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Myanmar Cruise Getaway

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,859

Goway’s 10 day Myanmar Cruise Getaway is the perfect air-land included touring idea for those looking for unique Asian river cruising. Enjoy close-up encounters with day to day life, meet local artists and see the spectacular temples of Bagan.


This 10-day air-inclusive Myanmar cruise journey takes you from Mandalay to spectacular Bagan, where the temple complex has been hailed by many as rivalling Angkor.

Check into your hotel in Mandalay, taking it easy on your first day to shake off any jet lag, or exploring on your own if you feel up to it before transferring to the river boat and setting sail for Mindun on Day 4. Mingun is home to the world’s largest uncracked working bell, and visit the Mingun Home for the Aged, which fulfills a vital role for those in the community with no living family. You’ll then go on to the small village of Nwe Nyein, known for its pottery, and Khan Nyat, where you’ll visit a local orphanage.

Myanmar is a deeply spiritual society, something that’s very evident in Sagaing Hills, where monks and nuns from all over the country come to live, meditate, and nurture their spiritual growth. The area is also known for its silversmiths, and you’ll have a chance to visit an artist’s studio for yourself before travelling on to Ava. Visit a 200-year-old teak monastery, and see the U Bein bridge, the longest teakwood bridge in the world.

For history buffs, Yandabo is where the Burmese and British signed the treaty ending their first war – though its distinctly unfair terms would cripple Burma, eventually leading to two more wars and British occupation. After some time to explore, you’ll be able to try your hand at Burmese cuisine with a cookery class aboard ship. Awake the next day in Pakokku, exploring the market in one of the local tuk-tuks before your transfer to Bagan.

This spectacular archeological site is dotted with literally thousands of temples, and has drawn comparisons to Cambodia’s Angkor complex (with just a fraction of the tourists!). You’ll have a full day exploring the temples, and visit a lacquerware workshop. Back aboard ship, watch the temples come ablaze with colour as you enjoy your last Myanmar sunset before departure.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,859

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America

Day 2

Arrive Mandalay

Transfer from Mandalay airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own.

Day 3

Board the River Boat

Transfer in the late morning from your hotel to the river boat to enjoy a lunch on board and get settled in your new home for the balance of your trip.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Mingun - Sagaing - Amarapura

Set sail to Mingun for a morning walking tour around the unfinished stupa built by Amarapura's King Bodawpaya in 1790 which was intended to be the world's largest stupa but remained unfinished since 1808 and also visit the world's largest ringing bell.
In the afternoon, drive up to the top of Sagaing Hill and admire the bird's eye view over the Irrawaddy river curving around Sagaing city from SoonU Ponnya Shin hill top-pagoda. Later an introduction to the Buddhist nuns'way of life at a nunnery.
Drive to Amarapura, a former capital (initially from 1783 to 1819 and subsequently from 1839 to 1852). Visit a silk and cotton weaving workshop, Amarapura's major business.
At sunset take a local boat on Taungthaman lake at U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teak bridge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Yandabo

Explore Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay.
This village is well-known as the place where the first Anglo-Burmese war ended by the peace treaty signed in 1826. Morning walking tour and a visit to a pottery workshop to see first-hand the production process. This is a hands-on experience which you are welcome to try.
Visit the Pandaw supported Yandabo School (if no school holidays).
Moor overnight at Shwe Tan Tit village.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Pakokku - Ayardaw

Explore Pakokku, experiencing the local market and town centre by Tuk Tuk. Sail to the Ayardaw charity clinic supported by Pandaw. Afternoon walk around the village.
Pakkoku is a city of about 100,000 inhabitants located 30 km from Pagan. Main produce are tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanatkha (traditional make-up and sun lotion) and textiles. Visit Pakokku's main market by Tuk Tuk.
Stop at a cheroot workshop and discover how traditional cheroot cigars are made.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Tant-Chi-Taung - Salay

Drive up the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung mountain to visit the hill top stupa. On the way back, watch a traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villagers from Tant-Chi.
Sail to Salay, a small town which was once a bustling trading port, now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries.
Walk from the ship to Yoke-Sone Kyaung, the best-known teak carved monastery in Burma, stopping at Salay House on return.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Salay - Bagan

Morning cruise upstream from Salay to Pagan to explore its many temples.
The first temple visited is Ananda, known as the finest temple in Pagan in terms of ancient architecture, built in AD 1105 by King Kyansit Thar, the third king of Pagan dynasty. Explore the high standard of Pagan craftsmanship including niches with statues, glazed plaques, the standing Buddha statues and murals.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Bagan

Further exploration of Pagan and visit a lacquerware workshop.
Visit to Shwe San Daw stupa, one of only a few monuments allowing travellers to climb it, gaining a 360-degree view over the pagoda-studded plain. The next visit is to Shwe Zi Gone Pagoda, built in AD 1086 and believed to enshrine a hair relic of the Buddha.
Before returning to the ship for lunch, take a stroll around the Khay Min Ga pagoda complex to learn about the different architectural styles: Indian, Sri Lankan, Myanmar-Mon hybrid and Myanmar.
And In the afternoon, visit a Lacquerware workshop to explore the process of making lacquer handicrafts which is the specialty craft of Pagan.
Continue to the unique Payathonezu, three inter-connected temples with a narrow passage built in the late 13th century.
End the day with a visit to Dhamayangyi from AD 1170, the widest and largest temple in Pagan.
Watch the sunset from the top of Taung Guni temple before returning to the ship.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Depart Bagan

Transfer to the airport for your departure to North America, arriving home same day.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Select departures until December 9, 2017.

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Flights with Cathay Pacific unless otherwise indicated
Mandalay to Bagan
7, 21, 28 Sep; 5 Oct'17
$ 2,859 $ 2,789 $ 3,299 $ 3,469 $ 3,699
Mandalay to Bagan
12, 19, 26 Oct; 2, 9, 16, 23 Nov'17
$ 3,169 $ 2,999
Qatar Airways
$ 3,499
Qatar Airways
$ 3,699 $ 3,969
Bagan to Mandalay
14, 28 Sep; 5 Oct'17
$ 2,859 $ 2,789 $ 3,299 $ 3,469 $ 3,699
Bagan to Manaday
12, 19, 26 Oct; 2, 9, 23 Nov
$ 3,169 $ 2,999 $ 3,499
Qatar Airways
$ 3,699 $ 3,969

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfare from North America including all taxes with airlines as stated, 
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on board ship, 1 night in a first class hotel 
  • Arrival and departure transfers to/from ship
  • Guided touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Meals as specified
  • Locally-made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Limited seats, subject to availability

OTHER INFORMATION:

Book by 30 September, 2017

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share and include international airfare from the cities mentioned above, and all taxes. For departures from other cities, please inquire. Subject to availability.

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15 Sep 2017
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