English, French, Spanish, German Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon
Explore Yangon through its colonial buildings and the world's wonder Shwedagon pagoda
Two days in Bagan to discover thousands of ancient pagodas
Sightseeing in Mandalay and its old kingdoms, artisans and surrounding areas
Boat trip in Inle lake through floating gardens and discover Indaing with its local ethnic groups
It is designed to highlight the must-see tourist destinations in Myanmar. On the 8-day classic tour, you will start the main gateway to Myanmar – Yangon, one of the richest archaeological sites in south Asia – Bagan, the cultural center – Mandalay and the tranquil lake famous for its leg rowers – Inle Lake.
On join-in basis: Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month from October to March Departs from Yangon: Every 1st Tuesday of the month from April to September
Why choose this tour?
Visit the main highlights of Myanmar with the special touch of Diethelm Moments such as Lighting Ceremony at Shwedagon Pagoda, lunch at local home, Multicultural Walk in Yangon.
Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel. (Your room might not be ready for check-in; international check-in time is 14:00 hours).
Diethelm Moment At sunset time, we will arrange for oil lamps to be ready for guests to lit. The Lighting Ceremony is a particular auspicious act for Buddhists.
Enjoy the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide - its golden stupa is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa in surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues. It is always full of people praying and making offerings, and is a fascinating place to spend time watching the world go by. Return to your hotel. Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe Room - City View) or similar, Yangon
After your meal, pick up from your hotel at 08:00 hours in the morning Drive to the downtown area, starting point at Sule Shangri-La Hotel.
Diethelm Moment Multicultural walk The most impressive thing about Yangon is its vibrant street life with lots of market stalls and teahouses. Go inside heritage buildings and walk through an outdoor street market. On the walk, there is a mixture of colonial buildings, churches, mosques (including Sunni and Shia), Buddhist Monastery and Ordination Hall. These beautiful buildings reflect the mix of religions in this city. Visit a Kali Hindu temple, as well as the beautiful French designed St John's Catholic Church and the only Synagogue in Myanmar. Proceed to an old colonial mansion that has seen better days, plus a fantastic 100-year old indoor food market. It's a great showcase for the political and social history of Myanmar. This is a very easy walk through the crowded streets of Yangon. Before the end of the tour, enter the Chinatown area. There will be lots of opportunity to taste local foods during the walk.
Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) gives you the opportunity to see Myanmar's wide range of handicrafts and souvenirs. Start your sightseeing with a drive to the famous Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbor, where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Visit Botathaung Pagoda, close to Yangon River and said to contain Buddha relics. Transfer back to your hotel. Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe Room - City View) or similar, Yangon
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. (approximately 06:20/07:40_direct) Upon arrival in Bagan, proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with the busy local market and continuing with visits to a diverse selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. See 13th Century frescoes adorning the corridors of Kyansittha Cave Temple. Continue to Gubyaukgyi (Wet kyi In village), another cave temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Visit the Taungphi village to see old monasteries, which have beautiful Khone Baung dynasty frescoes. Lunch at Secret Home (Home cooked lunch in a local Family - Myanmar Cuisine). In the afternoon, continue visit to Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Make a photo stop at the tallest temple measuring 61-metres - Thatbyinnyu known as 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. Continue to Mingalazedi, the last of the large Pagodas built in the 13th Century, representing the pinnacle of Bamar pagoda architecture. Enjoy sunset at one of the monuments along Ayeyarwady River. Accommodation at The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate (Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan
Optional (with surcharge): BALLOON OVER BAGAN There is no better or more spectacular view of the ancient kingdom of Bagan than from a hot air balloon. This world-famous archaeological site of more than a thousand Buddhist temples scattered over a plain is at its best when seen from a bird's eye vantage, as the sun comes up gently over the Ayeyarwady River. You will be collected from your hotel in Balloons Team's bus, and provided with a light breakfast and safety briefing while the balloons inflate, before enjoying a dawn flight lasting just under one hour. Flights operate daily from October through April.
This morning visit Minnanthu village by horse cart. Visit Tayoke Pyay, Payathonzu and Nandamanya Temples (noted for exquisite 13th century murals) and Kyat Kan Cave Monastery, a famous meditation centre in Bagan. Visit farming houses around Bagan. Lunch at Sanon Restaurant. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the beautiful Nat Htaung Kyaung, a monastery famous for wood carvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes. Accommodation at The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate (Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan
Overland drive from Bagan to Mandalay (Approx. 4 hours - 179 km) while enjoying scenery along the way. Lunch at local restaurant. From Mandalay, drive towards to the third former capital, Amarapura. Visit U Bein Bridge, which at over a kilometre is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the world. Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Mandalay, a highlight of which is the Mahamuni Pagoda, home to a spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname 'the world's largest book'. Next visit beautiful teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive World War II bombing Accommodation at Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort (Superior Room - Palace View) or similar, Mandalay
Transfer to Mandalay Airport for flight to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport down into the valley to Nyaung Shwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to the lake. Lunch at Golden Kite Restaurant (Indaing). Continue after lunch and travel by long-tailed boat across the lake to Indaing, at the western end of Inle, for one of the most scenic trips on the Lake. Passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the Lake, with many channels and tall teak houses on stilts; enter a long, often tree-lined canal, either side of which farmers cultivate their land against the backdrop of the Shan Hills. Disembark at the jetty and walk for 15 minutes through Indaing village to reach the 14th - 18th century pagoda ruins of Nyaung Oak. Many pagodas here remain charmingly unrenovated, with plants and even small trees growing out of them, making the area very atmospheric. A covered walkway popular with souvenir stallholders leads up to Shwe Inn Thein Paya, a complex of weather-beaten 17th - 18th century zedi; some newly reconstructed. Afterwards, continue by boat downstream past Yethar village, watching local life on the banks and birds in the trees until re-joining the Lake near Phaung Daw Oo Paya. Accommodation at Sanctum Inle Resort (Cloister Deluxe) or similar, Inle Lake
Explore a 5-day rotating market (if your visit coincides with the schedule) which offers an insight into the life of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Inthar people who come to these markets to sell and buy goods. Enjoy a full day boat trip on Inle Lake - a photographer's dream. Its calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes to which scenic hills provide the perfect backdrop. See the lake's unique 'leg rowers' - Inthar fishermen who row standing up with one leg wrapped around a single oar, leaving their hands free to manipulate the conical fishing net. Stop at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Lunch in a local Home by Mr Toe (Shan Cuisine). Visit Mya Set Kyar traditional silk-weaving workshop which uses wooden handlooms, and a blacksmith's forge. Pass endless floating gardens, where Intha lake dwellers grow fruit and vegetables. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest on the lake, where you can see exquisite Buddha statues which are more than 200 years old. Return to your hotel by boat for the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Accommodation at Sanctum Inle Resort (Cloister Deluxe) or similar, Inle Lake
In the morning, transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon (approximately 09:25/10:35 direct). Arrival at Yangon Airport. Car and guide at disposal until transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure flight.
customise the tour
Indulge yourself in the local Tea shop of Yangon
Extend your visit with a relaxing Beach stay in Ngapali
Accommodation in shared Twin/Double room with air-conditioning and private bathroom
Join-in transportation by air-conditioned vehicle (Toyota Mark II, Toyota Hiace Grand Cabin G or 24-seater Izusu minibus)
Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
3 Domestic Air Tickets as per itinerary: Yangon-Bagan/ Mandalay-Heho-Yangon
Special lighting Ceremony at Shwedagon Pagoda (250) oil lamps
Join-in transfers & tours with English or German or Spanish or French Speaking Throughout guide
Meals as specified in the itinerary B = breakfast, L = lunch,
Boat trips as specified
Entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
Bottled mineral water and refreshing towels available on the vehicles
24-hour Emergency Line
Myanmar visa fee
Personal expenditure such as drinks souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
Meals and services other than mentioned in the program
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program
Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)
Tour operates (guaranteed departures from 1 person): On join-in basis: Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month from October to March Departs from Yangon: Every 1st Tuesday of the month from April to September
Cut off 14 days prior to departure excluding the traveling dates that fall over Christmas & New Year period (23 December to 3 January)
Cut off 30 days prior to departure date during the traveling dates that fall over Christmas & New Year period (23 December to 3 January)
Children under 2 years old are Free of Charge when sharing the existing bedding with parents. Supplements for extra bed or baby cot may apply.
Children between 02-11 years of age at the time of travelling are granted a 30% discount when traveling with minimum 2 adults.
When one adult is traveling with a child between 02-11 years old, the full charge of an adult price is applied
Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the company or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown, plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors and other penalties imposed by suppliers, such as hotels):
Between 07 and 0 days prior to arrival: 100% of package price
Between 15 days and 08 days prior to arrival: 80% of package price
Between 30 days and 16 days prior to arrival: 50% of package price
Most Museums are closed on Monday, Tuesday and some public holidays.
Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Diethelm Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
We advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned. Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: Schedule changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.
Programs, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
We strongly advise to leave valuable items (money, passport, credit cards, jewellers, sensitive documents, laptop computer, etc.) in the hotel safe. During excursions and roundtrips, personal belongings, especially money and valuables should NEVER be left on vehicles, even during short breaks, and carried around at all times. Diethelm Travel Myanmar is not responsible for any loss or theft.
For air ticket reservations, we require the guests' full names as they appear in the passports
Airfares and flight reservations are subject to change until paid in full and ticketed.
We strongly advise to check our website (www.diethelmtravel.com) where you find our travel tips with important information regarding visas, the use of credit cards and much more.
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