Golden Myanmar & The Untouched Upper Irrawaddy River

THIS ADVENTURE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation with full daily Breakfasts.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All tips for local staff.
  • Ground transfers&transportation with A/C vehicles.
  • Domestic flights with airport taxes and local boat fares.
  • Full onboard meals with free flow of wine with lunch/dinner(Cruise only.)
  • Included local beer, local spirits, coffee, tea, soft drinks (Cruise Only.)
  • Purified Water provided throughout the program.
  • Services of experienced English Speaking local guides.
  • Experienced English speaking Cruise Manager.

There are 135 different ethnic groups in Myanmar. You will get to experience a number of these as you venture along this path.

30 crew members to 36 passengers.

The moment you step foot on the ship, you will be treated like family. Their happy hearts and gentle spirits will captivate you from day one.

All hotel staff and Cruise Director speak English for your convenience and their levels of service are like no other. Spa staff are fully trained and experienced in both traditional and westernised spa treatments.

DAY 1: YANGON ARRIVAL (-/L/D)
Arrive at Yangon Airport. Check into our hotel. Afternoon visit Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Image and Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of the world, where one can see and enjoy the beauty of the Pagoda and the lifestyle of the Myanmar People. Overnight in Yangon.
> Lunch at local restaurant.
> Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 2: BEFORE THE CRUISE // YANGON/ BAGAN (BY FLIGHT) (B/L/D)
ln the early morning fly to Bagan, the Ancient Capital and birthplace of the Myanmar culture. Morning site seeing begins with visit to the Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar satupas; Wetkyi-in Gubyakkyi Temple, with fine mural paintings of jataka scenes; Htilominlo Temple, noted for its plaster carvings; the Tharaba City Gate, the oldest extent of Bagan architecture. Afternoon visit begins with lacquerwware factory, Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi Temple, a typical Mon style temple; Manuha Temple, a captured king’s impression of life in prison; Nanpaya Temple; the earliest masterpiece with its fine stone carvings; photo stop at Seinnyet Nyima Pagodas, a temple and a stupa with exquisite design and Mingala zedi pagoda, one of the last ones built in Bagan; sunset viewing from a small hill/high platform.
> Overnight in Bagan.
> Lunch at local restaurant.

DAY 3: BEFORE THE CRUISE // BAGAN (B/L/D)
Morning site seeing to South East Bagan featuring 13th century temples; Nandamanya; Thambula and Lemyethna Temples, noted for their fine mural paintings of Mahayanist character. Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross; and Thatbyinnyu, the highest of Bagan Temples; and Bupaya Pagoda, a Pyu style pagoda on the brink of the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River. Overnight in Bagan.
> Lunch at local restaurant.
> Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 4: BEFORE THE CRUISE // BAGAN / MANDALAY (BY FLIGHT) (8/-/-)
In the early morning fly to Mandalay and transfer to jetty at 11.00am to board the ship.

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WELCOME ABOARD
Safety-briefing, cast off and cruise upstream for the balance of the day.

DAY 5: KYAUKMYAUNG
After breakfast, arrive at the spectacular potteries-making village of Kyauk Myaung and see the manufacture stages of the famous 50 Gallons (200 liters) pots. Balance of the day is cruising. 
> Moor overnight mid-stream.

DAY 6: TAGAUNG
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 7: SHWEGU AND THE SECOND DEFILE
Sail 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. Important note: In case of low water the excursion will be done by local speed boat.

DAY 8: KATHA -BURMESE DAYS
The enchanting colonial town of Katha is the setting for George Orwell’s book “Burmese Days” and also the place where in 1942 hundreds oflrrawaddy Flotilla Company ships were scuttled before the Japanese could seize them. We explore the old streets and the market by trishaw and an Elephant Logging Camp located on the surrounding hardwood forest.

DAY 9: MINGUN
Full day cruising downstream with stop for a walk to a river village. In the afternoon, we arrive in Mingun and visit the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the ages”. Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck.

DAY 10: CENTRAL MANDALAY – AMARAPURA
Enjoy morning tour of Central Mandalay. We visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which contains the world’s biggest book, as well as the Shwe Nan Daw Kyanng Monastery, the only original monastery left from the royal era. Then we proceed to a workshop that produces the gold leaf commonly used to adorn Buddha images at temples throughout Myanmar, and the Mahomuni Pagoda, to see how the gold leaf is used.

After Lunch, we travel by coach to the penultimate Burmese royal capital of Amarapnra to visit a silk workshop before driving to U-Bein Bridge, believed to be the world’s longest and oldest teakwood bridge. Local sampans wait to take us on a leisurely cruise of the lake while admiring the sunset over the bridge.

DAY 11: MANDALAY
After breakfast, disembark at Gawein Jetty in Mandalay around 9.00am.

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TRANSFER: Transfer to Domestic Airport.
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AFTER THE CRUISE // MANDALAY/ HEHO / INLE (BY FLIGHT AND COACH) (B/L/D)
In the early morning FLY to Heho in the Shan State known for its colourful markets, scenery, country sides and especially its people, a mixture of tribal races. Drive from Heho airport to lnle Lake, well known for its scenic beauty and its unique leg rowers. Tour highlights include Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda; wonderful floating gardens; floating market on its market day; native method of fishing; traditional weaving villages; and village life in the lake. (Please note that the floating market is once every 5 days but may vary according to the Buddhist Sabathdays). 
> Overnight at the lake.
> Lunch at local restaurant.
> Dinner at hotel.

DAY 12: AFTER THE CRUISE // INLE / INDEIN (BOAT) (B/L/D)
We explore the southern part of a Lake by boat sailing through small twisting and turning creeks to reach a local village. This small village located on the southwestern bank of the lake is famous for its ruined clusters of pagodas dated back to the 16th century. The tranquil peaceful ambience and the ruins overgrown with bushes that will take you back centuries.
> Lunch at local restaurant.
> Dinner at hotel.

DAY 13: AFTER THE CRUISE // INLE / HEHO / YANGON (BY FLIGHT) (B/L/D)
Drive to Heho airport for the flight to Yangon. Arrive Yangon Day use and transfer to airport or overnight for homeward flights.
> Lunch at local restaurant.

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This ship is an all suite ship.
It includes:

  • All Suites are 245 SQ. FT.(23 sq meters)
  • Large private bathrooms with full showers with glass door, hairdryer and premium bath products.
  • 4.3 metre wall to wall window that opens to the view.
  • Super Comfort Beds featuring premium mattress covers.
  • Soft and firm pillows.
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, blankets and European-style duvets.
  • Choice of bed configurations (two twins or one king)
  • Nightly turn down service.
  • Beside tables with reading lamps.
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage.
  • Spacious closets with ample shelves for storage.
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair. In room safe.
  • In house telephone.
  • Bathrobes and slippers.
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control.

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