9-Day Travel in Style with Belmond Cruise

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 9 Days

tour highlights

  • Strolling around Yangon with its colonial buildings and the world-famous Shwedagon pagoda tour
  • 9 Days luxurious river cruise along the Ayeyarwady River on Road To Mandalay Cruise
  • Discover the pagodas filled plain of the ancient Bagan
  • Visit the mystic Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and a cheroot factory for its handmade Burmese cigars

tour details

This tour combines a gentle journey with a relaxed stay on the luxury Road to Mandalay. Cruising on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River is a sensation on its own. The Lake Inle with its stunning sites will surprise you with its breath-taking charms.

Tour with Departure: Every Tuesday

Arrival Yangon International Airport, you will meet your Diethelm Travel tour guide after clearing immigration and customs control and transfer to hotel. Check in time: 14:00 hours.
This introductory half-day tour takes visitors to the colonial-historical centre of Yangon, 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 Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Return to hotel.
Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe ROH) or similar, Yangon.
Transfer to Yangon Airport to join the Road to Mandalay for the domestic flight from Yangon to Mandalay. Board the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet village near Mandalay around 11:00 hours. Enjoy an afternoon discovering the city's key sites and traditional arts, including a visit to a family of bronze casters. Raise a glass to the sunset at U Bein Bridge with a sumptuous champagne cocktail. Dine on Asian and Western cuisine in the elegant Restaurant.
Overnight on Belmond Road To Mandalay Cruise (Deluxe Cabin).
Join a Buddhist almsgiving ceremony and experience village life near our jetty before the ship sets sail. Alight in Ava to explore the ancient capital. Take a traditional horse and cart tour or discover the sights by bike. As the ship sails to Bagan, enjoy a range of onboard activities. Attend a talk on Myanmar culture, sample local infusions in our Burmese Tea Shop, learn how to dress in a traditional longyi or have your fortune told by an astrologer. You can also indulge in a treatment at the spa, work out in the gym or relax by the pool on the Observation Deck, the largest outdoor space of any river cruiser in Myanmar.Overnight on Belmond Road To Mandalay Cruise (Deluxe Cabin).
Rise early to attend a soothing mediation session before the ship arrives to Bagan. A range of tour options is available today. Choose from "Introduction to Bagan" for temples and history, "A Day in the Life" for local culture, food and markets, or "Bagan by Bicycle" for those who seeking with a taste for action and adventure. Before rejoining the ship for lunch, stroll through the small village that is home to Belmond's private jetty near Old Bagan. You may wish to visit Belmond's free clinic, where our onboard doctor will be treating local patients. In the afternoon visit Ananda, one of Bagan's most magnificent temples. Continue your tour as you explore an off-the-beaten-track temple by torchlight. End your visit by admiring the sunset over the plains. Dine under the stars at the Road to Mandalay grill on the Observation Deck, before enjoying the classic marionette performance. Overnight on Belmond Road To Mandalay Cruise (Deluxe Cabin).
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 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 March.

Pick up from Road To Mandalay Cruise and start your tour by car to Dhammayazaka, built in 1196 and the largest pentagonal-based stupa in Bagan. Continue to Lemyethna Temple, topped by an Indian-style apex. Lunch at Ayeyarwaddy River Terrace Restaurant.
Visit Tayoke Pyay and 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. Later, visit Moe Moe Lacquer ware factory where you'll learn how this delicate art is made.
Accommodation at Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort (Deluxe Garden View Room) or similar, Bagan.
Transfer to airport for domestic flight to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport down into the valley to Nyaung Shwe on the edge of Inle Lake. En route stop at Shweyanpyay wooden monastery. Transfer by own your local boat to hotel on the lake. Lunch at View Point Restaurant.
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. Afterwards, 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.
Accommodation at Novotel Inle Lake (Junior Suite Room) 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 Intha 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' - 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. Lunch at Green Chilli, Nampan Restaurant.
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 as the sun lowers and the light softens over the lake.
Accommodation at Novotel Inle Lake (Junior Suite Room) or similar, Inle Lake.
Transfer to Heho Airport (25 km - 1 hour) for domestic flight to Yangon. Arrival Yangon and transfer to hotel. Lunch at House of Memories Restaurant.
Yangon retains one of the most complete ensembles of colonial architecture in the world. This walking tour in Yangon reveals some of the heritage buildings and the rich history of their functions and inhabitants up to the present day. Transfer from your hotel to Yangon City Hall, located at the heart of the colonial-era city. Built in 1936 by Myanmar architect U Tin, it is a massive building with traditional tiered roofs, a combination of European design and engineering technology with traditional Myanmar flourishes. Nearby is the former Immigration Department. This building was designed in 1910 to be the country's most upmarket department store, Rowe & Company. With its corner tower and top-floor balconettes, the structure retains an air of its former opulence. Proceed to the High Court, a 1911 brick building designed by the architect John Ransome, and another outstanding example of the grand Imperial style.
Continue to Strand Road, home to the three-storey former New Law Courts, built in 1931 with an imposing colonnade of Ionic columns. Next stop is the 1916 Custom House, a large building with an elegant white tower and double-faced clock above the entrance. The Art Deco period Myanma Port Authority is noted for its imposing square corner tower, wave-inspired stuccowork, and bas-relief sculptures of sailing vessels. The former Irrawaddy Flotilla Company's graceful white building and colonnaded fa'e7ade is another landmark.
Walk past the red brick General Post Office to the luxurious Strand Hotel, built in 1901 by the Sarkies brothers, Armenian hoteliers. Here you'll enjoy well-earned refreshments (non-alcoholic) in the Bar, and later, transfer back to your hotel. Dinner at Le Planteur Restaurant.
Accommodation at Chatrium Hotel (Deluxe ROH) or similar, Yangon.
Transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure flight to forwards destination.


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
  • The Diethelm Travel guide does not accompany passengers during the cruise. Guide services during the cruise are provided by "Road to Mandalay" Cruise for all passengers
  • Boat trip in Inle
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Road to Mandalay Cruise
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


Not Included are:

  • Domestic airfare (Yangon-Mandalay, Bagan-Heho-Yangon)
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages) and surcharge for private car and guide during the Road to Mandalay cruise
  • 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)



  • 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: MMR9RTM

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