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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 8 Days

English    Mandalay, Katha, Mandalay

tour highlights

  • 7 Nights river cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River around Mandalay and Katha
  • Explore the colonial town of Katha where you will get a glimpse of George Orwell's Burmese Days
  • Enchanting train ride from Katha to Naba
  • Passing through the breath-taking Second Defile and sailing to Kyun Daw Island
  • Sunset boat tour at the longest teak bridge, U Bein
  • Enjoy the scenery along the river, discovering the interesting villages and rural ways of life

tour details

Anawrahta Cruise is a charming cruising luxury boutique hotel. On this 8-day tour, visit the most important destinations in Katha and discover what had happened here according to George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Observe the daily life style of rural people and absorb the peaceful atmosphere in remote villages. Last but not least, experience a charter train ride from Katha to Naba which will make your river journey unforgettable.

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. Today's sailing is through the rolling hills of the Third Defile. 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 Tagaung 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, take an oriental train ride from Katha to Naba for 3 hours. Enjoy this very scenic and authentic train ride passing through villages and teak forest. Upon arrival in Naba, get a glimpse of the peaceful area and transfer back to Katha for a market visit. It's time for some shopping at the colourful local market where you can practice your Burmese language skills during a market rally. 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. Dress up for British Club at the Kipling's Bar.
Overnight in Shwegu.
In the early morning, enjoy your breakfast on the sun deck while passing through the dramatic Second Defile. This will take about two hours depending on the force of the current. Once on the other side, take a turn at the Sinkan Bridge and begin your return journey by plunging again into the fast flowing waters of the Defile. It may take as little as 25 minutes to reach the other end and arrive at Kyun Daw Island where you will visit countless small pagodas, local villages and river nomads who live on the river banks of the Ayeyarwaddy. Return to the ship for lunch and continue your journey to the South of the Ayeyarwaddy River. After dinner, enjoy the entertainment of Myanmar's traditional dance on board.
Overnight in Kyaun Daw Island.
In the morning, yoga and meditation session will be offered on the sun deck. You can also join a lecture on Religion in Myanmar and another Burmese language lesson before lunch. After lunch, there will be demonstration of Traditional Burmese Cigar and Chewing Betel Nut. In the early afternoon, arrive at the picturesque fishing village of Hsithe, home to fishermen who conduct co-operative fishing with the critically endangered Ayeyarwaddy River Dolphins. Take a village tour, see the traditional agriculture products and you will be taught how to cast a traditional fishing net. Afternoon tea will be served at the visitor centre of the village with a presentation about the river, the wildlife and the people. After dinner, you can join the outdoor cinema at the village together with the friendly villagers of Hsithe.
Overnight in Hsithe.
This morning, get relaxed on the sun deck as you pass through Mingun, a showcase of the monumental and unfinished stupa of King Bodawpaya. It has never been completed due to an astrologer claiming "Once the temple would be completed, the king will die." Arrive into Mandalay late in the afternoon where you will disembark in time to enjoy the sunset at the famous U Bein's Bridge, the longest teak bridge in Myanmar. After a farewell dinner, enjoy the evening entertainment Ramayana show, a legendary story and performance accompanied with traditional music instruments.
Overnight in Mandalay.
Bid farewell to the crew as you check-out in Mandalay at 09:00 hours after breakfast.


  • 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)
  • Train ride from Katha to Naba
  • Boat tour in Amarapura
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling


  • 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)


  • Please kindly note that although it is our intention to operate the proposed itinerary as outlined above, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes of the program that might be necessary as a result of weather conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.
Tour code: PKMMIPGA

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