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New Year Celebration on the Ayeyarwady

Your Journey

Ring in the New Year in sensational style while cruising from Bagan to Mandalay aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay.


  • Two 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
  • A spectacular four-course New Year’s Eve feast
  • 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 Ava and Bagan
  • Visit to Ananda temple and a torchlight tour of a rarely-seen pagoda
  • Early almsgiving ceremony




Your adventure begins as you board Belmond Road to Mandalay at a private jetty in Taung Bi village. Guests arriving earlier can set off on your choice of sunrise tour, exploring Bagan by foot, bicycle or horse and cart. Visit Belmond’s free health clinic and learn about our community projects, or for an additional supplement, take to the skies in a hot-air balloon.

Back on board, a day of leisurely pursuits awaits. Unwind with a treatment in the spa, take a dip in the pool, and sit down to a scenic lunch on the Observation Deck. There is an exhibition of local artworks on board, plus our housekeeping staff will be offering longyi-tying and thanaka-making demonstrations.

A delicious grill dinner is served under the stars on the Observation Deck, with Asian and Myanmar-inspired cuisine and live cooking and grill stations.



The ship continues to sail north. Enjoy a selection of morning activities, including a sunrise yoga session, a meditation class or an enticing cookery demonstration by our Chef. Later, Dr Hla Tun will be offering a presentation on the community projects he is involved with, such as school building and healthcare assistance.

After, disembark for your choice of tour in Mingun. Explore the highlights of the town on a walking tour, including the astounding unfinished pagoda of Pahtodawgyi. Alternatively visit a rural village and experience a way of life barely touched by time.

Back on board our New Year celebrations kick off in style with the Captain’s Cocktail Party. A live band adds to the party atmosphere as the sun sets over the Ayeyarwady River. For dinner our Chef has prepared an exquisite New Year’s Eve feast with wine pairing.

After dinner, make your way to the Observation Deck for an evening of dancing and celebration. The champagne flows as we count down to 2019. Make a wish as you release a Shan balloon into the Myanmar sky.



An early-bird breakfast is served before you disembark from the ship 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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