Ayeyarwaddy River Cruise
Mandalay – Bagan ( 7 Nights – 8 Days )
Transfer from the airport to the ship for lunch followed by exploration of a selection of the 3000 plus Pagan monuments by bicycle or coach.The first temple visited is Ananda, is Myingabar Gubyaukgyi temple with a walk through Phwar Saw Village; a small village with just over 500 inhabitants situated between New Bagan and Nyaung U airport. The villagers rely on bean and pea farming, breeding cattle and producing small lacquerware handicrafts. A short stroll in the village under the shimmering sunshine in the late afternoon is the perfect way to capture the villagers’ way of life including fetching water, herding cattle back home and preparing for dinner. Over Night at Bagan .
Further exploration of Bagan and visit a lacquerware workshop. Visit to Shwe San Daw stupa, Shwe Zi Gone Pagoda, Before returning to the ship for lunch, take a stroll around the Khay Min Ga pagoda complex to learn about the different architectural styles: Indian, Sri Lankan, Myanmar-Mon hybrid and Myanmar. Continue to the unique Payathonezu, three inter-connected temples with a narrow passage, Dhamayangyi the widest and largest temple in Bagan. Watch the sunset from the top of Taung Guni temple before returning to the ship. Overnight Bagan.
Set sail early morning to Salay, a small town which was once a bustling trading port, now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries. Visit to Yoke-Sone Kyaung, Tant-Chi-Taung mountain . Over Night at Nyaung U.
Explore Pakokku, experiencing the local market and town centre by Tuk Tuk. Main produce are tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanatkha and textiles. Visit Pakokku’s main market by Tuk Tuk.Stop at a cheroot workshop and discover how traditional cheroot cigars are made. Overnight at Aung Pan Chaung near the Chindwin confluence.
Explore Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay.This village is well-known as the place where the first Anglo-Burmese war ended by the peace treaty signed in 1826. Morning walking tour and a visit to a pottery workshop to see first-hand the production process. This is a hands-on experience which you are welcome to try.Visit the Pandaw supported Yandabo School (if no school holidays).Afternoon sailing and overnight at Pauk-taw Pauk-myaing village near Ava.
Morning visit to the ancient city of Ava, jetty and across the Myit Nge(Dokehtawady) river by small ferry boat, followed by horse carts to Menu Oak Kyaung monastery, Bagaya Kyaung monastery. Afternoon excursion to Sagaing visiting Sagaing Hill, Soon U Ponnya Shin pagoda and drive to Amarapura, visit a silk and cotton weaving workshop, Amarapura’s major business. At sunset take a local boat on Taungthaman lake at U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge. Over Night at Sagaing.
Set sail to Mingun for a morning walking tour around the unfinished stupa built by Amarapura. The world’s largest stupa but remained unfinished since 1808 and also visit the world’s largest ringing bell. Drive to Mandalay in the afternoon visit to Mahamuni Buddha Image, Shwe Kyaung, Kuthodaw Pagoda, After the gold leaf hammering workshop, stop by the moat surrounding the Royal Palace for a great photo opportunity with a backdrop of Mandalay Hill. Overnight at Sagaing.