Myanmar emanates the exotic glamour of a relatively undiscovered destination. Enchanting, unique and dripping with cultural riches, exploring this magical country and discovering a heritage so far removed from our own can only be immensely rewarding.
Our Myanmar Explorer tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Take in the historical and religious sights of Myanmar's largest city
Immerse yourself in the Temples of Bagan
Climb Mandalay Hill for stunning sunset vistas
Watch fishermen glide across this majestic lake
Our Myanmar Explorer Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Explore and dine on delicious local food at Yangon's 'House of Memories', a handsome teak mansion filled with antique furniture and fascinating memorabilia.
Navigate across the peaceful water of beautiful Inle Lake, passing through floating communities, examining the innovative floating gardens and glimpsing the daily life of the Intha people.
Cruise down the busy waters of the mighty Irrawaddy to admire the huge Mingun Pagoda, a colossal but unfinished temple sat grandly on the river bank.
This tour is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive tour of Burma's main cities and scenic areas. We have designed this tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the main highlights of the country, important religious sites and Burma's stunning natural scenery.
Fly to the vibrant city of Yangon for a two-night stay.
Head downtown to the Central Post Office from where we will begin our tour. Encompassing the colonial highlights and more traditional architecture, stroll Strand Road and Pansodan jetty. Visit the National Museum before exploring the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda whose huge golden stupa dominates the city’s skyline. The apex of the stupa is studded with hundreds of priceless gems that glint in the sunshine. This is Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site and is purported to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within. Enjoy dinner with a cultural show this evening.
Fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, visit Nyaung U Market and Shwezigon Pagoda, where a replica of Buddha’s tooth is enshrined. Later, visit Htilominlo Temple, Ananda Temple and see craftsmen at work at a lacquerware workshop. Enjoy a spectacular sunset from Aureum Watch-Tower.
Travel to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano where you will have the chance to ascend to its peak to explore the breathtaking Taung Kalat monastery that is perched there. Visit a toddy palm plantation and take a cruise on the Irrawaddy River to enjoy the sunset. Return to Bagan.
Fly to Mandalay and transfer to Mahamuni Pagoda, the Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Set sail up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to visit one of the world’s largest bells, Hsinbyume Paya, and the imposing Mingun Pagoda. Visit a silk workshop and Kalaga tapestry workshop before finishing the day on Mandalay Hill.
Drive to Amarapura and visit Mahagandayon Temple, a place of monastic study and home to several thousand young monks. Later, travel to the Sagaing Hills, where you’ll find its forested slopes crowded with temples and pagodas. Continue to the Tha Kya Di Kya nunnery before proceeding to the U Bein Bridge for a sunset boat ride, the best way to really appreciate the world's longest teak bridge!
Fly to Heho and drive to Inle Lake via Shwe Yan Pyay monastery. The lake is best known for the extraordinary Intha people, who live on and around the water, and their unique leg rowing technique. Out on the lake, see the floating gardens before visiting Nga Phe Monastery and Inpawkhon weaving village on its banks.
Transfer by boat to the western shore of the lake to explore the crumbling Indein Pagoda complex. Walk to a nearby village to see the locals farming with traditional techniques. Pass through the rice fields to Saema to meet the friendly villagers.
Return to Heho to fly to Yangon. Upon arrival, browse the famous Bogyoke market to pick up any last minute souvenirs. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a late afternoon visit to Botataung Pagoda. This evening, stroll around Chinatown.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
In a quiet spot between the airport and city centre, the Inya Lake Hotel sits in gardens on the edge of a lake. Rooms are spacious with a balcony and ensuite bathroom with bath/shower and a range of toiletries. The swimming pool is a welcome respite after a day of touring and there is also a fitness centre, restaurant and lounge. The hotel’s foyer exudes the glamour of the orient and has a café serving snacks, cakes and drinks.
Located near the centre Dalat’s famous Liang Biang Plateau, and a short drive from the central market. The accommodation combines a first class traditional French Art Nouveau design with a modern convention centre. The 91 rooms have all got a fully equipped mini bar, cable TV, full bathroom amenities and complimentary daily bottled water. The hotel offers guests a fully equipped Gym, Sauna and Steam Bath as well as a Spa and Soothing Massage centre.
Sat on the banks of Inle Lake, with beautiful views over the lake and the surrounding mountains, the Ananta has the full complement of facilities. There is an outdoor pool, restaurant, dining terrace, spa bar and lounge, whilst the 28 rooms foster an intimate atmosphere. Rooms are large and have a balcony, ensuite bathroom with shower and bathtub, lovely handmade furniture and bathrobe and slippers for your comfort.
Well-located in New Bagan for Bagan’s temples and the airport, the Thazin Garden Hotel sits in lovely gardens and even has an old pagoda in its grounds. There is a lovely outdoor pool, spa treatments and massage, a bar and a restaurant serving local cuisine. Rooms are spacious and full of Burmese character. They also have garden of pagoda views, an en suite bathroom with bath, Wi-Fi, a seating area, air-conditioning and a minibar.
Located in a quiet spot on the edge of Mandalay, just 10 minutes from the city centre, the Shwe Pyi Thar offers comfortable accommodation in the traditional style. Full of tastefully furnishings and modern amenities, there is a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre and a restaurant serving Asian and European dishes. There is also free Wi-Fi. Rooms are bright and spacious, and have a television, kettle, safe and stylish, modern bathroom with bathtub.
Places Visited: Australia - Yangon (3N) - Bagan (2N) - Mandalay (2N) - Inle Lake (2N) - Australia
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There are no dedicated Solo departures for this year. You can enjoy any of our tours with no Single Supplement on our Happy to Share option or explore the solo departures in other years.
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