Irrawaddy Discoverer Cruise

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.

14 Days
Mandalay to Yangon
From (GBP)
£ 5,090
£ 4,590
Dates & Pricing

2019 Mandalay > Yangon

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14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Depart from the UK today.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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. Return to the ship for an afternoon of scenic cruising.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Pyay (Prome)

    This morning take a horse cart ride through the charming town of Thayet Myo. Our first stop is the oldest golf course in Myanmar, followed by a visit to the local market. 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

  12. 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

  13. Day 13 - Depart Yangon

    Transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

Tour inclusions

  • 9 night Irrawaddy River Cruise on board the luxurious RV Irrawaddy Explorer
  • 1 night in the Park Royal Hotel Yangon
  • Fully escorted by an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Guided sightseeing by expert Local Guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Take an in-depth journey along the Irrawaddy River on board the luxurious Irrawaddy Explorer.
  • Guided tour of the sights of Mandalay
  • Visit the U-Bien Bridge in Amarapura and enjoy a sunset cruise in traditional sampans
  • Explore the former capital of the Ava Kingdom by horse cart
  • Journey to the Thanboddhay Pagoda, home to almost 600,000 Buddha’s
  • Tour Magwe aboard trishaws and visit the local market
  • Admire Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites with over 2,000 temples, stupas and pagodas stretching out over Bagan Plain
  • Visit the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the fortress of Minhla
  • Visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda complex, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Myanmar

  • 29 superb meals including: 11 Full Breakfasts (FB), 9 Lunches (L) & 9 Dinners (D)

  • Enjoy a traditional Myanmar dance performance
  • Meet the local children and schoolmaster of a local school
  • Ride to Htilomino on traditional ceremonial oxcarts

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