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 tour of Myanmar. Trip highlights include the ancient monasteries of Ava and the endless, glimmering temples of Bagan.
Cruise from breathtaking Bagan to marvellous Mandalay along the Irrawaddy River aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay, soaking up unforgettable sights and immersing yourself in inspiring activities.
The itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, and accessibility to locations, so touring may vary. Please note that there are two slightly modified itineraries, one for months between January – March and the other September – January.
January – March
Day 1 – Bagan
Board the ship at Bagan. Those who arrive early can choose to explore the magnificent temple complex, either by mountain bike, horse and cart or, at an additional supplement, hot-air balloon.
As the ship begins its journey north, there are a variety of onboard activities for you to enjoy, including a fascinating lecture and an art exhibition. Relax by the pool on the Observation Deck, the largest outdoor space of any river cruise ship in Myanmar. Work out in the gym, or sample local infusions and delicacies in our Burmese Tea Shop.
In the evening you are invited to wear a traditional sarong to our vibrant Longyi Cocktail Party.
Day 2 – Myin Mu, Mandalay
Arrive this morning in Myin Mu, a small riverside town 30 miles south of Mandalay.
Meet your guides and take a trishaw tour, visiting a local market and teashops. You’ll also learn about the area’s typical cottage industries, such as slipper production and bamboo weaving.
Return to the ship for lunch. After, disembark to explore the picture-perfect village of Alacapa. Get to know the locals, and witness a way of life barely touched by time.
In the evening, dine on Asian and Western specialities in the elegant restaurant followed by traditional entertainment.
Day 3 – Mandalay
After an early breakfast disembark for your onward travel arrangements.
September – January
Day 1 – Bagan
Board the ship at Bagan. Those who arrive early can choose to explore the magnificent temple complex, either by mountain bike, horse and cart or hot-air balloon.
As the ship sails towards Mandalay there are a variety of onboard activities for you to enjoy, including a fascinating lecture and an art exhibition. Relax by the pool on the Observation Deck, the largest outdoor space of any river cruise ship in Myanmar. Work out in the gym, or sample local infusions and delicacies in our Burmese Tea Shop experience.
In the evening, dine on Asian and Western specialities in the elegant Restaurant and gaze at the stars from the Observation Deck.
Day 2 – Mingun
There are a range of activities available this morning as your cruise continues. Take part in a sunrise yoga session, a meditation class, a Myanmar cookery demonstration, or a presentation by our onboard doctor on his community projects.
Arrive in Mingun and choose from two fascinating tours. Discover the nearby historical sites or join a walk through a rural village, meeting the locals.
In the evening you are invited to wear a traditional sarong to our vibrant Longyi Cocktail Party on the Observation Deck.
Day 3 – Mandalay
Early risers may wish to participate in a Buddhist almsgiving ceremony in Mandalay. Later you will disembark for your onward travel arrangements.
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).