Being impressive to the world’s largest, unfinished brick pagoda with a 90-ton bell; enchanting colonial town of Katha; visiting the longest and oldest teak-wood bridge in the world, U Bein Bridge.
Welcome on board and enjoy lunch while we cast off Mandalay. In early afternoon, we visit Mingun, the world’s largest, unfinished brick pagoda. It also has a 90-ton bell, said to be the largest, undamaged bell in the world. Enjoy welcome dinner with performance of Burmese traditional costumes by our staffs.
Mandalay-Mingun: 6 miles
Mingun-KyaungMyaung: 46 miles
After breakfast, visit KyaungMyaung, which is famous for its manufacture of large glazed earthenware pots known as Martaban jars. The biggest of these jars can hold about 105 gallons (over 400 liters). Later we sail past the beautiful island pagoda of Thihadaw toward Tagaung.
KyaungMyaung-Tagaung: 75 miles
In the morning, visit Tagaung, the shrine of Bo BoGyi a famous nat, the archaeological area and the fortifications. The ruins of the fort walls and traces of moat are the only remnants of this ancient site. The western wall appears to have washed away by the river. Continue cruising upstream for the rest of the day.
Tagaung-Katha: 66 miles
In the morning, take a trishaw to explore the enchanting colonial town of Katha. Katha is the site of George Orwell’s famous book, “Burmese Days,” A story of what life was like in a remote station during the colonial era. The town is still charming with its teak homes and quaint streets.
In the afternoon, take a small boat to visit Shwegu, the village lies at the end of the spectacular second Shwegu features large family potteries making large quantities of unglazed earthenware pots employing a technique of throwing and beating. You’ll find many bargains here on hand-carved, wooden gold-panning bowls.
Katha-Shwegu: 44 miles
Today, we will cruise from Shwegu toward Bhamo, where the river cuts its way with narrow channel through this most beautiful Gorge with high cliffs and thick forests. Drop anchor and take a tour to Bhamo. The town is one end of a famous old caravan trail into China. Only a track through the mountains, it was centuries old when Marco Polo discovered it in the 13th century…and the route is still in use until today. Explore local market often filled with ethnic tribes such as Kachin, Lisu and Shan. Visit magnificent Theindawgyi Paya pagoda. From here you can also take a small launch to explore the First Gorge of the Ayeyarwady River. Cruise down river and anchor at Shwe Paw.
Shwegu-Bhamo: 40 miles
Bhamo-ShwePaw: 40 miles
In the morning, visit picturesque island of Shwe Paw Myanmar and its ancient pagodas. Then continue cruising to visit the riverside village of Mae Dar before cruising downstream toward Katha.
ShwePaw-Katha: 44 miles
In the morning, take a train to the forest station of Naba and journey into the thick Kachin jungle and teak forests. Back on board and enjoy cruising with a nice riverview.
Katha-Naba: 14 miles by train
Katha-KyanHnydat: 86 miles
In the morning, cruise to Thabeitkyin and take a tour to Mogok. Mogok has been famous since ancient times for its gemstones, especially ruby and sapphire, but semi-precious stones such as lapis lazuli, garnet, moonstone, peridot and chrysoberyl are also found. The gems are found in alluvial limestone gravels by means of panning, tunneling and digging pits by hand. You will travel by road towards Mogok where you will see the forest in which there many rare botanical specimens used for production of essential oils. You will be driven further into a Burmese teak forest to meet working elephants. In the afternoon our Ship will sail downstream toward Mandalay.
KyanHnydat-Thabeitkyin: 30 miles
Thabeitkyin-Mandalay: 77 miles
|Day (09)||Arrive Mandalay in the early morning. After breakfast, take a tour to Ava by horse cart. The ancient city was founded in 1364 by King Thadomin as his capital. Little remains of the old city but it is noted for the MahaAungmyeBonzan Monastery and Mae Nu Oak Kyaung, which are the fine examples of Myanmar masonry, art and architecture. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant then visit the Sagaing Hills. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views and stop by a convent, Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda and a silversmith. Drive onto Amarapura and visit a textile workshop before visiting the U Bein Bridge, the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world, at sunset.|
Relax on board while cruising downstream to Bagan. Late morning, we will visit Yandabo, a remote village by river bank. It is famous for the production of terracotta pottery made from river bank mud and you can view the pottery making process at various stages. Yandabo is also famous in Burmese history as the place where the Treaty of Yandabo was signed in 1855 between the Burmese king and the British.
Mandalay-Yandabo: 47 miles
Yandabo-Bagan: 82 miles
|Day (11)||In the early morning, take a tour to visit magnificent Bagan, the capital city of Burma from 1044 to 1287. This plain east of the curving Ayeyarwady is one of the most wondrous sights in Myanmar. We visit several of the 3,000 listed monuments, including DhammayazikaPaya, with its amazing view from the terrace, and the biggest temple, Dhammayangyi- both built in the 12th century – and one of the best preserved of all Bagan temples, the 11th-century Ananda. Enjoy farewell dinner with traditional puppet show. (Optional Bagan tour in the morning and Mt. Popa in the afternoon)|
|Day (12)||Bid farewell to the crew and disembark in Bagan.|
• Accommodation at the booked cabin category
• Meals as mentioned at the itinerary
• Group transfers from/to the meeting point to/from embarkation/disembarkation point or vice versa
• Mineral water, coffee/tea, soft drinks and local beer all day
• Fruit juices during breakfast and afternoon tea
• Group excursions as mentioned at the itinerary, entrance fees
• English speaking tour guide services
• Private butler service
• Balcony-breakfast or in-suite dining
• Daily laundry service
• Daily newspaper delivered to suite room
• Complimentary mini bar
• Daily turn down gift
• One private candle light dinner at the balcony
• Welcome fruit basket
• Flower and a bottle of Prosecco
• Complimentary tea/coffee making facility
• Spa services
• International flight to/from Yangon
• Domestic flights
• crew gratuities (USD 8-10,- per person/day are recommended
• Myanmar Visa