Gems and Generals

Overlooking Mogok
Overlooking Mogok
  • Tour Information
  • Guide Price

    From £2,895 per person, based on 2 people travelling together sharing a twin or double room, for departures in April. 

  • What´s Included

    • Return international flights.
    • 13 nights' accommodation, including daily breakfast. 
    • All transfers & tours on a private basis.
    • Private English speaking guides.

  • Departure Information

    Daily departures year-round. June/July and September/October usually see large-scale gem trading events held in Naypyidaw, so should be tentatively avoided. 

    Flight options available:
    • UK regional departures
    • Cabin upgrades
    • Alternative carriers

This itinerary is definitely one for the curious. Showcasing areas not likely to be on everybody's ‘highlights' list, this tour is designed for those looking to explore regions only recently-opened to foreign visitors. Beginning in Myanmar's frankly bizarre new capital Naypyidaw, this tour takes you up through the cultural capital of Mandalay, then up the Burma Road to the colonial hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin and the rich trekking destination of Hsipaw. In between are two days spent in the newly-opened (to Western visitors) ruby-mining area of Mogok, where you can examine the gem trade from source as well as explore this relatively untouched area of rural Myanmar. 

  • Day
  • Itinerary
  • 1
  • Fly London Heathrow – Bangkok: with Thai Airways.
  • 2
  • Bangkok - Naypyidaw: Fly on to Naypyidaw, with Bangkok Airways. Arrive and check-in to your hotel.
  • 3
  • Naypyidaw: Full day guided tour exploring the Burmese capital.
  • 4
  • Naypyidaw - Mandalay: Drive to Mandalay, arriving in time to take a boat up to Irrawaddy to explore Mingun.
  • 5
  • Mandalay: A full day to explore Mandalay city and the surrounding ancient capitals.
  • 6
  • Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin: Road journey to the colonial hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin, with time to explore in the afternoon.
  • 7
  • Pyin Oo Lwin: A full day to explore in and around Pyin Oo Lwin.
  • 8
  • Pyin Oo Lwin - Mogok: Take the train over the famous Gokteik Viaduct, before heading on by road to Mogok.
  • 9
  • Mogok: A full day’s guiding touring around the beautiful ruby-mining district of Mogok.
  • 10
  • Mogok - Hsipaw: Drive down to the sleeping riverside town of Hsipaw, with sightseeing en route.
  • 11
  • Hsipaw: Full day trekking to waterfalls and local villages around Hsipaw.
  • 12
  • Hsipaw: A full day at leisure to arrange further excursions or relax at your hotel.
  • 13
  • Hsipaw – Lashio - Yangon: Drive from Hsipaw to Lashio, with stops en route, then fly down to Yangon.
  • 14
  • Yangon: Full day guided tour under the skin of Yangon.
  • 15
  • Yangon – Bangkok – London Heathrow: Return from Yangon to London Heathrow, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways.
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