Wonders of Myanmar
13 Days / 12 Nights
From NZ $4,299.00

Myanmar's many highlights offer a charismatic diversion for travellers. Free from the clutches of tomorrow’s technology, the unassuming nature of the locals captures the hearts of travellers, with plenty to entertain their hunger for adventure. Starting in the former capital, Yangon, this journey encompasses star attractions such as cities, unique activities, meeting locals, witnessing and experiencing a centuries-old culture. This tour offers a visit to the Golden Rock, village markets, local handlooms, an excursion to Mt Popa, and the ancient capital of Amrapura, cruise down the Ayeyarwaddy where you can visit the artist village of Mingun, Indein village and of course Asia’s best preserved archaeological and UNESCO World Heritage site, Bagan, together with the tranquil scenery that surrounds Inle Lake

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, ATAC, 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”

Why THO Small Group Journey?

Smaller, Escorted and Inclusive

Our Small Group tours consists maximum of 16 people to ensure perfect combination of intimacy, flexibility and authentic cultural experiences. Our itineraries are artfully crafted, showcasing the essence of a destination by combining famous highlights with hidden jewels. All groups are escorted on achieving minimum 06 people unless specified on the tour by an English speaking Tour Manager assisting you throughout on day to day activities and enlightening you with local knowledge on general specialties, additional sightseeing and souvenir shopping.

Our experienced Local Tour Guides will enhance your experience during sightseeing tour. Travel with like-minded travellers and experience comprehensive inclusions, as well as unsurpassed cultural interpretation provided by experienced tour leaders.

Wonders of Myanmar - 13 Days/12 Nights (Small group Tour)

 

Day 01: Arrival Yangon 

 

Day 02: Yangon 

 

Day 03: Yangon - Golden Rock 

 

Day 04: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago - Yangon    

 

Day 05: Yangon - Bagan 

 

Day 06: Bagan  

 

Day 07: Kalaw – Pindaya - Inle   

 

Day 08: Bagan – Heho – Pindaya – Inle    

 

Day 09: Inle                                 

 

Day 10: Visit Inle – Mandalay  

 

Day 11: Amarapura Excursion 

 

Day 12: Mingun Excursion

 

Day 13: Mandalay Departure

 

 Tour Ends

 

 

Deluxe Group Tour Accommodations

All our Group Tours are based on deluxe (4*) accommodation unless mentioned on the tour page, each hotel is carefully selected for its location, comfort, style and ambience providing a true holiday experience. Our accommodations are a mixture of palaces, heritage, Havelies and modern hotels. In most cases we free upgrade the whole group to 5* accommodation in some destinations when tour is fully booked out in advance.

Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence best available (4*) hotel are offered which are categorised by Nepal tourism and standard of accommodation may be different than India and Sri Lanka. 

100% Guaranteed Departures

To assist you when booking the airline and taking our great early payment savings, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has designated all Group Tours as 100% GUARANTEED departure with specified minimum numbers of 02 or mentioned on the scheduled date, unless circumstances occur beyond our control.

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.

Group Tour Privately or Tailor-made

If you have group of friends or family or even two of you and like to do this group tour Itinerary as a Private Car or like to tailor-make to suite your requirements. Please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.

Plan Your Own Group

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.

“The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”

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 and Bhutan 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, se 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,ATAC 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.

Discounts & Rewards:

Please note discount and rewards given below can not be combined with any other promotions. You only can avail any one discount or promotions.

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.

Past Passenger Discount 5% Off

As Loyal Traveller appreciation we are offering a 5% discount off on any new Small Group Journey bookings on land only.

All you have to do is prove that you have travelled on one Small Group Journey with us since 2009 and the discount is yours!

Multi Trip Discount 5% Off

If you have the time why not combines 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)

How Early Should I Book?

The earlier is better so that you can save on our promotional offers.

We offer excellent value for our Small Group Tours which tends to be booked out earlier than expected hence reserve your place at least 6 to 7 months prior to departure.

24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices

Apart from 24/7 helpline for emergency assistance; our guest relation manager will call you to make sure everything is going smoothly. Our 36 local network and associate office Manager will be there to assist you in every destination.

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.

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.

Getting Around

Comfort is our first priority. All our coaches are air-conditioned with push back seats. We even offer 30-35 seater coach when only 16 people are in a group, providing everyone a window seats. Our train journeys in air-conditioning sleeper class where bedding is provided by the train attendant and itineraries that include domestic flight to connect destination we use economy class.

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, Luxem Bourg, 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.

Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require international flight details, 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 Myanmar.

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 01: Arrival Yangon 

On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager at the arrival lounge who will assist you to transfer to the hotel. Stay two nights in Yangon. (B,D)


Day 02: Yangon 

After brief introduction of the tour we start commences our city sightseeing tour with a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Later visit the city centre followed by a short walk to the Strand hotel, a relic of the colonial-era legacy which was opened in 1901 by the famed Sakies brothers; and photo stop at  Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. Afternoon explore famous Bogyoke Market before sunset viewing at Botahtaung Pagoda and Jetty. If time permits, we will take a walk at Chinatown area, the bustling point of Yangon. (B,D)


Day 03: Yangon - Golden Rock 

Today travel to Kyaikhtiyo; en-route stop in Htaukkyan to visit the final resting place for more than 27,000 Allied Soldiers who perished during the World War II. Arrive late afternoon at the base camp and board local transport followed by a short walk up the stairs which lead us to the top of the mountain. Visit Golden Rock; one of Myanmar’s main pilgrimage sites; a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff.  Overnight stay at Kyaikhtiyo. (B,D)


Day 04: Kyaikhtiyo – Bago - Yangon    

Travel back to Yangon, en route stop in Bago the ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century and a town steeped in legend. Before continuing our travel we also visit town market and a Mon neighbourhood where the locals once produced woven textiles. Arrive late evening and stay overnight at Yangon. (B,D)


Day 05: Yangon - Bagan 

Morning we board the flight to Bagan, one of the Asia’s most popular archaeological destinations and one out of two most pre-eminent religious old cities in South East Asia. Later visit Nyaung Oo local market, Wetkyiinn village to witness 13th century ‘cave temple’ with fine frescoes and Anada Temple known to be masterpieces surviving and remaining in Bagan. Afternoon visit a lacquer ware factory followed by a visit to local village. Before the sundown, we would take a boat ride along the Ayeyarwaddy River to view the sunset and relax. Stay overnight at Bagan. (B,D)


Day 06: Bagan  

Today after breakfast we enjoy city sightseeing at Asia’s best kept archaeological destination. Explore the significant pagodas and temples dating back more than 1500 years of history. Some of the major attractions are Dhamayangyi Temple, Ngagayon Temple and Ngagayon Temple. After the lunch we explore the local markets and the villages to understand the local life. By afternoon we climb up to one of the temple to experience the sunset over Bagan. (B,D)


Day 07: Kalaw – Pindaya - Inle   

After breakfast travel to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano located in mid of a preserved forest.  Its also home to Myanmar's most powerful "nats". While returning we stop at villages to watch the collection of juice from palm trees and its conversion into palm sugar. Lunch at local restaurant and rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the archaeological sites of Bagan by own pace. (B,D)


Day 08: Bagan – Heho – Pindaya – Inle    

Today we fly to Heho and travel to Pindaya. Visit the Pindaya caves – natural lime stone caves not only with numerous stalactites and stalagmites but also filled with about 8000 various sizes of Buddha images believed to be there since 11th century. Later travel to Inle en route stop and vist the traditional shan umbrella workshop. On arrival we take a short boat ride through the lake to reach our hotel. Overnight in Inle. (B,D)


Day 09: Inle                                 

Explore the beautiful Inle lake surrounded by Shan plateau and the life of inthar tribes. We will visit the regional market which held on a 5 days rotation basis in different areas of the lake. We will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda – famous for its richly gilded five small Buddha images; Ngaphechaung monastery (also known as jumping cat monastery) was built more than one and a half century ago and features a number of interesting old Buddha Images. Other attractions include: unique leg-rowing style and fishing method of the Inthar, floating gardens used as vegetable plantations, silk and cotton weaving cottages and black smith. Overnight at Inle. (B,D)


Day 10: Visit Inle – Mandalay  

Morning we will embark the boat to Indein village– a small village located at the south western bank of the lake and famous for its ruined clusters of pagodas. We will visit the local villages with an opportunity to talk to the villagers during the sightseeing. Lunch at local restaurant and by evening board the flight to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay. (B,D)


Day 11: Amarapura Excursion 

Today explore the last capital of Myanmar Kingdom with a visit to Mahamuni Buddha image - believed to be cast in bronze in front of Buddha himself and nowadays gilded with thick gold leaf. We will visit the workshops of gold leaf hammering, tapestry making, marble and wood carving and bronze casting. After Lunch drive to Amarapura, former Royal capital of Myanmar but the suburb of Mandalay nowadays. Conclude the day with a visit to U Bein bridge, the world’s longest teak wood bridge across the Taungthaman lake, an ideal place to enjoy the sunset. Overnight in Mandalay. (B,D)


Day 12: Mingun Excursion

Today we take a short boat ride to reach Mingun. You will witness the local life along the river as you cruise through Ayeyarwaddy river. Upon reaching Mingun you will see an incomplete pagoda, Pathodawgyi, believed to be one of the largest brick base in the world and it would be one of the wonders of the world in case if it was completed. We will visit the Mingun Bell, said to be the world’s biggest un – cracked ringing bell and Myatheindan pagoda, represents for Buddhist cosmology. Return to Mandalay and after the lunch we visit the includes Mandalay Royal Palace– a well-planned palace located at the heart of today’s Mandalay city. Later we visit Kuthodaw Pagota to see the world largest book. Conclude the day with a visit to Mandalay hill, regarded as a natural watch tower in the plain region of Mandalay to view the sunset. Overnight at Mandalay. (B,D)


Day 13: Mandalay Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out by 1200 hrs and tour finishes with direct transfer to the Mandalay airport to board the flight for onward destination. (B)

 

 Tour Ends

 

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 2019

  19 Sep   1 Oct       $4,299    $5,798    C  
  10 Oct    22 Oct       $4,299    $5,798    C  
  7 Nov   19 Nov       $4,299    $5,798    A  
  20 Dec   1 Jan' 20       $4,399    $5,898    A  

 2020

  9 Jan   21 Jan       $4,299    $5,798    A  
  13 Feb   25 Feb       $4,299    $5,798    A  
  12 Mar   24 Mar       $4,299    $5,798    A  
  16 Apr   28 Apr       $4,299    $5,798    A  
  14 May   26 May       $4,299    $5,798    A  
  29 Oct   10 Nov       $4,539    $6,126    A  
  20 Nov   1 Dec       $4,539    $6,126    A  
  17 Dec   29 Dec       $4,639    $6,226    A  

2021

  14 Jan   26 Jan       $4,539    $6,126    A  
  11 Feb   23 Feb       $4,539    $6,126    A  
  11 Mar   23 Mar       $4,539    $6,126    A  
  8 Apr   20 Apr       $4,539    $6,126    A  
  6 May   18 May       $4,539    $6,126    A  
 


For further information, dates please contact TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or ask your travel agent.        

 
  A = Available   R = Reserved   C = Closed  

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