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Myanmar Luxury Tour – 9 or 12 Days

Southern Myanmar, Central Myanmar
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Myanmar Luxury Tour is for the travelers who want to experience the country as a whole. Our journey will lead you to different places and sites. For a true explorer this tour will give a comprehensive picture of this diverse country, of course without forgetting the comforts of a well organized tour.

Our Myanmar tour will take you on a journey to some of the most amazing destinations in the country.

We start from Yangon where we spend the day exploring the colonial quarters of this vibrant city.  From Yangon we journey to Bagan once the greatest kingdom in the world, still home to over 2000 temples and ruins from its times of glory. Here we can discover the ageing temples and get a feeling of going back in time. We also explore different arts and crafts of Bagan.

From Bagan we will go to Mandalay the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. Our first stop ashore is the U Bein Bridge, a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura, another royal capital city of the past. The bridge is believed to be the oldest and longest teak wood bridge in the world.

From Mandalay we visit Inle lake and surroundings. Our boat journey follows the currents of a small river as we reach the Pa O village of Indein, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

DAY 1 : ARRIVAL, YANGON EXPLORATION

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport you will be welcomed by Discovery DMC guide who will assist you through necessary immigration procedures. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and after some rest and freshen up we drive to the old center of the city where we start today’s explorations with a walking tour. Our history specialist guide will lead you through symmetrically laid out colonial administrative quarter and share intriguing stories behind some of the most remarkable heritage buildings, many of them dating back to the late 19th – early 20th century. Along our route you will see old book merchants, traditional food stalls and various kinds of shops and entrepreneurs that all combined make Yangon’s downtown a very vibrant and dynamic place.

Stop for an afternoon tea break at the stylish Rangoon Tea House – a contemporary take on classic Rangoon tea venues – a great place to sample traditional Burmese dishes in a lively and cozy atmosphere.

Next we visit some of the well-known art galleries where you will have a chance to meet with local artists who will share their stories about recent developments in Yangon’s emerging arts scene.

After lunch enjoy foot massage at the best Spa in the city to relax from the morning walk and prepare yourself for the most fascinating experience of the day as we complete today’s discoveries with a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda. The iconic symbol of the whole country, this giant gold gleaming stupa rises high into the sky and is center to the most revered Buddhist complex in Myanmar. Views of the golden dome are most enchanting by the sundown when hundreds of worshippers fill the platform to pay respect and meditate quietly after the busy day, with tickling of thousands of tiny golden bells and scent of incense sticks and candles filling the air.

Tonight a welcome dinner will be served for you at the hotel – luxuriate in a relaxing atmosphere of a colonial teak wood mansion savoring selected local delicacies and cooling cocktails.

Overnight at the Governor’s Residence Hotel.

 

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Temples of Bagan (Pagan) Myanmar

DAY 2 : FROM YANGON TO BAGAN.

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to domestic airport for the flight to Bagan. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by the team members of the Strand Cruise.

Your journey through the golden land today begins with a freshly made welcome meal in the tranquil shaded gardens of the oldest lacquer ware house in Bagan. Lacquer ware is a traditional art that began when the Pagodas of Bagan were first being built in the 11th century and is still practiced today. We will then move onto the nearby Shwezigon Pagoda, famous for it’s gold leaf decor, and the Ananda temple, famous as being one of the four great temples of Bagan and one of most exquisite temples in Myanmar. A short scenic transfer takes us to The Strand Cruise for check-in and to meet fellow passengers over lunch. Once settled into your cabin, meet your fellow passengers for lunch prepared by the Chef of the cruise.

During the afternoon, we will continue our exploration of the Bagan Heritage Trail, including the beautiful Sulamani and Gubyaukgyi temples. As the sun sets, admire Bagan’s magnificent sights over the Ayeyarwaddy river from the ship’s sundeck, sipping one of the Strand Hotel’s signature cocktails, before joining your fellow travelers at the long tables of our fine dining restaurant for a dinner of sharing tapas, followed by a menu of gourmet cuisine and fine wines. Additional optional activities today include a guided visit by private car around Bagan or tickets to an evening performance of the nearby contemporary cultural show.

OPTIONAL

The Dandaree Show in the evening               

Myanmar’s best cultural performance show depicting Myanmar’s art and history, suitable for families and children. Palace building as a backdrop you will be entertained by acrobatics, dance and musical performance as well as games.

Overnight on board The Strand Cruise.

Bagan Temples Myanmar Tours

Bagan Temples

DAY 3 : MAJESTY OF BAGAN.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning as we cruise downriver to the glass monastery of Tant Kyi Taung. Once ashore at the Tant Kyi river bank, a short transfer will take you to the monastery to witness the amazing view of Bagan from the hilltop, before descending the hill where a surprise awaits. By mid-morning, we begin cruising upstream toward Mandalay. The passing landscapes and typical Ayeyarwaddy villages have inspired many authors and artists throughout history, including Rudyard Kipling.

As we cruise, lunch is o ered either bu et style in the air-conditioned restaurant or al fresco at the more informal sundeck lounge while enjoying the beautiful landscape passing by.

We will spend the afternoon drifting on the gentle waters of the Ayeyarwaddy, relax on the sun deck and enjoy the many activities and workshops arranged by our experienced crew, before enjoying a traditional Strand afternoon tea. As night falls, our ship will moor on a remote and wild section of the river. Surrounded only by the soft whispering of nature, our Captain invites you to a cocktail and dinner, followed by a traditional cultural performance on board. Night owls can linger in the bar over a glass of fine wine or single malt whiskey and recreate the golden age of the Strand as a meeting place for explorers and raconteurs.

Should you wish, we can offer an additional activity options today:

OPTIONAL

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Bagan

Imagine…floating gently above thousand years old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, as the sun rises slowly from the horizon over the misty fields and temples. The magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for centuries. One of the most remarkable sights in Asia, where ancient temples dot the landscape as far as the eye can see. Truly an unforgettable experience not to be missed on a journey to Myanmar.

(Flights operate between October & March)

Overnight on board The Strand Cruise.

Mingun Myanmar Luxury Tour

Mingun Pagoda cracked by an earth quake

DAY 4: THE WAVES OF THE RIVER.

Enjoy a late breakfast this morning as the ship will cruise until mid-afternoon when we arrive in Mingun. Throughout the morning, relax by the pool with a book or participate in the many activities and workshops prepared by the crew as we pass through the wonderful countryside. After a generous buffet lunch of international and Asian cuisine taken on the sun deck or in the restaurant, as you prefer, we will stop in Mingun, at the foot of the unfinished pagoda, one of the largest pagodas ever constructed in the history of Myanmar. We will visit the pagoda by

a popular local means of transportation, the Tuk Tuk. The pagoda is home to the magnificent Mingun Bell, claimed to be the largest uncracked hanging bell in the world. We will also visit Hsinbyume Pagoda, an impressive stupa that rises in seven curved whitewashed terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt Meru, the mountain at the center of the Buddhist universe. Once back onboard, relax and prepare yourself for a fabulous feast on the sand banks opposite Mingun (weather permitting) accompanied by local entertainment.

Overnight on board The Strand Cruise.

 

Ubein Bridge in Amarapura Myanmar

Sunset view by Ubein Bridge in Amarapura – one of the old kingdoms near Mandalay

DAY 5 : THE ROYAL CAPITALS.

We begin our day with a freshly prepared breakfast while surveying the next and most awaited stop, Mandalay, the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. Our first stop ashore is the U Bein Bridge, a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura, another royal capital city of the past. The bridge is believed to be the oldest and longest teak wood bridge in the world.

We continue the Mandalay Heritage trail by visiting the Mahamui Buddha temple. Legend has it that the great Buddha himself visited the city of Arakan in 554 and that King Sanda Thuriya ordered a likeness of Buddha’s face to be created and placed in the temple. From here we visit the Shwe In Bin monastery before rejoining the Strand Cruise.

After lunch on board as we cruise, we will explore Sagaing, the most important religious center in Myanmar, famous for its many hundreds of white, silver and gold pagodas and monasteries. A traditional local truck will collect passengers from the ship and bring them to the top terrace of the Soon U Ponya Shin pagoda to enjoy a stunning vista of Mandalay surrounded by its ancient royal capitals linked by the golden thread of the Ayeyarwaddy River. During the afternoon we will set sail again towards Ava, the ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Horse carts awaits to transport you for a delightful ride through the naturally preserved Ava landscape and key landmarks. We will have an exclusive mooring overnight at Ava next to a remarkable temple, allowing Strand Cruise passengers access to the site after the crowds have departed in the late afternoon until the following morning.

As we reach the end of the day, a special Champagne Sunset Cocktail will be held overlooking the Ava bridge and Sagaing Hill as they are bathed in the evening glow, before a fabulous Shan style farewell dinner on board complete with traditional local performances.

Should you wish to continue exploring the city on your own, additional optional activities today include a guided visit by private car.

Overnight on board The Strand Cruise.

 

fisherman Inle lake

Fisherman Inle lake

DAY 6 : FROM MANDALAY TO INLE LAKE.

This morning the monks of Ava will join us for a very special farewell before breakfast and our final cruise towards the Gaw Wein jetty in Mandalay. There you will be picked up by Discovery DMC station guide who will see you to the airport for your flight to Heho, a quiet transit town with one of the few airport links in the beautiful hills of Shan State. We take a 1-hour drive to Inle Lake that descends through the valley with views of the Shan mountains and rice paddy fields. After checking into the hotel, we embark on afternoon explorations of Inle Lake, populated with floating islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roots of water hyacinth plants and bamboo poles. Delight in the picturesque sights of Intha fishermen who balance and row with one leg, a technique indigenous to the Inn Thar minority group who do this only on Inle Lake. Visit the Ywama village known for its silver smith traditions and Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf by devout followers.

Tonight dinner will be served on a private deck over a little island in front of your hotel. Enjoy the most delicious fusion cuisine with a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail.

Should you desire, additional options today include private cooking class by a master chef and/or a visit to a local vineyard.

OPTIONAL

Shan cooking class at Viewpoint Restaurant 

Duration: Approx. 3,5 hours

You will visit the local market with our head chef to purchase the food to be prepared for a special gourmet luncheon. The chef explains how to shop, shares some tricks in traditional bargaining and shows the right ingredients being purchased. Once shopping is done you will proceed to the kitchen, where the chef begins the basic lessons and guides you through the process of preparation of the meal. Enjoy your cooking creations after all is ready.

 OPTIONAL

Wine tasting at the Red Mountain Vineyard Estate

Duration: 1,5 – 2,5 hours       

Visit Myanmar’s premier vineyard, on the slopes of mountain range rising east of the Inle lake. Sample the produce whilst enjoying enchanting views over the lake. The Red Mountain Estates is locally owned vineyard ran by French winemaker who has been passionately making wine in Myanmar for the last 10 years.

Overnight at the Inle Princess Resort.

 

Indein Myanmar

Indein Myanmar

DAY 7 : INLE LAKE & INDEIN.

After breakfast at the hotel we continue today’s explorations of Inle Lake and surroundings. Our boat journey follows the currents of a small river as we reach the Pa O village of Indein, a site that makes us feel as if we’ve stepped through a forgotten portal in time. To access the Indein archaeological site we walk through verdant bamboo groves that open up to a field covered with the ancient pagodas constructed over 1,000 years ago – truly an amazing sight and a highlight of the lake.

Enjoy today’s lunch on a floating boat – our on-board chef will prepare your gourmet lunch while you take in the breathtaking scenery and savor exquisite dining, an experience you will never forget.

Rest of the day is for lake explorations, you will learn how the floating islands are shaped and tended, stop at Inn Phaw Khone village to learn how local handmade silks, linens and lotus fabrics are crafted. At Nampan village local craftsmen will show us how Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled. If time permits we can visit the Burmese cats at Inn Thar Heritage House and end our day with magnificent sunset canoe ride with boatmen who gracefully navigate and row perched on one leg. Return to your hotel with the sundown.

Should you wish, we can arrange an optional sunrise balloon flight for you:

OPTIONAL

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Inle Lake

As our balloon gains height, a wonderful panorama unfolds in front of you. The flight will reveal to the lake, mountains, marshes and stilt-house villages. Driven by the wind, you will see the boats of the lake, canoes transporting visitors along the main canal from Nyaungshwe on a day’s expedition, or Intha fishermen majestically rowing their flat-bottomed skiffs with one leg as they cast their nets.

(Flights operate between October & March)

Overnight at the Inle Princess Resort.

 

Yangon

Yangon

DAY 8 : FROM INLE LAKE TO YANGON.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and after that transfer to Heho airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by Discovery DMC guide who will take you to the hotel for check-in. After some freshening up we drive down to the city center to bustling Bogyoke (Scotts) Market, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color. If you are curious and dare enough to find out what awaits you in the future don’t miss a chance to visit a famous Myanmar fortune teller and palmist U San Zarni Bo. We then make a stop at Yangon’s best antiques shop, Augustine’s, displaying a big variety of good quality old and genuine objects. It is a family run gallery that throughout it’s almost 40 years of business gained considerable expertise in Burmese antiques.

With the sundown you will be treated to great Indochinese and French fusion cuisine delights at one of the best restaurant in Myanmar, Le Planteur situated in a quiet tropical garden on the bank of Inya Lake.

Overnight at the Governor’s Residence Hotel.

 

colonial heritage yangon

Colonial heritage Yangon

DAY 9 : YANGON & DEPARTURE.

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Yangon airport for your connecting international flight. The car and driver will be at your disposal until departure.

 

Should you wish to extend your stay in Myanmar to a few more days Discovery DMC will be glad to offer optional three nights extension in Ngapali, Myanmar’s best beach destination.

Ngapali beach tour

Ngapali beach tour

DAY 8: FROM INLE LAKE TO NGAPALI BEACH.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to Heho airport for a short flight to the town of Thandwe (the British called it Sandoway) that used to be a trading seaport of historical significance for hundreds of years in the Rakhine State. Nestled within gentle valleys at the mouth of the Sandoway River, Thandwe was reputed to have once been the capital of an ancient Arakan empire. Located 10 km north of Ngapali, it offers glimpses into British colonial times buildings of colonial design and invokes a sense of frozen time.

Ngapali Beach is a tropical paradise of pristine sand, clear blue waters and groves of picturesque coconut palms. Over 10 km of white sand beach runs along the Bay of Bengal, with a smattering of only a dozen or so resorts to create a sense of seclusion and hidden discovery. The limited development and small number of visitors means the beach never feels crowded, a dream come true for lovers of the sun, sea and sand. Besides the usual sunbathing and swimming, leisure activities include snorkeling, sailing, scenic walks and bike trips. Far away from tourist crowds, Ngapali Beach is still a truly undiscovered paradise. The long beach is dotted with charming boutique style resorts built in local materials, the architecture blending harmoniously with the natural surroundings. There are no high rises, no noisy roads, no booming discotheques, no jet-skis and no packed rows of oiled bodies baking in the sun. The stretch of white sand, natural beauty of the blue sea, swaying palm trees and quiet privacy are guaranteed ingredients of an exquisite beach holiday.

Upon arrival in Thandwe transfer to your hotel in Ngapali and free at leisure on the beach for the rest of the day.

Overnight at Sandoway Resort.

 

Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach

DAY 9 : NGAPALI BEACH.

Free at leisure on Ngapali Beach. Should you wish, we can arrange optional activities for you, like this little coastal adventure aboard a boat.

OPTIONAL

Boat journey along the Rakhine coast

After breakfast Discovery DMC representative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to boat jetty where we begin our Rakhine coast expedition. We pay great attention to safety. The boat is equipped with life jackets, sun roof, fishing rods, stands and lures. There will be cooler box with refreshments on board. Picnic style BBQ lunch will be served on beach during the trip. This trip will take you to remote bays and secret snorkeling spots of which very few people know about.  You will have an opportunity to visit some remote Rakhine fisherman villages that have received very few foreign visitors until today.  Some of the fish our guests have caught includes Barracuda, Tuna, Kingfish and Mahe Mahe among many other. If you catch something we will cook with it and also share it with locals so nothing goes waste.

Overnight at Sandoway Resort.

 

Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach

DAY 10 : NGAPALI BEACH.

Relaxing by the beach, swimming, snorkeling, horse riding, cycling, learn coconut tree climbing skills from the local boys etc.

Overnight at Sandoway Resort.

 

Yangon

Yangon

DAY 8 : FROM NGAPALI TO YANGON.

Enjoy breakfast at your resort and transfer to Thandwe airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by Discovery DMC guide who will take you to the hotel for check-in. After some freshening up we drive down to the city center to bustling Bogyoke (Scotts) Market, where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color. If you are curious and dare enough to find out what awaits you in the future don’t miss a chance to visit a famous Myanmar fortune teller and palmist U San Zarni Bo. We then make a stop at Yangon’s best antiques shop, Augustine’s, displaying a big variety of good quality old and genuine objects. It is a family run gallery that throughout it’s almost 40 years of business gained considerable expertise in Burmese antiques.

With the sundown you will be treated to great Indochinese and French fusion cuisine delights at one of the best restaurant in Myanmar, Le Planteur situated in a quiet tropical garden on the bank of Inya Lake.

Overnight at the Governor’s Residence Hotel.

 

colonial heritage yangon

Colonial heritage Yangon

DAY 9 : YANGON & DEPARTURE.

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Yangon airport for your connecting international flight. The car and driver will be at your disposal until departure.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Private transfers with air conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary
  • All entrance and permit fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage handling fees at airports

NOT INCLUDED

  • Visa to Myanmar (note that pre-arranged visa is required for tourists)
  • International air fares or domestic air fares (always quoted and mentioned separately from tour package price)
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Tour guides or entrance fees to any sights
  • Early check-in, late check-out. Normal check out time from hotels in Myanmar is 11am or 12 o’clock noon
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • Camera & video fees. Some of the sites visited may ask small fees for photographing and video recording.
  • Tips & gratuities

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