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.
See the tapestries, woodcarving, and gold-leaf artistry of Buddhist pagodas, and enjoy captivating song and dance performances. Continue on to Amarapura with its famed U Bein Bridge—made of teak wood and a must-see sunset vantage point. Venture further on along your Irrawaddy River cruise to visit villages with revered traditions and remarkable craftsmanship, and spectacular spiritual monuments unlike any other in the world. From Shwe Pyi Thar’s rural life, to the countless pagodas of Sagaing, this Southeast Asia river cruise highlights the history, warmth, and stunning beauty of the creations that remain amid the warm traditions of Myanmar.
Day 1 Yangon: Welcome to MyanmarDay 2 Yangon: Walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon PagodaDay 3 Yangon–Bagan (Embarkation): Fly to Bagan; onboard welcome reception; traditional puppet showDay 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 sunsetDay 5 Shwe Pyi Thar: Walking tour through this typical river village to visit a farmer’s home and see palm candy being madeDay 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 AmarapuraDay 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 bellDay 9 Kyauk Myaung–Sin Kyun: Walking tour through the pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung; see straw hat making in Sin KyunDay 10 Mandalay (Disembarkation)–Yangon: Fly to YangonDay 11 Yangon: End of vacation