The whole family will be captivated by the magic of Myanmar on this tour, designed with the more intrepid family in mind. With its gates recently opened up to tourism, now is the time to visit this fast-emerging destination. Head off the main tourist trail to explore and discover this little known nation together.
Explore Bagan temples by bike
Sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River
Meet the local people
Climb the 1,518 metre volcano of Mount Popa
Craft your own clay souvenir
Spend time at the tranquil Inle Lake
Travel back in time to a beautiful and culturally rich country on this fascinating family adventure. Experience Myanmar's ancient treasures, golden temples, bustling markets and meet the inviting locals. Along the way, you can enjoy magnificent landscapes untouched by mass tourism as you travel on foot, by bike and on a traditional horse and cart.
Whilst this trip is normally 11 days in duration, we offer a shorter trip (9 days) during the half-term holidays. Please contact us for full details.
Day1: Depart UK
Overnight flight from the UK to Yangon via Bangkok.
Day2: Arrive Yangon (Rangoon)
Your English-speaking guide will welcome you and you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure exploring or relaxing. Enjoy a Burmese meal at a welcome dinner for your group.
Day3: Explore Yangon & Twante
Explore Yangon’s colonial buildings and parks and then head out to Twante, a pottery village known for producing some of Myanmar’s best terracotta works. Have a go at producing your own clay souvenir.
Day4: Fly to Bagan and explore temples
Upon arrival in Bagan, start your temple tour with a horse and cart ride around Nyaung U market, the largest market in the region. Explore cottage industries and a selection of temples such as the gilded Shwezigon Stupa, Kyansitha – a cave temple – and Ananda temple with its four standing Buddhas. Enjoy a sunset cruise along the Irrawaddy River.
Day5: Mount Popa
Drive to Mount Popa where you will have the opportunity to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. In the afternoon we visit a family run toddy shop where you can obvserve the process of making caramel candies from the sap of toddy palms.
Day6: Cycle tour of Bagan’s temples
Cycle into the ancient Kingdom of Bagan, first stopping at Myingaba village to learn how Bagan’s famous lacquerware crafts are produced. Continue to Myingaba Gubyaukgi Temple which houses Bagan’s best preserved mural paintings, enjoy panoramic views of Bagan from Dhamayazeka Zedi and proceed to Shwesandaw Pagoda to watch the sunset over the Irrawaddy River.
Day7: Fly to Heho & drive to Inle Lake
Visit the main market in Heho and on the way to Inle Lake, stop and learn how Shan umbrellas are made. Descend through the beautiful hills of Shan State to Inle Lake and visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, home to some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf.
Day8: Boat trip to Indein Pagoda
Head off by boat down a small river and then walk through bamboo groves to the Indein Pagoda complex, a field covered with ancient pagodas built over 1,000 years ago. Stop off at a conservation centre for Burmese felines.
Day9: Fly to Yangon & explore the city
Explore Yangon starting with Lawka Chanthar – the world’s biggest marble Buddha. Visit Bogyoke Market, continue round the quaint Yangon Old Quarter, visit a local pharmacy to learn about Myanmar traditional medicine and wrap up the day at the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day10: Free morning; fly back to the UK
Enjoy the morning at your leisure until your transfer to Yangon International Airport for your flight back to the UK.
Day11: Arrive UK
You should note: Our Easter 2019 and 2020 departures coincide with the Water Festival in Yangon. During this time, the streets of the city are filled with thousands of residents and visitors dousing each other with water and enjoying dance and music performances. Traffic stands still and tourist attractions are closed. On these departures, we visit the village of Twante, where it’s possible to enjoy the water festival in a less crowded area as well as visit the pottery workshop and see the Shwesandaw Pagoda.
Prices from (exc. international flights):£1,299per adult,£1,239per child
Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK):£2,279per adult,£1,959per child
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.
This tour stays in hotels which are generally of a 3* standard, although standards in Myanmar can vary from place to place. All have private facilities and are on a double or twin-share basis (mostly air-conditioned).
8 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 2 dinners
You can typically expect to pay from
£980 for an adult,
and from £720 for a child aged 11 and under.
Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods or when booking late.
For peace of mind, we recommend that you book your flights with us. If you choose your own flights, please ask us to confirm all arrangements first.