Tour Programs

21 DAYS ON THE ROAD

Tour Code:   Ort-0013/15
Duration:       21 Days / 20 Nights

Day 01           Arrival Yangon

Upon Arrival At Yangon Airport, You Will Be Welcome By Your Guide And Transferred To Your Hotel (Hotel Check In Time Is 1400 Hrs). Your Journey Begins With A Tour Through Yangon. Visit The Magnificent Buddha At Chauk Htat Gyi, Take A Photo Stop At The Karaweik Hall, A ‘Hamsa-Bird’ Shaped Floating Barge On Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. Concludes Your First Day In Myanmar With An Extended Visit To One Of The World’s Most Spectacular Monument, The Shwedagon Pagoda. Both Lunch And Dinner Are Your Own Account. Overnight Stay At Hotel In Yangon.

Day 02           Yangon– Pyay (280 KM - 5 HOURS)

Today Starts The Overland Journey With Drive To Pyay (Prome), Situated Near The Ancient Capital Of Sri Kestra, Where Extensive Archaeological Excavations Have Taken Place. An Optional Visit Is Included At The British War Cemetery Near Htauk Kyan. Just Short Of Pyi, Visit Shwemyetmhan Pagoda (Shwedaung) Which Is Home To A Most Unusual Buddha Image – One Who Wears Gold-Rimmed Spectacles. Lunch At Local Restaurant. This Afternoon, Visit The Busy Central Market, A Cheroot Making Factory And Shwesandaw Pagoda. This Pagoda Is Similar In Design To Shwezigon In Bagan, And Is One Of The Most Sacred Buddhist Pilgrimage Spots In Myanmar. An Enormous Seated Buddha Figure Rises Up From The Tree Line Adjacent To Shwesandaw. Both Lunch And Dinner To Your Own Account.Accommodation At Hotel In Pyay.

Day 03           Pyay

Early Morning, Drive To The Outskirts Of Pyay And Cross The New Bridge To Htone Bo Village And Continue By Local Boat To Akaut Taung To See Buddha Images Carved Into Rocks Overlooking The Ayeyarwaddy River. Hundreds Of Niches In The Cliff Face Are Filled With Buddha Images Of All Shapes And Sizes – Many Of Them Have Been Carved Out Of The Rock Face. See Villages And Typical Rural Life As Well. Return To Pyay. Lunch At Local Restaurant.In The Afternoon, Drive Out Of Pyay To Visit The Site Of The Ancient Pyu Kingdom Of Sri Ksetra By Bullock Carts (When Available) And The Tiny Museum Which Houses Artifacts Unearthed In Sri Ksetra. There Are Two Huge Conical Stupas, Payagyi And Payama, Close To The Museum And It Is Always Not Possible To Reach Them Because The Road Is Sealed. Less Accessible Is Bawbawgyi Pagoda Which Has A Cylindrical Shape.Dinner At Hotel. Accommodation At Hotel, In Pyay.

Day 04           Pyay – Mt. Popa (Approx.350 KM- 7 To 8 Hours )

Depart Your Hotel Early Morning For The Long Drive To Mt. Popa. The Road Is Very Bumpy As You Pass Through Endless Paddy Fields. Lunch At Local Restaurant.Late Afternoon, Arrive At Mt. Popa, Home To Myanmar's Intriguing 'Nats' (Spirits). Check Into Mt. Popa Resort, Which Has Scenic View Of The Surroundings. Dinner At Hotel. Accommodation At Hotel, Mt. Popa.

Day 05           Mt. Popa – Salay – Bagan

Visit Mount Popa, Home To Myanmar's Intriguing 'Nats' (Spirits). The 777 Steps And Path Climb Steeply Up Mount Popa – An Energetic Climb Rewarded By Fabulous Views From The Top. Then, Drive Along The Banks Of The Ayeyarwady River Through Chauk, Where You Will See Old Burma Oil Installations ('Nodding Donkeys'), Continue To Salay. Visit Yokesone Monastery, (Close On Mon, Tues & Public Holidays) Which Is The Oldest Surviving Wooden Monastery Hall Built On 154 Teak Posts With Beautiful Wood Carvings Decorating The Outer Walls. Continue To Payathonzu, A Complex Of Three Brick Shrines With Mural Paintings From The Bagan Period, And See Man Paya - A Large Lacquer Buddha Image, Said To Date From The 13th Century. Lunch At Local Restaurant. Continue To Drive To Bagan. On The Way Stop At The Palm Plantation If Time Permits And See The Toddy Palm Wine And Candy Making Workshops As Well As The Skilful Toddy-Palm Climber Collecting The Wine On Top Of The Tree. Proceed Towards Bagan, Along The Banks Of The Ayeyarwady River. Arrival In Bagan For A Late Check-In At Hotel. Accommodation At Hotel, Bagan.

Day 6           Bagan

Full Day Bagan’s Sightseeing 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, Ku Byauk Gyi, A Temple With Exquisite Murals Of Jataka Scenes, Khay Min Ga Temple, Noted For Its Spectacular Panoramic View Of The Area's Many Monuments And Ananda Temple With Four Huge Standing-Buddha Images And Numerous Seated Figures Arranged Around The Interior Gallery. Lunch At Sunset Garden Restaurant.Later, A Visit To A Lacquer Craftsman's Workshop In Nearby Myingaba Village. Sightseeing Continues With Visits To Manuha Temple, Built In Mon Style In 1059, Nanbaya Temple, A Unique Sandstone Monument That Is Said To Have Been The Palace Of King Manuha And Myingaba Gu Byuk Kyi Temple (Under The Protection Of UNESCO), Noted For Its Ancient Mural Paintings. Observe A Sunset In The Vicinity Of Bagan's Ancient Monuments. Accommodation At Hotel In Bagan.

Day 7           Bagan

Optional Morning Program: Diethelm Travel Is Offering A Unique Opportunity To See The Ancient City Of Bagan From A Different Perspective. With ‘Balloons Over Bagan’ You Get A Magnificent Birds-Eye View Of Thousand Year-Old Pagodas, Temples And The Mighty Ayeyarwaddy River. The Champagne Flights At Sunrise Last Just Under One Hour And Take Off Daily From October Through March. The Balloon Is Guided By Gentle Winds Not Exceeding 24 Km/H. Eight Passengers Plus A Pilot Fit Into The Balloon’s Basket.
This Morning Visit Min Nan Thu Village Area By Horse-Cart. Visit Tayokepyay Temple, Phaya Thone Zu And Nandamanya Temples (Noted For Exquisite 13th Century Murals) And Kyat Kan Cave Monastery, A Famous Meditation Center In Bagan. Visit Farming Villages Around Bagan. Lunch At Mahar Bagan Restaurant. 
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. Accommodation At Hotel In Bagan.

Day 8           Bagan – Pakkokku – Monywa (5-6 Hours)

Morning, Depart Bagan And Proceed To Pakkoku, Which Is An Un-Spoiled Small Town Famous For Tobacco Trading And For Its Weaving Shops. We Have Time To Explore Pakkoku Either By Horse Cart Or By Trishaw. Visit Local Market And A Cheroot Factory. And Then Continue To Small Thanatkha Market (Traditional Make Up For Myanmar People). Visit Slippers Workshop And An Incredible Wood Carving Sculpture. Lunch At Local Restaurant. From Pakkoku Drive Across The Sin Phyu Shin Bridge To Monywa. And Drive About 20 Kilometers Out Of Monywa To Visit Thanboddhay Pagoda. The Richly Decorated Central Stupa Has No Less Than 845 Smaller Stupas Around It. Inside The Pahto, You Will See Thousands Of Buddha Images (Reportedly Over 500,000) Decorating Every Wall, Archway And Niche. The Buildings In The Compound Have Interesting Jataka Reliefs And There Is A Huge Reclining Buddha Nearby.
Dinner At Hotel. Accomodation At Monywa Hotel.

Day 9           Monywa – Sagaing – Mandalay

Breakfast. Early Morning Visit To Local Market. Take A Local Ferry Across The Chindwin River To Visit A Sandstone Cave System In The Po Win Hills, Named After A Famous ‘Zawgyi’ (Alchemist) Who Once Lived Here. The Caves Of Po Win Daung, Numbering More Than One Hundred, Are Full Of Buddhist Statues And Murals. Most Exhibit The Innwa Style But Some May Date From The 14th Century. Nearby, Visit Shwe Ba Daung, Which Features Unique Pavilions Cut From The Surrounding Sandstone And Filled With Bubddha Images. Continue From The Caves To Catch A Local Ferry Across The Chindwin River To Return To Monywa. Lunch At Local Restaurant.
Afternoon Continue Driving To Saging, Visit Picturesque Sagaing Hill, Where Hillsides Are Dotted With Numerous Pagodas And Monasteries. This Is Perhaps The Living Center Of Buddhist Faith In Myanmar Today. Continue To Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, Which Is Painted White And Has A Huge Egg-Shaped Dome In Ceylonese Style. From Sagaing, Drive Across Ava Bridge (Built By British Engineers) To Mandalay. Accommodation At Hotel In Mandalay.

Day 10           Madalay – Mingun – Mandalay

Boat Excursion (One Hour Each Way) Up The Ayeyarwaddy River To Mingun, Site Of The World's Largest Intact Bronze Bell, 3.7 Meters High And Weighing 87 Tons. Also Visit The Huge But Unfinished Mingun Paya (Built With The Intention Of Being The World's Biggest Pagoda) And The Beautiful Hsinphyushin Paya. Return To Mandalay For Lunch. Lunch At Golden Duck Restaurant. 
Afternoon Visit Includes Mahamuni Pagoda And Its Spectacular Buddha Image Covered With Thick Layers Of Gold Leaves, Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung (Or Golden Palace Monastery), A Superb Example Of A Traditional Wooden Building And Kuthodaw Pagoda (Known As The World's Largest Book), Consisting Of 729 Marble Slabs Engraved With Buddhist Scriptures. A Visit Is Also Made To A Craftsman's Workshop To See Kalaga Tapestries Being Created. Sunset From Mandalay Hill. Accommodation At Hotel In Mandalay

Day 11           Mandalay – Pindaya (210 Km – 6 Hours )

Early Start For An Overland Journey Via Kyaukse And Ywa Ngan To Pindaya. The Road Is Bumpy But The Scenery Is Interesting - Endless Paddy Fields In The Morning And Rolling Hills In The Afternoon, As The Road Climbs Into The Mountains Of Southern Shan State. Several Stops Are Made En Route. Lunch At Local Restaurant (Or) Box Lunch. 
As You Approach Pindaya, You Will Drive Across The Shan Plateau, Through Fields Of Mountain Rice. Arrive Pindaya In The Afternoon And Then Visit Magnificent Pindaya Caves, Set In A Limestone Ridge Overlooking A Picturesque Lake, Where Thousands Of Different Types Of Buddha Images Are On Display In The Various Cave Chambers. Accommodation At Hotel In Pindaya.

Day 12           Pindaya – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake (Approx 92 Km – 3.5 Hours )

Drive Down To The Valley To Nyaungshwe On The Edge Of Inle Lake, En Route Stop At Shweyanpyay Wooden Monastery, Then Board The Local Boat To Take You To Your Hotel. Lunch At Nampan Restaurant. In The Afternoon, Take A Boat Trip On Inle Lake – A Photographer's Dream, Its Calm Waters Are Dotted With Floating Vegetation And Fishing Canoes, To Which Scenic High Hills Provide The Perfect Backdrop. See The Lake's Unique “Leg Rowers” – The Intha People Row Standing Up With One Leg Wrapped Around An Oar. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, The Holiest Religious Site In Southern Shan State And Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery (Jumping Cat Monastery), One Of The Oldest Monasteries On The Lake. One Can See Ancient Buddha Statues Which Are More Than 200 Years Old. Dinner At Hotel. Accommodation At Hotel, Inle Lake.

Day 13           Inle Lake (Indein)

Explore One Of The 5-Day Markets (On Market Day Only). By Visiting 5-Day Markets, Clients Will Get Insight Into The Life-Style Of The Ethnic Pa-O, Danu And Intha Inhabitants Who Came To These Markets To Sell Their Goods. Then, Take A 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 Its Many Channels And Tall Teak Houses On Stilts, Enter A Long Often Tree Lined Canal Towards Indaing Jetty With Farmers Cultivating Their Land On Either Side Under The Backdrop Of The Shan Hills. Lunch At Intha Heritage House.
After Disembarking It Is A 15 Minute Walk Through Indaing Village To Reach The 14-18th Century Pagoda Ruins Of Nyaung Ohak; Many Pagodas Here Remain Charmingly Unrenovated With Plants And Even Small Trees Growing Out Of Them Making It Very Atmospheric. A Covered Walkway, Popular With Souvenir Stalls Leads Up To Shwe Inn Thein Paya, A Complex Of Weather Beaten Zedi; Some Sadly Reconstructed Although The Views From The Top Make It Worth The Ascent. Returning To The River Jetty We Take Our Long-Tailed Boat Back Along The Canal To The Lake. Remaining Day At Leisure.
Dinner At Hotel. Accommodation At Hotel In Inle Lake.

Day 14           Inle Lake – Taunggyi – Kakku

This Morning, Leave Your Hotel By Boat And Drive Up Through Pine-Clad Hills To Taunggyi, Capital Of Southern Shan State And A Former British Hill Station. Visit The Local Market Where Minority People Sell Their Produce And A Cheroot Factory. Just A Couple Of Hours From Taunggyi On Bumpy Dirt Roads, Discover The "Long Lost" Ruins Of Kak Ku In Countryside Inhabited By The Pa O People. Situated In The Rolling Shan Hills, Kak Ku Pagoda Is Very Unusual And Little Is Known About Its Origins. The Pa O People Believe That The Original Pagoda Was Built On The Site Some 2,000 Years Ago.Dozens Of Small Stupas Surround The Main Pagoda In A Huge Circle. You Can Wander Through The Stupas, Which Are Decorated With Fine Stuccowork And Buddha Images. Unfortunately Kak Ku Is In Bad Need Of Renovation But This Is Part Of Its Charm. Lunch At Hlaing Kon Restaurant.Visit One Of The Many Pa O Villages Near Kak Ku And See A Huge Monastery On The Way Back To Taunggyi. Transfer Back To Nyaung Shwe Where You Will Board Your Boat For Going Back To The Hotel.Dinner At Hotel. Accommodation At Hotel, Inle Lake.

Day 15           Inle Lake – Sagar

This Morning Enjoy A Full Day Boat Trip To The Southern Part Of Lake Inle. Visit The 5 Days Rotation Market On Lake Inle. Drive To Kyauktaing To Visit A Pottery Making Shad. At Kyainkham Near Kyauktaing Visit A Family, Making Robes (Monk Clothes) Produced From Fabrics Of Thousands Of Lotus Trunks. Arrive At Thakong And Enjoy A Packed Lunch At Thakong Pagoda. Packed Lunch.In The Afternoon, Visit The Thakong Pagoda. From There Continue To Sagar, Which Was A Shan Prince Village, Located On The Southern Canal, Going To Loikaw. The Boat Ride Through This Very Narrow Canal, Passing By Small Villages, Vegetable Fields Where People Are Working Etc Is Most Scenic. Visit Sagar Pagoda Complex With Dozens Of Small Stupas, Which Are In Very Bad Condition However You Still Can See Fascinating Buddha Images. Visit The “Underwater Pagodas”, So Called As During The Rainy Season When The Water Level Is At Its Highest Point, The Pagoda Complex Is Under Water. Continue To Visit The Local People Where They Produced Local Alcohol Extracted From Bran Rice. Back To The Hotel By Boat. Dinner At Hotel. Accommodation At Hotel, Inle Lake.

Day 16           Inke-Lake -- Nyaung Shwe – Kalaw (64 Km – 2.5 Hours )

Morning At Leisure To Relax And Enjoy The Beauty Of The Lake.At Noon, Transfer By Boat To Nyaungshwe For Lunch. Lunch At View Point Restaurant In Nyaungshwe.And Then Continue By Road To Kalaw. Formerly A British Hill Station, Kalaw At 4365 Ft Is Surrounded By Hills And Pine Trees. The Town Has A Significant Population Of Nepali And Indian Hindus Who Came To Build The Roads And Railways During The British Time And Recently A Large Military Population Due Its Army University. Wonder Around The Town, Visit The Clean And Interesting Local Market, Quaint Train Station And Drive Pass The Colonial Style Houses To Absorb The Atmosphere Of A Bygone Era. Dinner At Hotel. Accommodation At Hotel In Kalaw.

Day 17           Kalaw – Taungoo (375 Km – 8-10 Hours)

Today Start A Long Drive Toward Taungoo. The Road Takes You Slowly Down The Hills Of The Southern Shan State. Then Arrive At Meikhtila For Lunch Stop. Lunch At Win Unity Hotel.Continue Drive To Taungoo. Although The Drive Is Long The Bumpy, One Can Still Enjoy The Countryside Scenery Along The Road. Arrive Taungoo In The Evening. The Centre Of A Powerful Kingdom In The 15th Century, Taungoo Is Now Best Known For Timber Trading And Its Areca Palms, Which Produce Betel Nuts. Dinner At Local Restaurant. Accommodation At Hotel In Taungoo

Day 18           Taungoo – Kyaikhtiyoe (Approx 280 KM – 6-7 HOURS)

This Morning Visit The Small Town. Visit Shwesandaw Pagoda, Home To A Large Bronze Sitting Buddha And A Reclining Buddha. Afterwards, Continue Overland Journey Towards Kyaik Hto Kyaiktiyo (The "Golden Rock"), A Huge Boulder Completely Covered By Gold Leaves And Delicately Balanced On The Edge Of A Cliff. En Route, Stop For Lunch At Kyaikhto. Lunch.
From Kin Pun, A Steep And Rough 11-Km Dirt Road Leads To The Upper Staging Point, A Journey Made In Open Trucks, Which Can Be Very Crowded. In The Afternoon, Take A Local Truck Up A Bumpy Track About Half Way Up The Mountain. (Private Trucks Are Available At Extra Costs – Please Ask Your Guide To Arrange). From The "Upper Area", Travelers Must Walk The Final Stage (About 4 Kilometers – 45 Minutes) Up Steep Paths, Which Ascend Some 500 Meters To The Golden Rock. As An Easier Alternative To Walking, Visitors Can Be Carried In Sedan Chairs By Four Porters, At An Extra Cost Of Approximately US$ 10 Per Person. On Arrival, Watch The Beauty Of A Sunset At This Important Pilgrimage Site. Accommodation At Hotel, Near Kyaikhtiyo.

Day 19           Kyaikhityoe – Bago – Yangon

Early Risers: A Great Opportunity To See The Sunrise! Return To Yangon Via Bago. Continue With Sightseeing In Bago Including Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Which Is Over A Thousand Years Old. Its Spire Is Even Taller Than That Of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, The 55-Meter-Long Reclining Shwe Thalyaung Buddha Image, One Of The Country's Most Revered Objects. Visit Maha Kalayani Sima Ordination Hall And Mahazedi ("Great Stupa"), Offering Panoramic Views. Lunch At Hantharwaddy Restaurant.Then, Continue Drive To Yangon, With A Brief Stop At Kyaik Pun Pagoda, Famous For Its Four Giant Buddha Figures. Upon Arrival In Yangon, Transfer To Your Hotel. Dinner At Hotel. Accommodation At Hotel In Yangon.

Day 20           Yangon

Pick Up At Hotel And Drive To The Famous Strand Road And Visit The Bustling Yangon Harbor, From Where Ferries Leave For Pathein In The Delta And For Upcountry Towns Along The Ayeyarwady River. Visit To Botathaung Pagoda, Located Close To Yangon River And Said To Contain Buddha Relics. We Then Drive Through The Colonial Style Buildings Downtown, The Chinatown Area And The Indian Quarter. Photo Stops At The Gilded Sule Pagoda, Dating Back Over 2,000 Years And Makes A Useful Landmark In Downtown Yangon. Lunch At Padonmar Restaurant. N Afternoon, Visit To Bogyoke (Scott) Market (Closed On Public Holidays & Mondays) Gives You The Opportunity To See Myanmar's Wide Range Of Handicrafts. Both Lunch And Dinner To Your Own Account. Accommodation At Hotel In Yangon.

Day 21           Yangon – International Departure

Time At Leisure Until Transfer To Yangon International Airport For Departure.

SERVICES INCLUDED:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking throughout guide
  • Boat trips as specified
  • Kyaikhtiyo truck & porter fee
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling

SERVICES EXCLUDED:

  • Services not mentioned in our itinerary
  • Accommodation with meals at hotels as mentioned in the table below or similar (quoted separately)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Visa fee
  • International air tickets to/from Yangon
  • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)