8-Day Anawrahta Cruise (Impressive Gorges) – Group Experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 8 Days

tour highlights

  • 7 Nights river cruise on the Ayearwaddy River
  • Explore the enchanting colonial town of Katha
  • Enjoy the scenery along the river, discovering the interesting villages with their ways of lives

tour details

Anawrahta Cruise is a charming cruising luxury boutique hotel. On this 8 Days Mandalay – Katha – Mandalay journey, visit nearby destinations and observe the daily life style of local people. Last but not least enjoy farewell dinner with the traditional puppet show on the last day of your journey.

Join-in tour with departures as per schedule.

12:00 hours check in and embarkation at Gawein jetty. In the cooler air of late-afternoon, make a tour of the pottery village of Nwe Nyein. Here you can see traditional techniques still being used to produce a rich variety of decorative pots. Tonight a longyi Cocktail Party will be held on board and enjoy the moment together with the other guests.
Overnight on board.
Morning yoga or meditation session is available for early risers. Passing bamboo villages and even smaller fishing settlements, you will wonder how tranquil these lives can be. Join your Cruise Chef for a Cookery Demonstration in the morning and attend an informal Burmese language lesson in the afternoon. Arrive in Dagaung for another late-afternoon tour, which will show life on the riverbank and introduce you to this small town with its ancient fortifications, archaeological area and famous nat or spirit shrines.
Overnight in Tagaung.
Leisure hours in the morning. In the early afternoon, arrive to the enchanting colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell's Burmese Days. Little has changed since then. Katha was the final resting place for much of the old flotilla as over a hundred ships were scuppered here in 1942. You will be brought around all the places that appear in the book and give you the opportunity to really imagine how life was in this far-flung corner of the British Empire.
Overnight in Katha.
In the morning, disembark for a visit to Katha's colourful, bustling and noisy market before proceeding to visit an elephant logging camp in the hardwood forests of the hills that surround the town. After, you will call into the old Golf Club before returning to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon you may relax on the Sun Deck while we continue upstream to Shwe Gu. Afternoon tea will be served before a lecture on Myanmar history and current affairs.
Overnight in Shwegu.
Another early start is recommended as you take a tranquil walk through the rarely-visited island of Shwe Paw Kyun. After, be prepared on the Sun Deck as you make your first passing through the dramatic Second defile. This will take about two hours, depending on the force of the current. Once out the other side, turn at the Sinkan Bridge and begin your return journey by plunging once again into the fast flowing waters of the Defile. It may take as little as 25 minutes to reach the other end.
Overnight in Katha.
After a short sail, arrive in Thagara, where you will go ashore and climb the hill to reach a majestic Reclining Buddha gazing serenely southwards, taking in the view of the Third Defile. Another relaxing afternoon perhaps enjoying the facilities of the spacious Spa or our 8-meter whirlpool swimming pool enjoying the passing scenery. For those wishing for some mental stimulation there will be a lecture on 'Religion in Myanmar' and another Burmese language lesson. Tonight the ship will moor near Tabbeikyin, the nearest port to the famous ruby mines of Mogok.
Depending on the water level and local conditions, you can visit Thiha Taw Island in the mouth of the Third Defile this morning. Here a beautiful monastery was suddenly and mysteriously abandoned around 100 years ago. The monks from this monastery were reputed to have tamed fish and used to place gold-leaf on them during special ceremonies. In the afternoon, there will be a lecture entitled "History of Mandalay" while sailing south. Reach Mandalay late in the afternoon where you will disembark in time to see sunset at the famous U Bein's Bridge, the longest teak bridge in Myanmar.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Bid farewell to the crew as you check-out in Mandalay at 09:00 hours after breakfast.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, 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


Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • 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 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)


Depending on water level, embarkation and disembarkation points can be changed.
    Tour code: ANA7IGMKM

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