Flight - 1 night
Monywa - 2 nights
Irrawaddy Cruise - 7 nights
Kalaw - 1 night
Inle Lake - 2 nights
Yangon - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

Discover Burma

Pagodas, monasteries, hill stations, Inle Lake and an exclusive Jules Verne Pandaw Irrawaddy River cruise between Mandalay and the newly confirmed UNESCO site of Bagan

The name, Burma, comes from the Bamar people, the dominant group when the British arrived, although the original name, now used again, of Myanmar has the same linguistic provenance. ‘To be Burmese is to be Buddhist’ but their warmth is not solely a matter of religion; their happiness and serenity radiates from within.

Bagan is one of South East Asia’s great archaeological treasures boasting over 3,000 pagodas. According to Sir James Scott “Bagan is in many respects the most remarkable religious city in the world…the whole space is thickly studded with pagodas of all sizes and shapes...you cannot move a foot or hand without touching something sacred”. Today, the view across Bagan Plain remains most striking, redbrick pagodas interrupted by tall white spires reaching skywards.

Mandalay is the former British colonial capital and the market town for mountain regions of the Shan and Kachin people. Burma’s main city, Yangon (once Rangoon) is a city of style and dilapidated grandeur.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders

Exclusive Small Ship

Free Cabin Selection

Jules Verne Sightseeing

No Single Supplement

Local Expert Guides 

Guaranteed Departure

Group Size: 2 - 18

Special Event

Lantern Ceremony, High Tea & Private Monastery Tour

Enjoy a privately guided tour by the only monk who lives at Yote Son Monastery, one of the oldest in Sagaing. Witness a lantern floating ceremony on Inle Lake and take high tea at the historic Strand Hotel in Yangon.

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Mandalay via Bangkok.

Day 2 Arrive at Mandalay and transfer to Monywa for two nights at the 3-star Win Unity Resort. (D)

Day 3 Visit Thanboddhay Pagoda and its richly decorated stupas. Travel to Pho Win Taung, a network of impressive sandstone caves containing Buddha statues, wood carvings and fine mural paintings. (B)

Day 4 Return to Mandalay for a seven-night cruise on RV Pandaw II. Sail to Mingun. (B, D)

Day 5 Visit the largest working bell and unfinished pagoda at Mingun. At Mandalay visit Mahamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, the Golden Palace and Mandalay Hill. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Ascend Sagaing Hill to view some of its hermitages and sanctuaries. Private tour by a monk at the Yote Son Monastery. At Ava, visit Bagaya Kyaung, a 200 year old royal teak monastery. At Amarapura, take a sunset boat ride by U-Bein Bridge. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Morning cruise to Yandabo famous for its terracotta pottery. Village walk. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Visit Pakokku by tuk-tuk. Sail to Salay. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung teak carved monastery and Salay House. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Sail to Tan Chi Taung and ascend by mini-van to visit a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments. Sail to Bagan to visit a selection of its temples. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Further temple visits. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Disembark and drive to Kalaw hill station (8 hrs) for overnight at the 3-star Kalaw Heritage Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Visit Pindaya Caves. Continue to Inle Lake (3 hrs) for two nights at the 3-star Amata Garden Resort. Visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. (B, L, D)

Day 13 By boat to see the famous leg rowers, floating gardens and Inpawkhon village. Visit the hidden Inn Thein Pagoda complex. Lantern floating ceremony. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Morning free. Fly to Yangon for two nights at the 4-star Sule Shangri-la. (B, D)

Day 15 Visit the Botataung and Sule pagodas. Walk through Bogyoke market and Indian district. High tea at the Strand Hotel. Sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda. (B)

Day 16 Visit the reclining Buddha and the National and General Aung San museums. Return overnight flight via Bangkok. (B)

Day 17 Arrive London.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Whilst the vessel carries up to 48 passengers, the group size specified refers to sightseeing.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


per person in a twin/double room
(Main deck cabin)
Thai Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
November 25 £3295


per person in a twin/double room 
(Main deck cabin)
Thai Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 6 £3395
February 17 £3495

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Main Deck double cabin for sole use £795

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £395 
(Twin/Double cabin Nov 27 – nil)
Upper Deck double cabin for sole use £995

Independent Arrival

Save £800 
Arrival transfer with group included
Departure transfer add £20

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, 7 nights’ hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 5 dinners, full board and most drinks on cruise cruise (water, tea, coffee, soft drinks and local beer and local spirits are included. No wine or imported alcoholic beverages are included), excursions, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, overseas airport taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government or local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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