Road to Mandalay Cruise
One of the best ways to see Myanmar is gliding down its
legendary river, the Ayeyarwaddy, abroad a superbly appointed luxury river
cruiser, the”Road to Mandalay”. Already renowned for its deluxe train
operating on the scenic Singapore- Bangkok route,” Orient –Express Trains +
Cruises” has again made history b y initiating cruises on the Ayeyarwaddy
6-day cruise only form Mandalay to Bagan (Monday –
Mon : Mool on arrival at Yangon International Airport and Transfer to
the hotel. Enjoy a city tour which includes the old colonial-style city
center with the guilded SULE PAGODA, the giant reclining Buddha image CHAUK
HTAT GYI and a photo stop at KARAWEIK HALL (a royal floating barge on the
picturesque Kandawgyi Lake). Sightseeing at Yangon’s landmark, the golden
SHWEDAGON PAGODA, will conclude today’s tour of the Garden City Yangon. The
golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is
covered with 60 tons of pure gold. Overnight in Yangon.
Tue : Day at leisure Overnight in Yangon.
Yangon – Mandalay
Road To Mandalay
Wed : In the morning transfer to Yangon Airport for domestic flight
to Mandalay. Upon arrival transfer to the “Road To Mandalay”, berthed on the
Ayeyarwaddy River at “Shwe Kyet Yet”, opposite the beautiful Sagaing Hills,
studded with numerous while pagodas. Passengers are greeted by the ship’s
captain , the hotel manager and ‘Road To Mandalay” stall. After lunch , a
guided tour includes the key sights of Mandalay. Four hundreds miles north
of Yangon, the century-old city of Mandalay is the capital of Upper Myanmar
and the second largest city in the country. To the local people, Mandalay
represents Myanmar ‘s past and present and is regarded as the centre of
Myanmar culture and Buddhist learning. Visit the MAHAMUNI PAGODA with its
spectacular Buddha image covered with thick layers of gold leaves and SHWE
NAN DAW KYAUNG (or GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY), a superb example of a
traditional wooden building . Return to the “Road To Mandalay” visiting the
150 year-old U BEIN teak bridge in AMARAPURA (1.2 kilometers long) , built
in 1851 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Relaxed dinner,
local entertainment and overnight on board.Cruise from Mandalay towards
Thu : After and early breakfast there is an
opportunity to visit the SAGAING HILLS, a retreat for Buddhist devotees,
crossing one of the very few bridges that span the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River.
Sagaing is considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in
Myanmar and the hundreds of monasteries reverberate with the echoes of
cymbals, gongs and pagodas bells. Sagaing is also famous for its silver and
silversmiths that still work in much the same way as their ancestors did.
Return to the “Road To Mandalay” mid morning . The ship gets underway and
begins its journey downstream towards Bagan. The rest of the is spent
relaxing on board, admiring the many beautiful views from the top deck,
observing the local river life or taking part in one of the tanaka and
longyi demonstrations. An on board guide lectures on local places and
customs. Dinner and overnight on board.
Fri: The ship arrives in BAGAN mid-morning Passengers disembark for a
first glimpse of this awe-inspiring plain. This is truly one of the world’s
richest archaeological sites. From the 11th to 13th centuries the kings of
Myanmar devoted their resources to building pagodas and temples. Today, over
2,000 temples and pagodas remain on the banks of the river. A guided
orientation tour introduces travelers to the highest, biggest and most
important temples, such as the HTILOMINLO TEMPLE and the SHWEZIGON PAGODA.
After lunch on board, opportunity to rejoin the guide and visit some of the
more significant pagodas such as ANANDA TEMPLE, considered to be the
masterpiece of Mon architecture and the GUBYAUKGYI TEMPLE home of some of
Bagan’s finest frescoes of the “Jataka” tales. Alternatively clients can
hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart for a few dollars and explore this
fascinating area on their own. Late in the afternoon climb the steep
exterior slopes of one of the pagodas for the breathtaking vista of the sun
setting over the plain , turning the brick-built temples and pagodas fiery
red. Dinner, local entertainment and overnight on board.
Bagan - Yangon
Sat: Transfer from the “Road To Mandalay” to Nyaung Oo (Bagan) Airport.
Return flight to Yangon. Lunch is served in Yangon before returning to the
airport for International departure.
Remark: Every effort will be made to ensure to the
published cruise itinerary is allowed as closely as possible, however, given
certain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries are
subject to alterations and delays at short notice.