8-Day Family Holidays in Myanmar

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 8 Days

tour highlights

  • Overnight boat trip on RV Mingun/RV Innwa around Mandalay
  • Typical horse cart riding experience in Bagan
  • Boat tour to Indaing ancient Pagoda complex
  • Experience Yangon circular train ride
  • Family friendly hotels

tour details

This private family tour is designed for those that want to do something different with their loved ones. The classic family tour of Myanmar is a perfect general tour to introduce you and your family to the historical sights, the best views and the main highlights.

Arrival at Mandalay International Airport and meet your tour guide. Short drive around the city before transfer to the jetty to check in and embark at Mandalay jetty at 16:00 hours. Enjoy welcome drinks and settle in your cabin. The boat slowly sails towards Mingun for approximately one hour thirty minutes. While cruising along the fascinating scenes of Irrawaddy, enjoy an aperitif on the upper deck to watch the sunset on the river.
Dinner and overnight on board near Mingun.
Breakfast will be served on the sun deck from 07:00 hours. At 08:00 hours, visit the village of Mingun before other tourists arrive from Mandalay. Visit Pondawphaya, Settawya, Pahtodawgyi pagodas and the legendary Mingun Bell (which weighs around 90 tons) one of the largest intact ringing bells in the world. The bell was destined to King Bodawpaya's Pahtodawgyi brick pagoda which could have been the highest in the world if the project had not been halted because of the King's deep superstitions. Around 11:00, back onboard cruise towards Ava, Lunch during navigation. Disembark at 15:00 to visit the Island of Ava by horse carriage including stops at famous Bagaya Kyaung and Me Nu Oak Kyaung Monasteries. After the day's visits, navigate towards Sagaing Hill for an exclusive BBQ Dinner on the River Beach facing the hilltop dotted with white and gold pagodas. Overnight onboard.
Breakfast on board, cruise back to Mandalay and disembark at Mandalay jetty around 10:00hour. Pick up from the jetty and 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. Stop at local workshops to see Kalaga tapestries being made, marble being carved into Buddha images, and gold leaf being beaten into paper-thin pieces. Lunch at Daung Lann Gyi Typical Myanmar Restaurant.
Next visit beautiful teak-carved Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive World War II bombing, and Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the Theravada Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marble slabs, giving rise to its nickname 'the world's largest book'.
Late afternoon, transfer to the airport to Bagan. Arrive Bagan and transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation at Bagan Umbra Hotel (Grand Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan
Full day 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 metre-high Thatbyinnyu, known as the 'temple of omniscience' and dating from 1144. Lunch at Welcome Typical Food House Restaurant.
Next visit Moe Moe Lacquer ware factory where you'll learn how this delicate art is made. You will explore Bagan by horse cart (or) horse carriage for about 2 hours in the late afternoon before sunset. Wander through the village of Minnanthu to see how local people live. Finally, proceed to a temple (by horse carriage or car, depending on the distance) which you may choose to climb for a view of sunset over Bagan.
Accommodation at Bagan Umbra Hotel (Grand Deluxe Room) or similar, Bagan
In the morning, transfer to Nyaung U airport for flight to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport down into the valley to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake and board your own local boat to take you to the lake. Lunch at Green Chilli Restaurant.
Enjoy a half 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' - Intha 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. 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 as the sun lowers and the light softens over the lake.
Accommodation at Thanakha Inle Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Inle Lake
Pick-up 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 Golden Kite Indaing Restaurant.
Return to your hotel.
Accommodation at Thanakha Inle Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, Inle Lake
In the morning, transfer by private boat and vehicle from Inle Lake to Heho airport for flight to Yangon.
Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to Thamaing railway station where you will take a train ride on the Circle Line (the Left or northbound route from Thamaing to Bauk Htaw Station). Opened in 1961, the train carries an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 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.
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. The ride will take approximate 1 'bd hour. Get off at Bauk Htaw Station. Pick up at train station and proceed for lunch. Lunch at Divino Restaurant.
Then, a photo stop to the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge; and the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2,000 years. Proceed to Bogyoke (Scott) Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) followed by an extended visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide! Its golden stupa is the 'heart' for all Buddhists in 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. Firstly drive to the Eastern entrance of the Shwedagon pagoda at Bahan and walk along 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. 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 Hotel.
Accommodation at Inya Lake Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Yangon
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

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)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • 3 Days / 2nights cruise on RV Mingun/Innwa
  • Boat trips in Inle Lake as specified
  • Horse cart in Bagan
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour

excludes

Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Optional Balloon flight at sunrise in Bagan
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • 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

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: MMR8FHM
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