Set Departure 10 November 2019
Sales Period 16Apr-31May 19
Airline International airfares are additional
- 11 nights 4 star accommodation in single rooms
- All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles starting from Day 1
- Local English speaking guide per city
- A representative from Active Asia New Zealand throughout
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Breakfast daily, 10x lunches and 5x dinners
12 day small group tour from $3455 per person single share
Minimum 6 people required for the tour to operate
Maximum 10 people
Day 1 Mandalay
Arrive in Mandalay. On arrival transfer from Mandalay Airport (group transfer) to your hotel. Later in the afternoon, meet the Active Asia representative followed by a classic Mandalay ‘sidecar’ (a chauffeur-pedalled bicycle with a passenger seat) for a fun ride through the back streets of Mandalay where the night markets are explored. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of Burmese cuisine at a local barbecue restaurant.
Day 2 Mandalay-Ava-Sagaing-Amarapura
Today embark on a journey to the ancient kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay which include Ava (Inwa), Sagaing, and Amarapura, home to U Bein Bridge – a simple yet remarkable teak structure that spans 1.2 kilometres over Taungtaman Lake and is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world.
Day 3 Mandalay-Bagan
This morning fly from Mandalay to Bagan where a collection of thousands of ancient stupas and temples await – visit some of the key structures which will leave you in awe.
Day 4 Bagan
Experience Bagan by electric bike today. Travel the small back streets and lanes visiting some remote corners in Bagan and local villages. Please note: E-bikes have a small electric motor and don’t require pedalling. They are very safe, fun and relaxing means to get around. This evening, enjoy a private sunset cruise where views of the temple silhouettes and bustling shore can be accompanied by cocktails on board.
Optional Activity (additional cost) Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight – The magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for centuries, with a hot air balloon flight, float over the thousand year old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, as the sun rises slowly from the horizon over the misty fields and temples, creating one of the most remarkable sights in Asia.
Day 5 Bagan-Pindaya-Kalaw
Today fly from Bagan to Heho where you will then transfer to Pindaya and visit the Pindaya Caves – set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, the caves are home to thousands of Buddha images in various cave chambers. After, continue on to Kalaw, a former British hill station.
Day 6 Kalaw
This morning drive to Magwe where the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp is visited. This private conservation area and ecotourism venture protects elephants in their natural habitat with no elephant rides permitted. Learn about these gentle giant creatures in their natural habitat. The afternoon is spent back in Kalaw where time is spent at leisure.
Day 7 Kalaw-Inle Lake
Today, drive to Nyaung Shwe, known as the gateway to Inle Lake. Stop off at Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery for a tour and wine tasting. After, board a long-tail boat for the transfer to your hotel on Inle Lake. The afternoon is spent at leisure.
Day 8 Inle Lake
Travel by long-tail boat across the lake to Indein, found at the western end of the lake. Admire the scenery of tall teak houses on stilts and Intha local life. Upon arrival at Indein, explore the 14-18th century pagoda ruins. Continue by boat downstream where you are welcomed by a local Intha family and a homemade cooked lunch is served. The afternoon is spent at leisure.
Day 9 Inle Lake
Start the day with a cooking class and learn how to prepare 8-10 special Shan dishes which you will then sit down and enjoy for lunch. After, jump back on board a boat and visit traditional floating craft villages.
Day 10 Inle Lake-Yangon
Today transfer to Heho and fly to Yangon. Discover Yangon downtown with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. In the afternoon, visit the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold stupa towering 99 metres into the sky. From Shwedagon a short drive will take you to the vibrant Chinatown with numerous street vendors, markets and temples. End the day at the famous 19th street where local beer and barbeque is enjoyed whilst taking in the nightlife of Yangon like a local.
Day 11 Yangon
After breakfast, enjoy a Yangon Circular Train tour. This unique tour will immerse you into the everyday life of Myanmar’s largest city whilst travelling around various neighbourhoods. After lunch, cross the Yangon River by local ferry to reach Dala village, offering a striking contrast to Yangon. Explore the small lanes, market streets and friendly villages via tuk tuk.
Day 12 Yangon
Sadly, today is the end of the tour. Transfer to Yangon Airport (group transfer) where tour arrangements end.
Terms and Conditions
Valid for new bookings only. Valid for travel on a set departure of 10 Nov 19 or as otherwise specified and for sales 30 Apr-20 Sep 19. Prices are per person in New Zealand dollars. International airfares are additional. A non-refundable NZD250 per person deposit is required at the time of reservation with full payment required no later than 6 weeks prior to departure. Prices are correct as at 17 Apr 19 but may vary due to currency fluctuations and are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances until paid in full. Packages are subject to availability. A minimum of 6 people is required for the tour to operate. Any pre or post accommodation including transfers is at passenger’s own expense. Close-outs and surcharges may apply. Cancellation and amendment fees apply. Airfares, Myanmar visa, travel insurance, departure taxes, gratuities and any other personal expenses are at passenger’s own expense. For full terms and conditions please click here.