Myanmar

8-Day Myanmar Culinary Journey

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 8 Days

tour highlights

  • Traditional Cooking Class at Monsoon Restaurant and magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda Tour
  • Temples and pagodas sightseeing in ancient Bagan
  • Cooking Class of Myanmar dishes at Green Elephant Restaurant
  • Visit Red Mountain Estate to learn the process of winery production
  • Join Shan Cooking Class and explore the local market in Inle
  • Boat trip in Inle Lake and visit the weaving workshops
  • Cooking Demonstration at Inle Heritage House

tour details

You’ll begin your tour with an introduction to the delights of Burmese cooking before making your way to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. In Bagan you’ll visit a local market, the Shwezigon Pagoda, the Ananda Temple, Gubyaukgyi (Wetkyi-Inn), the Kyansittha ‘Cave’ temple, and the Htilominlo & Thatbyinnyu Temples. You’ll also explore Mingalazedi, the last of the large pagodas built during the 13th Century. Throughout your tour, you’ll learn how to cook numerous Myanmar dishes as you attend a Shan cooking class, a cooking demonstration and explore local markets. In Heho you’ll see Inle Lake, the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, the 5-day rotating market & the amazing ‘leg rowers’. Other highlights include a wine tasting experience, a bicycle tour and visit to the impressive Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.

Meet on arrival at Yangon International Airport and transfer to hotel.
Late afternoon, transfer to one of Yangon's finest restaurant located on the edge of the Inya Lake where you will enjoy a delightful welcome dinner at Le Planteur Restaurant.
Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe ROH) or similar, Yangon (Period until 30 April 2018)
Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe City View) or similar, Yangon (Period 01 May 2018 - 30 September 2018)
After breakfast, transfer to Monsoon Cooking School. Learn how to cook and enjoy the taste of traditional Myanmar food with the chef at Monsoon. The class will take one and half hour. You will have your own cooking for lunch as well as additional Myanmar dessert and tea / coffee.
In the afternoon, 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. Dinner at Shan Yoe Yar Restaurant.
Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe ROH) or similar, Yangon (Period until 30 April 2018)
Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe City View) or similar, Yangon (Period 01 May 2018 - 30 September 2018)
Transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight to Bagan. 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 (Wetkyi 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 Ayeyarwaddy River Terrace Restaurant, a nice restaurant overlooking Ayeyarwaddy River serving delicious Asian food.
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 meters - 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. Dinner at The Food Library restaurant.
Accommodation at Thiripyitsayar Hotel (Deluxe Garden View Room) or similar, Bagan.
Optional: 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 Over Bagan's vintage Renault 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 20th March.
Balloons Over Bagan is operated by qualified pilots and technicians who are all registered in the United Kingdom. Cameron Balloons Ltd., the world's largest manufacturer of high quality balloons, manufactures the equipment. Eleven balloons carrying a total capacity of 140 passengers are available for pre-booking.

Today, under the guidance of the great chef of Acacia Cooking Class where you will enjoy your own preparations after the class.
In the afternoon, an excursion to the nostalgic Nat Htaung Kyaung, a monastery famous for woodcarvings, built in 1781 by a group of monks. Admire the monastery's collection of ancient Buddha statues and lacquer boxes. Return by boat on the Ayeyarwaddy River at sunset while slowly sipping cocktail on board. Dinner at Nanda Restaurant.
Accommodation at Thiripyitsayar Hotel (Deluxe Garden View Room) or similar, Bagan.
Transfer to Nyaung Oo (Bagan) Airport for domestic flight to Heho. Arrive Heho airport and drive to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake, stopping on the way to visit Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery.
In the afternoon, drive to the Red Mountain Estate vineyard and winery. Located near the Inle Lake, The Red Mountain Estate produces the best wines of the country. You will bike up to the vineyard and sat down for wine tasting. Lunch at Red Mountain Restaurant.
The small outdoor tasting room provides a commanding view over the terraced vineyard as well as a wonderful breeze. Beyond the rolling green hills you can see glistening Inle Lake and on a clear day you can also enjoy the surrounding mountain landscape. Rest of the afternoon, time to stroll around the charming village of Nyaung shwe or enjoy bicycle tour on the edge of the lake. Dinner at Viewpoint Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Inle region serving Western & Shan fusion.
Accommodation at View Point Lodge (Cottage Suite Room) or similar, Nyaung Shwe.
Today start with Shan cooking class. At 0830hr, depart hotel to discover the fresh market and purchase fresh vegetables, fruits, spices and necessary ingredients for cooking class. Start cooking class, you will get recipes book and aprons to participate in the cooking lesson. Drinks will be offered and you will enjoy your own cooked lunch at the open balcony.
After lunch, leave Nyaung Shwe and board a local boat to take you to the hotel on Inle Lake. Then, enjoy 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.
Visit a 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 hotel.
Dinner and accommodation at Novotel Inle Lake (Junior Suite) or similar, Inle Lake.
Early morning, 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 Intha people who come to these markets to sell and buy goods. Your guide will arrange for a local breakfast on the market which gives you the best insight of local life. Proceed to Inle Heritage house for cooking demonstration before your transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Yangon.
Arrive Yangon and farewell dinner at Seeds Restaurant.
Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe ROH) or similar, Yangon (Period until 30 April 2018)
Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe City View) or similar, Yangon (Period 01 May 2018 - 30 September 2018)
This morning, walk along the busy harbour area before we take a one hour journey on the busy shuttle train which goes round the city. Lunch at Aung Thukha Restaurant, enjoy an authentic Myanmar food at a typical local restaurant. Very busy place with many kind of delicious dishes are displayed. No menu but you can just point out what you want to eat.
The Diethelm Travel tour guide and car remain at the clients' disposal for further sightseeing or shopping until transfer back 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
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Boat trips as specified
  • All fees for cooking classes
  • 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 (Yangon-Bagan-Heho-Yangon)
  • 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 or similar. 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 Festive Season: 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: MMR8CUL

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