The range of experiences available on the new tours will be complemented by a combination of Western tour leaders as well as English-speaking local guides and both tours will run with a maximum of 16 passengers per trip.
The nine-day “Highlights of Burma” itinerary will cover the highlights of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake and offers special experiences including a horse and carriage ride through the Bagan plains at sunset; a visit to a local nunnery to share lunch with the resident nuns and a boat trip to meet the locals at a little-visited village on the banks of the Irrawaddy river. The tour will depart for the first time on January 8 with prices starting from £1,045 per person.
The operator's 13-day “Burma Revealed” journey will include additional visits to the Pindaya Caves, Kalaw and a hilltribe trek in Intha and the Pak-oh villages. Highlights include exploring the temples in Bagan by bicycle; a local train journey from the hill station of Kalaw to Shwe Nyaung; and a visit to a local countryside school run by monks in Ava. The tour will depart for the first time on January 16 with prices starting from £1,340 per person.
Prices include three- to four-star hotel accommodation, domestic flights, all road transport in air-conditioned vehicles, sightseeing as specified, entrance fees, a tour leader (based on a minimum of seven travellers), guides, transfers, daily breakfast and one/two lunches. International flights are not included but can be arranged at an additional cost.