8-Day Belmond Orcaella Cruise (The Ayeyarwaddy Experience) – 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 along the Ayeyarwaddy River from Bagan to Yangon
  • Luxury atmosphere provided on board one of Myanmar's finest river cruise
  • Discover the ancient city of Bagan on a guided tour
  • Visit the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda
  • Wander through a bustling local market
  • Travel by ox cart to Gawaechaung village
  • See the imposing 10-story Buddha
  • Explore the impressive Min Hla Fort

tour details

This luxury cruise tour brings you to places where no road leads to. During a 7 nights journey from Bagan to Yangon you will enjoy Myanmar from a different angle. The interaction with the locals during the many stops will give you a deep impression of the rural life of the Myanmar people. A great experience!

Join-in tour with departures as per schedule.

Board Orcaella at Bagan Jetty and enjoy a delicious lunch. Later, disembark for a guided tour of the ancient city and witness the unforgettable sunset over the Bagan plain. Overnight on board.
Start the day with a shopping tour in Bagan and a visit to the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda. You may also wish to arrange a tour of Old Bagan by horse cart or bicycle. In the afternoon, set sail towards Salay where you can visit the wooden monastery and an impressive 20-foot Buddha made of straw lacquer. Overnight on board.
Visit the port town of Magwe and its famous Myathalon Pagoda, which devotees from miles around come to visit and join in religious festivals. While you are here, you will not want to miss the bustling local market. Continue to Min Hla and for a late afternoon visit to the local fort, the site of a great battle during the second Anglo-Burmese War. Overnight on board.
Longyi typing and Thanakha wearing demonstration on the Observation Deck. Afternoon visit by bus to the ancient city Sri Ksetra ('Fabulous City') with its unique cylindrical shaped stone stupas. Dating back to the 5th - 9th century, this city flourished during the rule of the Phyu. During the 1890's Pyay was a booming trade town, and there is still much activity in and around the docks. Next, enjoy a city tour, visit the impressive Shwe-san-daw Pagoda and the imposing 10-storey Sitting Buddha watching over this important site. Overnight on board.
Set out by bus on a morning excursion to Shwe Taung town and visit Shwe Myat Mhan Pagoda to see the only 'bespectacled' Buddha in Myanmar (thought to have curing powers). One the way back, discover local industry with a visit to a local sweets confectioner and a bamboo shoot pickle maker.
Return to Belmond Orcaella and depart from Pyay. Spend the afternoon relaxing on board and taking in the scenery. Overnight on board.
Disembark at the small port of Zalon. Take a tuk tuk along the main street, lined with stunning colonial-style wooden houses and large tropical gardens. Arrive at the Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda. Continue to another little-visited town called Danuphyu. This is where the revered General Maha Bandula led a Burmese defensive against the British troops during the Anglo-Burmese- War. Overnight on board.
Spend the morning relaxing on the deck as you make your way to Yangon. Join an optional excursion, choose between shopping in Yangon or a heritage tour. Overnight on board.
Disembark in Yangon in the late morning for your onward travel arrangements.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services arranged by Belmond Orcaella cruise
  • 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 and baggage handling
  • Domestic airfare from Yangon to Bagan


Not included are:

  • Myanmar visa fee
  • 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
  • Laundry Service
  • Telephone calls and Fax charges
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


Important Notes:

  • All timings shown on this website are for your guidance only. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents.

  • The rivers of Myanmar vary from season to season, with as much as a 30 foot variance in water level. During the months of January through June, the water levels of the Ayeyarwady may drop for a period of a few weeks to a few months, creating a narrower channel for navigation. During the months of July through October, high water levels may affect the Chindwin River. To accommodate for changes in water levels, Belmond Orcaella may operate on an adjusted itinerary during these periods and our mooring locations may be amended.
Tour code: BORC7AYE

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