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I speak for everyone when I say that we have had a fantastic time here. Our guide, Chandra, was an absolute star, such a lovely man and managed us so well
Ian Gribble (UK) | Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

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  • Golden Swedagon Pagoda temple in Yangon
  • Golden Swedagon Pagoda temple in Yangon
  • Bogyoke Aung San market in Yangon formerly known as Scott Market
  • Old British colonial riverfront buildings at Strand Road
  • Temples and pagodas of Bagan
  • Horse drawn cart in Bagan
  • Dhammajangyi in Bagan
  • Htilominlo in Bagan
  • Vegetable market at Nyaung Oo in Bagan
  • Buffalo mill seen near Bagan
  • Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
  • Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
  • Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
  • 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)
  • RV Paukan on Irrawady (credit: Christopher Birrell)
  • Sunset view from RV Paukan on Irrawady river (credit: Christopher Birrell)
  • 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
  • Mandalay Hill Resort
  • Mandalay Hill Resort
  • Mandalay Hill Resort
  • Mandalay Hill Resort
  • 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
  • Colonial houses in the former Brirish hill station at Kalaw
  • Amara Mountain Resort in Kalaw
  • Amara Mountain Resort in Kalaw
  • Amara Mountain Resort in Kalaw
  • 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
  • Long-tail boat on Inle lake
  • Phaung Daw Oo Paya monastery 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 a five-day markets on Inle lake
  • Typical Burmese lunch
  • Inle lake
  • Pa-O guide on the longboat to Sankar on Inle lake
  • Pagodas and zedi at Sankar at southern end of Inle Lake
  • 108 pagodas of Sankar at south end of Inle lake
  • Inle Lake View Resort
  • Inle Lake View Resort
  • Inle Lake View Resort
  • The Strand hotel in Yangon
  • The Strand hotel in Yangon
  • The Strand hotel in Yangon
  • Circular train in Yangon
  • Circular train in Yangon
  • Savoy hotel in Yangon
  • Savoy hotel in Yangon
  • Savoy hotel in Yangon
  • Savoy hotel in Yangon
  • Sunset at Ngapali beach
  • Ngapali beach
  • Ngapali beach
  • Swimming pool at Amata Resort next to Ngapali beach

Luxury Classic Tour of Burma (Myanmar)

Our Luxury 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.

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 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. You take the day boat ride to Bagan as the cruise along the majestic Irrawady river is the best method of travel as you get views of the passing countryside and river activities along the way. At the end of the tour you spend three nights in Ngapali to relax on the beach.

Throughout this itinerary you stay at the best available 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.

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Trip Details

  • Destination: Burma
  • Holiday Type: Cultural Tours
  • Duration: 19 days from Yangon
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2018 - £3,395 (US$4,395 or €3,875) 2019 - £3,395 (US$4,395 or €3,875)
    What does this include?
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.
  • Twin share rooms at all locations.
  • Breakfast (B) only at all places on the itinerary apart from Breakfast (B) & Lunch (L) on boat ride to Bagan and for day trip to elephant camp from Kalaw.
  • Day river cruise from Mandalay to Bagan on Shwe Keinnery or the Malikha.
  • 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

  • January 2nd to 20th 2019
  • January 30th to February 17th 2019
  • February 27th to March 17th 2019
  • October 30th to November 17th 2019
  • December 4th to 22nd 2019
  • January 8th to 26th 2020
  • January 29th to February 16th 2020
  • February 26th to March 15th 2020

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive Yangon and transfer to the hotel. In late afternoon, visit Shwedagon pagoda. Overnight at Savoy Hotel. 
  • Day 2In morning take circular train around Yangon and then in afternoon sightseeing in central Yangon. Overnight at Savoy Hotel. 
  • Day 3Fly to Mandalay, drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymo). Overnight at Aureum Resort at Governor’s Residence. 
  • 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 Mandalay Hill Resort. 
  • Day 6Sightseeing in Mandalay. Overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort. 
  • Day 7Sightseeing in Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura for U- Bein bridge. Overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort. 
  • Day 8Day river cruise to Bagan on Shwe Keinnery or the Malikha. Overnight at Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort. 
  • Day 9Hot air balloon (optional) followed by sightseeing in Bagan. Overnight at Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort. 
  • Day 10Drive to Mount Popa and walk up Taungkalat. Overnight at Popa Mountain Resort. 
  • Day 11Drive to Kalaw. Overnight at Amara Mountain Resort. 
  • Day 12Day visit to the elephants at Green Hill Valley (by car or walking for 2 hours). Overnight at Amara Mountain Resort. 
  • Day 13Drive to Inle Lake, boat trip across to hotel. Overnight at Inle Lake View Resort. 
  • Day 14Boat trip to Sankar in the far south of Inle Lake. Overnight at Inle Lake View Resort. 
  • Day 15Fly to Thandwe and drive to Ngapali beach. Overnight at Amata Resort & Spa. 
  • Day 16Relaxing at Ngapali beach. Overnight at Amata Resort & Spa. 
  • Day 17Relaxing at Ngapali beach. Overnight at Amata Resort & Spa. 
  • Day 18Fly to Yangon. Overnight at The Strand Hotel. 
  • Day 19Fly back home 
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