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Burma's Mystical Highlights

12 Day Escorted Tour

Burma, South East Asia
Intermediate Pace

From the ancient city of Bagan to the cultural centre of Mandalay, our tour offers a unique opportunity to discover the many hidden treasures of this stunning country. Take a scenic river cruise alongside green fertile plains, discover the commanding Bagaya Kyaung monastery, explore the traditional floating villages of Inle Lake and marvel at one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments, the glittering golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

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Tour Highlights

  • Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
  • Watch the sun set over the ancient pagodas in Bagan
  • Sunset cruise along the Ayeyarwady River
  • Botanical Gardens in the Colonial Hill Station of Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Inle Lake and the surrounding floating villages
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Day 1
UK to Yangon

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Yangon, via Bangkok.

Day 2


Upon arrival in Yangon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, Southeast Asia's most stunning spiritual monument.

Day 3

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, enjoy a full-day city tour of Yangon, a city of market-lined streets defined by a skyline of high-rises, towering Buddhist pagodas and evocative colonial architecture.

Day 4
Yangon to Mandalay

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Fly to Mandalay where you will be transferred to your hotel. Later, explore the delicately carved interior of Shwe Nandaw Monastery then visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the 'World's Biggest Book' for the hundreds of Buddhist teachings inscribed on its marble slabs. Take in the gilded Buddha statue at Mahamuni Pagoda before returning to your hotel.

Day 5

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Travel to Amarapura to visit the famous U-Bein bridge, the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world, before returning to Mandalay. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 6

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, visit the town of Pyin Oo Lwin. Founded by the British in 1896, it soon became the summer capital and many colonial buildings still remain. Wander around the beautiful botanical gardens before heading back to Mandalay and retiring to your hotel.

Day 7
Mandalay to Bagan

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Early this morning, depart Mandalay on your cruise bound for Bagan. During your cruise, stop at the village of Latkka set on a bamboo plantation, where you will get an insight into local village life. On arrival in Bagan, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel.

Day 8

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, enjoy far-reaching views from the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River before driving to the largest temple in Bagan and on to Mount Popa to visit a volcanic peak dedicated to the legendary 'Nat' spirits.

Day 9

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, explore the busy Nyaung Oo Market where locals gather to sell traditional goods. Here, you can buy local Burmese food in preparation for your cooking class. The rest of your afternoon will be at leisure. Enjoy a sunset cruise in the Ayeyarwady River this evening.

Day 10
Bagan to Inle Lake

Breakfast & Lunch

Located in the heart of the Shan Plateau, the stunning Inle Lake is home to the indigenous Intha people, renowned for their unique 'leg-rowing' used to steer traditional boats. Fly to Heho and board a boat to your hotel before visiting Paw Khon village to observe the locals weaving silk and creating their handicrafts.<br><b>Optional excursion (payable locally):</b> Ballooning over ancient Bagan

Day 11
Inle Lake

Breakfast & Dinner

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax or further explore the Indein villages on the mainland with their bamboo and teak stilted houses and pagodas.

Day 12
Inle Lake to UK


Following breakfast, fly to Yangon for your connecting flight to the UK, via Bangkok.

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The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon
2 nights
, Burma
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Mandalay Hill Resort
3 nights
Mandalay, Burma
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Tour Reviews

D Lynch

17 Apr 19

One of the best tours we have ever had. Lovely guides that ensured everything ran smoothly and at the pace we wanted. Stunning hotels, the hotel/ restaurant food very acceptable and all the sightseeing trips left us with many memories.

Lesley Morton

25 Feb 19

The hotels were all of a high standard. I felt very safe, the people were so friendly and couldn't do enough for us. The food was amazing, the best I've tasted in Asia!

Geoffrey Beaman

12 Dec 18

All hotels generally good standard with efficient service.Good itinerary and a good holiday.

George Duthie

12 Dec 17

Nice hotels, better than expected

Extend Your Tour

Burmas Mystical Highlights with Ngwe Saung Beach Stay

4 Day Extension



Important Information

UK passport holders are currently required to obtain a visa prior to travel. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange the visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £85 and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to leave Burma. Alternatively, if you wish to apply for your visa online, please visit <a href="https://www.myanmarvisa.com/evisa.php" rel="nofollow">myanmarvisa.com/evisa</a>. We recommend that you allow one month for an online visa to be processed. This will cost you USD $50. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to Yangon International Airport with Thai Airways (TG), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage. The maximum permissible size of hand luggage must not exceed 56x45x25cm. The maximum size of each piece of hand luggage must not exceed 115 cm as a sum of three dimensions (including wheels, handles and side pockets).

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some hiking, climbing of stairs and getting on and off of coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 12, and the maximum will be 48. If in the unlikely event there are less than 12 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival at each destination and will have a regional guide with you during your stay in each place. There will be five separate guides in total (Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay & Inle Lake) including one English speaking guide on your cruise ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Before arriving in Burma it is very important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency. The currency in Burma is the Kyat, known as MMK but this is a closed currency meaning you will not be able to purchase it outside of the country. The US dollar is the only foreign currency that is readily exchanged and/or accepted as payment for goods and services. You will need to make sure that the US dollars you take with you are in pristine condition and be issued no earlier than 2006. It is important they have no folds, stamps, stains, writing marks or tears as they will not be accepted unless they are in perfect condition. It is useful to have a combination of US dollar bills, ensuring you have some smaller bills. Some hotels and larger shops will now accept payment by visa or credit cards however please bear in mind that this is not guaranteed.

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. Should you wish to tip, this will be collected by your guide either during your tour or at the end of your tour for your convenience. We would recommend approximately $2 USD (£1.50) per person per day, the tips will be split between the driver and the guide.