TRIPS

Myanmar – The Golden Land (Pandaw)

$ 4,085.00

10 nights cruise on the IRRAWADDY RIVER from Mandalay to Yangon.

Description

10 nights Cruise from Mandalay to Yangon

DAY 1 AMARAPURA / MANDALAY
Embark the ship at Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung Jetty, Mandalay and after lunch on board, we tour central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe-im-bin teak carved monastery and Amarapura with the teak Bagaya Kyaung, Menu Ok-kyaung and crossing the U Bein Bridge.

DAY 2 YANDABO
We move on to explore the ancient capitals of Ava and cast off cruising downstream through lunch and in the late afternoon we explore Yandabo, a small rural village specialized in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School and the new dispensary both built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.

DAY 3 PAGAN
We tour a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments in this important World Heritage Site and visit lacquer workshops.

DAY 4 PAGAN
Ascend Tan-chi-taung Mountain by foot or by WWII jeep for the spectacular sunrise over Pagan. In Sale we visit a number of teak monasteries including the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings and we explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses.

DAY 5 MAGWE
We climb the river bank and wind our way through a labyrinth of passages and paths to reach the magnificent Myat-thalon Pagoda. This pagoda is constructed with solid gold bricks.

DAY 6 MINHLA AND GWECHAUNG
We visit Minhla Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. Thayetmyo, this pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanmar War of 1855. Many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horsecart to see the countryside and golf club.

DAY 7 PROME (PYAY)
Visit the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artifacts and sculpture.

DAY 8 A KAUKTAUNG
Stop at the famous A KaukTaung to explore the spectacular stone carving on the cliff.

DAY 9 DANUPYU
Continue our exploration of Delta creeks and stop at Donabyu, another little known town with a busy port and bustling markets.

DAY 10 TWANTE
Sail through the Rangoon River and enter the Twante Canal, which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. We stop on route at the Twante in the afternoon. Enter to the Yangon river port.

DAY 11 RANGOON (YANGON)
Moor at Rangoon river and disembark at Rangoon (Yangon) ‘BOTAHTAUNG’ Jetty at 08.00 am.

Expedition overview 2016-17 FEB WEB.pdf

EMBARKATION DATES IN 2017

23-Jul-17 | 16-Oct-17 | 11-Nov-17 | 7-Dec-17


EMBARKATION DATES IN 2018

6-Jan-18 | 1-Feb-18 | 27-Feb-18 | 25-Mar-18


Main Deck
$4085
Cruise only per person

  • Twin Sharing: $4085
  • Single Use: $5105
  • No single use supplement for Departure on July 23, 2017


Upper Deck
$4750
Cruise only per person

  • Twin Sharing: $4750
  • Single Use: $5938
  • No single use supplement for Departure on July 23, 2017

Additional information

OVERVIEW

11 days Sailing through the heart of ‘Middle Myanmar’ we pass through a varying landscape – from the lush teak plantations around Prome to the desert country south of Pagan. We visit a number of small villages and towns and see local agriculture and manufacturing at first hand. These places are remote from the modern world and offer a glimpse of a timeless, lost Myanmar far from the usual tourist track. We also visit a number of old monasteries and temples of art historical interest in this cultural heartland of old Myanmar.

DEPARTURE

As indicated.

SHIP & CABIN

RV PANDAW II
Pandaw II was our first ever new build back in 2001. Though our oldest ship she is still young in river terms – her prototype the old Pandaw is now over sixty years old and many ships in this fresh water environment are at least 100 years old. She was built in Rangoon at the Dawbone dockyard, then belonging to the Marine Department. In those days there was no electricity and numerous generators surrounded the growing hull powering the welder’s torches. Timber mills were rare too and great tree trunks would be delivered to the dockside and be cut into planks on the spot. The result was magnificent and still is.

Pandaw II remains the stately queen of our fleet, if not the river. This is the one ship that has not been fully refitted, partly because the crew have treated her with such love and care that she does not need a refit and partly because she is something of a cult ship with a considerable following and we want to preserve the original Pandaw cabin with their real ship’s berths and the old door and window arrangement rather than the French windows of our other P class ships. We have though bowed to demand and have created two splendid suites out of four old cabins that run across the forward upper deck.

INCLUSIONS

Coach transfer Yangon-Prome, entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.

EXCLUSIONS

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port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

QUESTIONS

Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance or chat online with us.

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