EJIG's Spacial Tour: In search of Jewish life in Burma - 10 Days

Yangon Bagan Mandalay Amarapura Irrawaddy River Mingun Mandalay Heho Inle Lake Indein Heho Yangon

A Deluxe Tour of Myanmar with Hanukkah in Rangoon

5th Dec – 14th Dec, 2018

Jewish life in Burma (Myanmar) today is quite different from what it was during colonial times. Rangoon once had a flouring Jewish Community but many left during the World War II. Today, only a few of them are left. We have created this unique REUNION TRIP with the goal of reconnecting Jews around the world to this small community.

If you or your ancestor were born in Rangoon or have connection to Burma – this trip will give you and your families a chance to witness the place where they used to pray, where they used to live and explore the city that they loved. If you don’t have any connection to Burmese Jewish community – this trip will give you the insight to this vibrant community and enable you to explore and experience this beautiful country about which Rudyard Kipling wrote, “This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know.” Your host in Myanmar (Burma) is Sammy Samuels of Myanmar Shalom.

I hope that through tourism the Jewish community may begin to revive and that beautiful synagogue once again will be filled with joy and song. I do hope you can join us for this amazing trip.

Please contact me to discuss this trip and book your space. 

Thank you,

Usha Gaikwad
Executive Vice President
Exotic Journeys International Group

DAY 1: Yangon – 5th December, 2018

Arrive independently in Yangon. You will be met by your tour guide in the arrival lounge of the airport who will assist and escort you to your hotel.

In the afternoon, visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, with its glittering gold stupa. At the pagoda observe local pilgrims and monks offering their devotions and enjoy the amazing sunset view at Shwedagon pagoda.

Meals: Welcome dinner.

Overnight at:
Sule Shangri La / Sedona Hotel / Park Royal Hotel

DAY 2: Yangon – 6th December, 2018
SPECIAL: Hanukkah Celebration in Yangon

Enjoy private tour and drive through downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit over 100 year old beautiful Rangoon Synagogue. In there you will have the opportunity to learn the Jewish Life in the Pagoda Land. Visit Jewish cemetery and Jewish sights. Then visit Little India and Chinatown – stop to greet the vendors and let them introduce you to their wares – some familiar, some exotic.

Special Hanukkah Celebration in Yangon with local / expat Jewish community, diplomats and others.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight at:
Sule Shangri La / Sedona Hotel / Park Royal Hotel

DAY 3: Yangon – Bagan – 7th December, 2018

Morning flight to Bagan. Begin our exploration by visiting a busy local market and gain an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan. You will spend the day exploring the architectural masterpieces of this amazing town by visit to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples. In the late afternoon climbing to the top of the Temple for sunset views. Sit back relax and be amazed by the beauty of Bagan as you watch the sun slowly set behind the ancient Pagodas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight at:
Thiripyitsayar Resort or Myanmar Treasure Hotel or similar

DAY 4: Bagan & Villages – 8th December, 2018

More than just temples, our tour introduces you to provide a great overview of Bagan's history, culture and local lifestyles. Today see the real way of life for most Myanmar people by visiting villages near Bagan to view the local lifestyle. Then you will explore Bagan from a different perspective as you explore the area by Pony cart. The cart can explore areas that cars are unable to enter giving a different feel of Bagan. In the late afternoon transfer to jetty where a private wooden river boat is waiting. Sitting under the shade or on the open-deck you’ll be treated to fabulous views as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Shwezigon Pagoda. A private boat tour on the river during sunset time will hopefully show you a spectacular sunset. Relax and enjoy the scenery.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight at:
Thiripyitsayar Resort or Myanmar Treasure Hotel or similar

DAY 5: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – 9th December, 2018

Transfer to the airport for your flight to legendary Mandalay, a city of great cultural importance. This morning visit the second most sacred image in Myanmar next to the Shwedagon Pagoda is the Mahamuni Pagoda. Visit local artisan’s workshops of gold leaf making, woodcarving and marble carving. Next visit Golden palace Monastery famous for its intricate woodcarvings. Continue to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is known as the world largest book due to the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. Before sunset visit a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight at:
Hotel Shwe Pyi Tar / Triumph Hotel or similar

DAY 6: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun 10th December, 2018

After breakfast you’ll board a private local boat for a trip up the Irrawaddy to Mingun (45 min each way). Visit the Mingun Bell which weighs more than 87 tons and being the world’s largest intact bronze bell, the unfinished Mingun Paya (built with the intention of being the world’s biggest pagoda). Mingun's other highlight is the Hisnbyume Pagoda, a white-washed temple built to resemble Mount Meru. Throughout Mingun there are small neighborhoods crafting traditional basketry and other artistic items and there is plenty of time to stop and interact with the craftsmen and friendly locals.After returning to Mandalay in the afternoon continues sightseeing and visits the ruined remains of the Royal Palace. This evening, enjoy a commanding overview of the city from the Mandalay Hill.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight at:
Hotel Shwe Pyi Tar / Triumph Hotel / or similar

DAY 7: Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake – 11th December, 2018

After breakfast, fly to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake. From Heho drive to NyaungShwe where we pick our boat & transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the full day tour by private boat in Inle lake. Visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most holy religious site in southern Shan State. Be amazed by the local handicrafts, silk weaving, wooden handlooms and traditional blacksmith methods along the way. Visiting Inle Lake is not just about being on the water but also about discovering the Shan and Intha villages on the banks of the river. Pass the endless floating gardens, houses, monasteries built on stilts on the lake. Proceed to Nampan village and see local cheroot factory (where the Burmese cigars are made) and canoe carving.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight at:
Amata Garden /Pristine Lotus Resort / or similar

DAY 8: Inle Lake – Indein – 12th December, 2018

Begin your day with a visit to the market, which rotates locations every five days and where hill tribe people dressed in colorful, traditional outfits — as they barter for goods and produce. We continue our sightseeing in Inle Lake, maneuvering by boat though long, scenic channels. We will visit the fascinating village of Indein, with its complex of ancient shrines and stupas and walk though exotic colonnades of stairways and shop stalls. We’ll visit the “long neck” tribal women, and weaving and craft villages perched on stilts. See the lake’s unique “leg rowers” – the Intha people row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. It is a feast for the senses and a photographer’s dream.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight at:
Amata Garden /Pristine Lotus Resort / or similar

DAY 9: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon – 14th December, 2018

Morning flight back to Yangon. Then enjoy a visit to Scott Market, the sprawling 75-year-old Market. At the market you will find a whole variety of interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquer ware to gems & jewelry – bargain at the stores to fully experience the Burmese market atmosphere!

Day at leisure to explore around city.
Farewell Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight at:
Sule Shangri La / Sedona Hotel / Park Royal Hotel

DAY 10: Yangon / Departure – 15th December 2018

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day at leisure.

transfer to airport for International flight.

Thank you for travelling with Exotic Journeys International Group


  • Private and personal tour.
  • Accommodation for nine nights at deluxe hotels.
  • Private escorted airport transfers.
  • Private escorted sightseeing
  • Private escorted excursions
  • Personal English speaking licensed local guides.
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • Daily lunch and dinner at local restaurants
  • Entrance fee to monuments in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional tour manager.
  • Sunset boat ride on river Irrawaddy
  • Optional: Hot air balloon ride over Bagan
  • All transfer and sightseeing by private air conditioned car
  • Private boat ride in Inle Lake and Mingun
  • All zone fees
  • Experienced English speaking local tour guide in each city
December 5 – December 15
Deluxe Tour -Myanmar with Hanukkah in Rangoon :
Myanmar 10 Days
Price Per Person
Double Occupancy $1650
Single Room Occupancy $ 540.00
Airfare* - Economy
International Airfare  Please call us
Cost Included
  • 9 Nights stay at carefully selected Four Stars deluxe hotels
  • Travel with Private Airlines for 4 internal domestic flights
  • All transfers and sightseeing by private air-conditioned coach / cars
  • All entrance fees & all zone fees
  • Gourmet dining: 8 lunches and 9 dinners at fine restaurants & hotels
  • Explore the scenic countryside by traditional horse cart
  • Cruise the tranquil waterways of Inle Lake by private boat
  • Travel with experienced English speaking local tour guides
Cost Not Included
  • International flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Items of personal nature / use
  • Taxes
  • Tipping to Guide & Driver (suggested $3 per day)



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