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Burmese Days: Along The Irrawaddy River 2019
(Southbound)

11 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 YANGON, MYANMAR
Welcome to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, the country’s largest city and former capital. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 YANGON
Historic Landmarks, Hot Tea, and Harmonious Living

CLASSIC A Guided Walk introduces you to the city’s famous and historic landmarks, including old colonial buildings and Sule Pagoda, built during the time of Buddha. Along the way stop for a cup of tea or coffee with the locals. Next, stop at Chaukhtatgyi to see the massive Reclining Buddha measuring 213 feet. Later in the day, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, a national symbol. Here, an enchanting scene unfolds as the sun sets on the golden stupa and locals come to pay their respects.

Tonight, your welcome dinner is in one of Yangon’s best restaurants. (B,L,D)

Day 3 MANDALAY (EMBARKATION)
The Road to Mandalay and Your Suite Ship® Await

Fly to Mandalay this morning and transfer to the port for embarkation. This afternoon, get acquainted with the ship and relax prior to your welcome reception this evening. (B,D)

Day 4 KYAUK MYAUNG
Glazed and Amazed

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Walk through the captivating pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung to learn more about and see the pottery-making process. Most interesting is the eye-catching 50-gallon variety, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars. These pots could transport large quantities of goods and have played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries.

DISCOVERY As you sail to Sin Kyun, join your Local Guide for a presentation on the Burmese language.

SIN KYUN
Striking Straw Creations

DISCOVERY Later in the day enjoy a Guided Excursion to hat-making village of Sin Kyun. Here, farmers supplement their income by weaving intricate straw hats.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING NEAR MINGUN. (B,L,D)

Day 5 MINGUN
A Robust Bell and Prominent Pagoda

CLASSIC This morning, take a Guided Walk through the village of Mingun to see its bronze bell—considered the largest working bell in the world—and see the famed unfinished pagoda.

Afterward, sail a short distance to Mandalay.

MANDALAY–EXCURSION TO AMARAPURA
A Bridge to the Sun

CLASSIC This afternoon, travel to nearby Amarapura, former capital of Myanmar. Your Escorted Visit focuses on the famous U Bein Bridge, a ¾-mile-long bridge built in 1783 from reclaimed teakwood from the old royal palace in Inwa. Take a sampan ride on the lake for memorable views of the sunset.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MANDALAY. (B,L,D)

Day 6 MANDALAY
The Golden Tapestries of Mandalay

CLASSIC In the morning, join a Guided Visit to local workshops to see skilled artisans at work making tapestries, woodcarvings, and gold-leaf. Lastly, visit Mahamuni Pagoda to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha. Due to the continual application of gold leaves, officials note the gold is six inches thick!

CLASSIC This afternoon, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remnants of former King Mindon’s “Golden City” to survive the bombing of World War II. Today, the original gilding has faded, but the intricate wood carvings endure.

DISCOVERY This evening, enjoy a traditional Dance Performance featuring local song and dance.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MANDALAY. (B,L,D)

Day 7 SAGAING
Revelations and Relaxation

CLASSIC Enjoy a Morning Visit to Sagaing with countless pagodas dotting the hillside. Stop to see Kaunghmudaw Pagoda with its unique egg-shaped dome and a silversmith workshop. Lastly, explore Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda for stunning views across the Irrawaddy to Mandalay.

Join your Local Guide for a longyi and thanaka presentation this afternoon.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISING. (B,L,D)

Day 8 SHWE PYI THAR
Rural Life in Myanmar

Enjoy time onboard your ship this morning.

DISCOVERY This afternoon, partake in a Walking Tour through Shwe Pyi Thar village. Here, visit a farmer’s home to learn more about daily life and see the locals making palm candy. After the sap is collected, it is cooked in an iron pan over an open wood fire until it thickens and can be formed into small pieces by hand.

DISCOVERY After dinner, a traditional Puppet Show will be presented in one of the lounges.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO BAGAN. (B,L,D)

Day 9 BAGAN
Temples and Shrines—from Sunrise to Sunset

Today, explore Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. From the 9th to the 13th centuries over 13,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas were built in the plains surrounding the city—an area of about 40 square miles. Many of these structures have been lost over time, but around 2,300 still stand today.

DISCOVERY Early risers can visit one of the temples with a Local Guide to witness the sunrise.

CLASSIC Start your Morning Excursion at a local market selling handicrafts, fabrics, and longyis. Then, stop at Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the country’s most important shrines. Lastly, visit a lacquer workshop to learn more about this ancient craft.

CLASSIC After lunch, your Guided Sightseeing centers on the Bagan archaeological zone. Highlights include Ananda, considered by many to be the most beautiful temple, and Dhammayangyi, the best preserved monument left standing. Also, stop to see the exquisite and well-preserved fresco paintings at Sulamani.

DISCOVERY End the day with an Ox-Cart Ride to a temple, where you will ascend to the top as the sun sets. (B,L,D)

Day 10 BAGAN (DISEMBARKATION)–YANGON
Farewell to the Irrawaddy

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. (B)

Day 11 YANGON
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Yangon: Walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Yangon–Mandalay (Embarkation): Fly to Mandalay; onboard welcome reception
  • Kyauk Myaung–Sin Kyun: Walking tour through the pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung; see straw hat making in Sin Kyun
  • Mingun-Mandalay-Amarupura: See unfinished pagoda & bronze bell in Mingun; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in Amarapura
  • Mandalay: Sightseeing including Mahamuni, Kuthadaw and Shwenandaw Pagodas; visit tapestry, woodcarving, and gold leaf workshops; traditional dance performance
  • Sagaing: Visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, a silversmith workshop, and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda
  • Shwe Pyi Thar: Walking tour through this typical river village to visit a local farmer's home and see palm candy being made; traditional puppet show
  • Bagan: Watch sunrise from temple; sightseeing including a local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, lacquer workshop, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, Sulamani Temple; ox cart ride to temple for sunset
All This Included
Your Asia river cruise on the Irrawaddy River takes you through the historical, cultural, and economic heart of Myanmar. This “Road to Mandalay” offers you a fascinating glimpse of “The Golden Land” of Myanmar.

Your Irrawaddy river cruise adventure begins in Yangon, where you will visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered site in all of Myanmar. Fly from Yangon to Mandalay, where you’ll begin your Asia cruise odyssey to discover historic landmarks, ancient pagodas, regional culinary specialties, and gracious people to welcome you. Your first stop is Kyauk Myaung to see its legendary pottery artisans at work. In Mandalay, you’ll come to know and love this gracious culture of art and spiritualism. See the tapestries, woodcarving, and gold-leaf artistry of Buddhist pagodas, and enjoy captivating song and dance performances. You’ll also visit Amarapura and Shwe Pyi Thar to see the famed U Bein Bridge at sunset, and learn about farming traditions passed down through generations.

Finish your Irrawaddy River cruise in Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites with thousands of historic structures still standing. Visit one of the many spiritual temples at sunrise and a local market selling the unique handicrafts of the region.

Few Southeast Asia river cruises offer such depth of experiences in these ancient lands, and we’re excited to share the beauty with you. From intricate cultural performances and interactions with the locals, to grand ancient temples and shrines. You’ll get an enlightened view of Myanmar—from exquisite sunrise to sunset—in villages on shore to lofty shrines.
  • Ship Amenities - Avalon Myanmar:
    • Air-conditioned Panorama Lounge
    • Open-air observation lounge with shade system & premium lounge chairs
    • Spacious, open-seating dining room
    • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges (where signal is available)
    • Spa treatment rooms
    • Fitness Room
    • Library and games
    • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Ship Dining - Avalon Myanmar:
    • Spacious, open-seating dining room
    • Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
    • Seasonal recipes featuring the freshest local ingredients
    • Vegetarian options available with all meals
    • Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer/spirits with all onboard meals
    • Daily early-riser coffee & tea
    • Full breakfast buffet with live cooking station
    • Lunch buffet with live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef
    • Four-course à la carte dinners with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese
    • Complimentary wine with all onboard lunches & dinners
Accommodations on this Tour
Yangon: Sule Shangri-La, Yangon
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Myanmar
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Dates and Prices do not include air travel.
  • Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $280. Required intra-vacation air segments: Yangon/Mandalay; Bagan/Yangon. Air prices were effective on February 7, 2018 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
  • Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included (excludes extensions which are to be paid locally).
  • Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.
  • All prices are per person based on double room occupancy. Cruise price based on Category B in an Panorama Suite on Irrawaddy Deck. To upgrade to a Category A on Mandalay Deck, add $400 per person or $800 in single occupancy.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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