BOSTON, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- One hundred years ago, Rudyard Kipling wrote "This is Burma. It is quite unlike any place you know about." Today, Harriet R. Lewis, Vice Chair of Overseas Adventure Travel, is pleased to offer Americans 50+ the chance to visit Burma on OAT's new 16-day adventure: Burma: Land of Golden Temples & Floating Gardens that will operate from January-May and August-December.
"Burma has fascinated Americans for years, and we're delighted to share this incredible country with our travelers," said Lewis. "The destination seems to hold special appeal to our women travelers, with scores of women, both married and single, fully booking our early 2012 departures. Women want to connect with local people and cultures, and the Burmese people are so warm and open that connections are easy to make."
"We want people to come to Burma," said the National League for Democracy, the opposition party that had urged foreigners to stay away since 1996. Following the release of pro-democracy inspirational female voice, Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent 15 of the past 20 years under house arrest, Burma has been cited as a top travel destination this year by Conde Nast Traveler, the New York Times, and other travel sources.
OAT's 16-day Burma: Land of Golden Temples & Floating Gardens explores Rangoon, Bagan, Mandalay, Kalaw, and Inle Lake in small groups of just 10-16 travelers. The adventure begins at $2995 (or $200 per day) and includes all accommodations (2 nights in Bangkok, Thailand; 2 in Rangoon, 2 in Bagan, 3 in Mandalay, 2 in Kalaw, and 3 nights near Inle Lake); 31 Meals (14B, 8L, 9D, including dinner at a family's home); 17 small group activities; services of a resident OAT Trip Leader (guide); all land transportation and 6 internal flights; a 5% Frequent Traveler credit towards your next OAT adventure; porterage for one bag per traveler; and more.
To accommodate OAT's growing number of solo travelers, the single supplement fee is waived on this and all OAT Land adventures in 2012 for savings of $645.
Adventure highlights include visiting Rangoon's gold-glad Shwedagon Paya, the most sacred site in Burma; journeying by boat along the mighty Irrawaddy River and on Inle Lake to witness villages on stilts; viewing thousands of ancient pagodas on the plains of Bagan; and meeting with members of an indigenous hill tribe.
In addition to the base trip, OAT offers travelers a pre-trip option to Vientiane & Luang Prabang, Laos for 6 nights for $1395 and a post-trip option, six nights in Phnom Penh & Angkor Wat, Cambodia, for $1295.
OAT can make all air arrangements for travelers, starting at $1200 from San Francisco or Los Angeles. Additionally, OAT now offers its new True Choice program that enables travelers to build their preferred travel itineraries, including choice of airline, routing between one's home city and destination, upgrades to business or premium economy class, and the ability to "break away" before or after one's trip or to combine OAT adventures.
OAT offers several programs that add to the value of its adventures. The Good Buy Discount saves travelers up to 10% of their trip cost, depending on date of departure. The Vacation Ambassador program awards travelers up to $100 per traveler referral. For those who wish to travel privately, in their own small group of 8 or more, OAT offers these private departures for an additional fee of $600 per person. OAT also offers a lowest price guarantee so that should OAT reduce the cost of its base itinerary on any of its adventures any time after purchase, it will refund travelers the difference in price.
About Overseas Adventure Travel
Established in 1978, Overseas Adventure Travel is the leader in international small group adventure and discovery for Americans aged 50 and older. It is part of Grand Circle Corporation, which also owns Grand Circle Travel, Grand Circle Cruise Line, and the nonprofit Grand Circle Foundation, which has donated or pledged $91 million to educational, cultural, and humanitarian organizations since 1992.
SOURCE Overseas Adventure Travel