Ayeyarwady Experience: Mandalay-Bagan-Mandalay Belmond Cruise (Price & Booking 2021)
NEW YEAR CELEBRATION CRUISE
Mandalay – Bagan – Mandalay a 7 nights luxury river cruise in Burma.
Join Belmond Road to Mandalay on an exclusive New Year’s Celebration Cruise, travelling through the heart of Myanmar along the Ayeyarwady River.
This journey combines unique visits, excursions and experiences with fabulous surprises for a truly unforgettable start to the New Year.starting from 400$
Belmond Road to Mandalay – Bagan – Mandalay Cruise ( 8 days / 7 nights)
Mingalaba!Welcome aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay!
We are here to ensure that your cruise is unforgettable, with land excursions and authentic experiences that provide a fascinating glimpse into the culture of Myanmar.
Please arrive at our jetty in Shwe Kyet Yet village between 10.30 and 11.00.
Once on board you are escorted to your cabin and then invited to the Observation Lounge to meet the Captain and crew. A short safety briefing is given.
A buffet lunch is served as Belmond Road to Mandalay sets sail, cruising towards Mandalay.
After lunch you disembark for a guided tour of Mandalay, considered the home of Burmese traditional arts. Explore some of its great treasures, including Kuthodaw Pagoda, a UNESCO-listed site with 729 stone tablets inscribed with Buddhist scriptures, and the atmospheric Shwenandaw, an intricately-carved wooden monastery which used to be part of King Mindon’s living quarters.
Pass through the streets of the marble quarter where artisans sculpt Buddhas of all sizes and continue to the outdoor workshop of a family of bronze casters to observe, first hand, the creation of statuesque Buddha images and ceremonial gongs. End the day with a visit to the 200-year-old U Bein Bridge, one of Myanmar’s most photographed sites.
Re-board Belmond Road to Mandalay at Shwe Kyet Yet village where the ship will berth for the night. This evening you are invited to join a cocktail party on the Observation Deck, followed by dinner in the elegant Restaurant. Enjoy a selection of gourmet Asian and Western dishes prepared by our Chef. House wines are included with dinner, or you might prefer to choose a fine wine from our extensive international list.
Late arrivals to Mandalay have the option to board the ship at the following times:
14.00 at the Htin Win Jetty in Mandalay (please note you will miss the afternoon tour as the ship will sail back to Shwe Kyet Yet), or after 17.00 in Shwe Kyet Yet village.
Early risers may wish to visit the Healthy Juice Bar on the Observation Deck. An extensive breakfast buffet with à la carte menu is served in the Restaurant and guests also have the option to order tea or coffee to their room.
Those who wish may join our guides on an early-morning visit to the village of Shwe Kyet Yet. This small village holds a special place in our hearts, having been the location of the ship’s berth for 20 years. Visit the village pagoda, where you will have the opportunity to donate food to a procession of monks from the local monastery. On the return walk you can observe the bustling activity around the market and tea shops.
Belmond Road to Mandalay sets sail for Ava (or Inwa), an ancient imperial capital situated between the Ayeyarwady and Myitnge Rivers. Here you have a choice of two tour options:
Ava by Horse and Cart
Perfect for those who wish to explore the most fascinating highlights of the ancient city. Climb into one of the traditional buggies and enjoy a scenic drive. Ava was the capital of Burma four times between 1364 and 1841, although what remains today dates mostly from the early 19th century. See the ruins of King Bagyidaw’s palace walls and moat, visit a beautiful 19th century teak monastery, now a monastic school, and journey through picturesque villages, farmlands and rice paddies.
Ava Adventure (Limited space. Please register at Reception. English-language tour only)
Set off on an independent mountain bike tour (a map will be provided), or join one of our staff for a leisurely, guided bike ride. Head off the beaten track into Ava’s more rural pathways, pedalling past King Bagyidaw’s palace ruins, through farmlands and tranquil villages. The ride is suitable for advanced beginners and above. There are no steep inclines, but be prepared for a mix of paved roads and dirt tracks with rocky or sandy surfaces.
Mid-morning, return to the ship and set sail towards Bagan.
You now have ample time to enjoy the ship’s leisure facilities, such as a treatment at the spa, relaxation by the pool or a scenic lunch on the Observation Deck.
Or you may wish to join one of our onboard activities: have your fortune told by an astrologer, or attend a demonstration by our housekeeping staff on how to tie a longyi (Myanmar sarong) or prepare thanaka, a paste that serves as both decorative make-up and protection from the sun.
Our onboard doctor will be giving a presentation on his charitable and community activities in Myanmar in the Observation Lounge. Indulge in afternoon tea, Myanmar-style, in our Burmese Tea Shop before visiting the Observation Lounge for a talk on Myanmar Ways of Life by one of the expert Belmond guides.
After dinner this evening, visit the Observation Deck for an unforgettable surprise on the river (weather permitting).
The ship anchors mid-river for the night.
You may wish to be on the Observation Deck by 08.30 to enjoy the views as we sail into Bagan. Spot fishermen casting their nets, local boats carrying passengers from one bank to the other, and the gilded hti, or crowns, of pagodas as the ship circles and drops anchor near the Taung Be village jetty. Disembark to explore Old Bagan. There are three optional morning tours to choose from:
Visit a complex of pagodas, both ruined and restored, which offer a fascinating insight into Bagan’s history and architectural styles. You will also visit a small temple surrounded by fields where farmers can often be seen nurturing crops such as peanut, sesame and beans.
A Day in the Life:
Visit a family compound and observe the making of ponyegyi (fermented soy bean paste) and also visit a neighbor who makes colourful bamboo fans. Explore the lanes of the bustling morning market at Nyaung-U. Sample a homemade kyaw sone, a fried chickpea snack, in a villager’s home.
After lunch on board, disembark for an afternoon excursion to one of the most significant pagodas of Bagan, Ananda Temple. This architectural masterpiece was built in AD 1090 and contains four gilded Buddha statues, each standing 30 ft tall. You will also be led to a small temple, opened exclusively for Belmond guests, to discover magnificent murals by torchlight.
A short walk brings you to a stunning view of 12th-century Thatbyinnyu, one of Bagan’s tallest pagodas. A visit to a lacquerware workshop follows. Marvel at the exquisite patience and skill required to produce these finely detailed pieces, many of which take several months to complete. As daylight starts to fade, gather to watch the sunset over plains peppered with hundreds of pagodas.
After dinner on tonight, you are treated to a classical marionette performance in the Observation Lounge. Historically these shows were royal entertainment, depicting stories from the early life of Buddha, but they were also considered a safe way to deliver messages to the King.
Tonight the ship anchors mid-river in Bagan.
Early risers may wish to visit the Healthy Juice Bar on the Observation Deck. An extensive breakfast buffet with à la carte menu is served in the Restaurant and guests also have the option to order tea or coffee in their room.
This morning you can choose from a number of tour options:
Excursion to Salay and Countryside:
Enjoy a rural excursion to Salay, a small town down river from Bagan with old colonial architecture. En route, visit the colorful markets at Chauk. In Salay explore the town on foot and travel by local truck to an ancient teak monastery. Lunch will be arranged at a restaurant housed in a restored colonial home by the riverside. Return to Bagan in the late afternoon.
Alternatively choose to stay the day in Bagan, with lunch on board, and join our other local excursions:
Traditional Horse and Cart Ride
(Advance reservations essential)
Travel in time-honoured style with your own horse and buggy through Old Bagan. Your local driver will take you on a leisurely, scenic route through the heart of the archaeological zone, passing many ancient pagodas and offering plentiful photo opportunities. Please note that some buggy drivers may have limited English-speaking ability. Starts at 07.00.
Village Visit and Social Contribution
(English language only)
Join our staff in Taung Be village to participate in one of Belmond’s Social Contribution Projects. Next to the jetty is our free health clinic, established by the ship’s doctor, Dr Hla Tun, where he treats hundreds of patients a week while Belmond Road to Mandalay is stationed in Bagan. Activities change depending on the current project and community needs and might include: preparing lunch for visiting patients, working in the pharmacy with the monk or helping to build a new eye clinic. The visit begins at 08.15. Please speak with Reception to learn more.
Return to the ship for lunch.
This afternoon, continue exploring Bagan with a visit to Nagayon Temple and visit Seinnyet, a small complex of temples with murals. En route back to the jetty, visit a small temple near the river to participate in an exclusive Belmond experience – a magical candle lighting ceremony.
Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner on the Observation Deck. The ship remains mid-river at Bagan.
Bagan & Sailing
This morning you can embark on the tour of your choice before the ship sets sail.
Pagodas in the Morning
Enjoy an early-morning walking tour with your guide. Visit a small temple surrounded by fields where farmers can often be seen nurturing crops such as peanut, sesame and beans. Then explore the famous pagoda Sulamani (crowning jewel), with its impressive brick and ornamental work and murals dating from the 12th to 18th centuries. Tour begins at 07.00.
Bagan by Bicycle
(Limited space. Advance reservations essential. English-language tour only)
Set off on an independent mountain bike adventure (a map will be provided), or opt to join our staff on a guided ride through Old Bagan. Pedal along small paths and roads that wind their way around ancient temples and pagodas. The ride is suitable for advanced beginners and above and cyclists should expect to bike on dirt road surfaces with patches of sand. The guided tour begins at 06.30.
A morning meditation surrounded by the beauty of Bagan’s ancient temples and pagodas. This one-hour session includes a discussion of technique and a sitting meditation at a temple.
All morning tours and activities conclude by 09.00 at Taung Be village where the transfer boat waits to take guests back to the ship.
After setting sail a leisurely day on board awaits. Take full advantage of the facilities on offer, from spa treatments and poolside relaxation to teatime treats.
Dinner is served in the Restaurant, after which please make your way to the Observation Deck for an unforgettable surprise on the river (weather permitting).
The ship continues to sail north. Enjoy a selection of morning activities, including a sunrise yoga session, a meditation class or an enticing cookery demonstration by our Chef.
After lunch the ship arrives at Mingun and you disembark, by transfer boat, for an afternoon tour. The following two options are available:
Enjoy a walking tour of Mingun and visit Pahtodawgyi, an enormous unfinished pagoda that was started in the late 18th century by King Bodawpaya but never finished due to a prophecy that the king would die upon its completion. You will have the chance to ring the world’s biggest uncracked bell, which weighs 90 tonnes and stands 13 feet tall.
You will also see the dazzling Myatheindan (Hsinbyume) Pagoda, constructed of seven whitewashed terraces designed to symbolise sacred Mount Meru. Those who wish can climb the 88 steps to the top of the pagoda, which represents obtaining nirvana.
Village Walk (English language only)
An alternative option is to visit a rural village in the middle of the river. Walk along the island’s narrow dirt paths and across fields of beans, corn and millet and see villagers going about their daily lives. Visit the home of talented woodcarvers who make decorative ox carts used for ordination ceremonies and witness the production of dried lima beans, a vital ingredient in Burmese Tea Leaf Salad.
Back on board you are invited to dress in your longyi for a special cocktail party on the Observation Deck, with views of MIngun in the distance.
Belmond Road to Mandalay anchors near Mingun tonight.
Mandalay and Sagaing
Early this morning, Belmond Road to Mandalay sails to the city of Mandalay and the Htin Win Jetty.
Today you are invited to join a Mandalay tour:
A morning of Mandalay Arts
This excursion focuses on Mandalay’s local arts and cottage industries. Watch artisans sculpting Buddha statues in the marble quarter and browse a store showcasing high-quality crafts. Watch skilled artisans carving intricate wood panels typically used for monasteries and weaving tapestries with semi-precious stones, and visit the outdoor workshop of a family of bronze casters.
The tour ends at Shwe Kyet Yet village, the location of our private jetty near Mandalay, where you rejoin the ship for lunch.
In the afternoon, disembark for an excursion to discover the hills of Sagaing, the spiritual centre of Myanmar, which is home to hundreds of monasteries, nunneries and Buddhist learning centres. Enjoy expansive views of the Ayeyarwady River from the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda and visit a Buddhist nunnery to learn about the monastic way of life.
Return to the ship berthed at Shwe Kyet Yet village for an evening at leisure. Tonight you are treated to a sumptuous farewell dinner in the Restaurant, followed by an evening of traditional entertainment.
An early-bird breakfast is served before you disembark from Belmond Road to Mandalay for your onward travel arrangements. Check-out time from your cabin is at 08.30 and you are welcome to use the ship’s public spaces until the final disembarkation time of 11.00.
Please note, all timings are approximate and should be used as a guide only. Please note, routes and associated itineraries may be subject to change.
The rivers of Myanmar vary from season to season, with as much as a 30ft variance in water level. From January through June, the Ayeyarwady’s levels may drop for a few weeks to a few months, creating a narrower channel for navigation. To allow for these changes, Belmond Road to Mandalay may operate a revised itinerary and mooring locations may be amended.
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Rates quoted in this agreement are valid from 1st November 2019 to 30th April 2021.
*Rates are based on double/twin cabin occupancy, single cabin suppl. apply.
Cruise Rates Include
- satellite wifi in the observation lounge and governor’s suite
- butler service in the governor’s suite
- individually controlled air-conditioning in each cabin
- all table d’hôte meals (eastern and western choices available)
- soft drinks (excluding fresh fruit juice), house beer and house wine during lunch and dinner, one daily house cocktail
- daily guided excursions on land
- fully qualified doctor resident on board
- permanent guides on board (languages include english, french, german and spanish)
- daily onboard programme, including guest lectures
- no single supplement on superior or deluxe cabins
* Our rates do not Include:
- Local government fees. (310 USD per person)
- Alcoholic beverages,
- Domestic & International Flights
- Visa (if you are traveling in Myanmar before or after the cruise)
- Extra personal expenses
There are five types of cabin: Single, Superior, Deluxe and State, plus the exclusive Governor’s Suite. All cabins have outward-facing windows, air-conditioning and en-suite showers and toilets. Each cabin has a personal safe, telephone, satellite TV and sockets suitable for 2-pin round plugs.
Our acclaimed onboard menu showcases the finest gourmet Eastern and Western delicacies, all served with Burmese courtesy and charm. Situated on the Observation Deck, the alfresco Bar & Grill Restaurant offers refined local cuisine in a truly inspiring setting. Watch the experts in action at the gourmet grill station, and savor fine wines from our vintage selection.
With the plush loungers and inviting pool, the observation deck is the place to relax. As the largest and most spacious Observation Deck of any cruiser in Myanmar, it gives you ample room to stretch out and admire the stunning river views.
In addition to our resident pianist, a variety of local entertainers perform in the evening, ranging from traditional Burmese puppeteers to thrilling acrobats and graceful dancers. Those looking to discover more about Myanmar’s fascinating culture can attend talks and lectures from our expert guides in the Observation Lounge.
The Piano Bar is decorated with a mixture of light wood and Burmese lacquerware. Tales can be shared over delicious local and international cocktails as the resident pianist plays into the night.
Indulge in one of the sumptuous beauty and massage treatments available, from a revising facial to a pampering aromatherapy message.
A variety of delightful items are available for purchase on board as a unique memento of your trip.
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The purchase of any travel services offered by MyanMarvels Travel and Tours, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you (the Traveler) and MyanMarvels Travel and Tours, based in Yangon, Myanmar, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking.
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