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Ayeyarwadi Luxury Cruise 2 (14 days)

This tour includes a luxury 11-day cruise starting in Yangon and ending in Mandalay. You may wish also to consider a similar cruise starting in Mandalay and finishing in Bagan - Ayeyarwadi Luxury Cruise 1

Day 1: Arrive Yangon (D)
Arriving Yangon, our local representative will be at the airport to welcome you & transfer you to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure. Dinner at hotel.

Day 2: Yangon (B/L/D)
Today's city tour includes the Sule Paya, Mahabandoola Garden, Bogyoke Market, Botataung Pagoda, Karawein Hall, Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Kaba Aye Paya etc. After lunch we will take a walk through bustling Chinatown, and visit the Khant Hoke Chinese temple. We also take you on a walking tour to see many colonial buildings in town & many old Chinese houses in Chinatown district. We also visit to the wonderful 100 years old Strand Hotel that still retains all the grandeur of yesteryear. A short walk to see the riverbank on the other side with local ferry crossing along the river. At around 4 o'clock we will visit the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda and watch the spectacular sunset and change of colour of the gold pagoda.

Day 3: Yangon - All aboard! (B/L/D)
This morning transfer to our luxury, all-suite cruise boat for your 11 night cruise from Yangon to Mandalay and check into your suite for the voyage. Your first day is a sailing day as we leave the bustle of downtown Yangon to join the Twante Canal which connects the Yangon River to the Ayeyarwady River. The scenery will be both urban and rural, rows of vegetables grow in tidy allotments by the side of the canal or maybe a man dangling a long bamboo fishing line into the canal. Twante town itself is famous for ceramics. We pass Nyaung Tong, a riverside beach and arrive at Danuphyu in time for sunset.

Day 4: Cruise (B/L/D)
This morning we will visit the charming small town of Danuphyu, it was here that General Maha Bandula led the Burmese against the British in 1825 during the First Anglo-Burmese war. Explore the town by trishaw, visiting the Pagoda of Tyuakalon Pun and the Maha Bandula monastery. Enjoy a visit to the port of Zalun and see the Pyi Taw Pyan pagoda which houses the famous bronze Buddha image stolen by the British Army during the First Anglo Burmese war. It was taken to India but Queen Victoria did not approve, so it was returned.

Day 5: Cruise (B/L/D)
Early birds can join the yoga and meditation class at sunrise. This morning’s cruise provides a scenic introduction to Myanmar, a feast for the eye, the villages, noble tamarind trees, the dazzling green paddy fields, distant hills dotted with pagodas: the chief beauty however lies with her people, a people in harmony with their environment. Today we will visit several villages including Kenaung village to watch a Chinlon demonstration. A balletic game played with a small rattan ball in which the ball must be kept in the air and not touch the hand.

Day 6: Cruise (B/L/D)
We will sail at sunrise and will stop close to the Akauk Taung caves, where hundreds of Buddha images are carved into the rock to appease the tricky waters in the area. After the Second Anglo Burmese War a toll-gate for passing ships was set up here. We will arrive at the town of Pyay (Prome) visiting Shwe Taung village and the Shwe Hmyet hman pagoda, where the Buddha image wears gold sunglasses.

Day 7: Cruise (B/L/D)
Sunrise yoga and meditation is again on offer and then a visit to Pyay which was established as a port by the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 19th century. Nearby is Sri Kshetra an ancient Pyu Dynasty capital dating from around the first century CE. Excavation has been carried out and there is a good field museum. The site, along with two others, hopes to gain World Heritage status in 2014. Pyay is the home of many interesting monuments.

Day 8: Cruise (B/L/D)
Continue sailing north drinking in the serenity of the country. The Ayeyarwady is and always has been Myanmar’s main artery. Its banks have provided sites for royal capitals, and boats laden with cargo have plied the river for centuries. Stopping at Thayetmyo which gives you the opportunity to explore an authentic Burmese village with its white pagodas and old colonial houses. In the afternoon we will stop at another small town Thawatti with the locals and see at close quarters how they live and work. There will be a selection of demonstrations and lectures on Burmese life and traditions once back on board.

Day 9: Cruise (B/L/D)
Begin your day with a walking tour of the two brick Minhla Forts dating from 13th century and enlarged and strengthened by Italian engineers, to resist a British invasion during the Third and final Anglo-Burmese war. Return to the ship and sail to Magwe and on the way visit the hilltop Myat Than Lun Paya, a pagoda built in 1929 of solid gold bricks - an extraordinary building with stunning views of the Ayeryarwady. Then drive to Minbu, a small village which hosts the Nga Ka Pwe Taung (Dragon Lake) a pond of butane gas which is set in a moonscape- like scene dotted with bubbling pools.

Day 10: Cruise (B/L/D)
Sail in the early morning enjoying the scenery and life on the riverbank. You will sail past Pakan Lay village where temple ruins lie decorously along the banks and then arrive Sale. Sale is a perfect small community to wander around on foot or by trishaw. We will visit Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery a fine teak building with some beautifully crafted reliefs. A host of small white stupas interspersed with some Italianate monasteries, stand near Yoke Sone Kyaung. Then on to a small temple Thartana Yaunggyi to look at a Buddha image made of bamboo. During the afternoon we will sail to Bagan and arrive in time for the sun set.

Day 11: Cruise (B/L/D)
A day to remember as you will visit some of the most important pagodas and temples which are scattered across this vast plain. There are some 2000 in total but our guides will take you to the most important and the most beautiful such as Ananda, Htilominlo and Pyathatgyi Temples as well as the nearby Shwezigon Pagoda which is believed to house a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha. You will also be able to visit Wetkyi-in and Gubyaukgyi pagodas along with the market at Nyaung-U and the lacquerware workshop at Myinkaba. Enjoy the sunset from the terraces of the Pyathatgyi pagoda and watch the sun disappear behind the hills on the far side of the Ayeyarwady, filling the sky with a reddish glow.

Day 12: Cruise (B/L/D)
Early risers can participate in a yoga or meditation practice on deck, while others can book a sunrise balloon ride over Bagan to watch the pale golden light spread across this vast plain. Return to the ship for an all-day cruise, stopping to explore the little town of Magyibinbu along the way.

Day 13 Cruise (B/L/D)
In the afternoon we will explore the once mighty capital of Ava (Inwa) which is now a sleepy village but has plenty to offer the visitor. Pony trap is the best way to get around and of the monasteries the most beautiful is Bagaya Kyaung famous for its 277 teak pillars and wonderful carved doors. The local lacquer workshop makes the monks black offering bowls. A coach will take us to the ‘pagoda sprinkled’ heights of Sagaing home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. We will take a short stop at several of the monasteries and pagodas but it is the views from the top of the hill at the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda which is breath-taking. Finally we will drive over the Ayeyarwady River to Amarapura, ‘The City of Immortals’, in its heyday a city of some 200,000 inhabitants. The leisurely ‘clack-clack’ from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital. Once beside the U Bein Bridge we will take small boats onto the Taung Thaman Lake and enjoy the sunset along with a drink. This long teak bridge which snakes across the lake was constructed in 1847 by Mayor U Bein. The cunning mayor pocketed the money allocated for the bridge and re-used the timbers from the abandoned Ava Palace.

Day 14 Mandalay - Departure (B)
This morning leave boat & take a city tour of Mandalay including Mandalay Fort, Shwenandaw Kyaung, Atumashi Kyaung and Kluthodaw Paya. In the afternoon transfer to airport for your departure flight.

Please note that, whilst every effort will be made to carry out the programme shown above, small changes may sometimes be necessary.

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Your quoted price will normally include:
International flights
Meals as shown in the programme (B/L/D)
Transfers, tours with English speaking guide.
All entrance fees and boat fees.
Service charges, rooms tax and handling fee.
Airport taxes.
Domestic flights.

Your tour price will not include:
Visa fees
Drinks with provided meals
Tips, personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.

A cruise aboard a luxurious all-suite boat, from Yangon to Mandalay, via Bagan.

Please note that this itinerary is our suggestion only- all our tours are custom made to your requirements!

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Cruise Boat
Luxury Cruise Boat
Pyi Taw Pyan Buddha
Pyi Taw Pyan Buddha
A Chinlon Game
A Chinlon Game
Akauk Taung Caves
Akauk Taung Caves
Nga Ka Pwe Taung
Nga Ka Pwe Taung
Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon
Shwezigon Pagoda
Ruins at Inwa
Ruins at Inwa
U Bein's Bridge
U Bein's Bridge