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Christmas Celebration on the Ayeyarwady

Your Journey

Discover the hidden gems of Myanmar as you cruise along the Ayeyarwady River and celebrate the season in sensational style.


  • Four 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 excursions in Bagan, Mingun and Mandalay
  • Visit to Ananda temple and a torchlight tour of a rarely-seen pagoda
  • Early almsgiving ceremony
  • Sagaing Hills excursion




On arrival guests will visit a local market, explore off-the-beaten-track temples near Minnanthu and take in the panoramic views from Thitsawaddy pagoda.

All guests will meet the ship at Taung Bi village. Get to know your crew before enjoying lunch on board.

Later, disembark to visit Ananda Temple, one of the most significant in Bagan. Continue on for a torchlight tour of a small temple, an experience exclusive to Belmond guests, and enjoy great views of Thatbyinnyu, one of Bagan’s tallest pagodas. You’ll also visit a lacquerware workshop to see the staggering amount of work that goes into creating finely detailed pieces.

As daylight starts to fade, gather to watch the sun set over plains. Continue on to a small temple to take part in a spellbinding candle-lighting ceremony.

Back on board, grilled specialities are a highlight of dinner, which is served from live cooking stations under the stars.



Start the day with a stunning breakfast before a choice of morning excursions. Explore Bagan by bicycle, horse and cart, or on an insightful walking tour. Alternatively there is an option to visit Belmond’s free health clinic and participate in our ongoing community projects. There’s also the chance to take to the skies in a breathtaking hot-air balloon (supplement applies).

Return to the ship and settle in for a leisurely day on board. Indulge in a treatment at the spa, relax by the pool, enjoy lunch on the Observation Deck and admire the breathtaking vistas.

Art lovers may wish to visit our exhibition of local works. In the afternoon you can sit in on longyi-tying and thanaka paste-making demonstrations. Enter into the holiday spirit at the gingerbread station, enjoy a taste of local culture at our ‘Burmese Tea Shop’, or attend a lecture on the country’s past, present and future.

In the evening, join the Captain and your fellow passengers on the Observation Deck for a special holiday toast. A live band sets the scene as the sun sets over the Ayeyarwady River. For dinner our Chef has prepared an exquisite four-course Christmas feast with wine pairings.



Enjoy a selection of morning activities as the ship continues north. Options include a sunrise yoga session, a meditation class, an enticing cookery demonstration and a talk on our community projects with Dr Hla Tun.

At lunch, raise a toast to the holiday season with a sumptuous Christmas feast.

Later, disembark for a choice of excursions in Mingun. Take a walking tour of the city highlights, or visit a rural village to experience Myanmar at its most bucolic.

Back on board you are invited to dress in your longyi for a special cocktail party on the Observation Deck.



Your journey continues to Mandalay, the home of traditional Burmese arts. Uncover the treasures of the city with a choice of tours. Highlights of Mandalay takes you to the unmissable sights, including the UNESCO-listed Kuthodaw Pagoda and the busy Marble Quarter. Mandalay Arts and Shopping explores the city’s crafts and cottage industries, visiting candy makers, sculptors, wood carvers and silk weavers.

Rejoin the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, disembark for an excursion into the hills of Sagaing, the spiritual centre of Myanmar. Visit a Buddhist nunnery, then end the day at the stunningly photogenic U Bein Bridge.

Tonight a sumptuous farewell dinner is served in the Restaurant.



Enjoy an early breakfast before you disembark 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 for group pricing.

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