12-Day Belmond Orcaella Cruise (Gorges of the Far North from Mandalay) – Group Discovery

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 12 Days

tour highlights

  • Visit New Nyein to see traditional clay-pot making
  • Explore the old trading port of Bhamo
  • Enjoy a sunset tour of the ancient city of Bagan
  • Tour to Mount Popa and its summit monastery

tour details

Cruise from the city of Mandalay to Bhamo and on to the spellbinding temples of Bagan. This adventurous voyage provides the opportunity to marvel at the gorges from the river.

Join-in tour with departures as per schedule.

Board Orcaella in Mandalay and cruise on the Ayeyarwady River towards northern Myanmar. A stop at Mingun includes a visit to the world's largest brick-built pagoda and the biggest uncracked bell. This evening you'll get to know fellow travellers at the welcome dinner.
Disembark at Nwe Nyein for a guided walking tour and a chance to meet artisans sculpting traditional clay pots. Later, sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw before enjoying a cocktail party on the top deck.
Spend the morning strolling around the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat. Children greet you on their way to school and the market begins bustle with activity. As Orcaella continues its voyage, you can admire the rural villages dotted along the shore.
Visit Katha by trishaw and take in the market made famous by George Orwell in Burmese Days. In the afternoon, small boats take you ashore to the port of Shwegu and beyond to experience life in a typical riverside Shan village.
As the cruise continues, relax and admire the green-clad mountains reaching down to the narrowing channel. Travel past logging camps and the old colonial village of Zinbon. The ship drops anchor off Bhamo. Visit the town centre and enjoy the vibrant activity of this tribal meeting point.
Begin the day with a tour of picturesque Shwe Paw Island and its ancient pagodas. Your journey then takes you on to the riverside village of Moe Dar where you will witness a traditional novitiation ceremony.
In the early morning, board a train to the forest station of Naba and journey into the thick Kachin jungle and teak forest. Back on board, enjoy a leisurely afternoon gliding towards Kyan Hnyat, and end the day with a refreshing cocktail on the Top Deck.
This morning the ship anchors at Thabeikkyin. A winding road will lead you past a lush forestry reserve to Mogok, where you'll meet elephants working in the teak forests.
Mandalay comes into view in the early morning. Disembark for a tour of Myanmar's second city, including lunch at a local restaurant. Rejoin the ship at the quaint village of Shwe Kyet Yet and enjoy a tribal dance performance in the evening.
Spend the day gazing at the passing scenery as the ship continues towards Bagan. This evening take in the unforgettable sunset over the Bagan plain and enjoy a magical performance by traditional Bagan artists.
Visit the ancient sites in and around Bagan with an expert guide. In the afternoon you may choose to join a tour of Mount Popa - the legendary home of animist spirits known as 'nats' - with its impressive summit monastery. Or take a horse-drawn cart or a bicycle to explore on your own. Celebrate your final evening on board at this evening's cocktail party, and say goodbye to your new friends during the farewell dinner.
Transfer to Bagan airport for your flight to Yangon.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services arranged by Belmond Orcaella cruise
  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Tours with English-speaking on board guide (all tours are join-in)
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Domestic airfare from Yangon to Mandalay and Bagan to Yangon

excludes

Not included are:

  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Laundry Service
  • Telephone calls and Fax charges
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation in the event of accident or illness)

notes

Important Note:

The rivers of Myanmar vary from season to season, with as much as a 30 foot variance in water level. During the months of January through June, the water levels of the Ayeyarwady may drop for a period of a few weeks to a few months, creating a narrower channel for navigation. During the months of July through October, high water levels may affect the Chindwin River. To accommodate for changes in water levels, Belmond Orcaella may operate on an adjusted itinerary during these periods and our mooring locations may be amended.
    Tour code: BORC11GFN
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