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Departs at 10:30

Wed, 5 Feb 2020 from Mandalay Shwe Kyet Yet

Arrives at 11:00

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 to Mandalay ShweKyet Yet

Price from $

US$2,760 per passenger

Your Journey

Glide away from Mandalay in peerless style and embark on a unique adventure to discover Myanmar’s enchanting heritage. Connect with rural communities and explore little-known treasures on this seven-day luxury cruise.

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

Choice of fascinating tours in Bagan, Mandalay and Myin Mu

Exclusive excursions to rural villages along our route

Itinerary

01

Mandalay

Check-in at Bistro 82 in Mandalay’s bustling centre. Lunch here is a sensation for the tastebuds, brimming with local flavours and traditional dishes.

There are two tour options for the afternoon. Delve into the artisanal heart of the city with a visit to the marble quarter and a bronze casting workshop, before admiring the breathtaking beauty of U Bein Bridge. Retreat to the Sagaing Hills and visit a hilltop nunnery before transferring to Myin Mu to meet the ship. Alternatively, head to Mandalay’s Htin-Win Jetty with your guide for an afternoon aboard a chartered riverboat. Savour champagne and refreshments as you cruise to meet Belmond Road to Mandalay at Myin Mu.

Once on board, enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the elegant restaurant.

02

Myin Mu

Start the day with a refreshing smoothie from the Healthy Juice Bar before breakfast in the restaurant.

Join our guides this morning for a visit to the village monastery and take part in a traditional almsgiving ceremony, then board trishaws for a tour of the town. Myin Mu boasts a vibrant local market, peppered with tea shops and traditional treasures.

Back on board, enjoy an array of onboard activities including a community presentation from Dr Tun and a thanaka and longyi-tying demonstration. Alternatively, indulge in a spa treatment, or relax by the pool as we sail past the terracotta pots at Yandabo.

We invite you to a longyi cocktail party this evening followed by dinner in the restaurant. A spectacular surprise on the river sparks a magical end to the evening.

03

Bagan

Opt to begin the day with a sunrise yoga session on the Observation Deck. Savour breakfast as we sail into Bagan.

Choose from three morning tours of Bagan. Explore the ancient pagodas and discover the history of this breathtaking archeological site. Next, head to a secluded village to meet with locals and learn about their way of life. Alternatively, visit two family compounds to learn about local crafts before exploring the morning market at Nyaung U. Residents of a nearby home welcome you in to taste some local delicacies. The third tour offers a guided or independent cycle through Old Bagan.

After a delicious lunch, return to the temples and uncover 3000 years of history with a fascinating tour. Visit a renowned local lacquerware workshop before the daylight fades and watch the sunset over temple-topped plains. Dinner is served under the stars tonight, followed by a classic marionette performance.

04

Bagan

Today provides further opportunity to explore the temples and ruins of Bagan. Early risers can soar into sunrise with a hot air balloon ride above the plains before the morning tours begin.

Choose from a traditional horse and cart ride through the heart of Old Bagan. Alternatively join Dr Tun at our free health clinic, taking part in a range of community projects and learning about our charitable mission in Myanmar.

Lunch is served back on the ship before an intriguing afternoon tour of the Nagayon and Seinnyet pagodas. As the sun begins to set, head to a small temple on the riverbank for an exclusive candle-lighting ceremony. Or you could choose to travel through the countryside to the sleepy town of Salay for the day, stopping to visit the colourful market at Chauk en route. Lunch is served at a riverside restaurant before you return to Bagan late afternoon.

Enjoy a gourmet fusion of Asian and Western cuisine in the restaurant this evening.
05

Bagan

A leisurely day of sailing lies ahead. Choose to relax on board, or there’s another opportunity for a sunrise hot air balloon ride or a mountain biking adventure in Bagan. Perhaps enjoy a gentle stroll to a small nearby temple surrounded by thriving farmland, and a visit to one of Bagan’s most celebrated pagodas. For a spot of pre-sailing serenity, join a meditation session in the peaceful depths of an ancient temple.

After the ship sets sail, a sumptuous lunch is served. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the pool soaking up the sleepy stillness of life along the river. Our crew lead cultural demonstrations on the Observation Deck and host a fascinating talk about Myanmar’s past, present and future. Don your traditional longyi and join us for a cocktail party on the Observation Deck this evening, followed by mouth-watering cuisine served in the restaurant.

06

Myin Mu

We return to the town of Myin Mu this morning. Savour an indulgent breakfast before stepping ashore to explore. You have a second chance to visit a Burmese slipper workshop and a family of bamboo weavers today before returning to the ship for lunch.

Embark on an afternoon tour of Alapaca, a farming village with a wealth of crafting heritage. The lifestyle has remained unchanged for centuries here and the warmth of the villagers will be a lifelong memory. Return to the ship to enjoy fine wining and dining in the restaurant before a lively evening of traditional entertainment.

07

Monywa

Travel north to the Chindwin River this morning. Your guide leads you to the little known region of Monywa where giant Buddha’s rise into the sky. Marvel at the world’s tallest Standing Buddha and the giant Reclining Buddha.

Continue to the vibrant Than Buddhay Temple, colourful and decorative on the outside and peacefully calm on the inside. Around half a million Buddha facades gaze at you from carved niches throughout the interior. After, visit a small thanaka market, where local vendors sell the wood and grinding stones for this popular cosmetic.

Savour a delicious meal at a nearby restaurant before returning to the ship for a leisurely afternoon. Tonight chef prepares a sumptuous farewell dinner for your final evening onboard.

08

Myin Mu

An early-bird breakfast is served this morning before the crew bid a fond farewell as you disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

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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