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  • Golden Swedagon Pagoda temple in Yangon
  • Golden Swedagon Pagoda temple in Yangon
  • Old British colonial riverfront buildings at Strand Road
  • Bogyoke Aung San market in Yangon formerly known as Scott Market
  • Temples and pagodas of Bagan
  • Horse drawn cart in Bagan
  • Schwezigon pagoda in Bagan
  • Dhammajangyi in Bagan
  • Htilominlo in Bagan
  • Vegetable market at Nyaung Oo in Bagan
  • Hot air balloon over Bagan (credit: Christopher Birrell)
  • Hot air balloon over Bagan (credit: Christopher Birrell)
  • View of Bagan from hot air balloon (credit: Christopher Birrell)
  • Taungkalat near Mount Popa
  • Nats (spirits) at Taungkalat near Mount Popa
  • Buffalo mill seen near Bagan
  • Thazin Garden Hotel in Bagan
  • Thazin Garden Hotel in Bagan
  • Thazin Garden Hotel in Bagan
  • Typical Burmese lunch
  • Candacraig hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
  • Royal Parkview hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
  • Royal Parkview hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
  • Royal Parkview hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
  • National Kandawgyi Gardens at in Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
  • Mandalay Palace and Fort surrounded by moat
  • Shwenandaw teak monastery in Mandalay
  • Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay
  • 3.8 metre tall seated Buddha image at Mahamuni paya in Mandalay
  • Monks in Mandalay
  • Gold leaf workshop in Mandalay
  • Hotel Ayeyarwaddy River View in Mandalay
  • Hotel Ayeyarwaddy River View in Mandalay
  • Hotel Ayeyarwaddy River View in Mandalay
  • U Bein bridge near Mandalay
  • U Bein bridge near Mandalay
  • Bagaya Kyaung teak monastery at Inwa (Ava)
  • Stupas and pagodas at Sagaing overlooking Irrawaddy river
  • Pindaya cave
  • Golden Buddhas in Pindaya cave
  • Pindaya Inle Inn in Pindaya
  • Pindaya Inle Inn in Pindaya
  • Pindaya Inle Inn in Pindaya
  • Red mountain vineyard at Nyaungshwe near Inle Lake
  • Wine tasting at Red mountain vineyard at Nyaungshwe near Inle Lake
  • Leg rowing on Inle Lake
  • Intha woman on Inle Lake
  • Jumping cats at Nga Phe Kyaung
  • Phaung Daw Oo Paya monastery on Inle Lake
  • Long-tail boat on Inle lake
  • Floating gardens on Inle Lake
  • Fishing on Inle lake
  • One of the five-day markets on Inle lake
  • Fish for sale at one of the five-day markets on Inle lake
  • Pa-O guide on long-tail boat on Inle lake gboat to Sankar on Inle lake
  • Pagodas and zedi at Sankar near Inle Lake
  • 108 pagodas of Sankar at south end of Inle lake
  • Golden Island Cottages Thale U on Inle lake
  • Golden Island Cottages Thale U on Inle lake
  • Golden Island Cottages Thale U on Inle lake
  • Golden Island Cottages Thale U on Inle lake
  • Circular train in Yangon
  • Circular train in Yangon
  • Sunset at Ngapali beach
  • Ngapali beach
  • Ngapali beach

Classic Tour of Burma (Myanmar)

Our Classic Tour of Burma is a journey around this fascinating country to see the main "must see" places of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. You will also visit the former British hill station at Maymyo now known as Pyin Oo Lwin and Mount Popa near Bagan.

With this trip you will have time to explore the most fabled sights of Burma including the thousand temples of Bagan; the former capital of Mandalay and watch the sunset at U-Bein Bridge. At Inle Lake you take a long-tail boat to the hotel and along the way you are likely to see the famous leg-rowing fishermen and the floating gardens. In Yangon you will see the glittering Shwedagon pagoda and the colonial buildings from British times.

You also take the boat cruise along the majestic Irrawaddy river to Bagan, this is the best way to travel as you get views of the passing countryside and river activities. You will visit the former British hill stations at Kalaw and Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymo). You take the train to Hsipaw by crossing the famous Gokteik viaduct. At the end of the tour you spend three nights in Ngapali to relax on the beach.

Throughout this itinerary you stay at mid-level hotels carefully selected and inspected by us.

We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements from hotel accommodation to excursions to length of time available for your holiday.

You have the option to join one of our fixed date departures or to have a private tour tailored to dates that suit you.

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Trip Details

  • Destination: Burma
  • Holiday Type: Cultural Tours
  • Duration: 18 days from Yangon
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2019 - £2,495 (US$3,250 or or €2,850) 2020 - £2,495 (US$3,250 or or €2,850)
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What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal travel in private car or minibus with driver.
  • Private transfers including airport collections.
  • Sightseeing with Burmese cultural guides and private vehicle.
  • Day boat cruise along the Irrawaddy river from Bagan to Mandalay.
  • Twin share rooms at all locations.
  • Breakfast (B) only at all places on itinerary apart from Breakfast (B) & Lunch (L) on boat ride to Bagan and for day trip to elephant camp from Kalaw.
  • Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive "Burma Pre Trip Information" notes.

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Yangon.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Burma visa.
  • Lunch and evening meals at all places on itinerary apart from lunch included on boat ride to Bagan and for day trip to elephant camp from Kalaw.
  • Balloon ride in Bagan
  • Tips (guidance on amounts included in our "Burma Pre Trip Information" notes).
  • Other items not listed in "What is included".
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Trip Grade Easy

Trip Grade Easy

Suitability: most people in good health.

1) Walking times: transport by private vehicle with driver to various places of interest then sightseeing on foot at each location.

2) Altitude: usually less than 3,000m.

3) Terrain: sightseeing in cities and some optional day walks on well-travelled trails.

4) Remoteness: hotel and road based tour.

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Trip Dates

  • October 31st to November 17th 2019
  • December 5th to 22nd 2019
  • January 2nd to 19th 2020
  • January 30th to February 16th 2020
  • February 27th to March 15th 2020
  • October 29th to November 15th 2020
  • December 3rd to 20th 2020
  • January 7th to 24th 2021
  • January 28th to February 14th 2021
  • February 25th to March 14th 2021
  • October 28th to November 14th 2021
  • December 2nd to 19th 2021

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive Yangon and transfer to the hotel. In late afternoon, visit Shwedagon pagoda. Overnight at Hotel M. 
  • Day 2In morning take circular train around Yangon and then in afternoon sightseeing in central Yangon. Overnight at Hotel M. 
  • Day 3Fly to Mandalay, drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymo). Overnight at Royal Park View. 
  • Day 4Travel to Hsipaw by car & train over Goketik viaduct. Overnight at Riverside at Hsipaw Resort. 
  • Day 5In morning take boat trip to confluence of Namtu and Dotawaddy rivers. In afternoon drive to Mandalay. Overnight at Ayeyarwaddy River View. 
  • Day 6Day sightseeing in Mandalay. Overnight at Ayeyarwaddy River View. 
  • Day 7Drive to Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura for U- Bein bridge. Overnight at Ayeyarwaddy River View. 
  • Day 8Day boat cruise on Ayerawaddy river to Bagan. Overnight at Thazin Garden Hotel. 
  • Day 9Early morning balloon ride over Bagan (optional and extra cost). Explore temples and pagodas of Bagan. Overnight at Thazin Garden Hotel. 
  • Day 10Day trip towards Mount Popa and walk up Taungkalat, afternoon drive to Kalaw. Overnight at Pine Hill Resort. 
  • Day 11Day visit to the elephant sanctuary at Green Hill Valley. Overnight at Pine Hill Resort. 
  • Day 12Drive to Inle Lake, boat trip to hotel. Overnight at Golden Island Cottages Thale U. 
  • Day 13Day boat trip to Sankar in the far south of Inle Lake. Overnight at Golden Island Cottages Thale U. 
  • Day 14Flight to Thandwe and drive to Ngapali beach. Overnight at Thande Beach hotel. 
  • Day 15Relaxing at Ngapali beach. Overnight at Thande Beach hotel. 
  • Day 16Relaxing at Ngapali beach. Overnight at Thande Beach hotel. 
  • Day 17Fly to Yangon. Overnight at Hotel M. 
  • Day 18Fly back home 
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