4-Day / 3-Night Irrawaddy River Cruise
The Royal Capitals
This 4-Day / 3-night journey takes you either upstream or downstream on the Irrawaddy River of Myanmar (Burma). From the over 2,000 ancient pagodas of Bagan, to the historic terra-cotta potters' village of Yandabo, to the teak-wood bridge in Amarapura, the Irrawaddy river, its people, and their culture continue to thrive. Aboard the Royal Myanmar Cruise you will visit Mandalay, Mingun, Ava (Inwa), Amarapura, Monywa, Yandabo, and Bagan.
Below is a "downstream" cruise program. The Royal Myanmar Cruise operates a reverse 6-Day program "upstream" as well depending on the date of travel. All touring is done with local, English speaking professional guides. Wireless headsets are available for listening to your local guide while seeing the sites of Myanmar (Burma) by way of the Irrawaddy River. All meals are included as indicated in the program below. Daily excursions typically run from one to two hours long or as half day excursions.
The itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, and accessibility to locations, so touring may vary.
Day 1: Sagaing - Ava
Board the Ship at Sagaing Jetty at 10:30 AM and cast off 11:00 AM. Welcome cocktail and lunch.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Ava
Next we visit the ancient city of Ava,capital of the Burmese Kingdom from 1364 to 1841 by horse-cart visiting the beautiful 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower (27mt. high) and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery .
Dinner on board. Overnight near a river village.
Day 2: Monywa
FULL DAY EXCURSION: Monywa
Early morning drive by coach (approx. 2 ½ hours) to Monywa to visit the Hpowindaung cave, where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings dated back to the .Serve Lunch at local restaurant in Win Unity Hotel in Monywa. After lunch we visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. Drive to Myin Mu jetty (approx. 1 ½ hours) where we will rejoin the ship.
Dinner on board. Overnight on board near Myin Mu.
Day 3: Yandabo and River Village
MORNING EXCURSION: Yandabo
In the morning we arrive at Yandabo, a picturesque village that specializes in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24,1826. We go ashore for a walk stopping at some pot-making workshops and to visit the monastery. Sail downstream stream. Lunch on board.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: River Village
Visit River village for a walk. Dinner followed by a Puppet Show performance sundeck. Moor overnight mid-river.
Day 4: Salay
After breakfast, Client disembark at Salay Jetty at 9:00 am.
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).