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Beautiful views along the Irrawaddy River as you sail from Yangon to beautiful Bagan

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  • Luxury eight-night cruise along the Irrawaddy River
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Crusing along the calm waters of the Irrawaddy River is a great way to experience Myanmar as you journey through the beautiful countryside and explore its enchanting cities.

Your adventure starts with two nights in Yangon, where you’ll hop aboard the Yangon Circular Railway and travel around the outskirts of town, stopping off at a vibrant market en route.

It’s then time to board the luxury Belmond Orcaella, from where you’ll enjoy nine days cruising along the Irrawaddy River. You’ll experience first-class hospitality on board and the most relaxing of journeys, whether you choose to spend your time in the pool, unwinding with a spa treatment or simply watching the world go by from the observation deck, drink in hand.

As well as enjoying sublime views of the countryside as you navigate this iconic waterway, you’ll stop off to explore hidden temples and ancient cities and get a glimpse into traditional Burmese life. Your cruise ends in the magical city of Bagan, from where you’ll take a short flight to Yangon for your final night.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Yangon

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Yangon

Accommodation in Yangon

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Two nights in Yangon Two nights in Yangon

Explore this energetic city with our full list of recommendations. From the enormous Shwedagon Pagoda, stroll through shaded parks and lakes and dine on delicious street food in bustling Chinatown at night - Yangon is a fascinating place to discover.

Yangon Circular Railway and Insein Market tour Yangon Circular Railway and Insein Market tour

Head to the railway station to ride on the slowly travelling circular train for a journey around the outskirts of town, observing the lively and vibrant life of the rural Burmese people en route. The 46km (28.5 mile) 39-station loop system was constructed during colonial times and today connects satellite towns and suburban areas to the city, serving as one of primary forms of public transport. Partway round the loop, disembark to visit Insein market where a variety of street vendors sell colourful wares and meet with the friendly locals.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to board your luxury sailing vessel

Days 3-11

Irrawaddy Cruise from Yangon to Bagan

Luxury sailing vessel

Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N) Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N)

Board Belmond Orcaella at its mooring in Yangon and enjoy a relaxing breakfast as you start your journey to Bagan.

After lunch, enjoy an introductory lecture about the heritage buildings you are sailing past along the Irrawaddy River. A welcome cocktail party and introduction to the ship’s officers precedes dinner.

Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Two Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Two

This morning visit Danuphyu, a historically important town during the Anglo-Burmese War. See the General Maha Bandula memorial at Pali University, followed by a trip to a cheroot maker and local tea shop. You’ll also have a chance to wander the bustling market.

Return to the ship for afternoon tea. Join the guides in the lounge for an introduction to the Myanmar language and enjoy dinner as Belmond Orcaella moors at Italoke.

Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Three Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Three

Spend the day relaxing on board as you make your way towards the ancient Myanmar capital of Pyay. Take part in sunrise yoga, indulge with a spa treatment, or unwind beside the outdoor pool.

An astrologer will join you on board for number and palm readings. Astrology is an important aspect of Myanmar culture. Sit in on a fascinating talk about local Buddhism, and join a longyi tying and thanaka paste making demonstration, perhaps wearing your longyi at this evening’s pre-dinner cocktail party.

Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Four Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Four

Disembark for a visit to the impressive Shwesandaw Pagoda, boasting views across the city. You’ll also get to see the ten-storey Buddha and make an offering to your personal planetary post, learning about the significance of spirit animals.

You’ll also visit the ‘Fabulous City’ of Sri Ksetra. One of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Myanmar, Sri Ksetra is famed for its unique, cylindrical stone stupas. Return to Belmond Orcaella and spend the rest of the afternoon sailing through the stunning scenery. A talk on Myanmar’s past, present and future will be presented before dinner

Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Five Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Five

Relax with a full morning of sailing. On deck there is an option to make your own kite from bamboo and recycled materials, flying it from the stern.

In the late afternoon, disembark to visit the hilltop fort at Gwechaung. Travel through the countryside by ox cart for first-hand experience of the rural lifestyle along the Irrawaddy River. Savour a stunning dinner of grilled specialities, served under the stars on the Observation Deck or, weather permitting, on a nearby sandbank.

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Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Six Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Six

This morning you will arrive at the trade port of Magwe. Enjoy a tuktuk tour of the busy market and see the famous Myathalon Pagoda. Visit a monastic school, and join the on board doctor as he donates stationery to local schoolchildren.

Return to the ship for lunch. Later there is an invitation to take part in a Lahpet Thoke, or tea leaf salad, competition. Work in teams to make one of the most popular dishes in Myanmar cuisine, with a winner chosen by the ship’s captain.

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Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Seven Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Seven

This morning disembark at Salay to view the exquisite 19th-century teak monastery Yout-Saun-Kyaung. Lunch is served as we cruise into Bagan. Disembark for an early evening tour of Taung Be village, travelling by traditional horse and cart, including an exclusive candle lighting ceremony. This evening’s entertainment is an enchanting puppet show.

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Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Eight Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Eight

This morning you have the option to enjoy one of Bagan’s most magical experiences as you take a hot air balloon ride above the temples (additional supplement applies).

Today you have a choice of three excursions. Visit family-owned businesses that specializes in making typical Myanmar delicacies and goods. Continue your tour through a temple complex in Old Bagan, and enjoy a private tour of a rarely-seen temple by torchlight. More active explorers can find their way through the monuments by mountain bike. Alternatively, stroll through Taung Be village and visit Belmond’s inspiring free clinic.

Return to the ship for lunch, then visit two of the most significant pagodas in Bagan - Sulamani and Ananda. Enjoy your final evening aboard, including a fantastic farewell cocktail party, dinner and elephant dance.

Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Nine Belmond Orcaella Yangon to Bagan Irrawaddy Cruise (9D/8N): Day Nine

Disembark after breakfast for your onward journey.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Bagan airport

Flight

Flight from Bagan to Yangon

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Yangon

Days 11-12

Yangon

Accommodation in Yangon

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Overnight in Yangon Overnight in Yangon

Spend your final night in Yangon before your international flight home.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Yangon airport

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