US $4450 per person based on double occupancy
US $225 (extra mountain bike/guiding surcharge)
Internal Flight Package:
US $495 (subject to change)
Dec 02 – Dec 14, 2017
Hiking, biking, local boat cruises, cultural visits. For the active supplement - guided mountain biking on most days. Ballooning over Bagan, optional extra.
Hotels, ranging from very comfortable to luxurious
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
There is no better time to tour Myanmar than now, when this spiritual and spectacular country is in the midst of a dramatic sea change towards democracy. We are thrilled to lead this exploratory trip at such an historically significant time. We take you to the must–see sights of Burma and then far beyond, immersing you in the culture, history, charm and beauty of this amazing country.
Our adventure tour begins in Yangon, where we shop for groceries in a local market, help prepare lunch in a monastery orphanage and witness moving Buddhist rituals at the vast 2500 year-old Shwedagon Pagoda. Heading next to fabled Mandalay, we follow quiet leafy lanes through the ruins of an ancient city, take a funky boat along the Irrawaddy River and walk the astonishing U Bein teak bridge with local farmers and monks.
In the green and misty Northern Highlands of Myanmar, we trek with local hill tribe people, help bathe their elephants and plant trees for their reforestation project, then explore the atmospheric little town of Kalaw, an old colonial British hill station.
This adventure tour in Myanmar goes from superb to sublime on the astonishingly beautiful Inle Lake, where we explore the unique culture of its floating villages by boat, cycle its shoreline to visit forest monks and sip sundowners from the deck of our over-the-water hotel, watching the famous leg rowers head home.
Ballooning in Bagan! Drifting at dawn in a hot air balloon over a multitude of glittering temples is one of most spiritual sights on the planet, and a grand finale to this amazing journey.
As a unique twist, there are two levels of activity on this Myanmar tour: The classic level if you prefer more gentle exercise, and the active level if you relish longer and more challenging excursions on mountain bikes. The group meets up in the evenings and also enjoys some joint activities. So if you need more of a work out than your companion, you’ll both be well served.+ ADD-ON EXCURSIONS:
No journey to SE Asia is complete without a visit to the mystical Angkor temples around Siem Reap, Cambodia. Watch the sun rise over the stunning towers of Angkor Wat; sit in the roots of a giant tree to gaze at the peaceful four side faces of Bayon temple; marvel at the intricate carvings in Banteay Srei and hike through cool forest to the astounding riverbed carvings in Kbal Spean. As our knowledgeable guide brings history alive, you will be spellbound and moved by this incomparable UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Suggested length: 3 to 5 days
Please let us know your preferences and we will put an amazing excursion together for you.
Adventure Travel has been our specialty since 1991 when we started to explore the world's most spectacular places as photographers and writers. Several years (and several books) later we began sharing our experiences with others by developing and leading adventure tours. We founded Hidden Places Travel in 2000 and quickly became renowned for our unique, off-the-beaten-track itineraries. Our support of local communities and conservation projects gives our trips unprecedented access and our loyal following of repeat guests is a testament to our professionalism and nurturing approach.
We invite you to join us on one of our life-changing adventures.
Dag Goering and Maria Coffey