The Irrawaddy River has witnessed the history of Myanmar and gave it life. On its banks are located all the “must see” highlights of the Golden Land from the cimar than taking a “boutique” cruise on the Irrawaddy in the comfort of our ships. No more long coach trips and the hassle to pack and unpack luggage.
We offer optional pre/post land arrangety of Pyay (Prome), where the roots of the Bamar civilization can be found, to the Royal Capitals of Mandalay, Amarapura and Ava passing through the glorious city of Bagan with its 3,000 temples and pagodas where sat the First Myanmar Empire yond Mandalay the river wonderful second life.
There is no better way to visit all Myanmar than taking a "boutique" cruise on the Irrawaddy in the comfort of our ships.No more long coach tips and the hassle to pack and unpack luggage.We offer optional pre/post land arrangements in Yangon and to complete the visit of Myanmar an extension to Inle Lake which is not to be missed.
|Day 1 :Mandalay - Mingun||Embark the ship at Gawein Jetty between 10.00 to 12.00 noon. Welcome cocktail in the saloon and sail upstream to Mingun.Visit the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the aged”.Dinner and overnight on board. Dance and Theatre performance on the Sundeck.|
|Day 2 :Mandalay - Ava – Amarapura||
After an early breakfast we visit central Mandalay: Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay Hill where spiraling staircases lead to sweeping views of the city and its temples and the nearby Kuthodaw Paya, which contains the world's biggest book, the workshops of gold leave making, tapestry making, woodcarving, marble carving and bronze casting.
After Lunch we explore Ava by horse-cart visiting the beautiful 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower (27mt. high) and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery. We travel then by sampan and coach to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit U-Bein Bridge at sunset. Moor overnight at Sagaing.
|Day 3 :Monywa||Early morning drive by coach (approx. 2 ½ hours) to Monywa to visit the Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings dated back to the . After lunch we visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. Drive to Myin Mu jetty (approx. 1 ½ hours) where we will rejoin the ship. Dinner and overnight on board.|
|Day 4 :Yandabo||
In the morning we arrive at Yandabo, a picturesque village that specializes in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We go ashore for a walk stopping at some pot-making workshops and to visit the school and the monastery.
Continue cruising downstream with an afternoon stop at Shwe Pyi Thar village for a walk.
Moor overnight midriver.
|Day 5 :Bagan||
We arrive at Bagan in the early morning. Full day visit of a selection of the 2,000 listed pagodas and temples. Lunch on board and in the afternoon continue the exploration of the archeological area.
Dinner on board or in a local restaurant. Overnight on board.
|Day 6 :Bagan – Tan Kyi Mountain||
Explore some of Bagan's local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longyis and rattan products .Visit a workshop to see the ancient technique of lacquerware making. Alternatively guests can hire a horse cart or a bicycle and explore the site on their own or have a splendid Balloon Flight over Bagan (surcharge applied - optional).
Cast off at 15.30 hrs and sail downstream to reach the village of Tan Kyi on the opposite side of the river. Drive to the mountaintop where stands one of the four stupas that marked the original edges of the city and enjoy a marvelous sunset over Bagan plain.
|Day 7 :Salay||Sail downstream to Salay, a 7,000 resident village founded in the 13th century with Bagan-era shrines, beautiful 19th century teak monasteries and preserved British colonial buildings. We visit the huge Youqson Kyaung wooden monastery designed as a copy of the Crown Prince House of Mandalay; we explore then an area of colonial buildings and if time allows some interesting Bagan-era monuments such as Payathonzu and the Shinpinsarkyo Paya. Back to the ship for lunch and sail South to Magwe.|
|Day 8 :Magwe – Italian Forts||Early morning visit Myat Than Lun Paya, a 1929 built pagoda set on a hilltop with a beautiful view of the river. Stop in Minhla to visit the fort built by two Italian Military Engineers for the Burmese King in order to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar at the time of the 2nd Anglo-Burmese War. Proceed downstream to Thayetmyo, a pleasant colonial town.|
|Day 9 :Thayetmyo – Prome-(Pyay)||Early Morning exploration of Thayetmyo: the oldest golf course of Myanmar, the market and the old colonial houses. Proceed sailing downstream. In late evening we arrive in Prome (Pyay) Once con¬trolled by the Mon during the Bagan Era and then conquered by the Burmese King Alaungpaya in the 1754, this quiet town located 8 Km West of the famous ancient Pyu capital of Thayekhittaya, boomed along with the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1890’s and it is now an important trading post.|
|Day 10 :Prome||Drive to Thayekhittaya (also known as Sri Ksetra, the “fabulous city” in Pali language), a huge ancient Pyu city that ruled in this area between the 5thand the 9th century AD. We visit also the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda complex, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Myanmar, and the Wunchataung Paya (Apology Mountain Pagoda) a vantage point of the Shwesandaw Pagoda and the surrounding mountains.|
|Day 11 :.Prome- Yangon||Disembark and drive by coach to Yangon meeting point.|
• All meals &, Coffee/Tea/Water
• Sightseeing as described in the Itinerary
• Ayravata Cruises English Speaking Guide (additional non-English speaking guide is provided if more than 8 cabins are booked by parties speaking the same language)
• All Entrance Fees
• Transfer by coach to/from Prome
• International flight to/from Yangon
• Domestic flights
• Myanmar Visa
• Drinks, laundry, all items of a personal nature
• health-accident-baggage or travel protection plan outside the ship’s boundaries
• fuel surcharges if applicable