Highlights of Myanmar with River Cruise

Highlights of Myanmar with River Cruise

This 11 days itinerary takes you on a discovery tour of Myanmar and includes a 2 night river cruise on the Irrawaddy River..

Discover how food plays a significant role in daily life as you taste your way through this mesmerising country. Sample local delicacies at bustling markets, visit palm farms and cook upa store at a cooking class. You’ll also have the chance to delve into the country’s history and culture as you explore the temples of Bagan, the streets of Mandalay and the shores of Inle Lake.

Tour highlights

    • Walk the streets of Yangon on a sightseeing tour tour 
    • Visit local markets and sample local delicacies 
    • See the majestic skyline of Bagan dotted with temples 
    • Rub shoulders with locals in Mandalay 
    • Spend 2 nights on-board your River Cruise up the Irrawaddy River 
    • See the famous fishermen of Inle Lake

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival into Yangon

Arrival into Yangon

Upon clearing customs and immigration, you'll be by our local guide and will be present with a welcome packet before being transferred into Yangon city centre to check into your hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure. Accommodation: Jasmine Palace Hotel

Day 2 - Explore Yangon

Yangon

It's an early start this morning to see the lively activity at Danyingone Market, locally know as the Railway Market. You'll transfer to the outskirts of the city and board the daily circular train. The train ride will last about one and a half hours passing green fields, small wooden houses and some local factories before arriving at the busy Danyingone Market. Here, you'll be greeted by locals, vendors and hawkers selling and buying colourful produce including vegetables, meats, local snacks and flowers. You'll have the chance to walk around the market and discover local foods such as Mohinga, a rice noodle with fish soup, a typical Burmese breakfast. Afterwards, return to the city by car. Your afternoon sightseeing will start at the National Museum where you'll see the eight metre high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king before continuing to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon, which is at its most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colours of twilight.

Accommodation: Jasmine Palace Hotel

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3 - Yangon to Bagan

Yangon to Bagan

Begin the day with an internal flight to Bagan, an ancient city on the Irrawaddy River, with more than 2,000 temples dating back to the 11th century. Spend the day exploring the temples and hearing the fascinating history behind these imposing structures. Also included will be a visit to a lacquerware workshop to learn about the intricate process of lacquerware making and decoration. At the end of the tour enjoy a panoramic view of the sun setting over the plain of Bagan from one of the ancient pagodas.

Accommodation: Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Explore Bagan

Bagan

After breakfast this morning, you'll explore local life in the unspoiled town of Salay. Visit the Yoke Son Kyaung, the oldest surviving wooden monastery, with beautiful carvings of court life and scenes from the Ramayana. Continue to wander around the town and the market and visit Mann Paya, a modern pagoda housing a 6m gold Buddha made of straw lacquer. Next, you'll join a Burmese tea party and visit an extinct temple-topped volcano dedicated to the legendary 'nat' spirits. During the journey from Bagan, stop in the small village of Shwe Hlaing for a Burmese-style tea party hosted by a local family in their home. Try some famous tea leaf salad accompanied by a cup of Burmese tea as you chat and get to know your friendly hosts. Continue to Mount Popa, an extinct sheer-sided volcano that rises out of the plain. Topped by golden stupas, it is a famous pilgrimage site for locals who come to worship at the Nat temples.Relax for a while taking in the breathtaking views across the plains, valleys and distant mountains, before starting the return journey to Bagan.

Accommodation: Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5 - Board your cruise on the Irrawaddy River

Cruise on the Irrawaddy River

Today you'll drive to the jetty to board your river cruise, the Rv Katha Pandaw from Bagan to Mandalay. The cruise will depart at 12noon. Settle into your cabin and enjoy the scenery of life on the river. This afternoon you'll stop at Pakokku and take a tour of the town by traditional trishaw.

Accommodation: Overnight onboard RV Katha Pandaw

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Cruise on the Irrawaddy River

Cruise on the Irrawaddy River

This morning you'll make at stop at the village of Yandabo. Here you'll take a walk round the pottery village and visit the local school, built with past traveller donations. Back on board, relax and enjoy the facilities. All meals are included on your cruise.

Accommodation: Overnight onboard RV Katha Pandaw

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Mandalay

Mandalay

You'll disembark from you cruise in Mandalay about 10am and begin your tour of the city begins! Your tour starts with a visit to several Mandalay markets to soak up the atmosphere and interact with the locals. Make your way to the Irrawaddy River just in time to see the local fish market coming to life. Watch the trishaws, motorcycles and small trucks laden with rattan baskets full of silver fish push their way through the crowds. A visit to the colourful and fragrant flower market reveals a myriad of exquisite exotic flowers used as offerings for the pagodas and shrines. The next stop is at the vegetable market to see the locally grown produce, along with a visit to a nearby monastery to hear the entrancing sounds of monks chanting evening prayers. After sunset, head to a local restaurant and beer garden to relax over a glass of chilled Mandalay beer and a delicious BBQ dinner.

Accommodation: Mandalay Hill Resort

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Mandalay

Mandalay

Your tour starts this morning with a visit to Amarapura, a former royal capital. Here, you'll visit Mahagandayon Monastery, where in the morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Pause to enjoy the atmosphere of U Bein Bridge, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometre across Taungthaman Lake, and the highlight of any visit to Amarapura. From Amarapura, turn back to Mandalay itself, stopping first at Mahamuni Paya. Worshippers flock daily to the shrine at four in the morning to observe the unique face-washing ceremony. En route to the pagoda, stop to observe the laborious process of gold-leaf beating, where gold is painstakingly hammered out into tissue-thin squares. Continue to Shwenandaw Kyaung, or the Golden Teak Monastery. Built entirely of golden teak, this intricately carved wooden monastery was once part of the Mandalay Palace. Afterwards visit Kyauktawgyi Paya, famous for its monumental seated Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. Continue to Kuthodaw Paya, known also as "the world's biggest book". Around the central stupa are miniature pavilions, each housing a slab of marble numbering altogether 729, these slabs are inscribed with the entire Tripitkata, or Buddhist scriptures. The final stop is at Shwe Kyin Old Monastery, an old monastery at the base of Mandalay Hill, which was built during the period of King Mindon.

Accommodation: Mandalay Hill Resort

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9 - Mandalay to Heho and Inle Lake

Mandalay to Heho and Inle Lake

Board your morning flight to Heho, where you’ll enjoy a boat ride on Inle Lake and discover its calm serenity, still waters and colourful floating vegetation and slow moving fishing canoes. The lake's shore and islands host 17 villages set up on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Enjoy the awe inspiring scenery and witness the one-of-a-kind skill of the local fishermen who use their legs in a unique rowing technique to glide themselves gracefully around the lake. Visit the enchanting floating gardens, a teeming market and an Intha village around the lake. The day also includes a visit to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (Lotus and silk weaving villages) and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.


Accommodation: Ananta Inle Resortl

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10 - Explore Inle Lake

Inle Lake

After breakfast, take a long-tail boat across the peaceful lake to visit local farms in Kayla Village, a village of farmers, full of beautiful floating gardens. Explore the farm, and learn about the daily lives of the farmers and how they construct the floating islands from plants and water hyacinths. Visit Pauk Par village where the Inthar people live to see the typical houses constructed on wooden stilts in the water. Spend some time with an Inthar family who will generously open their home for you to explore. Sit and chat with them while enjoying local snacks such as tofu crackers, rice crackers and tea leaf salad as starter and a typical Inthar meal as lunch. After saying goodbye to your hosts, return by boat to the jetty.

Accommodation: Ananta Inle Resort

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11 - Depart Myanmar

Have a final breakfast at your hotel before making your way to Heho Airport in time for your internal flight to Yagon Airport and connection for your onward journey.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Pricing

Sep - Dec 2017 1st September 2017 - 20th December 2017

Jan - May 2018 10th January 2018 - 31st May 2018

June - Aug 2018 1st June 2018 - 31st October 2018

Let us plan your perfect Tour, call 0203 797 7206 to speak to one of our experts

Enquire now

Why choose Best At Travel?

EXPERTISE

We have first-hand knowledge of the destinations we sell. Travel is our passion.

SERVICE

We’re proud to have a high number of loyal customers and 98% of our customers consider our service to be excellent.

VALUE

We constantly negotiate exceptional hotel deals and exclusives for our customers.

TRUST

We are a privately owned family company with offices in the heart of London.

Search our site

Close