7-Day RV Paukan Cruise_The Royal Capitals (Downstream): Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 7 Days

English    Mandalay, Bagan, Salay

tour highlights

  • 6 Nights river cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay to Salay
  • Explore the highlighted sites and hidden gems in the royal capital of Mandalay
  • Sunset troll at U Bein Bridge in Amarapura and authentic horse cart ride in Ava
  • Visit to rural villages of Yandabo and Hnaw Gone to learn more about local rural lifestyle
  • Exploring Bagan and its century-old beautiful temples and pagodas
  • Relaxing atmosphere on the deck of the luxurious Paukan cruise

tour details

The Ayeyarwaddy River has witnessed the history of Myanmar and gave it life. On its banks are located all the “must see” highlights of the Golden Land Myanmar. Explore the Royal Capitals of Mandalay, Amarapura and Ava, passing through the glorious city of Bagan with its 3,000 temples and pagodas where sat the First Myanmar Empire. Not to miss visit to the riverside villages where you will get a closer look to the typical rural lifestyle and get a glimpse of traditional workshops on your way.

Join In tour with departures as schedule.

Check-in on board at 12:00 hours and enjoy an afternoon excursion in Mandalay. Visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, which contains the world's biggest book, as well as the Shwe Nan Daw Monastery, the only original monastery left from the royal era. Proceed to a workshop that produces the gold leaf commonly used to adorn Buddha images at temples throughout Myanmar, and the Mahamuni Pagoda, to see how the gold leaf is used.
Overnight on board
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely walking tour in the small town of Mingun. The first stop is King Bodawpaya's monumental, uncompleted Mingun stupa. Had it been completed, it would have been the largest in the world. Continue to walk to the Mingun Bell the largest working bell in the world. Make a stop at the local market, famous for its makeshift galleries that display inexpensive art from both local and internationally known artists. After Lunch, transfer to the penultimate Burmese royal capital of Amarapura to visit a silk workshop before driving to U Bein Bridge, believed to be the world's longest and oldest teakwood bridge. Local sampans wait to take us on a leisurely cruise of the lake while admiring the sunset over the bridge.
Overnight on board
This morning, explore Sagaing by coach, an important religious site with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Here, stop to see Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda at the top of Sagaing Hill for stunning views of the Ayeyarwaddy and across to Mandalay. Next continue onto a Nunnery to witness life in a local nunnery. After visiting Sagaing, continue to the Ava ruled upper Burma from 1364 to 1555, explore by horse cart, visiting the beautiful 200-year-old teak Bagaya Monastery, Nan Myint watchtower (27m high) and the Yadanar Hsimee pagoda complex.
Overnight on board
This morning, sail to Yandabo which is a riverside village where you will see mass production of traditional pots. You will have a chance to dig in the story of Yandabo that it's a place where the Peace Treaty was signed in 1826 to stop the first Anglo-Burmese war. Leisurely walk through the village and you have the opportunity to stop at the various family homes and workshops, each with its own unique style and markings.
In the afternoon, sail to the village of Hnaw Gone, and enjoy your second leisurely walk of the day. Hnaw Kone is a typical, rural, river village, with friendly residents and adorable children. Stop to see the local handicraft of bamboo cane basket weaving. You will watch the villagers as they expertly split bamboo and skilfully weave the strands into baskets or larger panels for building homes.
Overnight on board
Visit Bagan viewing tower to see the scenic view of Bagan. After that, climb aboard traditional, ceremonial oxcart for a short ride through the temples of Bagan. Afternoon excursion takes you to the massive Htilominlo in Bagan, the murals that once decorated much of the inside of this temple have only survived on the ceilings. A visit to Bagan would not be complete without exploring one of the most famous temples of Bagan, Ananda. Explore the cruciform of the temple, with four standing Buddhas facing north, south, east, and west.
Overnight on board
Transfer by motor coach to Bagan's largest open local market. You have the opportunity to watch the negotiations and transactions taking place. Walk through the market and proceed to the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda. This important religious site dates to the reign of King Anawrahta, founder of the Bagan Empire. The golden stupa at its centre is said to contain a bone and tooth relic of the Buddha, a gold image of Anawrahta and a Chinese emerald Buddha.
After lunch, visit a local lacquerware workshop and witness the demonstration of the labour-intensive process required in making each piece, you have time to shop before continuing on your tour. A short coach ride takes you to Gubyaukgyi Temple where the richly-coloured paintings are thought to date to the original construction period in the early 12th century and you will also see a sand painting demonstration by a local artist. Next to this temple is the gilded Mya Zedi, which offers both a linguistic and a historical significance. For your final stop of the day, proceed to the Bagan Viewing Hill and enjoy the sunset over the pagodas and stupas of Bagan before returning to the ship.
Overnight on board
After your breakfast, disembark from Paukan cruise at Salay by 08:00 hours.


  • 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


  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Transfer to and ex boat
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Fuel surcharges if applicable
  • 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
  • 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)


  • The Ayeyarwaddy and Chindwin rivers are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level.
  • In the case of water levels being too high or low an alternative itinerary will be offered to Passenger.
  • Published itineraries are indication 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.
  • Though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice.
  • The ship's manager and captain are jointly responsible for passengers' comfort and safety.
  • Passengers must accept their decisions and instructions.
Tour code: PKMDATRCA

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