Myanmar

5-Day The Strand Cruise (Bagan to Mandalay) – Group Journey

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 5 Days

tour highlights

  • 4 Nights river cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay
  • Shore excursion to Tant Kyi Taung, and Pakokku
  • Relax watching the scenery along the way and share the experience with the travelers onboard

tour details

The Strand Cruise is the latest Luxury Cruise to sail the magnificent Ayeyarwady River of Asia’s hidden treasure that is Myanmar. Embark for an authentic journey of discoveries from visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries to remote villages aboard this ship. Sailing on the luxury cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River. You will see the best of river life with stops in the glass house monastery at Tant Kyi Taung, bustling monastery city of Pakokku and enjoy the fabulous feast near the Mingun Bell. Visit also include some main Temples and Pagodas in Bagan and Mandalay.

Join-in tour with departure on Monday.

Your journey through this golden land with a freshly made welcome breakfast in the tranquil shaded gardens of the oldest lacquerware house in Bagan. Lacquerware is a traditional art that began when the Pagodas of Bagan were first being built in the 11th century and is still practiced today. We will then move onto the nearby Shwezigon Pagoda, famous for its gold leaf d'e9cor, and the Ananda temple, famous as being one of the four great temples of Bagan and one of most exquisite temples in Myanmar. Arrival at the Strand Cruise for check-in and to meet fellow passengers over lunch on the Sundeck. For those arriving in Bagan later in the day, rendezvous point is aboard the ship. Once settled into your cabin, meet your fellow passengers for lunch prepared by Chef. During the afternoon, we will continue exploration of the Bagan Heritage Trail, including the beautiful Sulamani and Gubyaukgyi temples. As the sun sets, admire Bagan's magnificent sights over the Ayeyarwady river from the ship's sundeck, sipping a Strand signature cocktail. After sundown, enjoy a traditional Myanmar cultural show before joining your fellow travellers in fine dining restaurant for a Myanmar dinner.
Early risers this morning can enjoy tea, coffee and pastries in the Sarkies Bar before joining an excursion to view sunrise over Bagan from the Shwe San Daw temple. This pagoda contains a series of five terraces, topped with a cylindrical stupa, which has a bejewelled umbrella. From the top you get an impressive 360-degree view of the entire area of Bagan. A leisurely brunch will then be served in the restaurant as begin cruising upstream to Mandalay. The passing landscapes and typical Ayeyarwady villages have inspired many authors and artists throughout history, including Rudyard Kipling. As spend the afternoon drifting on the gentle waters of the Ayeyarwady, relax on the sun deck, meditate, visit the spa or enjoy the many activities and workshops arranged by experienced crew, before enjoying a traditional Strand afternoon tea. As night falls, ship will moor on a remote and wild section of the river. Surrounded only by the soft whispering of nature, Captain invites you to a cocktail and tapas dinner in the Sarkies Bar, followed by a traditional Myanmar puppet show in the restaurant. Night owls can linger in the bar over a glass of fine wine or single malt whiskey and recreate the golden age of the Strand as a meeting place for explorers and raconteurs. Strand Cruise also offer additional activity options today, including a hot air balloon ride at sunrise, where you can gently float above the 2,000 pagodas of Bagan.
Enjoy a late breakfast this morning as the ship will cruise until mid-afternoon when the cruise arrives in Mingun. Throughout the morning, relax by the pool with a book or participate in the many activities and workshops prepared by the crew as pass through the wonderful countryside, such as a cooking demonstration or an introduction to the traditional Myanmar thanaka and longyi. After a generous Asian family style lunch taken on the Sundeck, the cruise will stop in Mingun, one of the country's former capitals, at the foot of the unfinished pagoda, one of the largest pagoda's ever constructed in the history of Myanmar. You will visit the pagoda by a popular local means of transportation, the Tuk Tuk. The pagoda is home to the magnificent Mingun Bell, claimed to be the largest un-cracked hanging bell in the world. Visit Paya Hsinbyume, an impressive pagoda that rises in seven curved whitewashed terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt Meru, the mountain at the centre of the Buddhist universe. Once back on-board, relax with a glass of champagne on the Sundeck before a grill dinner in the Strand Restaurant.
Today begin with a freshly prepared breakfast while surveying the next and most awaited stop, Mandalay, the second- largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. After making a traditional food offering to the monks in their monastery in Mandalay, first stop is the U-Bein Bridge, a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura. The bridge is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Continue the Mandalay Heritage Trail by visiting the Mahamui Buddha temple. Legend has it that the great Buddha himself visited the city of Arakan in 554 and that King Sanda Thuriya ordered a likeness of Buddha's face to be created and placed in the temple. From here, visit the Shwe In Bin monastery before re-joining the Strand Cruise. After a buffet lunch on board as cruise, you will explore Ava, the ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Horse carts await the ship to transport guests for a delightful ride through the naturally preserved Ava landscape and key landmarks. You will have an exclusive mooring overnight at Ava next to a remarkable temple, allowing Strand Cruise passengers access to the site after the crowds have departed in the late afternoon until the following morning. As the cruise reach the end of the day, a sunset cocktail will be held on the Sundeck, before a French dinner in the Strand Restaurant.
Breakfast and cruise towards the Gaw Wein Jetty in Mandalay, where guests will depart the cruise to the airport or hotels.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Pickup and drop-off at the hotel or at the airport
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Local soft drinks & local beer. House wine during meals
  • Port charges
  • Tours with English-speaking on board guide (all tours are join-in)/language guides can be provided on request subject to availability
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling

excludes

Not included are:

  • International & Domestic flights
  • Medical Services, travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness) of all kinds or visas fees
  • Transfer to and ex boat
  • Extra optional excursions/activities
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, telephone calls, spa treatments, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals

notes

Depending on water level, embarkation and disembarkation points can be changed.
    Tour code: STR4BMUP

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