River Cruises to Burma

Discover a treasure trove of the exotic, from ancient temples to striking landscapes on a Jules Verne Burma river cruise. Now known as Mayanmar, Burma is the largest country in south-east Asia. Heavily influenced by Chinese and Indian culture, as well as its colonial heritage, you’ll witness unique local traditions, and learn how the landscape shapes local lives.

Where does a river cruise on the Irrawaddy go?

The Irrawaddy is Burma’s longest river, and as is such is the beating heart of the country. Linking the main towns of Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon it has been a vital commercial trade route for centuries. On our Irrawaddy river cruises, you’ll depart from Mandalay, Burma’s second-largest city. A journey on our Burma river cruises allows you to enjoy the landscape from a different vantage point as you wind your way along the Irrawaddy, before finally disembarking at Bagan.

What excursions are there during an Irrawaddy river cruise?

On our Burma river cruises, you’ll visit the unfinished pagoda at Mingun. Despite construction commencing in 1790, the impressive 172 foot high stupa remains unfinished following a prophecy made to the King Bodawpaya. During the Burma river cruise, you’ll also experience awe-inspiring and ornate temples, including the Mahamuni Pagoda and its 2000-year-old Buddha statue, as well as the Golden Palace.

Peaceful and contemplative days exploring ancient temples and monuments are followed by stunning sunsets that reflect off the water. You’ll visit the ancient capital of Sagaing and climb Sagaing Hill for breathtaking views before enjoying a private tour by one of the monks at the Yote Son Monastery. Enjoy walking through traditional villages and take a ride on a tuk-tuk to visit a local market.

What accommodation can I expect on river cruises in Burma?

River cruises in Burma afford you the opportunity to experience life on board our vessels. Constructed at the Dawbone dockyard, the vessel is hand-finished in teakwood. Designed in the traditional colonial style it’s perfectly suited to navigating the waters of the Irawaddy and is truly magnificent to behold.

What facilities are there on board an Irrawaddy river cruise vessel?

Don’t let its historical look fool you, Burma river cruise vessels have been designed with your comfort in mind. With 24 cabins in total, the staff provide a nightly turndown service, shoe cleaning, cooking classes and a series of cultural performances to add to the luxurious surroundings.

Asian and western cuisine is served either as a buffet or à la carte in the dining room, and you can enjoy spectacular views from the observation lounge and sun deck.

How do I book a place on an Irrawaddy river cruise?

If you’re feeling inspired to set sail on an Irrawaddy river cruise, all you need to do is click ‘Book’ on the tour you’d like. A member of our team will be in touch to confirm your place on board.