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Between Yangon and Yangon
Irrawaddy
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Departing 22 March 2018
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Yangon is the perfect introduction to this incredible country. Navigate the vibrant streets seeking out keepsakes to take home or watch the golden sunset bounce off the Shwedagon Pagoda, there’s always plenty to appreciate in this hidden gem of a city. Take to the waters of the Irrawaddy in unprecedented luxury, as you journey from Pyay to Mandalay. Encounter traditional villages, have the opportunity to visit the temples of Bagan and marvel at the untold number of pagodas, temples and monasteries. The majestic Inle Lake reveals the ancient practice of one-legged rowing, perfected over centuries this is one of the many unique Myanmar traditions you’ll come across during your time in this striking land.
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Day 1
Highlights: Welcome reception

Welcome to Myanmar. Settle into your hotel for a two night Special Stay in Yangon. (Please book flight to arrive by 4.30pm).

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Yangon
Highlights: Enrich - Lamp lighting Shwedagon Pagoda

Later, view the enchanting Kandawgyi Lake and visit Chaukhtatgyi Paya, Yangon’s reclining Buddha.

Freechoice

Board the Circle Train for a unique opportunity to observe the lively and colourful life of rural Burmese people. Alternatively, embark on a guided tour of Yangon’s thriving art scene, or ride a ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala village.

Enrich

As the sun begins to set, wander around Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the ritual of ‘oil lamp lighting’ before partaking in this local tradition.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Yangon > Pyay (Prome) > Irrawaddy Cruise
Highlights: Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery

On your drive to Pyay, pay your respects at Htaukkyant Allied War Cemetery. On arrival, you'll board the luxurious Scenic Aura and relax at the welcome cocktail reception.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Pyay (Prome) > Sri Ksetra
Highlights: Discover Sri Ksetra

Start with a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda before heading to Sri Ksetra, the ancient Pyu Kingdom’s capital and also Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed Site. Later commence your cruise north into the heart of Myanmar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Thayetmyo
Highlights: Colonial architecture

A morning of exploration awaits in Thayetmyo. Try your hand at putting on the oldest golf course in Myanmar, admire the region’s old colonial buildings and explore the gems at the local market before returning to the ship to continue to Magwe.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Magwe
Highlights: Trishaw ride

In Magwe, explore the town by traditional trishaw, similar to a side car. Visit Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill. Enjoy the remainder of the day cruising to Salay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Salay > Bagan:
Highlights: Enrich - Colonial experience

On your morning walking tour of Salay admire a beautiful teak monastery and look inside the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.

After arriving in Bagan visit the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the Ananda Temple before travelling by horse cart through a local village and the surrounding temple ruins.

Enrich

Soak up the ambience of the river and the colonial feel of the town whilst enjoying traditional Burmese tea and snacks in a restored colonial villa dating from 1906.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Bagan
Highlights: Freechoice, Sundowners at Clay Pot Mountain

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Must be purchased prior to your cruise. (Plese note: available only from late-October to mid-March; all flights weather permitting).

Afterwards, learn all about the production of Burmese lacquerware.

Freechoice

Venture to Mount Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats or nature spirits, before heading to a Toddy Farm where a traditional lunch awaits. Alternatively, explore the markets at Nyaung U before discovering the Temple Circuit, or enjoy a visit to Old Bagan.

Sundowners

Travel to Clay Pot ‘mountain’ and indulge in a relaxing drink while soaking up magical views at sunset over the Bagan plain.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Bagan > Schwe Pyi Thar
Highlights: Enrich - Morning alms and traditional breakfast

Leaving Bagan, stop off at the traditional riverside village of Schwe Pyi Thar.

Enrich

Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks before being invited to eat mohinga, a traditional breakfast with the local people.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Yandabo
Highlights: Pottery village

Sail to Yandabo where in 1826, the peace treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed. Now famous for its pottery, stroll through the village and witness the craftsmen honing their craft and observe their unusual way of firing the pottery.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Sagaing > Inwa (Ava)
Highlights: Enrich - Monastic school and nunnery visit

In the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa, spiritual enlightenment awaits.

Later by horse and cart, explore Inwa, for more than 400 years the capital of the Ava Kingdom. Visit a 200-year-old teak monastery, a brick pagoda and remains of Inwa Fort.

Enrich

In Sagaing interact with novice monks and nuns during a special visit to a monastic supported school before continuing to a quiet nunnery where you will partake in our donation to the resident nuns before their midday meal.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura
Highlights: Sundowners at U-Bein Bridge

Cruise to Mingun to discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Admire the famous un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda. Sail to Mandalay to visit Amarapura.

Later, enjoy your last dinner on board.

Sundowners

Enjoy an evening drink in boats under U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to capture that memorable photo of the bridge at sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Irrawaddy Cruise > Mandalay
Highlights: Enrich - Gold leaf

Marvel at Shwenandaw, a beautiful wooden monastery covered internally in gold leaf. Equally as impressive are the sights at Kuthodaw Pagoda, where the ‘World’s Largest Book’ is housed. Later walk through the rebuilt Mandalay Palace, destroyed during World War II.

As the sun sets, head to Mandalay Hill to enjoy the magnificent views before staying a night at Mandalay.

Enrich

Learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop. At Mahamuni Pagoda, male guests will be able to place the gold leaf on the iconic Buddha statue.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
Mandalay > Inle Lake
Highlights: Special Stay

Fly to Heho and stop at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, before continuing to Nyaung Shwe. Glide across the waters of Inle Lake in private long tail boats towards your three night Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Inle Lake:
Highlights: Enrich - Home cooked Intha meal

Cruise to Inle Lake’s floating market, which moves location every five days. Then, visit Phuang Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the region’s holiest sites.

Later visit the Pa-Oh village of Indein.

Enrich

Learn about traditional cooking with a visit to a local Intha family home for lunch and a hands-on cooking demonstration.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16
Inle Lake
Highlights: Freechoice, Sundowners overlooking Inle Lake

Freechoice: Visit Pindaya Caves and try cooking local cuisine, or visit Taunggyi then stroll through Myanmar’s first vineyard estate before lunch and wine tasting. Alternatively, take a local village trek close by.

Sundowners
Enjoy some evening drinks, the perfect opportunity to share today’s tales of exploration whilst overlooking the stunning lake.

Freechoice

Visit Pindaya Caves and try cooking local cuisine, or visit Taunggyi then stroll through Myanmar’s first vineyard estate before lunch and wine tasting. Alternatively, take a local village trek close by.

Sundowners

Enjoy some evening drinks, the perfect opportunity to share today’s tales of exploration whilst overlooking the stunning lake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17
Inle Lake > Yangon
Highlights: Yangon city tour

Fly to Yangon for one last Special Stay. Undertake a walking tour through Yangon's cobbled streets. Tonight savour your farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18
Yangon
Highlights: Farewell

Say farewell to Myanmar.

Meals included: Breakfast
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