Myanmar

5-Day Belmond Road To Mandalay Cruise (Images of Golden Land) – Group Experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 5 Days

tour highlights

  • 4 Nights luxury river cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay
  • A luxurious cruise on board of Road to Mandalay, the prestigious boat of Belmond Road to Mandalay
  • Sightseeing in the highlighted places of the ancient capitals in central Myanmar
  • Participate in a variety of on board activities



tour details

Belmond Road to Mandalay is the pioneer in exploring the river waters in modern times in Myanmar. With many years of experience, this luxury cruise ship gives you comfort, experience and a wonderful home to explore stunning sites in Central Myanmar. This cruise is recommended for guests who like to be pampered.

Join In tour with departure on Saturday.

Program 1: Bagan – Mingun – Mandalay (October – December, 5 – 12 January)
From spiritual Sagaing to the enigmatic ruins of Mingun, embark on a breathtaking journey of discovery as you cruise along the Ayeyarwady River from Bagan to Mandalay.

Program 2: Bagan – Myin Mu – Mandalay (19 – 26 January, February – March)
Experience a breathtaking land, barely touched by time, as you journey from Bagan to Myin Mu aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay.

Embark on the ship at Taung Be village near Bagan around 10:00 hours. Enjoy lunch on board. Disembark for a tour of Ananda, one of Bagan's most magnificent temples. Continue on to a lesser-known temple, which you will explore by torchlight. The day ends watching the sunset over the mesmerising, temple-strewn plains of Bagan, followed by an exclusive candle-lighting ceremony at a small temple near the jetty. Tonight, dine under the stars at the Road to Mandalay Grill on the Observation Deck. Overnight on board.
BAGAN - CRUISE TO MANDALAY: October - December, 5 - 12 January
Before setting sail embark on the morning adventure of your choice. Select from a sunrise temple tour, a visit to a local community project, or a bicycle or horse-and-cart ride around Old Bagan. An inspiring hot-air balloon flight is also available at an additional supplement. For guests who have pre-booked sunrise flights with "Balloons over Bagan" (advance reservations are essential) there will be early-morning tea and coffee served.
As the ship continues on to Mandalay, there are a range of onboard activities to keep you entertained. Relax by the pool on the Observation Deck, the largest outdoor space of any river cruise ship in Myanmar, or keep fit in the gym. Sample local infusions and delicacies in our Burmese Tea Shop and examine an exhibition of work from a local artist. In the evening you are invited to don a longyi for a special cocktail party before sitting down to dine on a selection of Asian and Western dishes in the elegant Restaurant. Overnight on board.

BAGAN - CRUISE TO MANDALAY: 19 - 26 January, February - March
Before setting sail embark on the morning adventure of your choice. Select from a sunrise temple tour, a visit to a local community project, or a bicycle or horse-and-cart ride around Old Bagan. An inspiring hot-air balloon flight is also available at an additional supplement. For guests who have pre-booked sunrise flights with Balloons over Bagan (advance reservation), there will be early-morning tea and coffee served. As the ship continues on to Mandalay, there are a range of onboard activities to keep you entertained. Relax by the pool on the Observation Deck, the largest outdoor space of any river cruise ship in Myanmar, or keep fit in the gym. Sample local infusions and delicacies in our Burmese Tea Shop and examine an exhibition of work from a local artist. In the evening you are invited to don a longyi for a special cocktail party before sitting down to dine on a selection of Asian and Western dishes in the elegant Restaurant. Overnight on board.
MINGUN: October - December, 5 - 12 January
During the morning's sailing, there are a range of activities available, from sunrise yoga and meditation to cookery demonstrations and a talk from the onboard doctor. Arrive in Mingun and choose from two fascinating tours. Discover the historical sites nearby or join a walk through a rural village, engaging with the locals. In the evening you are invited to wear a traditional sarong to our vibrant Longyi Cocktail Party on the Observation Deck. Overnight on board.

MYIN MU: 19 - 26 January, February - March
This morning, arrive at Myin Mu, a charming riverside town just 30 miles south of Mandalay. Explore the area by trishaw. Highlights include visits to a busy market, a traditional Burmese slipper production and a family of bamboo weavers. Return to the ship for lunch, then set off to the picturesque farming village of Alacapa. Walk around the town and get a rare insight into local life. The villagers grow a variety of crops here including corn, sesame, chilli peppers and fava beans. Back on the ship, anticipate traditional entertainment after dinner. Overnight on board.
SAGAING - MANDALAY: October - December, 5 - 12 January
Arrive in Mandalay after a short cruise. Early risers can participate in a Buddhist almsgiving ceremony on shore. Select the tour of your choice: "Highlights of Mandalay" visits important historic sites around the city, including Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Golden Monastery. "Mandalay Arts and Shopping" focuses on the city's renowned traditional crafts, such as bronze, marble, silk and woodwork. Rejoin the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet jetty.
After lunch, visit the Sagaing Hills, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar. Toast the sunset with a champagne cocktail overlooking the amazing U Bein Bridge. After a sumptuous farewell dinner on board, enjoy traditional entertainment. Overnight on board.

SAGAING - MANDALAY: 19 - 26 January, February - March
After breakfast, set off on your choice for full-day excursions. The first tour takes you to Mandalay, visiting the UNESCO-listed Kuthodaw Pagoda and the wooden monastery of Shwenandaw. Afterwards, you will pass through the streets of the marble quarter and visit a family of bronze casters. Visit the famous U Bein Bridge and the Sagaing Hills where you have a rare opportunity to visit a nunnery. Alternatively head off to discover Monywa, a town on the Chindwin River that is often missed by tourists. This remote area is home to the world's tallest standing Buddha statue. You will also explore the brightly-coloured Thanbuddhay temple and visit a small thanaka market. Back on board, the chef has been preparing a spectacular farewell feast. Overnight on board.
An early-bird breakfast is served before you disembark from Belmond Road to Mandalay around 09:00 hours for your onward travel arrangements. Guests travelling on the group flight to Yangon will be escorted to the airport.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfers arranged by Belmond Road To Mandalay cruise
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Tours with English-speaking cruise guide
  • Boat trips as specified
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation on cruise
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


excludes

Not included are:

  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages) and private car for all tours and transfers
  • 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
  • Domestic airfare from Yangon to Bagan and from Mandalay to Yangon
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • (Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13
  • 17 April)
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

Notes:

  • All timings are approximate and should be used as a guide only

  • The rivers of Myanmar vary from season to season, with as much as a 30ft variance in water level. From January through June, the Ayeyarwady’s levels may drop, creating a narrower channel for navigation. To allow for these changes, Belmond Road to Mandalay may operate a revised itinerary and mooring locations may be amended.
Tour code: BRTM4BMUP

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