“Road to Mandalay” offers a leisurely four-day cruise through the heart of Myanmar, visiting the Buddhist centre and last royal capital of Mandalay and the important archeological site of Bagan, while all the while unwinding and relaxing on board your small river boat. En route your experience will be enriched by direct interaction with local people in many little-visited villages along the riverbank. A truly memorable journey awaits you.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit all the essential Burmese destinations while unwinding and relaxing on board your small river boat.
  • Walk or ride a horse carriage through the Bagan archaeological site with its thousands of temples.
  • Enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of an untouched culture through visits to off-the-beaten-path villages and interaction with local people.
  • Admire the sunset and daily life activities on the Irrawaddy River.

Day 1: Yangon – Mandalay (L,D)

After taking a morning flight from Yangon to Mandalay you will transfer to the “RV Road To Mandalay”, which is berthed on the Ayeyarwaddy River at Shwe Kyet Yet. Check into your comfortable private cabin and, after savouring local flavours at lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay: the traditional Burmese wooden monastery Shwenandaw Kyaung; Kuthodaw Paya, often known as “the world’s biggest book pagoda,” where the entire Tripitaka (Holy Buddhist canons) was recorded on 729-marble slabs in 1859; and Mahamuni Paya, the most sacred Buddhist religious site of all upper Myanmar. Then return to the boat to admire the sunset over the river. Dinner and local entertainment will be provided on board.

Overnight on board.

Day 2: Mandalay - Bagan - Sagaing Hills (B,L,D)

After an early breakfast visit the Sagaing Hills, the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Burma, which is also famous for its silver and silversmiths, who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did. The ship gets underway mid-morning and begins its journey south. The rest of the day is spent relaxing on board, observing local river life from the top deck. An on-board lecture on local culture and customs by our knowledgeable guide will give you an insight into this country. Dinner and local entertainment will be provided on board.

Overnight on board.

Day 3: Bagan (B,L,D)

The ship will arrive at Bagan early in the morning. Originally founded in 849 by the Burmans as the capital of their empire, this ancient city is one of the most amazing archaeological sites in the world – 5,000 temples, stupas (Buddhist dome-shaped monuments believed to contain relics of the Buddha himself) and pagodas lie scattered across an area of 42 square kilometres (16.2 square miles) on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, testifying to the power and status of Bagan in bygone times. The most significant pagoda here is the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, constructed in 1057 by King Anawrahta, considered the founder of the Burmese nation, as a place of prayer and meditation. Enjoy a horse carriage tour here and you may be rewarded with the sight of a magnificent sunset over the temples. Dinner and local entertainment will be provided on board.

Overnight on board.

Day 4: Bagan – Yangon (B)

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to Bagan airport for your onward flight back to Yangon.