Myanmar Days

(Downstream: Mandalay - Upper Irrawaddy (Kyaw Myaung-Second Defile- Katha) - Mingun – Ava - Amarapura - Monywa - Yandabo - Bagan)
Duration: 10 Nights

:: Itinerary :: Retail Rates :: Sailing Dates :: Reservation :: Pre/Post Cruise Tour

Itinerary

DAY 1
Mandalay

Our representative and guide will meet the guests upon arrival at Mandalay airport between 07.30/08.00 am.
Visit central Mandalay: Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay Hill where spiraling staircases lead to sweeping views of the city and its temples and the nearby Kuthodaw Paya, which contains the world's biggest book, the workshops of gold leave making, tapestry making, woodcarving, marble carving and bronze casting.
Embark the ship at Gawein Jetty before lunch. Welcome cocktail in the saloon and cast off.

DAY 2
Kyauk Myaung

After breakfast, arrive the spectacular potteries-making village of Kyauk Myaung and see the manufacture stages of the famous 50 Gallons (200 liters) pots. Sail all day. Moor overnight midstream.

DAY 3
Tagaung

Stop at Tagaung to explore the ancient city archaeological area and the fortifications around 9:00 am. Continue cruising upstream for the rest of the day. Moor overnight midstream.

DAY 4
2nd Defile (Gorge)

Sail all day and we enter the dramatic 2nd defile with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel around early evening. After entering a few hours, enjoy the typical view surrounded by the mountains along the river. Sail up to Sint Khan Village and return journey to Downstream. Sail all evening until 10:00 pm. Moor overnight at midstream.

DAY 5
Katha

After breakfast we arrive in the colonial town of Katha, the setting for George Orwell’s book “Burmese Days” and also the place where in the 1942 hundreds of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships were scuttled before the Japanese could seize them. We explore the old streets and the market by trishaw and an Elephant Logging Camp located on the surrounding hardwood forest. If time permits we will also visit the lake Indaw to experience typical Kachin highland scenery rich in bird life.

DAY 6
Mingun

Full day cruising downstream with stop for a walk to a river village.
In the afternoon, we arrive in Mingun and visit the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the ages”.

DAY 7
Ava - Amarapura

We explore Ava by horse-cart visiting the beautiful 200 year old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nanmyin watchtower (27mt. high) and the Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery. In the afternoon we travel by sampan and coach to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit U-Bein Bridge and Silk factories. After dinner guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck (if available). Moor overnight in front of Sagaing Hill.

DAY 8
Monywa (Hpowindaung And Shwebadaung Caves)

Early morning drive by coach (approx. 2 ½ hours) to Monywa to visit the Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings dated back to the . After lunch we visit the splendid Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. Drive to Myin Mu jetty (approx. 1½ hours) where we will rejoin the ship. Dinner and overnight on board.

DAY 9
Yandabo

In the morning we arrive at Yandabo, a picturesque village that specializes in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We go ashore for a walk stopping at some pot-making workshops and to visit the school and the monastery. Continue cruising downstream with an afternoon stop at Shwe Pyi Thar village for a walk.
Moor overnight mid river.

DAY 10
Bagan

We arrive at Bagan in the early morning. Full day visit of a selection of the 2,000 listed pagodas and temples. Lunch on board and in the afternoon continue the exploration of the archeological area. Dinner on board or in a local restaurant. Overnight on board.

DAY 11
Bagan (Disembark)

Explore some of Bagan's local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longyis and rattan products. Visit a workshop to see the ancient technique of lacquerware making. Alternatively guests can hire a horse cart or a bicycle and explore the site on their own or have a splendid Balloon Flight over Bagan (surcharge applied - optional). Lunch on board or in a local restaurant. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your onward flight (Yangon or Heho Inle Lake) or hotel.


Retail Rates

Per person in US$ valid (October 2012 TO March 2013) & (October 2013 to February 2014)

CRUISE 10 NIGHTS
Main Deck Twin: US$4,800 Twin Single use: US$6,300
Upper Deck Twin: US$5,000 Twin Single use: US$6,500

IMPORTANT NOTE: For All departures should the occupancy be less than 12 PASSENGERS the Company reserves the right to cancel the cruise up to 60 days prior the departure date. A written confirmation notice will be released to all booked clients and/or their agents within and not later than 60 days prior the departure date. In case of cancellation an alternative cruise will be offered and if not acceptable all down payments will be refunded.

Cruise Price Includes: All meals &, Coffee/Tea/Water - Sightseeing as described in the Itinerary – Ayravata Cruises English Speaking Guide (additional non-English speaking guide is provided if more than 8 cabins are booked by parties speaking the same language) - All Entrance Fees – Transfer by coach to/from Prome

Cruise Price Excludes: Drinks, laundry, all items of a personal nature; health-accident-baggage or travel protection plan outside the ship’s boundaries, fuel surcharges if applicable (*)
(*) Within the above rates the fuel cost is calculated on the Myanmar Market average price of the months of January 2010 (i.e. USD 3 per imperial gallon). Should the fuel price rise by more than 10%, AYRAVATA CRUISES will be entitled to impose a fuel surcharge equivalent to the amount by which the fuel price exceeds the price allowed for in the above rates, provided that the notice of this rise is given to the Passenger and/or his-her Agent within 30 days prior the cruise departure date.


Sailing Dates

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PRE/POST CRUISE LAND TOURS

Pre And Post Upstream Cruise Tour

TOUR CODE MDA_PP1.2
YANGON STOPOVER
Duration: 2 nights / 3 Days

Day 1 Before The Cruise
Rangoon (Yangon)
International arrival to Yangon, transfer to the Hotel. Lunch in the hotel. In the afternoon orientation tour of the city ending with the visit of the most enchanting and spectacular Pagoda of Myanmar: the Shwedagon. Overnight at the historic Strand Hotel or Chatrium Hotel.

Day 2 Before The Cruise
Rangoon (Yangon) – Bagan (By Flight)
Early morning transfer to the airport. Flight to Bagan. Transfer to jetty.

Day 1 After The Cruise
Mandalay – Yangon (By Flight)
Disembark at Mandalay. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon (or Heho for the Inle Extension
tour). Check-in to the Strand Hotel or Chatrium.

Day 2 After The Cruise
Yangon - Departure
In the morning drive through Colonial downtown and visit the 1926-built Bogyoke Aung San market (formerly Scott’s Market) dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery shops, art galleries, and clothing followed by Sule Paya. International departures

Pre And Post Downstream Cruise Tour

TOUR CODE MDA_PP2.2
YANGON STOPOVER
Duration: 2 nights / 3 Days

Day 1 Before The Cruise
Rangoon (Yangon)
International arrival to Yangon, transfer to the Hotel. Lunch in the hotel. In the afternoon orientation tour of the city ending with the visit of the most enchanting and spectacular Pagoda of Myanmar: the Shwedagon. Overnight at the historic Strand Hotel or Chatrium Hotel.

Day 2 Before The Cruise
Rangoon (Yangon) – Mandalay (By Flight)
Early morning transfer to the airport. Flight to Mandalay. Transfer to jetty.

Day 1 After The Cruise
Bagan – Yangon (By Afternoon Flight)
Disembark. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon. Check-in to the Strand Hotel or Chatrium Hotel.

Day 2 After The Cruise
Yangon - Departure
In the morning drive through Colonial downtown and visit the 1926-built Bogyoke Aung San market (formerly Scott’s Market) dominated by antique, Burmese handicraft and jewellery shops, art galleries, and clothing followed by Sule Paya. International departures.

RATES

Pre/Post Cruise Packages (MDA_PP 1.2 – MDA_PP 2.2)
 

Strand Hotel Twin/Double Deluxe Suite: US$1,380 Twin/Double Deluxe Suite Single use: US$1,770
Chatrium Hotel Twin/Double Superior: US$1,005 Twin/Double Superior Single use: US$1,285

Yangon Package Price includes

1+1 night accommodation at the Strand or Chatrium Hotel – Meals (Sightseeing as described in the Itinerary –English Speaking Guide - All Entrance Fees – Transfers – Flights as mentioned in the program

Yangon Package Price excludes

Drinks, laundry, all items of a personal nature; health-accident-baggage or travel protection

 
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