8-Day Diethelm 60th Adventure Tour

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 8 Days

tour highlights

  • Special discounted price for Diethelm 60th Anniversary
  • Participate in lighting ceremony at Pagoda
  • A fun Trishaw ride on river island
  • Go Local in Bagan at Kyun Thiri village Tour
  • Sunset cruise with cocktail on Ayeyarwaddy river
  • Boat trip on Inle Lake and Indaing
  • Exciting Inle Lake Bike, Boat and Kayak Tour
  • Unique circular train experience in Yangon
  • Diethelm Moment: a farewell dinner at Seeds Restaurant in Yangon

tour details

Experience a journey through history & unique culture, the breathtaking panoramas and beautiful landscapes with the unforgettable memorable holidays.

Arrival at Yangon Airport in the morning. Hotel standard check-in time is 14:00 hours.
Start your sightseeing with a drive to the famous Strand Road and visit the bustling Yangon harbour, where ferries leave for Pathein in the Delta and upcountry towns along the Ayeyarwady River. Visit the colonial-historical district, Chinatown, and the Indian quarter.
Then visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments in the world rises majestically over Singuttara Hill to the city Yangon, casting its golden gleam over the low-lying capital. This 2,500-years old structure, which contains the relics of four Buddhas', is the guardian temple of Yangon and the most sacred site for the people of Myanmar. Firstly, drive to the eastern side of Shwedagon at the Bahan Market. Start to walk from there through the small shops where monk accessories, Buddha statues, flowers etc. are sold. The entrance is always very busy with sellers and local pilgrims. You'll learn about the daily life of the local people who reside in the immediate surroundings and gain a deeper insight into the Buddhist religion as you provide offerings to the monks.
Then, walk up the staircase where many vendors sell artefacts for peoples own shrine at home. Continue to walk along the pagoda platform clockwise, as is tradition, around the main Pagoda. During this interactive walking tour of the pagoda, explore walkways and hidden gems that are unknown to most visitors. Stopping in one of the pavilions to prayer, you might get a chance to meet a Buddhist monk and talk about Buddhism and meditation or simply contemplate. Continue through the back door of Shwedagon Pagoda and discover its fascinating history. As you walk the magnificent grounds and interior and even you can visit a local fortune-teller and learn about the ancient spiritual beliefs. Walk down from the southern stairway where your car will be waiting for you to return to your hotel. Place to spend time watching the world go by.

Lighting ceremony with at the Shwedagon Pagoda:
This makes your visit to Shwedagon Pagoda an unforgettable one. Approximately 1000 oil lamps will be prepared. In the late afternoon you will start lighting them, if you wish with the help of other visitors, locals and monks. The sight of all these candles lit when the night falls is truly breath-taking.

Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe ROH) or similar, Yangon
Experience authentic local life and living, typical food, nature and traditions on this unique tour just at Yangon's doorstep. Perfect escape from the city for families with children, photographers, elderly people or simply everyone who would enjoy the beauty of the island rather on a trishaw than on a bicycle. The tour will take 2 hours on trishaw and 1 hour walk through the villages.

Pick up from hotel and transfer to the the jetty. Boat ride to the Seikkyi Khanaungto river island across the Yangon river and Twante canal. Visit the most interesting spots on the beautiful, rural and (almost) car-free island by Trishaw, short walks in some of the most beautiful villages (easy) visit to teashops to taste some local specialities and drinks, as Let Pet Ye, Tealeaf salad, Mohingar, Nan Gyi Toute, Palathas ... (at your choice). Visit also include an old monastery and learn more about daily life in the monastery and the Buddhist way of life in general from the friendly head monk and your knowledgeable guide. You will see the monks going on their morning round through the villages, receiving food and donations from the local community, visit the big "Myo Ma" market where piles of exotic fruit, vegetables and groceries are being sold visit the wharfs where big river boats are being maintained and repaired, also a "ship graveyard" can be seen along the way enjoy the beautiful, tranquil scenery while being cycled through the rice fields and bamboo groves. See lots of different plants, birds (egrets, cranes, sometimes storks and eagles), water buffaloes and others. stop by at a small farm and learn more about the Myanmar-way of agriculture (planting and harvesting rice and other crops, herding cows, goats and buffaloes '85)
You can try to ride the Trishaw yourself on a quiet street. You might have a chance to see and participate whenever any festivals or weddings (Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, and Christian) are happening. Lots of interaction with the local people, kids, adults or grandmothers - Buddhists, Muslims or Hindus, you will be overwhelmed by all the friendly smiles and greetings you will receive along the way. Return to Yangon and transfer to your hotel. Lunch at Pansuriya Restaurant.
In late afternoon, transfer to Wardan Street by car and start walking cross the Strand Road using the bridge. You will see a nice view from the bridge. Reach to Lan Thit jetty where you will ferry leaving to other side of village and vendors along the road. Continue to Night market on the Strand Road and you will pass by many local food, snacks and fruits. Cross the road into Chinatown and stop to see Kheng Hock Keong Chinese Temple. Continue walk along 18th Street with a nice view toward Shwedagon Pagoda though it's from a far distance. Cross another road and walk on unpaved streets lined with old wooden shuttered houses and shop fronts.
A stop for drink at famous 19th streets where you can have local beer and all kind of delicious barbeque. Table and chairs are put aside the street and the street is full of local beer and barbeque lovers. Take a table closer to the street and watch the busy waiters, taste the local barbeque and beer and enjoy the nightlife of Yangon. Leave the busy 19st Street and take a short walk to another Chinese temple called Guang Dong Kwan Yin Temple where you hop on the car and drive back to your hotel.
Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe ROH) or similar, Yangon.
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. Upon arrival in Bagan, proceed on a sightseeing tour, starting with the busy local market at Nyaung Oo. Continue with visits to a selection of the most important pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon, Bagan's most important reliquary shrine - look out for images of the 37 'nats' (spirits) housed in a small hall - and Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-Inn village), a 'cave' temple with fine frescoes of the 'Jataka Tales'. Next stop is Htilominlo, the last Bamar-style temple built in Bagan, which boasts old murals and friezes. Your visit continues to Ananda Temple, a masterpiece of Mon-style architecture with four huge standing Buddhas and an adjacent brick monastery with well-preserved 18th century murals. Stop for a photo of Bagan's tallest temple; 61 metres-high Thatbyinnyu, known as the 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. Lunch at The Sanon Restaurant.
You will explore Bagan by horse cart for about 2 hours in the late afternoon before sunset. Transfer by car to Dhammayazaka, built in 1196 and the largest pentagonal-based stupa in Bagan. From here your carriage takes you to Lemyethna Temple, topped by an Indian-style apex. Visit the Payathonzu Complex (if open), a set of three interconnected shrines linked by passages and adorned with Mahayana-style or Tantric mural paintings. Nearby is Nandamannya Temple with fine frescoes and an unexpectedly erotic mural. Wander through the village of Minnanthu to see how local people live. Finally, enjoy the sunset view at one of viewing hill.
Accommodation at Areindmar Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan
Discover the real village life in the small island and enjoy the local home cooked meal at a village house.

This Morning, picked up from your hotel and drive to Lawkananda jetty and take a short boat ride across the Ayeyarwaddy River to the villagers of East Kyun Thiri Island. Although it's only a 5 minutes' boat ride from Bagan itself, few tourists ever visit. Arrive to the riverbank of the island, take the fun bullock cart ride to East Kyun Thiri Village. Wandering around the farming village where you will see tomato garden, chilli, mustard, cauliflower and seasonal vegetables. The village has regular flooding during the rainy season and thus everything is built on stilts, including the local monastery. Visit to the beautiful old wooden monastery, take a chance to chat with the head monk who is the third head monk in 120 years since the monastery was built. After spending time learning about the daily lives of this unique island village, enjoy picnic home cooked lunch at the village house. afterwards heading back across the river to Bagan.

In the late afternoon you are transferred from your hotel to the jetty where you board a private wooden boat. Travel 30 minutes upstream, turning to glide downriver while watching the sun lower towards the horizon and set peacefully over the Ayeyarwady River. Drinks and light Burmese snacks will be served on board.
Accommodation at Areindmar Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan
Transfer to Bagan Airport for domestic 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 your hotel (Room might not be ready for check-in).
Continue from your hotel 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 Ohak. 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. From here continue by boat downstream past Yethar village, watching local life on the banks and birds in the trees until rejoining the Lake near Phaung Daw Oo Paya. Lunch at Inle Heritage Restaurant.
Accommodation at Novotel Inle Lake (Junior Suite) or similar, Inle Lake
A full day of exploration by bike, boat and kayak, with a fantastic traditional lunch in an exclusive Shan house on the lake.

This tour is bringing new life to the idea of riding a bike around the lake on the off road trails with mountain bike passing scenic view along the bamboo forest. Lunch provided at typical Shan house on the lake and gentle paddling of kayak through stilt-house villages.

07:45 meeting point at Grasshopper shop in Nyaung Shwe for bike fitting and safety briefing. Ride out of town on a tar road for about 3km before starting on the narrow trails that make up most of today's riding surface. While not technically difficult, the narrow lanes do require some degree of confidence on a bike The seasons bring different crops and activities to show which may include molasses production, rice harvesting & milling, rice cracker making, tofu factories, a baker and rice alcohol distillery. A mid-morning snack stop is at a truly local establishment, with great Shan food & drinks to match.
The bikes are loaded into boats for a transfer of about 20-minutes to start a countryside tour circuit through villages and rice fields. After this, another boat ride of about 40-minutes to lunch. After lunch the bikes are swapped for kayaks and a very short boat ride takes to a quiet area for the kayaking. This can be for as long or as short as any guest wishes as the long-tail boat accompanies, allowing the guest to get in at any suitable point. After returning to the lunch house and dropping the kayaks, the long-tail boat makes the journey back to Nyaung Shwe - approx. 45-minutes The arrival at Nyaung Shwe does depend on how long the guests have been kayaking but is usually around 16.30 to Nyaung Shwe.
Accommodation at Novotel Inle Lake (Junior Suite) or similar, Inle lake.

Note: Although these tours can run every day, during the Wet Season guests should be ready to get wet and/or muddy On all Bike, Boat and Kayak tours it is advisable for guests to bring a change of clothes as they are likely to get wet shorts from sitting on the kayak. In the cooler months the last boat ride back to Nyaung Shwe will feel quite fresh We provide helmets, water bottles and padded riding gloves on all tours
Drinking water, local snacks and lunch are included
Transfer to Heho airport for domestic flight to Yangon. From the airport, drive to Insein railway station where you will take train ride on the Circle Line (the Left or northbound route from Insein to Central Railway Station). Opened in 1961, the train carries hundreds of people a day in a loop around the city. This is life the way the locals live it - a unique, fun and authentic experience. While waiting for the train, you can stroll around the interesting local market nearby to see the bustling local daily market scene. Lunch at Rangoon Tea House.
Then, make sure you take the old non-aircon coach (and not the tourist coach). Be prepared to be thrown into the midst of local life, chat to curious travellers and maybe stand for some of the 1 'bd hour journey, with priority given to sacks of vegetables heading to local markets. As the journey passes from station to station you have a great opportunity to observe the life of Yangon suburbanites. Get off at Central Railway Station and transfer to Scott market to shopping local handicrafts. Further time is leisure for your own individual interests.
In evening, transfer to the Seeds Restaurant to enjoy Yangon fine dining experience.
Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe ROH) or similar, Yangon.
Transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure flight.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Special 60th anniversary welcome gift
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Trishaw ride at River Island (Yangon)
  • Biking and Kayaking in Inle
  • Lighting Ceremony at Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon)
  • Horse Cart riding in Bagan
  • Circular Train in Yangon
  • Boat trips as specified
  • Service charges and room tax
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour

excludes

Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare (Yangon-Bagan-Heho-Yangon)
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Porterage fee
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13
  • 17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

Remark: Program designed for active guests as it includes a bit of walking, biking and rural life

Notes:

  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned below. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
  • Domestic airfares are quoted separately and subject to change in case of increases imposed by the airlines (ie. taxes, fuel costs, etc.).
  • There are 8 different airlines operating on the domestic route in Myanmar. Each company has slight different airfares and this pricelist is based on average airfare. Diethelm Travel will book the most convenient and direct routing. The final price can be confirmed once the tickets are booked and issued depending on available booking class and seat availability.
Tour code: MMR8D60AT

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