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Myanmar River Cruise – Jewels of the Ayeyarwady

Southeast Asia River Cruise

Summary : Take in the sights and sounds of the Ayeyarwady River and its stunning scenery from the comfort and refinement of the Orcaella. Explore village streets by trishaw and visit ancient pagodas. Enjoy an ox-cart ride and experience the rural lifestyle along the river. Discover historic trade ports, battle sites and bustling markets. Witness the beauty of the setting sun over the Bagan plain on this river voyage of a lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture


Prices from
$999,999,999 to $0

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Day 1
Yangon, Myanmar

Board the vessel at its moorage in Yangon and enjoy a relaxing lunch as you start your journey to Bagan. Enjoy a full afternoon of sailing and an introductory lecture about Myanmar’s way of life.

Day 2

Explore the small town of Danuphyu in the morning, where General Maha Bandula led a Burmese defensive against the British troops during the Anglo-Burmese War. Admire the general’s memorial in Buddhist Pali University (Monastery). Later, discover local industry with a visit to a cheroot maker and a local tea shop. Return to the ship for lunch and dinner.

Day 3
On the River

Spend the day relaxing on board as you make your way towards the ancient Myanmar capital Pyay (Prome). Take in the sights and sounds of the river, or make use of the ship’s many fine facilities like the pool and spa.

Day 4

Arrive in Pyay in the morning and disembark for a visit to its impressive Shwesadaw Pagoda. Return to the riverboat and spend the rest of the afternoon sailing through the stunning scenery.

Day 5
Gawaechaung / Min Hla

After a full morning sailing, enjoy an afternoon stop to explore the quaint Gawaechaung village by ox-cart for first-hand experience of the fascinating rural lifestyle along the Ayerwaddy River. Anchor this evening at Min Hla.

Day 6
Min Hla / Magwe

Begin the day with a morning visit to the Min Hla Fort, the site of a great battle during the second Anglo-Burman War. Continue to the trade port town Magwe and its famous Myathalon Pagoda. Enjoy a stop at the busy local market to experience the daily hustle and bustle.

Day 7
Salay / Bagan

Enjoy sightseeing at Salay. Visit the ancient teak monastery (Yout-Saun-Kyaung) and an impressive 20 ft straw lacquer Buddha. Spend the afternoon visiting ancient sites in and around Bagan with an experienced guide. Witness the setting sun over the marvelous Bagan plain. Celebrate your final evening on board with a cocktail party and special farewell dinner.

Day 8
Bagan / Yangon

Disembark early morning for your return flight to Yangon and onward travel.


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 Bagan to Yangon; transfer from ship to Bagan airport; 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.

Not Included:
Airfare except flight from Bagan to Yangon; passport and visa expenses; 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.

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