Golden Myanmar & The Alluring Irrawaddy – Northbound 2019
Rivers:
Danube River Cruises, Irrawaddy River Cruises
Countries:
Burma (Myanmar), Thailand
Embark:
Disembark:
Explore the best of Myanmar, known as “The Golden Land,” on this captivating river cruise along the Irrawaddy River. In Yangon, formerly Rangoon, you’ll see the magnificent, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda—considered the oldest pagoda in the world. Bagan, a medieval capital of Myanmar, with thousands of historical structures still standing, is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Visit one of the many spiritual temples at sunrise and a local market selling the unique handicrafts of the region. You’ll be immersed in the unique energy of the people on a walking tour through the village of Shwe Pyi Thar as you interact with locals and see the daily work done at a farmer’s home. In Sagaing,see the stunning Kaunghmudaw Pagoda with its egg-shaped dome and watch a local silversmith at work.
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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 Kyauk Myaung: Walking tour through a pottery-making village

Day 9 Kya Hnyat: Visit a monastery and present alms to the monks and see their lunch ritual

Day 10 Tigyang: Walking tour through village and walk to hilltop pagoda

Day 11 Katha: Visit to local market; excursion to a local ethnic minority village

Day 12 Kyun Daw–Second Defile–Bhamo: Visit a fisherman’s home, local school, and nunnery in Kyun Daw; cruise through the dramatic Second Defile

Day 13 Bhamo (Disembarkation)–Yangon: Explore Bhamo by trishaw and on foot; fly to Yangon

Day 14 Yangon: End of vacation



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