13-Day / 12-Night Cruise: Mandalay - Chindwin River - Bagan
This leisurely cruise follows the Chindwin River through rugged and dramatic scenery, stopping at rural villages and remote monasteries. Discover an exciting part of Myanmar that very few have experienced.
Spend 13 days exploring the history and beauty of the Chindwin river as you sail past golden temples, quaint villages and sacred mountains. This itinerary is a great mix of adventure and leisure. Explore Myanmar while having plenty of time to relax onboard.
Aboard the Orcaella cruise you will have guided tours of Mandalay, Monywa, Moktaw, Maukkadaw, Mawleik, Homalin, Kyidaung, Mingin, Kani and Bagan. The beauty of ancient temples, surrounding landscapes and smiling people will surely amaze you.
The itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, and accessibility to locations, so touring may vary.
Day 1 – Mandalay
Arrive in Mandalay and enjoy a sightseeing transfer to the ship. You’ll see the revered Mahamuni Temple, Kyaukisittan and Shwe Kyaung before arriving.
Once on board a buffet lunch will be served as we sail past the golden temples of Sagaing, followed by a welcome briefing and afternoon tea in the Lounge Bar.
Join us in the Restaurant for a welcome cocktail before dinner.
Day 2 – Monywa, Bodhi Tataung
This morning enjoy an introductory lecture about the Myanmar way of life as we cruise towards Monywa.
Later visit the colourful Thanboddhay Pagoda at Monywa. Complete the tour with a photo opportunity at the magnificent 424ft standing Buddha at Bodhi Tataung.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 3 – Moktaw Village
After breakfast alight for a walking tour of the traditional farming village of Moktaw. Witness an important rite of passage in Myanmar, the novice initiation ceremony, at the Moktaw monastery.
Spend a leisurely afternoon on board before a longyi cocktail party and after dinner entertainment.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 4 – Teak Port, Maukkadaw
Disembark for an early morning visit to the ‘Teak Port’ of Maukkadaw before returning to the ship for brunch.
This afternoon take afternoon tea in the Lounge while Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt treats you to a local history lecture.
Dinner is followed by Toh dances on the Sundeck.
Day 5 – Kalay, Mawleik
After breakfast take an excursion to Kalay for a glimpse of local life at the lively market.
Relax and enjoy the ship’s luxurious facilities this afternoon as we cruise towards Mawleik.
Dinner this evening is a barbecue on shore at Mawleik, with transfers by local tuk tuk.
Day 6 – Mawleik
This morning visit Mawleik town, once the administrative seat of the Bombay Burma Trading Company. Take a local truck transfer to Mawleik elephant camp followed by a historical tour of the town.
Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea on board. This afternoon your guide will present a lecture on the current situation in Myanmar.
Dinner is followed by the release of Shan balloons.
Day 7 – Sitthaung, Naung San Kyin
Disembark for a morning trek to the rural village of Sitthaung. See the emerald green paddy fields on your way to the village pagoda.
After lunch on board the ship enjoy the views as we sail towards Naung San Kyin, or participate in the discussion of Myanmar religions, culture and traditions in the Lounge.
Day 8 – Homalin, Nan Maw Leik
Today’s excursion takes us to Homalin town. Enjoy a riverside walk, the morning market and the Buddha Lotus Garden with its exquisite temple and stunning views.
Spend the afternoon at leisure as we sail to Nan Maw Leik.
Day 9 – Kyidaung, Village of Kyidaung
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as we sail through beautiful scenery towards Kyidaung.
This morning watch Belmond Orcaella’s Executive Chef deliver a cooking demonstration on the sundeck.
In the afternoon join a walking tour to the quaint village of Kyidaung and visit the Oo monastery.
Day 10 – Mingin, Mahar Minkyaung Monastery
Take a morning tour of Mingin, an important town during the reign of King Mindon, including a visit to the impressive Mahar Minkyaung Monastery.
Return to the ship and continue towards Kani for an afternoon tour. Visit the site of the Nat Shrine and experience a real 'Nat Pwe' paying homage to the Nat of Kani.
Day 11 – Bagan
Enjoy a mid-morning brunch before disembarking for a visit to the exceptional and historically important sites of Bagan, accompanied by our guides.
Return to the ship for dinner.
Day 12 – Bagan
After breakfast transfer to shore to experience the morning market of Nyaung Oo followed by a tour of Bagan’s major temples.
Lunch is taken on shore in a Bagan restaurant.
This afternoon there is a choice of activities. Travel to sacred Mount Popa, stopping off at a Toddy Palm plantation on the way, or take a private horse and cart or bicycle tour within the city of Bagan.
Enjoy the evening’s farewell cocktail party and entertainment before your final dinner on board.
Day 13 – Bagan
Disembark early morning for your return flight to Yangon and onward travel.
NOTICE: The cruise schedule includes the latest information regarding your program, but last minute adjustments may occur. The schedule may shift due to the weather, site closure, or unexpected circumstances beyond our control. The exact time for each activity will be announced or posted by the on-board tour staff. The touring is active, so all participants should be in good health. Due to the rural location, handicapped accessibility is not available in Myanmar (Burma).