Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights
(Cruise: 2 nights-Downriver – Pre & Post Cruise Tour: 6 days / 5 nights)
DAY 01 YANGON ARRIVAL
Arrive at the Yangon International Airport. Afternoon, excursion to Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha and Shwe Dagon Pagoda, one of the wonders of the world and the most venerated Buddhist Monument in Myanmar, where one can see the lifestyle of Myanmar People.
DAY 02 YANGON / MANDALAY (BY FLIGHT)
Transfer to airport for the flight to Mandalay, the last capital of Myanmar Monarchs. Excursion to Ancient Capital Amarapura, 11 Kilometers south of Mandalay visiting Mahagandayon monastery; 1.2 kilometer long U Bein Wooden Bridge and silk-weaving factory. Afternoon visit Maha Muni Buddha Image and continue to Shwe Kyaung, a monastery once King Mindon’s royal palace apartment for meditation and end up the day while enjoying the sunset from the Mandalay Hill, a vantage point for the panoramic view of Mandalay.
DAY 03 MANDALAY / AVA / CRUISE
In the morning you cross the Myitnge River with a ferry boat to reach Ancient Capital Ava. The siteseeing in horse-cart includes Maenu brick monastery, ancient Bargayar monastery famous for its hundreds of teak pillars and the wood curving and Nan Myint tilting watching tower. Drive to Gawein Jetty to board the ship at 12.30 hrs. Welcome Cocktail in the Saloon. Lunch will be served at 13.00. The sailing time to Mingun is about 2 hours. Our English speaking manager (or your private guide) will assist the guests during the visit of the Mingun Pagoda Complex. Moor Overnight at a sandbank mid-stream. After dinner guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck (if available).
DAY 04 CRUISE
Early in the morning cruise downstream during the 2 hours journey the passengers can enjoy the natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck or just sitting outside their own cabin. Sunrise over Sagaing Hill.
Enjoy the sunrise. After an early breakfast passengers can go ashore to visit Sagaing with the assistance of our Ship Manager or their own guide (in the meantime the 1 Night cruise passengers will embark).
The cast off time is at 11.15 hrs. Lunch will be served at 13.00. In the late afternoon we stop at Yandabo, a village specialize in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Cruise all day and moor overnight near a typical river village or a sandbank. Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint.
DAY 05 CRUISE – BAGAN
Early in the morning we proceed downriver to Bagan. After breakfast (if time permits) we visit another typical river village. Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan. Passengers will disembark near Wetkyi-Inn Village 4 km. North of Old Bagan at around 10.15 hrs.
Check in Hotel. Lunch. Afternoon visit Myinkaba Gubyaukkyi Temple, a typical Mon style temple; Manuha Temple, a captured king's impression of life in prison; Nanpaya Temple; an earliest masterpiece with its fine stone carvings; photo stop at Seinnyet Nyima Pagodas, a temple and a stupa with exquisite design and Mingala zedi pagoda, on of the last ones built in pagan; sunset from a suitable temple or pagoda.
DAY 06 BAGAN
Morning sightseeing begins with visit to the Nyaung Oo Market; Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of later Myanmar satupas; Wetkyi-in Gubyakkyi Temple, with fine mural paintings of jataka scenes; Htilominlo Temple, noted for its plaster carvings and visit lacquerware factory. Afternoon excursion to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross; and Thatbyinnyu, the highest of Bagan Temples ; and Bypaya, a Pyu style pagoda on the brink of the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River. Overnight.
DAY 07 BAGAN/ YANGON (BY FLIGHT)
Morning flight back to Yangon. Afternoon visit Sule Paya, Yangon City centre and shopping. Overnight in Yangon or direct connection with the Thai Airways flight to Bangkok
DAY 08 YANGON DEPARTURE
Transfer to Yangon International Airport for the International Departure Flight.