Discover the Irrawaddy River on a luxury cruise.
Explore Myanmar’s hidden gems aboard a luxurious 14-night cruise along the Irrawaddy River. On our brand-new river ship enjoy a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, a full-day to see the wonders of Bagan and discover rural life along the River.
15 Day Hidden Wonders of Myanmar - Yangon to Mandalay
- Tour code: MA15
- Duration: 15 Days
- Departure City: Yangon
- Return City: Mandalay
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|27 Dec 2018||11 Jan 2019||no availability|
|24 Jan 2019||08 Feb 2019||$9,144||get quote|
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|21 Mar 2019||05 Apr 2019||no availability|
Day By Day
Day 1 Arrive Yangon, Embark Ship
On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your luxury river ship, the RV Samatha. Head back into the city of Yangon to view the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Enjoy a Welcome Reception tonight.
Day 2 Yangon
Day 3 Danuphyu
Today you’ll explore the township of Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against the British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. You’ll also visit a local cheroot (cigar) workshop.
Day 4 Myanaung
Absorb wonderful views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings as you cruise onwards to the quiet riverside township of Myanaung. Here, a delightful walking tour will take you past a range of well-preserved colonial houses and on to the bustling local market.
Day 5 Pyay (Prome)
On arrival in Pyay, you will disembark for a walking tour. See a selection of pagodas, including the imposing Shwesandaw Pagoda. Later, travel to the south-east of Pyay on an excursion to the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra. The region’s 1,500 year old stupas are among the world’s earliest and most intriguing Buddhist monuments.
Day 6 Thayetmyo
Continue on to Thayetmyo, a pleasant port town that once sat on the border between Upper and Lower Burma, which the British annexed during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Here, enjoy a fascinating tour of the historic colonial-era post office before taking a swing at Myanmar’s first golf course.
Day 7 Minhla, Magwe
Stop in the town of Minhla. Learn how the British captured this fort, and indeed the town, during a war that saw an independent Burma lose its sovereignty. Cruise onwards to Magwe, where you will head up to the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River.
Day 8 Salay
Cruise to the small village of Salay, a colourful religious centre. Here, you’ll visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Built in 1882, the monastery is famous for its wood carvings and extensive collection of religious artefacts. Afterwards, continue on to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, home to the country’s largest lacquer Buddha image, which dates back to the 13th century.
Day 9 Tantkyi Hill, Bagan
After breakfast, climb Tantkyi Hill to visit Tantkyitaung Pagoda.
Day 10 Bagan
Later, visit a family-run lacquerware workshop and a nearby village.
Day 11 Yandabo
In Yandabo, enjoy an intimate look at village life and watch a pottery-making demonstration by talented local artisans.
Day 12 Inwa
Today, set out on a tour by horse-drawn cart, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery, then see the ‘leaning tower of Inwa’.
Day 13 Sagaing, Mingun
Explore Soon U Ponya Shin and the Kaunghmudaw pagodas. Later, cruise to Mingun, home to the Mingun Pahtodawgyi. Here, you will see the second largest ringing bell in the world, the Mingun Bell, as well as the Myatheindan Pagoda.
Day 14 Amarapura, Mandalay
Set out on a full-day tour of Mandalay, including Mahamuni Buddha Temple and the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Later, take in a tour of the Shwenandaw Monastery. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Day 15 Disembark Ship, Depart Mandalay
Disembark your ship for the final time this morning and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.