Myanmar Small Group Tour (formerly Burma)

Spirit of Myanmar Tour

Discover hidden treasures on this insider’s journey to Myanmar, officially called the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Explore Burmese art, extraordinary architecture. Visit the stunning Buddhist monasteries and temples. Experience the gentle graciousness of Burmese culture. Learn about Buddhist history and culture on our small group tour of Myanmar.

For many travelers, the true highlight of the tour is the deep appreciation they develop for the character of the Burmese people, the citizens of Myanmar.

The tour starts with arrival in Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city. Yangon is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and the towering, gilded 6th century Shwedagon Pagoda, containing Buddhist relics.

Our small group Myanmar tour visits Bagan (Pagan), the country’s premier site, a temple city of over two thousand temples and stupas, built between the 11-13th century.

Embark on an excursion to beautiful Mt. Popa, a mountain sacred to Myanmar’s indigenous spirits called ‘Nats.’

Tour the walled city of Mandalay built in the 19th century along with many ancient monasteries and nunneries.

The journey through Myanmar culminates with two days exploring the tribal area of Inle Lake where people live in thatched stilt cottages that rise above the middle of the lake.

Attend Pagoda Festival in Inle Lake on the Fall tour dates.

Optionally extension to remote villages of Shan State.

We are proud to be working with a privately owned company run by local women to bring you this amazing Myanmar Cultural Tour.  Enriched through the knowledge of our fluent multi-lingual guide, our small group tour is truly immersive experience of the Burmese culture.

MYANMAR TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • A ceremony of food offerings to over 1000 monks
  • In the Fall, enjoy the Pagoda Festival ceremony at Inle Lake
  • Explore the vast temple city of Pagan
  • Mingle with the hill tribes people of Inle Lake at the colorful market

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Young Burmese Nuns near Mandalay

  • 1
    Day 1-3: Meet in Yangon

    We will visit art galleries, and browse the antiques, handicrafts, jewelery, art and clothing at Bogyoke Aun Sang Market (formerly Scott's Market).

    Later our Myanmar travelers will enjoy sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda (also called the Golden Pagoda) the most sacred site in the country where relics of the past four Buddhas are enshrined.

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    Day 4-6: Bagan

    Our tour of Myanmar continues to the ancient city of Bagan where in every direction you will see amazing ruins of all sizes: huge, glorious temples such as Ananda Pahto and small, graceful zedis (stupas - moundlike structures often containing relics) standing in the fields next to thatched homes. Some contain elegant mural paintings.

  • 3
    Day Excursion Mt Popa and Salay

    Tour members will enjoy an excursion to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano with many shrines dedicated to animistic spirits known as 'Nats.'

    We have lunch at the excellent Mt. Popa resort enjoying the beautiful, isolated natural setting on top of the mountain with spectacular views over the plains. An easy walk then takes our tour group to the nearby volcanic outcrop and the Nat shrine (Popa Taungkalat Shrine).

  • 4
    Day 7-8: Mandalay

    Our small group will visit Mahamuni Pagoda (sometimes called the Mahamuni Buddha Temple), with its traditional handicraft workshops (gold leaf hammering and marble and wood carvings), then Shwenandaw Monastery, adorned with beautiful Teak carvings of Buddhist mythology, and finally Kuthodaw Pagoda which contains the world's biggest and heaviest book: Marble slabs that form the the entire Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism located throughout the site.

    Also included is a boat excursion to visit Mingun Pagoda, where the help of our knowledgeable guide the tour group will gain insight into life on the river and an excursion to the cities of Sagaing, Inwa (or Ava) and Amarapura.

  • 5
    Day 9-11: Pindaya Caves - Inle Lake

    Visit the Pindaya Caves (known for an incredible collection of over 8000 images of Buddha) en-route to Inle Lake. Inle lake is known for its unique leg-rowing boats, diverse tribal groups, scenic beauty and uniquely adapted stilt housing and floating agriculture. Our hotel for this last leg of the guided tour of Myanmar is a charming floating structure of individual cottages in the middle of the lake. We'll tour the lake by boat, visiting floating gardens, markets, villages and the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda.

    On the Myanmar Fall tour, we will attend the Phaungdawoo Pagoda Festival.

  • 6
    Day 12: Yangon - Depart

    Morning return flight to Yangon and remain at airport for flight home.

  • 7
    EXTENSION TO THE REMOTE VILLAGES OF SHAN STATE
    Day 12 Kalaw

    An easy 2 hour drive to Kalaw, a quiet mountain town where we enjoy an easy walk to visit nearby traditional villages.

  • 8
    Day 13-15 Keng Tung

    A short flight from the town of Heho to Keng Tung where our small group will spend full days visiting the local villages surrounding Keng Tung. Among others we visit Pin Tauk village and waterfall where the Akha and Lahu people reside. Our knowledgeable local guide you will offer insights of this cultural immersion into the lives of the rural Burmese People.

  • 9
    Day 16 Keng Tung-Yangon

    The last day of our extended tour of Myanmar includes a visit to the local market. Afternoon flight to Yangon.

  • 10
    Day 17 Depart Yangon
  • Trip Length

    12-day trip begins and ends in Yangon

  • Dates

    September 25 - October 6, 2019 with Phaungdawoo Pagoda festival at Inle lake
    February 11 - 22, 2020
    September - October 2020 TBA.
    Post-Tour Extension to Remote Villages of Shan State
    Private Post-Tour Extension to Angkor Temples

  • Land Cost

    From: $3685
    includes flights within tour

  • Accommodations

    8 nights boutique & 5-star hotels
    3 nights charming cottages

  • Group Size

    4-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    All breakfasts and lunches

  • Reading List

    Suggested Reading
    International Travel News Review
    Burma Tour Review - ITN

  • Extend Your Trip

    Minority Village Extension
    Angkor Temples, Cambodia
    Cambodia & Laos
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Bagan

Mandalay

Inle Lake West Corridor Rd, Myanmar (Burma)

Kalaw, Myanmar (Burma)

Keng Tung, Myanmar (Burma)

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