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Gorges of the far North with Orcaella Cruise – 12 Days

Chindwin River, Ayeyarwaddy River
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Enjoy the perfect introduction to Myanmar on board Road To Mandalay or Orcaella. This is a unique journey that departs from the city of Mandalay for Bhamo, only 50 miles from the Chinese border, through the foothills of Yunnan, finishing at the spellbinding plain of temples at Bagan. The voyage is only possible after the rainy season, when the water levels are high enough to allow passage through the Three dramatic gorges, flanked by vertical cliffs, in the north of the river. Delving deep into the heart of a country largely undiscovered by tourists, the cruise is ideal for travelers seeking authentic new adventures. This exciting voyage features off-the beaten- track experiences and inimitable glimpses into Burmese life in comfort and style.

mingun

Mingun.

DAY 1 > SAILING TO MINGUN

Fly from Yangon to Mandalay and transfer to your ship, berthed on the Ayeyarwady River opposite the Sagaing Hills, which are studded with white pagodas. Set sail for northern Myanmar, witnessing dramatic scenery changes along the way. At Mingun, visit the world’s largest brick-built pagoda and uncracked bell. Meet your fellow travelers at a pre-dinner drinks party.

nwe nyein village

Nwe nyein village.

DAY 2 > SAILING UPSTREAM

Enter the first of three gorges around midday. Anchor off Nwe Nyein for a walking tour and to see traditional clay-pot sculpting. Later, float past the picturesque island pagoda at Thihadaw.

Katha Myanmar

Katha old streets.

DAY 3 > KYAN HNYAT & KATHA

Enjoy a stroll around the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat, where the morning market bustles with activity. As you head north, vast stretches of the river spread out before you. At sunset, the ship anchors off the old market town of Katha, famous as the site where the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company scuttled its fleet in 1942.

Shwegu

Shwegu

DAY 4 > KATHA & SHWEGU

Arrive at Katha early morning and wander through the market place. After lunch on board, disembark for a boat ride ashore to the port of Shwegu and experience life in a typical riverside Shan village.

Bhamo

Bhamo

DAY 5 > ARRIVE TO BHAMO

The ship drops anchor at Bhamo where you may wander into the town centre and enjoy the vibrant local activity of this tribal meeting point.

Shwepaw island

Shwepaw island

DAY 6 > SHWE PAW ISLAND & MOR DAR VILLAGE

Enjoy a morning visit to the picturesque Shwe Paw Island and its ancient pagodas. Visit the riverside village of Moe Dar to witness a no-vitiation ceremony, a very important aspect of Buddhist Myanmar life.

Kachin train

Kachin train.

DAY 7 > TRAIN EXCURSION

In the early morning, experience a train journey into thick Kachin jungle and teak forests. Later, the ship heads for the river port of Tigyaing.

Elephant camp

Elephant camp.

DAY 8 > EXCURSION TO ELEPHANT CAMP

At Thabeikkyin, take the road that winds towards Mogok, passing a forestry reserve where many botanical specimens are grown for their essential oils. Then meet the working elephants.

Mandalay

Mandalay.

DAY 9 > MANDALAY CITY TOUR

The city of Mandalay comes into view once gain. Disembark for a city tour.

Bagan

The Temples of Bagan(Pagan), Mandalay, Myanmar

DAY 10 > SAILING TO BAGAN

The ship leaves in the early morning for Bagan, allowing you to witness the raw beauty of village life. Take in the marvelous sunset over the ancient city to whet your appetite for the next day’s tours.

Mount Popa

Mount Popa

DAY 11 >ANCIENT SITES AROUND BAGAN

If you wish, explore the site on a horse-drawn carriage or bicycle. An optional afternoon tour to Mount Popa is available, with its impressive summit monastery.

colonial heritage yangon

Colonial heritage Yangon.

DAY 12 > RETURN FLIGHT TO YANGON

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