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Cruise Highlights

Our new programme enables relaxed exploration of the magnificent temples of Pagan, the highlights of Mandalay and the scenic and remote Upper Irrawaddy. We journey off the beaten track for 10-nights all the way to Katha, nearly 1000 miles from Rangoon and once home to George Orwell and the setting for Burmese days. Other highlights will be passage through the 3rd and 2nd defiles, not to mention visits to enchanting local towns and villages.

To further enhance your experience, we now have a number of quality mountain bikes for your use.

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The Best Of Myanmar

Pagan is one of the richest archeological sites in the world and the highlight of every tour through Myanmar. In between 11th and 13th century the kings of Pagan dynasty ruled the country and ordered thousands of pagodas and temples to be built. There are about 20 temples and pagodas to be seen here with some beautiful ornamentic design.

3

Experience The City Of Immortals

Amarapura is a classical Pali name and means ‘The City of Immortals’. Founded by King Bodawpaya in1783, the year after he came to the throne, and it superseded Ava as capital of the Konbaung empire. Bodawpaya died in 1819 and his grandson Bagyidaw shifted the capital back again to Ava in 1823. In 1841, during the reign of Tharrawaddy (the brother of Bagyidaw), the capital reverted to Amarapura. In 1857 King Mindon ostensibly for astrological reasons moved the palace-city to a new site at Mandalay.

Nowadays Amarapura is a suburb attached to the south of present day Mandalay. The area is populated by craftsmen who, in a legacy from royal times, when people lived by royal order in occupation defined communities, still live in the quarters given to them by King Mindon. Thus south of the Maha-muni along the road to Amarapura there are quarters for: stone carvers, wood carvers, bronze casters and in the heart of Amarapura itself a community of silk weavers.

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Things To Remember

The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only and subject to reconnaissance. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

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UPSTREAM ITINERARY

D1

PAGAN

Embark for lunch and followed by exploration of the 3000 plus Pagan monuments by coach. The ship will leave Pagan at 17:30.

D2

YANDABO

Cruise past the confluence with the Chindwin River and arrive at Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the riverbank clay. Cruise through afternoon upstream towards Mandalay.

D3

AMARAPURA

Morning visit to Ava and explore the ruins, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a 200-year-old royal monastery made of teak with elaborate woodcarvings. Continue to visit the ancient capital of Amarapura and admire the paintings in a temple.

D4

KYAUK-MYOUNG

Visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung where the famous 50-gallon water pots are handmade. We see all stages of manufacture from the throwing of the pots to the weeklong firing in huge kilns. We return to the ship and enter the third defile of Irrawaddy.

D5

KHANYAT

Stop at Khan-nyat village with its many Buddhist monasteries and visit the former head teacher’s house, which also includes his small museum collections. We go ashore and climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Upper Irrawaddy River.

D6

KATHA

We reach the enchanting colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Little has changed since then. Of interested are the fire station’s collections of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company’s ship’s bells taken from sunken ships in the Second War. Katha was the final resting place of the old flotilla and here over a hundred ships were scuppered in 1942 in an Act of Denial before the advancing Japanese. We also visit an elephant logging camp at Katha in the hardwood forests of the hills that surround the town and further upstream.

D7

SAIL UPSTREAM KYUNT DAW ISLAND

Transfer by Local boat and visit Kyun Daw village where we will visit countless small Pagodas.

D8

2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY

Cruise through the 2nd Defile, the most dramatic of the three gorges with cliffs towering over the narrow channel. Sail downstream.

D9

TAGAUNG

Walking tour of the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications, a famous nat or spirit shrine and the archaeological area.

D10

MINGUN

Slip our moorings early in the morning and stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda that is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. We also visit the Mingun Old People’s Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s. Drive through the beautiful Sagaing hills to the hilltop to enjoy an amazing view over the region and Irrawaddy River.

D11

MANDALAY

Disembark after breakfast at the Jetty.

DSI

DOWNSTREAM ITINERARY

D1

MANDALAY

We start our Mandalay tour with a visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda with one of the country’s most venerated Buddha images. Continue to a gold leaf and tapestry work shop and walk along the marble & stone carver’s street. Visit a silk and cotton weaving work shop. Travel by bus to the famous “U Bein” bridge, it is about 1.2 km long and is said to be the world’s longest teak wood bridge. It has been built in 1784. With small boats we sail over the Taungthaman Lake and enjoy the sunset.

D2

KYAUK-MYOUNG

Morning cruising. Afternoon visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung where the famous 50 gallon water pots are handmade. We see all stages of manufacture from the throwing of the pots to the weeklong firing in huge kilns. We then third defile of the Irrawaddy.

D3

KHANYAT

Stop at Khan-nyat village with its many Buddhist monasteries and visit the former head teacher’s house, which also includes his small museum collections. Later we go ashore and climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Irrawaddy.

D4

KATHA

Arrive at the enchanting colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Little has changed since then. Of interested are the fire station’s collections of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ship’s bells taken from sunken ships in the Second War. Katha was the final resting place of the old flotilla and here over a hundred ships were scuppered in 1942 in an Act of Denial before the advancing Japanese. We continue to an elephant logging camp at Katha in the hardwood forests of the hills that surround the town and further upstream.

D5

SAIL UPSTREAM KYUNT DAW ISLAND

Transfer by local boat to visit Kyun Daw village where we visit countless small Pagodas.

D6

2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY

Cruise through the 2nd Defile, the most dramatic of the three gorges with cliffs towering over the narrow channel. Sail downstream.

D7

TAGAUNG

We explore by foot the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications, a famous nat or spirit shrine and the archaeological area.

D8

MINGUN

We cast off early in the morning and stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda that is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. We also visit the Mingun Old People’s Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s. Drive through the beautiful Sagaing Hill to the hilltop to enjoy an amazing view over the region and Irrawaddy.

D9

AVA

Morning visit to Ava and explore the ruins, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a 200-year-old royal monastery made of teak with elaborate woodcarvings. In the afternoon arrive at Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the riverbank clay.

D10

PAGAN

Full day’s exploration of the 3000 plus Pagan monuments by coach.

D11

PAGAN

Disembark after breakfast.

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INCLUDED

    Cruise Price Includes: Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes. Quality mountain bikes available for independent exploration on Zawgyi and Kindat Pandaws.
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NOT INCLUDED

    Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.
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TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 MANDALAY

Embark at Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung Jetty by 11:30am.

DAY 11 PAGAN

Disembark after breakfast 08.30am at Pagan Ayer Jetty.

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Set Tour Packages

From
To
Standard of accommodation
Number of People (price per person)
2 Adults
02 Feb 19 12 Feb 19 Downstream RV Kalay Pandaw$7283
22 Feb 19 04 Mar 19 $7283
14 Mar 19 24 Mar 19 $7283
13 Nov 19 23 Nov 19 $7283
12 Jan 20 22 Jan 20 $6009
21 Feb 20 02 Mar 20 $5462
14 Sep 20 24 Sep 20 $5462
04 Oct 20 14 Nov 20 $5462
24 Oct 20 03 Nov 20 $5462
13 Nov 20 23 Nov 20 $5462
23 Dec 20 02 Jan 21 $5462
03 Nov 19 13 Nov 19 Upstream RV Kalay Pandaw$6009
23 Dec 19 02 Jan 20 $5462
11 Feb 20 21 Feb 20 $5462
24 Sep 20 04 Oct 20 $5462
14 Oct 20 24 Oct 20 $5462
03 Nov 20 13 Nov 20 $5462
23 Nov 20 03 Dec 20 $5462
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