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Irrawaddy River Cruises

Flowing from north to south for 1,300 miles through Myanmar (or Burma), the Irrawaddy River (Ayeyarwady River) is often referred to as the “The Road to Mandalay” after a famous Rudyard Kipling poem. This enchanting river reveals exotic landscapes and historic treasures.

You’ll see rural villages, colorful markets, elegant monasteries and diverse cities that have developed along the river banks over centuries. These cruises are typically part of longer land itineraries that include hotel stays and sightseeing in landmark cities in Myanmar and Thailand.

Mandalay, considered the center of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning, was the country’s last royal capital. Here you might visit Shwenandaw Monastery, Mahamuni Pagoda and Mandalay Hill -- a 790-foot rise dotted with pagodas and religious images that offers unforgettable panoramas of the city and river.

The 11th-century Burmese capital of Bagan is ripe for exploration with more than 2,000 temples, pagodas, monasteries and stupas (Buddhist memorials) covering its plains. In Yangon, you can walk among colonial-era architecture on Strand Road and explore historic Buddhist temples such as Shwedagon Pagoda and Sule Pagoda, each thought to be over 2,500 years old. Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which houses a 180-foot reclining Buddha, is another popular stop here.

The Irrawaddy has long served as an economic and spiritual lifeline for the Burmese, and you'll gain a deeper appreciation of Myanmar’s culture, history and people as guides in each destination share their expert knowledge and point out significant sights. Cruises are easy to budget, too, as your riverboat accommodations, hotel stays, many meals and activities ashore are included in one price that you pay up front.


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  • 2 for 1! Companion cruises and flies for free from select gateways on applicable 2015 Viking river cruises when you book and pay in full by March 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • 2 for 1! Companion cruises and flies for free from select gateways on applicable 2016 Viking river cruises when you book by March 31, 2015 and pay in full by June 30, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save 10% off 2016 Avalon cruises when you book by April 7, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $1,000 per couple off select Avalon Waterways river cruises when you book by May 19, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $3,900 per couple off the cruise portion of select AmaWaterways sailings plus receive a free upgrade to the best available cabin category when you book by March 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $500 to $2,500 per couple off select AmaWaterways cruises when you book by March 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $500 per couple off select Haimark sailings when you book by June 30, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $500 to $1,500 per couple off 2016 AmaWaterways sailings when you book by July 31, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Receive a $250 shipboard credit per couple on select Haimark cruises. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $1,000 per couple off select Globus river cruises when you book by May 19, 2015. Click here for eligible departures.

    River cruises are rated according to the quality of the vessel and its accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities both on and off the ship, the class of hotels used for land portions of itineraries, and the level of service delivered. The river cruises below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any cruise name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

    Itinerary Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality* From**
    Myanmar & the Irrawaddy   10   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Upstream Along the Irrawaddy River   10   Yangon, Myanmar   Mandalay, Myanmar   Haimark   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Downstream Along the Irrawaddy River   10   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Haimark   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Signature Myanmar & the Irrawaddy   10   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Treasures of Myanmar 2016 (Mandalay to Pyay, Cruise-Only)   11   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Treasures of Myanmar 2016 (Pyay to Mandalay, Cruise-Only)   11   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Treasures of Myanmar (Pyay to Mandalay, Cruise-Only)   11   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Treasures of Myanmar (Mandalay to Pyay, Cruise-Only)   11   Mandalay, Myanmar   Pyay, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Myanmar: A Road Less Traveled (Northbound)   13   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Tauck   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Hidden Wonders of Myanmar 2016 (Reverse, Cruise-Only)   13   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Hidden Wonders of Myanmar 2016 (Cruise-Only)   14   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy 2016 (Northbound)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy 2016 (Southbound)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy 2016 (Northbound)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy 2016 (Southbound)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Treasures of Myanmar 2016 (Mandalay to Pyay)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Treasures of Myanmar 2016 (Pyay to Mandalay)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy (Northbound)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy (Southbound)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy (Northbound)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy (Southbound)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Treasures of Myanmar (Mandalay to Pyay)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Treasures of Myanmar (Pyay to Mandalay)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Hidden Wonders of Myanmar (Mandalay to Yangon, Cruise-Only)   14   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Hidden Wonders of Myanmar (Yangon to Mandalay, Cruise-Only)   15   Yangon, Myanmar   Mandalay, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    15 Day Burma (Myanmar) with 9 Day Deluxe River Cruise (Mandalay to Yangon)   15   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    15 Day Burma (Myanmar) with 9 Day Deluxe River Cruise (Yangon to Mandalay)   15   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Myanmar Explorer 2016   15   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Myanmar Explorer   15   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Hidden Wonders of Myanmar 2016 (Reverse)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Inle Lake 2016 (Northbound)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Inle Lake 2016 (Southbound)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    16 Day Burma (Myanmar) with 9 Day Deluxe River Cruise (Mandalay to Yangon)   16   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    16 Day Burma (Myanmar) with 9 Day Deluxe River Cruise (Yangon to Mandalay)   16   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Inle Lake 2016 (Southbound)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Inle Lake 2016 (Northbound)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Hidden Wonders of Myanmar (Yangon to Mandalay)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Memories of Mandalay (Bangkok - Yangon - Mandalay)   16   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Memories of Mandalay (Bangkok - Mandalay - Yangon)   16   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Viking   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Hidden Wonders of Myanmar (Mandalay to Yangon)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Inle Lake (Northbound)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Inle Lake (Southbound)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Inle Lake (Southbound)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Inle Lake (Northbound)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Hidden Wonders of Myanmar 2016   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok (Southbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok (Northbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok & Inle Lake (Southbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok (Southbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok & Inle Lake (Southbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok (Northbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok & Inle Lake 2016 (Southbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok 2016 (Northbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok & Inle Lake 2016 (Southbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok 2016 (Southbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    17 Day Burma (Myanmar) & Bangkok with 9 Day Deluxe River Cruise (Mandalay to Yangon)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    17 Day Burma (Myanmar) & Bangkok with 9 Day Deluxe River Cruise (Yangon to Mandalay)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok & Inle Lake 2016 (Southbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok 2016 (Southbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok & Inle Lake 2016 (Southbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok 2016 (Northbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    18 Day Burma (Myanmar) & Bangkok with 9 Day Deluxe River Cruise (Mandalay to Yangon)   18   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    18 Day Burma (Myanmar) & Bangkok with 9 Day Deluxe River Cruise (Yangon to Mandalay)   18   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok & Inle Lake (Northbound)   19   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok & Inle Lake (Northbound)   19   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Globus   Deluxe   Dates and Prices

    * Key to Quality Ratings

    Tours are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations.

    Budget = River cruises typically range from $100 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    First Class = River cruises typically range from $150 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
    Deluxe = River cruises typically range from $250 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

    ** 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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