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Myanmar River Cruise – Ayeyarwady Experience

Southeast Asia River Cruise

Summary : Visit gilded pagodas and bustling markets as you sail the Ayeyarwady River in comfort and refinement on board the Orcaella. Explore the Wooden Monastery and witness an impressive 20ft Buddha made of straw lacquer. Discover the ancient city of Sri Ksetra with its unique cylindrical stone stupas. With opportunities to travel by ox cart or bicycle experiencing the sights and sounds of Myanmar culture, let this be your trip of a lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture


Prices from
$5,500 to $9,620

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Day 1
Yangon / Bagan, Myanmar

Board the vessel in Bagan after and included flight from Yangon and enjoy a delicious lunch. Later, disembark for guided exploration of this ancient city and witness an unforgettable sunset over the Bagan plain.

Day 2
Bagan / Salay

Start your day experiencing the sights and sounds of Bagan. Visit the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda, or take an optional excursion into Old Bagan by horse cart or bicycle. In the afternoon, set sail towards Salay to visit the Wooden Monastery and an impressive 20ft Buddha made of straw lacquer.

Day 3
Magwe / Min Hla

Visit the port town of Magwe and its famous Myathalon Pagoda, devotees come from miles around to join in religious festivals that take place here. Continue to Min Hla for a late afternoon visit to its fort that was the site of a great battle during the second Anglo-Burmese War.

Day 4
Sri Ksetra / Pyay

Enjoy a Longyi tying and Thanakha wearing demonstration on the Observation Deck. In the afternoon, depart by bus to the ancient city of Sri Ksetra (‘Fabulous City’) with its unique cylindrical shaped stone stupas. During the 5th – 9th centuries, this city flourished during the rule of the Phyu. Pyay hit its stride in the 1890’s as a booming trade town, and there is still much activity in and around the docks today. Enjoy a city tour, visit the impressive Shwe-san-daw Pagoda and the imposing 10-story Sitting Buddha watching over this important site.

Day 5
Pyay / Shwe Taung

Set out by bus on a morning excursion to Shwe Taung town and visit Shwe Myat Mhan Pagoda to see the only ‘bespectacled’ Buddha in Myanmar (thought to have curing powers). On the way back, visit a local sweets confectioner and a bamboo shoot pickle maker. Later, return to the boat and spend the afternoon relaxing on board and taking in the scenery as you continue on your journey.

Day 6
Zalon / Danuphyu

Disembark at the small port of Zalon. Ride a tuk tuk along its main street lined with colonial-style wooden houses and stunning large tropical gardens. Visit the Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda. Continue to another less-visited town called Danuphyu where General Maha Bandula led defensive against the British troops during the Anglo-Burmese War.

Day 7

Spend the morning relaxing on the deck as you make your way to Yangon. You may choose an optional shopping excursion in Yangon or a heritage tour.

Day 8

Disembark in the late morning for your onward travel arrangements.


This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Hot Air Balloon Option: Oct 20-Mar 20 departures only. Enjoy a 3 hour balloon flight (approx.) over Bagan weather permitting. See rates section for pricing. Once confirmed, no refund will be given unless cancelled due to weather.

Flight from Yangon to Bagan; transfer from Bagan airport to ship; cabin accommodations; most guided excursions; all meals while onboard; local beer, tea, coffee, soft drinks and bottled water; Junior Suites and Balcony Suites include laundry service and mini bar; Balcony Suites also include a bottle of champagne on arrival and one massage. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare except flight from Yangon to Bagan; passport and visa expenses; hot air balloon option; travel insurance; departure taxes; alcoholic beverages (except local beer); fees for medical services; items of a personal nature such as laundry (unless in Junior or Balcony Suite), salon and boutique purchases; optional excursions; optional gratuities at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.