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What’s included

  • English-speaking Burmese Guides throughout
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Savoy Hotel in Yangon, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Outside of Yangon, good quality hotel accommodation on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Twin cabins, main deck on the RV Zawgyi Pandaw or the RV Kha Byoo Pandaw with all meals, excursions, local soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, jugged coffee/tea and mineral water and drinking water included
  • Sightseeing where specified, including park fees
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece

Cruising the Irrawaddy River in Style

Tour

Burma (Myanmar) | Tour

Cruising the Irrawaddy River in Style

Duration:  16 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £4,645,
Land only from £3,995

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A relaxed exploration of this fascinating country, incorporating an extended cruise north of Mandalay.

Highlights

  • Explore Mandalay, the cultural heart of Burma
  • Visit Bagan to the see the vast plain of beautiful temples and monuments
  • Stay in excellent quality accommodation throughout
  • Embark on a luxurious river cruise on the Irrawaddy River
  • Enjoy a relaxed pace throughout with shore visits to unspoilt traditional Burmese villages, pagodas and islands

Reviews          

It was in fact my father-in-law who told me about the sensational gorges north of Mandalay, and how he had read about them in Murray’s Handbook of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon (16th edition, 1949). It describes the gorges as ‘defiles’ and says “The second defile is one of the great spectacles of the world”. It is therefore very exciting to be able to offer this...
Steve Berry, Mountain Kingdoms

What we enjoyed was being on such a beautiful river, the attention and friendliness of the boat crew, the variety of activities
village visits, teak bridge, and the beach. Hotels were of an excellent standard.

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With its fascinating ethnic diversity, a landscape stretching from the Indian Ocean to the high Himalaya and a stunning abundance of gilded temples and monuments, Burma (Myanmar) has perhaps some of the strongest draws of any travel destination. This exciting new river cruise tour takes us through some truly amazing gorges, through stretches of the river resembling lakes hemmed in by chains of foliage clad hills, to towns and villages straight out of George Orwell’s ‘Burmese Days’. We will sink into the strangely dreamy atmosphere of old Burma and become immersed in the daily ritual of slow life on the river.

Prior to our cruise on the Irrawaddy River we will do some sightseeing in Burma’s key areas, Yangon, Mandalay, and Bagan. Mandalay is the cultural heart of the country and inspiration for a myriad of writers and artists, it is also home to the world’s largest book inscribed onto Kuthodaw Pagoda.  Whilst in Bagan we will explore on horse and cart the vast plain of beautifully crafted temples and monuments. In Yangon we will visit Burma’s most precious and impressive monument, the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda. It is just one of those places that we will never forget. The sheer physical scale of the temple is astounding but equally moving is the faith of the many hundreds of devout Buddhists who come each day to pray and meet their friends. The atmosphere is timeless.


At a glance

Duration:  16 days from the UK

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Yangon

Accommodation types: Hotels, River Cruiser

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Yangon and full board elsewhere. Lunches and dinners, where included, will be taken in a mixture of local restaurants and your overnight hotels, or on board.On board local soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, coffee, tea and mineral water are provided throughout the day.

Leader: Local leader, Burma
Local leader, Burma

Your trip will be escorted throughout by an English speaking Burmese guide. Our Guides are all licensed to guide throughout the country and receive regular ‘top-up’ training. In addition to English, many guides will speak the dialects used by some of the ethnic groups you will encounter in rural areas – further adding to the interest and enjoyment of your holiday.


Cruising the Irrawaddy River in Style Itinerary

DayActivity
1-2
Day 1-2 Fly from London to Yangon. Wonderful sunset visit of Shwedagon Pagoda
3
Fly to Mandalay. Afternoon sightseeing tour to visit key sights including Kuthodaw Pagoda and the glass-studded temples of Mandalay Hill.
4-11
Board boat in Mandalay. Cruise up the Irrawaddy River, with several shore visits along the way, including the ancient city of Tagaung, Mingun. Disembark in Mandalay and visit the island village of Shan Kalay Kyun.
12-13
Day 12-13 Fly to Bagan for sightseeing including a tour of the beautiful Bagan temples by horse and cart.
14-16
Fly to Yangon and return to UK.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Tue 26 Sep - Wed 11 Oct 2017Limited & Guaranteed£3995 Book£4645 Book
Sun 5 Nov - Mon 20 Nov 2017Limited & Guaranteed£3995 Book£4695 Book
Fri 15 Dec - Sat 30 Dec 2017Limited & Guaranteed£4220 Book£5170 Book

2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Wed 24 Jan - Thu 8 Feb 2018AvailableContact usContact us
Tue 13 Feb - Wed 28 Feb 2018AvailableContact usContact us

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Optional supplements
  • Single Room Hotels
    From £550
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £89
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No surcharges will be applied to your holiday after you book. Prices on this website are updated regularly. The Flight Inclusive holiday price, or Land Only holiday price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.

Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • English-speaking Burmese Guides throughout
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Savoy Hotel in Yangon, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Outside of Yangon, good quality hotel accommodation on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Twin cabins, main deck on the RV Zawgyi Pandaw or the RV Kha Byoo Pandaw with all meals, excursions, local soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, jugged coffee/tea and mineral water and drinking water included
  • Sightseeing where specified, including park fees
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Burma
  • Lunch and evening meals in Yangon
  • Imported beer, wine and spirits on board ship
  • Tips
  • SINGLE CABINS If you are travelling on your own and are willing to share, we will attempt to pair you up with another solo, same sex traveller. Where this is not possible a resulting single cabin has to be paid for. Please contact us for prices.


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Stunning cruise on the Irrawaddy River          

This is the second fantastic trip we have had with your company, both organised by Jim who has been helpful, reassuring and always friendly. What we enjoyed was being on such a beautiful river, the attention and friendliness of the boat crew, the variety of activities - village visits, elephant camp, teak bridge, and the beach. Hotels were of an excellent standard. Cannot fault any aspect of this holiday or the previous Indian trip.

Little-visited          

It was in fact my father-in-law who told me about the sensational gorges north of Mandalay, and how he had read about them in Murray's Handbook of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon (16th edition, 1949). It describes the gorges as 'defiles' and says "The second defile is one of the great spectacles of the world". It is therefore very exciting to be able to offer this cruise, in some style, to parts of Burma that only few people have the privilege to visit.


Extend your holiday

Hpa-An extension, Burma
  • Visit Hpa-An, the capital of the beautiful Karen State
  • Stay in an idyllic boutique lodge at the foot of Mount Zwegabin
  • Visit the precariously positioned Golden Rock in Kin Pun

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We are delighted to offer an exciting new extension in Burma to visit Hpa-An, the capital of Karen State lying south east of Yangon. Hpa-An is a charming town set on the banks of the mighty Salween River, one of the great rivers of south east Asia which rises in Tibet and flows down to the Andaman Sea. This is an incredibly beautiful region of green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts.

As an additional attraction on this exciting extension you will stay at a charming recently opened boutique lodge, the Hpa-An Lodge, which offers a very high standard of accommodation and is already receiving glowing reports from all who visit it.

We offer two versions of this extension, with one including a visit to the Golden Rock in Kin Pun.


Ngapali Beach Extension
  • Relax in style at a Ngapali beach resort, perfect to add on to your Burma trek or tour
  • Choice of hotels, from mid-range to luxury
  • Spa treatments are available

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Ngapali Beach, with its pristine white sand and sparkling turquoise water, is the best in the country and a perfect way to end your holiday in Burma.


Balloons over Bagan - extension
  • Spectacular sunrise views over the temples of Bagan
  • Excursion lasts 2.5 – 3 hours, with an hour-long balloon flight and refreshments afterwards
  • Balloons take off daily from October through to March.

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Visitors to Bagan now have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in a hot air balloon. The world-famous archaeological site of Bagan is known for its marvellous sunsets and sunrises, mostly enjoyed from the top of one of the monuments but a balloon flight gives you the chance to see Bagan from a bird’s-eye view.


Golden Rock, Burma - extension
  • Walk 4km to reach the top of Golden Rock, for an unforgettable sunrise or sunset
  • Three day extension visting pagodas and giant buddha's as well as the Golden Rock
  • Available to add to your Burma holiday between October and May

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Extend your stay in Burma with a visit to the Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo, one of the most revered pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. Perched on the edge of a ledge at a height of 1,100m, the precariously positioned gold-plated boulder is said to maintain its balance thanks to a single hair of the Buddha being enshrined inside the pagoda.

During your three-day extension, you’ll also visit pagodas, stop off at the Allied War Graves Cemetery at Htauk Kyan, see reclining Buddhas and drop in at local villages before returning to Rangoon for your final night in what will have been a memorable trip to Burma.


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