Ayeyarwady Adventure From Bagan (8 Days)

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

Guests arriving at Bagan on our group flight visit a bustling morning market and a beautiful temple en route to Belmond Road to Mandalay, which is berthed at the private jetty near Old Bagan. After lunch onboard, set off on a guided tour. Visit Ananda, one of Bagan's most magnificent temples, then explore a rarely visited temple by torchlight. Later learn about the traditional art of lacquerware. Your day ends watching the sunset over the mesmerising Bagan plains, followed by an exclusive candle-lighting ceremony. Tonight, dine under the stars at the Road to Mandalay Grill on the Observation Deck.

Bagan, Myanmar

Before setting sail, embark on the morning adventure of your choice: a bicycle or horse-and-cart ride around the temples of Old Bagan, a sunrise temple tour, or a visit to a village community project. For an additional supplement, you can choose to take an incredible 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 work out in the gym. Sample local infusions and delicacies in our Burmese Tea Shop and learn how to dress in a traditional Myanmar longyi. In the evening, dine on a tempting mix of Asian and Western dishes in the elegant Restaurant.

Mingun, Myanmar

Start the day with a choice of onboard activities, such as a sunrise yoga, meditation, a cookery demonstration, or an informative talk from our onboard doctor. Arrive in Mingun and choose from two fascinating tours. Discover the historical sites nearby on a guided excursion or join a walk through a rural village, getting to know the locals. In the evening you are invited to wear a traditional sarong to our vibrant Longyi Cocktail Party on the Observation Deck.

Mandalay, Myanmar
Shwe Kyat Yat, Myanmar
Sagaing, Myanmar
U Bein Bridge, Myanmar
Shwe Kyat Yat, Myanmar

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, using materials such as bronze, marble, silk, and wood. Rejoin the ship at Shwe Kyat Yat 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. Traditional entertainment follows a sumptuous dinner onboard.

Shwe Kyat Yat, Myanmar
Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar
Shwe Kyat Yat, Myanmar

Spend the day on an excursion into the mountains and the former colonial hill station of Maymyo, also known as Pyin Oo Lwin. Board a traditional horse and carriage for a ride around the town. See the influence of colonial architecture in many of the country cottage homes. Visit the vibrant local markets and enjoy a stroll through the National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens. Return to the ship berthed at Shwe Kyat Yat for an evening at leisure.

Ava, Myanmar

For a revitalising start to the day, combine an early yoga session with a refreshing drink from the Healthy Juice Bar. Participate in a morning almsgiving ceremony at a small pagoda and enjoy the bustling activity of the village near our jetty. The ship sails to Ava, where you alight for a tour of the ancient capital. Choose to explore by horse and cart or by bike, either guided or independent. Spend the afternoon sailing to Bagan and enjoy a range of onboard activities. These include a lecture on Myanmar culture, a demonstration of how to tie a longyi sarong, and a fortune-telling session with an astrologer.

Bagan, Myanmar
Mt. Popa, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar

Relax this morning with a meditation session in the Observation Lounge. Today we arrive in Bagan, where over 3,000 ancient temples and pagodas cover the sun-baked plains by the Ayeyarwady River. Embark on a full-day excursion to Mt. Popa, around two hours outside of Bagan. This sacred mountain is considered home to the 37 Nat spirits. En route, stop at a toddy palm plantation to see how they produce sweet jaggery and a potent alcoholic spirit. Climb the 777 steps to the top of Mt. Popa or stay and explore the village below. Lunch is served at a nearby resort with stunning panoramic views over the mountain and surrounding plains. Return to the ship in the late afternoon. Dine under the stars at the Road to Mandalay Grill before enjoying a classical marionette performance.

Bagan, Myanmar

Today, you may wish to experience one of the highlights of Bagan. Take a hot-air balloon flight over the pagodas at sunrise, available at an additional supplement. An early-bird breakfast is served before you disembark from Belmond Road to Mandalay for your onward travel arrangements. Guests traveling on the group flight to Yangon will be escorted to the airport.

Ayeyarwady Adventure From Bagan map

About the Ship

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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