Road to Mandalay



Tour Code PMT/LU – 003 Duration 11 Days/ 10 Nights ( 7 nights cruise along Irrawaddy river ) Destinations Yangon – Optional Syriam – Bago – Mandalay ( on board Road to Mandalay) – Bagan – Mt.Popa – Sagain – Mandalay – PyinOoLwin – Yangon Recommended Season November to March

Trip overview: Few places on earth remain untouched in their natural beauty and charm from one century to the next. The ancient land of Burma, now known as Myanmar, is an exception and on this journey we invite you to experience the voyage of a lifetime aboard the Road To Mandalay, exploring treasures long hidden from the world’s gaze.

Day 1: Yangon Arrival

On arrival you will be met by Orient-Express representatives and transferred to The Governor’s Residence. In the afternoon a city tour takes in the key sights of the city centre with its magical colonial buildings, including the Sule Pagoda. At the end of the day visit the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset (please note that this half-day tour can be arranged for the following afternoon if you prefer – please advise at time of booking).

Day 2: After breakfast, day at leisure with optional additional sight seeing, perhaps to Syriam or Bago.

After breakfast at the hotel, the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Optional sightseeing can be arranged; perhaps to explore a little further afield to Syriam or Bago, Myanmar’s ancient capital.

Day 3: Morning domestic flight from Yangon to Mandalay, where you will board the Road To Mandalay for 7 nights. After lunch guided tour of the key sights.

After a morning domestic flight from Yangon to Mandalay (1 hour 10 minutes) board the Road To Mandalay, berthed on the Ayeyarwady River at Shwe Kyet Yet, for your 7-night cruise. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay, regarded as the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. Return to the ship stopping en route to admire the sunset over the river. Dinner and local entertainment on board.

Day 4: Morning visit to a traditional Burmese village. The ship then sets off south mid morning. Day at leisure, to observe local river life.

After an early breakfast visit a local village for a walking tour. This traditional Burmese village gives you the opportunity to discover the Burmese way of life first hand – from farming and handicrafts to spirit houses and tea-shops. The ship gets underway mid-morning and begins its journey south. The rest of the day is spent relaxing on board observing the fascinating local river life from the top deck. An on-board guide lectures on the Myanmar way of life. Dinner on board in the evening.

Day 5: Arriving at Bagan, there is a guided orientation tour of some of the most important of over 2,000 temples. Further guided or non-guided sight seeing in the afternoon, before admiring the sunset.

The ship arrives at Bagan in the morning, where over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered over an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. A guided orientation tour introduces you to the most important temples. After lunch you may rejoin the guide to visit the inside of some of the more significant pagodas. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this fascinating area on your own. Late afternoon the guide takes you to watch the sun setting over a field of glowing pagodas by the river. Dinner and local entertainment in the evening.

Day 6: Full day excursion to the Mount Popa National Park, including lunch. The winding walkway is not suitable for people with mobility problems.

A full day excursion to Mount Popa, a national park and believed to be the sacred home of powerful ‘Nats’ (spirits). On top of a rocky crag is a picturesque complex of monasteries, pagodas and shrines which can be reached via a winding, covered walkway. This climb will not be suitable for people with mobility problems. Lunch is taken at the Mount Popa Resort with a beautiful view over Mount Popa. Dinner and local entertainment on board.

Day 7: Guided tour of some of Bagan’s local markets (or non-guided tour by bicycle or horse-drawn cart). Mid-morning, the ship sets sail for Mandalay, stopping mid-river for a star-lit cocktail party before dinner.

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 lacquer ware being made. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this enchanting area on your own. Mid-morning, the ship sets sail for Mandalay. On board the guide lectures on the Ayeyarwady River. The ship anchors mid-river for the evening providing a marvellous opportunity to observe the stars. A casual cocktail party is followed by dinner.

Day 8: The ship continues to Shwe Kyet Yet, arriving early afternoon. After lunch, visit Sagaing before returning to the ship for dinner.

Continue sailing up the river until Road To Mandalay arrives at the little Burmese village of Shwe Kyet Yet in the early afternoon. After lunch enjoy an excursion to Sagaing considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar and famous for its silversmiths who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did. Return to the ship for dinner and local entertainment.

Day 9: Visit to Maymyo, an atmospheric colonial hill station, including lunch. Return for the final night aboard ship.

Visit Maymyo (also known as Pyin U Lwin), a colonial hill station set high in the mountains. Soak up the atmosphere with its cool climate, English style houses, colourful market and beautiful botanic gardens. A typical Shan lunch is taken at a colonial house. Return to the ship for a final dinner on board. Overnight on board.

Day 10: After breakfast, transfer to Madalay’s airport for flight to Yangon and stay at The Governor’s Residence. Rest of day at leisure.

After an early breakfast, you are transferred to Mandalay’s airport for your onward flight to Yangon. Transfer to The Governor’s Residence for an overnight stay. The rest of the day is at leisure

Day 11: Day at leisure with optional excursions to the British War cemetry at Taukkyan and the Shwenawdaw Pagoda. Evening departure to your next desired country.

The morning is at leisure. Please note a late check out can be arranged locally for a supplement (subject to availability). The day is at leisure with the option to take an optional excursion to the British War cemetery at Taukkyan and the Shwemawdaw Pagoda. Depart this evening by international flight to next destination

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