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Myanmar River Cruise – The Ayeyarwady Experience

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Summary : Visit gilded pagods and bustling markets as you cruise the Ayeyarwady in supreme luxury onboard the Orcaella. Visit the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan, see the Shwe Myat Mhan Pagoda, home of the bespectacled Buddha, and take a tuk-tuk ride past the colonial houses and tropical gardens of Zalon.

Activities : Child-Friendly, Culture


Prices from
$5,775 to $10,101

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Day 1

Board the Orcaella at Bagan and enjoy a delicious lunch. Later, disembark for a guided tour of the ancient city and witness the unforgettable sunset over the Bagan plain.

Day 2

Start the day with a shopping tour in Bagan and a visit to the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda. You may also wish to arrange a tour of Old Bagan by horse cart or bicycle.

In the afternoon, set sail towards Salay where you can visit the Wooden Monastery and an impressive 20ft Buddha made of straw lacquer.

Day 3

Visit the port town of Magwe and its famous Myathalon Pagoda, devotees come from miles around to join in religious festivals.

Continue to Min Hla and for a late afternoon visit to the local fort, the site of a great battle during the second Anglo-Burmese War.

Day 4
Sri Ksetra

Today you will witness a Longyi tying and Thanakha wearing demonstration on the Observation Deck.

In the afternoon, you will visit the ancient city Sri Ksetra (‘Fabulous City’) with its unique cylindrical shaped stone stupas. Dating back to the 5th – 9th century, this city flourished during the rule of the Phyu. During the 1890’s Pyay was a booming trade town, and there is still much activity in and around the docks. Next, enjoy a city tour, visit the impressive Shwe-san-daw Pagoda and the imposing 10-storey Sitting Buddha watching over this important site.

Day 5
Shwe Taung / Shwe Myat Mhan Pagoda / Pyay

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). One the way back, discover local industry with a visit to a local sweets confectioner and a bamboo shoot pickle maker.

Return to Orcaella and depart from Pyay.

Spend the afternoon relaxing on board and taking in the scenery.

Day 6

Disembark at the small port of Zalon. Take a tuk tuk along the main street, lined with stunning colonial-style wooden houses and large tropical gardens. Arrive at the Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda.

Continue to another little-visited town called Danuphyu. This is where the revered General Maha Bandula led a Burmese defensive against the British troops during the Anglo-Burmese War.

Day 7
Danuphyu / Yangon

Spend the morning relaxing on the deck as you make your way to Yangon. Join an optional excursion; choose between shopping 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.

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.

Domestic flights; transfers; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; beverages, including local beer, soft drinks, and house wine (wine served with lunch and dinner only); onboard activities including expert-led lectures and presentations, Wi-Fi in public areas; sunrise yoga sessions, meditation classes, and cooking demonstrations; and a fully-qualified resident doctor. The Governor’s Suite includes butler service and en-suite Wi-Fi internet. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

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.

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