The Road to Mandalay

Cruise in luxury and style on what is known as one of the most distinguished getaways along the Irrawaddy River. Throughout this five day journey, you will travel from Bagan to Mandalay while soaking up the local landscapes and enjoying some of the finer things in life.

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    • HIGHLIGHTS OF MYANMAR 3 Nights – Mandalay-Bagan Departing on Wednesdays. 

    Day 1 – Wednesday (Mandalay)
    Morning domestic flight from Yangon to Mandalay. Transfer to the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River at Shwe Kyet Yet. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay regarded as the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. Return to Road To Mandalay for dinner and local entertainment in the evening.
    Day 2 – Thursday (Sagaing)
    After an early breakfast visit Sagaing, the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar and famous for its silversmiths who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did. The ship gets underway mid-morning, and begins its journey south. The rest of the day is spent relaxing on board observing the local river life from the top deck. An on-board guide lectures on local places and customs. A casual cocktail party is followed by dinner on board.
    Day 3 – Friday (Bagan)
    The ship arrives at Bagan where over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered on an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. A guided orientation tour introduces you to the most important temples. After lunch you have the opportunity to rejoin the guide and visit the inside of some of the more significant pagodas. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this fascinating area on your own. Late afternoon your guide takes you to watch the breathtaking vista of the sun setting over the plain. Dinner and local entertainment on board.
    Day 4 – Saturday
    After an early breakfast you are transferred to Bagan airport for your onward flight to Yangon.

    • Prices are per person and include all hotels & meals and accommodation on board based on two people sharing (except Single Cabin), internal economy class flights, transfers and sightseeing in Myanmar as shown in the itinerary.

     

    Prices

    Governors

    State

    Deluxe

    Superior

    Suite

    Cabin

    Cabin

    Cabin

    2012 Price (USD)

    US $5,730

    US $4,100

    US $3,350

    US $2,400

    2013 Price (USD)

    US $6,020

    US $4,310

    US $3,520

    US $2,520

    Departure Dates: (Wednesdays)  2012
    October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    November 7, 14, 21, 28
    December 5, 19           2013
    January 9, 16, 23, 30
    February 6, 13, 20, 27
    March 6, 13, 20, 27
    April 3, 17, 24
    July 17, 24, 31
    October 2, 16, 23, 30
    November 6, 13, 20, 27
    December 4, 18

    • IMAGES OF A GOLDEN LAND 4 Nights – Bagan-Mandalay Departing on Saturdays. 

    Day 1 (Bagan)
    Morning domestic flight from Yangon to Bagan. On arrival, transfer to the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River. At Bagan over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered over an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. After lunch, join the guide and visit the inside of some of the more significant pagodas. Late afternoon your guide takes you to watch the sun setting over a field of glowing pagodas. Dinner and local entertainment on board.

    Day 2 (Bagan & cruise)
    After breakfast join the guide to explore some of Bagan’s local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longyis and rattan goods. See Myanmar’s famous lacquerware being made. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this enchanting area on your own. Mid-morning the Road To Mandalay begins its cruise north towards Mandalay. Relax on the top deck and watch the fascinating river life glide by. The guide lectures on local places and customs. The ship moors mid-river for the evening. A casual cocktail party is followed by dinner on board.

    Day 3 (Mandalay)
    Arrive at the village of Shwe Kyet Yet after lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay regarded as the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. Return to Road To Mandalay stopping enroute to admire sunset over the river. Dinner and local entertainment on board.

    Day 4  (Mingun & Sagaing)
    After breakfast, cruise to Mingun to visit the most important sights such as the pretty Hsinbyume Pagoda and the world’s largest uncracked bell. Return by ferry for a late lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Sagaing Hills, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar. Sagaing is also famous for its silver and silversmiths who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did. Dinner and local entertainment on board.

    Day 5
    After an early breakfast, transfer to Mandalay airport for your onward flight to Yangon.

    • Prices are per person and include all hotels & meals and accommodation on board based on two people sharing (except Single Cabin), internal economy class flights, transfers and sightseeing in Myanmar as shown in the itinerary.

     

    Prices

    Governors

    State

    Deluxe

    Superior

    Suite

    Cabin

    Cabin

    Cabin

    2012 Price (USD)

    US $6,320

    US $4,520

    US $3,560

    US $2,560

    2013 Price (USD)

    US $6,950

    US $4,970

    US $3,920

    US $2,820

    Departure Dates: (Saturdays) 2012
    October 6, 13, 20, 27
    November 3, 10, 17, 24
    December 1, 8, 22

    Departure Dates: 2013
    January 12, 19, 26
    February 2, 9, 16, 23
    March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    April 6, 20, 27
    July 20, 27
    October 5, 19
    November 2, 9, 15, 16, 23
    December 7

    • AYEYARWADY ADVENTURE – 7 Nights – Bagan-Mandalay-Bagan (8 days/7 nights)Day 1 (Bagan)

    Morning domestic flight from Yangon to Bagan. On arrival, transfer to the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River. In the afternoon the guide takes you to into Bagan where over 2,000 temples and pagodas remain on an awe-inspiring plain. Watch the sun setting over a field of glowing pagodas by the river. Return to the ship for dinner.
    Day 2 (Bagan Markets)
    After breakfast join the guide to explore some of Bagan’s local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longis and rattan goods. See Myanmar’s famous lacquerware being made. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this enchanting area on your own. Mid morning, the ship sets sail for Mandalay. On board the guide lectures on the Ayeyarwady River. The ship anchors mid-river for the evening providing a marvellous opportunity to observe the stars. Dinner and overnight on board.
    Day 3 – Monday (Sagaing)
    Arrive at the village of Shwe Kyet Yet after lunch. Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Sagaing considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar and famous for its silversmiths who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did. Return to the ship for dinner in the evening.
    Day 4 (Maymyo)
    A full day’s excursion to Maymyo, a colonial hill station set high in the mountains. Soak up the atmosphere with its cool climate, English style houses, colourful market and beautiful botanic gardens. A typical Shan lunch is taken at a colonial house. Return to the ship for dinner and local entertainment in the evening.
    Day 5 (Mingun & Mandalay)
    After breakfast take a cruise to Mingun. Visit the most important sights such as the pretty Hsinbyume Pagoda and the world’s largest uncracked bell. Return by ferry for a late lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay regarded as the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. Return to Road To Mandalay for dinner.
    Day 6 (Burmese Village)
    After an early breakfast visit a local village for a walking tour. This traditional Burmese village gives you the opportunity to discover the Burmese way of life first hand – from farming and handicrafts to spirit houses and tea-shops. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail for Bagan once more. The rest of the day is spent relaxing on board, observing the fascinating local river life glide by from the top deck. An on-board guide lectures on the Myanmar way of life. This evening enjoy a casual cocktail party followed by dinner on board.
    Day 7 (Mount Popa)
    A full day’s excursion to Mount Popa, a national park and believed to be the sacred home of powerful ‘Nats’ (spirits). On top of a rocky crag is a picturesque complex of monasteries, pagodas and shrines which can be reached via a winding, covered walkway. Lunch is taken at the Mount Popa Resort. Dinner and local entertainment on board.
    Day 8
    After an early breakfast you are transferred to Bagan airport for your onward flight to Yangon.

    • AYEYARWADY ADVENTURE 7 Nights – Mandalay-Bagan-Mandalay – Departing on Wednesdays.

     

    Prices

    Governors

    State

    Deluxe

    Superior

    Suite

    Cabin

    Cabin

    Cabin

    2012 Price (USD)

    2012 Price (USD)

    US $8,010

    US $5,720

    US $4,580

    2013 Price (USD)

    US $8,810

    US $6,290

    US $5,040

    US $3,610

    Departure Dates: (Saturday) 2012
    October 6, 13, 17, 20, 27
    November 3, 10, 24
    December 1

    Departure Dates: 2013
    January 12, 19, 26
    February 2, 9, 16, 23
    March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    April 6, 20, 27
    July 20, 27
    October 5, 12, 19, 26
    November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    December 7

    • GORGES OF THE FAR NORTH 11 Nights – Mandalay-Bhamo-Bagan (12 days/11 nights)

    Day 1: Yangon-Mandalay-Mingun
    Board the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River opposite the Sagaing Hills studded with numerous white pagodas. The ship sets sail on its voyage to northern Myanmar through the unique gorges that characterise this stretch of the river.  At Mingun you visit the world’s largest brick-built pagoda and uncracked bell.  In the evening, a welcome dinner allows you to get to know your fellow travellers.
    Day 2: Mingun – Nwe Nyein
    The ship makes an early start entering the first of three gorges around midday.  Anchor off Nwe Nyein for a walking tour and to see traditional clay pot sculpting.  Later, sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw before enjoying a cocktail party on the Top Deck.
    Day 3: Kyan Hnyat – Katha
    An early morning stroll around the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat where school children greet you and the morning market bustles with activity. Sailing north, vast stretches of the river spread out before you with interesting rural villages dotted on its shores. As the sun sets, the ship anchors south of the old market town of Katha, famous as the site where the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company scuttled its fleet in 1942.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
    Day 4: Katha – Shwegu
    Visit Katha by trishaw in the early morning and visit the market place made famous by George Orwell in “Burmese Days”. Back on board the ship continues its journey north through the expansive scenery, with the distant mountains marking the second defile coming into view in the afternoon.Disembark onto boats which will take you ashore to the industrious port of Shwegu and beyond to experience life in a typical riverside Shan village. The ship anchors off the splendid island pagoda of Shwe Paw for the night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
    Day 5: Zinbon – Bhamo – Shwe Paw
    Early morning the ship sets sail, passing through the splendid second gorge with its green-clad mountains reaching down to the narrowing channel.  Sail past logging camps and the old colonial village of Zinbon towards the first gorge. The ship drops anchor off Bhamo, here you will visit the town where you have time to explore the local sights and sounds including the local markets, before returning to the ship for an early afternoon departure.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
    Day 6: Shwe Paw – Katha
    Begin the day with a tour of the picturesque Shwe Paw Island and it’s ancient pagodas. The close proximity of village and place of worship illustrates the strong spirituality that exists in Myanmar, and the importance it plays in everyday life. After lunch and a sort sailing towards the South, visit the riverside village of Moe Dar to witness a traditional Noviciation Ceremony, a very important and respected aspect of Buddhist Myanmar Life. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
    Day 7: Katha – Kyan Hnyat
    In the early morning, board the train to the forest station of Naba and experience a journey into thick Kachin jungle and teak forests. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon’s sailing as the ship makes its way for Kyan Hnayt.  Finish off the day with a few cocktails on Top Deck and dinner in the restaurant.
    Day 8: Kyan Hnyat – Mogok
    This morning the ship anchors off Thabeikkyin where you will take the road that winds towards Mogok past a forestry reserve where many precious botanical specimens are grown for their essential oils. Meet working elephants in the Burmese teak forest before returning to the ship to head south again.
    Day 9: Mandalay
    Mandalay comes into view early morning.  Disembark for a varied tour of Myanmar’s second city, including lunch at a local restaurant. Rejoin the ship at the quaint Burmese village of Shwe Kyet Yet and enjoy a tribal dance display in the evening.  Breakfast and dinner on board.
    Day 10: Bagan
    The ship sets sail early morning for Bagan.  Along the way you see many villages with women doing the household chores by the river and waving children.  Witness sunset over the marvellous Bagan plain to whet your appetite for tomorrow’s tours.  Traditional Bagan artists perform for you this evening.
    Day 11: Bagan – Mt Popa
    On your final day, visit the ancient sites in and around Bagan with the experienced guide.  The afternoon brings an optional tour to Mount Popa, legendary sacred home of the Nats, with its impressive summit monastery or take a horse-drawn cart or bicycle to explore on your own.  Celebrate your final evening onboard at a cocktail party on the Top Deck and say goodbye to your new friends during the Farewell Dinner.
    Day 12: Yangon
    An early departure this morning to Bagan airport for your flight to Yangon.

    Departure Dates: (Wednesdays) 2013
    August 14, 28
    September 11

     

    Prices

    Governors

    State

    Deluxe

    Superior

    Suite

    Cabin

    Cabin

    Cabin

    2012 Price (USD)

    2012 Price (USD)

    US $9,160

    US $6,550

    US $5,100

    2013 Price (USD)

    2013 Price (USD)

    US $10,080

    US $7,210

    US $5,610