Belmond Road to Mandalay Luxury Cruise – 4 DaysAyeyarwaddy River, Central Myanmar
Belmond is offering a classical river cruise for true luxury seekers. Road to Mandalay takes you along the mighty Ayeyarwady River, for Four days and three nights. Outstanding service and astonishing views are a perfect starting point for an unforgettable experience.
Still this cruise is not all about lying on the deck. The cruiser will make stops at rural villages where you have a chance to get to know about the life of the locals. With local guide you are able to get in touch with the locals and interact with them.
The Luxurious cabins guarantee your comfort and well-being along the way. Every day is full of entertainment on board. The program varies from Burmese marionettes to classical dances and goes on to interesting lectures about the culture and history of the country. If you feel like just taking it easy you can enjoy a tasty cocktail next to observation deck pool.
There are also several wellness services on board from massages and spa treatments to yoga classes that are held on the deck everyday. This cruise is truly for the body and the the mind.
Road to Mandalay cruiser also offers an outstanding food service from full breakfast to buffet-style lunch. A luxury dinner with different cuisine options to choose from will guarantee a great ending for every day.
On this cruise everything is taken into consideration to meet need of even the most demanding luxury seeker. Belmonds 17 years of experience on doing cruises in the rivers of Myanmar, will make sure that Belmond is the number one choice when it comes to high quality. Combining culture and luxury hasn’t ever been this high standard.
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DAY 1: YANGON->MANDALAY & MANDALAY SIGHTSEEING [-/L/D]
Depart: 07:00 Yangon (Rangoon) Airport
Arrive: 08:25 Mandalay Airport
After a short visit to Sagaing Hills to enjoy the panoramic views over the Ayeyarwaddy River, board Belmond Road to Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River at Shwe Kyet Yet village around 10.30. Following a welcome meeting and lunch, our support boat takes you up to Mandalay for a guided tour of the key sights of this fabled city, regarded as the center of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning.
The tour itinerary may be subject to change according to circumstances, but will include the Kuthodaw Pagoda (“the world’s biggest book”), the atmospheric Shwenandaw Monastery, which used to be part of King Mindon’s living quarters and where he died in 1878; and a visit to see the highly revered gold- encrusted Buddha at the Mahamuni Temple. If time permits you will also see gold-leaf beating, visit a silk- weaving factory, pass through the dusty streets filled with marble-carving workshops and finish the afternoon with sunset at the famous 200 year old “U Bein’s Bridge”. From here it is a short drive back to Belmond Road to Mandalay at Shwe Kyet Yet. By law all river traffic must cease after dark so we will be berthed here for the night.
Enjoy an aperitif in the Piano Bar before dinner, followed by a traditional Burmese performance in the Observation Lounge.
DAY 2: BURMESE VILLAGE AND AVA [B/L/D]
At 06.50 our tour guides will leave Reception for a pretty, ten minute walk into the village to reach the entrance of the Shwe Kyet Yet pagoda. Here, at 07.00, our staff will donate food to a procession of monks from the local monastery in accordance with the Burmese custom of alms-giving.
At 07.30 the ship will depart for the short sail down to the ancient capital of Ava where our support boat will make the transfer to shore at 08.30. The tour of Ava will be by traditional horse and cart and will include a visit to the Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak monastery built in 1834 which continues to be a monastic school; a stop at the stucco-covered brick Royal monastery temple, the Me Nu Okk Kyaung and seeing the watch tower of King Bagyidaw’s palace. If time permits you may also make a short photo-stop at the small but picturesque Yadanasini Paya.
The rest of the day is spent relaxing on board observing the local river life from the Observation Deck, where there will also be a demonstration of Myanmar Traditional Dress. Afternoon tea is served in the Piano Bar followed by a lecture in the Observation Lounge.
The evening begins with a cocktail party on the Observation Deck, followed by dinner in the restaurant and
then a very special after-dinner event.
DAY 3: BAGAN [B/L/D]
At approximately 09.30 this morning our river-cruiser arrives at Bagan where over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered on an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. The morning introduction to this incredible area will include two of the main pagodas, the Hti-Lo-Min-Lo and the Shwezigon, interspersed with a visit to Nyaung-Oo local market.
After lunch on board, there will be another tour taking in the Ananda and Gubyaukgyi temples and a visit to one of the famous lacquer ware shops where the fascinating production techniques of this ancient craft will be explained. There will also be a visit to a local village for a glimpse of a life-style unchanged for centuries. The tour will end at one of the ‘sunset’ pagodas to watch the breathtaking vista of the sun setting over the temple-strewn plain.
Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart (with driver) and explore this fascinating area independently.
Enjoy an aperitif in the Piano Bar before dinner and a traditional Burmese performance in the Observation Lounge afterwards.
DAY 4: CHECK OUT IN BAGAN [B/-/-]
After an early breakfast you are transferred to Bagan airport for your onward flight.
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- Full Board for breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Complimentary mineral water, local coffee, tea
- Transfers and sightseeing in Myanmar as shown in the itinerary
- Transfer to/from boat
- Laundry service
- Imported coffee, beer, wine, soft drinks, spirits
- Passenger’s travel insurance as health, accident and baggage
- Any other items not mentioned