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
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
“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).
Exclusive Small Ship Cruise
Free Cabin Selection
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO Site: Bagan
Most Meals & Drinks Incl.
Local Expert Guides
No Single Supplement
Small Group Size: 1 – 18
Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow to Mandalay via Bangkok.
Day 2 Embark on the RV Pandaw II for a seven-night cruise. 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.
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.
A 4-star central hotel with views of Shwedagon Pagoda. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa. Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Operated by Pandaw River Expeditions, this vessel is hand finished in brass and teakwood with spacious public areas and consist of a mainly Burmese crew. A series of cultural performances, educational talks and cooking classes are offered on board.
Asian and Western cuisine is served either as a buffet or à la carte with the occasional themed dinners and tea, coffee, water and locally made soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are included on board.
Bottled drinking water is distributed before excursions and shoe cleaning, cold towels and a refreshing drink is offered post excursion.
Air-conditioned dining room, saloon bar and observation lounge, sun deck bar, gallery and small shop and WiFi (free/limited).
24 air-conditioned outside cabins (170 sq. ft.) with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, luggage storage and nightly turn down service. Eight twin/double cabins on the Main Deck and 16 twin/double cabins on the Upper Deck.
Excursions will be limited to a maximum of 18 persons per group.
Inle Lake Extension
Visit Inle Lake with an extra night in Yangon.
Days 1 Fly from Bagan to Heho and transfer to Nyaug Shwe. Visit the 18th-century Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery. Lunch at a local restaurant. Two nights at the 4-star Amata on Inle Lake. (B, L)
Day 2 Visit Inn Thein Pagoda complex and village walks to Sae Ma and Tha Lay to encounter the local people. (B, L)
Day 3 Fly to Yangon for overnight 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 4 Visit Bogyoke (Scott’s) market, the National Museum and General Aung San Museum. Return flight to London. (B)
Day 5 Arrive London Heathrow.
For Nov 2019 & Feb 2021 departure Day 4 itinerary is as follows:
Day 4 Visit St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Secretarial Office, Kandawgyi Park and a walk through the Indian Quarter to Chinatown to visit the Chinese Temple. Return flight to London. (B)
This 3-star hotel is located on the eastern bank of Inle Lake at Ingyin Gone Village, surrounded by green forest, Shan Hills and the lake itself. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 60 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 3-star hotel located on the banks of the iconic Inle Lake. Restaurants, bars, an infinity pool and WiFi (free). 121 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and mini-bar.
per person in a a Main Deck twin/double cabin
Thai Airways from Heathrow
per person in a Main Deck twin/double cabin
Thai Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Main Deck double cabin for sole use £795
Upper Deck £395
(Twin/Double cabin Nov 27 – nil)
Upper Deck double cabin for sole use £995
Thai Airways Business Class from £2395
Extension - Inle Lake
3 nights £395
Single supplement £75
Arrival or departure transfer with group included
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 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.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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