Burma Days
11 days/ 10 Nights
From US$2799

Discover Mandalay and its historic sites located along the river, sail up to the spectacular Irrawaddy 2nd Defile. The journey begins or ends at the historic capital of Bagan. Stops include visits of Ava, Amarapura, Mingun, the pottery village of Kyaw Myaung and the colonial town of Katha.

 

About TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The company with over 28 yrs old experienced team is committed to bringing the best in both quality and value to small group journeys, private car guided tours and tailor-made tours to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Being a leading travel wholesaler we introduce travellers to the amazing culture and offer tours at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled comfort. For your protections TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is approved Destination Management Company by Ministry of tourism Govt of India and member of IATA, AFTA, TAANZ, IATO and PATA to name few. We are proud to say that our team is very experienced with in-depth knowledge of destination. Our reputation is built on providing world class service with real personal touches that make a difference to your holiday. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of details and care about the countries to which we take you and make sure that we have a positive effect on the environment. Respect for locals and their way of life is an essential part of travelling with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS.

“You Rely on us and we rely on experience”

Burma Days: 10 Nights / 11 Days

Day 1: Bagan (D)

On arrival transfer to board the ship, after welcome drink and briefing visit selection of pagodas and temples.


Day 2: River Village (B,L,D)

Explore archaeological area, local markets, lacquer ware workshop and tale a walk in Shwe Pyi Thar village.


Day 3: Yandabo (B,L,D)

Arrive historical town of Yandabo where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Explore the village, visit pot-making workshop, local school and the monastery.


Day 4: Monywa (B,L,D)

Excursion to 14th century Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves. After lunch visit Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda with it’s more than 500,000 Buddha images.


Day 5: Ava – Amarapura(B,L,D)

We explore Ava by horse-cart visiting 200 year old teak, Nanmyin watchtower  and U-Bein Bridge at sunset.


Day 6: Kyauk Myaung (B,L,D)

Visit the spectacular potteries-making village of Ngwe Nyein and see the manufacture stages of the famous 50 Gallons (200 liters) pots.


Day 7: Tagaung (B,L,D)

Explore by foot the ancient city of Tagaung, shrine of Bo Bo Gyi a famous nat and the archaeological area.


Day 8: Shwegu and The Second Defile (B,L,D)

Continue upstream to view the spectacular Second defile, the largest of the Irrawaddy gorges, with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. In the afternoon visit Katha.


Day 9: Katha (B,L,D)

Explore the old streets and the market by trishaw and if time allows an Elephant Logging Camp located on the surrounding hardwood forest.


Day 10: Mingun (B,L,D)

Full day cruising with stop for a walk to a river village. Afternoon arrive in Mingun and visit the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the ages”.


Day 11: Mandalay Departure (B)

After breakfast disembark at Gawein Jetty and tour finishes with direct transfer to the Mandalay airpory. 

Tour Ends

Meals included

Being a seasoned traveller ourselves we have discovered the travelling time is unpredictable sometime you reach a destination so late that you are tired to go out for dinner or search for a proper dinning place around the vicinity of your hotel which may become a chore during your holiday, hence we have removed the hassle by including most of breakfast and dinners in all our brochure tour packages.  

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Do some exploring before the trip begins or add couple of nights after the tour to relax before boarding your flight. We offer competitive rates in all destinations- book in conjunction with your main tour - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Add-On (Short Tour packages)

Make the most of your time away - after all, you have travelled all that way.  Our Add-On can be used as short breaks in their own right or as pre/post tour additions.  With all arrangements made for you they are the perfect way to discover more of your destinations - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.

Private Car Tours

Our private car tour is not about leaving you alone to explore destinations or country; it’s all about giving you to opportunity to choose your own dates and travelling on leisurely paced by your own privet car and driver. Your itinerary will be private, personalised and flexible which can be chosen from our selections or customised according to your request. Your private local English speaking guide will escort you in each destination during sightseeing tour; and when you want to explore town own your own; you are perfectly free to do so. 

Tailor-made Tours

Our Group and Private Car tours have been designed to feature a selection of the destination’s highlights, but they may not meet all of your requirements. At TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS we are proud to offer expert tailor-made services that enable us to construct your perfect holiday. Perhaps you would like to vary the standard of accommodation or modes of transport. On the other hand, you may want to create an entirely individual itinerary that includes destinations and experiences not covered in the featured itineraries. Whatever your needs, we are happy to design a personalised itinerary and quote without obligation.

 “The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”

Family Holiday

What better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than to get away from the daily hectic schedule and escape to a place of sheer relaxation and comfort.

A perfect family holiday is like a Pandora’s Box of excitement, relaxation, fun, good times and wonderful memories that will be cherished for a life time. Let us tailor your every wish for that ideal family time together a dream come true and an experience that will be passed on to generations.

This itinerary can be customised to create your family holiday.

What Makes Us Different?

Being your Local Travel wholesaler and one of the True Destination Specialists our team in Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most must see and must do’s are included giving you opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaar for souvenirs, meet and experience life of locals at the same time have some free time to explore town the way you like.

Whichever itinerary you select all are included complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, elephant or camel or horse ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditions class and not to mentioned the current govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary.

Prices Guarantees

All prices shown are on per person basis on twin/double and apply when you share room with travel companion. For single traveller we do offer single room and price is available on request.

You don’t need to worry about currency fluctuations. Once we receive your full payment, your land tour price is guaranteed and protected against any increases. 

100% Protected Holiday

We are a member of IATA, TAANZ and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.

No Hidden Cost

We love transparency so the prices quoted by THO are almost all inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. Please refer to the tour inclusions for more details.

Value for Money

Being a local Travel Wholesaler, our huge buying power help us pass the discounted rates to our clients. We also do FREE hotel upgrade at some destination as a gesture of appreciation to our valuable travellers. Apart from this our local team of experts adds incredible value for your dollar.

Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off

Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.

Multi Trip Discount 5% Off

If you have the time why not combine two or more of our tour and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Tour package must be minimum 10 days or more from our brochure and discount applies on lowest price tour package. Discount does not apply to add-on pre & post accommodation, train journeys, flights and/or any small packages or services.

BIG SAVINGS when travelling with your friends and family

The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is keen to visit a destination but like to do things differently. Is a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?

Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.

(Best suited discount will be offered and any discount can not be combined with any other discount or promotions)

24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices

To assist our clients further while they are travelling our 24/7 Helpline numbers are available. We strongly advise you to contact us immediately if there is an issue regarding hotel, driver, tour guide or any part of services so we can resolve it as soon as possible unable you to enjoy the tour. Your co operation on this issue would be highly appreciated.

International Flights

The tour packages are usually “Land Only” and do not include international flights.  We therefore recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel, when you can generally gain access to specials and discounted airfares. This will ensure you can travel on the days that suit you and your tour.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must critically cover medical expenses in case of an emergency.  Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover. Its your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate and comprehensive travel insurance.

Medical Information

Our elderly travellers who are aged 70 years or more, or with a per-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their Doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.

Type of Accommodation

As there is so much to see and do in Myanmar during the day therefore everyone deserves a good night sleep. The accommodation in Myanmar is limited and standards vary. The accommodation included in our package are not Luxurious but are comfortable, clean and tidy with private facilities. Every hotel might be different according to location, amenities and services.

Hotel Grading

Comfort: 3 star hotels offering basic and clean private facilities.  

Deluxe: 4 Star hotel, Palaces and Heritage properties offering above average to very good facilities.

Luxury: 5 star hotel, Palace and Heritage properties offering full range of facilities and exceptional services with unique feature.

Note:

The cities which do not have more choice of hotels, the best suitable category of hotel is provided.

It is also possible to take a combination of comfort, deluxe and luxury accommodation in one itinerary.

Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence basic 3* or best available hotel in the itinerary except at some location where 4* and 5* hotel options are offered.

In Bhutan itinerary basis 3* hotel accommodation is used unless requested.

Selecting Your Holiday Type

Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours;

Easy Paced: These programs are set at a comfortable pace. Walking and climbing of stairs involved is generally in and around major tourist attractions though you may require walking from road till boat jetty while embarking or disembarking boats.

Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but you will require good amount of fitness as they may include days with long periods of walking or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking boats and where longer distances may be travelled by uneven roads.

Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be on highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.

Travelling In Myanmar:

Air travel is an efficient and relatively cheap way to get around Myanmar, and is particularly appealing given that bus and train journeys between major tourist sites tend to be long and often uncomfortable. Road travel is the best way to get around if you are on a budget. It is worth noting, however, that many routes are off-limits to foreigners – usually when they run through sensitive border areas or regions where the government is in conflict with ethnic minority militias. Many roads are poorly maintained and can become impassable in the rainy season, from May to October.

Our Independent tours use a variety of transport options to get you from city to city.  From Private car to deluxe charter coaches, you’ll be taken from hotel to hotel in comfort.

We recommend that you carry a roll of toilet paper from your hotel before you start your sightseeing tour or travel as in emergency stop some of the public toilets may not have sufficient toilet rolls and also to avoid any inconvenience to yourself.

Passport & Visas

India: Visa is required for all foreign nationals and you must obtain an Indian visa prior to leaving home as visa processing varies country to country. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in India. Travel to Sikkim requires a special permit; application may be made when applying for a standard Indian visa at the local Indian High Commission.

As of 25 Sep 2013 nationals and passport holder of New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Luxembourg, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar can avail visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility upon disembarking at international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum only. You will require to pay fee along with require documentation and is subject to verification and satisfaction of the Immigration. Please contact high commission of India for updated information.

Sri Lanka: Every tourist visiting Sri Lanka required visa prior to departure. Visa must be obtained atleast 01 months prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by visiting www.eta.gov.lk The Tourist visa is valid for stay within 30 days. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel to Sri Lanka. Fee will apply.

Nepal: Visa is required for all foreign nationalities and the best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. Tourist Visa also can be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in Nepal. Fee will apply.

Bhutan: All foreign nationals require visa for Bhutan.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.

Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for their flights while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.

Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, you would have to book a service tour package from TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc

Myanmar: Visa is required for all nationalities except Myanmar passport holder

A visa is required in advance. Tourist visa for Myanmar can be obtained from any Myanmar Embassy or Consulate world-wide. Travelers who plan to arrive via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong can obtain their tourist visas from those respective embassies. Tourist visa are valid for a stay of up to 28 days.

Visa on arrival can be pre-arranged for the visitors from countries where there are no Myanmar Embassies and Consulates. The process would take at least two weeks.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Myanmar. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Myanamr.

HOW TO BOOK

You can contact our associate travel agent, call our local office, email us or book online. Booking forms must be completed to ensure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport details, travel insurance policy details and emergency contacts etc. Travellers over the age of 65 and those with pre existing medical conditions will also be required to provide a medical certificate to certify they are fit to travel.  By booking through travel agent or online means you have read and agreed to the TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS booking conditions. For more detail please click here.

Team at TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS wishes you a wonderful holiday!!!

Day 1: Bagan (D)

On arrival transfer to board the ship, after welcome drink and briefing visit selection of pagodas and temples.

Day 2: River Village (B,L,D)

After breakfast visit the archeological area. Explore also some of Bagan's local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longyis and rattan products .Visit a workshop to see the ancient technique of lacquerware making. Alternatively guests can hire a horse cart or a bicycle and explore the site on their own or have a splendid Balloon Flight over Bagan (surcharge applied - optional). Back to the ship around Noon and cast off. We cruise upstream all day. Stop at Shwe Pyi Thar village for a walk. Dinner followed by a Puppet Show performance in the village or sundeck.

Day 3: Yandabo (B,L,D)

In the morning we arrive at Yandabo, a picturesque village that specializes in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We go ashore for a walk stopping at some pot-making workshops and to visit the school and the monastery. We cruise upstream the rest of the day, moor overnight at Myin Mu jetty.

Day 4: Monywa (B,L,D)

Early morning drive to Monywa to visit the Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings dated back to the . After lunch we visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. Drive to Sagaing where we will rejoin the ship. Dinner and overnight on board

Day 5: Ava – Amarapura(B,L,D)

We explore Ava by horse-cart visiting the beautiful 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower (27mt. high) and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery. Later travel by sampan and coach to explore Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) and crossing the teak made U-Bein Bridge. Back to the ship at Mandalay Gawein Jetty and cast off. Moor overnight at a jungle village North of Mandalay.

Day 6: Kyauk Myaung (B,L,D)

Visit the spectacular potteries-making village of Ngwe Nyein and see the manufacture stages of the famous 50 Gallons (200 liters) pots.

Day 7: Tagaung (B,L,D)

Explore by foot the ancient city of Tagaung: the shrine of Bo Bo Gyi a famous nat, the archaeological area and the fortifications. Continue cruising upstream for the rest of the day. 
Moor overnight midstream.

Day 8: Shwegu and The Second Defile (B,L,D)

Continue upstream to view the spectacular Second defile, the largest of the Irrawaddy gorges, with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. In the afternoon sail downstream to Katha 

Day 9: Katha (B,L,D)

Explore the old streets and the market by trishaw and if time allows an Elephant Logging Camp located on the surrounding hardwood forest.

Day 10: Mingun (B,L,D)

Full day cruising with stop for a walk to a river village. Afternoon arrive in Mingun and visit the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the ages”.

Day 11: Mandalay Departure (B)

After breakfast disembark at Gawein Jetty and tour finishes with direct transfer to the Mandalay airpory.

For up to date pricing and bookings please contact TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or ask your travel agent.    

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Single
Twin
Burma Days Map
River Cruise

Start: Bagan

Ends: Mandale

Tour Grade: Easy Paced Tour

Departs: Please contact us for departure dates

What's Included?

All meals &, Coffee/Tea/Water

Sightseeing as described in the Itinerary

Ayravata Cruises English Speaking Guide (additional non-English speaking guide is provided if more than 8 cabins are booked by parties speaking the same language)

All Entrance Fees

What's Excluded?

Early check in and late check-out from hotel

Meals: As specified in the itinerary

Visa Fees

Tips

Travel insurance

International Airfares

Expenditure of personal nature, such as porter charges, camera fees, drinks, souvenirs, laundry etc.

International airport tax in Yangon (US$10.- per person)

Services not listed in above inclusions

Fact File

Country Visited: Myanmar 

Tour Type: River Cruise

Normal Hotel check-in/out 1200 hours

Currency: Kyat (K)

Electricity: Current is 220V, 50Hz -Type C (European 2-pin), Type D (Old British 3-pin),

Time Zone: GMT +6.5 hours

Ask for pre and post accommodation