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Gorges of the Far North from Mandalay

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Embark on this adventurous 12-day voyage for an in-depth exploration of Myanmar. Set off from the Golden City and travel through majestic gorges as you discover its secrets. Visit Nwe Nyein to see the first of three gorges of the Upper Ayeyarwady. Stroll around the riverside village of Kyan Hnayt, and follow in the footsteps of George Orwell in the outpost of Katha, visiting incredible locations from his novel Burmese Days. Experience all of this and more as you enjoy the luxury of the Orcaella.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark | Mingun
Day 2 : Nwe Nyein
Day 3 : Kyan Hnyat
Day 4 : Katha
Day 5 : Shwe Paw Kyun | Bhamo
Day 6 : Weima
Day 7 : Naba
Day 8 : Ma Lae
Day 9 : Mandalay
Day 10 : En Route to Bagan
Day 11 : Bagan
Day 12 : Bagan | Disembark | Yangon

Highlights

  • Discover New Nyein and observe the traditional clay pot making
  • Explore the charming old trading port of Bhamo
  • Enjoy a magnificent sunset tour of the ancient city of Bagan
  • Tour the famous Mount Popa and its summit monastery

Ship

Orcaella

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Elephant playing in the river Schwedagon pagoda in Yangon Hiking in Myanmar Fisherman at Inle lake Temple on top of a Mount Popa in the clouds

Day 1 Embark | Mingun

Board Orcaella and cruise on the Ayeyarwady River towards northern Myanmar. A stop at Mingun includes a visit to the world's largest brick-built pagoda and the biggest uncracked bell. In the evening enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner party on board.

Day 2 Nwe Nyein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark at Nwe Nyein for a guided walking tour and a chance to meet artisans sculpting traditional clay pots. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge bar. Attend the lecture “Myanmar ways of life” by your guide at the lounge bar. Dinner is served in the restaurant, followed by the release of Shan balloons on the observation deck (weather permitting).

Day 3 Kyan Hnyat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning strolling around the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat. Children greet you on their way to school and the market begins to bustle with activity. As the ship continues its voyage, admire the rural villages dotting the shore.

Day 4 Katha

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Katha by trishaw and take in the market made famous by George Orwell in Burmese Days. Return on board and set sail. A lunch buffet is served in the restaurant, and afternoon tea in the lounge bar where you can also enjoy a interesting lecture. This evening dinner is served in the restaurant, followed by entertainment from Shan Dancers on the observation deck.

Day 5 Shwe Paw Kyun | Bhamo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Shwe Paw Kyun. Transfer by boat to the pretty Shwe Paw Island and walk among the stilt houses of the Kachin fishermen. Visit the island monastery, and perhaps call into the village school. Return on board and set sail for Bhamo. Enter the dramatic, narrow 2nd defile around 10:00; passing through should take about two hours. Enjoy the scenery from the observation deck. A buffet lunch is served in the restaurant. Transfer to shore by fast boat for a walking tour of the lively town of Bhamo, the major northern trading post between China and Myanmar.

Day 6 Weima

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Weima village and enjoy a visit to an elephant camp. Continue with a visit to the local school to donate school stationary. Spend the rest of the afternoon on board and enjoy afternoon tea in the lounge.

Day 7 Naba

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the early morning, board a train to the forest station of Naba and journey into the thick Kachin jungle and teak forest. Enjoy a demonstration of Myanmar traditional dress and local make up (longyi and thanakha) on the observation deck. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge bar. Join fellow travelers for a longyi cocktail party.

Day 8 Ma Lae

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Alight at Ma Lae Village for a walking tour of the village and a visit to the monastery. Witness a traditional Noviciation Ceremony, regarded as a very important moment for young Burmese boys. After dinner enthusiastic young actors from Mandalay’s School of Performing Arts enact scenes from the Yamayana play on the observation deck. This is a Hindu Creation Epic that is widely performed across all of Southeast Asia and features characters from Bali, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Day 9 Mandalay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mandalay comes into view in the early morning. Disembark for a tour of Myanmar’s second city, including lunch at a local restaurant. A special dinner is served on the sandbank this evening.

Day 10 En Route to Bagan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day gazing at the passing scenery as the ship continues towards Bagan. This evening take in the unforgettable sunset over the Bagan plain and enjoy a puppet show by traditional Bagan artists.

Day 11 Bagan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the ancient sites in and around Bagan with an expert guide. In the afternoon you may choose to join a tour of Mount Popa—the legendary home of animist spirits known as Nats—with its impressive summit monastery. Or take a horse-drawn cart or a bicycle to explore on your own. Celebrate your final evening on board at this evening’s cocktail party, and say goodbye to your new friends during the Farewell Dinner.

Day 12 Bagan | Disembark | Yangon

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to Bagan airport for your flight to Yangon.

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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

  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
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