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17 Day Cruise on RV Princess Panhwar, APT from £4,645 pp incl. flights
Departure 07 February 2020 | Majestic Myanmar
- Depart London
- Tantkyi Hill
- Pyay (Prome)
All departures (4)
This tour and cruise is operated by Travelmarvel.
Includes return flight from London. Immerse yourself in Burmese traditions, as you discover a culture that remains unchanged for centuries. Discover a land filled with ancient pagodas and golden religious stupas and cities built on the river’s edge.
Day by day itinerary
Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Burma.
Welcome to Myanmar! Settle in to your cabin and enjoy a light lunch on board. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before a Welcome Dinner on board this evening to get to know your Travelmarvel Tour Director. Tonight, enjoy a cultural show on board.
Then explore a range of workshops. Later, tour Shwenandaw Monastery; visit Kuthodaw Pagoda to see what is thought to be the world’s largest book; and ascend Mandalay Hill for views out over the city.
Arrive in Sagaing this morning, explore the city’s central pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin as well as the egg-shaped Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, built in 1636. Later, cruise to Inwa, an ancient imperial capital of Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Rebuilt several times throughout history, the city was abandoned as a capital after it was all but destroyed by earthquakes in 1839.
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Yandabo, the site of where the Treaty of First (second) Anglo-Myanmar War was signed. It’s also famous for its terracotta pots, made from the riverbank clay, we take in the sights of the local village. Back on board, capture your first glimpse of Bagan, one of the world’s truly awe-inspiring archaeological sites. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. This evening, enjoy a puppet show on board. Puppet culture permeates through Myanmar and has entertained the locals for centuries telling mythological stories.
Today begins with a visit to the Anada Temple, the best preserved of all the temples known as the "Westminster Abbey of Burma". After see Shwezigone Pagoda, one of the country's most significant religious sites, before an exciting visit to the bustling Nyaung-U market. Mingle with the locals and browse the wares that are sold at this trade hub. Visit a range of distinctive structures such as Gubyaukgyi Temple, a 13th-century ‘cave temple’ with an Indian-style spire, before you head to a lacquerware workshop and a sunset viewing.
This morning journey to Tant Kyi Taung, famous for its impressive pagoda. Built in the year 1059 by King Anawrahta, the pagoda is known to house the sacred Buddda relic donated by King Vizaraba of Sri Lanka. Following lunch on board, cruise to the village of Salay, a colourful religious centre. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung, the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery resplendent with spectacular wood carvings and ancient religious artefacts. Salay is also home to Shinbin Maha Laba Man Paya, the largest lacquer Buddha image in Burma, believed to date from the 13th century.
Awake today to the glorious scenery along the Irrawaddy River as you begin sailing downstream to the sleepy delta town of Magwe. Upon arrival this afternoon, visit the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda which is located on the top of the Naguttama Hill. It overlooks the riverbank and is the largest shrine in the region featuring a gleaming gilded stupa. During October there is a Pagoda festival held here nearly two thousand monks lighting of nine thousand candles. We return to your ship this evening for dinner on board.
Stop in the town of Minhla, the site of a significant battle during the Third Anglo-Burmese War, which was the inspiration for a Rudyard Kipling poem. Take a boat to visit Minhla fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. Later, cruise to Thayetmyo, a pleasant port town that once sat on the British colonial border between Upper Burma and Lower Burma. Here, step out to wander the streets, take in the colonial houses and visit Burma’s oldest golf course, established by the British in 1887.
See a selection of gilded pagodas today, including the imposing Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the country’s biggest Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Later travel to a site the ancient ruins at the old Pyu kingdom capital, Sri Ksetra. Step back and immerse yourself in 1500 years of history in this walled city of Asia with all of its stupas.
This morning as you cruise out of Pyay, absorb wonderful views of the Akauk Mountains and their river-facing cliff carvings as you continue along the Irrawaddy. Disembark in Myanaung for a walking tour which will take you past a range of well-preserved colonial houses, and Roman Catholic Church.
Continue south along the Irrawaddy Delta to the delta town of Ainteloge. You’ll set off on a guided walking tour, taking in the towns many colonial-style wooden houses and gardens. This afternoon cruise to Danuphyu, a small town where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against the British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. This evening enjoy a presentation about traditional Myanmar dress onboard.
Disembark this morning to explore Danuphyu, where the revered General Maha Bandula led a famous Burmese defensive against British troops during the First Anglo-Burmese War. Disembark to visit the Monastery of Maha Bandula and a cheroot-making (cigar) workshop. Cheroot cigars are distinctive to Myanmar and more commonly smoked by the older females. Later, cruise to Maubin.
Awake today to the glorious scenery of Maubin, home to a number of universities as well as a range of Buddhist pagodas. Prominent Burmese political leader and activist Ba Maw was born here in 1893. Disembark for a walking tour, and learn about the town’s history. Visit the local market before returning to your ship.
Awake this morning in the beautiful city of Yangon. Disembark today to tour the sights of the city including Sule Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake and Bogyoke Market. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board.
Your tour on Myanmar concludes today after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Arrive back in the UK.
Sailing on RV Princess Panhwar
Step aboard the brand-new RV Princess Panhwar and discover Burma in premium style and comfort. Custom-built with Travelmarvel’s guests in mind, boasting sophisticated design and outstanding facilities it ensures a remarkable cruise.