Summary : Ring in the New Year in unforgettable style, while discovering the enchanting sights and sounds of the Ayeyarwady River. Travel into the Sagaing Hills to visit Soon-U-Ponyashin Pagoda. Enjoy a special dinner at Min Hla Fort, as well as a festive Christmas Eve, and spectacular New Year’s Eve dinner against the backdrop of Bagan with traditional live music!
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture
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Board Orcaella and cruise on the Ayeyarwady River towards Mingun. Disembark at Mingun to visit some of the more important sights including the Mingun Bell, which was until recently the largest ringing bell in the world.
A welcome cocktail party is followed by your first dinner on board.
Transfer to shore for a full-day tour of Mandalay. Explore the city’s sights, including the Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and Mahamuni Temple.
Lunch is taken at the Sedona Hotel, Mandalay. Return to the ship for dinner and cultural entertainment.
Join the morning excursion to the Sagaing Hills and take in the exceptional views. Visit a local nunnery and silversmith workshop before a horse and cart ride to the wooden monastery at Ava.
After a delicious buffet lunch enjoy a day at leisure. Afternoon tea and a lecture are available in the Lounge. Later, sit down to a festive Christmas Eve dinner in the Restaurant followed by a surprise on the river.
Join us for a morning walk to Yandabo. Explore the village and watch pottery being made from the clay harvested at the riverbank.
Afternoon sailing along the Ayeyarwady River before celebrating Christmas Day over a delicious dinner on board.
After breakfast take a walking tour of Salay. Visit the beautiful Teak Monastery and impressive Lacquer Buddha.
Buffet lunch is served in the Restaurant while you sail towards Magwe. Take a tuk tuk to Magwe and enjoy the town’s busy local market and famous Myathalon Pagoda.
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure as you cruise south towards Pyay (Prome).
Lunch and afternoon tea are served on board before you arrive at Pyay for a leisurely walk around the riverside district before dinner.
Disembark for a morning tour of Paw-lan-gyi elephant camp and enjoy a delightful picnic lunch.
Spend the afternoon luxuriating on board as Orcaella sails on. This evening, dinner is followed by a dazzling show from one of the country’s most famous magicians.
Breakfast at leisure in the restaurant as you sail towards your next port of call. This afternoon transfer ashore to visit Gwechuang Fort, a tactically important site in the nineteenth century. Take an ox-cart trip to experience rural life along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River.
Dinner this evening is on shore an Min Hla Fort, the site of a great battle during the 3rd Anglo-Burmese War.
Buffet breakfast is served in the Restaurant. Join a Myanmar traditional dress ‘longyi’ tying and ‘thanakha’ wearing demonstration on the Observation Deck. You are warmly invited to participate.
Buffet lunch is served in the restaurant. Enjoy a cooking demonstration with Executive Chef on the Observation Deck.
Longyi cocktail party on the sandbank, dinner is served in the Restaurant. This is followed by a movie night with popcorn and ice-cream on the Observation Deck.
Take a sunset tour to see one of Bagan’s finest temples, the Ananda Temple, and the ‘sunset’ pagodas.
Return to the ship for a cocktail reception on the Observation Deck. Dine on the sandbank, with breathtaking views across Bagan, accompanied by traditional live music.
Enjoy a countdown to the New Year with a live band on the Observation Deck.
Join in the morning excursions. Visit the bustling market of Nyaung Oo before exploring the temples of Hti-Lo-Min-Lo and the Shwezigon Pagoda.
This afternoon there is a choice of activities. Travel to sacred Mount Popa, stopping off at a Toddy Palm plantation on the way, or take a private horse and cart or bicycle tour within the city of Bagan.
Enjoy the evening’s farewell cocktail party and entertainment before your final dinner on board.
Transfer to Bagan airport for your onward flight.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
The rivers of Myanmar vary from season to season, with as much as a 30 foot variance in water level. During the months of January through June, the water levels of the Ayeyarwady may drop for a period of a few weeks to a few months, creating a narrower channel for navigation. During the months of July through October, high water levels may affect the Chindwin River. To accommodate for changes in water levels, the Orcaella may operate on an adjusted itinerary during these periods and our mooring locations may be amended.
Cabin accommodations and meals onboard; internal flights within Myanmar between Yangon and ship, as per itinerary; fully-qualified resident doctor; local beer, house wine, soft drinks and bottled water with lunch and dinner; Balcony and Junior Suites include butler service and one complimentary spa treament. Subject to change without notice.
Passport and visa expenses; travel insurance; departure taxes; alcoholic beverages not mentioned as included; fees for medical services; items of a personal nature, salon and boutique purchases; optional excursions; optional gratuities at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.