GORGES OF THE FAR NORTH (11 nights )

Mandalay - Bhamo – Bagan

gorges-of-the-far-northExplore the wonders of hidden Myanmar in unrivalled comfort and style, and marvel at the gorges that rear up from the scenic Ayeyarwady River. Discover the hidden gems of Myanmar on a truly memorable 11-night cruise.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the beautiful Shwe Paw Island
  • Stroll around the charming riverside village of Kyan Hnayt
  • Head by private train into Kachan jungle and explore this beautiful habitat
  • Travel into the hills of Thabeikkyin to visit working elephants at a logging camp

ITINERARY

DAYS    DETAILS
Day (01)

Board the Belmond Road to Mandalay and set sail on its voyage to northern Myanmar.
Visit Mingun and the world's largest brick-built pagoda and uncracked bell.
In the evening, a welcome dinner allows you to get to know your fellow travellers.

Day (02)

Anchor off Nwe Nyein for a walking tour, including a chance to see traditional clay pot sculpting.
Sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw before enjoying a cocktail party on the Top Deck.

Day (03)

Take an early morning stroll around the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat.
As the sun sets, the ship anchors south of the old market town of Katha.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board.

Day (04)

Visit Katha by trishaw and take in the market made famous by George Orwell in Burmese Days.
In the afternoon, small boats take you ashore to the port of Shwegu and beyond to experience life in a typical riverside Shan village.

Day (05)

As the cruise continues, relax and admire the green-clad mountains reaching down to the narrowing channel. Travel past logging camps and the old colonial village of Zinbon.
The ship drops anchor off Bhamo. Visit the town centre and enjoy the vibrant activity of this tribal meeting point.

Day (06)

Begin the day with a tour of picturesque Shwe Paw Island and its ancient pagodas.
Your journey then takes you on to the riverside village of Moe Dar where you’ll witness a traditional noviciation ceremony.

Day (07)

In the early morning, board a train to the forest station of Naba and journey into the thick Kachin jungle and teak forest.
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon gliding towards Kyan Hnayt, and end the day with a refreshing cocktail on the Top Deck.
Finish off the day with a few cocktails on Top Deck and dinner in the restaurant.

Day (08)

This morning the ship anchors at Thabeikkyin.
A winding road will lead you past a lush forestry reserve to Mogok, where you’ll meet elephants working in the teak forests.

Day (09)

Mandalay comes into view in the early morning.
Disembark for a tour of Myanmar’s second city, including lunch at a local restaurant.
Rejoin the ship at the quaint village of Shwe Kyet Yet and enjoy a tribal dance performance in the evening.

Day (10)

Spend the day gazing at the passing scenery as the ship continues towards Bagan.
This evening take in the unforgettable sunset over the Bagan plain and enjoy a magical performance by traditional Bagan artists.

Day (11)

Visit the ancient sites in and around Bagan with an expert guide.
In the afternoon you may choose to join a tour of Mount Popa—the legendary home of animist spirits known as Nats—with its impressive summit monastery. Or take a horse-drawn cart or a bicycle to explore on your own.
Celebrate your final evening on board at this evening’s cocktail party, and say goodbye to your new friends during the Farewell Dinner.

Day (12) Transfer to Bagan airport for your flight to Yangon.

INCLUDED

•    Overnight stay on board at your selected room
•    Buffet breakfast and lunch, and table d'hôte dinner - both eastern and western choices available
•    Complimentary soft drinks, mineral water, local beer and free flow house wine (local and international) with lunch and dinner
•    Internal flights within Myanmar included between Yangon and ship, as per itinerary
•    Fully-qualified resident doctor
•    All sightseeing, as per itinerary
•    No single supplement on Superior or Deluxe Cabins

EXCLUDED

•    International flight to/from Yangon
•    Domestic flights
•    Myanmar Visa
•    Laundry service
•    Imported coffee, beer, wine, soft drinks, and spirits.
•    Passenger's travel insurance as health, accident and baggage.
•    Any other items not mentioned   

 
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