Day 1 | Highlights:
Welcome to Mandalay. Enjoy the magnificent sunset views from Mandalay Hill before your welcome dinner and an overnight stay. (Please book flight to arrive by 4.30pm).
Day 2 | Mandalay > Irrawaddy Cruise Highlights:
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.
Day 3 | Mingun > Mandalay > Amarapura Highlights:
In Mingun discover the stories behind a massive unfinished brick pagoda. Nearby, admire the un-cracked Mingun Bell and the all-white Hsinbyume Pagoda.
Day 4 | Sagaing > Inwa (Ava) Highlights:
In the ancient capitals of Sagaing and Inwa, spiritual enlightenment awaits.
Day 5 | Myinmu > Monywa Highlights:
Sail to Myinmu and drive across the countryside through Monywa to explore the sandstone grottoes decorated with spectacular mural paintings and hundreds of Buddha statues inside niches. Return to the ship and continue your cruise to Yandabo.
Day 6 | Yandabo > Schwe Pyi Thar Highlights:
Arrive in 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. En-route to Bagan, stop off at the traditional riverside village of Schwe Pyi Thar. As the day progresses, enjoy demonstrations about the traditional dress Longyi and the time-honoured face decoration that is Thanaka.
Day 7 | Bagan Highlights:
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight - Take a hot air balloon flight over the majestic temples of Bagan. Flights last approximately 45 minutes and must be purchased prior to your cruise to guarantee availability. (Plese note: available only from late-October to mid-March; all flights weather permitting).
Day 8 | Bagan > Salay Highlights:
Rise early to attend morning alms for the local monks and be invited to eat mohinga, a traditional breakfast with the local people.
Day 9 | Magwe Highlights:
Enjoy the morning sailing to Magwe, where in the cool of the afternoon you will experience a tour of the town by trishaw. Take in the views from Mya Tha Lun Pagoda, a mesmerising architectural vision set on Naguttama Hill.
Day 10 | Thayetmyo Highlights:
An afternoon of exploration awaits in Thayetmyo, which once marked the border between Royal and British Burma. In this quaint port town you can try your hand at putting on a green at 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
Day 11 | Pyay (Prome) Highlights:
Berth in Pyay later this morning. Begin with a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda which contains a series of five terraces. In the afternoon explore Sri Ksetra, one of the ancient Pyu Kingdoms that flourished between 200 B.C. and 900 A.D. and became Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed Site in 2014. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner back on board.
Day 12 | Irrawaddy Cruise > Yangon Highlights:
Disembark with a picnic lunch and drive to Yangon. Stop in Htaukkyant to visit the Allied War Cemetery. Continue to Yangon to enjoy your two night Special Stay.
Day 13 | Yangon Highlights:
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 art scene, or cross the Yangon River by ferry to Dhala village.
Day 14 | Yangon Highlights:
Say Thaw Dau Mal to Myanmar.