Yangon - Mandalay - Bagan - Mt Popa - Pindaya - Inle
Our Classic Burma tour is the perfect introduction to this beautiful and fascinating country; exploring its cultural, historical and scenic highlights in the depth that they deserve.
Your adventure commences in Yangon, the former colonial capital of Rangoon, where the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, the spiritual heart of the Burmese people, provides the most dramatic of introductions. Stroll through the fading remnants of the city's colonial past, stopping in for tea at the iconic Strand if the mood takes you, and see how the modern world is beginning to arrive in Burma's biggest city.
From one former capital you fly north to the one that preceded it - Mandalay, set on the banks of the great Irrawaddy River. The name may be evocative of Kipling and the colonial era, but Mandalay's heyday preceded the arrival of the British, when this, and the cities of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura nearby, were the home of the great Burmese kings. After exploring these ancient capitals spend a day cruising gently downriver to one of the region's most iconic destinations, the pagoda-scattered plains of Bagan. With over 3,000 individual pagodas and temples dating from the 11th to 13th century this remarkable landscape ranks amongst the world's most unique and memorable.
Spend a night at Mt Popa, dramatic home of the native Nat spirit worship, before flying on east into the mountains of Shan State, one of Burma's most ethnically diverse regions. Explore the golden grottoes of Pindaya then continue on to your final destination, and arguably the scenic highlight of the tour, Inle Lake. Famed for its unique leg-rowing fisherman and floating farms, Inle is inhabited by numerous minority people living on or around the lake shore. Cruise along the lake by longtail boat and explore the local villages on foot, absorbing the atmosphere of Burma's most magical location.
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