Paukan Cruise Myanmar Myanmar Heritage: Bagan to Mandalay ( Price & Bookings 2021)
Steeped in history and home to a fascinating blend of beliefs and culture, Myanmar is home to some of the world’s finest historical sights.
Our luxury river cruise in Myanmar takes us on an unforgettable voyage from the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Bagan to the thriving city of Mandalay.
As we sail up the mighty Irrawaddy River, we have the chance to explore remote river villages where we are guaranteed a warm welcome from the local villagers.
Shore excursions to the pagodas of Sagaing Hill and the pottery workshops of Yadanbo are just some of the unforgettable experiences that make a luxury river cruise in Myanmar a memorable travel experience.starting from 4430$
Myanmar Heritage Cruise: Bagan to Mandalay: Upstream ( 8 days / 7 night)
BAGAN – SALAY
Board the Ship at Koe Lone Ye Kin Jetty 11:00 am and cast off 11:30 am, welcome cocktail in the saloon.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION : Salay
After Lunch, we walk ashore at Salay, a small town founded in the 13th century with Bagan-era shrines, beautiful 19th century teak monasteries and preserved British colonial buildings. We explore the Salay House, a restored 1906 colonial trading company warehouse on the bank of the Irrawaddy. Our walk takes us along the town’s main Strand Street towards the local market before turning away from the river to visit the beautiful Yoke Soun Kyaung Taw Gyi wooden monastery.
This ornately carved teak monastery was designed as a copy of the Crown Prince House of Mandalay, and is now a museum boasting remarkable wood carvings and artifacts. We pass some interesting Bagan-era monuments on our way to visit Mann Paya, a pagoda with a beautiful lacquerware Buddha, before returning to our ship with a stroll past some of Salay’s many beautiful colonial buildings.
Dinner and moor overnight mid stream.
MORNING EXCURSION : Bagan
This morning our excursion takes us to one of the most incredible areas of Myanmar: Bagan. Once the center of the Pagan Empire, Bagan today is a tourist, artist, and archeological mecca. We will start the tour with ShweZigon Pagoda construction during the reign of King Anawrahta and a Buddhist religious place, is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha, the massive Htilominlo, built by King Htilominlo on the site where he was chosen from the five sons of King Nadaungmya to be the crown prince of Pagan.
While the murals that once decorated much of the inside of this temple have only survived on the ceilings, Htilominlo boasts the finest plaster carvings which still remain undamaged on the arch pediments. Then stop by Thatbyinnyu Pagoda for photo shoot on the way back to ship for Lunch.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION : Bagan
After lunch, we visit Gubyaukgyi Temple (Great Painted Cave Temple), where the richly-colored paintings are thought to date to the original construction period in the early 12th century and we will also see a sand painting demonstration by a local artist. Next to this temple is the gilded Myazedi Stupa, which offers both a linguistic and a historical significance: an inscription consecrating Gubyaukgyi in four languages (Pyu, Mon, Old Burmese, and Pali), which established Pyu as an important cultural influence in the early Pagan period.
Then a visit to Bagan would not be complete without exploring one of the most famous temples of Bagan, Ananda. Built in 1105 CE during King Kyanzittha’s reign, it is one of only four surviving temples from this period. We will explore the cruciform of the temple, with four standing Buddhas facing north, south, east, and west. After that we stop by Dhammayangyi Pagoda for photo shoot. For our final stop of the day we proceed to the Bagan Viewing Hill where we will view the sunset over the pagodas and stupas of Bagan before returning to the ship.
BAGAN – RIVER VILLAGE
MORNING EXCURSION: Bagan
We begin our second day in Bagan with a visit to one of the local handicraft markets, where we have the chance to purchase a variety of locally made goods including fine fabrics, wooden carvings, rattan products or even a traditional Burmese Longyi. From here, we continue to a traditional workshop where ancient techniques for lacquerware making are still used today.
Alternatively, guests may opt to hire a horse and cart or bicycle to explore Bagan further on their own. For a truly unforgettable experience, we can arrange hot air balloon flights over Bagan for our guests. (Surcharges apply). We return to the ship around lunchtime and continue our luxury river cruise.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: River Village
We cruise upstream all day. Stop at River village for a walk.
Dinner followed by a Puppet Show on the sundeck.
MORNING EXCURSION : Yandabo
Nestled on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, the charming town of Yandabo was best known for the signing of the peace treaty that ended the first Anglo-Burmese War on 24th February 1826. Since then, the village has developed a strong association with pottery and is now renowned for the craft. Having disembarked the vessel, we enjoy a peaceful stroll through the village, stopping at traditional homes and workshops along the way to experience first-hand the making and firing of the famous Yandabo pottery.
It is interesting to note that each workshop applies its own markings and stylings, making each piece unique to the craftsman who created it. We continue on foot for a visit to the local monastery, before returning to the vessel.
We cruise upstream the rest of the day, moor overnight near Myin Mu.
FULL DAY EXCURSION : Monywa
After an early breakfast, we embark on a 90-minute coach journey to the town of Monywa. Our first destination upon arrival is the spectacular caves of Hpowindaung where we have the chance to see stunning murals. Also unique to this site are the hundreds of Buddha statues hidden within the niches of the cave, many of which date back centuries.
Following a delicious lunch at the nearby Win Unity Hotel, we visit the gorgeous Sambuddhai Kat Kyaw pagoda, home to some 500,000 Buddha images. We will have time to explore the extensive grounds before making the return coach journey to Myin Mu. We spend the night onboard, moored at the riverbank.
MORNING EXCURSION: Ava
After breakfast, we enjoy a short horse and cart ride to the historic town of Ava, where we first visit the stunning Bagaya Kyaung Mona Nanmyin watchtower. Constructed of teak and standing some 27 meters tall, this 200-year-old structure is an incredible sight to behold. From here, we continue to the historic Me Nu Ok Kyaung monastery where we have the chance to learn about the traditional Buddhist way of life, before returning to the ship and setting sail for Sagaing.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Sagaing – Amarapura
In the afternoon, we visit Sagaing Hill, a hill studded with many Pagodas and Monasteries rich in wood carving and religious art. Then we travel by coach to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit a traditional silk weaving workshop followed by U-Bein Bridge, the world’s longest wooden bridge (1.2 km) and enjoy the sunset there.
Dinner and overnight on board near Sagaing Hill.
MORNING EXCURSION: Mingun
After breakfast, we will enjoy a leisurely walking tour of the small town of Mingun. Our first stop is King Bodawpaya’s monumental, uncompleted stupa. During construction, an astrologer to the king argued that the king would die upon completion of the temple, and work was immediately halted. Had it been completed, it would have been the largest in the world. The cracks we see are the result of the 23rd March 1839 earthquake that shook the area.
We continue our walk to the Mingun Bell, which was the heaviest working bell in the world until 2000 when the Bell of Good Luck was unveiled in Henan, China. After having the opportunity to stand inside the bell as it is rung, we have time to shop in the local market, famous for its makeshift galleries that display inexpensive art from both local and internationally known artists.
Had it been completed, it would have been the largest in the world. The cracks we see are the result of the 23 March 1839 earthquake that shook the area. We continue our walk to the Mingun Bell, which was the heaviest working bell in the world until 2000 when the Bell of Good Luck was unveiled in Henan, China. After having the opportunity to stand inside the bell as it is rung, we have time to shop in the local market, famous for its makeshift galleries that display inexpensive art from both local and internationally known artists.
Lunch on board.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Central Mandalay
Visit central Mandalay: Mahamuni Pagoda, then visit to the workshops of gold leave making and marble carving. And visit to Kuthodaw Paya, which contains the world’s biggest book, nearby Mandalay Hill where spiraling staircases lead to sweeping views of the city and its temples and Sunset time at Mandalay Hill. Dinner on board.
Overnight at Mandalay.
Our Myanmar river cruise concludes this morning as we disembark at Gawein Jetty around 9:00 a.m.
TRANSFER : Transfer from airport or hotel to Jetty can be arranged at supplement upon request. Pls note that it takes approximately 30 minutes drive from Airport and Hotel to ship (Koe Lone Ye Kin).
Please note: We are not able to accept early arrival before 11:00 AM.
*This cruise is available downstream as well (Mandalay to Bagan). For further details please contact us.
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REMARKS: Cruise operated with Irrawaddy Explorer only. Price does not include port tax USD 30/Pax
SHOULDER SEASON – 3 Nights Cruise (SEP 2021 & APR 2022)
HIGH SEASON – 3 Nights Cruise (OCT TO DEC 2021 & JAN TO MAR 2022)
Departure Dates Paukan River Cruise 2021 / 2022
Downstream: Mandalay to Bagan
Upstream: Bagan to Mandalay
Rates quoted in this agreement are valid from 1st November 2019 to 30th April 2022.
*Rates are based on double/twin cabin occupancy, single cabin suppl. apply.
CRUISE PRICE INCLUDES
All meals &, Coffee/Tea/Water – Complimentary local beer throughout the cruise – a glass of Wine at lunch and dinner – Sightseeing as described in the Itinerary – Ayravata Cruises English Speaking Guide (additional non-English speaking guide is provided if more than 8 cabins are booked by parties speaking the same language) – All Entrance Fees.
CRUISE PRICE EXCLUDES
Drinks, laundry, all items of a personal nature; health-accident-baggage or travel protection plan outside the ship’s boundaries, fuel surcharges if applicable. (*)
(*) Within the above rates the fuel cost is calculated on the Myanmar Market average price of the months of April 2017 (i.e. USD 0.7 per litre). Should the fuel price rise by more than 10%, AYRAVATA CRUISES will be entitled to impose a fuel surcharge equivalent to the amount by which the fuel price exceeds the price allowed for in the above rates, provided that the notice of this rise is given to the Passenger and/or his-her Agent within 30 days prior the cruise departure date.
RIVER CONDITIONS WARNING
The Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level.
In the case of water levels being too high or low an alternative itinerary will be offered to Passenger. Published itineraries are indication only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop.
Though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice.
The ship’s manager and captain are jointly responsible for passengers’ comfort and safety. Passengers must accept their decisions and instructions.
ABOUT RV PAUKAN 2007
Paukan is the ancient name of Bagan, the old city of two thousand temples on the bank of the Irrawaddy River.
RV Paukan was built in 2007 at the Myanmar Shipyards in Yangon for Ayravata Cruises.
The lovely Paukan is a boutique hotel on the river, beautifully furnished with a unique combination of modern and traditional motifs. The timber-walled cabins are furnished with colonial style cupboards, dresser and doors while the ceiling is traditional Myanmar. The single or double beds are proper and comfortable ones and not mere bunks, enough room for 55 passengers who will be looked after by a 30-member crew.
For luxury-living, Paukan has suites, deluxe or superior cabins as well as singles for guest or guides. There are two massage rooms on the lower deck offering traditional Myanmar massage designed to give soothing relaxation.
The sun deck has a stage for cultural performances, and a bar and lounge for relaxation and fun. The upper deck has a lecture / movie room with LCD projector and LCD TV screen.
Meals in the dining room on the main deck will include both East and West cuisine, and dinner menus of delicious dishes. Vegetarian meals can be prepared when informed in advance.
There are 18 cabins, twin and double, with attached bathrooms for a total of 34 passengers.
The price is inclusive of transfer between the ship and airport, all meals, sightseeing tours and entrance fees at monuments. All the cabins are nicely decorated and comfortable with ensuite bathrooms. The most beautiful cabins are the two ‘Premier’ on the upper deck, each with French windows on two sides, leading out to a spacious balcony.
The six Double Deluxe cabins on the upper deck have a balcony and French window, as do the eight Twin Deluxe cabins on the main deck. With the drapes pulled aside, there lay in front of your eyes the amazing the view of the river as it changes moods during different times of the day. There are also two single cabins on the upper deck.
The dining room with a capacity for 34 is a spacious hall on the main deck where every morning a lavish and scrumptious breakfast buffet is served. The other meals are prepared with loving care for freshness and incredible tastes by experienced chefs. If you are a vegetarian, inform the steward in advance.
The lounge on the upper deck seats 16 and the open deck with a well stocked bar leading out from it seats 15. It is the perfect place to make new friends or to hold a party, if you are already with friends. In fact, a cruise on the Paukan 2012 is a perfect way to celebrate a special moment in your life, surrounded by friends. The lounge is arranged and decorated tastefully with comfortable chairs, for groups of several people or in a more intimate setting.
The solarium on the roof deck is the best place to enjoy an evening drink as the sun sets with a backdrop of the sky’s spectacular display of colors.
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1. Travel Terms & Conditions
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.
- Cruises departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change
- A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for MyanMarvels Travel and Tours to secure the cabin for you.
The following charges are not included in the river cruise holiday price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; domestic flights, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; port fee, unless specified in the itinerary; guide tips, alcoholic drinks unless specified in the cruise itinerary, Myanmar Visa, Vaccinations, Travel Insurance, Laundry, Telephone.
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The ‘Myanmar Cruises Price’ is the total amount listed on your itinerary. All Tour Prices are quoted in U.S. Dollars. MyanMarvels Travel and Tours reserves the right to vary Cruise Prices at any time to account for any increase in costs, including but not limited to airfares, fuel, government taxes and charges, exchange rate fluctuations or other tour related costs or tariffs. If payment if received received the full amount of the River Cruise from the customer , there will be no increases to your Cruise price, regardless of any increases in the tour costs inside or outside of our control.
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Please note that the remitting party must cover their own bank charges.
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4. CANCELLATIONS Terms for Paukan River Cruise Ships:
No OF DAYS’ NOTICE PRIOR TO CRUISE COMMENCEMENT – CANCELLATION CHARGE (per person)
- 90 days and greater Loss of the Deposit
- 89-60 days 35% of Cruise Price
- 59-30 days 50% of Cruise Price
- Less than 30 days 100% of Cruise Price
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Itinerary Variations. While MyanMarvels Travel and Tours & its local cruise partners will make reasonable efforts to operate the tour in accordance with your itinerary, changes or substitutions may be necessary for reasons outside Cruise company control or other Force Majeure Events.
On tours that include cruises, the ship may be changed due to operational reasons. For departures in early and late season operated in cool weather conditions, itinerary variations may occur and certain activities may not be available due to seasonality or weather conditions. Availability of certain activities may also be limited due to itinerary variations.
Minimum Required Bookings. Your booking is conditional on Paukan River Cruise Myanmar receiving a minimum number of bookings to operate the tour and ensure an enjoyable group atmosphere.
For cruise departures where occupancy is less than 5 cabins the company reserve the right to cancel the departure giving all passengers with confirmed bookings 30 days prior notice of this intention. An alternative departure date will be offered subject to availability. If this alternative date is not acceptable to the passenger any down payments made for the cancelled cruise will be refunded. In the event that a passenger has cancelled and paid cancellation fees and the Company subsequently cancel that departure then any cancellation fees (and down payment) will be refunded in full on the request of the passenger. The company reserves the right to change a cabin allocated without notice and in the event that a passenger is downgraded to a cheaper cabin then the difference in cost between the cabins will be refunded to the passenger or the passenger’s agents.
MyanMarvels Travel and Tours will endeavor to notify you of any changes to your tour itinerary in the following manner: (a) if prior to your tour departure, we will notify you by telephone, email or mail; and (b) if during your tour, personally by your Cruise Director.
6. Force Majeure. For the purposes of these terms and conditions, a ‘Force Majeure Event’ means any act of God; war; terrorism; fire; flood or any other extreme weather condition; loss of power; epidemics or pandemics; industrial disputes, slow-downs or other strike activities; riots or civil disturbances; acts of government, semi-government or other authorities; inability to obtain any necessary license or consent; delays caused by subcontractors, suppliers or other third parties (including telecommunications carriers); material shortages; or other any other disruption, delay, damage or loss resulting from any action, omission or event outside the reasonable control of Paukan River Cruise.
You hereby acknowledge and agree that Paukan River Cruise is not liable for any delay or any failure by Paukan River Cruise to perform its obligations under these Terms and Conditions resulting from or as a consequence of a Force Majeure Event. lf a delay or failure occurs or is anticipated due to Force Majeure Event, Paukan River Cruise obligations are suspended for the duration of the Force Majeure Event. If the Force Majeure Event delays performance for a period of 7 days or more, calculated from the date MyanMarvels notifies you of the Force Majeure Event, then MyanMarvels may terminate this agreement and, in such event, you will be issued a future travel credit equal to the amount You paid to MyanMarvels hereunder, less any non-refundable third-party costs. Please note that you are limited to the future travel credit and will not be entitled to a cash refund.
In these circumstances, Paukan will offer all affected bookings an alternative departure date and itinerary. If no suitable alternative can be offered, a credit for future cruise will be provided for the guests to make a new booking at a later date. In the event of a cruise being cancelled as a result of the above force majeure situations following the commencement of that cruise period then Paukan is under no obligation to provide any such offer.
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