Myanmar Highlights, plus 2-nights on Luxury River Cruise
Tour Code: DFC-10D9N-1
This tour is one of the most used by first time visitor to Myanmar and gives the traveler fascinating access into highlights of the country’s 4 major destinations – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake, plus 2-nights luxury river cruise experience. Elegantly dancing her way along the Irrawaddy River, your cruise will explore thousands of years of culture and riveting scenic beauty while offering sophisticated elegance on board. From start to finish, this tour experience best showcases this magical country.
Start ~ Yangon, Myanmar
Finish ~ Yangon, Myanmar
Physical rating: 2 out of 5
“Mingalabar” – “Welcome to Myanmar” at the airport by your tour guide and your EMH – Enjoy Myanmar Holiday’s transfer team. We then transfer you to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Meal is not included on this day.
After breakfast at the hotel, start sightseeing by walking around:
- the city center to enjoy the city being busy with the sellers on the street
- and also the pedestrians and Colonial Style buildings.
The whole day is the brief tour to famous Landmarks:
- CHAUKHATKYI PAGODA, the colossal reclining Buddha and
- BOTATHAUNG PAGODA overlooked the pleasant water front of the river
- KARAWEIK HALL & ROYAL LAKE for Photo stop
- Explore BOGYOKE MARKET (SCOTT MARKET) which is the best place for shopping in our country.
- Enjoy the sunset at SHWEDAGON PAGODA, the soul of Yangon.
In the early morning, take the short flight to Mandalay. Once at Mandalay, you will be transferred to the Strand’s two-night cruise.
About the Strand Cruise: Purpose-built at the Thein Phyu Shipyard in Yangon, this shallow-draft vessel exudes a contemporary, elegant interior which is flooded with light from floor-to-ceiling windows. A semi-circular teak staircase connects the passenger decks where the design palette is a fusion of Oriental influences with colonial accents. The cabins and suites overflow with luxurious appointments. While harking back to the days of the British Empire in its ambiance, the vessel has the latest technology such as individually controlled air conditioning and satellite Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
The travelers seeking to discover the wealth of historic and Buddhist attractions of Myanmar who don’t want to compromise on style and luxury will love this new vessel, which visits the many tourist highlights that surround the mighty Ayeyarwady river.
This cruise trip begins with a welcome breakfast at U-Bein Bridge, then visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda. After enjoying lunch aboard, we sail to Mingun, one of the country’s former capitals, visiting the unfinished pagoda, as well as the Hsinbyume Pagoda and Mingun bell.
Accommodation: Deluxe Cabin on Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day two sees our passengers to Ava, one of Myanmar’s ancient imperial capitals, for a delightful ride through the naturally preserved landscape and key landmarks. Here we visit the Yadana Shemee. Once back on board, the ship cruises onwards throughout the afternoon towards the ancient city of Bagan.
(Two-night Strand’s inclusions are tea and coffee, soft drinks, water, local Dagon Beer, house wine – Burmese, French, Chilean or South African during meals, and house cocktails in the evening, vintage wines and spirits are not included. All sightseeing excursions are included; as are English-speaking guides. There is complimentary Wi-Fi and international daily newspapers on digital tablets.)
Accommodation: Deluxe Cabin on Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After a healthy breakfast onboard disembark in Bagan, say farewell to the crew and then check out the cruise. Your Bagan tour guide will welcome you at the exit to explore the ancient city of temples, Bagan.
Firstly, we’ll go to the lively Nyaung U Market. This Nyaung U Market provides a great photo opportunity, and also the chance for tourists to mingle with the local Myanmar people, and watch how they conduct their daily lives.
Next, we will start sightseeing as below:
- Shwe-Zi-Gon Pagoda (considered a prototype of all future such temples)
- Hti-Lo-Min-Lo Temple (a double-storied building with artistic stucco works)
- Ananda Temple (the architectural masterpiece of a millennium)
- That-Byin-Nyu Temple (the tallest in Bagan)
- Dham-Ma-Yan-Gyi Temple (noted for its intricate brickwork)
- Superb sunset view at available pagoda/hill
Today is your free day at leisure in Bagan.
Suggestions for your free time:
You can take a half day trip to Mt. Popa, the core of an extinct volcano lasted active 25,000 years ago; also known as the ‘Mt Olympus’ of Myanmar, the abode of Myanmar’s most powerful Nats (Spiritual beings) and the most important Nat Worship Centre. On the way to Mount Popa, stop to see skilful toddy-palm climber collecting the wine on top of the tree, toddy palm juice & palm sugar (jaggery) making cottage.
For your afternoon free time, you can rent an e-bike and ride around the town to explore more of Bagan’s temples and to witness the true local life. For the sunset time, you can take a boat to enjoy sunset along the mighty Irrawaddy river.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho. The flight time is around an hour.
On arrival, proceed to Pindaya by car. This drive will give you delightful sceneries of hill station by passing through picturesque landscapes. Huge Banyan Trees near Pindaya caves are also well known for photo stop.
Then visit PINDAYA CAVES where one can enjoy countless number of Buddha images from the late 18 centuries. Well known for its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
Next stop are Traditional cottage industry of UMBRELLA MAKING and Pone Ta Lote Lake. Then drive to the hotel for check-in.
Looking down over the lake from the Taunggyi road, Inle lies in an enormous carpet of greenery. Dotted around the lake are the stilt-house villages and floating gardens of the Intha tribe. The Intha technique of leg rowing – where one leg is wrapped around the paddle to drive the blade through the water in a snake-like motion – is unique.
With our Inle Lake boat tour, you will experience a unique way of life that has lived on through generations, whilst exploring the culturally significant surrounds that form part of this beautiful region of Myanmar. You will be provided with a life jacket and easy seat for each person on the boat.
Inle lake sightseeing will be filled with visits to:
- Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the most important symbol of religion of Shan State
- Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, attractive wooden monastery
- Floating Villages (Innpaw Khone, Pouk Par, Ywa Ma, Khar Taw)
A visit to these sights provides deep insight into how the people on the lake make their livings, you can enjoy Unique One Leg rowing fisherman, Lotus and silk weaving, boat making and cheroot making.
- After lunch proceed to Indein. And take a short trek to Indein Pagoda. On the way, you can enjoy the serene atmosphere as you wander through artfully scattered 8th century Pagodas in ruins covered by trees and bushes.
- Then observe Intha tribes Village lives and enjoy the local market along the shore.
Finally, we will return to the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport to take a short flight back to Yangon. On your arrival, you will be met by your transfer team and you will then be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is your own leisure in Yangon.
Breakfast and free time until time to go to the airport for departure flight. Then, transfer you to the Yangon International Airport three hours prior according to your flight departure time.
~ 7 nights accommodation: Standard Option (3 Star Hotels) or Premium Option (4 Star Hotels)
~ 2 nights with deluxe cabin based on twin/double shared on luxury cruise
~ enjoy daily breakfast at hotels
~ enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner on cruise on Day 3 and Day 4
~ 3 internal flights
~ professional English speaking tour guides
~ sightseeing tours by air-conditioned private vehicles
~ private boat to explore the InLe Lake
~ return airport transfers
~ enjoy exploring Myanmar as per itinerary
Don’t forget you can modify this tour. Whether you enjoy travelling as a part of a small group with other like-minded travellers, or perhaps you are looking for your very own private journey, we have the right option for you. Click on talk to us button to send us your enquiry.