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Ayeyarwady Adventure: Round-trip Bagan

Irrawaddy Adventure - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Road to Mandalay
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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-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • 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)

Ship

Road to Mandalay

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A local fisherman in the shallows of Burma Two young monks read on the steps of a temple Three women walk along the brightly colored fields of Burma Fishing nets stretch across the water A local woman with thanaka paste on face farms for rice

Day 1 Fly from Yangon to Bagan | Embark

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.

Day 2 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 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.

Day 3 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 4 Maymyo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 5 Sagaing Hills | Mandalay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 6 Shwe Kyet Yet Village | Ava | Bagan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 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.

Day 7 Mount Popa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • 1 Breakfast
After an early breakfast you are transferred to Bagan airport for your onward flight to Yangon (included in cruise fare).

Road to Mandalay

Per person starting at
$3,610
Superior Cabin
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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.
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State Cabin
18 cabins, located on the State Deck. 2 large picture windows, desk & chair, en-suite bath facilities.
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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 Mandalay.​

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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