Myanmar

8-Day Pandaw Cruise (The Upper Ayeyarwaddy-Upstream_Mandalay to Katha) – Group Adventure

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 8 Days

tour highlights

  • 7 Nights river cruise along the upper Ayeyarwaddy Mandalay-Katha-Mandalay (Upstream)
  • See the town of Katha, the setting of George Orwell's 'Burmese Days'
  • Enjoy the tranquility of life on board
  • See local artisans at work in gold leaf and tapestry workshops and pottery centers
  • Admire religious artwork at temples and pagodas


tour details

Sail from Mandalay to Katha nearly 1000 miles from Yangon and once home to George Orwell and the setting for his novel Burmese days. Highlights will be passage through the 3rd and 2nd defiles, not to mention visits to enchanting local towns and delightful villages. Sail and visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung where the famous 50-gallon water pots are handmade. Stop at Khan-nyat village with its many Buddhist monasteries. Then, visit the enchanting colonial town of Katha. Walking tour of the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications, a famous nat or spirit shrine and the archaeological area is also a must.

Join-in tour with departures as per schedule.

Embark by 10am. Set sail and visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung where the famous 50-gallon water pots are handmade. We see all stages of manufacture from the throwing of the pots to the weeklong firing in huge kilns. We return to the ship and enter the third defile of Irrawaddy.
Stop at Khan-nyat village with its many Buddhist monasteries and visit the former head teacher's house, which also includes his small museum collections. We go ashore and climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Upper Irrawaddy River.
We reach the enchanting colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell's Burmese Days. Little has changed since then. Of interested are the fire station's collections of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company's ship's bells taken from sunken ships in the Second War. Katha was the final resting place of the old flotilla and here over a hundred ships were scuppered in 1942 in an Act of Denial before the advancing Japanese. We also visit an elephant logging camp at Katha in the hardwood forests of the hills that surround the town and further upstream.
Transfer by Local boat and visit Kyun Daw village where we will visit countless small Pagodas.
Cruise through the 2nd Defile, the most dramatic of the three gorges with cliffs towering over the narrow channel. Sail downstream.
Walking tour of the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications, a famous nat or spirit shrine and the archaeological area. Explore by foot the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications. In the evening we climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Irrawaddy.
Slip our moorings early in the morning and stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda that is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. We also visit the Mingun Old People's Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s. Drive through the beautiful Sagaing hills to the hilltop to enjoy an amazing view over the region and Irrawaddy River.
Disembark at Mandalay at mid-morning.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • 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

excludes

Not included are:

  • International flights,
  • No flights included to/from Mandalay
  • 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 at bar
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

Important Notes:

The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible apporach is required if you book this cruise.
    Tour code: PDW7MKMUP

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