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Road to Mandalay 3-Day Cruise Bagan - Mandalay Itinerary

Luxury – Myanmar

 
 

3-Day / 2-Night Road to Mandalay: Itinerary Route B
"Bagan - Mandalay"

Tour monasteries and pagodas, stroll the markets and meet local craftspeople at the lacquerware workshops. From the breathtaking Bagan to the cultural capital of Mandalay, take in the highlights of this fascinating country. Uncover the hidden gems of the Irrawaddy River, from the astounding temples of Bagan to the lesser-seen villages near Myin Mu.

 

Discover a land barely touched by time on this condensed "Ayeyarwady Experience" tour of Myanmar aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay

Cruise from breathtaking Bagan to marvellous Mandalay along the Irrawaddy River, soaking up unforgettable sights and immersing yourself in inspiring activities.

Note:

The itineraries below are dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, and accessibility to locations, so touring may vary. Please note that there are two itineraries, one for High Water season and one for Low Water season. The Low Water itinerary is expected to begin on 24th January 2018 through March, however it may be used from mid/end December at the discretion of the captain.


LOW WATER: January – March

Mandalay Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 – Bagan & Sailing

For guests joining our 2-night journey, our final boarding time at Belmond’s private jetty at Tuang Be village is at 09.00. Belmond Road to Mandalay sets sail at 09.30.

Guests are also welcome to board earlier and join one of our early morning sunrise activities before we set sail. Please contact Belmond in advance if you wish to join the morning tours:

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise (Advance reservations essential, supplement applies.)
tarting around 05.00 - Experience one of the highlights of Bagan – a hot air balloon ride over the pagodas at sunrise (operates October-March). Guests participating in this activity are picked up before dawn and arrive to the ship around 08.30.

 

Pagodas in the Morning
Disembark with your guide for a morning tour. Begin with a short walk to a small temple surrounded by fields, where farmers can often be seen working the land amongst the pagodas in the morning, and growing crops such as peanut, sesame and beans. Also visit another of Bagan’s most impressive pagodas, Sulamani (“Crowning Jewel”). This temple has one of the best examples of brick and ornamental work and here you can see murals dating from the 12th to 18th centuries. This tour starts at 07.00.

 

Bagan by Bicycle (Limited space. Advance reservation essential. Guided ride in English language only)
For those interested in an active adventure, mountain bikes are available for a morning of independent biking (a map will be provided). Or opt to join our staff for an early morning guided bike ride through Old Bagan starting at 06.30. Travel along the small dirt paths and roads that wind their way around ancient temples and pagodas. This ride is suitable for advanced beginners and above and riders should expect to bike on dirt road surfaces with patches of sand. The guided tour begins at 06.30.

 

Traditional Horse Cart Ride (Advance reservation essential)
Travel in traditional style with your own horse and buggy through Old Bagan. Your local buggy driver will take you along a scenic route that passes many ancient temples and pagodas in the heart of Old Bagan’s archaeological zone. Enjoy a leisurely ride with many photo opportunities. Starting at 07.00. Please note that some buggy drivers may have limited English-speaking ability.

 

Village Visit and Social Contribution (English language only)
From 08.15 - Spend the morning with our staff in Taung Be village, near our jetty, and participate in one of Belmond’s Social Contribution Projects. Next to the jetty is our free health clinic established by our ship doctor, Dr Hla Tun. The doctor treats hundreds of patients a week when Belmond Road to Mandalay is stationed in Bagan. The activities change depending on the project and community needs and might include: preparing lunch for the visiting patients, working in the pharmacy with the monk, helping to build a new eye clinic. Please speak with Reception to learn more.

 

All morning tours and activities conclude by 09.00 at Taung Be village where the transfer boat waits to take guests to the ship anchored mid-river. Belmond Road to Mandalay sets sail at 09.30. During a day of sailing along the Ayeyarwady, you may wish to indulge in a treatment at the spa, relax by the pool, have lunch on the Observation Deck or join one of our on-board activities.

Today there will be an exhibition by a local artist on board. In the afternoon, our Housekeeping staff will give a demonstration of how to tie a longyi, the Myanmar sarong worn by both men and women, and how to prepare thanaka, a paste that serves as both decorative make-up and protection from the sun. You might also like to have an afternoon tea and snack in a true local style at our on-board “Burmese Tea Shop”. Later, join a lecture about Myanmar’s Past, Present and Future by one of our expert Belmond guides.

This evening, you are invited to wear your new longyi at a Longyi Cocktail party on the Observation Deck. Dinner is served in the elegant setting of the Restaurant. Enjoy a selection of gourmet Asian and Western dishes prepared by our Executive Chef. After dinner visit the Observation Deck for an unforgettable surprise on the river (weather permitting).

Tonight, Belmond Road to Mandalay anchors mid-river.

 

Yangon Myanmar Tour

Day 2 – Myin Mu and Alacapa villages

After a short sail this morning, Belmond Road to Mandalay arrives at Myin Mu, the northern most point for cruising during your journey. During the early months of the year, the water levels of the Ayeyarwady River typically drop for a period of a few weeks to a few months, creating a narrower channel for navigation near Mandalay. During this time, Belmond Road to Mandalay moors at Myin Mu, a typical riverside town 30 miles south of Mandalay, instead of at our jetty near the city. This mooring location gives our guests a unique opportunity to experience some beautiful rural areas and less-visited sites in the countryside.

Our experience is that many people consider seeing the natural life of Myanmar and contact with the local people to be the highlight of their stay. Myin Mu is a small town on the shore beside our mooring place with about 30-40,000 people. This morning, join our guides to explore Myin Mu.

Board tri-shaws for a ride around the town, which will include a visit to the local market to experience the bustling activity around the market and teashops, and a scenic tour along the Strand Road. As in all small Burmese towns, the cool of the morning is a time for much activity and our mooring place gives you a chance to experience the daily life of the Burmese people. For those who wish to be active, you can peddle your own tri-shaw and take the driver on a tour of the town! You will also learn about some of the typical cottage industries of the area with a visit to a ‘Burmese Slipper’ manufacturing workshop and the home of a family of bamboo weavers to see how bamboo houses are constructed. Return to the ship for lunch.

This afternoon, return to shore to discover another local village in the area. Drive to the picturesque village of Alacapa where you are free to walk through the village and experience the warm friendliness of the villagers, and have a glimpse into a life-style unchanged for centuries. We may also have the chance to show you traditional cotton weaving.

Tonight, there will be an evening of traditional entertainment after dinner on board.

The ship anchors at Myin Mu for the night.

 

Irrawaddy River Tour

Day 3 – Depart Myin Mu

An early-bird breakfast is served before you disembark from Belmond Road to Mandalay for your onward travel arrangements. Check out time from your cabin is at 08.30 and guests may use the public spaces of the ship until the final disembarkation time of 11.00.

We wish you a very pleasant onward journey and many fond memories of your time with us in Myanmar.


HIGH WATER: September – January

Bagan Myanmar Tour

Day 1 – Bagan & Sailing

For guests joining our 2-night journey, our final boarding time at Belmond’s private jetty at Tuang Be village is at 09.00. Belmond Road to Mandalay sets sail at 09.30.

Guests are also welcome to board earlier and join one of our early morning sunrise activities before we set sail. Please contact Belmond in advance if you wish to join the morning tours:

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise (Advance reservations essential, supplement applies.)
tarting around 05.00 - Experience one of the highlights of Bagan – a hot air balloon ride over the pagodas at sunrise (operates October-March). Guests participating in this activity are picked up before dawn and arrive to the ship around 08.30.

 

Pagodas in the Morning
Disembark with your guide for a morning tour. Begin with a short walk to a small temple surrounded by fields, where farmers can often be seen working the land amongst the pagodas in the morning, and growing crops such as peanut, sesame and beans. Also visit another of Bagan’s most impressive pagodas, Sulamani (“Crowning Jewel”). This temple has one of the best examples of brick and ornamental work and here you can see murals dating from the 12th to 18th centuries. This tour starts at 07.00.

 

Bagan by Bicycle (Limited space. Advance reservation essential. Guided ride in English language only)
For those interested in an active adventure, mountain bikes are available for a morning of independent biking (a map will be provided). Or opt to join our staff for an early morning guided bike ride through Old Bagan starting at 06.30. Travel along the small dirt paths and roads that wind their way around ancient temples and pagodas. This ride is suitable for advanced beginners and above and riders should expect to bike on dirt road surfaces with patches of sand. The guided tour begins at 06.30.

 

Traditional Horse Cart Ride (Advance reservation essential)
Travel in traditional style with your own horse and buggy through Old Bagan. Your local buggy driver will take you along a scenic route that passes many ancient temples and pagodas in the heart of Old Bagan’s archaeological zone. Enjoy a leisurely ride with many photo opportunities. Starting at 07.00. Please note that some buggy drivers may have limited English-speaking ability.

 

Village Visit and Social Contribution (English language only)
From 08.15 - Spend the morning with our staff in Taung Be village, near our jetty, and participate in one of Belmond’s Social Contribution Projects. Next to the jetty is our free health clinic established by our ship doctor, Dr Hla Tun. The doctor treats hundreds of patients a week when Belmond Road to Mandalay is stationed in Bagan. The activities change depending on the project and community needs and might include: preparing lunch for the visiting patients, working in the pharmacy with the monk, helping to build a new eye clinic. Please speak with Reception to learn more.

 

All morning tours and activities conclude by 09.00 at Taung Be village where the transfer boat waits to take guests to the ship anchored mid-river. Belmond Road to Mandalay sets sail at 09.30. During a day of sailing along the Ayeyarwady, you may wish to indulge in a treatment at the spa, relax by the pool, have lunch on the Observation Deck or join one of our on-board activities.

Today there will be an exhibition by a local artist on board. In the afternoon, our Housekeeping staff will give a demonstration of how to tie a longyi, the Myanmar sarong worn by both men and women, and how to prepare thanaka, a paste that serves as both decorative make-up and protection from the sun. You might also like to have an afternoon tea and snack in a true local style at our on-board “Burmese Tea Shop”. Later, join a lecture about Myanmar’s Past, Present and Future by one of our expert Belmond guides.

This evening, you are invited to wear your new longyi at a Longyi Cocktail party on the Observation Deck. Dinner is served in the elegant setting of the Restaurant. Enjoy a selection of gourmet Asian and Western dishes prepared by our Executive Chef. After dinner visit the Observation Deck for an unforgettable surprise on the river (weather permitting).

Tonight, Belmond Road to Mandalay anchors mid-river.

 

Road to Mandalay Cruise

Day 2 – Mingun

From 06.30 early risers may visit the Healthy Juice Bar on the Observation Deck. An extensive breakfast buffet with à la carte menu is served in the Restaurant and guests also have the option to order tea or coffee in their room.

A selection of morning activities is available as the ship continues north, including a sunrise yoga session, a meditation class and an enticing cookery demonstration by our Chef.

Before lunch, Dr Hla Tun will give a presentation on the charitable and community activities he is involved with at villages along the river, such as school building and healthcare projects.

After lunch the ship arrives at Mingun and you disembark, by transfer boat, for an afternoon tour. The following two options are available:

 

Classic Mingun
Enjoy a walking tour of Mingun and visit Pahtodawgyi, an enormous unfinished pagoda that was started in the late 18th century by King Bodawpaya but never finished due to a prophecy that the king would die upon its completion. You will have the chance to ring the world’s biggest uncracked bell, which weighs 90 tonnes and stands 13 feet tall. You will also see the dazzling Myatheindan (Hsinbyume) Pagoda, constructed of seven whitewashed terraces designed to symbolise sacred Mount Meru. Those who wish can climb the 88 steps to the top of the pagoda, which represents obtaining nirvana.

 

Village Walk (English language only)
An alternative option is to visit a rural village in the middle of the river. Walk along the island’s narrow dirt paths and across fields of beans, corn and millet and see villagers going about their daily lives. Visit the home of talented woodcarvers who make decorative ox carts used for ordination ceremonies and witness the production of dried lima beans, a vital ingredient in Burmese Tea Leaf Salad.

After your tour, the transfer boat takes you back to the ship where it is anchored mid-river for the night.

This evening you are invited to dress in your longyi for a special cocktail party on the Observation Deck. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner prepared by our Chef.

 

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Day 3 – Mandalay

An early-bird breakfast is served before you disembark from the ship for your onward travel arrangements.

Morning transfer times from the ship to Htin Win Jetty will be at 07.30 and 08.00. Those who wish may join the early transfer and participate in an almsgiving ceremony, where food is donated to a procession of monks. Afterwards continue with your travel plans.

Alternatively stay on board and sail to Belmond’s jetty in Shwe Kyet Yet village, outside Mandalay, disembarking at 11.00.


  • 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, accessibility for those people with disabilities is very limited in Myanmar (Burma).

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