Mandalay Pagan Packet

  • CAD $2,550

  • 8 days / 7 nights

Discover Burma’s myriad old-world wonders

nCruise the Irrawaddy River, explore Pagan-dynasty palaces and sacred stupas.There’s no time like the present to visit this Asian time capsule. You’ll visit traditional villages and encounter the generous and gentle-spirited Burmese people, reveling in a rare world that has only recently opened its doors to foreigners.

Itinerary

Day Destination Activities
1 Pagan EMBARKATION

Tour of Pagan’stemples, pagodas, and stupas

2 Pagan Visit a lacquerware workshop
3 Salay
Tan-Chi-Taung
Min-Nan-Thu
Witness colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries

See one of eight clinics in the Pagan area supported by the Pandaw Charity

4 Pakokku Visit the local market and town centre by tuk tuk
5 Yandabo Explore the village famous for its production of terracotta
6 Sagaing

Amarapura

Witness sanctuaries rich in woodcarving and religious art

Watch the sunset behind the world’s longest teak bridge, U Bein Bridge

7 Mingun

Mandalay

See the world’s largest working bell

Sight-see in central Mandalay

8 Mandalay DISEMBARKATION

Day Destination Activities
1 Mandalay EMBARKATION

Sightseeing in central Mandalay

2 Mingun

Amarapura

See the world’s largest working bell and the unfinished pagoda

Watch the sunset behind the world’s longest teak bridge, U Bein Bridge

3 Yandabo Visit the village famous for its production of terracotta pottery
4 Pakokku

Tan-Chi-Taung

Explore the colourful local market and town on tuk tuk

Moor at the foot of the Tan-Chi-Taung mountains and ascend by WWII jeep

5 Min-Nan-Thu
Salay
Pakhannge
Visit one of eight clinics in the Pagan area which is supported by the Pandaw Charity

Witness colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries

6 Pakhannge

Pagan

Enjoy a day of sailing and sight-seeing along the way to Pagan
7 Pagan Visit a lacquerware workshop
8 Pagan DISEMBARKATION

PAGAN / EMBARKATION

Transfer from airport to ship for lunch followed by exploration of a selection of the 3000 plus Pagan monuments by bicycle or coach. Overnight Pagan.

PAGAN

Further exploration of Pagan and visit a lacquer workshop. Overnight Pagan.

SALAY / TAN-CHI-TAUNG / MIN-NAN-THU

Early morning sail to Salay. Once a bustling trading port, now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries and home to the best-known teak carved monastery in Burma.

PAKOKKU

We visit the local market and town centre by favoured mode of transport – the tuk tuk. We moor overnight near the Chindwin confluence at Aung Pan Chaung.

YANDABO

Explore Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay. Afternoon sailing to moor near Ava at Pau Taw Pauk Myaing.

SAGAIN / AMARAPURA

Sail to Sagaing. The true delight of Sagaing lies in its 1000 hermitages and sanctuaries, rich in woodcarving and religious art.

MINGUN / MANDALAY

Morning sail to Mingun to explore on-foot the world’s largest working bell and unfinished pagoda.
Spend the afternoon sight-seeing in central Mandalay with visits to the palace and surrounding hills, crafts workshops and shopping. Overnight at Sagaing Jetty.

MANDALAY / DISEMBARKATION

By 9:00am, disembarkation in Mandalay and transfer to either hotel or airport.

MANDALAY / EMBARKATION

Transfer from airport to ship. Embark for lunch and afternoon excursion to central Mandalay visiting the palace and hill areas, crafts workshops and shopping. Overnight Sagaing Jetty.

MINGUN / AMARAPURA

We sail to Mingun where we see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda, being the largest single mass brick building on earth. We also visit the Mingun Old Peoples’ Home, originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s.

YANDABO

Set sail at 8.30am for Yandabo village which is famous for its production of terracotta pottery using riverbank clay. The afternoon is spent in the village watching the tradesmen at work. Sail to Shwe Than Tint to spend the night.

PAKOKKU / TAN-CHI-TAUNG

Sail to Pakokku where we explore the colourful local market and town using the popular tuk tuk as our transport. In the afternoon we will moor at the foot of the Tan-Chi-Taung mountains and ascend by WWII jeep to visit a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments at this World Heritage Site. Overnight in Tan-Chi-Taung.

MIN-NAN-THU / SALAY/ PAKHANNGE

Between Tan-Chi-Taung and Salay we take a pause to make a rewarding visit to one of eight clinics in the Pagan area which is supported by the Pandaw Charity.

PAKHANNGE / PAGAN

We enjoy a day of sailing and sights along the way to Pagan where we tie up late afternoon for overnight stay.

In the afternoon, we drive to Amarapura, the former capital of Myanmar where we enjoy a boat trip on the Taungthaman lake and watch the sunset behind the world’s longest teak bridge – U Bein Bridge. We will also see silk weavers at work in their shop. Overnight at Sagaing Jetty.

PAGAN

Enjoy a full day exploring Pagan and visit lacquer workshops.

Dates & Prices

Sailing SeasonPrice per person
October 2018 - March 2019
July - December 2019
January - April 2020
July - December 2020
Main Deck* From $2,550
October 2018 - March 2019
July - December 2019
January - April 2020
July - December 2020
Upper Deck* From $3,380

* Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for sailing schedule and full pricing

Ship Information

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