Myanmar

Classic & Cruise Tour

Epic Myanmar with Irrawaddy Cruise

Summary

Type: Classic & Cruise Tour

Duration: 12 Days

Best Time to Travel: October – April

Places you'll discover

Ava
Bagan
Heho
Inle Lake
Mandalay
Mingun
Monywa
Sagaing
Yandabo Village
Yangon



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    Epic Myanmar with Irrawaddy Cruise - Itinerary

    Day 1

    Arrive Yangon

    Arrive Yangon
    In the morning

    Our guide will pick you up from Rangoon International Airport and transfer you to your hotel.

    In the evening

    Visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. This 325ft gilded pagoda and stupa is Myanmar’s most important landmark. The top of the stupa is covered with 1800 carats of gold and studded with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz. A huge emerald sits in the middle to catch the first and last rays of the sun.



    Day 2

    Yangon – Bagan

    In the morning

    After an early breakfast, transfer to Yangon Domestic Airport for the flight to Bagan. Upon Arrival at Bagan, transfer to the jetty for your Irrawaddy Cruise aboard the RV Paukan. Enjoy and early lunch around 11:30 before casting off. After Lunch, visit of a selection of the 2,000 listed pagodas and temples.

    The lovely RV Paukan is a boutique hotel on the river, beautifully furnished with a unique combination of modern and traditional motifs. The timber-walled cabins are furnished with colonial style cupboards, dresser and doors while the ceiling is traditional Myanmar. The single or double beds are proper and comfortable ones and not mere bunks, enough room for 55 passengers who will be looked after by a 30-member crew.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

    Day 3

    RV Paukan Cruise – River Village

    RV Paukan Cruise – River Village
    In the morning

    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 you can hire a horse cart or a bicycle and explore the site on your own or have a splendid balloon flight over the Bagan temples (not included).

    In the afternoon

    Return to the ship around noon and cast off. We spend the rest of the day cruising upstream stopping at the village of Shwe Pyi Thar where we are able to walk around and explore rural village life.

    In the evening

    Following dinner we have a puppet show either in the village or on the ship’s sun deck.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

    Day 4

    RV Paukan Cruise – Yandabo Village

    In the morning

    Arrive at the picturesque village of Yandabo which specialises in pot-making. Here the peace treaty signifying the end of the First Anglo-Burmese War was signed on February 24th 1826. We disembark to walk around some pot-making workshops and visit a local school and monastery.

    In the afternoon

    Return to the ship and continue upstream, mooring for the night at Nyin Mu.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

    Day 5

    RV Paukan Cruise – Monywa – Sagaing

    RV Paukan Cruise – Monywa – Sagaing
    In the morning

    We have an early morning excursion by road to Monywa (approx. 1 ½ hours). Here we visit Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings.

    In the afternoon

    After lunch we visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw Pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. Drive to Sagaing (2 hours) where we will board the ship.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

    Day 6

    RV Paukan Cruise – Mingun – Ava

    RV Paukan Cruise – Mingun – Ava
    In the morning

    After an early breakfast, visit Mingun - the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the aged”.

    In the afternoon

    After lunch we explore Ava by horse-cart visiting the beautiful 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, the 27 metre high Nanmyin Watchtower and Me Nu Ok Kyaung Monastery. We then travel by sampan and coach to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital to visit U-Bein Bridge at sunset.

    In the evening

    Moor overnight at Sagaing where there will be a dance and theatre performance on the ship’s sundeck.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

    Day 7

    RV Paukan Cruise – Mandalay

    In the morning

    Today we disembark the RV Paukan at Gawein Jetty. From here we drive to Mandalay and check in to our hotel.

    The remainder of the day is free to relax.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 8

    Mandalay

    Mandalay
    In the morning

    After breakfast visit the ancient capital of Amarapura – ‘City of Immortality’ followed by the Mahaghandayon Monastery where more than a thousand monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food. Later we proceed to Mandalay Royal Palace. This large complex has dozens of buildings including audience halls, throne halls, a monastery, a watch tower, a court building, a tooth relic building and a library where the Buddhist scriptures were kept.

    In the afternoon

    Drive to Shwenandaw Monastery, an ancient wooden building with intricate carvings, once the home of King Mindon. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the `world largest book‘, a collection of 729 white-washed stupas housing marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist Scriptures. Finally, watch the sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill with sweeping views of Mandalay and the surrounding countryside. Return to our hotel early evening.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 9

    Mandalay – Heho – Inle Lake

    In the morning

    Drive to Mandalay Airport for the short flight to Heho. Upon arrival in Heho, transfer by road to Nyaung Shwe, the small gateway town to Inle Lake. The final part of the journey is made by long-tail motor boat to our hotel. We take long-tail boats again to explore the charm and beauty of Inle Lake. Our first stop is Nga Phe Kyaung, renowned for its extensive collection of Buddha images made of different materials, and in various styles and sizes.

    In the afternoon

    Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest site in Southern Shan state. It‘s five uniquely shaped, gilded, but relatively small images are carried around the lake by boat during the annual Inle Boat procession (usually in September and October). We continue to Kaylar floating village located in the heart of Inle Lake.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 10

    Inle Lake

    Inle Lake
    In the morning

    After breakfast, visit Ywama village, one of Inle’s most attractive villages. Here we can observe plenty of floating gardens, where fruit, flowers and mainly vegetables are grown.

    In the afternoon

    Visit some other workshops on the lake including a cheroot (Burmese Cigars) workshop and a boatbuilding workshop. Later we disembark at Indein Temple Complex on the lake shoreline. The site consists of dozens of small ancient stupas overgrown by moss and greens in a jungle-like setting. This gives Indein an enigmatic feel and ambience. We have time to explore the stupa complex which offers some great opportunities to take some exquisite photos of this unique place. Later return to the hotel.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 11

    Inle Lake - Yangon

    In the morning

    Transfer to Heho airport for the flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel where the remainder of the day is free.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 12

    Yangon

    In the morning

    Transfer to Yangon International Airport for your onward flight.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Additional Information

    What's Included?

    • Room accommodation with daily breakfast                         
    • Full board on the RV Paukan
    • Private transportation by car/ minivan                   
    • Experienced English speaking Myanmar guide for the whole tour
    • Cool towels and drinking water in car / minivan
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Airport arrival and departure transfers
    • Internal flights as per the itinerary

    What's Not Included?

    • International Flights
    • Drinks during meals
    • Optional tours
    • Myanmar visa
    • Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone etc

    Accommodation Information

    Place Standard Hotel (3*) Deluxe Hotel (4*)

    YANGON

    JASMINE PALACE HOTEL (3*),  SUPERIOR

    KANDAWGYI PALACE HOTEL (5*), SUPERIOR

    INLE LAKE

    AMATA GARDEN RESORT (3/4*), DELUXE

    NOVOTEL INLE LAKE RESORT (4*), JUNIOR SUITE

    MANDALAY

    THE LINK 78 BOUTIQUE HOTEL (3*), SUPERIOR

    EASTERN PALACE HOTEL (4*), DELUXE

    CRUISE

    RV PAUKAN, MAIN DECK (6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS)

    RV PAUKAN, UPPER DECK (6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS)



    Tour Cost: £3,449 per person based on 2 people sharing in Standard Accommodation
    Tour Cost: £3,749 per person based on 2 people sharing in Deluxe Accommodation

    Epic Myanmar with Irrawaddy Cruise Summary

    Details

    Type: Classic & Cruise

    Duration: 12 Days

    Best Time to Travel: October – April

    Places you'll discover

    Ava
    Bagan
    Heho
    Inle Lake
    Mandalay
    Mingun
    Monywa
    Sagaing
    Yandabo Village
    Yangon
    FROM
    £3,449
    Per person based on 2 people sharing

    Speak to our friendly Travel Experts

    01279 507 956
    Customise This Tour
     

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