The Myanmar Heritage - 7 Nights

Between Prome and The Irrawaddy River has witnessed the history of Myanmar and gave it life. On its banks are located all the “must see” highlights of the Golden Land from the city of Pyay (Prome), where the roots of the Bamar civilization can be found, to the Royal Capitals of Mandalay, Amarapura and Ava passing through the glorious city of Bagan with its 3,000 temples and pagodas where sat the First Myanmar Empire yond Mandalay the river wonderful second life.

There is no better way to visit all Myanmar than taking a “boutique” cruise on the Irrawaddy in the comfort of our ships. No more long coach trips and the hassle to pack and unpack luggage.


(Upstream: Bagan - Mt.Popa - Yandabo - Monywa - Sagaing - Ava - Amarapura - Mingun - Mandalay)

(Downstream: Mandalay - Mingun - Amarapura - Ava - Sagaing - Monywa - Yandabo - Mt.Popa - Bagan)


Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

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ITINERARY

Itinerary Upstream



DAY 1 : BAGAN

Board the Ship at Ayeyar Jetty (11.30-12.00 hrs), welcome cocktail and lunch. We visit a selection of the 2,000 listed pagodas and temples. Dinner and overnight on board.

 


DAY 2 : MT. POPA

Full day excursion to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano located 65km South East of Bagan. It stands as one of the National parks with preserved forest in the hot, dry and plain region of middle Myanmar. The popularity of Mt. Popa today lies in the interest of religious and mystical beliefs as an abode of spirits, “Nats”. Climb the Taungkalat, believed to be the part of the main volcano blown apart and plugged at the current location, to see the panoramic view of the whole area. Lunch will be taken at the Popa Mountain Resort. On the way back to Bagan we will visit the toddy palm producing home cottage.
Dinner and overnight on board

 


DAY 3 : BAGAN - RIVER VILLAGE

Explore some of Bagan’s local markets selling wood carvings, fabric, longyis and ratten product. Visit a workshop to see the ancient technique of lacquer ware making. Aaltenatively guests can hire a horse cart or a bicycle and explore the site on their own (or) have a splendid Balloon Flight over Bagan (surcharge applied – optional). Back to the ship around Noon and cast off. We cruise upstream all day. Stop at Shwe Pyi Thar village for a walk. Dinner followed by a Puppet Show performance in the village or sundeck

 


DAY 4 : YANDABO

In the morning we arrive at Yandabo, a picturesque river village specializing in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We go ashore for a walking at some pot-making workshops and visit the school and the monastery. We cruise upstream the rest of the day, moor overnight near Ava

 


DAY 5 : MONYWA-SAGAING

Early morning drive by coach (approx. 1 ½ hours) to Monywa to visit the Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings dated back to the . Serve Lunch at local restaurant in Win Unity Hotel in Monywa. After lunch we visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. Drive to Sagaing (2 hours) where we will rejoin the ship. Overnight at Sagaing.

 


DAY 6 : SAGAING-AVA-AMARAPURA

Visit Sagaing, a hill studded with many Pagodas and Monasteries rich in wood carving and religious art, then Ava by horse-cart visiting the beautiful 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower (27mt. high) and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery. (After disembark at Sagaing Jetty, ship will sail to SinKyone Fort Jetty in Ava where all the client will embark after sightseeing). Then we travel by sampan and coach to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit a traditional silk weaving workshop followed by U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest wooden bridge (1.2 km) and enjoy the sunset there. Dinner and overnight on board.

 


DAY 7 : MINGUN-CENTRAL MANDALAY

Morning visit Mingun where we visit the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the aged”. Lunch on board. Visit central Mandalay: Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay Hill where spiraling staircases lead to sweeping views of the city and its temples and the nearby Kuthodaw Paya, which contains the world's biggest book, the workshops of gold leave making, tapestry making, woodcarving, marble carving and bronze casting. Sunset at Mandalay Hill. Dinner on board. Overnight at Mandalay

 


DAY 8 : MANDALAY

Morning disembark at Gawein Jetty around 9:00 am

 


Itinerary Downstream




DAY 1 : MANDALAY-MINGUN

Board the Ship at Gawein Jetty (11.30-12.00 hrs), welcome cocktail and lunch. Sail upstream to Mingun. Visit the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the aged”. Overnight at Mandalay

 

DAY 2 : MANDALAY-AMARAPURA

Visit central Mandalay: Mandalay Hill where spiraling staircases lead to sweeping views of the city and its temples and the nearby Kuthodaw Paya, which contains the world's biggest book, the workshops of gold leave making, tapestry making, woodcarving, marble carving and bronze casting.
Back to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon we visit travel
Mahamuni Pagoda and then Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit a traditional silk weaving workshop followed by U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest wooden bridge (1.2 km) and enjoy the sunset there.
Dinner on board. Overnight on board midstream between Mandalay and Sagaing

 

DAY 3 : AVA-SAGAING

Visit Sagaing, a hill studded with many Pagodas and Monasteries rich in wood carving and religious art. Back to the ship for Lunch. Visit the ancient city of Ava, capital of the Burmese Kingdom from 1364 to 1841 by horse-cart visiting the beautiful 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower (27mt. high) and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery .
Dinner on board. Dance and Theatre performance on the Sundeck.
Overnight near a river village.

 

DAY 4 : MONYWA

Early morning drive by coach (approx. 2 ½ hours) to Monywa to visit the Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings dated back to the . Serve Lunch at local restaurant in Win Unity Hotel in Monywa. After lunch we visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. Drive to Myin Mu jetty (approx. 1 ½ hours) where we will rejoin the ship.
Dinner on board. Overnight on board near Myin Mu

 

DAY 5 : YANDABO

In the morning we arrive at Yandabo, a picturesque village that specializes in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We go ashore for a walk stopping at some pot-making workshops and to visit the school and the monastery. Sail downstream stream. Lunch on board. Visit Shwe Pyi Thar village for a walk. Dinner on board. Moor overnight mid-river.

 

DAY 6 : BAGAN

We visit a selection of the 2,000 listed pagodas and temples. Dinner and overnight on board.
Optional: In the very early morning before breakfast
Balloon Flight over Bagan (surcharge applied)

 

DAY 7 : MT. POPA

Full day excursion to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano located 65km South East of Bagan. It stands as one of the National parks with preserved forest in the hot, dry and plain region of middle Myanmar. The popularity of Mt. Popa today lies in the interest of religious and mystical beliefs as an abode of spirits, “Nats”. Climb the Taungkalat, believed to be the part of the main volcano blown apart and plugged at the current location, to see the panoramic view of the whole area. Lunch will be taken at the Popa Mountain Resort. On the way back to Bagan we will visit the toddy palm producing home cottage.
Dinner and overnight on board

 

DAY 8 : BAGAN

Morning disembark at Aye Yar Jetty around 9:00 am.

 


 

CRUISE PRICE INCLUDES

All meals &, Coffee/Tea/Water – Complimentary local beer throughout the cruise – a glass of Wine at lunch and dinner - Sightseeing as described in the Itinerary – Ayravata Cruises English Speaking Guide (additional non-English speaking guide is provided if more than 8 cabins are booked by parties speaking the same language) - All Entrance Fees – Transfer as per program.

CRUISE PRICE EXCLUDES

Drinks, laundry, all items of a personal nature; health-accident-baggage or travel protection plan outside the ship’s boundaries, fuel surcharges if applicable (*)

(*) Within the above rates the fuel cost is calculated on the Myanmar Market average price of the months of April 2014 (i.e. USD 0.9 per litter). Should the fuel price rise by more than 10%, AYRAVATA CRUISES will be entitled to impose a fuel surcharge equivalent to the amount by which the fuel price exceeds the price allowed for in the above rates, provided that the notice of this rise is given to the Passenger and/or his-her Agent within 30 days prior the cruise departure date.

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