Travelling through Myanmar via the river provides opportunities to glimpse rural life - from wooden fishing boats and peanut farmers to the Buddhist temples.
On a full-day tour of Mandalay, visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple, one of Myanmar’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Then head for Kuthodaw Pagoda to see the world’s largest book. Later, take in a tour of the Shwenandaw Monastery, an architectural masterpiece (B,L,D)
Signature Experience: Enjoy a sunset sampan cruise alongside the U-Bein Bridge with a drink in hand
In Sagaing you will visit U Ponya Shin and Kaunghmudaw Pagoda with magnificent views over the Irrawaddy River and a Silversmith workshop. Continue to Inwa via horse drawn cart to explore the Bagaya Monastery (B,L,D)
Today your ship will arrive in Yandabo, a charming village known for its finely crafted terracotta wares. Here, enjoy a look at village life and watch a pottery making demonstration. Later, re-board your ship and continue
cruising onwards to Bagan (B,L,D)
Signature Experience: Observe a stunning sunset over Bagan, one of the world’s truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites whilst you enjoy free flowing drinks and delicious canapes
Freedom of Choice: Choose to explore revered Pagodas and Temples, ascend the winding covered staircase encircling Myanmar’s most important nats (spirits) at Mount Popa or, visit a family-run lacquerware workshop and a nearby village (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you’ll have time to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda, encircled by 32 elephant statues. Return to your ship and cruise to the village of Salay. Here, you’ll visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Afterwards, continue on to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to the country’s largest lacquer Buddha image (B,L,D)
Upon arrival in Magwe disembark your ship and head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Take in the fabulous views and explore the pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and home to numerous shrines devoted to a variety of nat spirits (B,L,D)
Stop in the town of Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. Visit Minhla Fort, and learn how the British captured this fort, and indeed the town, during a war that saw Burma lose its sovereignty Cruise into Thayetmyo and enjoy a fascinating tour of the historic colonialera post office before taking a swing at Myanmar’s first golf course (B,L,D)
On arrival in Pyay, disembark for a walking tour. See aselection of pagodas, including the imposing Shwesandaw Pagoda. Later, travel to the south-east of Pyay on an excursion to the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra (B,L,D)
Today, cruise onwards to the quiet riverside township of Myanaung. Here a walking tour will take you past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling local market (B,L,D)
Today, set out on a local village tour of Aingtaloge (B,L,D)
Today you’ll explore the township of Danuphyu where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against the British troops during the First Anglo- Burmese War. Visit a cheroot (cigar) workshop (B,L,D)
Disembark for a morning walking tour of Maubin. Then set off for Yangon, Myanmar’s most important commercial centre. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a 99 metre-high gilded pagoda and stupa that dominates the city skyline from atop Singuttara Hill (B,L,D)
Freedom of Choice: After breakfast, discover some of the city’s best kept secrets by train, or join a walking tour through the historic streets of downtown Yangon. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and this evening, before a Farewell Dinner (B,L,D)
Nestling on the Irrawaddy river delta, the city of Yangon is a fascinating fusion of historic traditions, glittering religion and intriguing everyday life.
* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.
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