Myanmar Explorer: Burma & the Irrawaddy River - 2018

Yangon • 9-night Irrawaddy River Cruise • Bagan • Mandalay

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DAY 1-2:

Overnight flight / Yangon

Following an overnight flight, we arrive on in Yangon, Burma's bustling cultural and economic capital, on Day 2, where we enjoy three nights in a lush garden hotel overlooking Royal Lake in the heart of the city, the perfect base for exploring. We begin our exploration of this historic capital with a panoramic afternoon excursion that takes in the Sule Pagoda, City Hall, and the High Court.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Yangon

After breakfast, we head out to see more of colonial-flavored Yangon. Unforgettable Moment: We'll stop at the city's dazzling centerpiece – the Shwedagon Pagoda, a soaring golden Buddhist stupa that soars above all, attesting to the close connection between the spiritual and the everyday. We stop at the waterfront area; the colonial-style Scott Market brimming with antiques, jewelry and handicrafts; and the National Museum of art, history and culture. After lunch at a local restaurant, the afternoon is free. Enjoy the evening at leisure with dinner on your own.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 4:

Yangon

We have today to delve more deeply, walking past markets and along streets buzzing with bicycles and rickshaws. Some of Asia’s finest British-colonial architecture is here. If you like, you may join an optional excursion to the ancient capital city of Bago, stopping at the Taukkyan War Cemetery and pausing to admire revered Buddha figures, a small village and the Khat Wain Monastery.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Bago Day Trip

Bago Day Trip

  • Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 9 hours
  • Location: Bago, Myanmar
  • When: Full day tour, lunch included

Join us for a day discovering the wonders of Bago, the 15th-century capital of the Mon Kingdom. You’ll learn the history and myths of the city while visiting the reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, the four seated Buddhas at Kyaikpun, and the old palace of Kambozathadi. You’ll also see the stunning Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, the most outstanding religious monument in Bago. This golden temple stands at 375 feet tall, higher than Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and can be seen from around 6 miles outside of the city. You’ll stop at Kha Khat Wain Monastery during lunchtime to view locals offering food to the Monks and learn about their daily life in the monastery. A venture to a local weaving village is also included in your tour. On the way back to Yangon, you’ll visit the Allied War Cemetery — the peaceful, beautifully landscaped final resting place of more than 27,000 allied soldiers who perished during World War II.


DAY 5:

Yangon, Myanmar / Embark Markara Queen

This morning, we head to the Irrawaddy River, the country's most important waterway. The river's name comes from the Sanskrit meaning "elephant river," and it runs for nearly 1,350 miles through the heartland of Myanmar. The luxurious RV Makara Queen will be our home on this legendary river, and we embark in time for dinner on board.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6:

Danyphyn

We dock in Danyphyu, and stop by a century-old monastery that is known for its beautiful garden, as well as visiting a traditional cigar factory. We’ll continue our immersion in local culture, as we board a rickshaw to travel among the locals.  Dinner is back on the ship this evening. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7:

Myan Aung

We arrive in Myan Aung, a charming riverside hamlet with impressive colonial-era homes.  We’ll walk through this small town admiring the town and stop by a local market to interact with the people of this region. Cultural Discovery: We’ll gain new insights into the cuisine here as we attend a cooking demonstration: we’ll learn how to make a tea-leaf salad, a local favorite.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8:

A Kauk Tuang / Pyay

Today, we discover the captivating history and culture along this storied river in a new place: Pyay. We’ll see the famed “toll mountain” where tax collectors would collect money from those who passed through here. We’ll tour to the ancient town of Pyu, which was the most important city in this region between the 5th and 9th centuries. We’ll see the impressive collection of ancient art at a library with an amazing collection of ancient art, followed by visit the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda Complex, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the country. Cultural Discovery: Listen to a lecture on the history of Myanmar, giving you more perspective on how this nation has evolved over time.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9:

Thayetmyo

This morning, we explore the colonial town of Thayetmyo, which once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar. While here, we can browse its colorful market and see the stately colonial houses built during the British occupation. For another taste of Old Britannia, we visit the country's oldest golf course and learn about its fascinating history. Cultural Discovery: Later today, ride in an oxcart to the top of a temple for a magical sunset view of the monument-dotted plains. We’ll enhance our understanding with a lecture onboard the ship entitled “Life Along the Irrawaddy River.”

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10:

Magwe

Unforgettable Moment: From our port of Magwe, we head up to hilltop pagoda of Myat Lun Paya, built in 1929. Here, the luster of gold that is central to so many Buddhist monuments takes center stage as this incredible temple was built from solid gold bricks. Our view of the surrounding countryside from here is also priceless.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11:

Salay 

Set off on a walking tour of the small town of Salay, with its charming colonial villas. We’ll also stop by the 150-year-old teak monastery here, which is well known for its magnificent woodcarvings.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12:

Bagan

Spend the day exploring Bagan, currently vying for UNESCO World Heritage Site status, where the spires of more than 3,000 Buddhist temples pierce the sky over an awe-inspiring plain along the Irrawaddy. This could well be the most incredible vista we’ll see during our adventure. Built between 700 and 900 years ago, the Bagan temples attest to the wealth of the once-mighty Bagan Dynasty. A guided tour introduces us to this fascinating area. If you’d like, you can rent a bicycle from a local shop to venture off and explore this spellbinding site on your own. Cultural Discovery: Later today, we'll visit some of the major temples, such as Pyattatgyi Temple, and witness a magical sunset view of the monument-dotted plains. In the evening, enjoy an traditional Burmese Puppet Show on board.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13:

Yandabo

Cultural Discoveries: All day today, we delve deeply into the culture and daily lives of the people along the Irrawaddy, beginning with a visit to the lively village of Yandabo. Though it is known as the site of the 1826 Treaty of Yandabo that began a long British occupation, this picturesque village today is famous for its pottery. We stroll around and watch some artisans at work before rejoining our ship this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 14-15:

Mandalay, Burma / Disembark / Return home

Today, you'll explore Mandalay, including a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda and Mandalay Hill. Cultural Discovery: You'll also get a glimpse of the remarkable art and craft work in this country, as you visit some local workshops, including tapestry-making,  wood- and marble-carving, and bronze-casting workshops. Later, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

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