Paukan 2012: 8-Day Cruise

Myanmar – Superior


8-Day / 7-Night Irrawaddy River Cruise
Myanmar Heritage


This 8-Day / 7-night journey takes you either upstream or downstream on the Irrawaddy River of Myanmar (Burma). From the teak-wood bridge of Amarapura, to the over 2,000 ancient pagodas of Bagan, to the historic terra-cotta potters' village of Yandabo, the Irrawaddy river, its people, and their culture continue to thrive. Aboard the Myanmar Heritage Cruise you will visit Mandalay, Mingun, Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava (Inwa), Monywa, Yandabo, Shwe Pyi Thar, Bagan, Mount Popa, and Bagan.

Below is a "downstream" cruise program. The Myanmar Heritage Cruise operates a reverse 8-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.

Paukan 2012 Myanmar Cruise Itinerary Day 1

Day 1:  Embark Mandalay - Mingun
(L / D)

Board the Ship at Gawein Jetty 11:30 hrs – 12:00 hrs, welcome cocktail and lunch. Sail upstream to Mingun. Visit the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell, and the “home for the aged”. Overnight at Mandalay.

Paukan 2012 Myanmar Cruise Itinerary Day 2

Day 2:  Mandalay - Amarapura
(B / L / D)

Visit central Mandalay: Mandalay Hill (with sweeping views of the city and temples), the nearby Kuthodaw Paya (which contains the world's largest book), gold leaf workshops, tapestry making, wood carving, marble carving, and bronze casting. Back to the ship for lunch.

In the afternoon, visit Mahamuni Pagoda and then Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit a traditional silk weaving workshop followed by U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest wooden bridge (1.2 km) and enjoying the sunset. Dinner on board. Overnight on board midstream between Mandalay and Sagaing.

Paukan 2012 Myanmar Cruise Itinerary Day 3

Day 3:  Sagaing - Ava (Inwa)
(B / L / D)

Visit Sagaing, a hill studded with many Pagodas and Monasteries rich in wood carvings and religious artwork. Back to the ship for Lunch.

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 and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery. Dinner on board. Dance and theater performance on the sundeck. Overnight near a river village.

Paukan 2012 Myanmar Cruise Itinerary Day 4

Day 4:  Monywa
(B / L / D)

Early morning drive by coach (approx. 2 ½ hours) to Monywa to visit the "Hpowindaung caves" where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings. After lunch, we visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. Drive to Myin Mu jetty (approx. 1½ hours) where we will rejoin the ship. Dinner on board.

Paukan 2012 Myanmar Cruise Itinerary Day 5

Day 5:  Yandabo - Shwe Pyi Thar
(B / L / D)

In the morning, arrive at Yandabo, a picturesque and historic village that specializes in clay pot-making, where the peace treaty for First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We go ashore for a walk stopping at pot-making workshops and visit the local school and monastery.

Continue cruising downstream with an afternoon stop at Shwe Pyi Thar for a walk through a typical river village. Moor overnight.

Paukan 2012 Myanmar Cruise Itinerary Day 6

Day 6:  Bagan
(B / L / D)

Today our excursion takes us to one of the most incredible areas of Myanmar: Bagan. Once the center of the "Pagan" Empire, Bagan today is a tourist, artist, and archaeological mecca. Visit a selection of the most significant pagodas and temples of the over 2,000 around Bagan. 

Paukan 2012 Myanmar Cruise Itinerary Day 7

Day 7:  Mount Popa
(B / L / D)

Full day excursion to Mt. Popa, an extinct volcano located 40mi (65km) South East of Bagan. The mountain stands in a national park with preserved forest in the hot, dry and plain region of middle Myanmar. The popularity of Mt. Popa today lies in the interest of religious and mystical beliefs as an abode of spirits - “nats”. Climb the Taungkalat, believed to be the part of the main volcano blown apart and plugged at the current location, to see the panoramic view of the whole area. Lunch served at a nearby resort. On the way back to Bagan, visit a palm sugar producing home-cottage. Dinner and overnight on board.

Paukan 2012 Myanmar Cruise Itinerary Day 8

Day 8:  Disembark Bagan

Morning disembarkation at the Aye Yar Jetty after breakfast.

  • 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).

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