Myanmar, or Burma as it was known until 1988, has been one of the least accessible countries in the world up until very recently. The fact that the country has been inaccessible for so long has meant that Myanmar has been relatively untainted by the excesses of modern life and retains an aura of a bygone age. As a destination Myanmar offers great natural beauty, magnificent archaeological sites, stunning pagoda and temple architecture, warm and hospitable people. For the majority of the population, Buddhism is the center of individual life and the monastery is the center of the community. Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar, has the world largest and most impressive Buddhist pagoda – the gold -plated Shwedagon Pagoda. Bagan, a World Heritage Site with over 20000 pagodas, is an archeological haven for those seeking to explore remnants of centuries past. Additional, the country’s diverse landscape offers a stunning backdrop for the architectural marvels including the major riverine highway of the Ayeyarwady, the mystifying Inle Lake situated in the middle of the Shan State, the snow-capped Himalayan mountains in the north, and the pristine white sand beaches of the coastline. Another fascinating aspect of Myanmar is its cultural diversity with as many as 135 variety of ethnic groups, each with their unique language and dialect. The Burmese are graceful and gentle people, whose welcoming hospitality leave a memorable impression for visitors. Traveling to Myanmar is a mystical journey into the past where traditional customs and rituals come to life.
12 Days/11 Nights
Yangon – Inle Lake – Pindaya Caves – Mandalay – Bagan – Mt. Popa
Explore the rich Burmese culture and religious traditions on this expedition to the old capitals and ancient cities of this magnificent former kingdom. We visit some of Myanmar’s most impressive historical and religious sites including the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the amazingly beautiful Inle Lake, the cultural center of Mandalay, Bagan with its thousands of temples, the extinct volcanic Mt. Popa. During our expedition, we’ll stop at teashops, colorful markets, and temples offering opportunities to interact with the local people.
Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
Accommodations: Standard/Superior/Deluxe hotels.
Meals: Daily Breakfast, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Land Cost: See inserts