Type of tour:Guided
Duration:13 Nights
Distance:35 Miles/day average
Dates: Sep 20; Oct 18; Nov 1*, 29; Dec 20*, 2015; Jan 17*; Feb 14; Mar 13; May 15; Jul 17; Aug 14; Sep 18; Oct 16; Nov 13; Dec 18, 2016 (minimum 2 participants; *notes guaranteed to depart)
Tour price:US$3850
Start city:Yangon, Burma
End city:Yangon, Burma
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Central Burma
Burma: Adventure in the Himalayan Foothills of Southeast Asia

Tour Description: Guided

Burma, or Myanmar as it is now known, is the western gateway to Southeast Asia, straddling two of Asia’s great rivers and the mountainous foothills of the Himalayas. The diversity of its people, culture, and topography combined with a rich history, make it one of the region’s most fascinating and beautiful countries.

On this journey we explore central Burma, traveling from the Shan Plateau down to the plains and the banks of the Irrawaddy River. All along we will be greeted by warm, friendly people few tourists get to meet. From the Shan lands, home to a multitude of tribal people, we enjoy cooler weather and the colonial charm of Kalaw, where the officers of the Raj went to escape the summer heat.

We then head down to the wondrous Inle Lake and embark on a relaxing full day boat trip where we can marvel at the Intha fishermen, who famously manage to row their boats using one leg. The caves of Pindaya, where there are thousands of Buddha statues, are our next stop before heading down to the lowlands to explore Kipling's Mandalay. This diverse city is our base for three nights as we cycle through the historic and picturesque surroundings.

We cycle on by the former capital of an ancient kingdom before heading up to the magnificent heights of Mt. Popa and the famous shrine perched high above. A downhill ride takes us to the ancient city of Bagan where we spend the morning cycling amongst the pagodas, stupas, and temples dominating a river valley that once formed the centre of a great and deeply religious empire. Our tour ends in Yangon with time for some shopping at the local market.

Participants must be at least 18 years old to cycle this tour.

Due to the popularity of Burma as a destination we highly recommend booking early to guarantee your place on the tour. Bookings less than 30 days before departure run the risk of not being confirmed.

A note about weather: Myanmar/Burma has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. There are three seasons: from March to June it is hot and dry, with temperatures between 80-104 degrees F (27-40 degrees C), and with night temperatures in the 60s (F). The rainy season is from July to September. The cooler season (particularly in the mountains) is from September to February, with average temperatures between 68-86 degrees F (20-30 degrees C). It can be cold at night in the hills in Shan state, where we spend 2 nights, and adequate cold weather clothing – gloves, hats, jacket - is required.

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