Irrawaddy Cruise

4 day River Cruise - from £515

A cruise between Bagan and Mandalay along the Irrawaddy provides the perfect way to explore central Burma as you glide past golden temples, unspoilt villages and riverside forests.

Highlights:

  • Temples of Bagan
  • Amazing sunsets
  • Local markets and crafts
  • Sagaing Hills monasteries
  • Relaxed small ship cruising along beautiful scenery
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Bagan

On arrival into Bagan, transfer to your luxury cruise ship and settle into your suite. The Sanctuary Ananda blends traditional Burmese with contemporary design and has just 21 suites, all with a balcony to enjoy the river views. After lunch, go ashore to visit the Kayminga pagoda built in a variety of styles showing how architecture evolved over the centuries.

Continue on to Ananda Temple which was completed in 1091 AD and regarded as one of the country’s most beautiful. Finish the day enjoying a sunset over the Bagan plains.

Meals: 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 2: Bagan

Start the day watching the sun rise in a hot air balloon (extra cost) or alternatively visit the bustling Nyaung U market, where farmers meet to buy and sell everything from fruit to lacquer ware. Continue to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda which was the first major monument to be built in the Burmese style and said to contain relics of Gautama Buddha.

Return to the ship to sail upstream towards Sagaing, relaxing in your suite or the lounge as you cruise past villages and distant pagodas gracing the hills. Enjoy the onboard activities which include a cultural demonstration, a back of house tour and an informative talk on Burmese history.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3: Mandalay

Spend the morning enjoying the scenic countryside or take part in a cooking class with the chef, before arriving beside the pagoda-sprinkled Sagaing Hills. An important religious and monastic centre, the area is home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks. There is time to visit some of these before taking in the spectacular views from the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda on top of the hill.

Before returning to the ship, visit often pictured U Bein Bridge, a long teak structure that snakes across the lake. Tonight a farewell dinner will be served onboard followed by a local cultural performance.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4: Mandalay

If leaving on a later flight, a tour of Mandalay will be taken visiting the highly revered Mahamuni Pagoda, the beautiful teak monastery of Shwenandaw and Kuthodaw.

Meals: 1 Breakfast

4 day River Cruise - from £515

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All prices are per person and based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Prices are subject to seasonal changes.

Your River Cruise Experience

Explore the famous rivers of South East Asia on a small, intimate luxury boat with private cabins, superb dining, incredible scenery and plenty of on and off shore experiences.

Your river cruise includes:

  • 3 night luxury cruise
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner and selected drinks during meal times
  • Air conditioned cabins with balcony
  • Return airport transfers
  • All port charges
  • Excludes gratuities

Departure Dates:

2019

Aug: 11
Sep: 22 & 29
Oct: 6, 13, 20 & 27
Nov: 3, 10, 17 & 24
Dec: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

2020:

Jan: 5, 12, 19 & 26
Feb: 2, 9, 16 & 23
Mar: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Apr: 5, 12 & 19
Jul: 26
Aug: 23 & 30
Sep: 13, 20 & 27
Oct: 4, 11, 18 & 25
Nov: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Dec: 6, 13, 20 & 27

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