Multi-Day Tour

Majestic Myanmar: Journey by Land & Luxury River Cruise (12 days)

Cox and Kings

Yangon, Myanmar To Mandalay, Myanmar

Valid for Departures: 26 Sep 2018 - 31 Dec 2018

Majestic Myanmar: Journey by Land & Luxury River Cruise (12 days)

Day 6


Day 7


Day 8

Katha & Shwe Gu

Day 9

Shwe Paw Kyun & Delfile

Day 10


Day 11

Taw Island


Day 1
Yangon, Myanmar
Belmond Governor's Residence Or Similar - 2 Nights None
Upon arrival in Yangon, you will be met and privately escorted to your hotel for the next two nights, Relax, refresh and enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure.
Day 2
Yangon, Myanmar
Belmond Governor's Residence Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast today embark on a full day exploring the city highlights of Yangon, with its old world charm and its modern development standing side by side. Begin with Sule Pagoda, a 2,000-year-old golden temple, see the Mahabandoola Park and the beautiful Central Post Office dating back to 1908 then on to Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, known for its 70m (230ft) Reclining Buddha.

After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit the National Museum, home to priceless ancient artifacts including the jewel-encrusted throne of the last king of Myanmar. Bogyoke Market and the Indian Quarter next, then finally end your day of sightseeing at the impressive and awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Buddhism's most sacred sites.
Day 3
Yangon, Myanmar
Bagan Lodge Or Similar Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast you will be escorted to the airport for your short flight to Bagan. Upon arrival you will be met by your private guide for your explorations of this beautiful pagoda dotted area. The ancient city of Bagan in central Myanmar, was formerly known as Pagan and where more than 4,000 temples and pagodas. Today there are 2,200 still remaining.

You will first visit Shwezigon Pagoda, with its gilded stupa, followed by Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images. You will also visit Anauk Pwa Saw Village where you can see cotton weaving, and Minanthu Village which produces cooking oil from peanuts.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will head to your hotel to check in and refresh. Later, your program will continue with a visit the largest and best preserved 12th century Dhammayangyi Pagoda. End your day savoring a beautiful sunset view from one of the most scenic spots as you look out over the plains of Bagan.
Day 4
Bagan, Myanmar
Mandalay Hill Resort Breakfast
Onward this morning after breakfast with a private transfer to the airport to board your short flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted directly to your hotel where you can enjoy lunch prior to checking into your room.

After having time to relax after lunch, begin your sightseeing program of Mandalay accompanied by your private guide. First stop will be the Golden Palace Monastery, Shwe Kyuang, built between 1857 and 1859 as part of King Mindon's founding of the new royal capital city of Mandalay. Continue on to Shwenandaw Monastery, a masterpiece of wood carving built by the last Myanmar King Thibaw in the year 1880, then head to Kuthodaw Pagoda, famous for having the world's largest book with 729 marble slabs inscribed with the teachings of Buddha. Last stop of the day will be a drive up Mandalay Hill for a panoramic view of the sun setting over the city of Mandalay.
Day 5
Mandalay, Myanmar
River Cruise Anawrahta - 7 Nights Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You will depart after breakfast to embark on your river cruise, home for the next 7 nights.
Sailing will begin by heading north through the Dolphin Sanctuary. There will be a morning lecture on Myanmar culture entitled "Myanmar Ways of Life" and a Myanmar Traditional Dress demonstration early in the afternoon. In the cooler air of late-afternoon you can visit the pottery village of Nwe Nyein, to see traditional techniques still being used to produce a wide variety of decorative pots. This evening enjoy a welcome longyi cocktail party.
Day 6
River Cruise Anawrahta Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Begin early today with a morning yoga/meditation session. After breakfast, you will sail through the hills of the Third Defile. Passing bamboo and fishing villages. You can also enjoy a Cooking Demonstration in the morning and a Burmese language lesson in the afternoon. Upon arrival in Dagaung you can embark on an afternoon sightseeing tour, to witness the life along the riverbank.
Day 7
River Cruise Anawrahta Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Once again you can partake in an early morning yoga/meditation session and then enjoy meandering along the river until reaching the colonial town of Katha in the early afternoon, which is the setting for George Orwell's book, Burmese Days.

See the collection of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company's ship's bells, as Katha was the final resting place for much of the old flotilla. You can follow the locations mentioned in the book, and imagine how removed life was for the British Empire during that period of history.
Day 8
Katha & Shwe Gu
River Cruise Anawrahta Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You can visit Katha's colorful and bustling market this morning, then visit an elephant logging camp in the hardwood forest that surround the town. Lunch will be back on board before heading upstream up stream to Shwe Gu. Afternoon tea will be served before a lecture on Myanmar history and current affairs.
Day 9
Shwe Paw Kyun & Delfile
River Cruise Anawrahta Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
An early start this morning to enjoy a tranquil walk through the rarely-visited island of Shwe Paw Kyun. Back on board, watch as the ship passes through the dramatic Second Defile. This will take about two hours, depending on the force of the current.

Upon reaching the turning point of Sinkan Bridge, the ship will begin its return journey. Just a short cruise before reaching the mooring point for the evening.
Day 10
River Cruise Anawrahta Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Just a short cruise to reach Thagara, where you can disembark if you are feeling energetic and climb the hill to reach a majestic Reclining Buddha gazing serenely southwards. After lunch another relaxing afternoon perhaps enjoying the facilities of the ship, maybe taking in one of the Spa treatments in the Swedish-style sauna.

There will be a lecture on the 'Religions in Myanmar' and another Burmese language lesson. Tonight the ship will moor near Tabbeikyin, the nearest port to the famous ruby mines of Mogok.
Day 11
Taw Island
River Cruise Anawrahta Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Depending on waters level and local conditions, you can visit Thiha Taw Island in the mouth of the Third Defile, where there is a beautiful monastery, which was suddenly and mysteriously abandoned around 100 years ago. The monks from this monastery were reputed to have tamed fish and used to place gold-leaf on them during special ceremonies.

In the afternoon there will be a lecture entitled "History of Mandalay" while we continue sailing south, reaching Mandalay late afternoon where you will disembark in time to see sunset at the famous "U Bein's Bridge", the longest teak bridge in Myanmar.
Day 12
Mandalay, Myanmar
None Breakfast
This morning disembark as you bid farewell to the crew, and continue on your journey or homebound flight.

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Travel in stylish luxury as you explore the golden land of Southeast Asia and a landscape famed for its abundance of white pagodas. Explore local villages, as you meander along the Irrawaddy River. Begin in the capital of Yangon with the precious and sacred Shwedagon Pagoda, whose golden dome dominates the city's skyline. Explore the 2,500-year-old Sule Pagoda, regarded as the geographical center of the city. Next visit the temple plain of Bagan, one of the most majesti...

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highly recommended

By: rebecca

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2013

Cox and Kings coordinated a complicated itinerary with many different air segments and they were very detailed and thorough. Their guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and very accomodating to the needs and interests of their clients
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Luttenberger
Not Recommended

missed some key things

By: travelgal

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2013

1) hospital not be open on moon day wasted time 2) misinformation about internal connecting flight 3) already had visa and they got duplicate 4) no idea about what time living goddess would appear wasted time again 5) no one reconfirmed departure times, would have been sitting around the airport for hours 6) didn't need as many days as recommended
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overall was fine but could have better

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

the agency used too many different companies and out sourced the trips and guides to different areas that it was difficult to find who was responsible and who to contact in case of an issue. People will be better served if the same company was consistently used. Also if they have booked a room in a hotel, not to book the lowest category of the room in the hotel but give guests an option to book a room with a balcony or overlooking the water
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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Not Recommended

Never again

By: Johnstew

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2014

I have a major issue with Cox and Kings as a “luxury supplier”.There is more to the term than booking expensive hotels and tours. A well planned, informative experience that ensures client satisfaction must occur. Communication with Cox and Kings was almost nil. There was virtually no information provided to us once they had payment. The final delivery of documents was nothing more than a copy of the original booking marked final. These documents (such as they were) came late. Cox and Kings excuse was they “were waiting on ‘final’ confirmation from suppliers”. Based on the start of our trip, it’s not clear that they were communicating with them any better than they were talking to us.  They failed to tell us that the in country flight could only accomodate 25lbs of luggage, great fun repacking. They screwed up the excursions planned at our first stop and we missed one. Another listed tour stop did not happen and several were not as described. GO ELSEWHERE!
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By: Fellow Traveler

Reviewed on: 27 May 2014

Eva was an excellent guide in Prague.  Enjoyed the tours and would recommend again.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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By: LC47

Reviewed on: 16 May 2014

As a single traveler I thought their services were good but too expensive. The tour operators seemed competent.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Recommended, but with a caveat

By: Jean

Reviewed on: 22 May 2014

Our travel agent used Cox and Kings for our group's three-day stay in Prague. The hotel, Hotel Paris, was wonderful and the tour guide was exceptional.  We had a wonderful time while we were there.  The only disappointment was the Hungarian folk dancing show/dinner.  The local singer and dancers did a very nice job, but the meal was not just bad, it was inedible.  Two slices of gristle in cold, gelatinous gravy, followed by cake so dry it was like sawdust.  Have a glorious time in Prague, but skip that dinner!
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Excellent trip thanks to Cox And Kings

By: Barrett

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2014

The safari experience at three camps was unbelievable. External well planned and executed. Absolutely no flaws. Ready to go back and do it all over again. They know what they are doing. One can have high confidence in their work.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

Incan Peru Done Perfectly

By: JohnSt2

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

My wife and I just completed an ideal week in Peru arranged by Cox and Kings, America. The itinerary they planned was executed flawlessly. All the hotels, tours, meals and guides exceeded our high expectations. We stayed in Belmond hotels in Lima, Cusco, Urubamba & Machu Picchu. They are all exceptional; immaculate and well situated; large and well appointed rooms. The staffs are welcoming and couldn’t do enough to ensure we had a memorable stay. Our package included breakfast and lunch. Hotel breakfasts had many choices both North & South American dishes; all tastefully prepared. Lunches at upscale restaurants with a great selection of Peruvian dishes. You’ll love Peruvian cooking & you will get plenty of it. You won't need dinner. Our guide, Henry Coavoy Goongora (we called him Henry), was excellent; able comprehend the subtleties of our questions. He went above & beyond to personalize our experience, e.g. arranging for my wife to ride a Peruvian Paso horse. We had a fantastic time.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Prague One on One

By: Pat and Lee

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Prague. It was one of the best experiences of our trip. Professional and well versed guide who was sensitive to our needs. Made Prague come alive for us. Could not have been better.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Land assistance

By: David

Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2016

Cox and kings land packages, and their guides were absolutely excellent as usual.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Well managed operation

By: JRobert

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2017

Cox and Kings spare no effort or cost on every detail of the trip ensuring complete satisfaction in every detail.Particularly impressed by the quality of all the people and the seamless teamwork.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Cox & Kings - India 2017

By: K.Bueso

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

As a tour operator, I would definitely recommend Cox & Kings but I would make mention of certain concerning items which I have not seen with other tour operators such as G Adventures. The Good Cox & Kings made us feel welcomed since the day we arrived in India. A very friendly representative met us at the airport in India with our names on a board. This made us feel welcomed and safe. Also the representative was very helpful in some inquiries we had such as ATM withdrawal and purchase of a SIM Card at the airport. He was very friendly and conversational on the trip to the airport. At every step of the way, Cox & Kings had a representative to meet us and explain the process. We visited four different cities in India and they had several representatives assisting us to make sure the trip was great. The drivers were very professional and on time. The Kind of Bad Not sure if it was Cox & Kings or individual guides, but they push their "trusted" stores on to us for purchasing souvenirs
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Renae Torgerson

Scenic Cruise river tour April 2017

By: sue

Reviewed on: 13 May 2017

We are fans for life .An excellent ship, plus everything was first class...., comfort, wonderful quality, very professional staff. .Excursions, (all choices prepaid with 3 choices) were the best we have experienced , above all others. The entertainment at all venues ,including on board the ship, was top quality. Accommodations for inclement weather ( not too warm and or sunny) were thoughtful and efficient.
Travel Advisor:  Sherry Wilczewski

Great planning.

By: High Altitude

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Trip planning and documentation were thorough and complete. Follow-through after trip completion also very good.
Not Recommended

Inconsistency in Trip Planning

By: Anonymous

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

There were many inconsistencies in the planning and execution of this recent trip. Turns out we could have gotten our China Visas in the States and could have bypassed Nepal which was our preference. Receiving other pertainent documents was also done at the last minute. Some of the hotel accommodations (in the countryside in Tibet) were not up to the standards of a trip of this caliber. The service and food at the Taj Tashi in Thimphu was also not up to par. The room at the Uma Paro was tiny and cramped. There was a very long day driving to Gantey, fours hours each way that could have been handled differently, by having us sleep overnight at the Gantey Lodge and returning the next day. Had we known It was a National Holiday in China for 8 days, we would have bypassed the one day in Chendu to see the Pandas; the crowds were horrific and made it very unenjoyable and impossible to see the Pandas even though we got up very early that day.
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Excellent drivers and guides

By: Penny

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

We would recommend Cox and Kings to anyone. Our guide Michele inPrague was excellent. She knows and loves Prague, and it was great to talk with her about so many different aspects of Czech life. All Cox and Kings services were professionally and flawlessly executed.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Cox & Kings tour operators were awesome

By: Humphrey

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2018

The contact I had with Cox & Kings was great. Dania in the US was really helpful and provided me with all of the information and help I needed. Their representative in Tanzania was very helpful too. Our guide, John was great. He was so knowledgeable about the animals and the parks, and he knew where to look for the animals. We really enjoyed having him as our guide. He was very professional and took very good care of us.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Schmitz
Not Recommended

Great guides but didn't listen to clients

By: Travel with Granny

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2018

We had a difficult time getting what we wanted with this company. They wanted to fill every minute and we wanted lots of time to wander and explore. Also, my physical limitations made so much public transportation very difficult. The two guides we had were absolutely marvelous and tried to make up for some of the scheduling over programming. I cannot praise our guides enough for their kindness, competence, and knowledge.