Luxury Irrawaddy River Cruise

2016-06-29-09-42-04

TOURS PROGRAMS | 26 MAY 16

Tour Code PMT/LU – 001 Duration 11 Days/ 10 Nights Destinations Yangon – Inle – Bagan – Mt.Popa – Sagaing – Mandalay – Mingun – Yangon Recommended Season November to March

Trip overview: On and off the beaten track on a 7 night cruise from Bagan to Mandalay which takes in the highlights of Mingun, Amaarapura, Sagain and Yandabo as well as an exploration of the famous temples of Bagan. Gain a unique insight into the daily life of local villages and visit Inle Lake to see the local fishermen with their one-legged rowing technique, the 150 year old the Jumping Cat Monastery and the famous Paungdaw Oo Pagoda.

Day 1: Yangon Arrival (Your afternoon is at leisure, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda in the evening )

Welcome upon arrival at Yangon airport and transfer to the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Evening visit to the 2,500 year old magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda sheathed in 11 tons of pure gold and 4,350 diamonds weighing 1800 carats. At sunset, the Schwedagon offers visitors a spectacular show of lights and shadows.

Day 2: Yangon – Heho-Pindaya-Inle lake ( Visit Inle Lake in the afternoon )

After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho (approx. 1 hour). Enjoy the stunning beauty and picturesque landscapes of the countryside as you drive to the small, quiet town of Pindaya, 48 km north of Kalaw, where you will visit Lake Pindaya and Pindaya Cave, well-known for its countless Buddha images. Lunch at an outside local restaurant before the afternoon drive to Nyaung Shwe, where one of Myanmar’s magical lakes, Inle, is located 900 meters above sea level. Surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Shan Plateau, Inle Lake is the home of the Inthar tribe. Check-in to your First Class hotel. Dinner and overnight at Treasure Resort Hotel (Deluxe Lake View room) at Inle Lake (or similar).

Day 3: Witness traditional life on Lake Inle, the Jumping Cat Monastery and see Silversmiths at work

On your morning excursion on Inle Lake, enjoy its scenic beauty as you witness unique fishing canoes whose Inthar fishermen operate the rudder with their legs and adopt unique techniques to fish and to collect seaweed and lakebed mud to make floating gardens used as vegetable plantations. Then visit NgaPeChaung (Jumping Cat) Monastery built over 150 years ago and featuring a number of old Buddha images before travelling onwards to a Silversmith factory. Lunch at an outside local restaurant in Inle Lake. Visit to see local craftsmen such as silk weavers and silversmiths at work. Later, visit the famous Paungdaw Oo Pagoda. On the way back to Nyaung Shwe you will pass through villages catching a glimpse of rural lakeside life. Dinner and overnight at Treasure Resort Hotel (Deluxe Lake View room) at Inle Lake (or similar).

Day 4: Inle-Bagan by flight ( boarding RV Paukan in Bagan )

After breakfast, we explore the southern part of the lake by boat sailing through small creeks to reach Indein Village, where we will discover the hidden treasures of Pao Tribes people. This small village located on the lake’s south west bank is famous for its ruined clusters of pagodas dating back to the 16th century. The tranquillity and ambience will transport you back to those times. Visit the Indein Pagoda and local workshops to see local craftsmen at work producing cheroots, cotton, silver and gold jewellery. Lunch at an outside local restaurant before the short coach transfer to Heho to catch the flight to Bagan (15:50 – 17:00 via Mandalay). Arrive Bagan and transfer to your boutique ship, RV Paukan 2012. Dinner and overnight on board RV Paukan 2012.

Day 5: Travel by coach to Mt. Popa, one of the holiest Buddhist sites. Return to Bagan in the afternoon

In the morning, travel by coach to Mt. Popa, one of the holiest Buddhist worship places, littered with a multitude of pagodas and enjoying breathtaking vistas over the surrounding areas. Return to the ship for lunch. In the late afternoon, return to Bagan and visit some of the 2,000 listed pagodas and temples. Dinner and overnight on board RV Paukan 2012.

Day 6: Continue your travels around Bagan. Cruise upstream after Lunch and see a puppet show in the evening

Enjoy the tranquillity of sunrise over Bagan before your morning excursion to learn more about Buddhism and the famous temples of Bagan. Return to the ship around noon for lunch and relax onboard for the rest of the day as we cruise upstream. Dinner followed by a Puppet Show either in the village or on the sundeck. Overnight on board RV Paukan 2012.

Day 7: See the pot making village of Yandabo, visit the local school and monastery

Cruising for a short time this morning, we arrive at Yandabo, a picturesque village that specializes in pot-making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We go ashore for a walking tour visiting pot-making workshops, the local school and the monastery. Returning to RV Paukan for lunch, we cruise upstream for the rest of the day, mooring overnight at Myin Mu jetty near Ava. Dinner and overnight on board RV Paukan 2012.

Day 8: Meet the Nuns at Sagain Hill monastery and see their day to day life

A very short trip by coach for this morning’s excursion to Sagain Hill where we go “behind closed doors” to meet the nuns and witness monastery life first-hand. Returning to the ship for lunch, we then set-off for this afternoon’s excursion: a short drive to the historic town of Ava where we use horse-drawn carts to show us the beautiful 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower (27 metres high) and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung Monastery. Later in the afternoon, our ½ hour journey by sampan and coach takes us to Amarapura, the former Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit U-Bein Bridge at sunset. Moor overnight at Sagain. Dance and theatre show on the Sundeck. Dinner and overnight on board RV Paukan 2012.

Day 9: See Mandalay from the top of Mandalay Hill, the world’s biggest book and a host of workshops

After breakfast visit central Mandalay: Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay Hill where spiralling staircases lead to sweeping views of the city and its temples and the nearby Cathode Paya, which contains the world’s biggest book, the gold-leaf, tapestry, woodcarving, marble and bronze workshops. Overnight near Kyauk Myaung. Dinner and overnight on board RV Paukan 2012.

Day 10: In the morning visit riverside villages, in the afternoon see the unfinished pagoda of Mingun

In the morning we visit one of the most authentic villages along the river and enjoy the opportunity to observe the daily life of the locals. Return to the ship for lunch, This afternoon’s excursion is to see the unfinished pagoda of Mingun, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the aged”. Rejoin the ship. Cruise upstream to Mandalay. Dinner and overnight on board RV Paukan 2012.

Day 11: Disembark in Mandalay, fly back to Yangon. And Last minutes sightseeing in Yangon and Departure

In the morning, disembark in Mandalay. Transfer to the airport for flight back to Yangon (approx. 2 hours). In Yangon visit the Botataung Pagoda, a famous landmark on Yangon’s waterfront and Nanthida Jetty to observe the locals travelling to and from work from either side of Yangon River. In the heart of the city, visit Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park with Independence Monument. Then visit Chaukhtatgyi, a reclining Buddha image and Bogyoke market – a shopping market with more than 2000 shops selling all kinds of products, with special attention to those trading the famous, beautiful and exotic “Shan Bag” velvet slippers, lacquer ware, gems and a multitude of handicraft. In the late afternoon depart to the airport for your deparuture.

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