Pagan & the Upper Irrawaddy – Downstream (Kha Byoo Pandaw)

Pagan & the Upper Irrawaddy – Downstream (Kha Byoo Pandaw)

From USD $4,200

Description

Our new programme enables relaxed exploration of the magnificent temples of Pagan, the highlights of Mandalay and the scenic and remote Upper Irrawaddy. We journey off the beaten track for 10-nights all the way to Katha, nearly 1000 miles from Rangoon and once home to George Orwell and the setting for Burmese days. Other highlights will be passage through the 3rd and 2nd defiles, not to mention visits to enchanting local towns and villages.

To further enhance your experience, we now have a number of quality mountain bikes for your use.

Trip Name
Pagan & the Upper Irrawaddy - Downstream (Kha Byoo Pandaw)
Days
11
Overview
Vessel Type: River Boat Length: 40 metres Passenger Capacity: 20 passengers (28 passengers from Sept 2019) Built / refurbished: 2016 ACCOMMODATION 5 upper deck staterooms, 5 main deck staterooms (as of September 2019: 6 upper deck and 8 main deck staterooms) - Staterooms are 170 square feet (16sqm), finished in teak and brass - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration WINING & DINING Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team - Personalized meal services - Daily lean & light menu options - Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, juices - Extensive wine list with premium wines - Welcome Drink on arrival - Welcome cocktail - Farewell Reception - Theme- and gala dinners - Open air lounge and bar - Al fresco bistro style dining ON EXCURSIONS Admissions - Shoe cleaning after excursions - Bottled drinking water - We give away aluminium water bottles - Cold towel service after excursions - Refreshing drink following excursions - 1st aid trained assistant guide to follow all tours and excursions

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 MANDALAY
We start our Mandalay tour with a visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda with one of the country’s most venerated Buddha images. Continue to a gold leaf and tapestry work shop and walk along the marble & stone carver’s street. Visit a silk and cotton weaving work shop. Travel by bus to the famous “U Bein” bridge, it is about 1.2 km long and is said to be the world’s longest teak wood bridge. It has been built in 1784. With small boats we sail over the Taungthaman Lake and enjoy the sunset.
Day 2 - DAY 2 KYAUK-MYOUNG
Morning cruising. Afternoon visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung where the famous 50 gallon water pots are handmade. We see all stages of manufacture from the throwing of the pots to the weeklong firing in huge kilns. We then third defile of the Irrawaddy.
Day 3 - DAY 3 KHANYAT
Stop at Khan-nyat village with its many Buddhist monasteries and visit the former head teacher's house, which also includes his small museum collections. Later we go ashore and climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Irrawaddy.
Day 4 - DAY 4 KATHA
Arrive at the enchanting colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Little has changed since then. Of interested are the fire station’s collections of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ship’s bells taken from sunken ships in the Second War. Katha was the final resting place of the old flotilla and here over a hundred ships were scuppered in 1942 in an Act of Denial before the advancing Japanese. We continue to an elephant logging camp at Katha in the hardwood forests of the hills that surround the town and further upstream.
Day 5 - DAY 5 SAIL UPSTREAM KYUNT DAW ISLAND
Transfer by local boat to visit Kyun Daw village where we visit countless small Pagodas.
Day 6 - DAY 6 2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY
Cruise through the 2nd Defile, the most dramatic of the three gorges with cliffs towering over the narrow channel. Sail downstream.
Day 7 - DAY 7 TAGAUNG
We explore by foot the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications, a famous nat or spirit shrine and the archaeological area.
Day 8 - DAY 8 MINGUN
We cast off early in the morning and stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda that is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. We also visit the Mingun Old People’s Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s. Drive through the beautiful Sagaing Hill to the hilltop to enjoy an amazing view over the region and Irrawaddy.
Day 9 - DAY 9 AVA
Morning visit to Ava and explore the ruins, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a 200-year-old royal monastery made of teak with elaborate woodcarvings. In the afternoon arrive at Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the riverbank clay.
Day 10 - DAY 10 PAGAN
Full day’s exploration of the 3000 plus Pagan monuments by coach.
Day 11 - DAY 11 PAGAN
Disembark after breakfast.
Day 12 - Please Note:
The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
23-12-202002-01-2021USD $4,200Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
23-12-202002-01-2021USD $5,250Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
23-12-202002-01-2021USD $5,880Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
23-12-202002-01-2021USD $7,350Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
01-02-202111-02-2021USD $4,200Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
01-02-202111-02-2021USD $5,250Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
01-02-202111-02-2021USD $5,880Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
01-02-202111-02-2021USD $7,350Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
21-02-202103-03-2021USD $5,880Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
21-02-202103-03-2021USD $7,350Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
21-02-202103-03-2021USD $4,200Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
21-02-202103-03-2021USD $5,250Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From

Inclusions

    • Explore Katha. The enchanting colonial town of Katha was setting for George Orwell’s Myanma Days. Katha was also the final resting place of the old flotilla and here over a hundred ships were scuppered in 1942.
    • In Khanyat visit a Buddhist orphanage and the grave of an English officer assasinated here during the Pacification of Burma (1887).
    • Visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-Myoung.
    • Discover Pagan. Pagan is one of the richest archeological sites in the world and the highlight of every tour through Myanmar.

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