Sail from Mandalay to Pagan (Bagan) aboard the stylish Belmond Orcaella, visiting the lesser-visited sights of
the Chindwin river. Discover quaint rural villages, experience the bustle of morning markets, explore ancient
temples, pagodas and monasteries, and soak up the passing riverside scenery. On board, relax in the spa or
pool, soak up the sunshine on the sun deck and enjoy lectures on the history of the region.
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Fly from London to Mandalay, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways. (N)
Arrive in Mandalay and transfer to the Hotel by the Red Canal for 1 night. (N)
You will be collected from your hotel and taken for a short visit of the Mahamuni temple and the
Kuthodaw pagoda. Continue to the ship mooring at Shwe Kyet Yet village to board Belmond Orcaella for
your 12-night cruise. (B, L, D)
This morning enjoy an introductory lecture about the Burmese way of life as you sail to Monywa for an
afternoon tour of the colourful Thanboddhay pagoda and Bodhi Tataung, the site of 1,000 Buddhas. (B, L,
Cruise to Moktaw, a traditional agricultural village, and visit a monastery housing the Shwe Moktaw
Buddha, where you may be able to witness a Buddhist novitiate ordination ceremony. Continue to
Maukkadaw. In the evening there will be a Longyi cocktail party. (B, L, D)
Disembark in Maukkadaw, a town known as a teak port with many of its houses built using attractive
tropical hardwood, and visit a local tea shop. An afternoon history lecture will be given by Dr Khin Maung
as the ship sails through jungle-clad gorges to Kalewa. (B, L, D)
Take a morning excursion to Kalay, known as the gateway for trade with India and featuring a lively
market. Continue to Mawleik, once the administrative centre of the Bombay Burmah Trading Company.
Take a local tuk tuk truck to a barbecue dinner served on shore and drive past the remnants of the town's
many old wooden colonial houses. (B, L, D)
Spend the morning visiting Mawleik town before being transferred to Mawkeik elephant camp followed by
a tour of the town. This afternoon, as you sail towards Sittaung, there will be a lecture about modern-day
life in Burmese culture with Shan balloons released after dinner. (B, L, D)
Disembark for an early morning trek through the rural village of Sittaung, a tiny village surrounded by a
patchwork of brilliant-green paddy fields. Spend the afternoon at leisure sailing towards Naung San Kyin.
(B, L, D)
Arrive at the bustling town of Homalin. Disembark for an excursion including a riverside walk, visiting the
morning market and seeing the Buddha Lotus Garden with its exquisite temple. The afternoon will be
spent on board as the ship sails towards Nan Maw Leik. (B, L, D)
Travel past beautiful scenery on the way to Kyidaung with Belmond Orcaella's executive chef providing a
cooking demonstration on the sun deck. On arrival into Kyidaung, join a walking tour to this quaint village
and visit the Oo monastery. (B, L, D)
Visit the impressive Mahar Minkyaung monastery at Mingin, home to the 1,000-year-old Shwe Sagar
Buddha carving. After returning to the ship, continue to Kani for an afternoon visiting the site of the Nat
Shrine and experience a real 'Nat Pwe' paying homage to Nat of Kani. (B, L, D)
Arrive this afternoon in the ancient capital of Pagan (Bagan), encompassing more than 3,000 temples and
sights of interest. Join a guide to visit some of the historical sites of the city before returning to the ship for
dinner. (B, L, D)
After breakfast visit the morning market of Nyaung Oo followed by a tour of Pagan's major temples, such
as the revered Shwezigon pagoda, the Htilominlo temple and the Ananda temple, arguably the most
beautiful temple in Pagan. Afternoon optional activities include a trip to Mount Popa with a stop at Toddy
Palm plantation en route and a bicycle tour within the city. (B, L, D)
In the morning, disembark the cruise and fly to Rangoon (Yangon). Connect with an evening flight back to
London via Bangkok. (B)
Morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals
Featuring some of the most luxurious accommodation in each destination throughout the
tour. Rooms and cabins are based on the standard category.
When on board the cruise, the transfers and excursions relevant to that cruise are
operated as a group with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.
The programme featured is the Discovering the Chindwin River from Mandalay. Please speak
to your consultant for details of other cruise itineraries operated by Belmond Orcaella.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or
to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7808 6786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Built in 2012 in Rangoon (Yangon), the Belmond Orcaella complements the two other Belmond
businesses in Burma (Myanmar): the Governor's Residence, which is a 48-room colonial-style hotel in
Rangoon, and the Road to Mandalay river cruiser, which has been cruising the Irrawaddy river for 17
Named after the dolphins known to inhabit the Irrawaddy river, the Irrawaddy flotilla-style ship offers a
collection of cruises giving passengers access to the heart of this beguiling country. With 40 staff on
board and a maximum of 50 guests, this elegant four-deck river cruiser offers unparalleled service and
great attention to detail.
Each of the 25 spacious river-facing cabins feature air conditioning and en suite facilities, with floor-toceiling
sliding glass doors and Juliet balconies, providing the perfect frame to the river and its banks. The
boat's observation deck offers a dedicated relaxation area with a retractable awning and reclining chairs
from which to enjoy the passing scenery, a lounge, bar, swimming pool, fitness centre and treatment
rooms. The main deck restaurant has comfortable seating and large picture windows, with two boutiques
selling a variety of traditional and local crafts. A medical room and a fully qualified resident doctor are
situated on the lower deck.
Built in 2012 in Rangoon (Yangon), the Belmond Orcaella complements the two other Belmond businesses in Burma (Myanmar): the Governor's Residence, which is a 48-room colonial-style hotel in Rangoon, and the Road to Mandalay river cruiser, which has been cruising the Irrawaddy river for 17 years.
Named after the dolphins known to inhabit the Irrawaddy river, the Irrawaddy flotilla-style ship offers a collection of cruises giving passengers access to the heart of this beguiling country. With 40 staff on board and a maximum of 50 guests, this elegant four-deck river cruiser offers unparalleled service and great attention to detail. Each of the 25 spacious river-facing cabins feature air conditioning and en suite facilities, with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and Juliet balconies, providing the perfect frame to the river and its banks. The boat's observation deck offers a...
The Hotel by the Red Canal is a charming boutique hotel located right in the heart of Mandalay. With only 25 rooms it is able to offer an intimate and personal experience. Rooms are furnished in traditional Burmese style with teak furniture and wooden floors. Facilities include a restaurant serving Burmese and Indian food, a bar and a swimming pool and...
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