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Mandalay, Bagan, Mount Popa, Sagaing, Maymyo / Belmond Road to Mandalay - Ayeyarwady Adventure

A tour of the royal capital Mandalay, spectacular ancient city of Bagan, revered Mount Popa, the Sagaing Hills and the colonial hill station of Maymyo are among the highlights of this journey. With meticulous attention to detail, the Belmond Road to Mandalay is without doubt the most luxurious cruise ship in Burma, bringing guests an incomparable opportunity to experience the sights and sensations of this tradition-steeped land. Cabins are exquisitely decorated with rich fabrics and intricate furnishings made by Burmese artisans. State Cabins feature spacious bathrooms and flat screen televisions, while the Governor’s Suite takes luxury to the next level. Lounge on the deck beside the swimming pool, and feast on gourmet cuisine in the elegant restaurant as the ship voyages along the Ayeyarwady River between Mandalay and Bagan. Whispering through countryside where time appears to have stood still, passengers can gain an authentic glimpse of the Burmese way of life, stepping ashore to explore local villages and offer alms to monks in the early morning – all enjoyed in the company of knowledgeable guides. In the evenings, charming local entertainment takes centre stage, from marionette performances to graceful dances. As the resident pianist plays softly and the sun sinks low, there is surely no more memorable way to feel at first hand the very pulse of Burma.

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Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Deluxe Cabin and include all table d'hote meals on board, complimentary tea, coffee and selected beverages, return economy class flights from Yangon and shore excursions as highlighted. Supplements for a State Cabin or Governor's Suite and single occupancy are available on request.

Ayeyarwady Adventure departs on selected Wednesdays throughout the year. The Ayeyarwady Adventure is available in reverse direction sailing from Bagan, please contact reservations for details.



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Nights 7

Mandalay, Bagan, Mount Popa, Sagaing, Maymyo /Itinerary

Belmond Road to Mandalay - Ayeyarwady Adventure


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After a morning flight from Yangon to Mandalay, transfer to the Belmond Road to Mandalay berthed by the village of Shwe Kyet Yet. Enjoy a delicious lunch onboard before joining an escorted tour of Bagan; a vast religious site of more than 2,000 ancient temples scattered across a sandy plain besides the river, visit ancient palaces, religious landmarks including the Mahamuni Paya, one of Myanmar’s most venerated shrines. Return to the ship, stopping enroute to watch the sunset over the river. Evening dinner is followed by entertainment onboard.

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Mandalay & Cruising

Mandalay & Cruising

Following an early breakfast join a walking tour of Ava, the ancient capital of Mandalay and discover first-hand the Burmese way of life. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail for Bagan where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing on the top deck enjoying the river's tranquillity and watching life on the riverbank or head to towards the Deluxe Deck, the Belmond Road to Mandalay Wellbeing offers passengers a range of beauty treatments from aromatherapy massages, facials and manicures, pamper yourself before evening dinner.

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This morning arrive into Bagan, one of the world's greatest religious sites, 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered over an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. A guided tour will introduce you to the most significant temples, after lunch continue on to explore inside pagodas or take a bicycle tour, a horse drawn cart or even explore the enchanting area at your own pace. Return to the Belmond Road to Mandalay for evening dinner and local entertainment.

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Mount Popa

Mount Popa

Join a full day escorted excursion to Mount Popa, an extinct 1,500 metre volcano believed to be the sacred home of spirits called “nats”. Climb the 777 steps on a winding path up the mountain to be rewarded with picturesque vistas of monasteries, pagodas and shrines. Enjoy lunch at the Mount Popa Resort before returning back to the ship for evening dinner.

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There is the opportunity to explore Bagan further today with a visit to the local markets where you can purchase wooden carvings, fabrics or rattan goods and watch the famous laquerware being made. Mid-morning return to the Belmond Road to Mandalay and cruise north to Mandalay. Relax around the pool on the Observation Deck or learn more about Myanmar with an onboard lecture before evening dinner.

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The Road to Mandalay continues to sail north arriving at the village of Shwe Kyet Yet in the early afternoon. After lunch join an escorted excursion to Sagaing, with its many beautiful pagodas and thriving community of Buddhist monks, it is considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar. Return to the ship for evening dinner and local entertainment.

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A full day escorted tour to the colonial hill station of Maymyo set high in the mountains known for its cool climate, botanical gardens, colourful markets and horses and carriages that ply its streets. Enjoy a traditional Shan lunch taken in one of the colonial houses. Return to the Belmond Road to Mandalay for a farewell dinner and a night of entertainment.

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Return to Yangon

After an early breakfast, return to Mandalay Airport for an onward flight to Yangon.

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