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Best of the Best in Burma... The Ultimate Luxury Tour

15 days from £6,720 per person

It is no secret that Burma is a cultural treasure trove, but for those of you who love luxury too, we have designed the ultimate luxury tour of Burma using her finest luxury hotels and most exclusive experiences. Begin your journey in the height of colonial-era elegance at Burma’s most sought after hotel, the Governor’s Residence. Highlights of your time in Yangon range from a walking tour of crumbly colonial downtown, a sunset pilgrimage to the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, Afternoon Tea at The Strand – a true institution built by the Sarkie Brothers in 1901 – and dinner at Le Planteur, Burma’s premier fine dining establishment set in an ambient garden.

Next stop Kalaw, to experience one of our top recommended activities in Burma: lunch and bathing the adorable resident elephants at the Green Elephant Camp. Run by an inspiring Burmese couple, the camp was set up to protect the environment, elephants and traditions of local people. Well worth a visit, not least as you will stay at The Amara, a quaint hill station cottage complete with English-style country gardens and bounding Labrador dogs! Rested and refreshed, head on to Inle Lake. Surrounded by the Shan Hills, Inle Lake is a true natural and cultural beauty with floating vegetable gardens and Intha villages constructed on stilts upon the water. You will arrive at the charming Inle Princess Resort by way of a traditional boat rowed in the ubiquitous ‘one-legged rowing’ style. Explore local villages and cultural sites by private boat, and enjoy a traditional Shan cookery class at Intha House.

Next visit Mandalay, once home to the staggering Royal Moated Palace complex and the gateway to Burma's ancient capitals like Inwa and Mingun, before heading to Burma’s archaeological jewel, Bagan. The vast Bagan plains are straddled by the Irrawaddy River and scatted with some 5,000 ancient temples, which you will explore with a private guide according to your own pace and interests. If travelling between October and March, wake at the crack of dawn one morning for a thrilling balloon ride over the Bagan pagodas. Stay at the Aureum Palace, which has astonishing views directly over the temples of Bagan – best enjoyed with a sundowner by the swimming pool.

Take your final flight to end your journey with your feet in the sand at Sandoway Resort on Ngapali Beach, Burma’s finest beach resort lapped by the turquoise waters of the Bay of Bengal. This gorgeous coast – and this resort in particular – promise the perfect finale to your luxury Burma tour. 

This tour is purely a suggested itinerary. It can be booked as it is, or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own ideal bespoke holiday. If you'd like to see similar tours, take a look at our Ultimate Luxury VillasBeach HolidaysSpa & WellnessHoneymoon and Epic Journey collections.


Itinerary details

15 days from £6,720 per person

BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 17 BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 17
BURMA Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda BURMA Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda
BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 1 BURMA Governors Residence Yangon 1
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BURMA - Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda 2 BURMA - Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda 2
BURMA Strand Yangon Lobby BURMA Strand Yangon Lobby
BURMA - Yangon - reclining Buddha BURMA - Yangon - reclining Buddha
Le Planteur Yangon Le Planteur Yangon
The Amara Kalaw Burma 9 The Amara Kalaw Burma 9
Green Hill Elephant Camp, Kalaw, Burma Green Hill Elephant Camp, Kalaw, Burma
Inle Lake, Burma Inle Lake, Burma
BURMA - Inle Lake cigar rolling BURMA - Inle Lake cigar rolling
BURMA - Inle Lake - traditional long neck ladies BURMA - Inle Lake - traditional long neck ladies
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BURMA - Inle Princess, Chalet, room BURMA - Inle Princess, Chalet, room
BURMA - Inle Princess - View from Balcony 207, Min Yu BURMA - Inle Princess - View from Balcony 207, Min Yu
BURMA - Mingun - local taxi BURMA - Mingun - local taxi
BURMA - Mandalay - Mingun white temple BURMA - Mandalay - Mingun white temple
BURMA - U Bein Bridge, Mandalay BURMA - U Bein Bridge, Mandalay
BURMA - Amarapura - Buddhist nuns BURMA - Amarapura - Buddhist nuns
BURMA - Mandalay - Mingun Stupa BURMA - Mandalay - Mingun Stupa
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BURMA Bagan Burmese Local BURMA Bagan Burmese Local
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Horse Riding Bagan Burma Horse Riding Bagan Burma
BURMA Ngapali Beach BURMA Ngapali Beach
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Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had dealings with. Everything – from the individual care and attention in helping to plan the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round.
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