Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Best of Burma

12 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Yangon  |  from USD $3,145  |   Guaranteed Departures 

Discover Burma, an exotic land of tradition and sacred sites from the awe-inspiring religious monuments of Yangon to evocative Mandalay and its Royal Palace, the spectacular stupa-filled plains of Bagan and heavenly Inle Lake with a few surprises along the way.

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Day 1


Saturday. Welcome to Burma, ‘quite unlike any place you know about’. Arrive Yangon with included airport transfer to your hotel where later in the day a Welcome Meeting will be held.
Overnight: Yangon

Day 2

Yangon City Tour

Today we explore the fascinating city of Yangon and its famous religious monuments. We begin at the waterfront, the heart of the city and home to many impressive traditional and colonial buildings including the Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park with Independence Monument, the City Hall and the High Court. We also visit the gold, hollow Botahtaung Pagoda, originally built over 2500 years ago, and the giant 70 metre-long reclining Buddha of Chaukhtagyi Paya whose serene features are topped by a crown encrusted in diamonds and other precious stones.

Later this evening we visit the most revered Buddhist temple in Burma, the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, where locals gather to make offerings and prayers. Standing at 90 metres tall, the gold leaf central stupa dominates the city’s skyline and turns vivid hues of yellow, orange and red when the sun begins to set.
Overnight: Yangon  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Fly to Mandalay

Yangon – Mandalay. This morning we fly to Mandalay, Burma’s last royal capital. After hotel check in we head to the jetty for a pleasant boat ride upriver to Mingun to visit the remains of what could have been the world’s largest pagoda. Intended to reach a staggering height of 152 metres, work on the pagoda stopped after the death of King Bodawpaya in 1819. Dramatically split by an earthquake in 1838, the monumental structure is still incredibly impressive. We also visit the huge Mingun Bell and the beautiful white Myatheindan pagoda nearby.

Returning by boat to Mandalay the afternoon is spent exploring the Royal Palace, the teak carvings of the historic Shwenandaw Monastery and the world’s largest book at the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Our day concludes with Mandalay Hill and depending on the time, a spectacular sunset with vistas across the city.
Overnight: Mandalay  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Mandalay & Inwa

As a former capital of Burma, the ancient city of Amarapura is rich in sights and this morning we visit the largest teaching monastery in the country, the Mahagandayon Monastery. Everyday hundreds of monks queue to receive their daily alms from the people. We also visit the longest teak bridge in the world, the U Bein Bridge set over the enchanting Taungthaman Lake, and the Mahamuni Temple, home to an ancient bronze Buddha image. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local handicraft workshop to see bronze sculpting, gold leaf beating and marble stone carving.

The afternoon is spent at the historical city of Inwa where a horse-drawn carriage brings us to the stone Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, a fine example of Burmese masonry, the Mainu brick monastery and the old watchtower.
Overnight: Mandalay  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Irrawaddy River Cruise to Bagan

Mandalay – Bagan. Transferring to the jetty this morning we board a boat for a scenic cruise on the Irrawaddy River taking us to Bagan. Sit back and relax as the vessel plies its course past rolling fields of green. Arriving into Bagan later this evening we transfer to our hotel.

Please note: Boats do not operate between 01 April and 23 October 2016/ 2017 (dates can vary dependent upon the river water level). If travelling when boats are not in operation we have included the cost of a flight between Mandalay - Bagan within our tour price. Day 5 arrangements during this period would be, spend the morning at leisure in Mandalay before transferring to the airport for your flight to Bagan.
Overnight: Bagan  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Bagan's Stupas

Nothing can quite prepare you for the spectacular sight of stupa-upon-stupa that fills the green, dusty plains of Bagan. Over 2000 temples and pagodas dating back some 800 years create one of the most impressive skylines to be seen in Southeast Asia. Our sightseeing today begins with a visit to the town of Nyaung-U to see the local market and Bagan’s most important reliquary shrine, the Shwezigon Pagoda, and the simple Kyansittha Cave Temple with interesting 12th century frescoes.

We continue to the Manuha Temple to see the gigantic Buddhas housed inside and the sandstone carvings of the nearby Nanpaya Temple, and on to the Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing gold-leaf Buddhas. We stop for a photo opportunity at the towering Thatbyinnyu Temple before visiting the Dhammayangyi Temple, a massive structure famous for its brickwork, and the Mingalarzedi Pagoda, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th century, representing the pinnacle of Bagan’s architectural skills. At a local lacquer workshop we witness how local craftsmen skilfully prepare Bagan’s most famous handicraft before enjoying a tranquil sunset boat ride on the Irrawaddy River.
Overnight: Bagan  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Kalaw Hill Station

Bagan – Mount Popa – Kalaw. Today we travel to the popular hill station of Kalaw with a stop en route at the extinct volcano of Mount Popa. The mountain is believed to be the abode of legendary Nats (spirit gods) and at the summit are numerous monasteries, pagodas and shrines in various architectural styles. Arriving into Kalaw late afternoon we visit Thein Taung Pay pagoda.
Overnight: Kalaw  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Trek the Palaung Hills

Kalaw – Painaebin – Pindaya. An early morning start allows us to enjoy trekking in the Palaung Hills through small ranges of rice paddies and tea plantations bringing us to Painaebin village, home to the indigenous Danu people. Walking back to Kalaw we drive to the quiet town of Pindaya set amidst beautiful countryside and famous for its extensive cave network. Highlights of our sightseeing tour today include the carved Buddha images of the Pindaya caves, the ancient Banyan tree and small local factories producing Mulberry paper and bamboo hats.
Overnight: Pindaya  |  Breakfast

Days 9-10

Inle Lake & Paungdaw Oo pagoda

Pindaya – Inle Lake. After breakfast on day 9 we drive to the wonderful watery world of Inle Lake home to floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas. We tour the lake by boat and witness the unique rowing techniques of the local fishermen before visiting the unusual Nga Pe Chaung monastery and Inle Lake’s largest pagoda, the Paungdaw Oo pagoda. The remainder of the day and evening offer free time.

Day 10 is spent at leisure. You could take advantage of the lush surrounding countryside and partake in canoeing or cycling, or alternatively you could opt for an excursion to an Indein village to learn more about the ethnic tribes of the region or to Kakku, a valley of more than a thousand stupas to admire the intricate ancient carvings. Other options include a visit to Taunggyi - capital of the Southern Shan state and former British hill station or to Sagar to see the sunken stupas that lay under water for part of the year with local village visits along the way (bookable and payable locally).

We do offer a hotel upgrade for travellers who would prefer a hotel with a swimming pool during their stay at Inle Lake. Please contact us for details.
Overnight: Inle Lake  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 11


Inle Lake – Yangon. After breakfast we leave the lake and transfer to the Heho airport for our flight back to Yangon. Once back in Yangon, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Yangon  |  Breakfast

Day 12


Wednesday. Today marks the end of our Burmese adventure with hotel check out and airport departure transfer

Burma on the Beach

Consider extending your stay and enjoying some rest and relaxation at Ngapali Beach, a pristine stretch of unspoiled, palm-fringed coast on the beautiful Bay of Bengal. Please contact us for further information.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
Single Supp.
USD $3685
USD $1490
Single Supp.
USD $3145
USD $940
USD $3145
USD $940
USD $3145
USD $940
USD $3145
USD $940
USD $3145
USD $940
USD $3145
USD $940
USD $3145
USD $940
USD $3685
USD $1490
USD $3685
USD $1490
USD $3685
USD $1490
USD $3685
USD $1490
USD $3685
USD $1490

Supplementary Prices

Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $700

This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.


The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Summit Park View, Yangon

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Summit Park View features a quaint Myanmar style architecture frontage, set within manicured gardens that faces the lush, green People’s Park. The newly renovated guest rooms are comfortable with a good selection of amenities including complimentary high speed WiFi.

Ayeyarwaddy River View Hotel, Mandalay

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Overlooking the Ayarwaddy River, this newly built hotel offers wonderful river views from its front-facing guest rooms as well as the Sky bar on the roof top, the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner. The well-sized rooms feature pleasant wooden furnishings with all mod-cons. Opened in 2011, Ayarwaddy River View Hotel is just 15 minutes from Mandalay center and flower market and 60 minutes from the airport. Ideally located in a prime area of Northern Mandalay, the hotel has easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks.

Thande Hotel, Bagan

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 2 Star Hotel

Built in 1922 to facilitate the arrival of the British Prince of Wales, the Bagan Thande Hotel is the only colonial era building in the city. Rooms are furnished to a high standard with beautiful teakwood, fine fabrics and traditional handicrafts. An Al-fresco dinner overlooking the Ayeyawaddy River facing numerous pagodas is a great way to spend evenings at this wonderful Burmese retreat. The hotel is perfectly situated by the river in Old Bagan and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and temples as far as the eye can see.

Golden Island Cottages, Inle Lake

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

This unique group of cottages is situated on wooden stilts over the water of the stunning Inle Lake. The simple, wooden and thatch rooms are both elegant and comfortable and command excellent views of the lake. Each room is equipped with modern en suite facilities and beds are provided with mosquito nets. There is a large dining area that offers both indoor and al fresco seating options. Guests can feast on a range of sumptuous Chinese and Burmese dishes, freshly prepared, as they watch the sun set over the lake.

Trip Highlights

Yangon – Botahtaung Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park, Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda
Mingun – the remains of what could have been the world’s largest pagoda, Mingun Bell and Mya Thein Tan pagoda
Inwa - Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, Mainu Brick Monastery and old watch tower
Mount Popa – extinct volcano with numerous shrines at the summit
Pindaya – the Pindaya Caves with Buddha images carved from the limestone rock, ancient Banyan tree and local factories
Cruise on the Irrawaddy River to Bagan
Mandalay – the Royal Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Manadalay Hill
Amarapura - Mahagandaryone monastery, U Bein wooden Bridge and Taung- ta-man lake, Mahar Myat Muni Buddha Image
Bagan - Nyaung-U local market, Shwezigon pagoda, Kyansitta "Cave" temple, Manuha Temple, Nanpaya, Ananda temple, Thatbuinnyu, Dhamayangyi, Mingalarzedi and local lacquer workshop
Kalaw – peaceful hill station with the hilltop Thein Taung Pay pagoda and trekking opportunities to local villages
Inle Lake – local fishermen, floating gardens, stilted villages, Jumping Cat Monastery and Paungdaw Oo Pagoda


11 breakfasts
Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 12
Cruise on the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan OR economy flight when the boat is not running (this is usually between April and October, can vary dependent upon weather conditions)
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
Private sunset boat trip on the Irrawaddy River in Bagan
10 nights 3 star & special class hotels, 1 night simple country cottage
One way economy class flights from Yangon – Mandalay – Bagan and Heho (Inle Lake) – Yangon
Escorted by an English speaking tour guide (for groups of 6 or more) and specialist guides at some sights
Horse carriage ride in Inwa
Private boat on Inle Lake to explore the floating gardens and villages. Private boat trip to Mingun

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $70 - $75 USD
Tip for your tour guides. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guides is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $45 - $50 USD
Tour Details
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide for groups of 6 or more
Breakfast: 11

Tour Bolt-ons

Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and bolt-ons

Bangkok City Stay

USD $759 / 3 days
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights OTG Signature
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.

Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.

Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.

Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
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