Inner Burma

A close look at the country's distinct sights and culture

  • The ideal blend of history, culture, and personal interactions
  • Two nights aboard a stylish riverboat gliding down the Irrawaddy
  • Yangon's sacred, awe-inspiring Shwedagon Temple
Myanmar Burma
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure & Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 12 days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, River Cruising
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

For decades, Myanmar has been almost unreachable to travelers. But with a recent shift in politics opening up the country to visitors, Myanmar's gracious residents are welcoming us with open arms. This 12-day journey offers countless opportunities to interact with these lovely people while exploring their country’s incredible cultural and natural sights.

We begin in Yangon with an outing to stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, then fly north to Bagan and the magnificent Plain of Temples. We spend a couple days exploring its more than 2,000 temples, perfectly described by Somerset Maugham as “huge, remote and mysterious.” Next we hop a stylish riverboat for a relaxing two-night cruise on the Irrawaddy, stopping at waterside villages en route.

After disembarking in bustling Mandalay, we get to know its famed pagodas, monasteries, and markets. Then onward to Pindaya in the eastern Shan State, where we explore the town's limestone caves—home to more than 8,000 Buddha statues. Continuing to the former British hill station of Kalaw, we visit an elephant camp to learn more about these intelligent, gentle beasts. We wrap up our journey at Inle Lake, meandering among its pagodas, floating gardens, and haunting ruins, marveling at its traditional leg rowers and sharing insightful exchanges with local tribespeople.


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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Yangon
  • Day 2: fly to Bagan
  • Day 3: explore Plain of Temples
  • Day 4: begin Irrawaddy River cruise
  • Day 5: river cruising
  • Day 6: disembark in Mandalay
  • Day 7: fly to Heho, drive to Pindaya and Kalaw
  • Day 8: Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp
  • Day 9: drive to Inle Lake
  • Day 10: Inle Lake exploring
  • Day 11: fly to Yangon
  • Day 12: depart Yangon.