From Mandalay to Yangon, Emerald Waterways welcomes you to Myanmar, a colourful and enigmatic Southeast Asian country that is yours to discover during this 16-day journey on the arresting Irrawaddy River.
Starting out amid the eclectic architecture and bustle of Mandalay, the former royal capital of Burma, discover the highlights of this ancient city, including an optional DiscoverMORE tour of the city’s famous Jade Market. After boarding the illustrious Irrawaddy Explorer river ship, your Irrawaddy journey begins, with a special welcome dinner complemented by an included EmeraldPLUS performance of traditional Burmese dance.
Negotiating the weaving course of the Irrawaddy to Mingun, you’ll enjoy your first taste of simple rural life in Myanmar. Join a walking tour of the town and learn the legacy of the Mingun Bell, the largest working bell in the world until 2000, before marvelling at the Bagaya Monastery during a horse and cart discovery ride through the former capital of the Ava Kingdom.
Travelling steadily south, you’re invited to visit a local school in Yandabo, where you’ll meet with local children and teaching staff to discover more about what life is like on the banks of the Irrawaddy. The next day welcomes you to Bagan, one of Southeast Asia’s most significant archaeological sites. Historic treasures abound as you explore this captivating heritage wonder, from the ancient plaster carvings of Htilominlo to the great Pagoda of Ananda.
From Bagan, enjoy the teak structures of Salay, the markets of Magwe and the historic legacy of Pyay, the ancient capital of the Pyu Kingdom. In Yangon, our EmeraldPLUS progamme gives you the chance to board the Circle Train for an immersive tour of the city, while a culinary tour of Chinatown promises an afternoon of discovery like no other.