Myanmar River Cruise – Jewels of the Ayeyarwady

Southeast Asia River Cruise

  • Orcaella
  • River Boat
  • 50 Capacity
  • 9 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Jan 23 Fri
    • Feb 24 Tue
    • Mar 13 Fri
    • Oct 11 Sun
    • Nov 26 Thu
  • Price from
  • $5,500

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 markets by tuk tuk and visit ancient pagodas. Enjoy an ox-cart ride and experience the rural lifestyle along the river. Discover cultural traditions, historic temples, trade ports and battle sites on this river voyage of a lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture

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Itinerary
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 an afternoon of sailing and an introductory lecture about the heritage buildings you are sailing past along the Ayeyarwady River. A welcome cocktail party and introduction to the ship’s officers will precede dinner.

Day 2
Danuphyu

This morning visit Danuphyu, a historically important town during the Anglo-Burmese war. Observe the General Maha Bandula memorial at Pali University followed by a trip to a cheroot maker (similar to a cigar) and local tea shops. Afternoon tea is accompanied by a lecture on the poets and writers of Myanmar. Enjoy traditional Myanmar folk dancing this evening.

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. On board entertainment includes cooking and a ‘longyi’ (traditional dress) tying demonstration. Wear your longyi at this evening’s pre-dinner cocktail party.

Day 4
Pyay

Arrive in Pyay in the morning and disembark for a visit to its impressive Shwesadaw Pagoda and 10-story Buddha in Sri Ksetra. 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. Dinner is served at Min Hla Fort, the site of a great battle during the third Anglo-Burmese War.

Day 6
Magwe

Arrive at the trade port of Magwe. Enjoy a tuk tuk ride through the busy market and see the famous Myathalon Pagoda. Afternoon tea is accompanied by a lecture and later in the evening enjoy an authentic Myanmar puppet show.

Day 7
Sale / Bagan

This morning disembark for Sale to view the exquisite 19th century wooden monastery Yout-Saun-Kyaung. A bus excursion takes in the most important and interesting sights of Bagan. Enjoy lunch at the Sunset Garden restaurant in Bagan.

Day 8
Bagan

Join in the morning excursion of Bagan and visit the Shwezigon Pagoda, the bustling market and Min Nan Thu.
This afternoon there is a choice of activities. Travel to the villages of Gu Byauk Gyi and Pwa Saw, 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.

Day 9
Bagan / Yangon

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for you flight to Yangon.

Notes

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.

Included:
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.