The Ayeyarwady Experience
7 Nights - Bagan-Yangon
(8 days/7 nights)
Highlights | Prices | Departure Dates | Itinerary
Visit gilded pagodas and bustling markets; uncover ancient cities and rural villages as you cruise down the Ayeyarwady River. Embark on this seven-night journey on Orcaella and capture the true spirit of Myanmar.
|2013 Price (USD)||US $8,810||US $7,550||US $6,290||US $5,040|
|2014 Price (USD)||US $9,620||US $8,240||US $6,870||US $5,500|
* 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 as shown in the itinerary.
Departure Dates(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
October 16, 31
October 6, 21
Day 1: Bagan
Board Orcaella at Bagan and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Later, disembark for a guided tour of the ancient city and witness the unforgettable sunset over the Bagan plain. This evening local artists will perform on board.
Day 2: Bagan – Salay
Start the day with a shopping tour in Bagan and a visit to the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda. You may also wish to arrange a tour of Old Bagan by horse cart or bicycle.
In the afternoon, set sail towards Salay where you can visit the Wooden Monastery and an impressive 20ft Buddha made of straw lacquer.
Day 3: Salay – Magwe – Min Hla
Visit the port town of Magwe and its famous Myathalon Pagoda, devotees come from miles around to join in religious festivals. While you’re here, you won’t want to miss the bustling local market.
Continue to Min Hla and for a late afternoon visit to the local fort, the site of a great battle during the second Anglo-Burmese War.
Day 4: Min Hla – Gawaechuang – Pyay (Prome)
Today you’ll travel by ox cart to the quaint Gway Chaung village, where you’ll take in rural life along the Ayeyarwady River.
Spend the afternoon sailing before reaching the ancient Myanmar capital Pyay (Prome). Your city tour will include a visit to the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda, said to date back to 589BC, and the imposing 10-storey Buddha that watches over it.
Day 5: Pyay (Prome) – (Sri Ksetra) – Mid River
Spend the morning exploring the ancient city Sri Ksetra with its unique cylindrical stone stupas. Before returning to the ship, stop at the Shwe Myat Mhan Pagoda to see the only bespectacled Buddha in Myanmar. The locals believe this special Buddha has healing powers.
Spend the afternoon relaxing on board and taking in the scenery. Along the way you will have the chance to see the famous cliff carvings at Akauk Taung.
Day 6: Zalon – Danuphyu – Nyaung Tong
Disembark at the small port of Zalon—hidden behind a small rise, a very interesting town appears. Take a trishaw along the main street, lined with stunning colonial-style wooden houses and large tropical gardens. Arrive at the Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda where you’ll see the famous bronze Buddha once stolen by the British Army and later returned by order of Queen Victoria.
Continue to another little-visited town called Danuphyu. This is where the revered General Maha Bandula led a Burmese defensive against the British troops during the Anglo-Burmese War.
Day 7: Nyaung Tong – Yangon
Spend the morning relaxing on the deck as you make your way to Yangon.
Today, you may join an optional excursion to Syriam, a sleepy village just outside the capital. The tour includes a visit to a pagoda set on a tiny island, a riverside market and the imposing Kyaik Khauk Pagoda.
Day 8: Yangon
Disembark in the late morning for your 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.