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Burma Highlights BUH

Visiting: Burma
Tour Duration 14 Days
  • Gold Spires
  • Sunset Bridge
  • Bagan
  • Inle Lake Fisherman
  • 1
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Moderate
  • Tour Comfort: Standard
 

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Burma Adventure Holiday

Half-hidden from the world for decades and only recently re-opened to visitors, Burma (Myanmar) is an exciting and adventurous destination. On this trip we admire gold-encrusted pagodas in Rangoon, floating gardens and stilt villages at Inle Lake and the giant pagoda and bell at Mingun. We explore the many temples of the spectacular Bagan Plains and the ancient cities of Amarapura and Inwa. We also explore the Shan Highlands, discovering the old British hill station of Kalaw.

Should I go?
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, gave her blessing to 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." This marked the end of the tourism boycott started in 1995 and the return of small groups and individuals to Burma has been endorsed by Burma Campaign UK and the Free Burma campaign. Explore are delighted to return to Burma after pulling out in 1995 in response to the call for boycott. We use a privately-owned Burmese agent for all of our services, and whilst each itinerary has been carefully planned to try and avoid using any service owned by or affiliated with the government or former military junta, we accept that some money will make its way into their hands. We strongly believe that by operating tours in Burma we contribute to the local economy in a positive way, whilst providing our customers with an insight into the culture, through direct interaction with Burmese people.

Tour Highlights

  • Rangoon (Yangon) - British colonial heritage and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Inle Lake - Floating markets, stilted villages and leg-rowing fishermen
  • Shan State Highlands - Trek around the former British hill station of Kalaw
  • Mandalay - Cruise on Irrawaddy River and visit nearby U-Bein Bridge
  • Bagan - Breathtaking vast plain studded with over 3,000 ancient temples

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour in Rangoon (Yangon)

  • 2
    Discover the sights of Rangoon, then 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
    Visit traditional villages en route 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 back to Rangoon; free afternoon

  • 14
    Tour ends Rangoon

Tour notes

Each departure date has it's own dedicated tour note, detailing all you need to know about that tour. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.

We have the following different versions of the Burma Highlights tour available at present.

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Included meals 13 2 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Train, Boat, Flight, Ferry
Accommodation
13 nights Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18