Christmas Celebration on The Ayeyarwady (5 Days)

Cruise Line: Belmond Cruises
Bagan, Myanmar to Mandalay, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar

On arrival guests will visit a local market, explore off-the-beaten-track temples near Minnanthu, and take in the panoramic views from Thitsawaddy pagoda. All guests will meet the ship at Taung Bi village. Get to know your crew before enjoying lunch onboard. Later, disembark to visit Ananda Temple, one of the most significant in Bagan. Continue on for a torchlight tour of a small temple, an experience exclusive to Belmond guests, and enjoy great views of Thatbyinnyu, one of Bagan's tallest pagodas. You'll also visit a lacquerware workshop to see the staggering amount of work that goes into creating finely detailed pieces. As daylight starts to fade, gather to watch the sun set over plains. Continue on to a small temple to take part in a spellbinding candle-lighting ceremony. Back onboard, grilled specialities are a highlight of dinner, which is served from live cooking stations under the stars.

Bagan, Myanmar

Start the day with a stunning breakfast before a choice of morning excursions. Explore Bagan by bicycle, horse and cart, or on an insightful walking tour. Alternatively, there is an option to visit Belmond's free health clinic and participate in our ongoing community projects. There's also the chance to take to the skies in a breathtaking hot-air balloon (supplement applies). Return to the ship and settle in for a leisurely day onboard. Indulge in a treatment at the spa, relax by the pool, enjoy lunch on the Observation Deck and admire the breathtaking vistas. Art lovers may wish to visit our exhibition of local works. In the afternoon, you can sit in on longyi-tying and thanaka paste-making demonstrations. Enter into the holiday spirit at the gingerbread station, enjoy a taste of local culture at the "Burmese Tea Shop", or attend a lecture on the country's past, present, and future. In the evening, join the Captain and your fellow passengers on the Observation Deck for a special holiday toast. A live band sets the scene as the sun sets over the Ayeyarwady River. For dinner, our Chef has prepared an exquisite four-course Christmas feast with wine pairings.

Mingun, Myanmar

Enjoy a selection of morning activities as the ship continues north. Options include a sunrise yoga session, a meditation class, an enticing cookery demonstration and a talk on our community projects with Dr. Hla Tun. At lunch, raise a toast to the holiday season with a sumptuous Christmas feast. Later, disembark for a choice of excursions in Mingun. Take a walking tour of the city highlights, or visit a rural village to experience Myanmar at its most bucolic. Back onboard you are invited to dress in your longyi for a special cocktail party on the Observation Deck.

Mandalay, Myanmar

Your journey continues to Mandalay, the home of traditional Burmese arts. Uncover the treasures of the city with a choice of tours. "Highlights of Mandalay" takes you to the unmissable sights, including the UNESCO-listed Kuthodaw Pagoda and the busy Marble Quarter. "Mandalay Arts and Shopping" explores the city's crafts and cottage industries, visiting candy makers, sculptors, wood carvers, and silk weavers. Rejoin the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, disembark for an excursion into the hills of Sagaing, the spiritual centre of Myanmar. Visit a Buddhist nunnery, then end the day at the stunningly photogenic U Bein Bridge. Tonight a sumptuous farewell dinner is served in the Restaurant.

Mandalay, Myanmar

Enjoy an early breakfast before you disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

Christmas Celebration on The Ayeyarwady map

About the Ship

Belmond Afloat in France - Hirondelle
Belmond Road to Mandalay

Cruise along the Ayeyarwady river on Belmond Road to Mandalay and be enchanted by temple tops and golden sunsets. Venture inland to witness daily rituals of local monks, tour ancient pagodas, and visit bustling markets. Then discover Myanmar’s mesmerising landscapes while reclining on the sun deck with a cocktail in hand.

What's Included


  • Morning tea or coffee served in your cabin on request

  • Buffet breakfast served in the Restaurant daily

  • Extensive buffet lunch served daily

  • Table d'hôte dinner with both eastern and western options

  • Complimentary soft drinks, mineral water, local beer and house wine are served with lunch and dinner

  • Complimentary pre-dinner aperitif served in the Bar each day

  • Cocktail parties with complimentary drinks and canapés

  • Gala Dinner on last night with specially designed menu

  • Onboard activities such as expert lectures and presentations, longyi-tying demonstrations, sunrise yoga sessions, meditation classes and cookery demonstrations

  • Fully-qualified resident doctor

  • Choice of excursions

  • Spa treatment menu

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