Myanmar River Cruise Tour
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Myanmar River Cruise Tour

River Cruise Tour to Myanmar (15 Days/14 Nights)

DESTINATION  : Yangon - Mandalay - Bagan - Pintaya - Kalaw - inle - Ngapali - Yangon
DURATION  : 15 Days/14 Nights

yangon14Upon your arrival at Yangon Airport, your local guide will meet you at the airport and then escort you to your hotel. On the way to hotel, visit Mindhma Hill where the world biggest white marble Buddha Image is situated and also to see the 3 white elephants. After hotel check-in, we leave the rest of the day to you to relax. Stay overnight in Yangon.


yangon04After breakfast at the hotel, leave Yangon for Mandalay by domestic flight. Check in your hotel. The last capital of royal Myanmar, Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual center. In the morning, head to Mahamuni Pagoda, the image enshrined here is perhaps the most venerated image in Myanmar, covered in over 15 cm thickness of gold leaf. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. En-route to the pagoda, stop to observe the laborious process of Gold-Leaf Beating, where gold is painstakingly hammered into tissue-thin squares. The afternoon’s tour includes some of the city’s most interesting temples and palaces. Begin with Shwenandaw Kyaung (Shwe Kyaung), the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was one part of the Mandalay Palace, used as private apartments by King Mindon and his chief queen. Then to Kuthodaw Pagoda, known also as the world’s biggest book. Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble. Numbering altogether 729, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata, or Buddhist scriptures. Continue to Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Finally, enjoy the spectacular sunset at Mandalay Hill, 230 metres in elevation, commands a magnificent view of the city and surrounding countryside. Overnight stay at the hotel in Mandalay.


river-cruise-01After breakfast, excursion to Amarapura; 11 km from Mandalay to visit to Mahagandayon Monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study the Buddha scripture. If time permit you will have the opportunity to observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence. Continue to have a walk on 200 years old and 1.2 km long U BEIN teak bridge; noted for building without nails  built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was Royal capital.The embarkation time is 12.00 noon at Gawein jetty and cast off after half an hour time. Welcome Cocktail and briefing in the Saloon or Sundeck followed by Lunch. After cruising upstream for two hours we arrive at Mingun where we visit the impressive unfinished pagoda and the largest working bell in the world. Our English speaking manager (or your private guide) will accompany the guests during the visit. Moor Overnight at a sandbank mid-stream. After dinner guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck (if available).


bagan15Early in the morning cruise downstream. During the two hours journey the passengers can admire the natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck or just sitting outside their own cabin. Enjoy the sunrise over Sagaing Hill. After breakfast passengers wishing to visit Sagaing can go ashore with the assistance of our Ship Manager or their own guide. We resume our downriver voyage at 10.30 hrs and we will sail all day long. In the late afternoon we stop at Yandabo, a village specializing in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We visit the Pot workshops, the monastery and the school. Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint.


bagan07Arrive Bagan Cast off early in the morning for the last leg of our journey Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan. Passengers will disembark at Aye Yar jetty around 9:30 hrs. Our tour guide will pick you up at the jetty and transfer to hotel for check in, and visit the colorful market town of Nyaung U and Bagan’s most significant shrines - the Shwezigon Pagodaand Htilominlo Temple.  In the afternoon, pay a visit to a lacquer-ware workshop to see Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts before exploring the amazing mural paintings at the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple. Later on, watch the sunset over the Shwesandaw Pagoda.

DAY 06: BAGAN - MT.POPA (By Car)

poppa01After Breakfast, driving excursion to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with its shrines dedicated to animist spirits known as “Nats”. For the energetic, time to climb up the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the volcanic plug. Then drive back to Bagan and continue for sightseeing to the rest of highlight Pagoda. Overnight at the Hotel in Bagan.

DAY 07: BAGAN - PINDAYA - KALAW (By Flight/Car)

pindaya02Transfer to airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival to Heho airport continue to Pindaya by car about 1 ½ hours drive. Visit to Pindaya cave and traditional umbrella workshop then drive to Kalaw for over night.

DAY 08: KALAW - INLE (By Car)

inle03After breakfast visit to Kalaw market and drive to Nyaung Shwe, the entrance of Inle lake by car about 2 hours. Check in to hotel and continue to visit in Inle lake by boat. Overnight.


inle-01After the breakfast at the hotel, the whole day sightseeing to Inle lake, including Indaing village, the western end of the Lake. The boat takes you through a long channel where you watch the farmers cultivate their products. This ride is one of the most scenic boat tours on Lake Inle. After lunch, visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images. Once a year, in end September or early October, there is its pagoda festival during which the four Buddha images are rowed around the Lake in a colourful barge. Then visit to the old Nga Phe Chaung Monastery, known as for the jumping cats’ monastery. If time allows, stop to see silk weaving on wooden handlooms. And also visit to the local blacksmiths workshops. Overnight at the hotel in Inle.

DAY 10: INLE - NGAPALI (By Flight)


After breakfast, transfer to Heho airport for flight to Thandwe. On arrival, transfer to hotel at Ngapali beach. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Ngapali beach.


ngapali-02The whole day is at leisure with extra time to enjoy many attractions of this unspoilt beach for swimming, snorkeling, fishing trip, boat excursion, bicycling, sightseeing along the beach, carefree loitering on the beach, and exploring or just sitting amidst whistling wind. There is a nine hole golf course only 3 miles away from the hotel. Nearby fishing villages are also places of interest for visits. Overnight at the hotel in Ngapali beach.


Whole day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Ngapali beach.


Whole day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Ngapali beach.

DAY 14: NGAPALI - YANGON (By Flight)

yangon01Transfer to Thandwe airport for flight to Yangon. Evening visit to the 2,600 years old magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda sheathed in 11 tons of pure gold and 4,350 diamonds weighing 1800 carats. At sunset, the Shwedagon offers visitors a spectacular show of lights and shadows. Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.


Leisure time till transfer to Yangon international airport for departure flight.


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