Between Prome and 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 city 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 trips and the hassle to pack and unpack luggage.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL YANGON & SIGHTSEEING (-/-/-)
DAY 02: YANGON – MANDALAY – JOIN 7NS CRUISE (By Flight 08:00-09:25) (B/L/D)
DAY 03: MANDALAY – AMARAPURA (B/L/D)
DAY 04: AVA – SAGAING (B/L/D)
DAY 05: MONYWA (HPOWINDAUNG AND SHWEBADAUNG) (B/L/D)
DAY 06: YANDABO – SHWE PYI THAR (B/L/D)
DAY 07: SALAY – BAGAN (B/L/D)
DAY 08: BAGAN (B/L/D)
DAY 09: BAGAN – YANGON (BY FLIGHT 09:50 – 11:00) (B/-/-)
DAY 10: YANGON DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Our tour guide will meet with a very warm welcome when you arrive at Yangon International Airport.
Transfer to the hotel. Today is world-famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Witness the golden dome light up the sunshine before sunset. Overnight in Yangon.
Early morning transfer to the airport for fly to Mandalay.
Arrive at Mandalay, transfer to Jetty and Board the Ship at Gawein Jetty (11.30-12.00 hrs), welcome cocktail and lunch. Sail upstream to Mingun.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Mingun
Sail upstream to Mingun. We will enjoy a leisurely walking tour of the small town of Mingun. Our first stop is King Bodawpaya’s monumental, uncompleted stupa. During construction, an astrologer to the king argued that the king would die upon completion of the temple, and work was immediately halted. Had it been completed, it would have been the largest in the world. The cracks we see are the result of the 23 March 1839 earthquake that shook the area. We continue our walk to the Mingun Bell, which was the heaviest working bell in the world until 2000 when the Bell of Good Luck was unveiled in Henan, China. After having the opportunity to stand inside the bell as it is rung, we have time to shop in the local market, famous for its makeshift galleries that display inexpensive art from both local and internationally known artists. Overnight at Mandalay.
MORNING EXCURSION: Mandalay
Visit central Mandalay: 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, and Shwe Nandaw Kyaung(Golden Monastery), then visit the Workshops of gold leave making, Tapestry making, Woodcarving. Back to the ship for lunch.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Amarapura
In the afternoon we visit Mahamuni Pagoda and marble carving – nearby Pagoda. then Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit a traditional silk weaving workshop followed by U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest wooden bridge (1.2 km) and enjoy the sunset there. Dinner on board. Overnight on board at Sagaing.
MORNING EXCURSION: Sagaing
Visit Sagaing, a hill studded with many Pagodas and Monasteries rich in wood carving and religious art.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Ava
In the afternoon, we visit the ancient city of Ava, capital of the Burmese Kingdom from 1364 to 1841 by horse-cart visiting the beautiful 200-year-old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower (27mt. high) and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery.
Dinner on board. Overnight near a river village.
FULL DAY EXCURSION: Monywa
Early morning drive by coach (approx. 2 ½ hours) to Monywa to visit the Hpowindaung cave, where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings dated back to the. Serve Lunch at a local restaurant in Win Unity Hotel in Monywa. 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 hour) where we will rejoin the ship. Dinner on board. Overnight onboard near Myin Mu.
MORNING EXCURSION: 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 monastery. Sail downstream stream. Lunch on board.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: River Village performance sundeck. Moor overnight mid-river.
MORNING EXCURSION: Salay
In the late morning, we walk ashore at Salay, a small town founded in the 13th century with Bagan-era shrines, beautiful 19th century teak monasteries and preserved British colonial buildings. We explore the Salay House, a restored 1906 colonial trading company warehouse on the bank of the Irrawaddy. Our walk takes us along the town’s main Strand Street towards the local market before turning away from the river to visit the beautiful Yoke Soun Kyaung Taw Gyi wooden monastery. This ornately carved teak monastery was designed as a copy of the Crown Prince House of Mandalay, and is now a museum boasting remarkable wood carvings and artifacts. We pass some interesting Bagan-era monuments on our way to visit Mann Paya, a pagoda with a beautiful lacquerware Buddha, before returning to our ship with a stroll past some of Salay’s many beautiful colonial. Back to the ship for Lunch.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Bagan
After lunch, we visit Gubyaukgyi Temple (Great Painted Cave Temple), where the richly-colored paintings are thought to date to the original construction period in the early 12th century and we will also see a sand painting demonstration by a local artist. Next to this temple is the gilded Myazedi Stupa, which offers both a linguistic and a historical significance: an inscription consecrating Gubyaukgyi in four languages (Pyu, Mon, Old Burmese, and Pali), which established Pyu as an important cultural influence in the early Pagan period. Then visit a workshop to see the ancient technique of lacquer ware making. Dinner and moor overnight at Bagan.
Optional Tour with Extra cost
Early morning, the tour starts for surprise discover day to see the ancient city of Bagan form above. Client’s enjoy a magnificent bird’s eye view of thousand-year-old pagodas, temples and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River with “BALLOONS” flying over Bagan. It is a very exiting experience and clients will never forget. The Balloon is guided by gentle wind and chance to see slowly the sun rising. And it operates start form 01 Oct till 10 Apr for every year. Extra cost for USD 285 per pax with Standard Service and USD 335 per pax with Premium Service.
Remark – increase USD 10 per pax on Int’l New Year Period start from 20 Dec 18-10 Jan 20.
MORNING EXCURSION: Bagan
This morning our excursion takes us to one of the most incredible areas of Myanmar: Bagan. Once the center of the Pagan Empire, Bagan today is a tourist, artist, and archeological mecca. We will start the tour with ShweZigon Pagoda construction during the reign of King Anawrahta and a Buddhist religious place, is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha. Next explore some of Bagan’s local markets selling wood carvings, fabric, longyis and rattan product. Then stop by Thatbyinnyu Pagoda for photo shoot on the way back to ship for Lunch.
Optional: In the very early morning before breakfast Balloon Flight over Bagan (surcharge applied)
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Bagan
After lunch, visit the massive Htilominlo, built by King Htilominlo on the site where he was chosen from the five sons of King Nadaungmya to be the crown prince of Pagan. While the murals that once decorated much of the inside of this temple have only survived on the ceilings, Htilominlo boasts the finest plaster carvings which still remain undamaged on the arch pediments. Then a visit to Bagan would not be complete without exploring one of the most famous temples of Bagan, Ananda. Built in 1105 CE during King Kyanzittha’s reign, it is one of only four surviving temples from this period. We will explore the cruciform of the temple, with four standing Buddhas facing north, south, east, and west. After that we stop by Dhammayan Gyi Pagoda for photo shoot. For our final stop of the day we proceed to the Bagan Viewing Hill where we will view the sunset over the pagodas and stupas of Bagan before returning to the ship.
Morning disembark at Koe Lone Ye Kin Jetty, our guide will pick you up from Cruise for take flight back to Yangon. Arrival Yangon, free at hotel or shopping at Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market, (close on every Monday & Public holiday) and famous of its shops of souvenir, handicrafts, luxury item, foot wares, clothing, jewelary, food stuff and paintings. Overnight in Yangon.
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Yangon international airport for your departure flight.
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Tour price includes
- Accommodation with twin/double sharing room base included breakfast
- Transportation for tour class car with air-conditioned.
- 07 Lunch & 07 Dinner on River Cruise.
- Domestic Flight with airport tax: "Yangon-Mandalay, Bagan-Yangon”
- English Speaking Guide for each place
- Drinking-Water & Wet Towel on sightseeing
- Entrance Fee
- Service charges included
Tour price excludes
- Extra cost or missing tour caused by flight delay or cancel
- Online Visa Fee for Myanmar: USD 50.00 p/pax
- Other services not mentioned in the including
- Compulsory New Year Eve Dinner
- International flight from/to Myanmar.
- Balloon over Bagan with extra cost.
- Personal expenses such as beverages, telephone calls, and laundry service, mini bar, etc