12 Day Incredible Myanmar By Land And River Cruise

From 7,236 USD/Person 12 days / 11 nights Based on 2 travelers

Trip overview

  • Stay in very luxury appointed accommodation
  • 7-night luxury cruise, with daily guided sightseeing by experts
  • Interesting cooking hand-on and demonstration aboard the cruise
  • Immerse in a beguiling mix of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences
  • Experience its timeworn colonial architecture to its unique cuisine in Yangon
  • Enjoy a real slice of local life by stopping at some tea houses in Yangon
  • Marvel at the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda at the heart of Yangon
  • Stroll through Bogyoke Aung San Market, a major bazaar in Yangon
  • Chance to savor and sample delicious street food
  • Visit Bagan is the country's spiritual center
  • Discover the majestic temples in the sacred plain of ancient Bagan
  • Cruise along sections of Irrawaddy River less frequently visited
  • Option to watch spectacular sunrise or sunset over Bagan on the hot balloon
  • Visit famous "U Bein's Bridge," and watch incredible sunset over the longest teak wood bridge in Myanmar
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Tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrive In Yangon City

Mingalabar Myannar! Welcome to Myanmar.
You will be met upon arrival by a local representative and taken to checking in to your luxurious accommodation. Rest of morning will be at leisure to relax. Your first afternoon is spent with a nice introduction of Yangon by visiting Sule pagoda  - a 2,5000 year Burmese stupa, which is located in the heart of the city, an important religious site. Continue to the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-foot-long statue with an expressive enamel face. View the story of the Buddha’s life embossed on the soles of the statue’s staggered feet. Stop a local Tea House to experience what locals do when exploring the city and followed by a stroll through Scott Market (Bogyoke Market) amid shops filled with antiques, old coins, Burmese jade and handicrafts. and in the afternoon enjoy sunset over Shwedagon Pagoda’s beautiful golden spires. Return to your hotel, with time to relax. Overnight in Yangon.

Preferred: Belmond Governor's Residence or the Strand Hotel

Day 2: Fly To Bagan (B)

After breakfast you will be taken to the airport to fly to Bagan, the former royal capital in northern Myanmar. Bagan is the country's spiritual center. Over 2,000 pagodas, stupas and temples dot the golden plains of Bagan. Met by a local representative and you are taken to check in to your luxurious accommodation in Bagan. Relax for a while before a very interesting tour to visit incredible Bagan temples. You will first visit Ananda Temple, one of the most surviving masterpiece of the Mon architecture and also known as the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Continue to shwezigon Pagoda, with its gilded stupa, followed by Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images. You will also visit Anauk Pwa Saw Village where you can see cotton weaving, and Minanthu Village which produces cooking oil from peanuts. You will continue with a visit the largest and best preserved 12th century Dhammayangyi Pagoda. End your day savoring a beautiful sunset view from one of the most scenic spots as you look out over the plains of Bagan. Return to your hotel and relax. Overnight in Bagan.

Preferred: Bagan Lodge

Day 3: Fly To Mandalay (B)

Breakfast at hotel and you will fly to Mandalay, the former capital of northern Myanmar. Upon arrival you will be met and taken directly to your hotel where you can enjoy lunch prior to checking into your room. Relax for a while after checking in to your accommodation and we will begin with our Mandalay tour to visit the Golden Palace Monastery, Shwe Kyuang. Continue on to Shwenandaw Monastery, a masterpiece of wood carving built by the last Myanmar King Thibaw in the year 1880, then head to Kuthodaw Pagoda, famous for having the world's largest book with 729 marble slabs inscribed with the teachings of Buddha. Last stop of the day will be a drive up Mandalay Hill for a panoramic view of the sun setting over the city of Mandalay. Return to your hotel, with time to have dinner and relax. Overnight in Mandalay

Preferred: Mandalay Hill Resort

Day 4: Mandalay, Embakation The Anawrahta (B, L, D)

Breakfast at hotel and you will be transfer to the jetty to board the luxurious Anawrahta cruise. Embark and sailing north, through the Dolphin Sanctuary. There will be a morning lecture on Myanmar culture entitled “Myanmar Ways of Life” and a Myanmar Traditional Dress demonstration early in the afternoon. In the cooler air of late-afternoon we will make a tour of the pottery village of Nwe Nyein. Here you can see traditional techniques still being used to produce a wide variety of decorative pots. Tonight a longyi Cocktail Party will break the ice with your fellow guests.

Mandalay to Nwe Nyein = 51 miles / 81.6 km
Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner

Day 5: Sailing: Taguang (B, L, D)

In the morning, we offer yoga and meditation on the sun deck. Today's sailing is through the rolling hills of the Third Defile. Passing by bamboo villages and small fishing settlements, you will realize how tranquil these lives can be. Join our chef for a cookery demonstration in the morning and attend an informal Burmese language lesson in the afternoon. We will reach Taguang for another late afternoon tour, which will show life on the riverbank and introduce you to this small town with its ancient fortifications, archeological area and famous nat or spirit shrines.

Nwe Nyein to Taguang = 76 miles / 121.6 km
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner

Day 6: Sailing: Katha (B, L, D)

Have a relaxing morning, perhaps enjoying the facilities of our spacious Spa (including the only Swedish-style sauna on the Ayeyarwaddy) or our 8-meter whirlpool swimming pool, conveniently raised so while lying in the water you can still enjoy the passing scenery as we sail to Katha. Early afternoon we reach the enchanting colonial town of Katha, a setting of George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Little has changed since then. Of interest are the fire station’s collections of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company’s ship’s bells taken from sunken ships in the Second War. Katha was the final resting place for much of the old flotilla as over a hundred ships were scuppered here in 1942 - an act of denial before the advancing Japanese. Our tour will take you around all the places that appear in the book and give you the opportunity to really imagine how life was in this far-flung corner of the British Empire.

Taguang to Katha = 65 miles / 104 km
Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Sailing: Naba Train Ride, Katha Market (B, L, D)

In the morning, we will take an oriental train ride from Katha to Naba through the thick Kachin jungle and teak forest. Enjoy this very scenic train ride passing through villages in the forest. Upon arrival in Naba, we transfer back to Katha for a Katha Market visit. It's time for some shopping at the colorful local market of Katha, where you can practice your Burmese language skills during a market rally (no worries, language lessons, an assistant and change is provided for shopping). In the afternoon you may relax on the sun deck while we continue sailing upstream to Shwe Gu. Afternoon tea will be served before a lecture on Myanmar history and current affairs. As the evening approaches and the Burmese sun immerses everything in a golden light, a special event will take place at the Kipling’s Bar. Dress up in style as we send “a toast to the past” during a British Club where gents may whiff cigars and ladies sip on tasty gins with tonic. Share some tales of the old British-Burmese days. This is the perfect time to lose time. Join us for movie under the stars on the sun deck after the dinner.

Katha – Shwe Gu = 45 miles / 72 km
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner

Day 8: Sailing: The Second Defile, Kyun Daw Island (B, L, D)

In the early morning, be prepared on the sun deck as we make our first passing through the impressive Second defile. This will take about two hours depending on the force of the current. Enjoy your breakfast on the sun deck while passing through the dramatic Second Defile. Once on the other side, we will turn at the Sinkan Bridge and begin our return journey by plunging again into the fast flowing waters of the Defile. It may take as little as 25 minutes to reach the other end! We sail on, passing Kyun Daw Island where we visit countless small pagodas, local villages and river nomads who live on the river banks of the Ayeyarwaddy. We return to the ship for lunch and contain our journey to the South of the Ayeyarwaddy River. After dinner, enjoy the entertainment of our crew with their talent for Myanmar’s traditional dance.

Shwe Gu to Sinkan = 18 miles / 28.8 km
Sinkan to Thagara = 87 miles / 139.2 km
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner

Day 9: Sailing: Hsithe (B, L, D)

In the morning we offer yoga and meditation on the sun deck. Those wishing for some mental stimulation can join a lecture on 'Religion in Myanmar' and another Burmese language lesson before lunch. After lunch, there will be demonstration of Traditional Burmese Cigar and Chewing Betel Nut. In the early afternoon, we reach the picturesque fishing village of Hsithe. The village is home to fishermen who conduct co-operative fishing with the critically endangered Ayeyarwady River Dolphin. We will take you on a village tour, see the traditional agriculture products and teach you how to cast a traditional fishing net. Afternoon tea will be served at the visitor center of the village with a presentation about the river, the wildlife and the people. We return to the boat for dinner. Afterwards, you can join the outdoor cinema at the village together with the friendly villagers of Hsithe.

Thagara to Hsithe = 125 miles / 200 km
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinnera

Day 10: Mandalay (B, L, D)

Today you have the last opportunity to simply relax, enjoying the luxurious facilities on board and the passing scenery as we sail to Mandalay. Be prepared on the sun deck as we make our way passing through Mingun, a showcase of the monumental and unfinished stupa of King Bodawpaya. It has never been completed due to an astrologer claiming that states: once the temple would be completed, the king will die.
We reach Mandalay late in the afternoon where you will disembark in time to visit Amarapua known for its traditional silk weaving, silver and bronze casting, and to see the sunset at the famous “U Bein's Bridge”, the longest teak bridge in Myanmar. After a farewell dinner, enjoy the evening entertainment Ramayana show, a legendary story and performance accompanied with traditional music instruments.

Hsithe to Mandalay = 43 miles / 68.8 km
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner

Day 11: Disembarkation: Fly To Yangon (B)

Bid farewell to the crew as you check-out after breakfast and you will be taken back to Yangon. Checking in to your accommodation and remainder of the day will be at your own leisure. Overnight in Yangon.

Preferred: Belmond Governor's Residence or the Strand

Day 12: Depart Yangon City (B)

After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport in Yangon, marking the end of this 12-day majestic river and land adventure in Myanmar. Bhine Myanmar! Thank You and Goodbye.

Trip Inclusions

  • 4-night hand-picked 5 star accommodation
  • 7-night accommodation board the Anawrahta cruise
  • Daily breakfast served at hotels
  • Other meals as mentioned (B, L, D) in the tour
  • Private transportation with drivers throughout
  • Entrance and admission fees per itinerary
  • Scheduled on-tour airfares are included
  • Bottled water while traveling on tour
  • 24/7 hotline staffed by knowledgeable service personnel
  • Local knowledge, expertise, suggestions, and support throughout tour
  • All government taxes and service charges
Trip Exclusions
  • Visa arrangements if any
  • International airfares to/from Yangon & Mandalay
  • Other meals which are not mentioned
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • All medical and travel insurance coverages
  • Tips and gratuities

NOTE: The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements. Click to email us or use the booking form to customize your own vacation.

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