Irrawaddy Upstream Cruise Expedition 6 days

Routing: Bagan – River Village – Yandabo Village – Mandalay – Mingun – Sagaing – Ava

Best Highlights of the tour

  • World heritage Bagan with thousand temple and stupas
  • Fun horse cart ride to access to local villages
  • Beautiful Irrawaddy River cruise on Irrawady Princess
  • Witness the unique life – style along by the river banks
  • Great sightseeing in Mandalay
  • Explore the Royal relics, monastery and temples
  • Wonderful panoramic view from Sagain to Mandalay
  • Visit the biggest ringing bell over the world in Mingun
  • Gorgeous sunset from Mandalay Hill and U Bein Bridge
There is no better way to explore Irrawaddy River cruise than an overnight cruise. This cruise venture offers you the most highlighted views of Myanmar with land of thousand stupas, Bagan and Royal relics in Mandalay. You are taking a cruise trip allowing you the closest access to the locals along bank river. With the offshore excursions to Mingun and Sagaing, you will be overwhelmed colorful culture and nature of Myanmar

Day 1: Bagan Discovery
After breakfast, we start our first activities in this amazing land. Our tour guide and driver take you into the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market, the economic center of Bagan. At this bustling market, locals meet daily to buy and sell a variety of goods, from fruit and vegetables to clothing, china, and lacquer ware. Continue to the gold-plated Shwezigon Pagoda nearby, Bagan’s greatest reliquary, built to house relics of the Buddha brought from abroad.
From here, drive to the small village of Wetkyi-in to see the wonderful Kubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its ancient murals. Your today’s excursion also includes the Htilominlo Temple, which houses four Buddha figures on the ground floor and four more on the first floor. Take a horse-cart ride to Ananda Temple, home to four great, gilded Buddha statues. Return back to your hotel at about 5 pm. Overnight in Bagan.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meals: Not available

Day 2: Bagan – River Village Stop
After breakfast at hotel, be transferred to Irrawaddy Princess Jetty to start our great cruise on Irrawaddy River. Embarkation time is 10:3 with welcome drink and briefing. The board will sail upstream.
In the late afternoon, we stop at the typical river Village. Shore excursion time is 1 hour. Back to board and cast off. Continue sailing upstream and overnight on board.
Accommodation: Irrawaddy Princess River Cruise
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: River Village - Yandabo Village
In the early morning, we continue cruising upstream to Yandabo Village. Dependant on the base economy is famous for the production of terracotta from the riverbank clay. We see the pottery making process at various stages. Yandabo is historically recognized for the signing of the Yandabo Treaty which took place under a tree on the riverbank in 1826 between the British and Royal Burmese House-hold of Ava. After a short excursion, return back on board and continuous upstream and Moor overnight on board.
Accommodation: Irrawaddy Princess River Cruise
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Yandabo Village – Mandalay Sightseeing
Enjoy the sunrise. After an early breakfast, the passengers will disembark at Sagaing Jetty (Thursday only) or Gawein jetty (Sunday Only) at around 09.30 hrs. Start your sightseeing today with a boat ride upstream to Mingun, home to Uncomplete Wall, Sandamuni pagoda and Mingun ringing bell. Our local expert will be pleased to introduce you the life of people who live on the banks of Irrawaddy River.
After lunch, we will discover the royal Mandalay vestiges and relics covering imperial Palace, Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda also known as the world biggest book. The highlight of this day is the panoramic sunset from the peak of Mandalay Hill.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast

Day 5: Mandalay Ancient Capitals (Inwa & Sagaing)
Venture outside the city to the Buddha land of Sagaing. This religion hub presents the education for monks with different level. After visiting Sagaing University, we will proceed to visit Buddha cave and U Min Thonze Pagoda, Soon U Pon Nya Shin Pagoda, Tupayon temple where you can enjoy the great view of Mandalay.
This afternoon, we will travel to Ava, Amarapura to discover the Maha Aungmye Bonzan, Gabaya Monastery, Leaning Nam Myint Tower and the nearby attractions. Enjoy a walk over U Bein Bridge, the longest teak wood bridge in Myanmar.
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast

Day 6: Mandalay departure
Breakfast at hotel. Free until time to be transferred to the airport for the flight toward next destination. Trip ends
Accommodation: Not available
Meal: Breakfast
Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

1. Tour start and ends at Yangon Airport - Myanmar
2. You will be escorted by private English speaking guides. (Not throughout ).
3. Your car is private with air-conditioning.
4. Cruise from Bagan to Mandalay
5. Meals are daily breakfasts and 01 welcome dinner
6. Entrance fees where requested.
7. Your accommodation are twin sharing, 3 star standards mixed with comfortable, private cabin on shared cruise
8. This tour is subject to single supplement if requested
9. Trip price valid until 31 December 2014. Traveling on Christmas Eve and New Year Eve may subject to surcharge

Note: Myanmar Now is changing day by day since our country opens, the price of the tour may change at the visiting time. Please feel free to contact us for price while proceeding with the tour.

Tour Exclusions:

Best time to go this tour
Period for best enjoy: from October to February because this is the coolest time of the year. You can easily enjoy outdoor activities and sightseeing
Period for best value: remain time of the year when is considered as low season and you can enjoy discounts and offers. Please note:
From March to May is dry season. In semi-dessert areas such as Mandalay or Bagan, they can be very hot, but other higher areas such as Inle lake, weather is still cool and comfortable
From June to September is monsoon season. In coastal regions, like Yangon, and hilly places, such as Inle lake, you may be caught by heavy, sudden rains but in Mandalay or Bagan it hardy sees rainfall during this time

Physical rating of this tour: 2 stars
: These trips are a relaxing break. You don't have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to.
: Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
: it will raise your heartbeat. Some moderate physical activities such as several walking in fairly distance are included. A good level of fitness is required
: Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The majority of activities included on this trip will be challenging. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy your holiday.
: Our highest physical rating. Get ready for a heart-pumping adventure with plenty of challenges and some extreme conditions. You'll be required to be seriously fit for this trip as difficult activities are included.
For the trek on this trip the general rule is you will need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long stair cases with a pack is good preparation (try putting a few bricks in your pack for real training). Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trek to its fullest.

Meals introduction
While traveling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

Meals included and additions: 
Daily breakfasts and 02 dinner included
Meals additions to this tour: 10US$/person (lunch) and 12US$/person (dinner)

Important notes
As tourism infrastructure is starting to develop, you may find the accommodation standards to be lower than in other Asian countries. Since Burma has recently become a popular tourist destination, pricing is also inflated due to demand, and at times our hotels can change as bookings are bumped by hotels charging a higher price to other travelers. Please be patient with any last minute hotel changes, and please be aware that often although the price of the accommodation is quite high due to demand, some hotel standards can be quite basic.

There are several types of weather in Myanmar which causes very different water levels on rivers in each season of the year. That is the reason why the cruise program may subject to slightly change for adapting to water level conditions. Please kindly check with our Experts to ensure your best experience with our cruise bookings.

Passports and Visas 
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and a visa if required. Please check whether your nationality in Myanmar Visa exemption list, otherwise you do need to have your VISA done before going. Please check the information at our Myanmar Visa guide for specific. 

Cell Phones & Calling Cards 
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. Myanmar service is dominated by the GMS technology standard, while some of the world such as U.S uses the incompatible CDMA standard. We suggest that you should check carefully or you may incur high international roaming fees. 
However, the SIM card in Myanmar is not very popular and still quite expensive. You may need to check with your service providers for roaming fees when taking tours to Myanmar
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number. Country Code of Myanmar is 95
Wireless Internet Access 
Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). WiFi access in hotels and/or cruise lines often involves a fee which, in some cases, can be very expensive. 
Please ask your hotel receptionist to avoid unexpected charges.
Credit Card Usages and Currency 
Myanmar’s national currency, the kyat (pronounced chat, and abbreviated K) is divided into the following banknotes: K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500 and K1000. Travellers should ensure they arrive in Myanmar with their entire travel budget in US dollars, as ATMs are still very hard to come by (although this may change)
For credit/debit cards, surprised tourists in Yangon found themselves helpless when trying to use them. However, a couple of high-end hotels in Yangon and Mandalay are able to accept credit cards, and sometimes give cash back. This is done via a processing system linked outside the country, Singapore or Vietnam, and is at the mercy of internet connections
Trip Preparation 
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. 
If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage.

Tour at Glance

Trip Duration:

6 days 5 nights


Boat Ride, SightSeeing, River Cruises, Nature Explore,

Group size:

Min: 2


Max: 12


  • Physical Grading:


  • Day by Day Program:

    Day 1: Bagan Discovery
    Day 2: Bagan – River Village Stop
    Day 3: River Village - Yandabo Village
    Day 4: Yandabo Village – Mandalay
    Day 5: Inwa & Sagaing excursions
    Day 6: Mandalay departure

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