Burmese Days: Along The Irrawaddy River – Northbound 2019
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Take a fascinating river cruise along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River and experience beauty, culture, and ancient history.

Your journey begins in Yangon, formerly Rangoon, where you’ll see the magnificent, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda—considered the oldest pagoda in the world. Then, fly from Yangon to Bagan to embark on your river cruise, beginning with Bagan’s exquisite temples and shrines at sunrise and sunset. Immerse yourself in the local culture and artistry of handcrafted textiles, paintings, and carvings. You’ll also visit Sagaing and Shwe Pyi Thar to see revered religious sites with stunning views across the Irrawaddy, and learn about farming traditions passed down through generations

In Mandalay, you’ll come to know and love this gracious culture of art and spiritualism.
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 Yangon: Welcome to Myanmar

Day 2 Yangon: Walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon Pagoda

Day 3 Yangon–Bagan (Embarkation): Fly to Bagan; onboard welcome reception; traditional puppet show

Day 4 Bagan: Watch sunrise from temple; sightseeing including a local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, lacquer workshop, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, and Sulamani Temple; ox cart ride to temple for sunset

Day 5 Shwe Pyi Thar: Walking tour through this typical river village to visit a farmer’s home and see palm candy being made

Day 6 Sagaing–Amarapura: Visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, a silversmith workshop, and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda in Sagaing; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in Amarapura

Day 7 Mandalay: Sightseeing including Mahamuni and Kuthodaw Pagodas, and Shwenandaw Monastery; visit tapestry, woodcarving, and gold-leaf workshops; traditional dance performance

Day 8 Mingun: Guided walk to see unfinished pagoda & bronze bell

Day 9 Kyauk Myaung–Sin Kyun: Walking tour through the pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung; see straw hat making in Sin Kyun

Day 10 Mandalay (Disembarkation)–Yangon: Fly to Yangon

Day 11 Yangon: End of vacation



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