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Your Asia river cruise on the Irrawaddy River takes you through the historical, cultural, and economic heart of Myanmar. This “Road to Mandalay” offers you a fascinating glimpse of “The Golden Land” of Myanmar.

Your Irrawaddy river cruise adventure begins in Yangon, where you will visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered site in all of Myanmar. Fly from Yangon to Mandalay, where you’ll begin your Asia cruise odyssey to discover historic landmarks, ancient pagodas, regional culinary specialties, and gracious people to welcome you. Your first stop is Kyauk Myaung to see its legendary pottery artisans at work.

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. You’ll also visit Amarapura and Shwe Pyi Thar to see the famed U Bein Bridge at sunset, and learn about farming traditions passed down through generations.

Finish your Irrawaddy River cruise in Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites with thousands of historic structures still standing. Visit one of the many spiritual temples at sunrise and a local market selling the unique handicrafts of the region.

Few Southeast Asia river cruises offer such depth of experiences in these ancient lands, and we’re excited to share the beauty with you. From intricate cultural performances and interactions with the locals, to grand ancient temples and shrines. You’ll get an enlightened view of Myanmar—from exquisite sunrise to sunset—in villages on shore to lofty shrines.


10 breakfasts
10 lunches
10 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $6,419
Start Location
Yangon, Myanmar
End Location
Yangon, Myanmar
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
30 Aug 201909 Sep 2019OpenAUD $6,419
23 Oct 201902 Nov 2019OpenAUD $7,089
16 Dec 201926 Dec 2019OpenAUD $6,749
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, your welcome dinner is in one of Yangon's best restaurants. (B,L,D)
The Road to Mandalay and Your Suite Ship Await. Fly to Mandalay this morning and transfer to the port for embarkation. This afternoon, get acquainted with the ship and relax prior to your welcome reception this evening. (B,L,D)
Glazed and Amazed. DISCOVERY - Take 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. DISCOVERY - As you sail to Sin Kyun, join your Local Guide for a presentation on the Burmese language. SIN KYUN: Striking Straw Creations. DISCOVERY - Later in the day enjoy a Guided Excursion to the hat-making village of Sin Kyun. Here, farmers supplement their income by weaving intricate straw hats. OVERNIGHT DOCKING NEAR MINGUN (B,L,D)
Day 5: 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. Afterward, sail a short distance to Mandalay. MANDALAY-EXCURSION TO AMARAPURA: A Bridge to the Sun. CLASSIC - This afternoon, travel to nearby Amarapura, former capital of Myanmar. Your Escorted Visit focuses on the famous U Bein Bridge, a 1.2 kilometre (3/4 mile) long bridge built in 1783 from reclaimed teakwood from the old royal palace in Inwa. Take a sampan ride on the lake for memorable views of the sunset. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MANDALAY (B,L,D)
The Golden Tapestries of Mandalay. CLASSIC - In the morning, join a Guided Visit to local workshops to see skilled artisans at work making tapestries, woodcarvings, and goldleaf. Lastly, visit Mahamuni Pagoda to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha. Due to the continual application of gold leaves, officials note the gold is six inches thick! CLASSIC - This afternoon, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remnants of former King Mindon's "Golden City" to survive the bombing of World War II. Today, the original gilding has faded, but the intricate wood carvings endure. DISCOVERY - This evening, enjoy a traditional Dance Performance featuring local song and dance. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MANDALAY (B,L,D)
Revelations and Relaxation. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Morning Visit to Sagaing with countless pagodas dotting the hillside. Stop to see Kaunghmudaw Pagoda with its unique egg-shaped dome and a silversmith workshop. Lastly, explore Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda for stunning views across the Irrawaddy to Mandalay. Join your Local Guide for a longyi and thanaka presentation this afternoon. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISING (B,L,D)
Rural Life in Myanmar. Enjoy time onboard your ship this morning. DISCOVERY - This afternoon, partake in a Walking Tour through Shwe Pyi Thar village. Here, visit a farmer's home to learn more about daily life and see the locals making palm candy. After the sap is collected, it is cooked in an iron pan over an open wood fire until it thickens and can be formed into small pieces by hand. DISCOVERY - After dinner, a traditional Puppet Show will be presented in one of the lounges. AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO BAGAN (B,L,D)
Day 9: BAGAN.
Temples and Shrines-from Sunrise to Sunset. Today, explore Bagan, one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. From the 9th to the 13th centuries over 13,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas were built in the plains surrounding the city-an area of about 64 square kilometres (40 square miles). Many of these structures have been lost over time, but around 2,300 still stand today. DISCOVERY - Early risers can visit one of the temples with a Local Guide to witness the 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 Guided 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 an Ox-Cart Ride to a temple, where you will ascend to the top as the sun sets. (B,L,D)
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)