Tour Departs: 02 October 2018.
Tour Length: 18 Days.
We are delighted to again return to Myanmar in 2018. Previously known as Burma, the country has intrigued travellers for centuries and after being “off limits” to visitors for many years, the move towards full democracy will bring rapid change. In the meantime, it still offers the visitor the mystical experience of the Asia of the past. Despite conquerors and austere military rule, it is still the land of Buddha where pious monks are more revered by the gentle locals than any statesmen or international celebrities. Prepare to be dazzled by the ‘’winking wonder” of Shwedagon Paya, contemplate the 4000 sacred stupas scattered across the plains of Bagan, and enjoy the smiles and the waves from the friendly locals as we explore the interior of the country.
Our tour takes us to the nation’s capital Yangon (Rangoon), on to Inle Lake, a beautiful highland lake on the Shan Plateau before we travel to the historic city of Mandalay in the north. There, we join our river ship for 7 nights cruising through the impressive gorges of the Upper Irrawaddy River, perhaps the most dramatic part of the 1,200 mile length of the river. We will visit the small towns and villages which have been remote from the western world and offer a glimpse of a timeless lost Myanmar.
- Yangon (Rangoon), the nations capital
- Inle Lake, on the Shan Plateau
- Mandalay, the spiritual capital
- Bagan, perhaps Asia’s greatest archaeological site
- 7 nights’ river cruising through the interior of Myanmar
RIVER CRUISE SHIP “ANAWRAHTA” – A VERY SPECIAL SHIP
There are a number of ships plying the interior waterways of Myanmar but our home for the 7 nights cruising the Upper Irrawaddy River, the “Anawrahta”, is very special and unique. Only launched in 2015, the vessel carries the name of the founder of the Burmese nation, modern-day Myanmar. Built to resemble a British colonial paddle steamer, the “Anawrahta” takes guests back to an era of bygone elegance. Our Deluxe Staterooms, each with its own private balcony, are amongst the largest of any ship cruising the rivers of Myanmar. Enjoy the finest on-board culinary experience as resident chefs introduce guests to the authentic flavours of Burma as well as offering international favourites. Enjoy a cocktail in Kipling’s Bar on the Terrace deck as you watch the world slip by, learn about the history and culture of the country from local experts in the comfort of the colonial club-styled Mandalay Lounge, participate in a full programme of included shore excursions and when you return to the ship, unwind in the pool or visit the Thazin Spa for a massage. Cruising the rivers of Myanmar is an adventure but why not enjoy it in absolute first class comfort.