Upper Irrawaddy river cruise and MogokMogok, Ayeyarwaddy River
Join us for a memorable Myanmar river cruise experience with personal 3 cabin vessel.
RV Irrawaddy Spirit is a traditional Myanmar river boat, refurbished in 2013 comfortably. The cruise boat is ideal for small groups or families for a memorable voyage through the ancient cities near Mandalay towards Mogok, land of rubies with very interesting stops for excursion in typical villages on the way.
This small charming boat offers exclusive services with competitive price assuring an unforgettable sailing experience on the famous Irrawaddy River of Myanmar. RV Irrawaddy Spirit’s 3 comfortable cabins are decorated in simplicity and spacious space with private bathroom to guarantee a memorable stay.
The boat design commits to experience the nature scenes from our outdoor viewing sun deck. RV Irrawaddy Spirit Departure every Monday during cruising season as per following with minimum 2 confirmed passengers.
Day 1: MANDALAY – IRRAWADDY SPIRIT (L/D)
At 12h00, embark on the Irrawaddy Spirits at the Mandalay jetty boat. Welcome drink and settle in your cabins. The boat raises anchor and guetss enjoy lunch on board while sailing during approximately 4 hours to reach Sein Pankhone. On arrival, visit of this small typical village that gives a glimpse of daily life on the Irrawaddy banks. Stroll around the village for around 1 hour. Back on board, aperitif will be served while watching the beautiful sunset, and dinner will be served on the upperdeck. Overnight on board.
Day 2: IRRAWADDY SPIRIT (SEIN PANKHONE, KYAUK MYAUNG) (B/L/D)
In the morning, excursion with local fishermen on a small boat to a protected river area, where you might get a glimpse of a dolphin colony. Back on board for breakfast served on the upper deck. While navigating towards Kyauk Myaung, enjoy lunch on board. Disembark and visit the pottery village, where craftsmen navigate on bamboo rafts in order to transport their fragile goods without damage. The big Martaban earthenware jars made here are traditionally used as water reservoirs in the whole country. After a stroll around the local market, return on board. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 3: IRRAWADDY SPIRIT (KYAUK MYAUNG) – MOGOK (B/L/D)
After breakfast onboard, disembark for a car transfer of approximately 4h30 towards the north. The sinuous road through the mountains leads to mystical Mogok Ruby Valley.
Lunch at a local restaurant, then visit of a gemstones market. You will be fascinated by the scene of a sea of conical and round shaped hats, feminine figures absorbed by their work. They study the gems with a magnifying glass, or have a tea under the shade of umbrellas between two transactions. Here, merchants are women from different ethnic groups,some of them with green eyes testify of the colonial past of Mogok. Dinner and overnight in Mogok.
More secret than Mecca and harder to access than Lhasa, in Joseph Kessel’s own words… at the heart of the mountains of the north of Myanmar, the valley of Mogok has produced the most beautiful rubies in the world in the past centuries and inspired the most extravagant legends. Recently reopened to the adventurous visitor, Mogok reveals open pit mines, its famous gemstone market and mysterious misty hilltops. Thank you for noticing that Mogok is reopened to foreigners since dec. 13. The hotel and restaurant infrastructure remains very limited.
Day 4: MOGOK (B/L/D)
Breakfast and walk through the village. In the afternoon, visit of the town and open air mines. It is possible to enter the mines, and observe the gems being sorted. The highly respected custom states that after the passage of minors, women called “kanase” can pop the gravel with a sieve a second time, and all that they may find is rightfully theirs. It is a meager livelihood, but it is said that from time to time there are extraordinary discoveries! Overnight in Mogok
Day 5: MOGOK – IRRAWADDY SPIRIT (MINGUN) (B/L/D)
Car ride departing from Mogok at around 8:00 am to reach the boat and boarding at around 13:00. After Lunch, sail towards Mingun. A delicious farewell dinner will be prepared by the chef and served on the sandbank Night on board.
Day 6: MOGOK – IRRAWADDY SPIRIT (MINGUN) – MANDALAY (B)
Breakfast served on the upper deck from 06:30 am. At 08:00, departure to visit the village of Mingun, to enjoy the peaceful site before the arrival of ships from Mandalay Visit Pondawphaya and Settawya pagodas, as well as the legendary Mingun bell. Navigation towards Mandalay and disembark before noon.
Validity (06th, 13th, 20th October 2014/December 2014/March 2015/April 2015)
Price per person in sharing twin cabin: USD 2613 /- per person
Price per person in single cabin: USD 3800/- per person
Chartered boat fare: USD 13125/- per boat
Validity (27th October 2014 / November 2014)
Price per person in sharing twin cabin: USD 2863 /- per person
Price per person in single cabin: USD 4175/- per person
Chartered boat fare: USD 14625/- per boat
Validity (X’mas & New Year Season 22th & 29th December 2014)
Price per person in sharing twin cabin: USD 3113 /- per person
Price per person in single cabin: USD 4550/- per person
Chartered boat fare: USD 16125/- per boat
Our cruise rate includes
- Accommodation in twin or double shared cabin
- Full board meals with daily breakfast, lunches and dinners (1 sandbank BBQ dinner on Irrawaddy River Sand Bank) depend on water level of River
- [email protected] Land-Mandalay program with sightseeing and guided services mentioned in enclosed program except the free & leisure time (shore activities, entrance fees, guide tours, local site and transportation costs are included)
- Prevailing Government Tax & Service Charges
Our cruise rate excludes
- Laundry, Tips and Personal Expenses are not included in our services