Witness the breathtaking temples of Bagan while sampling the serene river life of the Ayeyarwady (also spelled "Irrawaddy") on this luxurious 8-day Asia river cruise. The Road to Manadalay is the perfect choice for exploring the rich culture and history of Asia. Embark in the temple-strewn plain of Bagan and venture to the charming colonial town of Maymyo and Myanmar's cultural capital, Mandalay, before returning to Bagan. This itinerary is also available starting and ending in Mandalay.
Day 1 : Fly from Yangon to Bagan | Embark Day 2 : Bagan Markets Day 3 : Mingun Day 4 : Maymyo Day 5 : Sagaing Hills | Mandalay Day 6 : Shwe Kyet Yet Village | Ava | Bagan Day 7 : Mount Popa Day 8 : Disembark in Bagan | Fly to Yangon
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
Sample the serene river life of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy)
Take a morning domestic flight from Yangon to Bagan. On arrival, transfer to the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River. In the afternoon the guide takes you to Bagan where over 2,000 temples and pagodas remain on an awe-inspiring plain. Watch the sun setting over a field of glowing pagodas by the river. Return to the ship for 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 hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this enchanting area on your own. The ship anchors mid-river for the evening providing a marvelous opportunity to observe the stars. Enjoy dinner and overnight on board.
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.
Enjoy a full day's excursion to 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 dinner and local entertainment in the evening.
After breakfast, visit Sagaing Hills, regarded as the center of Buddhist faith in Myanmar. Return to your ship for lunch as you cruise to Mandalay. Enjoy a tour of the fabled city's key sights before returning to the ship for dinner.
Join an early morning walking tour of Shwe Kyet Yet Village. Return for breakfast as the ship sails to the ancient capital of Ava, where you disembark for a tour by horse-drawn cart. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail for Bagan once more. This evening enjoy a casual cocktail party followed by dinner on board.
Enjoy a full day's 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. Lunch is taken at the Mount Popa Resort. Return to your ship for dinner and local entertainment on board.
Day 8 Disembark in Bagan | Fly to Yangon
After an early breakfast you are transferred to Bagan airport for your onward flight to Yangon (included in cruise fare).
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4 cabins, located on the State Deck. 1 large picture window, twin or double beds, en-suite bath facilities.
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18 cabins, located on the State Deck. 2 large picture windows, desk & chair, en-suite bath facilities.
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1 suite, located on the State Deck. 3 large picture windows, living area, en-suite bath facilities.
$0 - $6,620 single supplement
- 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.
- 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 Mandalay.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.