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Burma Highlights BUH

Visiting: Burma
Tour Duration 14 Days

Burma Adventure Holiday

Half-hidden from the world for decades, Burma (Myanmar) is an exciting and adventurous destination. On this journey we admire the gold-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon and cruise past floating gardens and stilt villages on Inle Lake, as well as explore the vast temple plains of Bagan. We take a boat on the Irrawaddy River and visit the fabled city of Mandalay, from where we walk over the iconic U-Bein teak bridge in nearby Amarapura. We also explore the Shan Highlands, discovering the old British hill station of Kalaw.

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Signalling the end of a fifteen-year tourism boycott, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, gave her blessing for the return of tourism to Burma in November 2010. National League for Democracy (NLD) leader U Win Tin said, "We want people to come to Burma, not to help the junta, but to help the people by understanding the situation: political, economic, moral - everything." The return of small groups and individuals to Burma has been endorsed by Burma Campaign UK and the Free Burma campaign. We are delighted to have returned to the country, having respected the boycott, we remain acutely aware of our ethical responsibility. We use a privately-owned Burmese agent for all of our local services, and our itineraries have been carefully planned to limit the use of services owned by, or affiliated with, the government or former military junta. This ensures that the Burmese people benefit as much as possible from our tours. We strongly believe that we contribute positively to the local economy, whilst providing our customers with the privilege of direct interaction with the local people, as well as an insight into the country's unique culture and heritage.

Tour Highlights

  • Rangoon (Yangon) - British colonial heritage and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Inle Lake - Floating gardens, stilted villages and leg-rowing fishermen
  • Shan State Highlands - Walk in the countryside around the former British hill station of Kalaw
  • Mandalay - Cruise on Irrawaddy River and visit nearby U-Bein Bridge
  • Bagan - Vast plain studded with thousands of ancient temples


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour Rangoon (Yangon)

  • 2
    Discover the sights of Rangoon; fly to Inle Lake

  • 3
    Full day to explore Inle Lake by longtail boat

  • 4
    At Inle Lake; boat to visit Shwe Indein pagoda complex

  • 5
    Train and drive to hill station of Kalaw

  • 6
    Walk in Shan Highlands; free afternoon in Kalaw

  • 7
    Drive to Mandalay

  • 8
    Explore Mandalay; boat trip to Mingun village

  • 9
    From Mandalay, visit Inwa and U-Bein Bridge

  • 10
    By boat along the Irrawaddy River to ancient Bagan

  • 11
    Explore the 1000 year old temples of Bagan

  • 12
    In Bagan; optional visit to Mount Popa

  • 13
    Fly to Rangoon; free afternoon

  • 14
    Tour ends Rangoon

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Burma Highlights
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Why Book this tour
Our best selling tour is guided by our expert and award-winning local leaders. This holiday focusses on the main highlights of this fascinating country for travellers interested in history and culture. Most days are full with some early starts; however, you will have some free afternoons with options to explore further. Not only will you visit places with evocative names and discover iconic sights, you will also have opportunity to meet some of the friendliest people in the South East Asia region.
Included meals 13 4 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train, Boat, Flight, Ferry
13 nights Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16