Day 1 : Overnight Travel

Overnight flight with Thai Airways from the UK to Bangkok.

777 Economy Cabin Business Class 777

Expert tips

We always have the very best fares with Thai Airways, one of our preferred airlines for flights to South East Asia.

This route is currently flown using an A380 or a 777 aircraft.

Activities and Services

Included

  • Economy Class flights.
  • Check-in Baggage.
  • Airline Taxes.

Excluded

  • Seat Reservations may incur additional fees.
  • Some fares have restricted seat booking options. Ask us for details.

Day 2 : Yangon

Fly to Yangon with Thai Airways.

On arrival in Yangon you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Included

  • Economy Class Flight.
  • Airline Taxes.
  • Check in Baggage Allowance.
  • Arrival Transfer by Private Car.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 3 : RV Kalay Pandaw

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Bagan.

On arrival in Bagan you will be met and transferred directly to the ship for lunch, followed by an exploration of a selection of the more than 3000 Bagan monuments by bicycle or coach.

The first temple visited is Ananda, known as the finest temple in Pagan in terms of ancient architecture, built in AD 1105 by King Kyansit Thar, the third king of Pagan dynasty. Explore the high standard of craftsmanship including niches with statues, glazed plaques, the standing Buddha statues and some murals.

The next stop is Myingabar Gubyaukgyi temple built in AD 1113. Discover the well-preserved murals which also depict typical day-to-day life in Bagan.

End the day with a walk through Phwar Saw Village; a small village with just over 500 inhabitants situated between New Pagan and Nyaung U airport.

It was named after an influential queen for three consecutive Kings in Bagan’s late 13th century.

The villagers rely on bean and pea farming, breeding cattle and producing small lacquerware handicrafts. A short stroll in the village under the shimmering sunshine in the late afternoon is the perfect way to capture the villagers’ way of life including fetching water, herding cattle back home and preparing for dinner.

The ship moors overnight by Bagan.

Activities and Services

Phwar Saw Village

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure Transfer by Private Car.
  • Economy Class Airfare.
  • Arrival Transfer.
  • All Meals.
  • Drinks on board your cruise, mineral water, non-alcoholic drinks, local beers and wines during meals.
  • On board tips/gratuities.
  • All Shore Excursions with English speaking guide.
  • All Entrance Fees.
  • Overnight on-board.

Day 4 : RV Kalay Pandaw

Today enjoy some further exploration of Bagan and visit a lacquerware workshop.

Visit Shwe San Daw Stupa, one of only a few monuments allowing travellers to climb it, gaining a 360-degree view over the pagoda-studded plain. The next visit is to the Shwezigon Pagoda, built in AD 1086 and believed to enshrine a hair relic of the Buddha.

Before returning to the ship for lunch, take a stroll around the Khay Min Ga pagoda complex to learn about the different architectural styles: Indian, Sri Lankan, Myanmar-Mon hybrid and Myanmar.

In the afternoon, visit a Lacquerware workshop to explore the process of making lacquer handicrafts which is the specialty craft of Bagan.

Continue to the unique Payathonezu, three inter-connected temples with a narrow passage built in the late 13th century.

End the day with a visit to Dhamayangyi, dating from AD 1170, the widest and largest temple in Bagan.

Watch the sunset from the top of Taung Guni temple before returning to the ship.

Activities and Services

Khay Min Ga Pagoda

Payathonezu

Dhamayangyi

Included

  • All Meals.
  • Drinks on board your cruise, mineral water, non-alcoholic drinks, local beers and wines during meals.
  • On board tips/gratuities.
  • All Shore Excursions with English speaking guide.
  • All Entrance Fees.
  • Overnight on-board.

Day 5 : RV Kalay Pandaw

Set sail in the early morning to Salay, a small town which was once a bustling trading port, now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries.

Walk to Yoke-Sone Kyaung, the best-known teak carved monastery in Burma, stopping at Salay House on the return.

Sail upriver to the Ayardaw charity clinic supported by Pandaw before driving up the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung mountain to visit the hilltop stupa.

In the late afternoon, enjoy a traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villagers from Tant-Chi.

The ship will moor overnight near Nyaung U.

Activities and Services

Included

  • All Meals.
  • Drinks on board your cruise, mineral water, non-alcoholic drinks, local beers and wines during meals.
  • On board tips/gratuities.
  • All Shore Excursions with English speaking guide.
  • All Entrance Fees.
  • Overnight on-board.

Day 6 : RV Kalay Pandaw

Explore Pakokku, experiencing the local market and town centre by Tuk Tuk.

Pakokku is a city of about 100,000 inhabitants located 30 km from Bagan. Some of the main products here are tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanatkha (traditional make-up and sun lotion) and textiles. Visit Pakokku’s main market by Tuk Tuk.

Stop at a cheroot workshop and discover how traditional cheroot cigars are made.

The ship will moor overnight at Aung Pan Chaung near the Chindwin confluence.

Activities and Services

Included

  • All Meals.
  • Drinks on board your cruise, mineral water, non-alcoholic drinks, local beers and wines during meals.
  • On board tips/gratuities.
  • All Shore Excursions with English speaking guide.
  • All Entrance Fees.
  • Overnight on-board.

Day 7 : RV Kalay Pandaw

Explore Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay.

This village is well-known as the place where the first Anglo-Burmese war ended by the peace treaty signed in 1826. Enjoy a morning walking tour and a visit to a pottery workshop to see first-hand the production process. This is a hands-on experience which you are welcome to try.

Visit the Pandaw supported Yandabo School (if there are no school holidays).

In the afternoon, sail upriver and moor overnight at Pauk-taw Pauk-myaing village near Ava.

Activities and Services

Included

  • All Meals.
  • Drinks on board your cruise, mineral water, non-alcoholic drinks, local beers and wines during meals.
  • On board tips/gratuities.
  • All Shore Excursions with English speaking guide.
  • All Entrance Fees.
  • Overnight on-board.

Day 8 : RV Kalay Pandaw

Make a morning visit to the ancient city of Ava, which served as the capital of the Burmese kingdom for nearly 400 years, longer than any other ancient capital.

Enjoy a morning tour by coach to Ava jetty and across the Myit Nge (Dokehtawady) river by small ferry boat, followed by a horse cart ride to Menu Oak Kyaung monastery built by the chief queen in 1822. End the morning with a visit to the splendid Bagaya Kyaung monastery built entirely of teak in 1834.

Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Sagaing where there are 1,000 hermitages and sanctuaries rich in woodcarving and religious art.

From Sagaing Hill admire the bird’s eye view over the Irrawaddy river curving around Sagaing from Soon U Ponnya Shin hill top-pagoda. Later on, enjoy an introduction to the Buddhist nuns’ way of life at a nunnery.

Afterwards drive to Amarapura, a former capital (initially from 1783 to 1819 and subsequently from 1839 to 1852). Visit a silk and cotton weaving workshop, Amarapura’s major business.

At sunset take a local boat on Taungthaman Lake at U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge.

The ship will moor overnight at Sagaing.

Activities and Services

Bagaya Monastery

Included

  • All Meals.
  • Drinks on board your cruise, mineral water, non-alcoholic drinks, local beers and wines during meals.
  • On board tips/gratuities.
  • All Shore Excursions with English speaking guide.
  • All Entrance Fees.
  • Overnight on-board.

Day 9 : RV Kalay Pandaw

Set sail to Mingun for a morning walking tour around the unfinished stupa built by Amarapura’s King Bodawpaya in 1790 which was intended to be the world’s largest stupa but which has remained unfinished since 1808.

It is also the site of the world’s largest ringing bell.

Drive to Mandalay in the afternoon. Mandalay is not only the country’s second largest city but also the religious centre of Burmese culture.

The excursion starts with a visit to Mahamuni Buddha Image, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar.

The statue was brought here in 1785 by King Bodawapaya after the invasion of the Arakan Kingdom in 1784. To pay respect to the Buddha image, male devotees apply gold leaf to the image. As a result, the Mahamuni Buddha Image has been covered with a thick layer of gold leaf (about 15 cm). The walk continues along the street renowned for its marble carvers.

Continue to Shwenandor (Golden Palace Monastery) which was built in 1857 and was originally part of the royal palace before it was moved to the present site in 1879.

Explore UNESCO listed Kuthodaw Pagoda, with the world’s biggest book. It accommodates 729 marble slabs engraved with the Buddha’s Pali Scriptures housed in shrines.

After the gold leaf hammering workshop, stop by the moat surrounding the Royal Palace for a great photo opportunity with the backdrop of Mandalay Hill.

The ship will moor overnight at Sagaing.

Included

  • All Meals.
  • Drinks on board your cruise, mineral water, non-alcoholic drinks, local beers and wines during meals.
  • On board tips/gratuities.
  • All Shore Excursions with English speaking guide.
  • All Entrance Fees.
  • Overnight on-board.

Day 10 : Yangon

After breakfast you will disembark the ship and be transferred to the airport by private car for your onward flight.

Fly to Yangon with Air KBZ.

On arrival in Yangon you will be met for your tour of Yangon.

Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with tree-shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops.

The city became the capital only in 1885, when the British completed the conquest of Upper Myanmar and Mandalay's brief period as capital of the last Burmese kingdom ended.

Start the day in the heart of Yangon which features an interesting selection of monuments and colonial buildings.

Among others, you will see the Independent Monument, the High Court, the City Hall and the Sule Pagoda.

Afterwards, visit the National Museum to gain an insight into Myanmar. See the 8-metre high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king, and other fascinating artefacts from Burmese history and culture.

Enjoy a break at Bogyoke (Scott) Market, a pleasant covered market containing crafts from all corners of Myanmar, gems, fabrics and more.

In the afternoon, visit some of the more well-known pagodas, including Botataung Pagoda, named after the 1000 military leaders who escorted relics of the Buddha from India over 2000 years ago.

Visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a reclining Buddha that is almost as large as the enormous figure of Shwethalyaung Buddha in Bago.

It's housed in a large metal-roofed shed on Shwegondaing Lan, only a short distance north-east beyond the Shwedagon Paya.

Finally, continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha.

The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colours of twilight.

Expert tips

The journey from Yangon Airport should take around 30 - 40 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Bogyoke Market and the National Museum are closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Activities and Services

Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure Transfer by Private Car.
  • Economy Class Flight.
  • Airline Taxes.
  • Check in Baggage Allowance.
  • Arrival Transfer by Private Car.
  • Full Day Excursion.
  • Private Car & Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Excluded

  • Lunch.

Day 11 : End of Itinerary

You will be collected from your hotel in Yangon and transferred to the airport by private car for your onward flight.

Fly from Yangon to Heathrow via Bangkok with Thai Airways.

Arrive back in the UK.

Expert tips

The journey to Yangon Airport should take around 30-40 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Thai Airways operate from terminal 2 at Heathrow.

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure Transfer by Private Car.
  • Economy Class Flight.
  • Airline Taxes.
  • Check in Baggage Allowance.

Excluded

  • Seat Reservations may incur additional fees.
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