Myanmar Explorer: Burma & the Irrawaddy River - 2019

Yangon • 9-night Irrawaddy River Cruise • Bagan • Mandalay
  • THE VIEWS YOU’LL ENJOY FROM ABOARD THE DELUXE MAKARA QUEEN WILL ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE EXOTIC AND HISTORIC LAND OF BURMA
  • THE TEMPLE-DOTTED PLAINS OF BAGAN WILL NO DOUBT BE A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH BURMA
  • THE PEOPLE YOU’LL MEET — OF ALL AGES — WILL ADD A PERSONAL DIMENSION TO YOUR EXPLORATION OF THIS FASCINATING COUNTRY
  • EXPLORE GILDED PALACES AND STUPAS AS YOU LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY AND CULTURE BEHIND THESE GRAND STRUCTURES
  • GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE CULTURE OF BURMA AND EXPERIENCE WHAT LIFE IS LIKE FOR THE LOCALS
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Myanmar Explorer: Burma & the Irrawaddy River

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Traveler:KAREN GISEL
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:October 2018

We just returned from this absolutely wonderful trip. From the program directors, to the shipboard staff, I do not believe they could have provided a better trip. The food was amazing throughout. Our guide was one of the best guides we have ever had on a group tour. We do wish we were able to have more on-shore time, but this is a long river. Please keep in mind, this trip involves being barefoot on an almost daily basis. We had several people that did not go into the temples, they did not want to take off their shoes and socks. One must respect the culture when traveling. If that is not your thing, reconsider this trip. One should be able to walk up some small hills in the dirt also. This is a very educational, information filled itinerary. The Burmese people are just lovely. The flights are long, but the trip is worth it. I would suggest this trip to anyone, but you really should be able to walk up and down stairs, hills, and be in relatively good shape. We did not do the optional tour while in Yangon, but ventured out on our own and rode the Circle Train all the way around the city, and did a lunch food tour on our own on another free day. I would love to go back to this country in the future.

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Myanmar Explorer: Burma & the Irrwaddy River

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Traveler:JANIS KRONLUND
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:October 2017

This cruise was an amazing adventure. Luxurious on the boat, yet down to earth seeing the people and culture. The unique experiences they had arranged for us was absolutely outstanding. Our tour director "Robin" was wonderful. Full of historical knowledge and passion for his people and culture. It is a very active tour and can be tiring. Other than the first day (due to flights) they give you plenty of time to re-coup in between the adventures. If you are looking for a sitting around on the boat, eating/drinking and relaxing sort of tour like big ships do, this may not be for you. However, if you are looking for understanding another country and it's people it's perfect. It's quite an adventure and educational. The people of Burma are friendly and wonderful very endearing people. This tour very much gave us the opportunity to understand that. The village tours are my favorite. Seeing the smiles of the local people and how they live is wonderful. While temples and pagodas are fascinating, they are kind of like castles in Europe. They get a little old. Overall, however I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Even the older guests were very well taken care of and considered. However you do need to have a little bit of stamina and be able to go up stairs and walk reasonable distances.
Wonderful trip that will be in my memory for a lifetime. Good job and much thanks all you guides that did over and above their duty.

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Myanmar Explorer: Burma & the Irrwaddy River

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Traveler:ROBERT VAN CREVELD
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:February 2017

Trip of a lifetime! Absolutely amazing.Robin was our guide and he is a delight. THe ship was amazing, the people are friendly, the sights are great. I took over 8000 photos! Dont wait to go here, the country is changing fast.

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Myanmar Explorer: Burma & the Irrwaddy Rivers

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Traveler:MICHAEL & JANE PAINTER
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:January 2017

WOW, this trip exceeded our expectations! We visited small working villages along the river where life was simple and the people were friendly and very contented. Buddhas, Temples and Stupahs galore, and often in a place you would least expect seeing something so magnificent! The school age children enjoyed our visit as much as we enjoyed visiting, singing and bringing notebooks and pencils to them. The MANY modes of transportation ("James Bond" boats, Tuk Tuks, horse & buggy, Ox cart and trishaw, to name a few) we traveled by really added to our overall experience! We marveled as the staff of the Irrawaddy Explorer, literally carved out steps in the muddy river bank for us to climb up the steep hill, after walking the gang plank off the boat! (Not recommended for the physically challenged). The food on the Irrawaddy Explorer was traditional and delicious Burmese cuisine. And then, there were all the wonderful people we met and great friends we made and shared experiences! Wow! It was fantastic!

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Myanmar Explorer: Burma & Irrawaddy River

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Traveler:JAMES STAVROPOULOS
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:October 2016

I THINK THE SINGLE WORK '"EXCELLENT" SUMS THINGS UP PERFECTLY.

I honest didn't know what to expect from this trip - first time travelling with Vantage but definitely not the last. From the reservation process to the accommodations, tour guides and actual tour - absolutely fantastic. We didn't use your air service so I can't comment on that - but most people we connected with were also extremely happy with everything.
The Burma tour is definitely a unique trip - an eye opener that leaves us a little humbled from the experience. But I would recommend this trip to anyone that wants a different experience, executed perfectly by an excellent tour company.

When I heard that many of our fellow travelers had previous travels with Vantage 2 to 22 times ... I knew we had chosen a good company.

Thanks Vantage!

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Burma & the Irrawaddy River: Cruising the Road to Mandalay

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Traveler:Lucia & Woolf Gross
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:October 2013

Ours was a classic journey back in time. Vantage was a pioneer [a year ago] in the expeditions to Burma and the only one still [to our knowledge] offering an extended float down the fabled Irrawaddy River, We experienced a glimpse of what life may have been like in Southeast Asia a half century ago, since Burma had simply closed its doors to the outside world 30-plus years ago. The boat, the Pandaw 2, looked like a river boat of Kipling's "old flotilla' of the Road to Mandalay fame, but fitted out with most of the comforts of home served by a most solicitous crew. We understand that the Pandaw will be replaced by a more luxurious boat in 2014.

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Burma & the Irrawaddy River: Cruising the Road to Mandalay

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Traveler:Lucia & Woolf Gross
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:October 2013

Ours was a classic journey back in time. Vantage was a pioneer [a year ago] in the expeditions to Burma and the only one still [to our knowledge] offering an extended float down the fabled Irrawaddy River, We experienced a glimpse of what life may have been like in Southeast Asia a half century ago, since Burma had simply closed its doors to the outside world 30-plus years ago. The boat, the Pandaw 2, looked like a river boat of Kipling's "old flotilla' of the Road to Mandalay fame, but fitted out with most of the comforts of home served by a most solicitous crew. We understand that the Pandaw will be replaced by a more luxurious boat in 2014.

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Burma & the Irrawaddy River: Cruising the Road to Mandalay

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Traveler:Hugh Macdonald Jr & Mary Macdonald
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:June 2013

Burma and the Burmese people are wonderful! We stopped at small villages on the Irrawaddy and were greeted like stars! Burma is still very primitive but am sure it will change quickly. It is a lovely country and the people are extremely industrious.. The program guide, Robin, was very knowledgeable and interesting. Visiting the pagodas and seeing their beauty was a highlight, especially the one in Yangon. The ship was nice and small and the crew was helpful and fun.

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Traveler:Hugh Macdonald Jr & Mary Macdonald
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:June 2013

Burma and the Burmese people are wonderful! We stopped at small villages on the Irrawaddy and were greeted like stars! Burma is still very primitive but am sure it will change quickly. It is a lovely country and the people are extremely industrious.. The program guide, Robin, was very knowledgeable and interesting. Visiting the pagodas and seeing their beauty was a highlight, especially the one in Yangon. The ship was nice and small and the crew was helpful and fun.

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Burma & the Irrawaddy River: Cruising the Road to Mandalay

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Traveler:Robert & Keren Riegel
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:11
Traveled:March 2013

The entire experience was insightful and educational. It was interesting to see a part of the world that stood still for a number of years. We visited villages where the villagers had never seen people who were foreign. The village and small town people were warm, friendly, curious and had an innocence about them. The country and pagodas and stupas were amazing to see. They were everywhere! I would not recommend the end of March and first of April as the time to go, however. It was breathtakingly hot and extremely dry. The river was only 2 1/2 ft. deep in places. We learned November through January is the best time to go, right after the monsoons, not right before!

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Traveler:Robert & Keren Riegel
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:11
Traveled:March 2013

The entire experience was insightful and educational. It was interesting to see a part of the world that stood still for a number of years. We visited villages where the villagers had never seen people who were foreign. The village and small town people were warm, friendly, curious and had an innocence about them. The country and pagodas and stupas were amazing to see. They were everywhere! I would not recommend the end of March and first of April as the time to go, however. It was breathtakingly hot and extremely dry. The river was only 2 1/2 ft. deep in places. We learned November through January is the best time to go, right after the monsoons, not right before!

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Burma & the Irrawaddy River: Cruising the Road to Mandalay

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Traveler:Karen Swensrud
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:January 2012

We loved this trip. The ship was comfortable and right in keeping with the environment. Traveling on the river is the only way to see Burma as the river is Burma. You see the true life of the Burmese people who are delightful!

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Burma & the Irrawaddy River: Cruising the Road to Mandalay

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Traveler:Karen Swensrud
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:January 2012

We loved this trip. The ship was comfortable and right in keeping with the environment. Traveling on the river is the only way to see Burma as the river is Burma. You see the true life of the Burmese people who are delightful!

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