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Burma River Cruises

Burma River Cruises

Cruises to Burma on the Irrawaddy River are temporarily suspended.

Venture deep into the heart of this mysterious, beautiful and deeply spiritual country – a land of warm, welcoming people and magnificent edifices such as the shimmering golden Shwedagon Pagoda and the dazzling temples at Bagan.

Our superb Burma holidays include either a cruise on the Irrawaddy River (now Ayeyarwady) through Burma (now Myanmar), or include a few days in Burma as part of a longer itinerary.

About Burma Cruises

Known as the Road to Mandalay after the famous poem by Rudyard Kipling, this atmospheric river journeys through breathtaking scenery, to small villages where the way of life seems unchanged for centuries. In contrast to these traditional villages, visit splendid temples, pagodas and monasteries, including the Bagan Archeological Zone where an unforgettable landscape of 2,200 edifices remain of this once prosperous city.

Visit the Burmese capital of Rangoon (now Yangon) to see superb Buddhist temples, including the Shwedagon Pagoda and Sule Pagoda and admire the grand colonial-era structures along Strand Road. With the chance to explore Mandalay, gain an insight into this beautiful city with its Buddhist pagodas and monasteries, alongside historic colonial areas.

Whilst all of our collection of wonderful holidays focus primarily on Burma, others may also start and finish in other countries, usually Thailand, Sri Lanka, or Singapore.

Fisherman in BurmaFisherman in Burma

Burma Highlights

Amarapura (Burma)

Amarapura means City of Immortality. It was the capital of Myanmar during the Konbaung period. Today, it is a township of Mandalay and home to the famous U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge which crosses Taungthaman Lake. The best time to visit the bridge is just after sunrise when many monks and villagers commute across it.



Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan during the 9th and 13th centuries. Over 10,000 Buddhist temples and monasteries were built, of which approximately 3000 still remain. Highlights include the revered Ananda Temple and the spectacular Shwzigon Pagoda, the holiest site in Bagan.

Bagan (Burma)Bagan (Burma)

Inwa (Burma)

Inwa, formerly known as Ava was the capital of the Burmese kingdom for more than four centuries. Sights include the magnificent Mahaaungmyebonzan monastery, an impressive example of Myanmar architecture, the Nanmyint Watch Tower also known as the Leaning Tower of Inwa and the Bargaya monastery, supported by 267 teak posts.



Mandalay was once the capital of Myanmar. Today, it is the second largest city in the country after Yangon. Highlights include the Bronze Mahamuni Pagoda, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, said to contain the world’s largest book and the Shwenandaw monastery, filled with wood carvings. Some cruiselines offer excursions to nearby Amarapura, home to the U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge.

Mandalay (Burma)Mandalay (Burma)

Sagaing (Burma)

The former royal capital of Sagaing is an important religious site, famous for its hundreds of monasteries. Highlights include the magnificent Sun-U-Ponya-Shin pagoda located at the top of Sagaing Hill, the Uminthonese Pagoda which contains 43 colourful Buddhist statues and the large Kaunghmundaw Pagoda with its golden egg shaped dome.



Yangon was founded in the 11th-century as a fishing village and transformed into a major hub during the colonial era. Today, it is the largest city in Myanmar and home to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, a spectacular Buddhist temple and the most important religious site in the country.

Yangon (Burma)Yangon (Burma)