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Escorted Tours

Mystical Burma

  • Route:
  • London
  • Yangon
  • Bagan
  • Mount Popa
  • Mandalay
  • Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Mandalay
  • Inle Lake
  • Yangon
  • London
11 DAYS from £2399pp

Tour Highlights

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

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Mystical Burma

Relatively unexplored by tourists, Burma promises to surprise and delight with its mystical wonders. 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.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Yangon

Depart London on your scheduled overnight flight to Yangon.

    Day 2: Yangon

    Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to your hotel before exploring the most recent former capital city of Burma. Known as Rangoon until 2005, a strong British presence can still be felt amongst the grandiose mansions and colonial buildings which make Yangon such a fascinating city to visit. With gold being a true symbol of greatness it is no wonder that the glittering golden stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises over one hundred metres in height above the ground.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: Yangon to Bagan

    An early morning transfer will take you to the airport for a short flight to Bagan. Start the day at the busy Nyaung Oo market where the locals gather to sell fresh produce, clothing and handicrafts. The nearby Shwezigon Pagoda dates back to 1090 and is one of the oldest and most impressive monuments in the region thanks to its immense golden dome that shimmers in the sun. Continue on to the Wetkyi-in Gubyakgyi-a cave temple famous for its frescoes and rare ancient paintings from the Bagan period. Following lunch, your group will visit the Ananda temple considered to be one of the best preserved masterpieces of Mon architecture before ascending the Shwesandaw Pagoda for a spectacular sunset view over the surrounding landscape.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Bagan

    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.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Bagan to Mandalay

    Journeying to Burma's religious centre of Buddhism, you will visit Mandalay Palace, the residence of the last Burmese monarchy. Continue on to the spectacular Buddha image at the 18th century Mahamuni Pagoda and then ascend Mandalay Hill for panoramic vistas of the city.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Mandalay

    Today, visit the town of Pyin Oo Lwin; founded by the British in 1896, it soon became the summer capital where many colonial half-timbered buildings still remain. Enjoy some time wandering around the beautiful Botanical Gardens before heading back into Mandalay and retiring to your hotel.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Mandalay

    A stop in Amarapura reveals the famous U-Bein bridge, the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world before returning to Mandalay for a boat ride to Ava where a horse and cart will take you to the beautiful Bargayar Monastery. After lunch sail across the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River to visit the town of Mingun.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Mandalay to Inle Lake

    Following your morning flight from Mandalay to Heho, you will be driven to the banks of Inle Lake where a boat will be waiting to transport you to your hotel. Located in the heart of the Shan Plateau, the stunning lake is home to the indigenous Intha people who are renowned for their unique technique of 'leg rowing' the traditional boats. Discover the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the most respected on the lake and visit Paw Khon village to observe the locals silk weaving and creating their handicrafts. Return to your hotel for dinner and an evening at leisure.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Inle Lake

    Today's tour will take you to the Indein villages on the mainland. Along the way there is the chance to see the fascinating floating gardens where indigenous people grow local produce in the lake that sits at 2900ft above sea level. Explore the stilted houses of teak and bamboo that line the banks and hundreds of pagodas dating back to the 17th century before experiencing lunch in a local village restaurant. On the way back to the hotel a stop will be made at a silver workshop to see how this family business hand crafts beautiful jewellery and other products from silver ore.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Inle Lake to Yangon

    Return to Heho for your flight back to Yangon. This afternoon visit the Botataung Pagoda located on the banks of the Yangon River whose internal goldenleafed walls are a sign of its great importance to the local people. On your final evening in beautiful Burma you will visit the Chaukhtathgyi Pagoda and its colossal reclining Buddha and then the opportunity to do any last minute shopping at the 70-year old Bogyoke Aung San Market. Designed in British colonial times, it is still often referred to by its old name, Scott Market. With over 2000 shops and the largest selection of local handicrafts, the visit provides the perfect place to practice your haggling skills whilst picking out some keepsakes or gifts for loved ones back home.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: Yangon to the UK

    After breakfast enjoy some free time before your transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    • Breakfast
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

    • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
    • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
    • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
    • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
    • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

    Important Information

    Visas

    UK passport holders are currently required to obtain a visa prior to travel to Burma. Travellers can apply for a eVisa to Burma online at myanmarvisa.com at a cost of $50 USD. The visa is valid for 90 days from issue and allows for stays of up to 28 days in Burma. The visa takes at least 5 working days to process so we would suggest you apply at least 4 weeks prior to travel. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to leave Burma.

    Alternatively we also work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange for a visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa through the Travel Visa Company is approximately £65 and we recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel if using this method. Please be aware that your passport will be required for this application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. 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.

    Insurance

    You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

    Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
    Up to 17 days cover£42£79£135

    For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. 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.

    Payment

    If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp 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.

    Flight Information

    Your flight is to Yangon International Airport with Singapore Airlines (SQ), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage and hand luggage of 7kg not exceeding 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

    Health and Vaccinations

    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.

    Physical Accessibility

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

    Group Size

    The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable. From 2017 this tour will operate on a private basis meaning you will journey on the itinerary alone with your own personal tour guide.

    Tour Guide

    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 four separate guides in total (Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake) ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. For groups of more than 16 passengers you will also be accompanied by a 'throughout' guide for the duration of the tour in addition to each regional guide.

    Currency Information

    The local currency in Burma is the Burmese Kyat (pronounced Chat) or MMK. The Kyat is a closed currency and cannot be brought in or out of Burma. We suggest that you take United States Dollars (USD) with you which can either be used directly as currency in most locations or changed into Burmese Kyat at the Yangon Airport. Please note that US dollars used must be notes issued post 2006 in pristine condition. Burma is a cash-only economy and apart from a few exceptions the local cash machines do not accept international cards. Most hotels, restaurants and shops will only accept cash (US Dollars or Kyat) as well. Credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted as forms of payment. Therefore, it is very important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency before you arrive in the country, so please ensure you bring enough cash in US Dollars with you for the duration of your trip.

    Personal Expenses

    You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

    Tour Dates & Prices

    Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
    2017 Dates
    07 Feb 201717 Feb 2017£2549ppBook
    14 Mar 201724 Mar 2017£2499ppBook
    09 May 201719 May 2017£2399ppBook
    12 Sep 201722 Sep 2017£2399ppBook
    24 Oct 201703 Nov 2017£2549ppBook
    28 Nov 201708 Dec 2017£2599ppBook

    Travelling alone?

    Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room

    Tour Map

    Mystical Burma Route Map

    Download Tour Dossier - 2016

    Download Tour Dossier - 2017

    Fact File

    • Currency: Kyat
    • Minimum temperature: 30°C
    • Maximum temperature: 37°C

    Here to help

    • Get in touch with one of our experts on Burma
    • 0800 781 4893 (free)
    • 0333 321 3144(mobile friendly)
    • Request a call back

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