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The Upper Ayeyarwady River – 8 Days

Ayeyarwaddy River, Central Myanmar
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A Pandaw river expedition is not like an ocean going cruise. There is no dressing up for dinner and no ‘captain’s table’. The atmosphere on board is very friendly and informal, more like a party on a private yacht than a cruise ship.

Nearly everything is included in the price and there are no hidden extras for excursions. Even your drinks are included in the price of your ticket.

There is an incredibly high level of personal service and care aboard, with a crew passenger ratio of 1:2.

Sail from Mandalay to Katha nearly 1000 miles from Rangoon and once home to George Orwell and the setting for his novel Burmese days. Highlights will be passage through the 3rd and 2nd defiles, not to mention visits to enchanting local towns and delightful villages.

To further enhance your experience, we now have a number of quality mountain bikes for your use on the cruises operated by the Zawgyi and Kindat Pandaws.

For these reasons passengers keep coming back and exploring more of a lost South-East Asia.

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Upstream itinerary (Bagan – Mandalay)

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO BAGAN [-/L/D]

Transfer from airport to ship for lunch followed by exploration of a selection of the 3000 plus Pagan monuments by bicycle or coach.

 Bagan

The Temples of Bagan(Pagan), Mandalay, Myanmar

DAY 2: BAGAN [B/L/D]

Further explorations of Bagan. We learn how Bagan’s famous lacquerware crafts are produced in Myingaba village.

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Pakokku

DAY 3: BAGAN – PAKOKKU [B/L/D]

Morning free time at Bagan and ship sails mid-day for evening excursion in Pakokku, a lively riverine town with many collegiate monasteries.

Bagan Irrawaddy-fisher-man

Bagan Irrawaddy fisherman.

DAY 4: IRRAWADDY [B/L/D]

Morning walk in an Irrawaddy village and sail up river all day.

Mandalay

Mandalay

DAY 5: MANDALAY – AVA – AMARAPURA – SAGAING HILLS [B/L/D]

Arrive Mandalay early for a morning excursion to Ava and Amarapura and an evening walk in the picturesque Sagaing Hills with its many hermitages and nunneries.

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Mingun

DAY 6: MINGUN [B/L/D]

Morning walk in Mingun and afternoon cruise up river to the First Defile and Kyauk-myoung with its amazing pot villages.

Mandalay Buddha Images

Mandalay Buddha Images.

DAY 7: MANDALAY [B/L/D]

Sightseeing in central Mandalay with visits to the palace and hill areas, crafts workshops and shopping.

Mandalay

Mandalay

DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM MANDALAY [B/-/-]

By 09:00 disembarkation in Mandalay and transfers to the airport.

Downstream itinerary (Mandalay – Bagan)

Mandalay

Mandalay

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO MANDALAY [-/L/D]

Transfer from airport to ship for lunch and afternoon excursion to central Mandalay visiting the palace and hill areas, crafts workshops and shopping.

Mingun

Mingun unfinished pagoda

DAY 2: MINGUN [B/L/D]

Cross to Mingun for a morning walk and sail up river to the First Defile.

DAY 3: LON YEIN [B/L/D]

Explore on foot Lon Yein with its amazing pot manufactories (in low water by tender)

Ubein Bridge in Amarapura Myanmar

Sunset view by Ubein Bridge in Amarapura – one of the old kingdoms near Mandalay

DAY 4: SAGAING HILS – AVA – AMARAPURA [B/L/D]

Morning walk in the picturesque Sagaing Hills with its many hermitages and nunneries; evening visit to the lost capitals of Ava and Amarapura.

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Pakokku

DAY 5: PAKOKKU [B/L/D]

Sail all day with a morning village stop and evening tour of Pakokku a lively riverine town with many collegiate monasteries.

The  Temples of Bagan(Pagan), Mandalay, Myanmar

The Temples of Bagan(Pagan), Mandalay, Myanmar

DAY 6: BAGAN [B/L/D]

Arrive Bagan early for a day of exploring a selection of the 3,000 plus monuments by bicycle or coach.

Standing Buddha in Bagan

Standing Buddha in Bagan

DAY 7: BAGAN [B/L/D]

Further explorations of Bagan. We learn how Bagan’s famous lacquerware crafts are produced in Myingaba village.

Bagan Temples

Bagan Temples

DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM BAGAN [B/-/-]

By 09:00 disembarkation and transfers to the airport.

2014-15 Departures

With Upstream
5-Jul-14, 19-Jul-14, 2-Aug-14, 16-Aug-14, 30-Aug-14, 13-Sep-14, 27-Sep-14, 11-Oct-14, 25-Oct-14, 8-Nov-14, 22-Nov-14, 6-Dec-14, 20-Dec-14, 3-Jan-15, 17-Jan-15, 31-Jan-15, 14-Feb-15, 28-Feb-15, 14-Mar-15, 28-Mar-15, 11-Apr-15, 25-Apr-15

With Downstream
12-Jul-14, 26-Jul-14, 9-Aug-14, 23-Aug-14, 6-Sep-14, 20-Sep-14, 4-Oct-14, 18-Oct-14, 1-Nov-14, 15-Nov-14, 29-Nov-14, 13-Dec-14, 27-Dec-14, 10-Jan-15, 24-Jan-15, 7-Feb-15, 21-Feb-15, 7-Mar-15, 21-Mar-15, 4-Apr-15, 18-Apr-15


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What’s included in trip costing

  • Airport transfers
  • Main meals
  • Coffee, tea, mineral water
  • Excursions ashore with guide
  • Port dues

Not included in trip costing

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Drinks at bar


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