2019 : Burmese Days: Along The Irrawaddy River with Bangkok & Inle Lake - Northbound (WGYY) - Myanmar
16 Day River Cruise Bangkok to Yangon
Take a fascinating Asia river cruise along Myanmar's Irrawaddy River and explore Thailand's capital city of Bangkok. Along the way meet interesting locals and experience the beauty, culture, and ancient history of their homelands.
Begin this Southeast Asia journey in Bangkok, the enchanting capital of Thailand, where you'll get up close to its most renowned temples, including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha-the oldest and largest of its kind. In Yangon, formerly Rangoon, you'll see the magnificent, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda-considered the oldest pagoda in the world. Then, fly to Bagan and embark on your river cruise, beginning with Bagan's exquisite temples and shrines at sunrise and sunset. Immerse yourself in the local culture and artistry of handcrafted textiles, paintings, and carvings. You'll also visit Sagaing and Shwe Pyi Thar to see revered religious sites with stunning views across the Irrawaddy, and learn about farming traditions passed down through generations.
In Mandalay, you'll come to know and love this gracious culture of art and spiritualism. See the tapestries, woodcarving, and gold-leaf artistry of Buddhist pagodas, and enjoy captivating song and dance performances. Continue on to Amarapura with its famed U Bein Bridge-made of teak wood and a must-see sunset vantage point.
Venture further on along your Irrawaddy River cruise to visit villages with revered traditions and remarkable craftsmanship, and spectacular spiritual monuments unlike any other in the world. Last stop is tranquil Inle Lake, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains with stilted houses dotting the shorelines. You will explore this area, stopping in Silk, Silversmith, and Cheroot Workshops, and attend a traditional song and dance performance by the Padaung long-necked women who live in this part of Myanmar.
From Shwe Pyi Thar's rural life, to the countless pagodas of Sagaing, this Southeast Asia river cruise highlights the history, warmth, and stunning beauty of the creations that remain amid the warm traditions of Myanmar
Day 1 Bangkok:Welcome to Thailand
Day 2 Bangkok: Boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Day 3 Bangkok: Day at leisure
Day 4 Bangkok-Yangon, Myanmar: Fly to Yangon
Day 5 Yangon: Walking tour of the city's landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon Pagoda
Day 6 Yangon-Bagan (Embarkation): Fly to Bagan; onboard welcome reception; traditional puppet show
Day 7 Bagan: Watch sunrise from temple; sightseeing including a local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, lacquer workshop, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, and Sulamani Temple; ox cart ride to temple for sunset
Day 8 Shwe Pyi Thar: Walking tour through this typical river village to visit a farmer's home and see palm candy being made
Day 9 Sagaing-Amarapura: Visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, a silversmith workshop, and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda in Sagaing; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in Amarapura
Day 10 Mandalay: Sightseeing including Mahamuni and Kuthodaw Pagodas, and Shwenandaw Monastery; visit tapestry, woodcarving, and gold-leaf workshops; traditional dance performance
Day 11 Mingun: Guided walk to see unfinished pagoda & bronze bell
Day 12 Kyauk Myaung-Sin Kyun: Walking tour through the pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung; see straw hat making in Sin Kyun
Day 13 Mandalay (Disembarkation)-Heho-Inle Lake: Fly to Heho; transfer to Inle Lake; lunch at Red Mountain Estate
Day 14 Inle Lake: Full-day excursion around the lake to see scenes of daily life; visit workshops of several cottage industries; Padaung music & dance performance
Day 15 Inle Lake-Heho-Yangon: Transfer to Heho; fly to Yangon
Day 16 Yangon: End of vacation
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Avalon has designed included excursions and onboard activities for a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the included tours, adventures, and events that interest you most, so you can enjoy your cruise your way.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Welcome to Bangkok! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
This morning, your Guided Sightseeing begins with a boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok's famous canals. Stop at the stunning Grand Palace featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Also, Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy a full day at your leisure.
This morning, fly to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
(B, L, D)
Historic Landmarks, Hot Tea, and Harmonious Living
Classic A Guided Walk introduces you to the city's famous and historic landmarks, including old colonial buildings and Sule Pagoda, built during the time of Buddha. Along the way, stop for a cup of tea or coffee with the locals. Next, stop at Chaukhtatgyi to see the massive Reclining Buddha measuring 213 feet. Later in the day, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, a national symbol. Here, an enchanting scene unfolds as the sun sets on the golden stupa, and locals come to pay their respects.
Tonight, dine in one of Yangon's best restaurants for a delicious welcome dinner.
Beautiful Bagan and Your Suite Ship® Beckon
Late in the morning, fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to the port for embarkation. A welcome reception starts your evening.
Discovery After dinner, a traditional Puppet Show will be presented in one of the lounges.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BAGAN
(B, L, D)
Temples and Shrines-From Sunrise to Sunset
Today, explore Bagan, capital of Myanmar from the 9th to the 13th centuries. During this time over 13,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas were built in the plains surrounding the city-an area of about 40 square miles. Many of these structures have been lost over time, but around 2,300 still stand today, making this one of the world's greatest archaeological sites.
Discovery Early risers can make an Escorted Visit to one of the temples with a Local Guide to witness a glorious sunrise.
Classic Start your Morning Excursion at a local market selling handicrafts, fabrics, and longyis. Then, stop at Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the country's most important shrines. Lastly, visit a lacquer workshop to learn more about this ancient craft.
Classic After lunch, your Afternoon Sightseeing centers on the Bagan archaeological zone. Highlights include Ananda, considered by many to be the most beautiful temple, and Dhammayangyi, the best preserved monument left standing. Also, stop to see the exquisite and well-preserved fresco paintings at Sulamani.
Discovery End the day with a traditional Ox-Cart Ride to a temple, where you can ascend to the top as the sun sets.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BAGAN
(B, L, D)
SHWE PYI THAR
Rural Life in Myanmar Comes to Life
Discovery This morning, partake in a Walking Tour through Shwe Pyi Thar, a typical village along the Irrawaddy. Here, visit a farmer's home to learn more about daily life and see the locals making palm candy-a sweet and smoky confection-from the sap of the toddy palm.
Discovery Enjoy time onboard your ship this afternoon. Join your Local Guide for a presentation on the Burmese language.
(B, L, D)
SAGAING-EXCURSION TO AMARAPURA
Relaxation and Revelations
Relax this morning and take in the sights from one of the ship's lounges or from your suite.
Classic Take a Guided Excursion this afternoon to visit the important religious site of Sagaing with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Stop to see Kaunghmudaw Pagoda with its unique golden egg-shaped dome and a silversmith workshop. Lastly, explore Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda for stunning views across the Irrawaddy to Mandalay. Then, travel to nearby Amarapura, former capital of Myanmar. Your visit focuses on the famous U Bein Bridge, a 3/4-mile-long bridge built in 1783. Take a sampan ride on the lake for unforgettable views of the sunset behind the iconic bridge.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SAGAING
(B, L, D)
The Golden Tapestries of Mandalay
Classic In the morning, visit Local Workshops to see skilled artisans at work making tapestries, woodcarvings, and gold-leaf. Also visit Mahamuni Pagoda to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha-reported to be covered in six inches of gold leaf from continuous application.
Classic This afternoon, take a Guided Tour of Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery, the only WWII bombing remnants of former King Mindon's "Golden City" and extravagant teak palace.
Discovery This evening, enjoy a traditional Dance Performance featuring local song and dance.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MANDALAY
(B, L, D)
A Robust Bell and Prominent Pagoda
Classic This morning, take a Guided Walk through the village of Mingun to see its bronze bell-considered the largest working bell in the world-and see the famed unfinished pagoda.
Join your Local Guide for a longyi and thanaka presentation this afternoon.
AFTERNOON CRUISE TO KYAUK MYAUNG
(B, L, D)
Glazed and Amazed
Discovery This morning, join a Guided Walk through the captivating pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung to learn more about and see the pottery-making process. Most interesting is the eye-catching 50-gallon variety, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars. These pots could transport large quantities of goods and have played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries.
Striking Straw Creations
Discovery Later in the day enjoy a Guided Excursion to hat-making village of Sin Kyun. Here, farmers supplement their income by weaving intricate straw hats.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MANDALAY
MANDALAY (DISEMBARKATION)-HEHO-INLE LAKE
Transfer to the airport and fly to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake, a tranquil body of water surrounded by mountains. Pause at Red Mountain Estate to bask in the beautiful scenery as you enjoy a lunch of authentic fare and wine produced from the vineyards here. Continue to your lakeside resort, where you will spend the next two nights.
(B, L, D)
Today, join a fascinating Guided Excursion to see scenes of life around the lake. Stilted houses dot the shorelines, and the local Intha people use the famous one-legged rowing technique to fish and tend their floating gardens of tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergine, and more. These clever gardens are made from weeds lashed together and mud from the lake bottom, then anchored using bamboo poles, allowing them to rise and fall with the water level of the lake. Along the way, stop at a silk workshop, where they use the fibers of the lotus plant to weave garments. You will also visit a silversmith workshop and a cheroot workshop, where young girls roll the cigars at a dizzying pace. Before dinner, attend a music and dance performance by the Padaung long-necked women who live in this part of the country.
(B, L, D)
Today, transfer to Heho for your flight back to Yangon for an overnight stay.
Your extension ends with breakfast this morning.
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- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 16 Days
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Dates and Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in the pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $690. Required intra-vacation air segments: Bangkok/Yangon; Mandalay/Heho; Heho/Yangon. Air prices were effective on February 7, 2018 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included (excludes extensions which are to be paid locally).
Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.
All prices are per person based on double room occupancy. Cruise price based on Category B in an Panorama Suite on Irrawaddy Deck. To upgrade to a Category A on Mandalay Deck, add $400 per person or $800 in single occupancy.
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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