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Road to Mandalay Cruise: 5-Day Itinerary

Luxury – Myanmar 

 
 

5-Day / 4-Night Road to Mandalay: Bagan to Mandalay

Explore the ancient temples of Bagan and the pagoda-topped hills of Sagaing, discover the ancient royal city of Mandalay, and visit Mingun, home of the world's largest ringing bell. 

 

From spiritual Sagaing to the enigmatic ruins of Mingun, embark on a breathtaking journey of discovery as you cruise along the Irrawaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay. 

This 5-Day, 4-Night itinerary aboard the luxurious Road to Mandalay cruise lets you enjoy your time onboard, while offering just enough excursions for you to explore the highlights of Myanmar. 

Note:

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

Bagan Myanmar Tour

Day 1 – Bagan

Board the ship at Taung Be village near Bagan.

Enjoy lunch on board disembark for a tour of Ananda, one of Bagan’s most magnificent temples. Continue on to a lesser-known temple, which you will explore by torchlight.

The day ends watching the sun set over the plains of Bagan, followed by an exclusive candle-lighting ceremony at a small temple near our jetty.

Tonight, dine under the stars at the Road to Mandalay Grill on the Observation Deck.

 

Yangon Myanmar Tour

Day 2 – Old Bagan

Before setting sail embark on the morning adventure of your choice. Select from a sunrise temple tour, a visit to a local community project, or a bicycle or horse-and-cart ride around Old Bagan. An inspiring hot-air balloon flight is also available at an additional supplement.

As the ship continues on, there are a range of onboard activities to keep you entertained. Relax by the pool on the Observation Deck, the largest outdoor space of any river cruise ship in Myanmar, or keep fit in the gym. Sample local infusions and delicacies in our Burmese Tea Shop and examine an exhibition of work from a local artist.

In the evening you are invited to don a longyi for a special cocktail party before sitting down to dine on a selection of Asian and Western dishes in the elegant Restaurant.

 

Irrawaddy River Tour

Day 3 – Myin Mu

Arrive this morning at Myin Mu, a charming riverside town just 30 miles south of Mandalay. Join our guides to explore the area by trishaw. Highlights include visits to a bustling market, a traditional Burmese slipper producer and a family of bamboo weavers.

Return to the ship for lunch, then set off to the picturesque farming village of Alacapa. Walk around the town and get a rare insight into local life. The villagers grow a variety of crops here, including corn, sesame, chilli peppers and fava beans.

Back on the ship, anticipate traditional entertainment after dinner.

 

Day 4 – Mandalay, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenandaw, U Bein Bridge, Monywa

After breakfast, set off on your choice of two full-day excursions.

The first tour takes you to Mandalay, visiting the UNESCO-listed Kuthodaw Pagoda and the wooden monastery of Shwenandaw. Afterwards you’ll pass through the streets of the marble quarter and visit a family of bronze casters. Continuing on you’ll encounter the famous U Bein Bridge and the Sagaing Hills, where you have a rare opportunity to visit a nunnery.

Alternatively head off to discover Monywa, a town on the Chindwin River that is often missed by tourists. This remote area is home to the world’s tallest standing Buddha statue. You will also explore the brightly-coloured Thanbuddhay temple and visit a small thanaka market.

Back on board, the chef has been preparing a spectacular farewell feast.

 

Day 5 – Mandalay

An early-bird breakfast is served before you disembark from Belmond Road to Mandalay for your onward travel arrangements.


September – January

Road to Mandalay Cruise

Day 1 – Bagan

Board the ship at Taung Be village near Bagan.

After lunch on board, set off on a guided tour. Visit Ananda, one of Bagan’s most magnificent temples. Explore a rarely visited temple by torchlight and learn about the traditional art of lacquerware.

The day ends watching the sun set over the mesmerising, temple-strewn plains and includes an exclusive candle-lighting ceremony just for our guests.

Tonight, dine under the stars at the Road to Mandalay Grill on the Observation Deck.

 

Day 2 – Bagan

Before setting sail embark on the morning adventure of your choice. Select from a bicycle or horse-and-cart ride around the temples of Old Bagan, a sunrise temple tour or a visit to a local community project. For an additional supplement you can set off on an inspiring hot-air balloon flight.

As the ship sails towards Mandalay, enjoy onboard activities ranging from a cultural lecture to a treatment at the spa. Relax by the pool on the Observation Deck, the largest outdoor space of any river cruise ship in Myanmar, or keep fit in the gym. Sample local infusions and delicacies in our Burmese Tea Shop and learn how to dress in traditional Myanmar longyi, a type of sarong.

In the evening, dine on a selection of Asian and Western dishes in the elegant Restaurant. Sample the house wines or choose from our extensive international wine list.

 

Orcaella Cruise Itinerary Day 5

Day 3 – Mingun

During the morning’s sailing there are a range of activities available, from sunrise yoga and meditation to cookery demonstrations and a talk from the onboard doctor.

Arrive in Mingun and choose from two fascinating tours. Discover the historical sites nearby or join a walk through a rural village, engaging with the locals.

In the evening you are invited to wear a traditional sarong to our vibrant Longyi Cocktail Party on the Observation Deck.

 

Day 4 – Mandalay, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenandaw Golden Monastery, Shwe Kyet Yet village, U Bein Bridge

We arrive in Mandalay after a short cruise. Early risers can participate in a Buddhist almsgiving ceremony on shore.

Select the tour of your choice: “Highlights of Mandalay” visits important historic sites around the city, including Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Golden Monastery. “Mandalay Arts and Shopping” focuses on the city’s renowned traditional crafts, such as bronze, marble, silk and woodwork.

Rejoin the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet village. After lunch, visit the Sagaing Hills, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar.

Toast the sunset with a champagne cocktail overlooking the amazing U Bein Bridge. After a sumptuous farewell dinner on board, enjoy traditional entertainment.

 

Day 5 – Mandalay

An early-bird breakfast is served before you disembark from Belmond Road to Mandalay for your onward travel arrangements.

Guests travelling on the group flight to Yangon will be escorted to the airport.


  • 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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