Tour Destination : Yangon - Mandalay - Kyauk Myaung - Tagaung - Shwegu - Katha - Mingun - Mandalay - Ava - Amarapura - Monywa - Yandabo - Bagan - Yangon
Arrive to Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
Sightseeing in Yangon will be started at your convenient time.
A short orientation tour starts with a visit to SULE Pagoda dating back to 5 century BC and walking through downtown area of Yangon (the ancient Yangon) to see daily life of Yangonites lead and to observe the multi-architecture of colonial and modern buildings.
In the afternoon, a visit to an extraordinarily huge reclining Buddha statue (KYAUT HTUT GYI PAGODA, Then, continue to the glory of Yangon, the SHWEDAGON PAGODA, one of the world's most magnificent religious monuments built during Lord Buddha era. Enjoy the very special moment at the pagoda. Back to hotel, overnight in Yangon.
Early in the morning you will be transferred to the airport and flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, transfer to Gaw Wein jetty by car(about one hour drive), check - in to the boat from 10:00 to 12:00.
Welcome with cocktail and briefing dos and donts, then start navigation to the upper Irrrawaddy.
After breakfast, arrive to the spectacular potteries- making of Kyauk Myaung and visit the factories and see the different stages of the famous 50 Gallons (200 liters) pots. Navigates throughout the day. Moor overnight at the mid-stream.
At the morning, arrive to the ancient city of Tagaung, explore the village on foot, visit the famous Nat shrine of Bo Bo Gyi, the archeological site and the fortifications. Then, back to the boat and continue cruising upstream for the rest of the day. Moor at Midstream during the night.
Sail upstream to view the spectacular Second defile, the largest of the Irrawaddy gorges, with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. In the afternoon sail downstream to Katha Important note: In case of Low Water the excursion will be done by local speed boat.
Continue upstream to view the spectacular second defile, the largest gorges of the Irrawaddy River, with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. Note: in case of low water level, the excursion will be arranged by local speed boat.
In the afternoon, sail downstream to Katha.
The charming colonial town of Katha is the setting for the Orwell book "Burmese Days" and also the place where hundreds of vessels of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company were scuttled before the Japanese could enter in 1942. We explore the old streets and market by trishaw. If time allows, continue to an elephant Logging Camp located at the hardwood forest.
Full day cruising downstream with stop for a walk to a river village before noon.
In the afternoon, we arrive in Mingun and visit the world largest unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the ages”. After dinner, guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck (if available). Moor overnight near Mandalay.
After an early breakfast, visit central Mandalay: Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay Hill where spiraling staircases lead to sweeping views of the city and its temples and the nearby Kuthodaw Paya, which contains the world's biggest book, the workshops of gold leave making, tapestry making, woodcarving, marble carving and bronze casting. Lunch on board.
In the afternoon, explore the ancient capital Ava by horse-cart, visit the beautiful old teak wood Bagaya Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower (27mt. high) and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery and then continue to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783), walking along the 1.2 Km long and more than 200 years old U-Bein Bridge. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and get back to the boat. Moor overnight in front of Sagaing Hill.
Early morning, transfer to Monywa by car(about 3 hours drive), visit the caves of Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside the caves and decorated with beautiful mural paintings dated back to the 18 century. After lunch, visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw Pagoda decorated with its more than 500,000 images of Buddha. Drive back to Myint Mu (about 1nad half hours drive) where we will join ship.
In the morning, arrive to Yandabo village, a picturesque village that specializes the potteries manufacturing, where the peace Treaty of the first Anglo-Burmese war signed on 24 February 1826. We are going ashore for a promenade to some pot-making workshops, visit the school and the monastery. Continue downstream to and visit Shwe Pyi Thar in the afternoon.
Anchored in the middle of the River during the night.
Arrive to Bagan in the early morning. Full day visit of a selection of more than 2000 listed stupa and temples. Lunch on board and in the afternoon, continue the exploration of the archaeological site. Dinner on board or at a local restaurant. Overnight on board.
After breakfast, drive to Nyaung U airport and flight to Yangon. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and take a rest.
In the afternoon, visit to the famous "Scott Market" also known as "Bo Goyoke Aung San Market", the biggest market built in the colonial period; where you can see all kinds of Myanmar products. (closed Mondays and bank holiday days). Then, explore very animated china town and back at your hotel.
Farewell dinner will be held at the hotel or Local restaurant and overnight in Yangon.
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon International Airport for your international departure.
(The rest of the visit in Yangon can be arranged according to your international departure time.)