Ayeyarwady Adventure From Bagan (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Belmond Cruises
Bagan, Myanmar to Bagan, Myanmar
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DAY 1
Bagan, Myanmar

Check-in at Taung Bi village in Bagan. Step aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay and sink into your luxurious surroundings. After a leisurely lunch, head ashore to visit the majestic Ananda Temple. Originally constructed in 1090, it remains a popular place for prayer and reflection. Take a short walk to 12th-century Thatbyinnyu, one of Bagan's tallest pagodas, and explore a smaller temple by torchlight. Break away from the templescape to visit a renowned lacquerware workshop nearby, where the owner explains his craft. Gather to watch the sunset across the temple-topped plains before proceeding to a small riverside pagoda for an exclusive candle-lighting ceremony.

DAY 2
Bagan, Myanmar

Start the day with a refreshing smoothie from the Healthy Juice Bar on the Observation Deck. After breakfast, choose from several morning tours of Bagan. Soar into sunrise with a breathtaking hot-air balloon ride over Bagan, or enjoy a short walk to nearby farmland. Visit the ornate Sulamani temple, a beautifully constructed pagoda with intricate carving and brickwork. A cycle tour or a horse and cart ride provide the option to explore the national park at your own pace. Alternatively, join our resident physician Dr. Hla Tun to visit Belmond's Free Health Clinic, just a few steps from the jetty, and learn about our variety of social contribution projects. Transfer to the ship as we set sail along the mighty Ayeyarwady. Slip away to the spa for a relaxing treatment, or take a cooling dip in the pool. Browse a local art exhibition hosted, and join our crew for a longyi and thanaka demonstrations. A leisurely lunch is followed by afternoon tea at our onboard Burmese Tea shop. As evening arrives, we invite you to a longyi cocktail party followed by a gastronomic feast for dinner. A spectacular surprise on the river sparks a magical end to the evening.

DAY 3
Myinmu, Myanmar
Allagappa, Myanmar
Myinmu, Myanmar

We arrive in Myin Mu this morning. Board a fleet of trishaws and enjoy a tour of the town, which boasts a vibrant local market, colourful tea shops, and traditional treasures. Learn about thriving local industries at a bamboo weavers compound and a slipper workshop. Lunch is served back onboard before an afternoon tour to Allagappa. A farming village with a wealth of crafting heritage, Alacapa boasts various pottery and agricultural industries. The lifestyle has remained unchanged for centuries. A sumptuous dinner is served in the restaurant this evening before traditional entertainment draws the day to a close.

DAY 4
Myinmu, Myanmar
Laykyun Sekkya Buddha, Monywa, Myanmar, Myanmar
Thanboddhay Pagoda, Monywa, Myanmar, Myanmar
Myinmu, Myanmar

Travel north to the Chindwin River this morning, a thriving life-force that flows through the heart of Myanmar. Your guide leads you to the little-known region of Monywa. Marvel at the world's tallest Standing Buddha and the giant Reclining Buddha. Continue to the vibrant Than Boddhay Temple, colourful and decorative on the outside and peacefully calm on the inside. Around half a million Buddha façades gaze at you from carved niches. Continue to a small thanaka market, where local vendors sell the wood and grinding stones for this popular cosmetic. A delicious lunch is served in a nearby restaurant. Savour a traditional menu before returning to the ship for a leisurely afternoon. Tonight chef prepares a sumptuous dinner in the restaurant.

DAY 5
Mandalay, Myanmar
U Bein Bridge, Myanmar
Sagaing, Myanmar
Myinmu, Myanmar

Delve into Mandalay city this morning to explore some of its greatest treasures, including the UNESCO-listed Kuthodaw Pagoda and the former living quarters of King Mindon at Shwenandaw. Savour local flavours and traditional dishes with lunch at the Green Elephant restaurant in the city. Your guides present two tour options for the afternoon. Discover the artisanal heart of the city with a visit to the marble quarter and a bronze casting workshop, before soaking up the breathtaking beauty of the iconic U Bein Bridge. Retreat to the Sagaing Hills and visit a hilltop nunnery before rejoining the ship. Alternatively, head to Mandalay's Htin Win Jetty with your guide and board a chartered riverboat. Savour champagne and refreshments as you cruise down the river to Myin Mu. Once onboard, a sumptuous dinner is served in the restaurant.

DAY 6
Ayeyarwaddy, Myanmar

A leisurely day of sailing lies ahead. Enjoy an array of onboard activities including a community presentation from Dr. Tun. Alternatively, indulge in a spa treatment or relax by the pool as we sail past the terracotta pots at Yandabo. In 1826, the Treaty of Yandabo was signed here between the Kingdom of Ava and the invading colonial British. Today the town is famed for its pottery, often spotted drying out on the riverbanks. Enjoy a delicious dinner of gourmet Asian and Western cuisine in the restaurant this evening.

DAY 7
Bagan, Myanmar

Opt to wake early for a sunrise yoga session on the Observation Deck before breakfast. As we sail into Bagan, fisherman cast their nets on the riverbanks and gilded pagodas rise in the distance. Upon arrival, disembark to explore some of the temples with your guide. Next, head to a secluded village to meet the locals and learn about their way of life. Alternatively, delve into the local culture and learn about the town's cottage industries. Or, join a temple meditation session in the cool depths of a nearby pagoda. You may also wish to join Dr. Hla Tun to participate in a variety of social contribution projects at our free health clinic. After lunch, visit the intriguing Nagayon and Seinnyet Temples. Alternatively, guests may choose to travel through the countryside to the sleepy town of Salay for the day, stopping to visit the colourful market at Chauk en route. A leisurely lunch is served at a riverside restaurant before you return to Bagan in the late afternoon. Chef prepares a sumptuous feast for your final evening onboard.

DAY 8
Bagan, Myanmar

An early-bird breakfast is served this morning before the crew bid a fond farewell, disembarking for your onward travel arrangements.

Ayeyarwady Adventure From Bagan 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

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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