Your cruise on Asia’s Irrawaddy River takes you through the historical, cultural, and economic heart of Myanmar. This “Road to Mandalay” offers you a fascinating glimpse of “The Golden Land” of Myanmar. Your Irrawaddy River cruise adventure begins in Yangon, where you will visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered site in all of Myanmar. Fly from Yangon to Mandalay, where you’ll begin your cruise odyssey to discover historic landmarks, ancient pagodas, regional culinary specialties, and gracious people to welcome you. Your first stop is Kyauk Myaung to see its legendary pottery artisans at work. In Mandalay, you’ll come to know and love this gracious culture of art and spiitualism. See the tapestries, woodcarving, and gold-leaf artistry of Buddhist pagodas, and enjoy captivating song and dance performances.
You’ll also visit Amarapura and Shwe Pyi Thar to see the famed U Bein Bridge at sunset, and learn about farming traditions passed down through generations. Finish your Irrawaddy River cruise in Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites with thousands of historic structures still standing. Visit one of the many spiritual temples at sunrise and a local market selling the unique handicrafts of the region. Last stop is tranquil Inle Lake, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains with stilted houses dotting the shorelines. You will explore this area, stopping in Silk, Silversmith, and Cheroot Workshops, and attend a traditional song and dance performance by the Padaung long-necked women who live in this part of Myanmar.Few Southeast Asia river cruises offer such depth of experiences in these ancient lands, and we’re excited to share the beauty with you. From intricate cultural performances and interactions with the locals, to grand ancient temples and shrines. You’ll get an enlightened view of Myanmar—from exquisite sunrise to sunset—in villages on shore to lofty shrines.
Tour HighlightsDay 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–Mandalay (Embarkation): Fly to Mandalay; onboard welcome receptionDay 4 Kyauk Myaung–Sin Kyun: Walking tour through the pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung; see straw hat making in Sin KyunDay 5 Mingun-Mandalay-Amarupura: See unfinished pagoda & bronze bell in Mingun; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in AmarapuraDay 6 Mandalay: Sightseeing including Mahamuni, Kuthadaw and Shwenandaw Pagodas; visit tapestry, woodcarving, and gold leaf workshops; traditional dance performanceDay 7 Sagaing: Visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, a silversmith workshop, and Soon U Ponya Shin PagodaDay 8 Shwe Pyi Thar: Walking tour through this typical river village to visit a local farmer's home and see palm candy being made; traditional puppet showDay 9 Bagan: Watch sunrise from temple; sightseeing including a local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, lacquer workshop, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, Sulamani Temple; ox cart ride to temple for sunsetDay 10 Bagan (Disembarkation)–Heho–Inle Lake: Fly to Heho; transfer to Inle Lake; lunch at Red Mountain EstateDay 11 Inle Lake: Full-day excursion around the lake to see scenes of daily life; visit workshops of several cottage industries; Padaung music & dance performanceDay 12 Inle Lake–Heho–Yangon: Transfer to Heho; fly to Yangon Day 13 Yangon: End of vacation