Travel 2 Touring 18/19

ASIA

MYANMAR (BURMA)

Mandalay

3

Ayeyarwaddy River

Bagan (Pagan)

3

1

2

Kalaw

Inle Lake

Bay of Bengal

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Yangon (Rangoon)

2

1

1

TOUR DETAILS INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • G Adventures for Good: LinkAge Restaurant, Yangon • Tour of Mandalay • Boat trip and tour of Mingun village • Visit Sagaing and the ancient city of Amarapura • Irrawaddy River boat trip • Guided tour of Bagan archaeological zone • Visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery • Tour Nyaung Shwe by trishaw • Boat tour of Inle Lake including floating villages and markets • Visit a cheroot factory • Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nge Phe Chaung Monastery • Tour Shwedagon Pagoda N ational G eographic J ourneys E xclusives • Kyan Sithar Umin Monastery Visit, Bagan • Burmese Cooking Demonstration, Inle Lake • Yangon Talk and Dinner, Yangon LAND NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND NIG TS STAYED 1 LAND A R NIGHTS STAYED 1 L ND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 L ND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 PRICES INCLUDE • 11 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner • Services of an experienced Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and local guides • Touring by Private bus/van, plane, boat and walking • Sightseeing and touring as per itinerary DEPARTURES 2019: Jan 18, Feb 11; Mar 11; Oct 14; Nov 18; Dec 16 TOUR STYLE: National Geographic Journeys £2099 per person PRICES FROM:

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Day 1: Yangon On arrival into Yangon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Sedona Hotel Yangon Day 2: Yangon - Mandalay Fly to Mandalay and explore this ancient city, including the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuyuk Taw Gyi and Kuthodaw Pagodas, and Mahamuni Temple. Climb Mandalay Hill for magnificent views of the surrounding area. (B) Mandalay Hill Resort (3 nights) Days 3 & 4: Mandalay Take a boat trip up the Irrawaddy, enjoying the picturesque River, to the village of Mingun, visit the pagodas and local craftspeople. Continue on to the spiritual centre of Myanmar at Sagaing and the ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Continue your exploration of Mandalay on day 4 and enjoy some free time (B) Day 5: Mandalay - Bagan After breakfast, transfer to the jetty for your boat; relax and enjoy the sights on a full-day cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Bagan. (B) Myanmar Treasure Resort (3 nights) Day 6: Bagan Explore the ancient sites of Bagan, founded in the 11th Century and one the most important temple complexes in Asia. Visits include Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi cave temple, and Manuha and Nan Paya temples. Also visit Kyan Sithar Umin monastery where you’ll have a talk with a monk on Buddhism and daily life. (B) Day 7: Bagan Travel to the outskirts of town to a village in the middle of a toddy palm farm. Watch as the locals scale 12 day The Heart of Myanmar Yangon • Mandalay • Bagan • Inle Lake • Kalaw

the trees and harvest the juice of the palm fruit and then process it into alcohol or molasses. You have the option to take a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of Bagan. (B) Day 8: Bagan - Inle Lake In the morning, you’ll fly from Bagan to Heho and then travel by road to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. Also, visit around Nyaung Shwe by cycle rickshaw, passing the many monasteries and cruising along quiet residential streets. (B) Amata Resort (2 nights) Day 9: Inle Lake Explore the lake by boat and visit the morning market, floating villages, and a cheroot factory, as well as Phaung Daw Oo pagoda and Inthien temple complex. Along the way, visit the home of a local chef, learn the basics of Burmese cooking and relax in this charming setting on Inle Lake enjoying a scrumptious home- cooked meal. (BL) Day 10: Inle Lake - Kalaw Travel by boat and bus to the cooler air of this former British hill station. (B) Dream Mountain Resort Day 11: Kalaw - Yangon Fly back to Yangon and visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, then take some free time to explore and shop in the old capital. That night, enjoy a lecture and farewell dinner at a G Adventures for Good supported project; LinkAge Restaurant. This social enterprise, trains local youth for careers in the hospitality industry. (BD) Sedona Hotel Yangon Day 12: Yangon The day is free at leisure until it is time to make your own way to the airport. (B)

GROUP SIZE: 16 max

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Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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