15-Day Pandaw Cruise (The Ayeyarwaddy_Yangon to Mandalay) – Group Discovery

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 15 Days

tour highlights

  • Luxury cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River from Yangon up to Bagan and ends in Mandalay
  • Enjoy the scenery along the river, discovering the interesting villages with their ways of lives including the hidden small towns
  • Charming atmosphere and rich variety of activities on the deck

tour details

Spend 15 days exploring the history and beauty of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) river as you sail past golden temples, quaint villages and sacred mountains. From Yangon to the delightful city of Pyay (Prome) on the edge of the Delta to Mandalay and Mingun. Daily stops include tours of the historic capitals of Bagan with its 3,000 monuments and Mandalay with its royal palace and many sites around the city, particularly on the river. Pass from the lush teak forests around Pyay before you reach the former Kings’ capital Mandalay.

Join In tour with departures as per schedule.

Embark around 10:30 hours at Kyan Mar Yay jetty and sail up the Yangon river and enter the Twante Canal which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. You are going to stop on route at the Twante and explore the remote city centre.
Overnight on board
In the morning, take a stroll to visit Maubin bustling market and the surrounding area. Afternoon tour starts with exploration of Delta area, Nyaung Don city and observe the country life style. Moor over night at Zakagyi.
Overnight on board
After breakfast, start your exploration of Delta creeks and stop at Danubyu, another little known town with a busy port and bustling markets. In the First Anglo Burmese War of 1825, the Burmese General Maha-Bandoola was defeated here following a long and disastrous campaign by the British.
In the afternoon, walk in Zalon city to visit beautiful Golden Buddha image and return to the ship. Moor overnight at Henzada.
Overnight on board
Today, sailing all day long and make a stop to visit the markets and see old colonial buildings in the sleepy Delta town of Myan Aung. Afterwards, slowly enter into the Ayeyarwady river.
Overnight on board
Early morning, slowly sail upstream and downstream around A Kaut Taung area, to view Buddha carvings on the mountainside, from the upper deck or Sundeck. You will arrive Pyay by the afternoon and travel by coach to the 5th - 8th century archaeological site of Sriksetra, the former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artefacts and sculptures.
Overnight on board
This pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo - Myanmar War of 1855. Many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. Thayet also boasts the oldest golf course in Myanmar (1885). Visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horse cart to the golf course, passing through the former British botanical garden.
Overnight on board
After breakfast, visit the two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. The fight for the Min Hla redoubt was the only serious action in the war and the death of a young subaltern inspired Kipling to write a poem. Take a Trishaw ride to reach the magnificent Mya Thalon Pagoda, constructed with solid gold bricks. Of interest are the many nat (spirit) shrines and hermitages within the temple precincts.
Overnight on board
Visit the Sale Yokesone Monastery with its spectacular wood carvings and also explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses and continue sailing upstream.
Overnight on board
In the morning, moor at the Tan Chi Taung and enjoy the picturesque view on the way. Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in the world and the highlight of every tour through Myanmar. Continue with one of the highlights of your trip with a tour of a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments at this World Heritage Site, Bagan.
Overnight on board
Further exploration by coach of the monuments follow by a lacquerware workshop and visit the local markets. Back on board, continue sailing upstream. Evening walk in Oh Ne Kyaung village to see the local life in this typical river side community.
Overnight on board
This small rural village is specialized in pot making. Explore around Yandabo village and observe the local lifestyle as well as the pottery workshops. Also, visit the Pandaw School, built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.
Overnight on board
After breakfast, take a tour of central Mandalay including Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe Nan Daw teak carved monastery. In the afternoon, visit picturesque Sagaing. The true delight of Sagaing lies in its 1000 hermitages and sanctuaries, rich in woodcarving and religious art. Next, explore the ancient capital of Amarapura, take a boat ride along Taungthaman lake and watch the tranquillity and serenity of this beautiful lake and its famous U Bein Bridge at sunset.
Overnight on board
Breakfast is served in the restaurant before you stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda which is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. Afterwards, visit the Old Peoples' Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s.
Overnight on board
Sail upstream and visit the spectacular potteries around Kyauk-myoung where the famous 50-gallon water pots are handmade. You will see all stages of manufacture from the throwing of the pots to the week-long firing in huge kilns. Afternoon sailing to Mandalay.
Overnight on board
Breakfast is served in the restaurant before you disembark from your ship around 09:00 hours at Sagaing Lay Kyun Man Aung jetty in Mandalay.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • 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
  • Horse cart rides, trishaw and boat fees as stated in the itinerary
  • Tours with English-speaking on board guide (all tours are join-in)
  • Service charges, room tax


Not included are:

  • International flights
  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Transfer to and ex boat
  • 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 at bar
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)



The rivers you will sail on are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level, in some places as much as 30 metres. Water levels can change dramatically overnight and a sudden rise can impede our progress upstream considerably and even prevent us from passing under certain bridges. A sudden fall can result in our being unable to get into certain places or go as far upstream as we would hope. Groundings on sandbars are not infrequent and are part of the excitement of any Pandaw expedition. Published itineraries are informational only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop. Passengers are thus forewarned and expected to be flexible and patient. River cruising in Asia can be a dramatic and adventurous experience
  • not like cruising the controlled waterways of Europe or America. Note also that we operate in areas with little or no developed infrastructure and are subject to the strictures of local officialdom. Be prepared for this and it is all more the fun!
Tour code: PDW14IRR

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