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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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  • Save an additional $300 per couple on Scenic cruises. This deal is combinable with other offers. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Fly for free from select gateways or save $3,000 per couple off select Emerald Waterways river cruises. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Fly from $495 per person from select gateways or save $2,000 per couple off select Emerald Waterways cruises. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $500 to $1,000 per couple off 2019 Emerald Waterways river cruises. Expires April 30. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save $1,000 to $2,000 per couple off Avalon Waterways cruises. Expires April 24. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Military members and their spouses save 5% off Scenic cruises. This offer does not apply to certain extensions. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Avalon Journeys Club members save 5% off the cruise/land price. 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**
    15 Day Burma (Myanmar) with 9 Day World Class River Cruise 2018-2019 (Yangon to Mandalay)   15   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    16 Day Burma (Myanmar) with 9 Day World Class River Cruise (Mandalay to Yangon)   16   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    17 Day Burma (Myanmar) & Bangkok with 9 Day World Class River Cruise 2018-2019 (Yangon to Mandalay)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Bangkok, Thailand   Gate 1   1st Class   Dates and Prices
    Luxury Irrawaddy 2018-2019 (Yangon to Mandalay)   11   Yangon, Myanmar   Mandalay, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Irrawaddy (Yangon to Mandalay)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Mandalay, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Luxury Irrawaddy 2018-2019 (Mandalay to Yangon)   11   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Irrawaddy Discoverer Cruise 2019   11   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Emerald   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Irrawaddy Discoverer Cruise 2019   11   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Emerald   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Signature Myanmar & the Irrawaddy   11   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Luxury Irrawaddy (National Geographic Cruise)   11   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Irrawaddy (Mandalay to Yangon)   14   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Secrets of Irrawaddy Cruise & Tour 2019   14   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Emerald   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy (Southbound)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy (Northbound)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Spirit of Myanmar & the Untouched Upper Irrawaddy (Southbound)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Spirit of Myanmar & the Untouched Upper Irrawaddy (Northbound)   16   Yangon, Myanmar   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 (Southbound)   17   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Magic of Irrawaddy Cruise & Tour 2019   17   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Emerald   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Myanmar 2018-2019   18   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Spirit of Myanmar & the Untouched Upper Irrawaddy with Bangkok (Northbound)   19   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Spirit of Myanmar & the Untouched Upper Irrawaddy with Bangkok (Southbound)   19   Bangkok, Thailand   Yangon, Myanmar   Avalon   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Treasures of the Mekong & Mystical Myanmar   31   Siem Reap, Cambodia   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   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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