of adventure in this unique waterside retreat, catch a sunset dip in the pool, treat yourself to a relaxing massage, or simply admire the lush tropical landscape over a glass of wine with your Voyage girlfriends.

Hotel: Pristine Lotus Resort & Spa

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5 - Inle Lake
This morning we head to Khaung Daing, a native village on the northwestern shore of the Inlay Lake, known for its soybean cakes and noodles, to visit a local rotating market.

We then board our boat to Phaungdaw Daw Oo Pagoda, which is home to five ancient gold leaf-embossed images of Buddha dating from the 12th century. The lush landscape on the way adds to the whole atmosphere as we pass small Buddhist communities, living in stilt houses sounded entirely by water, and see the fishermen at work standing uniquely with one leg wrapped around their oar upright in the water.

We stop for lunch in a local restaurant admiring the beautiful tranquility of the river.

In the afternoon, discover a small silk weaving village in Inpawkhone and visit the most important sanctuary in the area, Ngaphechaug before heading back to our hotel for the evening.

Hotel: Pristine Lotus Resort & Spa

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch

Day 6 - Inle Lake
After breakfast you have some free time to explore the lake and this afternoon we take a bike ride to the Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery.

Located on the lower slopes of the mountain rim, the winery provides a backdrop of spectacular looking over Nyang Shwe and down the valley as far as Inle Lake itself.

With a swish outdoor terrace, cheese plate nibbles, a crisp Sauvignon and views across vineyards, it makes a very the perfect place to watch the magnificent sunset.

It’s okay, we’re not braving the mountain slopes in the dark, we’ll be driven back to the hotel by Tuk Tuk where after dinner you can spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Hotel: Pristine Lotus Resort & Spa

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 - Bagan
It’s an early start as we board our short flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel for a short freshen up before visiting Gawdawpalin, one of the largest and most imposing monuments in Bagan and then to visit Dhammyangyi, temple of the evil king, for the unique of double Image of Buddha.

In the afternoon, we’re invited to a local workshop to watch the process of making some of Myanmar’s more unique souvenirs. We are lucky enough to enjoy another glorious sunset before heading to a traditional Burmese puppet show for dinner accompanied by live music.

Hotel: The Hotel@Tharabar Gate

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 - Bagan
After breakfast we are going to Pakkoku, the largest Burmese market in Tanaka, famous for selling a yellow cosmetic powder made from ground bark used as make-up by most Burmese women and said to treat wrinkles, sun damage, acne and even believed to help with fevers and headaches! What’s not to want!

Beautifying is thirsty works, so we’ll stop at a local tea shop and sample some tea and local street food.

A small village, called Kyunkalay is our next stop. A tiny place that you won’t find in any guidebooks or on Wikipedia, entirely undeveloped with no electricity, no monastery and not even a school for the local children. The main form of transportation is by ox and cart and bicycle.

We’ve partnered with ActionAid Myanmar, an organisation working to bring human rights and social justice to neglected communities. ActionAid doesn’t believe in handouts, instead helping communities to find their own sustainable solutions.

We’ll walk around the village and learn about important tasks locals do, such as harvesting beans and vegetables, or growing flowers and then join a local family for lunch in their home, where you’ll be able to learn more about what life is like in this part of Myanmar – a totally humbling experience.

After lunch we hop aboard an ox-driven cart ride back to the jetty and board a boat to cross the River to the other side.

Our guide will help us arrange local transport to our hotel, or to the city to explore some more.

Hotel: The Hotel@Tharabar Gate

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch

Day 9 - Bagan
This morning prepare to shop like a local in the colourful market at Nyaung U Market where we’ll be buying all of the ingredients for our Bagan cooking class.

From spices to vegetables and meats learning secrets of the trade on the way as we go to prepare our delicious homemade meal with our chef in charge, and after we sit down together to enjoy the fruits of our labour.

The rest of the day is yours to spend relaxing and this evening, you’re in for another blazing sunset as we cruise down the Ayeyarwady River on a enchanting boat trip.

Drink in the hazy pace of riverbank life on the shimmering waters, with the setting sun casting a golden hue over the horizon….Bliss!

Hotel: The Hotel@Tharabar Gate

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch

Day 10 - Pyin Oo Lwin
This morning we have a short flight to the city of Mandalay, the former royal capital of northern Myanmar, and embark on a scenic drive through some twisting roads and tiny local villages until we reach the former British Hill Station of Pyin Oo Lwin.

Pyin Oo Lwin is home to many different ethnic tribes, famous for its tropical wet and dry climates, turreted colonial buildings, its many churches and its horse-drawn carriages that still play a major role in their means of transport.

Our first stop is the enchanting Pyin Oo Lwin market filled with multicoloured flowers and vegetables, followed by a visit to the botanical garden set inside 432 acres of diverse botanical species from around the world.

Hotel: Aureum Resort @ The Governor’s House

Meals:  Breakfast

Day 11 - Pyin Oo Lwin

It’s an early start today but the rewards more than make up for it as we board one of the most exciting train journeys in the world through the Shan Mountains and over the Gokteik Viaduct.

The Gokteik Viaduct is located halfway between Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw and is definitely the highlight on the 6-hour train ride between the two towns. At each stop, local vendors come on board selling snacks ranging from quail eggs to bananas, while local commuters fall asleep on the benches, or get involved in heated debates.

Crossing the 300 metre high bridge is a real thrill and the views are breath-taking. As the train slows further to avoid any rocking motion, you’ll be able to take some remarkable photos of the landscape, the bridge, waterfalls and the train all in one. You’ll be left totally speechless!

We return to Pyin Oo Lwin by road and stop at a local strawberry and dairy farm en route to the hotel for a well deserved dinner!Hotel: Aureum Resort @ The Governor’s House

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner

Day 12 - Mandalay

This morning we will drive back to Mandalay, Myanmar’s ‘Jewel City’, to savour the sights, sounds and flavours of this bustling metropolis.

We’ll learn about the city’s gold-leaf pounding industry, visit Mahamuni Buddha, Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the world’s biggest book.

Head to Mandalay Hill in the evening and catch another spectacular sunset watching the dancing colours glisten over the Irrawaddy River before we head to a local restaurant for dinner. Hotel: Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner

Day 13 - Mandalay
This morning we head to the city’s waterfront. The lively scene offers an interesting backdrop for our private chartered boat up the Ayeyarwady River to Mingun.

We head to the archaeological site of Mingun, which houses a number of interesting sights, including the world’s largest pagoda – Pahtodawgyi. It’s also home to the world’s second largest ringable bell, the beautiful white Hsinphymae Pagoda, and temples dating back to the 19th century.

Our next stop Sagaing, covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, known as the religious centre of Myanmar and is the home of over 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centres.

This evening we have our farewell dinner at local restaurant and remind ourselves what an amazing adventure this has been.

We end the evening watching the Daw Ma Ma Naing Theater’s Marionettes show.

Hotel: Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner

Day 14 - Departure Day
After breakfast the time has come to say your farewells. You’ve been wowed by the sunsets, trekked the remote green vallieys of Kalaw.

Bathed and fed rescued elephants, cruised the tranquil waters of Inle Lake, met local villagers, floating communities and seen a host of beautiful ancient pagodas.

Myanmar is not easily forgotten and will stay in your hearts for weeks to come.

Meals:  Breakfast

*Itineraries and hotels are subject to change. Elle Voyage and its partners will strive to provide you with the best possible tour and experience. It is our intention to adhere to the outlined itinerary as published. However, please be advised that it may be occasionally necessary to substitute an activity due to events that cannot be predicted. Therefore, Elle Voyage reserves the right to make changes in accommodations, tours or excursions, meals, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable.

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Tour Details:

Dates: 14 Days/13 Nights
October 25 – November 7, 2019
February 7 – 20, 2020
August 3 – 16, 2020
October 30 – November 12, 2020

Where: Myanmar

What’s Included: 13 Breakfasts/ 6 Lunches/ 6 Dinners

Group Size: 12 Guests Maximum

Tour Cost: £2199.00 Twin-Share Occupancy
Single Supplement: £939.00

All tours are quoted in British Pounds.

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Space is limited to just 12 guests. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.

​To register for this tour, a deposit of £300 of the total tour price is required to secure your reservation.

Balance is due 60 days prior to travel.​​​​​​

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