Gorges of the Far North Cruise

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Three women walk along the brightly colored fields of Burma
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A local fisherman in the shallows of Burma
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A local woman with thanaka paste on face farms for rice
Road to Mandalay
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Fishing nets stretch across the water
Road to Mandalay pool
Enjoy your river cruise aboard the Road to Mandalay
Explore the wonders of hidden Myanmar in unrivalled comfort and style, and marvel at the gorges that rear up from the scenic Ayeyarwady River. Discover the hidden gems of Myanmar on a truly memorable 11-night Asia river cruise.

Day 1

Yangon to Mandalay

Board the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River, opposite the Sagaing Hills studded with numerous white pagodas. The ship sets sail on its voyage to northern Myanmar through the unique gorges that characterize this stretch of the river. At Mingun visit the world's largest brick-built pagoda and uncracked bell. In the evening, a welcome dinner allows you to get to know your fellow travelers.

Day 2

Nwe Nyein

Anchor off Nwe Nyein for a walking tour, including a chance to see traditional clay pot sculpting. Sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw before enjoying a cocktail party on the Top Deck.

Day 3

Kyan Hnyat

Enjoy an early morning stroll around the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat where school children greet you and the morning market bustles with activity. Sailing north, vast stretches of the river spread out before you with interesting rural villages dotted on its shores. As the sun sets, the ship anchors south of the old market town of Katha, famous as the site where the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company scuttled its fleet in 1942.

Day 4


Visit Katha by trishaw in the early morning and visit the market place made famous by George Orwell in "Burmese Days". Back on board the ship continues its journey north through the expansive scenery, with the distant mountains marking the second defile coming into view in the afternoon. The ship anchors off the splendid island pagoda of Shwe Paw, just north of the town of Shwegu. Boats will take you ashore to explore the ancient site.

Day 5

Zinbon - Bhamo

This morning the ship passes through the splendid second gorge with its green-clad mountains reaching down to the narrowing channel. Sail past logging camps and the old colonial village of Zinbon towards the challenging first gorge. Visit the serene Thein Pa Taung Meditation center, home to many of Myanmar's monks and nuns. The ship sails as far north as possible and then turns around to drop anchor off Bhamo, where you may take a stroll and meet the locals. The scenery in this unspoiled area is spectacular.

Day 6

Shwe Paw Island

Begin the day with a tour of picturesque Shwe Paw Island and its ancient pagodas. Your journey then takes you on to the riverside village of Moe Dar where you’ll witness a traditional noviciation ceremony.

Day 7

Kyan Hnyat

In the early morning, board the train to the forest station of Naba and experience a journey into thick Kachin jungle and teak forests. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon's sailing as the ship continues on its river voyage, making its way for Kyan Hnayt. Finish off the day with a few cocktails on Top Deck and dinner in the restaurant.

Day 8

Kyan Hnyat - Mogok

This morning the ship anchors off Thabeikkyin, where you will take the road that winds towards Mogok past a forestry reserve where many precious botanical specimens are grown for their essential oils. Meet working elephants in the Burmese teak forest before returning to the ship to head south again.

Day 9


Mandalay comes into view early morning. Disembark for a varied tour of Burma's second city, including lunch at a local restaurant. Rejoin the ship at the quaint Burmese village of Shwe Kyet Yet and enjoy a tribal dance display in the evening.

Day 10


The ship sets sail early morning for Bagan. Along the way you see many villages with women doing the household chores by the river and waving children. Witness sunset over the marvelous Bagan plain to whet your appetite for tomorrow's tours. Traditional Bagan artists perform for you this evening.

Day 11

Bagan - Mount Popa

On your final day, visit the ancient sites in and around Bagan with the experienced guide. The afternoon brings an optional tour to Mount Popa, legendary sacred home of the Nats with its impressive summit monastery, or take a horse-drawn cart or bicycle to explore on your own. Celebrate your final evening onboard at a cocktail party on the Top Deck and say goodbye to your new friends during the Farewell Dinner.

Day 12

  • Breakfast


Depart on an early transfer this morning to Bagan airport for your flight to Yangon (included in cruise fare).
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- All rates include internal flights from/to Yangon.
- Child discount: children under the age of 11 traveling with an adult save 20% off cruise fare.
- Pre/Post cruise extensions are available, please contact us for details.
Road To Mandalay cruises include all domestic flights and transfers, all table d'hote meals and all sightseeing outlined in the cruise itineraries.

Each of the cruises can be extended either before or after your cruise with an exciting range of additional experiences throughout Burma. Please contact us for details.