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Ayeyarwady Adventure: Round-trip Mandalay

Irrawaddy Adventure - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Road to Mandalay
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Join the Road To Mandalay for 8 days on a unique Asian tour. Visit Mandalay, the center of Burmese culture, and Sagaing, famous for its silversmiths, before cruising south to Bagan. Explore the magnificent temples and pagodas of Bagan and visit Mount Popa, sacred home of Nats. Cruise north again to Mingun, home of the unfinished pagoda of King Bodawpaya, and the beautiful hill station of Maymyo. This itinerary is also available starting and ending in Bagan.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly from Yangon to Mandalay | Embark
Day 2 : Shwe Kyet Yet Village | Ava
Day 3 : Bagan
Day 4 : Mount Popa
Day 5 : Bagan Markets
Day 6 : Mingun
Day 7 : Maymyo
Day 8 : Disembark in Mandalay | Fly to Yangon

Highlights

  • Visit ancient temples & bustling villages on this unforgettable adventure
  • Explore Ava, the ancient capital of Mandalay, by horse and cart
  • Discover Bagan, a sundrenched plain housing over 2,000 temples and pagodas
  • Enjoy a gentle walking tour of Mingun, home of the pagoda of King Bodawpaya
  • Cruise the Ayeyarwady (also spelled, "Irrawaddy") River

Ship

Road to Mandalay

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Temples cover the green landscape of Burma. Road to Mandalay Man sitting in his rickshaw. Enjoy the unique architechure of Myanmar. Temples in the jungle

Day 1 Fly from Yangon to Mandalay | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a morning domestic flight from Yangon to Mandalay. On arrival, visit the Sagaing Hills and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views. Transfer to your ship, the Road to Mandalay, berthed on the Ayeyarwady River. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of the city. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 2 Shwe Kyet Yet Village | Ava

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join an early morning tour of Shwe Kyet Yet Village. Then, sit down to breakfast as you sail to the ancient capital of Ava for a tour by horse-drawn cart. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail for Bagan, enjoying a casual cocktail party followed by dinner on board.

Day 3 Bagan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue your Asia tour when the ship arrives at Bagan, where over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered over an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. A guided orientation tour introduces you to the most important temples. After lunch you may rejoin the guide to visit the inside of some of the more significant pagodas. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this fascinating area on your own. Return to the ship in the evening for dinner and local entertainment.

Day 4 Mount Popa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full day excursion to Mount Popa, a national park and believed to be the sacred home of powerful 'Nats' (spirits). On top of a rocky crag is a picturesque complex of monasteries, pagodas, and shrines which can be reached via a winding, covered walkway. Return to the ship for dinner and local entertainment.

Day 5 Bagan Markets

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast join the guide to explore some of Bagan's local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longis and rattan goods. See Myanmar's famous lacquerware being made. Alternatively, you can rent a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this enchanting area on your own. Mid-morning, the ship sets sail for Mandalay. On board the guide lectures on the Ayeyarwady River. The ship anchors mid-river for the evening, providing a marvelous opportunity to observe the stars, followed by a spectacular dinner.

Day 6 Mingun

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax on-board with a morning at leisure, including a cooking demonstration on the top deck. The ship moors in Mandalay late afternoon for a tour of Mingun, home to the enormous, ruined pagoda of King Bodawpaya. Return to the ship for dinner and local entertainment.

Day 7 Maymyo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Maymyo, a colonial hill station set high in the mountains. Soak up the atmosphere with its cool climate, English-style houses, colorful market, and beautiful botanic gardens. A typical Shan lunch is served at a colonial house. Return to the ship for a farewell dinner.

Day 8 Disembark in Mandalay | Fly to Yangon

  • 1 Breakfast
After an early breakfast, transfer to Mandalay's airport for your onward flight to Yangon (included in cruise fare).

Road to Mandalay

Per person starting at
$3,610
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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.
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Deluxe Cabin
16 cabins, located on the Deluxe Deck. Twin beds, 3 windows, desk & chair, en-suite bath facilities.
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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.

Notes

- 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. This itinerary is also available starting and ending in Bagan.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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