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Essential Burma BUE

Visiting: Burma
Tour Duration 9 Days

Highlights of Burma

This highlights tour takes in the not-to-be-missed sights of Burma (Myanmar). We discover the old Colonial buildings, markets and temples of Rangoon. On two wheels we explore some of the temples of Bagan's sprawling plains. We take to the river in Mandalay and even travel by horse and cart. While Inle Lake affords us with many surprises such as ancient temple ruins, floating gardens and a spot of wine tasting not to mention the famous leg-rowing fishermen. And, throughout our journey the warmth and friendliness of the Burmese people abounds.

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
  • Bagan - Vast plain studded with thousands of ancient pagodas and stupas
  • Mandalay - Visit by horse and cart to Inwa village and sunset at U Bein Bridge
  • Inle Lake - Wine tasting, floating gardens, stilted villages and leg-rowing fishermen
  • Local Life - Cycling through local villages in Bagan and walking through evening fish market in Mandalay


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour Rangoon (Yangon); afternoon sightseeing

  • 2
    Fly to Bagan; full day exploring the temples of Bagan

  • 3
    Optional sunrise excursion; morning cycling in Bagan; free late afternoon

  • 4
    Drive to Inwa; sightseeing and late afternoon walk on U-Bein Bridge in Amarapura

  • 5
    Morning sightseeing in Mandalay; afternoon cruise along Irrawaddy River to Mingun

  • 6
    Fly to Heho; sightseeing by boat on Inle Lake; evening wine tasting

  • 7
    Morning sightseeing on Inle Lake; free afternoon

  • 8
    Fly to Rangoon (Yangon); free time

  • 9
    Tour ends in 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.

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Essential Burma
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Why Book this tour
This short tour covers all the main highlights of Burma at a faster pace for those with less time to spare. You can expect some early starts and full days sightseeing as you fly around the country. This tour suits a more energetic traveller as we also include a cycling excursion around the temples of Bagan as well as wine tasting nearby Inle Lake. For travellers looking for a slightly more relaxed pace then our Burma Highlights (BUH) tour would be a great alternative.
Included meals 8 0 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Boat, Flight, Ferry
8 nights Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18