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BURMESE DAYS: ALONG THE IRRAWADDY RIVER - CATEGORY B (NORTHBOUND) - 2019

Take a fascinating river cruise along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River and experience beauty, culture, and ancient history.

Your journey begins in Yangon, formerly Rangoon, where you’ll see the magnificent, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda—considered the oldest pagoda in the world. Then, fly from Yangon to Bagan to embark on your river cruise, beginning with Bagan’s exquisite temples and shrines at sunrise and sunset. Immerse yourself in the local culture and artistry of handcrafted textiles, paintings, and carvings. You’ll also visit Sagaing and Shwe Pyi Thar to see revered religious sites with stunning views across the Irrawaddy, and learn about farming traditions passed down through generations.

 In Mandalay, you’ll come to know and love this gracious culture of art and spiritualism. See the tapestries, woodcarving, and gold-leaf artistry of Buddhist pagodas, and enjoy captivating song and dance performances. Continue on to Amarapura with its famed U Bein Bridge—made of teak wood and a must-see sunset vantage point.

Venture further on along your Irrawaddy River cruise to visit villages with revered traditions and remarkable craftsmanship, and spectacular spiritual monuments unlike any other in the world.

From Shwe Pyi Thar’s rural life, to the countless pagodas of Sagaing, this Southeast Asia river cruise highlights the history, warmth, and stunning beauty of the creations that remain amid the warm traditions of Myanmar. 

Inclusions

10 breakfasts
10 lunches
10 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
11
Price From
AUD $6,419
Start Location
Yangon, Myanmar
End Location
Yangon, Myanmar
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
23 Aug 201902 Sep 2019OpenAUD $6,419
16 Oct 201926 Oct 2019OpenAUD $7,089
09 Dec 201919 Dec 2019OpenAUD $6,749
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: YANGON, MYANMAR.
Welcome to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, the country's largest city and former capital. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2: YANGON.
Historic Landmarks, Hot Tea, and Harmonious Living. CLASSIC - A Guided Walk introduces you to the city's famous and historic landmarks, including old colonial buildings and Sule Pagoda, built during the time of Buddha. Along the way, stop for a cup of tea or coffee with the locals. Next, stop at Chaukhtatgyi to see the massive Reclining Buddha measuring 65 metres (213 feet). Later in the day, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, a national symbol. Here, an enchanting scene unfolds as the sun sets on the golden stupa, and locals come to pay their respects. Tonight, dine in one of Yangon's best restaurants for a delicious welcome dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3: YANGON-BAGAN (EMBARKATION).
Beautiful Bagan and Your Suite Ship Beckon. Late in the morning, fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to the port for embarkation. A welcome reception starts your evening. DISCOVERY - After dinner, a traditional Puppet Show will be presented in one of the lounges. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BAGAN (B,D)
Day 4: BAGAN.
Temples and Shrines-From Sunrise to Sunset. Today, explore Bagan, capital of Myanmar from the 9th to the 13th centuries. During this time over 13,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas were built in the plains surrounding the city-an area of about 64 sqaure kilometres (40 square miles). Many of these structures have been lost over time, but around 2,300 still stand today, making this one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. DISCOVERY - Early risers can make an Escorted Visit to one of the temples with a Local Guide to witness a glorious sunrise. CLASSIC - Start your Morning Excursion at a local market selling handicrafts, fabrics, and longyis. Then, stop at Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the country's most important shrines. Lastly, visit a lacquer workshop to learn more about this ancient craft. CLASSIC - After lunch, your Afternoon Sightseeing centres on the Bagan archaeological zone. Highlights include Ananda, considered by many to be the most beautiful temple, and Dhammayangyi, the best preserved monument left standing. Also, stop to see the exquisite and well-preserved fresco paintings at Sulamani. DISCOVERY - End the day with a traditional Ox-Cart Ride to a temple, where you can ascend to the top as the sun sets. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BAGAN (B,L,D)
Day 5: SHWE PYI THAR.
Rural Life in Myanmar Comes to Life. DISCOVERY - This morning, partake in a Walking Tour through Shwe Pyi Thar, a typical village along the Irrawaddy. Here, visit a farmer's home to learn more about daily life and see the locals making palm candy-a sweet and smoky confection-from the sap of the toddy palm. DISCOVERY - Enjoy time onboard your ship this afternoon. Join your Local Guide for a presentation on the Burmese language. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISING (B,L,D)
Day 6: SAGAING-EXCURSION TO AMARAPURA.
Relaxation and Revelations. Relax this morning and take in the sights from one of the ship's lounges or from your suite. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Excursion this afternoon to visit the important religious site of Sagaing with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Stop to see Kaunghmudaw Pagoda with its unique golden egg-shaped dome and a silversmith workshop. Lastly, explore Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda for stunning views across the Irrawaddy to Mandalay. Then, travel to nearby Amarapura, former capital of Myanmar. Your visit focuses on the famous U Bein Bridge, a 1.2 kilometre (3/4 mile) long bridge built in 1783. Take a sampan ride on the lake for unforgettable views of the sunset behind the iconic bridge. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SAGAING (B,L,D)
Day 7: MANDALAY.
The Golden Tapestries of Mandalay. CLASSIC - In the morning, visit Local Workshops to see skilled artisans at work making tapestries, woodcarvings, and gold-leaf. Also visit Mahamuni Pagoda to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha-reported to be covered in six inches of gold leaf from continuous application. CLASSIC - This afternoon, take a Guided Tour of Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery, the only WWII bombing remnants of former King Mindon's "Golden City" and extravagant teak palace. DISCOVERY - This evening, enjoy a traditional Dance Performance featuring local song and dance. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MANDALAY (B,L,D)
Day 8: MINGUN.
A Robust Bell and Prominent Pagoda. CLASSIC - This morning, take a Guided Walk through the village of Mingun to see its bronze bell-considered the largest working bell in the world-and see the famed unfinished pagoda. Join your Local Guide for a longyi and thanaka presentation this afternoon. AFTERNOON CRUISE TO KYAUK MYAUNG (B,L,D)
Day 9: KYAUK MYAUNG.
Glazed and Amazed. DISCOVERY - This morning, join a Guided Walk through the captivating pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung to learn more about and see the pottery-making process. Most interesting is the eye-catching 151 litre (50-gallon) variety, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars. These pots could transport large quantities of goods and have played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries. SIN KYUN: Striking Straw Creations. DISCOVERY - Later in the day enjoy a Guided Excursion to hat-making village of Sin Kyun. Here, farmers supplement their income by weaving intricate straw hats. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MANDALAY (B,L,D)
Day 10: MANDALAY (DISEMBARKATION)-YANGON.
Farewell to the Irrawaddy. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. (B)
Day 11: YANGON.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)