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Burma River Cruises

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.

  • Temples at Bagan
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Fishing boats in Myanmar

Burma River Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020


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  • Highlights of Burma

    12 Nights - Bagan to Mandalay

    Indochina Pandaw Choice of Ships

    Explore the best of Burma on this Irrawaddy river cruise and discover magnificent temples, ancient royal capitals and fascinating cultures. Includes return flights from the UK, 1-night hotel stay in Yangon, a 2-night stay in Inle Lake, guided excursions and overseas transfers. 2019 - Apr Exclusive Blue Water package with no single supplement on selected departures!

    Shwedagon Pagoda Fly Cruise Package
    From £3745pp
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  • Mystical Irrawaddy

    15 Nights - Yangon to Mandalay

    Scenic Aura Scenic Aura

    This unique holiday combines a 10-night all-inclusive luxury cruise along the Irrawaddy on brand new ship, Scenic Aura with hotel stays in the cultural cities of Yangon and Mandalay. Includes return flights from the UK, unlimited complimentary drinks on board and guided shore excursions 2019 - Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar Book by 30 Jun 2019 and save a guaranteed £200pp plus upgrade to Business Class flights for just £99pp!

    Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon Fly Cruise Package
    From £4245pp
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  • Majestic Burma

    16 Nights - Yangon to Mandalay

    Princess Panhwar Princess Panhwar

    Explore Burma, a breathtaking land untouched by tourists for a generation, on this essential cruise on brand new ship Princess Panhwar up the mighty Irrawaddy from Yangon to Mandalay. Includes return flights from the UK and excursions 2019 - Apr

    Burma Fly Cruise Package
    From £5095pp
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  • Hidden Wonders of Myanmar

    16 Nights - Yangon to Mandalay

    Samatha Samatha

    Discover the ornate temples and pagodas of Burma on this unique, all-inclusive cruise along the magnificent Irrawaddy River on brand new ship, Samatha. Includes travel package from the UK, Freedom of Choice Touring and exclusive Signature Experiences 2019 - Apr FREE flights - save up to £1900 per couple!

    Burmese fisherman Fly Cruise Package
    From £5395pp
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  • Chindwin River Expedition

    12 Nights - Monywa to Homalin

    Kha Byoo Pandaw Kha Byoo Pandaw

    Explore untouched and remote regions of northern Burma on this unique Chindwin river cruise and discover spectacular temples, ancient monasteries and traditional village life. Includes return flights from the UK, 3-night hotel stay in Mandalay, guided excursions and overseas transfers

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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)

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)

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)