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New Year Celebration Cruise

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Join the Road To Mandalay on this exclusive New Year Celebration Asia River Cruise, traveling through the heart of Myanmar on the glorious Ayeyarwady River. The New Year Celebration boasts a collection of unique visits, excursions, and experiences together with the occasional surprise for a truly unforgettable start to the New Year.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly from Yangon to Mandalay | Embark
Day 2 : Mandalay
Day 3 : Yanderbo
Day 4 : Bagan
Day 5 : Salay
Day 6 : Pakokku |New Years Eve
Day 7 : Ava
Day 8 : Disembark in Mandalay | Fly to Yangon


  • Delve deep into the history and culture of Myanmar
  • Explore Ava, the ancient capital of Mandalay, by horse and cart
  • Ring in the New Year with a cocktail party and live band on the deck
  • Discover Bagan, a sundrenched plain housing over 2,000 temples and pagodas


Road to Mandalay

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Monks conversing in a Buddist temple Temples in the jungle Man sitting in his rickshaw. Road to Mandalay Temples cover the green landscape of Burma.

Day 1 Fly from Yangon to Mandalay | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin with a morning domestic flight from Yangon to Mandalay. On arrival, transfer to the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River at Shwe Kyet Yet and prepare for your upcoming river adventure. A delicious lunch is served on board on the top deck and in the restaurant.

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay, regarded as the center of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. Take a guided tour of King Bodawpaya's monumental unfinished pagoda at Amarapura.

This evening enjoy a welcome cocktail party on the top deck and your first dinner on board. Be dazzled by a Burmese Royal Acrobat performance before retiring to your cabin for the night.

Day 2 Mandalay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sunrise yoga or meditation is followed by an early morning offering of alms and breakfast on board. Later take a tour of the key sights of Mandalay including the famous U Bein Bridge.

Return to your ship and enjoy a revitalising back massage or manicure and pedicure as the river life floats by. The ship moors mid-river for a delightful dinner on board.

Day 3 Yanderbo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the small village of Yanderbo, noted for its clay pot production. Return to the ship and set sail, arriving in Bagan mid-afternoon. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of several ancient pagodas before admiring the sunset over Dhamayazaka Temple. In the evening, enjoy a barbecue on the sandbank and a performance from a traditional local dance troupe.

Day 4 Bagan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return to Bagan by ship to continue your fascinating tour, including a visit to a lacquerware factory. Lunch is served as Road To Mandalay continues her journey downriver. In the evening, enjoy dinner followed by a local puppet show in the Observation Lounge.

Day 5 Salay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a morning tour of Salay, admiring the rich history and colonial-era buildings, before returning to the ship for lunch as you resume sailing through the palm-fringed hills around Chauk. A delicious dinner is followed by an unmissable surprise on the river.

Day 6 Pakokku |New Years Eve

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a tour to the many small shops and factories of Pakokku. Return to your ship and continue sailing north. As the sun sets, enjoy a fabulous New Year's Eve cocktail party on the deck followed by the chef's special feast in the restaurant. A live band and champagne countdown offer a magical introduction to the New Year.

Day 7 Ava

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early risers can join a sunrise meditation or yoga session and relax as the ship continues towards Mandalay. A leisurely New Year's brunch is served mid-morning on the top deck, after which you can enjoy a tour to the royal capital of Ava. Enjoy afternoon refreshments at the fort, followed by a special horse and cart tour. Return to the ship for your final night and exquisite farewell dinner. A Burmese comedy dance act provide tonight's entertainment.

Day 8 Disembark in Mandalay | Fly to Yangon

  • 1 Breakfast
After an early breakfast on board, disembark and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Road to Mandalay

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Superior Cabin
4 cabins, located on the State Deck. 1 large picture window, twin or double beds, en-suite bath facilities.
Deluxe Cabin
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Deluxe Cabin
16 cabins, located on the Deluxe Deck. Twin beds, 3 windows, desk & chair, en-suite bath facilities.
State cabin
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State Cabin
18 cabins, located on the State Deck. 2 large picture windows, desk & chair, en-suite bath facilities.
Governor's Suite
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Governor Suite
1 suite, located on the State Deck. 3 large picture windows, living area, en-suite bath facilities.


- 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.

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
- No single supplement on Superior or Deluxe Cabins

All timings shown on this website are for your guidance only.


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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