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Small Group Tour IAT Classic

Magnificent Myanmar

13 Nights: from US$4053 Trip Code: VBB

A comprehensive tour on the beauty, culture and history of Myanmar (Burma). With friendly people, scenic vistas and a traditional way of life, this tour of Myanmar is not to be missed! Read more >

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

Having been isolated from the outside world until relatively recently, Myanmar 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 old colonial capital 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.

Journey northwards to Pyin Oo Lwin, a hill station town where the British government relocated to during the hot summer months, before travelling to the nearby city of Mandalay. Immortalised in the words of Kipling, Mandalay has captivated visitors for hundreds of years. The former capital city of Myanmar 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 rises 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 Myanmar, before having the option to head to the beautiful village of Salay, with its main streets lined with faded colonial building and 12th Century pagodas.

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 back in the city of Yangon. With opportunities for some last minute souvenir hunting and to visit the majestic Shwedagon pagoda once again. This majestic stupa, adorned with gold leaf, is loveliest at sunset; a perfect way to end a journey through Myanmar.

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 Magnificent Myanmar 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 Yangon and finishes in Yangon.

Check-in: Please note that check-in at the Yangon 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
  • Full-time services of your tour leader
  • An expert local guide in most destinations
  • InsideAsia 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 above
  • Any tips for hotel porters, tour leader and others

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$4053
  • Single Supplement: US$929

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$68 Single pp US$138
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$68 Single pp US$138

Tour Highlights

  • See the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset
  • 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

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

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