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Majestic Burma

Explore Burma, a breathtaking land untouched by tourists for a generation, on this essential Irrawaddy River Cruise with a 2-night stay in Yangon. Includes return flights from the UK and excursions

River Cruise Holiday
  • Buddhist Monks
  • Yangon Skyline
  • Burmese Fishermen
  • Shwedagon Pagoda

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Immerse yourself in culture on this fascinating cruise and stay in Burma, a land that had been left untouched by tourists for a generation. Insider Experiences enchance this itinerary.

Enjoy a 2-night stay in Yangon, with included sightseeing. Visit the Reclining Buddha and take a walk through the colonial downtown area. Watch the sun set over the Shwedagon Pagoda, a 99-metre-high gilded pagoda.

Fly from Yangon to Magawe and embark Princess Panhwahr for a seven night cruise along the Irrawaddy River to Mandalay. Highlights include Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region's oldest wooden monastery near Salay, Bagan - one of the world's greatest archaeological sites and tour the village of Yandabo, famous for its hand-crafted terracotta pots. Enjoy a visit to Mandalay's Mahamuni Buddha Temple and witness locals adding gold leaf to the statue and stop by the U-Bein bridge to watch the sunset.

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Yangon to Mandalay Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Yangon (Burma)

Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Yangon.

Day 2 - Yangon

Upon arrival in Yangon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, visit the Reclining Buddha, stop for photographs at the Kandawgyi Lake and then take a walk through the colonial downtown area of Yangon. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner. Stay at the Pullman Yangon Centrepoint Hotel for two nights (D)

Day 3 - Yangon

This morning is at your leisure. Later this afternoon, visit Bogyoke Market before your Insider Experience. Enjoy sunset over the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda, a 99-metre-high Buddhist site that dominates the city skyline. (B,D)

Day 4 - Yangon - Magwe

This morning, transfer to Yangon airport for your chartered flight to Magwe. Board the RV Princess Panhwar, your beautiful home for the next seven nights. Enjoy lunch onboard before an afternoon excursion to see the venerated Mya Tha Lun Pagoda and a traditional Buddhist nunnery. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Salay

Cruise to Salay. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest wooden monastery, built in 1882 and known for its detailed wood carvings. After, see the Mann Paya Pagoda and its impressive golden Buddha that stands almost 20 feet tall. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Bagan

Enjoy breakfast on board while cruising to Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. This morning, experience a traditional cultural dance followed by a visit to a local lacquerware workshop. Prepare to marvel this afternoon at Bagan’s best highlights. See the well-preserved Ananda Temple, called the ‘Westminster Abbey of Myanmar’, and the large Htilominlo Temple before gorgeous sunset viewing over the pagodas. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Bagan - Pakokku

At sunrise this morning, perhaps ride a hot air balloon over picturesque Bagan (surcharge applies). After, explore the bustling Nyaung U Market and stop by Shwezigon Pagoda. Sail to Pakokku to enjoy your Insider Experience - experience local workshops in the village of Pakokku. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Yandabo

Tour the village of Yandabo, a place famous for its terracotta pots that have been hand-crafted in the same fashion for generations. Afterwards, whet your appetite with an onboard cooking demonstration. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Sagaing - Mingun - Mandalay

Visit Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda in Sagaing, and a silversmith workshop. During lunch, cruise to Mingun. While here, visit some iconic pagodas and the Mingun Bell, one of the largest ringing bells in the world. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Mandalay

Enjoy an Insider Experience this morning - visit Mandalay's Mahamuni Buddha Temple where you'll be able to see the locals adding gold leaf to a statue of the Mahamuni Buddha. After, head to Kuthodaw Pagoda and the Shwenandaw Monastery. This afternoon, visit a silk workshop followed by your Insider Experience - enjoy a boat ride as the sun sets behind U-Bein bridge. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner and unique cultural show on board.(B,L,D)

Day 11 - Mandalay - Yangon - UK

Disembark your ship after breakfast and fly to Yangon in order to join your return flight to the UK. (B)

Day 12 - UK

Arrive in the UK.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Price Includes

  • 7-night cruise on a full board basis on board Princess Panhwar
  • 2-night hotel stay in Yangon
  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
  • 25 meals (9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners)
  • Complimentary house wine, local beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Unique Insider Experiences
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping

Cruise Extensions

  • Majestic Burma and Inle Lake: Extend your stay with a 3-night hotel stay in Inle Lake. 15-days from just £3790pp