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Spiritual Burma

9 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

A fairy-tale land of sacred stupas, ancient traditions and spiritual reverence, which you will explore in some of the world's holiest Buddhist sanctuaries as you delve into the story of the country now known officially as Myanmar.

Your Itinerary

About this trip

The ornate beauty of Shwedagon Pagoda's glistening golden spire lures you into a Hidden Journey through Burma, a fairy-tale land of sacred stupas, ancient traditions and spiritual reverence, which you will explore in some of the world's holiest Buddhist sanctuaries as you delve into the depths of the rich culture and story of the country now known officially as Myanmar.


Trip type: Hidden Journey

Trip code: SBUR

8 Nights

accommodation

18 Meals
  • 8 buffet breakfasts

  • 5 lunches

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City Tour of Yangon

    • Two cruises along the Ayeyarwady River

    • See Mingun Pagoda in Mingun, 'leg rowers' - the Intha fishermen at Inle Lake

    • Visit Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and Ananda Temple in Bagan, a Local Market in Inle Lake


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 buffet breakfasts

    • 5 lunches

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


 

Spiritual Burma

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Yangon (2 Nights)

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Day 2

Yangon Sightseeing

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Day 3

Yangon – Bagan (2 Nights)

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Day 4

Bagan - Set Set Yo Village - Ayeyarwady Cruise - Bagan

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Day 5

Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake (2 Nights)

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Day 6

Inle Lake

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Day 7

Inle Lake - Heho - Mandalay - Ayeyarwady cruise to Mingun - Mandalay (2 Nights)

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Day 8

Mandalay - Amarapura - Sagaing - Mandalay

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Day 9

Depart Mandalay

Day 1

Arrive Yangon (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Yangon (2 Nights)

Welcome to Yangon, the city formerly known as Rangoon. Upon arrival at the airport transfer to your hotel and this evening meet your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetisers.

Hotel

Sule Shangri-La

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Sule Shangri-La

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Yangon Sightseeing Day 2 - Yangon Sightseeing

This morning, we begin our walking tour in the colonial heart of the city. See the City Hall, the former Immigration Department, the High Court and the red brick General Post Office before continuing to the luxurious Strand Hotel, built in 1901, for a well-earned refreshment. Later we take the opportunity to try 'Mohinga' for lunch at one of Yangon's latest Tea Houses. It is considered to be the country's National dish; a fish broth with noodles served with various accompaniments. In the afternoon meet the students and teachers at a local monastic school, a Cultural Insight before visiting the nearby Ngar Htat Gyi Pagoda with its huge sitting Buddha. Return to the hotel to relax before an evening visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Take part in an oil lamp lighting ceremony before enjoying the sunset over the glistening pagoda.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 2

Day 3

Yangon – Bagan (2 Nights) Day 3 - Yangon – Bagan (2 Nights)

We bid farewell to the radiant shrines of Yangon and fly to Bagan (formerly known as Pagan) where we visit the most important of the numerous pagodas and temples which are dotted in and around the town. Visit the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. Continue to the Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with its well-preserved murals. A hands-on interaction with a Local Specialist sees us discover how lacquerware is produced in one of Bagan's famous workshops. We return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure and later, we'll watch the sun set at Bu Paya Pagoda before enjoying a Be My Guest dining experience with a local family in their home.

Hotel

Aureum Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Aureum Palace

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 3

Day 4

Bagan - Set Set Yo Village - Ayeyarwady Cruise - Bagan Day 4 - Bagan - Set Set Yo Village - Ayeyarwady Cruise - Bagan

We set forth through the picturesque rural countryside - fields of sesame, peanuts and soya are fringed with swaying palm trees en route to Sel Village where we will enjoy a Cultural Insight into how the villagers make soya paste and traditional wooden slippers. Our trip continues to Nga Thayouk where we'll see how local families make their traditional cooking pots, before arriving in Set Set Yo village, famous for the centuries-old traditional top-knot hairstyle worn by its local children. We enjoy a picnic lunch in the picturesque village and proceed to Kyauk Gu U Min Temple, magnificently set against the side of a cliff and famous for its incredible, gigantic Buddha statues and fine-square frescoes. Venture beyond the main hall and into a cave, exploring niches with unfinished painted scenes from 550 Jakatas. We board a boat and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Ayeyarwady river back to Bagan and our hotel for the night.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 4

Day 5

Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake (2 Nights) Day 5 - Bagan - Heho - Inle Lake (2 Nights)

This morning, we fly to Heho, the gateway to beautiful Inle Lake, whose waters we explore on board our own private long-tail boats. We'll pass the busy village of Ywama with its many channels and tall teak houses on stilts and cruise to Indein, home to a peaceful pagoda hill and the crumbling 14th-18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Ohak overtaken by the lush surrounding jungle. Venturing along the covered walkway lined with handicraft sellers, we walk up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th-18th century zedi, some of which have been newly reconstructed. After some time of quiet contemplation in this spiritual heart of Inle Lake, we travel by boat downstream to our hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Hotel

Novotel Inle Lake

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Novotel Inle Lake

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Inle Lake Day 6 - Inle Lake

As the sun rises over the waters of Inle Lake, we enjoy a Cultural Insight at a local market and engage with the local Pa-O, Danu and Intha people who visit the market to buy and sell goods. Traversing the tranquil waters of the lake we journey to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in the area. Witness first-hand the extraordinary fishing prowess of the lake's Intha fishermen, who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to manipulate their conical fishing nets. Our intimate encounter with Burmese lake-life continues with a hands-on cooking class with a Local Specialist where we prepare various traditional dishes and afterwards enjoy them together for lunch. This afternoon, your choice of activities gives you two Cultural Insight opportunities: Visit a local vineyard for wine-tasting or take a guided village walk to see the local people making rice crackers and their quintessential conical fishing nets.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Day 7

Inle Lake - Heho - Mandalay - Ayeyarwady cruise to Mingun - Mandalay (2 Nights) Day 7 - Inle Lake - Heho - Mandalay - Ayeyarwady cruise to Mingun - Mandalay (2 Nights)

We transfer by boat to Nyaung Shwe and proceed to Heho Airport for our flight to Mandalay before boarding your own private boat to cruise up the Ayeyarwady River and in to the heart of the country to Mingun. This is a rare opportunity to witness first-hand local life along this mighty river - watch children cooling off in its waters and swinging from the hanging vines of trees, and see fishermen indulging in an afternoon snooze on their overturned long boats back from a busy morning's activities on the water. Dodge the bamboo rafts and ferries weaving their way up and down the river, its banks lined by beautiful golden stupas that emerge from the dense river-front forest. We enjoy lunch on board before arriving to Mingun where visit the Mingun Bell, which at 87 tonnes is the world's largest ringing bronze bell. Continue to the exquisite white Hsinbyume Paya on the banks of river, which rises in seven terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt. Meru. See the unfinished, but mighty Mingun Pagoda, which was built to be the world's largest pagoda, but was never completed due to local superstitions. Later, we board our boat to venture back downriver to Mandalay and check in to our hotel.

Hotel

Mandalay Hill Resort

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Hotel

Mandalay Hill Resort

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 7

Day 8

Mandalay - Amarapura - Sagaing - Mandalay Day 8 - Mandalay - Amarapura - Sagaing - Mandalay

This morning we will be exploring the natural beauty, nostalgia and exoticism immortalised in a Rudyard Kipling poem that bears this beautiful city's name. Our first stop is a visit to Amarapura, the City of Immortality, where we take a leisurely stroll along the U Bein Bridge, believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world. We continue to the hidden hilltop gem of Sagaing, once an ancient capital and today home to one of the greatest concentrations of monasticism in the world - the hillside dotted with white, silver and gold pagodas and monasteries. We enjoy a Cultural Insight into the lives of the Buddhist nuns who live in Sagaing and enjoy lunch in their company before making a stop at local workshops to witness the intricate creation of Kalaga tapestries and gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces by Local Specialists. Gold leaf remains a feature on our journey through the hidden treasures of Mandalay as we visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most spiritual sites in the country and observe local male devotees adding gold leaf to the already thick layers of gold adorning the spectacular Buddha image. Our in-depth, intimate encounter with an undiscovered treasure has come to an end. Enjoy the last evening of your trip at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant with new friends.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 8

Day 9

Depart Mandalay Day 9 - Depart Mandalay

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Join a local family in their home in New Bagan and gain insights into their day-to-day lives before sharing a family style meal and enjoying a traditional guitar performance

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit a Buddhist nunnery in the hills of Sagaing for lunch with the nuns who live there. Visit a local vineyard for wine tasting or take a guided walk to see locals making rice crackers and fishing nets. Visit a local market offering insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha people

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    in Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City Tour of Yangon

    • Two cruises along the Ayeyarwady River

    • See Mingun Pagoda in Mingun, 'leg rowers' - the Intha fishermen at Inle Lake

    • Visit Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and Ananda Temple in Bagan, a Local Market in Inle Lake


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 buffet breakfasts

    • 5 lunches

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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