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Discover the Jewels of the Ayeyarwady

Set sail on a luxurious nine-day river cruise and uncover the secrets of this historic region.

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  • Cruise to Bagan via the Twante Canal, built in 1883 during British colonial rule
  • Visit Danuphyu and the memorial of the revered leader General Maha Bandula
  • See the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda and 10-storey Sitting Buddha in Pyay
  • Enjoy a sunset tour of Bagan with wonderful views
Day one
  • Board Belmond Orcaella at its mooring in Yangon and enjoy a relaxing breakfast as we start our journey to Bagan.
  • After lunch, enjoy an introductory lecture about the heritage buildings we are sailing past along the Ayeyarwady River.
  • A welcome cocktail party and introduction to the ship’s officers precedes dinner from Executive Chef and team.
Day two

Discover the Jewels of the Ayeyarwady

  • This morning visit Danuphyu, a historically important town during the Anglo-Burmese War. See General Maha Bandula memorial at Pali University, followed by a trip to a cheroot maker and local tea shops
  • Afternoon tea is accompanied by a lecture on poets and writers in Myanmar.
  • Traditional Myanmar folk dancing is your after-dinner entertainment tonight.
Day three
  • Spend the day relaxing on board as we make our way towards the ancient Myanmar capital of Pyay.
  • Take in the sights and sounds of the river, or make use of the luxurious ship facilities.
  • On board entertainment today includes cookery, astrology and a longyi (traditional dress) tying demonstration. Wear your longyi at this evening’s pre-dinner cocktail party.
Day four
  • Arrive in Pyay in the morning and disembark for a visit to the impressive Shwesadaw Pagoda and ten-storey Buddha in Sri Ksetra.
  • Return to Belmond Orcaella and spend the rest of the afternoon sailing through the stunning scenery.
Day five
  • After a full morning sailing, enjoy an afternoon stop to explore the quaint Gwechaung village by ox-cart for first-hand experience of the rural lifestyle along the Ayeyarwady River.
  • This evening dinner is served at Min Hla Fort, the site of a great battle during the third Anglo-Burmese War.
Day six
  • This morning we arrive at the trade port of Magwe. Enjoy a tuk tuk tour of the busy market and see the famous Myathalon Pagoda.
  • Afternoon tea is accompanied by a lecture. After-dinner entertainment is a Myanmar puppet show.
Day seven
  • This morning disembark for Sale to view the exquisite 19th century wooden monastery Yout-Saun-Kyaung. A bus excursion takes in the most important sights of Bagan.
  • Lunch is at the Sunset Garden restaurant in Bagan.
Day eight

Discover the Jewels of the Ayeyarwady

  • Join in the morning excursion of Bagan and visit the Shwezigon Pagoda, the bustling market and Min Nan Thu.
  • This afternoon there is a choice of activities. Travel to the villages of Gu Byauk Gyi and Pwa Saw, or take a private horse and cart or bicycle tour within the city of Bagan.
  • Enjoy the evening’s farewell cocktail party and entertainment before your final dinner on board.
Day nine
  • Disembark after breakfast for your onward journey.
  • Buffet breakfast and lunch, and table d’h´te dinner – both eastern and western choices available
  • Complimentary soft drinks, mineral water, local beer and free flow house wine (local and international) with lunch and dinner
  • Internal flights within Myanmar included between Yangon and ship, as per itinerary
  • Fully-qualified resident doctor
  • All sightseeing, as per itinerary

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