Day 1 – Flight
Days 2 & 3 – Mandalay/Mingun
Day 4 – Sagaing/Ava/Amarapura
Day 5 – Yandabo
Day 6 – Pakokku/Salay
Day 7 – Tan Chi Taung
Day 8 – Bagan
Day 9  Yangon
Day 10 – Yangon/Return Flight

From Mandalay to Bagan

An unbeatable price for our exclusive Pandaw top-rated cruise along the Irrawaddy in the favoured season linking the city of pagodas with the colonial capital, now with a visit to Yangon

“Come you back to Mandalay, Where the old flotilla lay, Can’t you hear their paddles chunking, From Rangoon to Mandalay, On the road to Mandalay…….” Kipling’s verses refer to The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, now revived by Pandaw Cruises.

Mandalay, the British colonial capital in Upper Burma, is now the market town of the Shan and Kachin people as well as a centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning.

Ancient Bagan nestles on a loop of the Irrawaddy, tamarind tree plains with over two thousand 11th-13th century temples, some with frescoes and statuary, many rarely visited, collectively magnificent.

This Pandaw cruise links Mandalay with Bagan via small villages and the scenic splendour of the Irrawaddy untouched by time and takes the modern traveller to a world apart.

This cruise represents exceptional value and quality and has been rated top for overall quality and vessel quality by our guests. We are now adding a visit to old Rangoon (Yangon).

Key Features

Exclusive Small Ship Cruise
Free Cabin Selection
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO Site: Bagan
Most Meals & Drinks Incl.
Local Expert Guides
No Single Supplement*
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 18

Special Event

Private Monastery Tour

On our exclusive cruises enjoy a privately guided tour by the only monk who lives at Yote Son Monastery, one of the oldest in Sagaing, rarely visited by tourists.

Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow to Mandalay via Bangkok.

Day 2 Embark on the RV Kanee Pandaw for a seven-night cruise (RV Pandaw II for 2022). Sail to Mingun. (D)

Day 3 Visit the largest working bell and unfinished pagoda built by Amarapura’s King Bodawpaya in 1790. Return to Mandalay to visit Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Burma, Kuthodaw Pagoda, accommodating 729 marble slabs engraved with the Buddha’s Parli Scriptures, the Golden Palace and Mandalay Hill. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Ascend Sagaing Hill to view some of its hermitages and sanctuaries with views of the Irrawaddy River curving around the city. 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 on Taungthaman Lake by U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning cruise to Yandabo for a village walk, famous for its terracotta pottery and where the peace treaty was signed in 1826 for the Anglo-Burmese war. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Visit Pakokku by tuk-tuk and its markets. Sail to Salay once a bustling trading port. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, Burma’s best-known teak carved monastery and Salay House, a restored trading warehouse built on the banks of the Irrawaddy. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Sail to Tan Chi Taung. Explore Tan Chi Taung mountains, ascending 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 8 Spend a day exploring a selection of the magnificent temples and visit a lacquer shop. (B, L, D)

Day 9  Disembark and fly to Yangon for overnight stay at the 4-star Novotel. Visit the reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi and the riverside Bothahtaung Pagoda. Visit the Strand Road and Sule Pagoda. Sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda. (B)

Day 10 Visit Bogyoke (Scott’s) market, the National Museum and General Aung San Museum. Return flight via Bangkok.(B)

Day 11 Arrive at London Heathrow.

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


The programme may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
While the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions. Excursions will be limited to a maximum of 18 persons per group.


per person in a a Main Deck twin/double cabin
Thai Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
November 29 £2495


per person in a Main Deck twin/double cabin
Thai Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
February 4 £2695
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Main Deck double cabin for sole use £995

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £495 
Upper Deck double cabin for sole use £1490

Extension Options

Extension - Inle Lake
Single supplement £125

Independent Arrival

Save £800
Arrival or departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, 1 night accommodation, full board and most drinks on cruise (water, tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine and local beer and local spirits are included. No 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, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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