Visiting attractions: Yangon City Mandalay Mingun Pagoda Ayeyarwady River Cruise Sagaing Ava Yandabo Bagan
Tour is started from: Yangon City
Tour is finished from: Pyay
Durations: 13 Days / 12 Nights

Myanmar Cruise voyage to the heart of Burma on a luxurious river cruise, visiting sacred sites, time-locked villages and Buddhist monasteries along the way. Enjoy guided land excursions in Mandalay, Bagan, Yandabo & more through Golden Treasures of Myanmar Cruise 13 Days

The Ayeyarwady River starts high in the Himalayas and continues down through the country until spilling out into the Andaman Sea in the south. As you cruise the mystical Ayeyarwady River, you’ll witness jungle-clad riverbanks, grand gorges, endless rice paddies, saffron-clad monks and snapshots of fascinating rural life. Experience the warmth and welcome of Myanmar’s deeply Buddhist people as you explore Yagona, Bagan, Sagaing, Yandabo, Magwe and other peaceful villages. Each day is a rich tapestry of exotic flavor, and you’ll see this beautiful land in a very authentic, untouched way.

DAY 1: YANGON

Kandawgyi Royal Lake, YanGon, Myanmar

Kandawgyi Royal Lake in Yangon

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.Accommodation: Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake (5*)Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon shines as one of the city’s topmost hotels for pure luxury and contemporary comfort. Situated among lush greenery and beside the famous Kandawgyi Lake, views are simply stunning and spectacular – all just 16 kilometers from Yangon International Airport. Every guestroom is spaciously designed and furnished to reflect the luxurious surroundings, with breathtaking views of Shwedagon Pagoda. The Chatrium Club Lounge provides an added touch of luxury and exclusivity with a private check-in lounge, complimentary refreshments, and many more privileges. Choose from any of the restaurants and bars for delicious dining, relax by the beach-styled swimming pool, work-out at the Fitness Center and rejuvenate at Nemita Spa.
 
DAY 2: YANGON

Sule Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

The Sule Pagoda has been the focal point of both Yangon and Burmese politics.

What’s happening in the streets of Yangon when most people are still sleeping? You’re going to find out! An early wake-up call is planned for 6:00 AM and the guide will be expecting you in the lobby of your hotel at 6:30 AM. Start your morning with a visit to the fish market on the Yangon River. Next, continue to a vegetable market which is open 24 hours a day and try famous Burmese breakfast called Mohinga (a mild fish soup with noodles and crackers). By that time the monks are walking through the streets of Yangon to collect their alms, you will wait for them to pass and donate some food to them. Continue to the fruit and vegetable market before heading back to your hotel around 9:30 AM to have your full western breakfast.Yangon is a sprawling city with a relatively small downtown area including several markets, colonial buildings, the Yangon River, and a very green area with tree-lined streets and several lakes. During this full day tour you will be shown the different faces of Yangon from the landmarks to the hidden markets that have only seen a few westerners. During the day you will visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbor, Yangon Tea House, and one of the colorful local markets. The reclining Buddha will be visited just before taking a tasteful lunch of typical dishes from tribes from all over the country like Kachin, Shan, and Rakhine. A local market will lead you to a small station where you will take the famous circular train that will bring you right behind Bogyoke Aung San market before heading back to your hotel. The tour includes a drink at the Rangoon Yangon Tea House and lunch at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake (5*)

DAY 3: YANGON – MANDALAY – MINGUN – AYEYARWADY RIVER MYANMAR CRUISE
ayeyarwady river cruise

Ayeyarwady river cruise

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.Fly from Yangon to Mandalay. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.Meet your driver for an pier transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.Welcome aboard!

Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship.  You’ll set sail shortly.Enjoy a group excursion at Mingun, site of a 12-foot high bronze bell and the massive ruins of Pathodawgyi (the “unfinished pagoda”), originally intended to be 499 feet high. Although only a third of it was ever completed, it remains the world’s largest brick pagoda. You will also see Myatheindan Pagoda and its many images from Buddhist mythology. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner.Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.

Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
 
DAY 4: MANDALAY – AYEYARWADY RIVER CRUISE

ayeyarwady river cruise

ayeyarwady river cruise

Your full-day group tour includes many of Mandalay’s most iconic sights, including the bronze Mahamuni Buddha, covered by the faithful with a thick layer of gold leaf. Visit the workshops of skilled craftsmen making thin sheets of gold, marble carvings and tapestries, and stop at Kuthodaw Pagoda (said to contain the world’s largest book, Buddhist scriptures inscribed on 729 marble slabs), Mandalay Hill, and Shwenandaw monastery, an architectural masterpiece filled with wood carvings. Later, take an excursion to see the world’s longest teak bridge, the U Bein Bridge in nearby Amarapura.
Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
 
DAY 5: SAGAING – AVA – AYEYARWADY RIVER CRUISE
Sagaing, Myanmar, Travel Guide

Sagaing is a religious and monastic center, with numerous Buddhist monasteries.

The ship stops today at the former royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its hundreds of monasteries and its tranquil atmosphere. Visit a silversmith’s workshop, Soonuponyashin Pagoda, Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and Uminthonese Pagoda, which contains 43 colorful Buddhist statues.Continue on to Inwa (Ava), the capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than four centuries, where you will see the sights in a horse-drawn cart: Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery; the “leaning tower of Inwa,” ruins of a 90-foot-high watch tower; and Bargaya monastery, built entirely of teak.
Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD) 
 
DAY 6: YANDABO – BAGAN – AYEYARWADY RIVER CRUISE
Arrive in Yandabo, a peaceful village known for its finely crafted terracotta wares. See a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans as well as glimpses of typical village life. Later, the AmaPura’s Sun Deck offers the perfect vantage point for your first glimpse of the plain of Bagan (Pagan), one of the world’s most awe-inspiring archeological sites.On your initial
Bagan Buddhist Monks

Bagan Buddhist Monks

group sightseeing foray in Bagan, visit Ananda Temple, a well-preserved masterpiece known as the “Westminster Abbey of Burma,” and Shwezigon Pagoda, the holiest site in Bagan.
Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
 
DAY 7: BAGAN – AYEYARWADY RIVER CRUISE
After a stop at the Nyaungoo Market, join a group excursion to Mt. Popa, legendary home of animist nat spirits. Later, enjoy a guided tour of the Bagan Archeological Zone, filled with thousands of stupas, temples and pagodas. Tour some of the most distinctive pagodas as well as Gubyaukgyi Temple, a cave temple with frescoes depicting scenes of Buddha’s life. Visit a lacquerware workshop and a nearby village before returning to the ship for dinner.Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
 
DAY 8: BAGAN – SALAY – AYEYARWADY RIVER CRUISE
Salay

Salay

Enjoy one final sunrise over Bagan before departing on a group excursion up Thantkyi Mountain to visit Thantkyi Pagoda.Upon arrival to Salay, a group excursion takes you to Yoke-Sone-Kyaung, built in 1882 and the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery, famous for its wood carvings and collection of religious artifacts. You will also see a splendid colonial-era house and the Man Pagoda, which contains the largest lacquer Buddha in Myanmar.Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
 
DAY 9: MAGWAY – AYEYARWADY RIVER CRUISE
Further downstream today, the ship will stop at Magwe (Magway). Walk up to the ornate hilltop Myathalun Pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and housing numerous shrines devoted to nats (Buddhist spirits).
Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
 
DAY 10: MAGWAY – AYEYARWADY RIVER CRUISE
Magway

Magway

Your day begins in Minhla, site of a great battle during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Take a small local boat to visit Gwechaung Fort and Minhla Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma.Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
 
DAY 11: THAYETMYO – AYEYARWADY RIVER CRUISE
Thayetmyo is a pleasant town that once guarded the border between Royal Burma and British Burma after the second Anglo-Burmese War of 1855. It has a number of well-preserved colonial-style houses and buildings dating from the mid-1800s, including a covered market. A guided group excursion will bring you through the city’s sites.
Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
 

DAY 12: PYAY (PROME) – AYEYARWADY RIVER CRUISE

ShweSandaw pagoda, Bagan, Myanmar Cruise

The ShweSandaw pagoda was built by King Anawrahta in 1057.

After arriving at Pyay, head ashore for a walking tour of this former capital that once served as an important junction between Lower and Upper Burma. Pyay is home to more than 80 gilded pagodas, including Phayamar Pagoda and Shwesandaw Pagoda, one the country’s most revered religious sites.You will also take an excursion to the ancient Pyu capital of Sri Ksetra.
Accommodation: AmaPura (10N) (BLD)
 
DAY 13: PYAY (PROME)|
This morning you’ll disembark from your ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.Transfer from Pyay to Yangon with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 4.5 hours.