With its gilded pagodas, the gentle rush of the Irawaddy River, and an unmistakable air of optimism and energy, the new Burma is a tourist’s paradise in more ways than one. Take in the sights of pre-colonial Burma with its Buddhist temples but don’t forget to visit the unique churches and mosques or the sprawling urban markets of Yangon. Multicity tours allow travelers to witness the full breadth of this spectacular country, while multi-country tours with nearby Singapore, Thailand, or even India reveal the many faces of Southeast Asia.

Classical Movements has been organizing tours to Myanmar since 2012 when the United States reestablished top diplomatic relations with the Burmese government. Past clients have included Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club.

Rudyard Kipling wrote nearly a century ago that Burma is “quite unlike any land you know about.” With the country’s many gilded pagodas, the gentle rush of the Irawaddy river and an unmistakable air of optimism and energy, his statement remains true today.

Bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand, Burma (or Myanmar) is a land of natural and cultural diversity. Traveling southwards through the country, you will encounter mountains and cooler temperatures, central farming plains, lush forests and resort-like beaches. All throughout, you will experience a national culture that has been developing since 200 BC characterized most vividly by a special syncretism of Hindu, Buddhist and local animist traditions and evidenced by spectacular monasteries, religiously inspired dance theater and a shared reverence for Buddhist monks. That said, colonial influences have contributed strongly to the establishment of large Christian and Muslim minorities as well as a love of Western music.

So take in the sights of pre-colonial Burma with its Buddhist temples but don’t forget to visit the unique churches and mosques or the sprawling urban markets of Yangon. A peaceful river or beach tour may be more your scene, but be sure to talk to the friendly and hospitable locals who will tell you all about their unique cultures and histories. Wherever you go, you will be able to find something new to explore in this unforgettable destination.

Sights & Sounds

  • Yangon (Rangoon)
  • Golden Shwedagon Stupa
  • Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra
  • Armenian Apostolic Church
  • Mandalay Palace
  • Bagan
  • Thousands of pagodas and temples
  • Irawaddy River
  • Variety of tribal cultures
  • Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung Sang Suu Kyi
  • Seaside villages

Testimonials

Thank you for making this trip to Burma possible for us. It was a lifelong dream of ours. Burma was absolutely fascinating, we always felt safe there, the Rangoon (Yangon) hotel was one of the best we ever stayed in with a fantastic breakfast, our guide Moe was fascinating and one of the finest we ever had with a great sense of humor and candor. What a fascinating experience we had in Rangoon, Bagan and Mandalay. What a special effort you made for us especially after the superb China concerts and tour for our students. This was an unforgettable trip.

-University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club

Our tour to Japan, Singapore, and Myanmar was a revelation. Our students performed the B Minor Mass to sold-out houses in some of the top concert halls in these countries. We owe Classical Movements our great debt not only for attending so well to the practical details, but for understanding and being sensitive to our mission of using Sacred Music to reach out to the cultures of the world. Maestro Suzuki joins me in congratulating Classical Movements!

-Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Press

A university choir established 150 years ago in the United States is preparing to perform in Turkey for the first time as a part of its European tour. The musical director and conductor of the Yale Glee Club said the group chose the destination ‘because of the wonderful friendships they discovered in Turkey.’ The Turkish word ‘dost’ (friends for life) is the reason we are performing in Istanbul,’ said Jeff Douma. ‘Because we take ‘dost’ seriously, we wanted to visit Turkey to celebrate our singing tradition with our newfound friends.’ The Yale Glee Club has been called the United States’ ‘singing university’ because of the remarkable tradition and history of choirs at the school. ‘It is our mission to travel to parts of the world that are not often exposed to the musical traditions of US colleges,’ said Douma.

-Hürriyet Daily News, Hatice Utkan | August 5, 2010

Blue Heart has followed its clients’ suggestions to map out its expanding destinations. Vacationers travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong by train visit the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and Tian’anmen Square and take in a performance of the famed Shanghai Acrobats.

-Tour and Travel News, Michael Milligan | May 8, 1995

Khubat Abbas Abdul Razaq, a cellist and one of the orchestra’s four women members, said: ‘I just want to say this is an honor to come to Washington and to play here.’ Samir Yosif, a double-bass player, said: ‘We want to let the American people know that we have a culture, that we have something to give them. It’s a great honor to be here and we thank the people who have helped us here to play.’

-The lndependent | December 12, 2003

The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra visit involved a human element that transcended the usual business of arranging orchestra tours for Neeta Helms, executive vice president of Classical Movements. She ushered the musicians from their first nerve-wracking security checks at New York’s JFK Airport to their last tourist stop at Rockefeller Center on the way out of the country.

-Symphony Magazine, Rebecca Winzenreid | March, 2004

Kevin Fox, who is working with the Neemrana Foundation, the Capital City Minstrels and Delhi school of Music in the Capital, says that the Indian singers are very keen on the music and are eager to do more and learn more about choral singing. He adds, ‘I’ve met some excellent directors and teachers here who are working very creatively to spread the musical and social benefits of group singing.’

-Mail Today, Srijani Ganguly | Feb 15, 2017