(Ayeyarwady River Cruise)
Step aboard a cultural journey into the golden land of Myanmar. Explore Bagan, where the ruins of more than 2,000 temples and pagodas remain on the awe-inspiring plain. Enjoy watching local riverlife as you cruise the Ayeyarwady River where magnificent sights await. Visit Sagaing considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith. Cruise to Mingun and enjoy a guided tour of Mandalay. Rich in history and spirituality, this land shines from its rolling mountains to its vast plains, dotted with spectacular temples and other ancient relics.
Cruise Embarkation Dates:
(2013): Jul 20,27, Oct 5,19, Nov 2,9,16,23, Dec 7.
(2014): Jan 11,18,25, Feb 1,8,15,22, Mar 1,8,15,22,29, Aug 4, Oct 11,18, Nov 1,8,15,22,29, Dec 6,13,22
A private vehicle with driver and guide will pick you up and transfer you between Yangon and the airport.
As a member of the luxurious Orient Express hotels, The Governor's Residence is a striking two-story teak mansion hotel dating from the 1920s. Situated within the elegant Embassy Quarter of Yangon, this Burmese establishment is close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. The Governor's Residence offers beautiful guest rooms and suites, luxuriously decorated with teak furniture, tropical cottons and silks. Each room is surrounded by a lush lotus garden and includes a large handmade, free-form bath. There are fantastic dining options and an enticing selection of gourmet delights can be had at Mandalay Restaurant and Mindon Lounge. The Governor’s Residence Hotel emanates style and history in a delightful setting and is a perfect retreat for guests to simply relax and rejuvenate.
What’s happening in the streets of Yangon when most other people are still sleeping or taking their shower? You’re going to find out soon. An early wake-up call is planned at 6:00 AM and the guide is expecting you in the lobby of your hotel at 6:30AM. Start your monring with a visit to the fish market on the Yangon River when it’s already busy. 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 you the different faces of Yangon from the landmarks to the hidden markets that have sees only few westerners. During the day you will visit the Sule Pagoda, colonial downtown, the harbour, The Strand, one of the colourful local markets and Kandawgyi lake. The reclining Buddha will be visited just before taking the famous circular train to bring you right behind Bogyoke Aung San market before heading back to your hotel. The tour includes a drink at the Strand Hotel with lunch.
Board your scheduled domestic flight from Yangon to Bagan this morning.
On arrival to Bagan, a cruise representative will direct you to your group transfer to port.
Welcome aboard!You'll have an opportunity to get settled in to your cabin before lunch.
In the afternoon the guide takes you to into Bagan to visit some of the most important of the over 2,000 temples and pagodas which remain on its awe-inspiring plain. Watch the sun setting over a field of glowing pagodas by the river. Return to the ship for dinner.
The Road To Mandalay cruises gently along the Ayeyarwady River, and accesses the unique sights, scents and sounds of Myanmar in style and luxury. Newly refurbished accommodations on The Road To Mandalay are spread across four decks, providing passengers with luxurious facilities in excellent comfort and space, offering sublime views of Myanmar and the Ayeyarwady River. Fitted with two bars, a lounge, restaurant, gift shop and open-air pool, your comforts and desires are well catered to.
After breakfast join the guide to explore some of Bagan's local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longis and rattan goods. See Myanmar's famous lacquerware being made. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this enchanting area on your own.
Mid-morning the Road To Mandalay begins its cruise north towards Mandalay. Relax on the top deck and watch the fascinating river life glide by. The guide lectures on local places and customs. The ship moors mid-river for the evening. A casual cocktail party is followed by dinner on board.
Arrive at the village of Shwe Kyet Yet after lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided group tour of the key sights of Mandalay, a city regarded as the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. Return to Road To Mandalay stopping enroute to admire sunset over the river. Dinner and local entertainment on board.
After breakfast take a cruise to Mingun. Visit the most important sights such as the pretty Hsinbyume Pagoda and the world's largest uncracked bell, which accompanies an unfinished stopa monument, ordered by the king in 1790. Return by ferry for a late lunch.
In the afternoon, join a group visit of the Sagaing Hills, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar. Sagaing is also famous for its silver and silversmiths who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did. Dinner and local entertainment on board.
You'll disembark from your ship in Mandalay this morning, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Take a group transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Yangon.
Board your scheduled domestic flight from Mandalay to Yangon.
At the end of the day many Yangonites leave their office and on the way back home they stop for some shopping, catch up with friends at a teashop, visit a pagoda or go to a beer station. This is exactly what you are going to do as well this evening. Highlight of the tour will be the evening visit to the illuminated Shwedagon pagoda – a magic and mystical moment at a time that it’s not very busy on the main platform. After the pagoda visit there will be local snacks to be tasted as well as a local draft beer or a fresh lime juice. The tour includes drinks at the highest tower in Yangon, a walk over the night market in downtown, tea and snacks as well as a simple local dinner shared with some locals.
A passport and visa are required for entry into Myanmar for both US and Canadian citizens. We will provide a letter of invitation which you can then use to acquire your visa. Visas must be obtained prior to arrival. Processing generally takes 8 working days along with a visa processing fee of approximately $30. Travelers are required to show their passports with valid visas at all airports, train stations, and hotels. Security checkpoints are common outside of tourist areas.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Myanmar for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/burma.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Yangon (Rangoon). Government: Socialist Republic since 1974. Power assumed by the army in 1988. Language: The official language is Myanmar (Burmese). There are over 100 dialects spoken in Myanmar. English is spoken in business circles. Religion: 89% Theravada Buddhist. The remainder are Hindu, Muslim, Christian and animist. Time: GMT + 6.5. Electricity: 220-230 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +95. Only larger cities can be dialed direct from within Myanmar; smaller towns still use manual switchboards and callers need to ask the operator to connect them to a specific town operator. International calls are difficult to place outside hotels. Mobile Telephone: There is no international roaming in Myanmar. Note: Mobile phones may be collected by customs on arrival and released to you upon departure. Internet: There are a few Internet cafes, but access to many free international e-mail services is blocked. All Internet use is monitored by the government and is usually expensive.
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