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Inle Lake

Classic Waterways of Myanmar

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,515 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Yangon’s golden wonders and Inle Lake’s stilted charm complemented by a luxury Irrawaddy cruise

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Highlights

  • Enjoy a luxury, full-board cruise through central Myanmar
  • Tour Bagan’s lost-city wonders by horse and cart
  • Visit Inle Lake’s floating villages
  • Take in Yangon’s colonial charm
  • Stay in luxury hotels, enjoying private transfers, flights and touring throughout

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Yangon
  • 2 Nights Inle Lake
  • 1 Night Mandalay
  • 7 Nights Luxury River Cruise

Itinerary

Recommended for:
History & culture | Natural world | River cruise | Unique & unusual

Pair private tours and luxury stays among Yangon’s colonial charm, Inle Lake’s floating villages and Mandalay’s royal palaces with a luxurious river cruise along the Irrawaddy. You’ll be treated to everything from full-board gourmet dining and cooking classes to horse-cart rides and local performances as you take in remote villages, craft workshops and Mt. Popa’s clifftop pagodas. It all centres on Bagan – an ancient city where 2,000 temples peek out over forested plains.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

Begin your trip with complimentary airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Yangon.

Days 2-3
Yangon

Arriving into Burma’s largest city, you’ll be met and transferred to the luxurious Savoy. Ringed by exotic gardens, it’s a colonial jewel complete with views of the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda. Dating back to the 11th century, this is the country’s most revered Buddhist temple and the starting point for tomorrow’s private tour. You’ll then swap gold for green with Kandawgyi Park and its glittering royal barge before moving onto the 60m-long reclining Buddha of Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda. After a traditional Burmese tea, you’ll compare the city’s fading British architecture to its bustling markets before you head off the beaten track on the Circle Train, looping through the city’s lesser-visited Little India and Chinatown.

Stay: The Savoy, Yangon (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 4-5
Inle Lake

Bookending a flight hop north with private transfers, you’ll arrive at Inle Lake – a great blue shimmer watched over by towering hills. Here, a private motorboat will bring you past stilted villages, leg-rowing fishermen and floating gardens to your exclusive thatched-roof accommodation, built by local artisans right on the lake’s shores. It’s the perfect launchpad – complete with private deck – for two days of private touring. You’ll visit wooden monasteries, morning markets and local cottage industries that range from silk knitting to cheroot rolling and flower weaving. There are also lake-wide views from ancient stupas and the floating Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, home to sacred Buddha images and burnished royal barges.

Stay: Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 6
Mandalay

Today, before your flight to Mandalay, you’ll have the option of exploring the lake’s glimmering beauty further, perhaps with a visit to one of its surrounding villages, vineyards or floating markets. Otherwise, you can depart earlier to Mandalay, your flight again sandwiched by private transfers. You’ll then have the chance to explore, perhaps sampling such local delicacies as tealeaf salad and fragrantly spiced curries. End with the poolside bar, spectacular hill views and gourmet restaurant of your luxury hotel.

Stay: Sedona Hotel, Mandalay (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 7
Mandalay/Sagaing/Amarapura

Begin today with a private tour of Mandalay. Highlights include glittering pagodas host to the country’s most revered Buddha images, wooden monasteries that house marble-carved scriptures and the imposingly fortified royal palace. You’ll also take some time out with the quiet canalside district, calling into woodcarving and gold-leaf workshops. Then, it’s time to board your ultra-luxurious river ship, settling into your teakwood suite to enjoy private-balcony views and full-board, gourmet meals paired with local wines and beers. It’s then on to Sagaing where some 554 monasteries stud rolling green hills with golden spires before you end the day at Amarapura, home to the world’s longest and oldest teak bridge.

Stay: Sanctuary Ananda, Myanmar (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Sin Kyun/Mingun

Sailing north, you’ll reach Sin Kyun – a quaint village sponsored by the ship’s charity. It’s a chance to witness rural Burmese life first hand, with its 1,000 inhabitants living in stilted houses, earning a living from the land and traditional hatting. You’ll then pass Mingun and its colossal yet unfinished monolith – a great kingly folly – before continuing along the Irrawaddy past tamarind trees, gold-tipped pagodas and remote villages. Perhaps relax with the complimentary local beer in the bar or settle in with a massage in the spa treatment rooms.

Stay: Sanctuary Ananda, Myanmar (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Pakokku/Bagan

Begin today with a visit to a local market and a chef-led cooking class, showcasing the best in Burmese cuisine. Then, come the afternoon, a guided tour will pick out the myriad architectural styles of a local pagoda complex before you visit Bagan itself. Here, you’ll start with a horse-cart ride along dusty roads to take in some of its most important sights, including the 11th-century Ananda Temple with its impossibly intricate detailing and the great spires of the Sulamani Pagoda. Finish with a spectacular sunset over the plains and a dinner performance from a local troupe.

Stay: Sanctuary Ananda, Myanmar (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Bagan/Mt. Popa

Perhaps start your day with an optional sunrise balloon tour over Bagan before a guided visited to Shwezigon – a pagoda said to contain relics of Buddha himself. Then, after a visit to a jaggery sugar workshop, you’ll be treated to lunch views of Mt. Popa. This great volcanic plug rises as a giant colossus, capped with golden spires and whitewashed temples; you might want to join the pilgrims with a walk up its 777 steps, paying your respects to the carved animist figures as you go. Then, back at the ship, you’ll enjoy a candlelit sandbank dinner.

Stay: Sanctuary Ananda, Myanmar (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Bagan

Today, your morning tour will shed some light on the more anthropological history of this fascinating region. You’ll visit a village tucked away in the centre of the Bagan plain to see how local life remains unaffected by the shadow of a World Heritage Site, before continuing to a lacquerware workshop where millennia-old techniques are still practised. Then, after lunch on board, you’ll continue on to Kyauk Gu U Min. Known as the ‘Rock Cave Tunnel’, it’s carved right into the riverbank making for evocative strolls along underground corridors lit by light wells.

Stay: Sanctuary Ananda, Myanmar (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Bagan/Mandalay

Begin your day with a visit to Nyaung U, a daily local market where everything from fruit and vegetables to china and lacquerware are busily traded. It’s the chance to pick up some souvenirs and practice your haggling skills. You’ll then start sailing back upstream towards Sagaing, relaxing as you pass pretty villages set to a backdrop of soft browns and exotic verdure.

Stay: Sanctuary Ananda, Myanmar (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Mandalay

Today, a final chance to cook with the ship’s executive chef will see you pair Indic richness with Southeast Asian cadences – the hallmarks of Burmese cuisine. You’ll then arrive back in Mandalay to visit a gold-leaf beating workshop. It’s the opportunity to learn how the giant statues found throughout Myanmar are made. Your last stop of the day will be the 236m-high Mandalay Hill – summited by escalators or an evocative walk. Capped with the monumental Su Taung Pyi Pagoda, you’ll be treated to 360-degree views of the city and its Shan Mountain backdrop. Then, alongside a farewell dinner back on board, there’s a last local performance.

Stay: Sanctuary Ananda, Myanmar (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 14-15
Depart for UK

Disembarking, you’ll be met by a private driver who’ll see you to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

Map

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,515 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £3,515 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £5,840 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK, Yangon and Mandalay
  • 2 domestic flights
  • Private transfers 
  • 5 nights accommodation in 4* (Superior) hotels on a B&B basis
  • 7 nights onboard the 5* (Deluxe) Sanctuary Ananda Cruise on a full-board basis, including wine & beer with meals and touring highlights include, cooking classes, horse-cart ride in Bagan and local performances
  • Private touring with local guides highlights include, city tour of Yangon and private boat tour of Inle Lake

*Demand for hotels in Burma is very high during the peak months from October to March. Please book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.



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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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