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Myanmar River Cruise – Jewels of the Ayeyarwady

Southeast Asia River Cruise Information

Summary : Take in the sights and sounds of the Ayeyarwady River and its stunning scenery from the comfort and refinement of the Orcaella. Cruise to Bagan via the Twante Canal, built in 1883 during British colonial rule. Visit Danuphyu and the memorial of the revered leader General Maha Bandula. See the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda and 10-storey Sitting Buddhe in Pyay. Enjoy a sunset tour of Bagan with wonderful views. 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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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

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

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

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

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

Disembark after breakfast.


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; 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.

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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