DocTours Newsletter – July 2013

Hi, Everyone.

Myanmar (Burma)

A small group journey

2 – 12 March 2014, 11 days/10 nights


Rudyard Kipling, first verse of his famous 1890 poem “ Mandalay ”

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ lazy at the sea,

There’s a Burma girl a-settin’, and I know she thinks o’ me;

For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say;

“Come you back, you British Soldier; come you back to Mandalay!”

 Come you back to Mandalay,

 Where the old Flotilla lay;

 Can’t you ‘ear their paddles clunkin’ from Rangoon to Mandalay?

 On the road to Mandalay,

 Where the flyin’-fishes play,

 An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay!


Imagine ballooning over 4000 sacred stupas scattered over the planes of Bagan.

A land of holy monks more revered than royalty. A mystical lake where houses stand on stilts and fisherman row longboats with their feet. A Golden Pagoda so high it dominates the city skyline and is listed as one of the wonders of the world. Colourful traditional market places and busy streets lined with British Colonial Architecture. Myanmar is a country opening its doors after being hidden for many a year.

June1Some of the highlights include …..

  • Long Tailed Boat ride on Lake Inle with visits to the venerable Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and floating villages – both highlights of the lake.
  • A visit to Inndein, a cluster of 500 amazing shrines on the shore and for something different a boat race by the Inn Thar leg rowers.
  • The Golden Cave Pagoda and the famous handmade paper parasols enroute to Mandalay. The beautiful sunsets at the U bein Bridge.
  • Cruising down the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan
  • An unforgettable balloon ride over Bagan at sunrise (optional)
  • Traditional Myanmar cooking class (yes you get to eat as well)
  • A tour of arguably one of the wonders of the world – the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

July3Our small group journeys have a maximum of 20 people so email us on to register.

Photos by Jon Tanner.



Costing and further information …..

July2Cost per person (twin share): AUD 4,800.00

Single supplement: AUD1,450.00


  • 10 nights twin share accommodation at 4 star hotels including breakfasts
  • 5 lunches 4 dinners
  • Air-conditioned coach with English speaking guides
  • Travel by boat from Mandalay to Bagan
  • All touring and entrance fees
  • Three Economy class domestic flights (including taxes) Yangon – HeHo –

Mandalay and Bagan -Yangon.


  • International flights
  • Balloon ride in Bagan (approx USD 320.00 per person to be pre-paid prior to departure)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature ( drinks, laundry etc)
  • Additional optional tours on free days

Why not combine this tour with one of our volunteer programs in Nepal or Cambodia. Alternatively you may wish to combine with a tour to Vietnam or Laos!

For enquiries and bookings please call Derek or Karin on (02) 9967 8888 Or Email:

All prices shown are subject to increase by Tour Operators, Airfare and airline taxes, Hotels and currency fluctuations.

Our standard terms and conditions are attached.

All travel arrangements booked through MTA Licence No TAG903

Something special ….. an adventure sailing the Spice Islands ….

July4Selected by National Geographic Traveller as one of their “50 Tours of a Lifetime” in May 2013, the SeaTrek Bali offers adventure cruises through the Spice Islands on a modified classical Indonesian wooden schooner or Bugis Phinisi. The ship has just 12 twin cabins all with ensuite bathrooms and individual air conditioning. Join Ian Burnet (Australian author, historian, voyager) onboard the Ombak Putih when it sails on 24 October 2013 from Ambon for 12 days of cruising the Spice Islands. More information is available at: