2013/14 Standard Itinerary
Swimming: some of the hotels have pools, kindly refer to trip notes for more detail.
Bus, boats, horse and cart, internal flights.
Approx 14 -
Minimum Age: 7
Explore Tour Leader plus driver, boatmen and some local guides.
Burma Family Tour
Half hidden from the world for decades and only recently re-opened to visitors, Burma is an exciting and adventurous destination. Admire gold-encrusted pagodas in Rangoon, witness the amazing ‘leg-rowers’ at Inle Lake, visit a giant’s pagoda and bell in Mandalay and the temple-studded plain of Bagan. We also explore the Shan highlands, discovering old British hill stations and meeting the local tribal people.
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, each itinerary has been carefully planned not to use any service owned by or affiliated with the government and to maximise the benefit and interaction with Burmese people wherever possible.
- Maymo - One of Burma’s most charming Colonial hill stations
- Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River - Cruise on the fabled river to the small town of Mingun
- Bagan - Games and a horse carriage ride through the vast plain studded with over 3,000 ancient temples
- Inle Lake - Floating markets, stilted villages and leg-rowing fishermen
- Rangoon (Yangon) - British colonial heritage and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda
Itinerary [+] Detailed Itinerary
Join tour Rangoon (Yangon)
Fly to Mandalay. Drive to Maymyo; afternoon sightseeing
Morning in Maymo; sightseeing and optionals. Afternoon drive to Mandalay
Morning river cruise to Mingun. Afternoon free for optionals
Explore Amarapura and Inwa
Morning free; Afternoon flight to Bagan
Full-day sightseeing tour in Bagan
In Bagan; free for optionals
Fly to Heho and drive to Inle Lake. Afternoon excursion on Inle Lake
Morning Inle Lake boat trip to Indein village. Afternoon free
Drive to Kalaw via Pindaya
Easy trek to Painebin Palaung hilltribe village
Fly to Rangoon; PM Downtown walkaround and sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda
Tour ends Rangoon