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After soaking up the ephemeral delights of Yangon – walking amongst the colonial architecture and learning about General Aung San the ‘architect of Burmese freedom’ – you will be taken into Bago Region. After visiting the ancient Mon capital city and spending some time with the mahouts of Taungoo, you will be taken on a whistle-stop tour of Nay Pyi Daw.
Through Shan State you will reach Mandalay, Myanmar’s last Royal Capital, and be able to visit the ancient cities of Amarapura and Ava. Down the Ayeyarwaddy River you will be taken to Bagan before returning to Yangon along the Twante Canal.
You will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel, where you will meet your Sampan travel consultant. At sunset you will be taken to Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon’s ‘shimmering wonder’.
Wander through the tumult of a Chinatown morning market before visiting the house of national hero General Aung San. Embark upon a colonial walking tour after lunch.
Visit the Htaukkyan Commonwealth War Cemetery on the way to Bago, the former capital of a Mon Kingdom. Drive on to Taungoo.
After breakfast you will be taken to the villages of Sein Ye, inhabited by ‘oozies’ (Burmese mahouts) and their families. Join the elephants and oozies out in the jungle.
This morning you will join the oozies tracking down their elephants after their free-ranging during the night. You will arrive in Nay Pyi Daw in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring Myanmar’s dystopian capital city.
Drive into Shan State passing over the mighty Paunglaung River. Arrive in Pindaya in time for supper.
Hike into the hills of the Danu Self Administered Zone, passing the Shwe Umin (Golden Cave) and walking through Danu tea farmer villages.
After your night in the hills, you will hike down to Pindaya. Once you have freshened up you will be driven to Inle Lake.
This morning you will have the opportunity to take a short horse ride around Nyaung Shwe before heading out onto the lake for a private lunch. Explore more of the lake by boat this afternoon.
This morning you will fly to Mandalay and commence exploring Burma’s Royal Capital without delay!
After joining the Grasshoppers’ morning Foodies Bicycle Tour, cross the Ayeyarwaddy River to visit the mammoth unfinished pagoda at Mingun.
Today you will continue exploring Mandalay, visiting the Mahamuni Shrine in the morning and enjoying sunset in Amarapura, another ancient Burmese capital.
This morning you will be taken to Inwa, the ancient capital of the bloody Court of Ava. This afternoon you will commence you journey down the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Today you will explore the temples and pagodas of Bagan, the heart of the first Burmese Empire resplendent between the 9th and 13th Centuries.
Today you will be taken to Salay by WWII jeep. In Salay you will visit the serene Youk-Soun Monastery and try the town’s famous jam.
Visit Magway, the capital of the region with the same name, and visit the Mya Tha Lon Pagoda.
Visit the town of Mihla which once sat on the border between British Burma and the Kingdom of Ava. See the old Italian fort.
At Pyay you will visit the 5th-8th Century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya or ‘Sri Ksetra’, the kernel of the ancient Pyu civilisation.
Pass the spectacular Buddha stone carvings of Akauk Taung that look over the Ayeyarwaddy.
Visit the town where Aung San Suu Kyi famously stood down a troop of armed soldiers when on the election campaign in 1988.
Sailing up the Yangon River you will enter the Twante Canal, and here visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda and pottery workshops.
Today you will disembark in Yangon and check into the Belmond Governor’s Residence and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Before your flight out of the Golden Land, you will be taken to Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market). The extensive selection of stalls here will allow you to pick up any last mementos from Myanmar.
In the midst of Myanmar’s most resplendent empire is the first in a new generation of hotel.
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