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Myanmar & the Irrawaddy

14 days with Wendy Wu Tours  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
Days 1-2: Fly to Yangon
Fly overnight to the vibrant city of Yangon. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3: Explore Yangon
Yangon, Myanmar’s capital until its relocation to Naypyidaw in 2006, is the heart of Myanmar’s spiritual life and a bustling city full of crumbling colonial charm. Stroll past the colonial buildings of Yangon’s downtown, see the Independence Monument and the artefacts of the National Museum before browsing the wares of Bogyoke Market. Finally, explore Shwedagon Pagoda. Purported to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within, the pagoda is Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site. The complex’s huge golden stupa dominates the city’s skyline.
Day 4: Fly to Mandalay
Fly to Mandalay. Take a boat trip to Mingun, visit the monumental Mingun Pagoda. See Mya Thein Tan Pagoda and explore Sagaing, where the surrounding hills are full of pagodas, temples and monasteries. Travel to the U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak wood bridge, which stretches across the Taungthaman Lake. Watch the local people coming and going across the bridge as the sun goes down.
Day 5: Explore Mandalay
Spend a full day soaking in the sights of Myanmar’s cultural capital, visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and a gold hammering workshop before travelling to the old city of Amarapura and Mahagandayon Monastery, a place of monastic study and home to several thousand young monks.
Day 6: Irrawaddy River cruise
Board your Pandaw river cruise vessel, on which you will spend the next two nights. Set sail downriver, welcome cocktail in hand and watch the Irrawaddy panorama unfold before you.
Day 7: Yandabo
The cruise continues at a leisurely pace, passing through quintessentially Myanmarese landscapes. Visit the village of Yandabo. The people here specialise in pot-making and you’ll be able to see the villagers at work before browsing the local, handcrafted wares. You'll also explore Pakokku by trishaw.
Day 8: Arrive in Bagan
Rise early to enjoy the sunrise over the river. Disembark in Bagan and begin your explorations. Around Bagan, Myanmar’s central plains are scattered with around 2,000 old structures, left from the golden age of kingdoms long passed. Visit some of these numerous temples including Htilominlo and Dhammayangyi, before enjoying a spectacular sunset from the summit of Aureum Watch Tower.
Day 9: Mt Popa
Begin the day browsing the wares of Nyaung Oo Market then travel to Mt Popa. An extinct volcano, ascend to its peak to explore the breathtaking Taung Kalat monastery that is perched there. Return to Bagan.
Day 10: Kyun Thiri river village
This morning, climb aboard a boat for a short sail to Kyun Thiri river village where you can visit a local monastery and partake in some local tea and snacks. Return to Bagan by boat. The afternoon is free.
Day 11: Inle Lake
Fly to Heho and travel on to Inle Lake. The lake is best known for the extraordinary ‘Intha’ people, who live on and around the water, and their unique rowing technique. Head out on the lake by boat to visit Nanpan, a traditional Inle village built on stilts. See traditional boat making and visit a cheroot making factory before continuing on to Phaungdaw U Pagoda, Nga Phae Chaung Monastery and the ingenious floating gardens.
Day 12: Indein Pagodas
Browse the local produce at a morning market before transferring by boat to the western shore of the lake to explore the crumbling Indein Pagoda complex.
Day 13: Return to Yangon
Bid farewell to Inle Lake and return to Heho airport to fly to Yangon. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 14: Fly Yangon to US
Fly to the US, arriving home the same or following day.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Be dazzled by Shwedagon
  • Cruise on the Irrawaddy
  • Glimpse riverside life
  • Ascend Mt Popa
  • Meet the people of Inle Lake
  • Discover Bagan’s temples
All This Included
As well as taking you through the best of Myanmar, from charming Yangon and cultural Mandalay, to the temples of Bagan, you’ll also embark on a two-day cruise of the Irrawaddy River, where you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of everyday life in rural Myanmar.
  • All meals (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 12 dinners)
  • On-tour transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Visa fees for US & Canadian passport holders
Accommodations on this Tour
To be determined
Pre and Post Add-ons
Hua Hin - 3 nights from $550pp
Hua Hin is an intriguing intermingling of seaside and city with miles of beautiful beach but plenty of colourful markets and local culture. Hua Hin is the perfect beach destination for those not wanting to travel long distances from the capital city of Bangkok.
  • Order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.
  • 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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