- 8-night luxury Burma cruise with full board
- Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda to admire the colossal gold Buddha statue
- Discover the largest clock in the world
- Learn the craft of pot making in Yandabo
- Explore the ancient sacred temples and sites of Bagan
- Hop on a motorised tuk-tuk for sightseeing fun in Pakokku
- Shop for unique souvenirs in Bagan
- Daily cabin service
Day 1: Mandalay
Your exciting Burmese voyage of discovery begins during take-off of your scheduled flight. Burma is a beautiful country that is bordered by Thailand, Laos, China, India and Bangladesh.
It boasts a vast number of sacred temples, stupas, monasteries and shrines, and also colourful landscapes, markets and festivals. Relax on your flight and look forward to enjoying an unforgettable river cruise experience once you arrive in Mandalay.
Day 2: Mandalay
On early morning arrival in Mandalay, transfer to the pier to board the vessel. Relax in your cabin before lunch is served on board. In the afternoon, we explore the delights of Mandalay. The city is a former royal capital and home to the majestically restored Mandalay Palace of the Konbaung Dynasty.
From the top of Mandalay Hill you can view the stunning landscape. Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda to admire the colossal Buddha statue that is finished in glimmering gold leaf, and the Palace Monastry to observe goldsmiths at work. Dinner on board.
Day 3: Minguin – Amarapura
After breakfast, join our excursion to the town of Minguin to discover the largest clock in the world, and to explore the biggest unfinished pagoda. We visit a retreat that was founded by the passenger and cargo Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, which operated in Burma from 1865 to the late 1940s.
Our next destination is Amarapura, locally known as “the city of immortals”. Admire the views as we cruise Taungthaman Lake and observe the famous U Bein Bridge. We also visit a local silk weaver to learn about the artisan craft.
Day 4: Yandabo
Enjoy breakfast on board as we sail towards the charming village of Yandabo. Situated on the Ayeyarwady River in central Burma, the small village is well known for its pottery production. Observe the villagers busy at work creating handcrafted pots of all shapes and sizes.
Up to 50 pots a day are made by just one person. You can even have a go yourself! We also pay a visit to the local Pandaw School that was founded and established on donations from generous world travellers. Dinner on board.
Day 5: Pakokku -Tan-Chi-Taung
We arrive in the town of Pakokku, in the Magway Region, in the morning. Join our excursion to the vibrant and bustling local market to experience authentic Burma life. Hop on a motorised tuk-tuk to discover the popular attractions of the town that is famed for its tobacco and thanakha (the distinctive yellow cosmetic paste that is worn in traditional ceremonies).
Lunch is served on board. In the afternoon, we venture to the magnificent Tan-Chi-Taung Mountain to explore the natural beauty, tranquility and spectacular scenery of the rural landscape.
Day 6: Min-Nan-Thu – Salay
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as we cruise towards Min-Nan-Thu and Salay, stopping mid-way. We visit one of the local hospitals in the area that is supported by the Pandaw Charity Project. We continue to the town of Salay, situated in the Magway District on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River.
The town boasts a rich cultural influence that dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Visit the quaint oldest wooden monastery in Burma, and admire the shrines and untouched British colonial buildings that are dotted all over the town.
Day 7: Salay – Bagan
After breakfast you have free time to do as you please, as we depart Salay en route to Bagan. Catch up on your reading or sunbathing, or join in the activities that are on offer on board. We arrive at the ancient city of Bagan, situated southwest of Mandalay, in the afternoon.
The city is primarily known for its major archaeological discoveries, which include over 2,000 Buddhist monuments. Relax and make plans for tomorrow’s full day itinerary exploring the sacred and ornate temples, shrines and holy sites of Bagan.
Day 8: Bagan
Bagan is considered to be one of the most important and richest religious sites in the world. The 26 sq-mile Bagan Archaeological Zone features 2,000 temples, stupas, shrines and pagodas that date back as far as the 10th century. Explore the vast imposing Buddhist temple of Ananda Pahto in Old Bagan and the impressive multi-tier Dhammayangyi Pahto in Bagan.
We also pay a visit to a local lacquer workshop to learn about the craft, and to buy a unique souvenir to take home. Return to the ship for the farewell dinner.
Day 9: Bagan
Enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast before saying goodbye to your new friends and the friendly crew. Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
RV Pandaw II
Built in 2001, the 200ft RV Pandaw II was modelled on the original vintage Pandaw. The well-preserved vessel boasts many distinctive classic features that help to create a uniquely timeless river cruise experience.
- Nine days and eight nights aboard Pandaw II
- Full board with buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Beverages (non-alcoholic, select premium wines, sparkling wine and national beer)
- Private transfers
- On board laundry service