Discover Burma’s myriad old-world wonders – from Pagan-dynasty palaces to sacred stupas – as you cruise the Irrawaddy River. There’s no time like the present to visit this Asian time capsule, where you’ll visit traditional villages and encounter the generous and gentle-spirited Burmese people, revelling in a rare world that has only recently opened its doors to foreigners, explore the treasures of the forgotten land.
Day 1 Depart CANADA for MYANMAR
Day 2 Yangon Hotel Overnight
Day 3 Yangon Hotel Overnight
Day 4 Yangon Hotel Overnight
Day 5 Pagan Embark
Day 6 Pagan Irrawaddy River
Day 7 Salay Irrawaddy River
Tan-Chi-Taung Irrawaddy River
Day 8 Pakokku Irrawaddy River
Day 9 Yandabo Irrawaddy River
Day 10 Sagaing Irrawaddy River
Amarapra Irrawaddy River
Day 11 Mingun/Mandalay Irrawaddy River
Day 12 Mandalay Disembark
Inle Lake Hotel Overnight
Day 13 Inle Lake Hotel Overnight
Day 14 Yangon Hotel Dayroom
Day 15 Depart for CANADA
Day 1 – CANADA – MYANMAR (BURMA)
Today fly to Yangon, the main gateway and former capital city of Myanmar. With what can only be described as one of the most striking religious monuments in South-East Asia, the Shwedagon Pagoda, plus a wealth of colonial architecture and lots more besides, Yangon is a city of amazing contrasts and a delight to explore. Board your overnight flight with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong. (In-flight Meals).
Day 2 – YANGON (RANGOON), MYANMAR
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer for a short flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, you will be met our guide at Yangon International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Accommodation: SULE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL or similar (3 nights).
Day 3 – YANGON, MYANMAR
Situated on the Yangon River’s fertile delta in Southern Myanmar, lush and leafy Yangon is home to colonial landmarks and impressive religious monuments. See City Hall, the High Court Building, and Sule Pagoda, a millennia-old golden dome located in the heart of the city, before lunch at the iconic Rangoon Tea House. Next, peruse handicrafts at Bogyoke Aung San Market and see the massive reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Kyi before a dinner of gourmet fare at Le Planteur. (B/L/D)
Day 4 – YANGON, MYANMAR
Spend the morning at Htwe Oo Myanmar, a theatre where handmade puppets come to life with local legends. After, visit General Aung San’s former residence to learn about his pivotal role in Myanmar’s struggle for independence. Our next destination is the Shwedagon Pagoda, the country’s most sacred site and a highlight of any visit to Yangon. Tonight, dine at the House of Memories Restaurant, a well-preserved colonial-style mansion with stunning grounds. (B/L/D)
Day 5 – YANGON – PAGAN – EMBARKATION
Fly to Pagan, where you’ll transfer to your luxury riverboat and settle in for seven nights on board. Return ashore in the afternoon to explore of some of Pagan’s most spectacular monuments, many of which date back to the 11th century, when the kings of the Pagan dynasty ordered the construction of thousands of pagodas, temples, and stupas. Today, more than 3,000 remain. Accommodation: Onboard RV INDOCHINA PANDAW (7 nights). (B/L/D)
Day 6 – PAGAN, MYANMAR
Spend another day exploring the rich history and archeological treasures of the city of Pagan a former Burmese capital. Later, attend a lacquerware workshop. (B/L/D)
Day 7 – SALAY / TAN-CHI-TAUNG / MIN-NAN-THU
Sail to the once-bustling trading port of Salay, where weathered colonial houses once housed Burma Oil Company workers. You’ll also visit Salay House, a restored trading company warehouse on the Irrawaddy, and Mann Paya, a Buddhist temple that boasts a six-metre-tall straw lacquer Buddha that likely dates back to the 12th century. Later, enjoy scenic views from high in the Tan-Chi-Taung mountains, and visit Min-Nan-Thu, a local clinic supported by Pandaw. (B/L/D)
Day 8 – PAKOKKU, MYANMAR
Travel by tuk tuk to visit Pakokku, including the fascinating local market and town centre. This evening, the ship moors overnight at Aung Pan Chaung, near the confluence of the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers. (B/L/D)
Day 9 – YANDABO, MYANMAR
Spend the morning walking through this small, rural village, which is famous for its production of terracotta pottery sourced from riverbank clay deposits. In the afternoon, enjoy the sights as you cruise towards Ava. (B/L/D)
Day 10 – SAGAING / AMARAPURA, MYANMAR
Sail to Sagaing, home to some thousand monasteries and pagodas, all of which boast religious art and carvings. Next, explore the ancient capital city of Amarapura by coach, and relax during a boat ride on Taungthaman Lake. Here, see the famous U Bein Bridge and marvel at. (B/L/D)
Day 11 – MINGUN / MANDALAY, MYANMAR
After a morning spent cruising, stop at Mingun to see the imposing 90-tonne bronze bell and a one-of-a-kind, unfinished pagoda. This afternoon, in Mandalay, Myanmar’s economic and religious hub, you’ll see the Mahamuni Pagoda and the ornately carved Golden Palace Monastery. Later, learn how artisans hammer gold leaf sheets and observe marble and stone carvers at work. (B/L/D)
Day 12 – MANDALAY / DISEMBARKATION / INLE LAKE, MYANMAR
Disembark the ship and fly to Heho, where a guide will accompany you to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to picturesque Inle Lake. See Shwe Yaung Pyae Kyaung Monastery, famed for its oval windows, before transferring to a private boat to explore the lake and its environs, including Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the temple at Nga Hpe Kyaung, and the lake’s enchanting floating garden. Accommodation: INLE LAKE VIEW RESORT & SPA or similar (2 nights). (B/L/D)
Day 13 – INLE LAKE / INNDEIN / INLE LAKE, MYANMAR
This morning, immerse yourself in local customs and culture at the market before floating to the lakeside village of Indein, which features hundreds of small, moss-covered stupas. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, see how local cigars are made in Nampan and watch silk weavers at work in Inn Paw Khone. Tour the floating villages scattered across the lake before returning to the hotel for dinner. (B/L/D)
Day 14 – INLE LAKE / YANGON, MYANMAR
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Heho for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, you’ll have a chance to spend some more time exploring landmarks such as the National Museum and Pomelo, a fair-trade market that supports local artisans. Enjoy a day use room and dinner at a hotel before checking out in advance of your midnight flight. (B/L/D)
Day 15 – YANGON – HONG KONG – CANADA
This once-in-a-lifetime journey ends today, as you board a flight en route to Toronto, with a stop-over in Hong Kong. (B/L/D)
DOUBLE Occupancy Fares: SINGLE Occupancy Fares:
OUTSIDE – Main Deck $7,795 OUTSIDE – Main Deck $9,895
OUTSIDE – Upper Deck $8,495 OUTSDIE – Upper Deck $10,195
Deposit requirement is $1,000 per person (non-refundable). Final balance is due JULY 12, 2019.
Please Note: Myanmar visa fees is not included.
ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS PER PERSON AND INCLUDE:
Return airfare from TORONTO (other cities available upon request).
3-Nights first class hotel stay in YANGON, MYANMAR
2-Nights first class hotel stay in INLE LAKE, MYANMAR
7-Nights first class river cruise aboard RV INDOCHINA PANDAW
Fully guided tours and shore excursions as per our itinerary.
All meals as listed in our day-by-day itinerary.
All gratuities for local guides, drivers, and ship’s staff.
Fully hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours*.
WINING & DINING