Top

Search for

Our river cruises > Asia (multi-country) > Irrawaddy Discoverer Cruise

Irrawaddy Discoverer Cruise

14 Day
Between Mandalay and Yangon
Irrawaddy
From * £4,395
£3,895
View all pricing
Call to book
0808 159 4193
Irrawaddy Discoverer Cruise  - 14 day
Your progress
Departure month
Departure date
Pick your suite

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.

You are currently viewing
Mandalay to Yangon in 2019
View map
* From price is for a 27 February 2019 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
View your 14 day itinerary
Day 1
Depart UK
Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester.
Day 2
Arrive Mandalay

Welcome to Mandalay, the last royal capital of Myanmar. You will be met and transferred to your resort for your overnight stay.
Overnight Stay: Mandalay

Day 3
Mandalay – Embarkation

This morning enjoy a tour of Mandalay before boarding your luxury Irrawaddy river cruise ship, the RV Irrawaddy Explorer. After lunch onboard, travel by coach to the Burmese capital of Amarapura to visit marble and silk workshops and the U-Bein Bridge, believed to the world’s longest and oldest teakwood bridge before boarding a traditional sampan for a leisurely cruise of the lake to enjoy sunset views. This evening enjoy a welcome reception and dinner onboard. EmeraldPLUS: After dinner, enjoy a traditional Myanmar dance performance. Nine Night Stay: RV Irrawaddy Explorer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Mingun – Ava

Cruise to Mingun and join a walking tour to discover the stories behind the massive unfinished brick pagoda built at the end of the 18th century for King Bodawpaya. Continue to the Mingun Bell, the heaviest working bell in the world until 2000. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the local market. This afternoon explore the former capital of the Ava Kingdom by horse cart and discover the 200-year-old teak Bagaya Monastery dating back to 1593 and the impressive Mei Nu Oak Kyaung Brick Monastery. Return to the ship for dinner and enjoy a traditional cultural performance on board.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Monywa

This morning board your coach to discover Monywa and the Hpowindaung caves and explore the sandstone grottoes decorated with spectacular mural paintings and hundreds of Buddha statues inside dating back to the 14th century. Journey to the Thanboddhay Pagoda, one of the most intricately decorated temples in the country housing almost 600,000 Buddhas before returning to the ship late this afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Yandabo – Hnaw Kone Village

Arrive at the pottery village of Yandabo where, on 24 February 1826, the peace treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed. Stroll through the village and witness the craftsmen hone their skills and observe the unusual way of firing the pottery. Return to the ship and enjoy a leisurely cruise to the village of Hnaw Kone, a typical rural river village and see the handicraft of bamboo cane basket weaving. EmeraldPLUS: Visit a local school and meet the children and schoolmaster for an insight into life along the Irrawaddy.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Bagan

This morning admire one of the most incredible areas of Myanmar: Bagan, one of South East Asia’s most significant and richest archaeological sites. EmeraldPLUS: Climb aboard traditional, ceremonial oxcarts for a short ride to the massive Htilomino, boasting the finest plaster carvings. Continue on to the Anada Pagoda, one of the most important temples in Bagan, whose based and terraces are decorated with 554 glazed tiles showing scenes and life stories of the Buddha. Bagan is also famous as the centre of Myanmar’s thriving lacquer ware industry and you will discover more about this traditional handicraft during a visit to a workshop. This afternoon view the sunset atop the most significant temple in the area, Shwe San Daw and take in the grandeur of Bagan below.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Bagan – Tan Kyi

Take in the fresh produce, meats, spices, woodcarvings and local handicrafts at Bagan’s largest open market. Visit the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda, an important religious site dating back to the reign of King Anawrahta, founder of the Bagan Empire. Enjoy lunch onboard whilst sailing to the village of Tan Kyi. Journey to Tan Kyi Mountain and admire the panoramic views of the Bagan plain across the Irrawaddy. Discover More: Hot Air Balloon Flight over the temples of Bagan (additional cost).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Salay

Cruise to Salay, a small village founded in the 13th century. Visit the beautiful teak Yoke Sone Kyaung Taw Gyi monastery, designed as a copy of the Crown Prince House of Mandalay with exterior sides carved with details of court life and stories of the Buddha’s past life. Later see Mann Pagoda with the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar. Return to the ship with a stroll past some of Salay’s many beautiful colonial buildings.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Magwe – Minhla

This morning venture into the district capital city of Magwe aboard trishaws for a ride through the city to the local market. Enjoy time to explore the market before visiting Mya Tha Lun pagoda, a beautifully gilded stupa set atop Naguttama Hill offering views of the river and surrounding area. Enjoy a walking tour of the fortress of Minhla, built by Italian architects to repel the British during the third Anglo-Burmese War in 1855. Return to the ship for an afternoon of scenic cruising.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Pyay (Prome)

Relax onboard this morning as we sail towards Prome, known as Pyay to the locals, an important trading post for goods travelling between northern and southern Myanmar. This afternoon journey to Thayekhittaya, one of the ancient Pyu Kingdoms that flourished between the 5th and 9th centuries. Visit the Sri Ksetra Museum, bursting with maps, artifacts, Hindu deities and Buddha images from as far back as the 6th century. Later, visit the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda complex, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Myanmar. Return to the ship for a farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Pyay disembarkation – Yangon

Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarkation this morning. Board a coach and journey south to the city of Yangon. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (Please note drive from Pyay to Yangon is approximately 7 hours).
Overnight Stay: Yangon

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Depart Yangon

Transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 14
Arrive UK
Welcome home.
View our pricing and availability
Select your preferred departure
Select your preferred suite on the 

Irrawaddy Discoverer Cruise

Departure City
Return City
Departure Date
Return Date
Selected Suite
Configuration
TWIN/DOUBLE
Per Person
or call to book 0808 159 4193
*Offer expires

You selected a

Disclaimer: Your email does not constitute a guaranteed quote price and is subject to change and availability. Scenic reserves the right to increase/decrease our advertised tour prices at any time before your booking is confirmed.

Request a quote

Please complete the form below and one of our sales consultants will contact you within 24 hours. If you have a preferred sailing date and cabin category please give these details in the comments box so we can send you an accurate quote.

Please enter your first name
Please enter your last name
Please enter a valid email address
Please enter your phone number
Please enter preferred travel date
Please select departure airport
Please enter number of guests
All prices are per person, twin share in GBP based on two guests sharing.
Customers rate Scenic
Based on 0 reviews powered by
Your Next Adventure Awaits
Exceptional Emerald Value on the Iconic Waterways of Europe and Asia
21/02/2018 07:03:05.806
Where would you like your brochures mailed to?
Please choose a brochure
Please enter your first name
Please enter your last name
Please enter a valid email address
Please enter your postcode
Where did you hear about Emerald Waterways?
Please validate

Subscribe

Subscribe now and keep up to date with the latest offers, savings and news at Scenic.

Callback Request

Please complete the form below and one of our sales consultants will contact you within 24 hours

Please enter your first name
Please enter your last name
Please enter a valid email address
will not be used for marketing purposes
Please enter your phone number