Myanmar

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Myanmar – known formerly as Burma – is a country infused with history and vibrant, diverse cultural heritage, but many may not realize the depth of wildlife to be found in this land of mystical beauty. International Expeditions new Myanmar tour highlights the country’s rich birdlife, including hooded treepie, Burmese bush lark, Jerdon’s minivet, Burmese yuhin...
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Discover the fading colonial architecture of Yangon
    • Spend three nights soaking in the tranquility of Inle Lake
    • Discover the iconic temples of Bagan and Mandala
    • Visit Golden temples
    • Ancient pagodas and artistic heritage

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    Myanmar – known formerly as Burma – is a country infused with history and vibrant, diverse cultural heritage, but many may not realize the depth of wildlife to be found in this land of mystical beauty. International Expeditions new Myanmar tour highlights the country’s rich birdlife, including hooded treepie, Burmese bush lark, Jerdon’s minivet, Burmese yuhina, Jerdon’s bush chat and dark-backed sibia.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityYangon
End CityYangon

Travel Themes

  • Birding
  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • Asia

Attractions

  • Bagan
  • Hwange National Park
  • Lake Inle
  • Mandalay
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Yangon

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Culture
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • River cruise
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Internal ground transportation
    • The services of experienced English-speaking local guides.
    • All accommodations.
    • Meals as specified in the itinerary

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Itinerary

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Days 1-3: U.S. / Yangon, Myanmar

Meals: Dinner

Travel to Myanmar aboard independent flights to Yangon (Rangoon), crossing the International Date Line en route. Upon arrival, transfer to the Chatrium Hotel, where you enjoy a welcome drink and dinner.

Day 4: Yangon

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After a morning at leisure, start your tour of the city with lunch at a local restaurant. Spend the afternoon strolling through the Bogyoke Market and city center, where most of the town’s remaining colonial-era architecture is locate...

Day 5: Yangon / Hlawga National Park / Kalaw

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Enjoy a picnic breakfast en route to Hlawga National Park. As we hike through the forest of this zoological reserve, watch for pale-capped pigeon, racket-tailed treepie, striped-throated bulbul — found in Southern Myanmar, sun...

Day 6: Kalaw

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Spend a morning with our hand-selected birding guides, searching for giant nuthatch, spectacled barwing, rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler, dark-backed sibia, green magpie, black-breasted thrush, white-browed laughing-thrush, whi...

Day 7: Kalaw / Inle Lake

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After another early-morning birding excursion, set out for Inle Lake. Along the way, we stop in a small, rural community to learn about the dying art of bamboo umbrella making from local craftsmen. Board boats to travel across the water to our accommodations at Villa Inle Resort, where we spend three nights.

Day 8: Inle Lake

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Join our local naturalists for a full-day of birding in this rich habitat. Although only 13.5 miles long and seven miles wide, more than 254 species have been recorded at the lake and surrounding wetlands. During our boating e...

Day 9: Inle Lake

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today offers a rare immersion into the region’s culture as we meet people from four different cultures — Shan, Inntha, Pa-O and Danu — during our full-day exploration of Inle Lake. As our boat makes its way through the floatin...

Day 10: Inle Lake / Mandalay / Sagaing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Fly to Mandalay, enjoying lunch at a local restaurant before heading to iconic Sagaing on the Irrawaddy River. Sagaing is a religious and monastic center, with numerous Buddhist monasteries. It briefly regained its position as...

Day 11: Mandalay

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Spend an early morning in silence as we soak up the tradition and reverence of breakfast with the thousand monks at Amarapura Mahagandayone Monastery. After the watching their breakfast, we accompany the monks to morning prayers. Enjo...

Day 12: Mandalay / Irrawaddy Cruise / Bagan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Enjoy a full-day Irrawaddy River cruise aboard our private boat, exploring the cultures and scenery offered along the riverbank. Our small group plans to explore the small village of Yandabo. Accessible only by water, Yandabo ...

Day 13: Bagan

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Spend a full-day birding along the Irrawaddy and ancient temples in a region that is particularly rewarding for wildlife enthusiasts. Sheltered from the southwest monsoon by high mountains, central Myanmar receives little rainfall and...

Day 14: Bagan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, tour the archaeological zone of Bagan. Intermingled with the three types of temples – Gubyaukgyi, Ananda and Htilominlo – which represent different periods and styles of building, we may spot a variety of ende...

Day 15: Bagan / Ngagyiinn Village / Yangon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Fly to Yangon, where we spend an enriching day in the small village of Ngagylinn. International Expeditions is working with the Parami Foundation to support educational efforts in the village. The Parami Foundation was organiz...

Day 16: Yangon / Depart

Meals:

Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the Yangon airport to board your independent flights home.

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    • Airfare
    • Special permits and park fees
    • Fees for passports and visas
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Tips to drivers, guides
Cancellation policy

All cancellations become effective upon written receipt by IE. Custom and group bookings may have special cancellation terms in lieu of those noted below. Certain air, permits and items sold as “non-refundable” are in addition to other imposed cancellation fees.

  • $300 per person cancellation fee from time of booking to 90 days prior to departure. You will be issued a $300 travel certificate per person cancelled as credit against a future International Expeditions journey, travel to begin within two years of certificate date.
  • Cancellation fee of 50% of the full program cost per person from 89 to 61 days prior to departure, with the exception of all Cuba programs which is 100%.
  • Cancellation fee of 100% of the full program cost per person from 60 to 0 days prior to departure.
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Meals Included

16 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 12 Dinners

Age Requirements
No age restrictions
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