China & Burma: Style, Substance & Spirit
14 days from £7,810 for 2023 per person
Neighbouring China and Burma, physically close yet culturally lightyears apart. This tailor-made itinerary will allow you to witness the evolution of these two rapidly evolving nations, with their substantial cultural identities which are becoming more prominent in the wider world. Contrast the fast paced day to day activities of the emerging superpower of China, with the rusticity and peaceful way of life of spiritual Burma. Your imagination is bound to be captured by the style, substance and spirit of these two inspiring and unforgettable nations.
Begin your journey in the thriving capital of Beijing, and be blown away by the majestic style of the Summer Palace and the sheer size of the ancient Great Wall. From Beijing, continue on your adventures to Xi’an and be awed by each individually unique soldier of the 7,000 strong Terracotta Army, created around the spirituality of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. End up in the natural beauty surrounds of rural Lijiang, in China’s Yunnan province, for the ultimate indulgence before continuing your journey to Burma. The pace of life is noticeably slower across the border, where you will find a nation full of kindness and devotion. Delve into one of the most substantial and significant archaeological sites in the world, Bagan, the setting of 2,230 ethereal temples and pagodas situated on a 26 square mile plain. Enjoy the style of the distinctive Inle Princess Resort on the shore of the tranquil Lake Inle. Finally, finish with a flourish at the colonial Governor’s Residence in delightful and bustling Yangon.
This is purely a suggested itinerary, it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your own luxury tailor-made holiday to China and Burma. If you'd like to see similar tours, take a look at our favourite Epic Journeys and Family Holidays, as well as our Active Trips and Culinary Tours collections.
14 days from £7,810 for 2023 per person
- Day 1 - Aman Summer Palace - Beijing
Arrive in Beijing and send the morning at leisure. Afternoon visit the Summer Palace and a private calligraphy class.
- Day 2 - Aman Summer Palace - Beijing
Full day visit to the remote Jinshanling section of the Great Wall with your private car and guide, including a unique private picnic on the wall.
- Day 3 - Aman Summer Palace - Beijing
Morning sightseeing to Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City with private guide and driver.
- Day 4 - Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xi’an - Xi'an
Morning flight to Xi'An. Visit the Terracotta Army with exclusive pit and vault access. Optional exploration of the Muslim Quarter or a traditional dumpling and noodle making class.
- Day 5 - Amandayan - Lijiang
Morning flight to Lijiang. Afternoon at leisure with a walk to the local monastery, taking in the area's natural beauty.
- Day 6 - Amandayan - Lijiang
Spend the day sightseeing in Lijiang with your private car and guide, including Baisha Village, Black Dragon Pool Pond and tea at Amandayan. Evening Impression Lijiang Show.
- Day 7 - Mandalay Hill Resort - Mandalay
Drive to Kunming and take a flight to Mandalay, Burma. Afternoon sightseeing of the ancient towns of Amarapura and Inwa.
- Day 8 - Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort - Bagan
Morning flight to Bagan. Full day exploring the wondrous temples and pagodas with your private guide and driver. Afternoon horse cart ride, with sunset viewing from the pagodas.
- Day 9 - Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort - Bagan
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon. Full day exploring Bagan's mind blowing history. Sunset cruise on the Irrawaddy River.
- Day 10 - Inle Princess Resort - Inle Lake
Morning flight to Heho and transfer to Inle Lake. Afternoon sightseeing around Inle Lake with private guide and boat.
- Day 11 - Inle Princess Resort - Inle Lake
Morning traditional cookery class. Afternoon sightseeing with private guide and boat. Sunset canoe ride on Inle Lake.
- Day 12 - Belmond Governor's Residence - Yangon (Rangoon)
Morning flight to Yangon. Afternoon at leisure. Sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda.
- Day 13 - Belmond Governor's Residence - Yangon (Rangoon)
Early morning visit to local markets. Full day sightseeing in Yangon, with private guide and driver. Afternoon colonial walking tour, with High Tea at The Strand Hotel.
- Day 14 - In transit.
Morning at leisure before afternoon/evening flight home.
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