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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 up to $6,000 per couple on 2019 Scenic river cruises. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Save up to an additional $2,300 per couple on Scenic river cruises. Expires August 31. Click here for eligible departures.

  • Fly for free in economy from select gateways or save $3,000 per couple on Scenic cruises. 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 2020   11   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Signature Myanmar & the Irrawaddy   11   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Luxury Irrawaddy 2019-2020 (Yangon to Mandalay)   11   Yangon, Myanmar   Mandalay, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Luxury Irrawaddy 2019-2020 (Mandalay to Yangon)   11   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Luxury Irrawaddy 2020-2021 (Yangon to Mandalay)   11   Yangon, Myanmar   Mandalay, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Luxury Irrawaddy 2020-2021 (Mandalay to Yangon)   11   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Luxury Irrawaddy 2021 (Yangon to Mandalay)   11   Yangon, Myanmar   Mandalay, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Luxury Irrawaddy 2021 (Mandalay to Yangon)   11   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Irrawaddy 2021 (Yangon to Mandalay)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Irrawaddy 2021 (Mandalay to Yangon)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Irrawaddy 2020-2021 (Yangon to Mandalay)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Mandalay, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Irrawaddy 2020-2021 (Mandalay to Yangon)   14   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Irrawaddy 2019-2020 (Yangon to Mandalay)   14   Yangon, Myanmar   Mandalay, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Irrawaddy 2019-2020 (Mandalay to Yangon)   14   Mandalay, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Myanmar 2019-2020 (Itinerary A)   18   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Myanmar 2019-2020 (Itinerary B)   18   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Myanmar 2020-2021 (Itinerary A)   18   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Myanmar 2020-2021 (Itinerary B)   18   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Myanmar 2021 (Itinerary A)   18   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Myanmar 2021 (Itinerary B)   18   Yangon, Myanmar   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Irrawaddy & Treasures of the Mekong 2020   26   Mandalay, Myanmar   Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Mystical Myanmar & Treasures of the Mekong 2020   30   Yangon, Myanmar   Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Treasures of the Mekong & Mystical Myanmar 2020-2021   30   Siem Reap, Cambodia   Yangon, Myanmar   Scenic   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
    Treasures of the Mekong & Mystical Myanmar 2021   30   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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