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“Ayeyarwady River possesses fascinating scenic landscape in this part. Remain untouched by mass tourism, magnificent 2nd defile with rich clay mountains & teak forests before arriving to Bahmo, old frontier in the past. Daily life of real Upper Myanmar could be explored only in such wonderful journey along mighty Ayeyarwady River”.

Road to Mandalay

Cruise Package Tours (Great Journeys) between Mandalay and Bahmo (detail)

Mandalay- Bahmo- Bagan 11 Nights/ 12 Days Package
Bahmo Cruise

Day 1- Wednesday                                Yangon - Mandalay - Mingun

After a morning flight from Yangon to Mandalay board the Road To Mandalay. Berthed on the Ayeyarwady River at Shwe Kyet Yet opposite the pagoda-studded Sagaing Hills. After lunch, sail northwards pass Mandalay, to the east of the river and enjoy a view of Mandalay Hill in the distance. Anchor at Mingun for a visit to the largest brick-built pagoda in the world and the world’s largest uncracked bell. In the evening a cocktail party on the ship's upper deck allows you to get to know your fellow travellers followed by dinner and a folkloric display.



Day 2- Thursday                              Mingun- Kyaukmyaung

The ship makes an early start, transiting the plain to the north and west of Mandalay before entering the 3rd Defile (gorge) at Singu around midday. In the late morning, the ‘Road To Mandalay’ drops anchor off the town of Kyaukmyaung for a walking tour. Later, the ship will sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw. During the afternoon, enjoy a lecture by the on board guide in the lounge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board

Day 3- Friday                                   Kyan Hnyat- Katha

An early morning walking tour of the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat. See hundreds of school children and the lively morning business in the market. Continue your journey north through vast stretches of river, expansive scenery and interesting rural villages on its shores. As the sun sets, the ship will anchor off the old market town of Katha, famous as the site where, in May 1942, the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company scuttled as many as 75 ships to defy them from the Japanese. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 4- Saturday                                Kathay– Shwegu

Visit Katha by trishaw in the early morning and visit the market place made famous by George Orwell in "Burmese Days". Back on board the ship continues its journey north through the expansive scenery, with the distant mountains marking the second defile coming into view in the afternoon. The ship anchors off the splendid island pagoda of Shwe Paw, just north of the town of Shwegu. Boats will take you ashore to explore the ancient site. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 5- Sunday                                   Zinbon- Bhamo

Reach the magnificent second defile today with its green-clad mountains reaching down to the narrowing channel. The ship holds close to one or other of the banks past logging camps and an old colonial village at Zinbon. Passing to the west of Bhamo at mid-morning continue north towards the challenging 1st Defile. Road To Mandalay travels as far north as possible before returning to an anchorage off Bhamo. The scenery in this unspoilt area is spectacular. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 6- Monday                                   Bhamo- Katha

Visit the town of Bhamo, contested over the years by Burmans, Kachins, Chinese, British, Japanese and Americans. The town is barely 50 miles from the Chinese border in the Foothills of Yunnan that can be clearly seen to the east. Local transport will carry you into the countryside, past paddy fields and towards the mountains. Return to the ship for an afternoon departure to sail through the 2nd defile to the anchorage north of Katha. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 7- Tuesday                                  Katha- Tigyaung

In the morning an antique train takes you on a journey into thick Kachin jungle and to the forest station of Naba. See a presentation of cultural dancing performed for you by charming local children. Return through the rainforest to Road To Mandalay and continue sailing for the beautiful port of Tigyaing, where you can disembark for a walk in the early evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 8- Wednesday                             Tigyaing- Mogok

Depart Tigyaing early morning and pass through the 3rd Defile before anchoring at the ferry point at Thabeikkyin on the east bank. Enjoy the scenery of the forestry reserve where many presious botanical specimens are grown for their essential oils. Various attractions await you. Back on board the ship continues to sail south. Enjoy the remainder of your day on board the ship. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 9- Thursday                                 Mandalay

Arrive in Mandalay this morning for a varied tour of the city. Lunch is taken at the Sedona Hotel, adjacent to the moat surrounding the old Mandalay Palace grounds. Rejoin the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet and enjoy a tribal dance display in the evening. Breakfast and dinner on board.

Day 10- Friday                                    Bagan

Set sail early morning and enjoy a relaxing day on board. Along the way you will see many villages with women doing the household chores by the river and waving children. By mid-afternoon you will be on your way into the ancient city of Bagan, to witness sunset over the plain which will whet your appetite for the tours the next day. The evening will allow you to see traditional Bagan entertainers perform in the Observation lounge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 11- Saturday                                Bagan & Mount Popa

Your final day offers you the opportunity to visit more of the ancient sites in and around Bagan with the experienced guide, or perhaps taking a local horse-drawn cart or bicycle to explore on your own. An optional afternoon tour to Mount Popa, legendary sacred home of the Nats, with its impressive summit monastery is also available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board. A cocktail party held before dinner marks the end of a most memorable voyage.

Day 12- Sunday                                  Bagan- Yangon

An early departure this morning to Bagan airport for your return flight to Yangon.

* Due to adverse local conditions July-October, the Shanlay Tour is replaced by a tour of Ava, the capital of a Burmese Kingdom for nearly 500 years. Sights include the magnificent wooden Bagaya Kyaung Monastery and the Nanmyin Watchtower.

The above package tour inclusive of
        - Accommodation on board based on twin sharing (except Single Cabin)
        - Two way domestic flight tickets:
        - Air-conditioned coach (except remote areas) with driver and guide for transfer and sightseeing as shown in the itinerary
        - Full-board meal plan on board

* Surcharge can be applied for foreign language-speaking guide.
* Above tour can be customized according to your own travel nature.

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