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Ayeyarwady Adventure from Bagan

Your Journey

Witness the breathtaking temples of Bagan while sampling the serene river life of the Ayeyarwady on board Belmond Road to Mandalay.

Includes

Seven nights aboard the Belmond Road to Mandalay luxury river cruise

All meals aboard the ship: buffet breakfast, lunch and table d'hôte dinner featuring both eastern and western menus

Beverages, including local beer and house wine with lunch and dinner

Onboard activities such as expert lectures and presentations, longyi-tying demonstrations, sunrise yoga sessions, meditation classes and cookery demonstrations

Fully-qualified resident doctor

Guided tours of Mingun, Maymyo and Ava

Choice of excursion in Bagan and Mandalay

Visit to Ananda temple and a torchlight tour of a rarely-seen pagoda

Itinerary

01

Bagan

Board the ship at Taung Be village near Bagan.

After lunch on board, set off on a guided tour. Visit Ananda, one of Bagan’s most magnificent temples, then explore a rarely visited temple by torchlight. Later learn about the traditional art of lacquerware.

Your day ends watching the sun set over the mesmerising Bagan plains, followed by an exclusive candle-lighting ceremony.

Tonight, dine under the stars at the Road to Mandalay Grill on the Observation Deck.

02

Bagan

Before setting sail embark on the morning adventure of your choice: a bicycle or horse-and-cart ride around the temples of Old Bagan, a sunrise temple tour or a visit to a village community project. For an additional supplement you can choose to take an incredible hot-air balloon flight.

As the ship sails towards Mandalay, enjoy onboard activities ranging from a cultural lecture to a treatment at the spa. Relax by the pool on the Observation Deck, the largest outdoor space of any river cruise ship in Myanmar, or work out in the gym. Sample local infusions and delicacies in our Burmese Tea Shop and learn how to dress in a traditional Myanmar longyi.

In the evening, dine on a tempting mix of Asian and Western dishes in the elegant Restaurant.

03

Mingun

Start the day with a choice of onboard activities, such as a sunrise yoga, meditation, a cookery demonstration or an informative talk from our onboard doctor.

Arrive in Mingun and choose from two fascinating tours. Discover the historical sites nearby on a guided excursion or join a walk through a rural village, getting to know the locals.

In the evening you are invited to wear a traditional sarong to our vibrant Longyi Cocktail Party on the Observation Deck.

04

Mandalay

We arrive in Mandalay after a short cruise. Early risers can participate in a Buddhist almsgiving ceremony on shore.

Select the tour of your choice: “Highlights of Mandalay” visits important historic sites around the city, including Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Golden Monastery. “Mandalay Arts and Shopping” focuses on the city’s renowned traditional crafts, using materials such as bronze, marble, silk and wood.

Rejoin the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet village. After lunch, visit the Sagaing Hills, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar.

Toast the sunset with a champagne cocktail overlooking the amazing U Bein Bridge. Traditional entertainment follows a sumptuous dinner on board.

05

Mandalay and Sagaing

Today you are invited to join a Mandalay tour focusing on local arts and cottage industries. Watch artisans sculpting Buddha statues in the marble quarter and browse a store showcasing high-quality crafts. Watch skilled artisans carving intricate wood panels typically used for monasteries and weaving tapestries with semi-precious stones, and visit the outdoor workshop of a family of bronze casters.

The tour ends at Shwe Kyet Yet village, the location of our private jetty near Mandalay, where you rejoin the ship for lunch.

In the afternoon, disembark for an excursion to discover the hills of Sagaing, the spiritual centre of Myanmar, which is home to hundreds of monasteries, nunneries and Buddhist learning centres. Enjoy expansive views of the Ayeyarwady River from the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda and visit a Buddhist nunnery to learn about the monastic way of life.

Return to the ship berthed at Shwe Kyet Yet village for an evening at leisure. Tonight you are treated to a sumptuous dinner in the Restaurant, followed by an evening of traditional entertainment.

06

Ava

For a revitalising start to the day, combine an early yoga session with a refreshing drink from the Healthy Juice Bar.

Participate in an morning almsgiving ceremony at a small pagoda and enjoy the bustling activity of the village near our jetty.

The ship sails to Ava, where you alight for a tour of the ancient capital. Choose to explore by horse and cart or by bike, either guided or independent.

Spend the afternoon sailing to Bagan and enjoy a range of onboard activities. These include a lecture on Myanmar culture, a demonstration of how to tie a longyi sarong, and a fortune-telling session with an astrologer.

07

Bagan & Salay

Early risers may wish to visit the Healthy Juice Bar on the Observation Deck. An extensive breakfast buffet with à la carte menu is served in the Restaurant and guests also have the option to order tea or coffee in their room.

This morning you can choose from a number of tour options:

Excursion to Salay and Countryside

Enjoy a rural excursion to Salay, a small town down river from Bagan with old colonial architecture. En route, visit the colorful markets at Chauk. In Salay explore the town on foot and travel by local truck to an ancient teak monastery. Lunch will be arranged at a restaurant housed in a restored colonial home by the riverside. Return to Bagan in the late afternoon.Alternatively choose to stay the day in Bagan, with lunch on board, and join our other local excursions:

A day in the Life

Visit a family compound and observe the making of ponyegyi (fermented soy bean paste) and also visit a neighbor who makes colourful bamboo fans. Explore the lanes of the bustling morning market at Nyaung-U. Sample a homemade kyaw sone, a fried chickpea snack, in a villager’s home

Village Visit and Social Contribution

Join our staff in Taung Be village to participate in one of Belmond’s Social Contribution Projects. Next to the jetty is our free health clinic, established by the ship’s doctor, Dr Hla Tun, where he treats hundreds of patients a week while Belmond Road to Mandalay is stationed in Bagan. Activities change depending on the current project and community needs and might include: preparing lunch for visiting patients, working in the pharmacy with the monk or helping to build a new eye clinic. The visit begins at 08.15. Please speak with Reception to learn more.

Meditation at a Pagoda

Connect with the peaceful and ancient surroundings of Bagan during a meditation session at a pagoda before returning to the ship for lunch.

This afternoon continue exploring Bagan with a visit to Nagayon Temple and visit Seinnyet, a small complex of temples with murals. En route back to the jetty, visit a small temple near the river to participate in an exclusive Belmond experience – a magical candle lighting ceremony.

Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner on the Observation Deck. The ship remains mid-river at Bagan.

08

Bagan

Today, you may wish to experience one of the highlights of Bagan. Take a hot-air balloon flight over the pagodas at sunrise, available at an additional supplement.

An early-bird breakfast is served before you disembark from Belmond Road to Mandalay for your onward travel arrangements.

Please note
  • All timings are approximate and should be used as a guide only
  • The rivers of Myanmar vary from season to season, with as much as a 30ft variance in water level. From January through June, the Ayeyarwady’s levels may drop, creating a narrower channel for navigation. To allow for these changes, Belmond Road to Mandalay may operate a revised itinerary and mooring locations may be amended.

Our Best Available rate is subject to availability at time of booking, it is not applicable for parties of 12 or more. Please contact tcgroupsuk@belmond.com for group pricing.

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