Discover the endless wonder of Myanmar as you journey the vast Irrawaddy River between the former royalist stronghold of Mandalay and the ancient capital of the Pyu Kingdom, Pyay. This 14-day river cruise unveils a land of time-honoured customs, beloved ancient temples and some of the world’s most welcoming and humble people, whose heritage and traditions are yours to celebrate and enjoy.
Day one welcomes you to Mandalay, whose blend of ancient and colonial architecture makes for an enriching city tour. After a wonderful hotel stay, you’ll board the luxury Irrawaddy Explorer river ship to begin your river journey, with the former Burmese capital of Amarapura serving as the first immersive shore excursion on your itinerary.
Following the course of the Irrawaddy south, discover Monywa and the Hpowindaung caves, a series of limestone grottoes intricately decorated with ancient Buddhist murals and art dating back to the 14th century. As part of the tour, you’ll visit the Thanboddhay Pagoda, one of the largest and most beautifully carved Buddhist monuments in the country.
Day six sees you in Yandabo, a charming village renowned for its pottery. Stroll through the village and watch local craftsmen fire pottery using their unique traditional method, before enjoying a visit to a local school as part of our EmeraldPLUS programme. This intimate encounter offers fascinating insight into local life on the Irrawaddy.
As you draw closer to Yangon, the towering archaeological wonder of Bagan is sure to astound with its blend of ancient Buddhist temples and bustling produce markets, while the colonial architecture of Magwe is ripe for an immersive walking tour. Pyay marks your final shore day on the Irrawaddy, and here you’ll visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda complex, one of the foremost Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Myanmar.
Returning to the ship for a farewell dinner, raise a toast to Myanmar and the Irrawaddy with newfound friends, and reflect on what promises to have been a truly unforgettable journey.