Jewels of the Ayeyarwady
7 Nights - Yangon-Bagan
(8 days/7 nights)
Highlights | Prices | Departure Dates | Itinerary
Enjoy a seven-night cruise along Myanmar's iconic river, the Ayeyarwady. This fascinating jewel of South-East Asia reveals its authentic self as you venture past rural villages and small farms.
| 2013 Price (USD)|| US $8,810|| US $6,290|| US $5,040|
* Prices are per person and include all table d'hôte meals and accommodation on board based on two people sharing (except Single Cabin), domestic economy class flights, transfers and sightseeing in Myanmar as shown in the itinerary.
Departure Dates(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays)
October 9, 24
Day 1: Yangon– Danuphyu
Board Orcaella and enjoy a relaxing lunch as you begin your journey to Bagan.
Admire the fascinating landscape as you cruise past small villages and farms dotted along the river bank. An introductory lecture about Myanmar life whets the appetite for the adventure to come.
Day 2: Danuphyu – Zalon – Midriver
Your day begins with an excursion to the remote town of Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a Burmese defensive against the British troops during the Anglo-Burmese War.
Following lunch on board, you’ll visit the small port town of Zalon. A trishaw takes you past stunning colonial-style wooden houses and large tropical gardens, to the magnificent Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda. Also known as the Returning Home Pagoda, it houses the famous bronze Buddha once stolen by the British Army and later returned by order of Queen Victoria.
Day 3: Pyay (Prome)
Spend the morning relaxing on board you enjoy your luxury cruise to Pyay (Prome), Myanmar’s ancient capital. Along the way you will have the chance to see the famous cliff carvings at Akauk Taung.
Enjoy a tour of the city including a visit to the awe-inspiring Shwesandaw Pagoda and its imposing 10-storey sitting Buddha.
Day 4: Pyay (Sri Ksetra)– Gwechaung-Min Hla
Spend the morning exploring the ancient city Sri Ksetra with its unique cylindrical shaped stone stupas. You’ll also visit the Shwe Myat Mhan Pagoda where you’ll find the famous bespectacled Buddha (thought to have healing powers).
After lunch, travel by ox cart to the quaint Gway Chaung village and peek into rural life along the Ayeyarwady River.
Day 5: Min Hla – Magwe – Salay
Enjoy an early morning visit to the Min Hla Fort, site of a great battle during the second Anglo-Burmese War.
Continue to Magwe and its famous Myathalon Pagoda. Visit the local market for a glimpse into the daily hustle and bustle of this popular trade town.
Return to the ship for lunch and a relaxing afternoon cruise.
Day 6: Salay – Bagan
At Salay, you’ll visit the ancient Wooden Monastery and an impressive 20ft Buddha made of straw lacquer.
Enjoy lunch on board as the imposing “Pagoda City” comes into sight. Spend the afternoon on a guided tour of the historic sites in and around Bagan.
Admire the extraordinary sunset over Bagan. Later this evening traditional Bagan artists perform for you.
Day 7: Bagan
Start the day with a shopping tour of Bagan—famous for its lacquerware. A visit to the revered Shwezigon Pagoda is a must and you can also arrange a tour around Old Bagan by horsecart or bicycle.
You could also choose take tour to Mount Popa, legendary sacred home of animist spirits known as Nats, with its impressive summit monastery.
Celebrate your final evening on board at the cocktail party on the top deck and say farewell to your newfound friends during tonight’s festive dinner.
Day 8: Bagan – Yangon
Disembark early morning for your return flight to Yangon and onward travel.
Please note this itinerary is subject to change.
This cruise can be extended with one or more nights in Yangon either before or afterwards.