Explore hidden villages untouched by visitors for a generation on this essential APT river cruise, which sails on the tranquil Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River from Mandalay to Rangoon (Yangon).
• Visit the Mahamuni Buddha Temple and watch as a gold leaf is added to its statue
• Enjoy a boat ride as the sun sets behind U Bein Bridge
• Ascend Singuttara Hill and visit the 99-metre-high golden Shwedagon Pagoda.
River cruise itinerary
Day 1 UK to Mandalay, Burma (Myanmar) Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Mandalay.
Day 2 Mandalay, Burma On arrival, transfer to the RV Princess Panhwar and begin your cruise with a welcome dinner and cultural show.
Day 3 Mandalay, Burma Unveil Burma’s enchanting culture at your first stop, from the gold leaf-covered Mahamuni Buddha to the Shwenandaw Monastery. Ascend to the top of Mandalay Hill for sweeping views of the city before strolling along the iconic U Bein Bridge, or enjoying a Sampan boat cruise at sunset.
Day 4 Sagaing & Inwa, Burma Gain an insight into the Burmese way of life at a silversmith’s workshop before visiting Sagaing’s gleaming Soon U Ponya Shin pagoda and the impressive gold dome of the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda.
Day 5 Yandabo, Burma Spend your morning enjoying the scenery and go ashore to spend time in the village of Yandabo, which is famous for its pots made from riverbank clay.
Day 6 Bagan, Burma View one of Bagan’s best-preserved examples, Ananda Temple. Today you’ll get to mingle with locals at Nyaung-U Market; discover Shwezigon Pagoda, one of Burma’s most significant religious sites; see the 13th-Century Gubyaukgyi ‘cave temple’, and get a glimpse into local life at a lacquerware workshop. Your day in Bagan ends with an unmissable view of its temples and stupas at sunset.
Day 7 Tantkyi Hill & Salay, Burma Begin your day at Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda on Tantkyi Hill. After lunch you’ll cruise to the colourful religious centre of Salay, home to the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery, Yoke Sone Kyaung, and Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, the lacquer Buddha image believed to date back as far as the 13th Century.
Day 8 Magwe, Burma Arrive at the sleepy delta town of Magwe and see the impressive gold Mya Tha Lun Pagoda.
Day 9 Minhla & Thayetmyo, Burma Discover the intriguing history of Minhla in the Third Anglo-Burmese War and visit the Italian-engineered forts built to keep the British forces at bay. At the colonial port town of Thayetmyo you’ll stop by Burma’s oldest golf course.
Day 10 Pyay (Prome) & Sri Ksetra, Burma On a guided tour today you’ll visit gilded pagodas including the Shwesandaw Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in 1057, and ancient brick stupas and temples dating back 1500 years at Sri Ksetra.
Day 11 Myanaung, Burma Enjoy breathtaking views of the Akauk Mountains and stunning cliff carvings as you cruise to Myanaung. Join a walking tour of Myanaung, originally a trade point established by the British Irrawaddy Flotilla Company.
Day 12 Ainteloge, Burma Arrive in Ainteloge and set off on a walking tour, taking in colonial-style houses and gardens.
Day 13 Danuphyu, Burma Explore Danuphyu’s roots in the First Anglo-Burmese War and find out how traditional Burmese cigars are made in a cheroot-making workshop.
Day 14 Maubin, Burma Tour Maubin, a town of universities mingled with imposing Buddhist pagodas, and the birthplace of political leader and activist Ba Maw. You’ll also visit a local market.
Day 15 Rangoon (Yangon), Burma Take in all the significant sights in the glittering capital including the golden Sule Pagoda and Shwedagon Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake and the Bogyoke Market before returning to the ship for a final farewell dinner.
Day 16 Rangoon (Yangon) Following disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Is this for you?
If you want to take the path less travelled without compromising on quality and style, a cruise along the famous Irrawaddy River on board the new RV Princess Panhwar ticks all
One of the newest ships sailing around South-East Asia, RV Princess Panhwar offers a stylish cruising experience on the Irrawaddy River. The ship’s interior décor is sophisticated and contemporary and each cabin is comfortably furnished with air-conditioning and a balcony. All meals are served at the main dining venue, Mandalay Restaurant, while guests have the choice between the Kipling Bar and the sundeck bar for a nightcap. Facilities include a spa and a shaded canopy area where you can take in the spellbinding river views.
Good to know
• Itineraries are subject to change
• This itinerary operates in reverse
• In certain destinations you may be disembarking the ship across a wooden plank straight onto the river bank which at times can be uneven and muddy.
What to expect
• Pack comfortable clothes and walking shoes
• Clothing should cover legs and shoulders when entering a place of worship.
Departing 06 September 2019. Alternative Asia itineraries are available with APT, call or speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details.
Included in price
• Full-board cruise
• Selected drinks with lunch and dinner on board
• Shore excursions and entrance fees into sites as per itinerary
• English-speaking guide and Cruise Director
• All specified flights.