Inside Asia Tours

Small Group Tour IAT Classic

Beautiful Burma (18th February 2018)

13 Nights: price on request Trip Code: BB0003

Spend 14 days journeying around some of the most beautiful and famous destinations in Burma; learn about the varied history, meet local people and marvel at breathtaking landscapes. Read more >

Having been isolated from the outside world until relatively recently, Burma is still largely undiscovered by tourists unlike many other Southeast Asian countries. With thousands of pagodas, sky-high Buddhas, and traditional rituals that are still practiced today, it's a fascinating country to explore.

We'll begin the tour in the city of Mandalay. Immortalised in the words of Kipling, Mandalay has captivated visitors for hundreds of years. The former capital city of Burma and home of the last Burmese king, Thibaw, there are remnants of dynasties throughout the region making it an interesting place for history lovers. One of the most iconic places here is U Bein Bridge. Also rich in history, it was constructed in 1850 with teak from the royal palace in Inwa, and is believed to be the longest and oldest teak bridge in the world.

Our tour continues with a serene cruise on the Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan. Catch your breath from a raised temple as you look out over plains dotted with 2,000 pagodas and temples. Alternatively, get a bird's eye view from a hot air balloon as the sun sets over the stupas.

In Mandalay and Bagan, we will visit local workshops and meet artisan makers in wood carving, tapestry, lacquerware and gold-leaf - particularly popular in Burma, before heading to Mount Popa, a distinctive pilgrimage site with temples on top of a mountain.

For the next leg, we'll board a plane heading east to the hills of Kalaw. Previously a British hill station with wooded areas, villages and lush green plantations, it now plays host to an ethical elephant sanctuary. Green Hill Elephant Camp is a retirement homes for elephants no longer working in the logging industry; an important place in a country with the highest number of working elephants in the world.

Our next stop is one of the most remarkable places on the trip, Inle Lake. See a life lived on water with villages and markets atop stilts and fisherman gliding by on boats, standing precariously on one leg as they cast their nets. In this area, we'll stop at Sagar. With its stunning array of sunken stupas emerging from the water, it's surprisingly little-visited by tourists.

The tour draws to a close in the city of Yangon. A paradox with the hustle and bustle of a commercial hub rising confidently against the glorious backdrop of the gilded, historic Shwedagon pagoda. This majestic stupa, adorned with gold leaf, is loveliest at sunset; a perfect way to end a journey through Burma.

Important Practical Information

Group Size: 4 - 14

Single Supplement: A mandatory single supplement is applicable for all single travellers and will guarantee a single room for all nights of the tour.

Accommodation: At all night stops on the Beautiful Burma tour your room will have full en-suite facilities (attached bath, shower and toilet).

Transport and Luggage: Please note that we use a range of transportation methods on tour - planes, boats and private coaches. There will be occasions where you may have to carry your bags for short distances, so please ensure you pack with this in mind. 

International Flights: This tour starts in Mandalay and finishes in Yangon.

Check-in: Please note that check-in at the Mandalay hotel is from 2pm. (You can, however, securely leave your luggage at the front desk at any time).

At a glance

What's Included >

What's included

  • 13 nights' hotel accommodation
  • All transport between destinations (including airport transfers on arrival and departure)
  • Meet-and-greet upon arrival at Mandalay International Airport
  • Breakfast every day, six lunches and two evening meals
  • All excursions and experiences (except those described as optional) as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary
  • Full time services of your tour leader
  • An expert local guide in all destinations
  • InsideBurma Tours complimentary Info-Pack
  • Tips for local guides and coach drivers

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Entrance fees or additional transport costs not outlined, or described as optional in the day-by-day itinerary
  • All drinks and any meals not outlined in the day-by-day itinerary
  • Any tips for hotel porters, tour leader and others

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Disclaimer Message: Please note: Prices displayed above are all "From" prices as individual prices vary depending on time of year travelling. For full pricing information on specific departures please speak to your Travel Consultant.

Tour Highlights

  • Travel with InsideAsia's Senior Tour Leader David Lovejoy
  • Look over thousands of pagodas on the plains of Bagan
  • Visit markets and local people in the stilted villages of Inle Lake
  • Explore the much fabled city of Mandalay
  • Meet the elephants at Green Hill Elephant Camp
  • See the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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No single supplement! Guaranteed single room in Western style hotels.

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