Golden Myanmar & The Alluring Irrawaddy – Southbound 2019
Rivers:
Danube River Cruises, Irrawaddy River Cruises
Country:
Burma (Myanmar)
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. Your river cruise will get underway in dramatic fashion as you sail along the untouched upper Irrawaddy. Visit remote villages for fascinating interactions including visits with schoolchildren, nuns, monks, and pottery makers. You’ll also pass through the second defile with its magnificent cliffs. In the exciting city of Mandalay, be inspired by a visit to the revered shrine of Mahamuni Pagoda with its impressive gold-leaf Buddha and enjoy a traditional dnce by local performers.
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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–Bhamo (Embarkation)-Second Defile: fly to Bhamo and explore the town by trishaw and foot; cruise through the dramatic second defile; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Kyun Daw: visit a fisherman’s home, local school, and nunnery

Day 5 Katha-Tigyang: visit a local market and excursion to a local ethnic minority village in Katha; walking tour through village and walk to hilltop pagoda in Tigyang

Day 6 Kya Hnyat: visit a monastery and present alms to the monks and see their lunch ritual

Day 7 Kyauk Myaung: walking tour through a pottery-making village

Day 8 Mingun-Mandalay-Amarupura: see unfinished pagoda & bronze bell in Mingun; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in Amarapura

Day 9 Mandalay: sightseeing including Mahamuni, Kuthadaw and Shwenandaw Pagodas; visit tapestry, woodcarving, and gold leaf workshops; traditional dance performance

Day 10 Sagaing: visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, a silversmith workshop, and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda

Day 11 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 show

Day 12 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 sunset

Day 13 Bagan (Disembarkation)–Yangon: fly to Yangon

Day 14 Yangon: end of vacation



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