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Jewels of the Ayeyarwady

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Orcaella
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Set sail on a luxurious 9-day river cruise and uncover the secrets of historic Myanmar. Travel like a local by trishaw through the town of Danuphyu. Enjoy a unique opportunity to visit Pyay, the UNESCO ancient city of Sri Ksetra, and the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda. Experience the luxurious amenities of Orcaella and onboard entertainment including cookery, astrology, a puppet show, and a ‘longyi’ (traditional dress) tying demonstration.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Yangon | Embark
Day 2 : Danuphyu
Day 3 : En Route to Pyay
Day 4 : Pyay
Day 5 : Gwechaung
Day 6 : Magwe
Day 7 : Bagan
Day 8 : Bagan | Gu Byauk Gyi | Pwa Saw
Day 9 : Bagan | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cruise to Bagan via the Twante Canal, built in 1883 during British rule
  • Visit Danuphyu and the memorial of the revered leader General Maha Bandula
  • Enjoy a magnificent sunset tour of Bagan with wonderful views
  • See the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda and 10-story Sitting Buddha in Pyay

Ship

Orcaella

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Wooden boats near Ubein Bridge in Mandalay Thai elephant playing in the water A backpacker walking and looking across field to ancient buddhist stupas Grains and Spices at the market

Day 1 Yangon | Embark

Board Orcaella at its mooring in Yangon and enjoy a relaxing breakfast as you start your journey to Bagan. After lunch, attend an introductory lecture about the heritage buildings you sail past along the Ayeyarwady River. A welcome cocktail party and introduction to the ship’s officers precedes dinner from the executive chef and team.

Day 2 Danuphyu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Danuphyu, a historically important town during the Anglo-Burmese War. See General Maha Bandula memorial at Pali University, followed by a trip to a cheroot maker and local tea shops. Afternoon tea is accompanied by a lecture on poets and writers in Myanmar. Traditional Myanmar folk dancing is your after-dinner entertainment tonight.

Day 3 En Route to Pyay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day relaxing on board as you make your way towards the ancient Myanmar capital of Pyay. Take in the sights and sounds of the river, or make use of the luxurious ship facilities. On board entertainment today includes cookery, astrology and a ‘longyi’ (traditional dress) tying demonstration. Wear your longyi at this evening’s pre-dinner cocktail party.

Day 4 Pyay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Pyay in the morning and disembark for a visit to the impressive Shwesadaw Pagoda and ten-story Buddha in Sri Ksetra. Return to Orcaella and spend the rest of the afternoon sailing through the stunning scenery.

Day 5 Gwechaung

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a full morning sailing, enjoy an afternoon stop to explore the quaint Gwechaung village by ox-cart for first-hand experience of the rural lifestyle along the Ayeyarwady River. This evening dinner is served at Min Hla Fort, the site of a great battle during the third Anglo-Burmese War.

Day 6 Magwe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning arrive at the trade port of Magwe. Enjoy a tuk tuk tour of the busy market and see the famous Myathalon Pagoda. Afternoon tea is accompanied by a lecture. After-dinner entertainment is a Myanmar puppet show.

Day 7 Bagan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning disembark for Sale to view the exquisite 19th-century wooden monastery Yout-Saun-Kyaung. A bus excursion takes in the most important sites of Bagan. Lunch is at the Sunset Garden restaurant in Bagan.

Day 8 Bagan | Gu Byauk Gyi | Pwa Saw

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join in the morning excursion of Bagan and visit the Shwezigon Pagoda, the bustling market, and Min Nan Thu. This afternoon there is a choice of activities. Travel to the villages of Gu Byauk Gyi and Pwa Saw, or take a private horse and cart or bicycle tour within the city of Bagan. Enjoy the evening’s farewell cocktail party and entertainment before your final dinner on board.

Day 9 Bagan | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast for your onward journey.

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Notes

Rates Include:
  • Buffet breakfast and lunch, and table d'hôte dinner - both eastern and western choices available
  • Complimentary soft drinks, mineral water, local beer and free flow house wine (local and international) with lunch and dinner
  • Internal flights within Myanmar included between Yangon and ship, as per itinerary
  • Fully-qualified resident doctor
  • All sightseeing, as per itinerary

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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