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All of our immersive Myanmar itineraries feature a nine-night Irrawaddy cruise on-board the elegant Irrawaddy Explorer, offering a timeless elegance and an authentic cruising experience.

Originating from the confluence of the N’mai and Mali rivers, and emptying through the Irrawaddy Delta into the Andaman Sea, the Irrawaddy river is over 1,300 miles in length. Sometimes referred to as ‘the road to Mandalay’, after Rudyard Kipling’s poem, discovering the Irrawaddy is like travelling back In time, where hoof and muscle are used in place of machines, and western fashion sensibilities haven’t yet set root. For those looking for a ‘pure’ travel experience, this is it.

Experience the intriguing history and the diverse culture of the Irrawaddy river from the cultural centre which is Mandalay to Yangon. This former capital is home to the Shwedagon Pagoda, which dominates the city’s skyline.

Our three incredible Irrawaddy itineraries offer you the chance to explore areas rarely visited by westerners, many of which are inaccessible except by river. Each port tells a story, from the 2,200 intricately carved temples in Began, to the handmade pottery made in the village of Yandabo which is floated down the Irrawaddy as is has been for hundreds of years.

Thousands of temples, pagodas and stupas pepper the landscape, and along your journey of discovery you will visit sites both ancient and colonial. From temples and markets to stunning pagodas, such as the solid-gold Myat Than Lun Paya. Whilst ashore, you will venture deeper into towns and villages, exploring on foot, by horse and oxcart and on-board modern, well equipped coaches.

This is a region of breath-taking beauty and charm, steeped in fascinating history and traditions. Truly an experience like no other.

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The Irrawaddy Explorer

Relax in style as elegant old-world charm and modern comforts combine perfectly on our exclusively chartered Irrawaddy Explorer. With just 28 suites, your cruise on-board the boutique Irrawaddy Explorer will be one of complete luxury.

Along with each suite having its own individual artwork, you will find a flat-screen TV with on-demand movies, bottled water restocked daily, a safe, air conditioning and stunning floor to ceiling windows with either French or full balconies.

You will also enjoy complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on-board, to accompany your 5-star cuisine. From watching stunning sunsets on the sun deck to enjoying a tipple on your private balcony, explore the Irrawaddy river in luxurious comfort with Emerald Waterways.


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