Gorges of the far North with Orcaella Cruise – 12 DaysChindwin River, Ayeyarwaddy River
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DAY 9 > MANDALAY CITY TOUR
The city of Mandalay comes into view once gain. Disembark for a city tour.
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.
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.
DAY 12 > RETURN FLIGHT TO YANGON
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