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Irrawaddy To The Far North

Yangon- Bagan- Heho – Inle - Mandalay - Bahmo - Kyun Daw – Katha - Tigyang -Takaung -Kyauk Myaung - Mingun -Mandalay -Yangon

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Day 01: Yangon Arrival D

Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be meet and greet by our TAM representative and transfer to the hotel. Short trip meeting with our expert guide. Follow by the welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Hotel : Shangrila  hotel ( www.shangri-la.com)    or

Melia hotel ( www.melia.com)

Day 02: Yangon (Car) B, L

Morning sightseeing begins with an orientation walk in the city center of Yangon. Starting from near the Sule Pagoda towards Pansodan road where you can see old colonial buildings built by British. Then proceed to the Yangon Train Station to take the circular train ride about an hour. This will give you opportunities to witness local ways of life. Lunch will be at local restaurant.  In the late afternoon visit to Chaukhtatgyi reclining Buddha, one of the largest reclining Buddha Images in Myanmar with 70 m long. The most import and highlight of Yangon is Shwedagon pagoda, one of the wonders of the world and the most venerated Buddhist monument in Myanmar. You will witness religiosity of Myanmar people as well as architectural masterpiece. After that transfer to the hotel.Dinner on own. Overnight at hotel.

Hotel : Shangrila  hotel ( www.shangri-la.com)

Melia hotel ( www.melia.com)

Day 03: Yangon- Bagan (Car & Morning flight) B, L

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bagan, an ancient capital of 11th century and birth place of Buddhism.  Arrived Bagan and sightseeing starts by going to the mound to see the beautiful panoramic view of Bagan. Then proceed to Shwezigon pagoda which is a prototype of later Myanmar stupas. Walking middle of the cluster of stupas called Kayminga pagoda complex. Before lunch visit Ananda temple which has architectural masterpiece of Bagan valley. Lunch at one of the fine dinning  restaurants in Bagan. Check in at hotel. Later afternoon visit start with lacquer ware work shop to learn about local authentic products of lacquer ware. Horse & Cart riding in Bagan is one of the local authentic mode of transport and the best way to see around the monument till before sunset. Transfer to hotel. Dinner on own .Overnight at hotel.

Hotel : Ayer River View hotel ( www.ayeyarriverviewresort.com )

Day 04: Bagan - Popa - Bagan (Car) B, L

After breakfast drive through central Myanmar out of Bagan towards to Extinct volcano called Mt Popa. It is about one hour and 15 minutes away from Bagan. It is an oasis of dry zone of central Myanmar and place of Nat worship. On the way stop at Palm sugar place for learning and discovery about sky beer and distillation process of local spirit.  Arrive Mt Popa and walk along the exciting stair way of over 800 steps (optional) and arrive top to see the view. From the top of the Mt. Popa visitors can enjoy the panoramic view and feed the semi tame monkey along the stairways. Then drive to beautiful resort and have lunch with the amazing view of Popa plateau then take relaxing time there. After that back to Bagan.Dinner on own. Overnight at hotel.

Hotel : Ayer River View hotel ( www.ayeyarriverviewresort.com )

Day 05: Bagan - Heho - Inle (Car & Flight & Boat) B, L

In the morning transfer to the airport to take the flight to Heho in the Shan state. After arriving at Heho drive to Nyaung Shwe. Lunch at view point restaurant. Afternoon sightseeing begins by private boat to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, floating gardens of tomatoes, Ngaphae Chaung monastery where you can see typical Shan monastery style with ancient Buddha statues. Proceed visit to traditional umbrella & Shan paper workshop at the central of the Ywama village. Dinner on own . Overnight at hotel.

Hotel : Pristine Lotus Resort hotel ( www.pristinelotus.com )

Day 06: Inle - Indein (Boat) B, L

On the Inle Lake visiting to the five days mobile market are really interesting which is the best way to see the ways of life of the residence colorful people. The weaving products of the lake are cotton, silk and lotus. Amongst them lotus products are very famous and authentic. We will visit lotus weaving workshop. Having lunch at local restaurant.  Then continue to the Indein pagoda complex where more than a thousand Shan pagodas from 15th century are located. Take the long tailed boat again and on the way back to hotel visit Silver Smith workshop. Dinner on own .Overnight at hotel.

Hotel : Pristine Lotus Resort hotel ( www.pristinelotus.com )

Day 07: Inle - Heho -Mandalay (Car &Flight) / Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (car) B, L

Arrive Mandalay by morning flight and transfer to the hotel and leave lauggages then drive up hill about one an half hour to the hill station small town called Pyin Oo Lwin, once named “May Town” by British. It is a hill stationed town with its charming for weather, nature and people. Lunch will be at the local restaurant. Visit the town including, by taking a short horse cart ride, Maha Aunt Htoo Kan Tha pagoda, the jubilcated governor’s house and famous botanical garden then back to Mandalay and transfer to the hotel and prepared for the cruise trip. Dinner on own .Overnight at hotel.

Hotel : Mandalay Hilton hotel ( www.hiltonmandalay.hilton.com )

Day 08: Mandalay- Bhamo (flight & Embarkation) Dodwn stream B, L, D

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bhamo which is the embarkation point and located at the most beginning part of the grand Ayeyarwaddy River. The flight time will be about one and half hour.  

Arrive Bhamo in the morning Explore Bhamo by tuk tuk and walk a bit. Embark the ship at 12:00 noon and serve lunch. We then sail through the Dramatic Second Defile with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. Join a welcome reception this evening prior to dinner. Moor overnight at Kyun Daw.

Note: Due to water level, speed boat may be used for transfer from Jetty to the Ship.

Accommodation: Paukan Cruise (Main Deck Cabin) ( www.ayravatacruises.com )

Day 09: Kyun Daw B, L , D

Morning excursion: Kyun Daw After breakfast, visit the fascinating island village of Kyun Daw, where over 7,000 stupas surround the monastery. Take a walking tour for memorable encounters with the villagers. Visit to fisherman’s home to learn more about daily life and a School to interact with the children. You will also visit a nunnery to present the nuns with food purchased the day before at the market in Bhamo. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food.

Afternoon: Sailing

As you sail south this afternoon, with some luck, you may catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin with its distinctive round forehead. Arrive Katha and moor overnight.

Accommodation: Paukan Cruise (Main Deck Cabin) (  www.ayravatacruises.com )

Day 10: Katha - Tigyang B, L , D

Morning Excursion: Katha

Start your day with a visit to the local market in Katha, where you will see the locals buying and selling fish, meat, produce, and more. Next, stop at the former British Club, featured in George Orwell’s novel Burmese Days. Here learn a bit more about how life was here during British rule. Lastly, journey a short distance to a local Jingpo village. A subset of the Kachin, the Jingpo are one of over 100 ethnic minority groups in Myanmar. Here you will learn about their culture, traditional dress, and their unique method of making rice wine. Sail to the small village of Tigyang for an afternoon walking tour through its narrow lanes and to visit the pagoda and reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views. Moor overnight at midriver.

Accommodation: Paukan Cruise (Main Deck Cabin) ( www.ayravatacruises.com )

Day 11: Tagaung B, L,D

Morning excursion: Tagaung

This morning, visit the village of Tagaung with its many Buddhist monasteries. Here you will interact with the monks at a local monastery. Each morning they don their distinctive saffron-colored robes and walk through the streets to collect alms, offerings of food, like cooked rice and curry. This is a truly memorable experience as you present alms to the monks and witness their lunch ritual.

Sail the rest of the day and overnight at mid River.

Accommodation: Paukan Cruise (Main Deck Cabin) ( www.ayravatacruises.com )

Day 12: Kyauk Myaing B, L, D

Morning excursion: Kyauk Myaung

Today, take a walking tour through the captivating pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung. Here you will learn more about the pot-making process and see how they are formed, fired, and glazed. Most interesting is the eye-catching 50-gallon variety, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars in colonial times. These pots could transport large quantities of liquor, fish sauce, peanut oil, and more, and have played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries.

Sail the rest of the day. Moore overnight near Mingun.

Accommodation: Paukan Cruise (Main Deck Cabin) ( www.ayravatacruises.com )

Day 13: Mingun - Amarapura B, L, D

Morning excursion: Mingun

After breakfast, arrive Mingun. Visit the unfinished pagoda where construction was abandoned at 160 feet only a third of the planned height, Mya Thein Tan Pagoda (White Pagoda) and the largest working bell in the world.

After lunch, sail a short distance to Mandalay.

Afternoon excursion: Amarapura

Amarapura, former capital of Myanmar, later in the afternoon. Your visit focuses on the famous U Bein Bridge, a three-quarter-mile-long bridge built in 1783 from reclaimed teakwood from the old royal palace in Inwa. The bridge is still a cornerstone of the community as locals and monks use it daily to cross Taungthaman Lake while fishermen and farmers go about their daily work below. Take a Sampan Ride on the lake for memorable views of the sunset behind the iconic bridge. Moor overnight at Mandalay.

Accommodation: Paukan Cruise (Main Deck Cabin) ( www.ayravatacruises.com )

Day 14: Mandalay B,L ,D

Morning Excursion: Mandalay

After breakfast, visit a Tapestry &Wood carving workshops to learn more about these cottage industries and see the skilled artisans at work. Then stop at Mahamuni pagoda, the most revered shrine in Mandalay, to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha. Due to the continual application of gold leaves, officials estimate the gold is approximately six inches thick.

Afternoon excursion: Mandalay

This afternoon, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remnant of former King Mindon’s “Golden City” to survive the bombing of World War II. Originally the king’s living quarters, the building was moved after his death to its current location and converted into a monastery. Today, the original gilding has faded, but the intricate wood carvings endure, giving you a sense of how extravagant the original teak palace complex was. Lastly, stop at a gold leaf workshop to see how it is made. This evening, enjoy a Traditional performance by Mandalay Art School after Dinner on the Sun Deck. Moore overnight at Mandalay.

Accommodation: Paukan Cruise (Main Deck Cabin) ( www.ayravatacruises.com )

Day 15: Mandalay - Yangon (Car & Flight) Disembarkation B,

Disembarkation in the morning Gawein Jetty in Mandalay. Then transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Yangon. Arrival Yangon, transfer to the hotel. Check in hotel. Free & leisure time for the rest of the day.Lunch and Dinner on own arrangement .

Day 16: Yangon (Car) B, L,

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast and we explore the back side of the city by taking the circular train ride for about an hour. Then visit few famous art galleries of Yangon, visit the gems selling area as well. Lunch at local restaurant. Then we bring you to the biggest market of Yangon, Scott market famous for its arts and handicraft  for last minutes shopping.

Please note: market closed on Monday and every gazette  holiday.

Day 17: Yangon - Departure (Car transfer only)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for the international departure (anytime).

End of our services.

“Have a Safe Flight”

  • Hotels accommodation (Twin Sharing) with daily breakfast
  • All mentioned Domestic flights
  • Car and boat transfers and sightseeing as indicated in the program
  • Zone fees / Entrance fees as mentioned
  • Some of the meals as per mentioned
  • Daily two small bottle of mineral water
  • 8Days/ 7Nights Cruise (Main Deck cabin)
  • English speaking guide
  • Welcome kit
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Graturaties for guide, driver, cruise, restaraunt
  • Beverages
  • International flight
  • Services not mention in the program