Irrawardy River Cruise Journey 05 days

Routing: Mandalay - Mingun - Sagaing - Baga - Mt. Popa - Bagan

Best Highlights of the tour


  • Fantastic cruise over Irrawaddy river - the longest river of Myanmar
  • Overnight on comfortable cruise for closest water life
  • Cruise to Mingun and Sagain in Mandalay
  • Admire the lives along river bank of locals
  • Enjoy gorgeous moment of sunset over the giant river
  • Cruise downstream to Bagan - the land of heritage
  • Explore offshore to Bagan and Mt. Popa for stunning views
Irrawaddy is the most import river of Myanmar which fertilizes almost deltas there with Chindwind river. Traveling along this giant river will allow you the most exotic access to best highlights of the countries including Myanmar and Bagan. We are offering you a stunning river cruise adventure with two nights stay onboard then extended by some classic exploration off shore. Irrawaddy cruise river adventure fits to all physical level and promises to bring you the most fantastic cruise experience

Day 01: Check in Mandalay - Upstream to Mingun
The embarkation time is at 12 noon at Gawein jetty. Welcome Cocktail in the Saloon.  
You will cruise upstream to Mingun and cast off time is at 12:30 hrs. Lunch will be served at 13.00. The sailing time is about 2 hrs. Our English speaking manager (or your private guide) will assist the guests during the visit of the Mingun Pagoda  Complex.
Moor Overnight at a sandbank mid-stream. After dinner guests can enjoy a Dance and Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School on the sundeck (if available).
Accommodation: Private cabin on Shared cruise
Meal: Lunch, Dinner


Day 02: Downstream to Sagaing then Bagan
Early in the morning cruise downstream. During the 2 hours journey the passengers can admire the natural beauty of the river and the life of its banks while relaxing on the sundeck or just sitting outside their own cabin. Enjoy the sunrise over Sagaing Hill. After breakfast passengers can go ashore to visit Sagaing with the assistance of our Ship Manager or their own guide.
The cast off time is at 10.30 hrs. Lunch will be served at 13.00. In the late afternoon we stop at Yandabo, a village specialize in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Cruise all day and moor overnight near a river village. Moor overnight near the village of Shwe Nann Tint.
Accommodation: Private cabin on Shared cruise
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 03: Bagan disembarkation
Today you will visit to river villages. Early in the morning we proceed Downstream to Bagan. After breakfast (if time permits) we visit another typical river village. Enjoy the sunrise near Bagan. Passengers will disembark at Aye Yar jetty around 9:30 am. We transfer to the hotel for checking and relaxing on your own way.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 04: Bagan – Zee O village.
Enjoying breakfast at your hotel, we embark our short excursion biking tour to Zee O village where is 20 kilometers from Bagan. You will not only have chance to relax with fresh air in the countryside, but you will also gaze with oldest tree such as 300 years old Ingyin Forest and over 100 Tamarind Tree. In addition, the tour give you an occasion to explore the local life in Zee O village. Lunch will be served in local restaurant. Biking surround the village before you head back to Bagan.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast


Day 05: Bagan – Mt. Popa.
One of the most highlight in Bagan that we should not miss is Mt. Popa which is far away 50 kilometers from Bagan. In the older days, it was also referred as the “Mountain of Spirits”. You will see monkeys expecting treats along the way to top. After 2 hours transferring, we reach the mountain. We will climb to the top to visit Popa Klat. Enjoy your lunch by Mt. Popa resort with panoramic view of the area. In the afternoon come back Bagan hotel.
Free time to explore the city before connecting to your next destination. End of Services
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan
Meal: Not Available
Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

1. Tour start at Mandalay and end at Bagan (Myanmar)
2. You will be escorted by private English speaking guides on board and off shore
3. Your car is private with air-conditioning.
4. Cruising trip from Mandalay to Bagan
5. Meals are daily breakfasts and meal plan as indicated in emails
6. Entrance fees where requested.
7. Your accommodation are twin sharing, 3 star standards mix with comfortable cabin on 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:

Visa arrangement, Drinks when you are traveling, personal expenses and others not mentioned

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

Important notes
ACCOMMODATION IN MYANMAR:
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.

CRUISE IN MYANMAR:
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:

5 days 4 nights


Activity:

Culture Tour, SightSeeing, River Cruises, Nature Explore,


Group size:

Min: 2

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Max: 12


Transportation:


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  • Day by Day Program:


    Day 01: Check in Mandalay - Upstream to Mingun
    Day 02: Downstream to Sagaing then Bagan
    Day 03: Bagan disembarkation
    Day 04: Bagan – Zee O village.
    Day 05: Bagan – Mt. Popa.

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