Discover the magnificent temples and remote villages of Burma (Myanmar) in style, staying at the Belmond Governor's Residence in Rangoon (Yangon), followed by a 7-night cruise along the majestic Irrawaddy river aboard the luxurious Road to Mandalay. Lined with ancient palaces and pagodas, a cruise along this astonishing river is perhaps the most pleasurable way to experience Burma, to feel its pulse, live its legends and understand its history.
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Fly from London to Rangoon, via Bangkok, with
Thai Airways. (N)
Arrive in Rangoon and transfer to the Belmond
Governor’s Residence for 2 nights. (N)
Half-day shared excursion of Rangoon, including
its colonial buildings, Sule Pagoda, Kandawgyi
lake and the Shwedagon pagoda. (B)
Early morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival,
transfer to the Belmond Road to Mandalay for a
7-night cruise on the Irrawaddy river. Afternoon
tour of Mandalay, regarded as the centre of
Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, visit a local village for
a walking tour. The ship journeys south in the
morning. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival in Pagan, where more than
2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered over
a plain beside the river. Spend the full day on a
tour of the temples. (B, L, D)
Full-day excursion to Mount Popa, home of
powerful and sacred nats (spirits). (B, L, D)
Optional sunrise balloon ride over Pagan (October
to March only – book in advance). After breakfast,
join the guide to explore some of Pagan’s local
markets and a lacquerware factory. Alternatively,
hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this
enchanting area on your own. Mid-morning, the
ship sets sail for Mandalay. (B, L, D)
Continue sailing up the river this morning. After
lunch, visit the enormous pagoda in Mingun.
(B, L, D)
Visit Maymyo, a colonial hill station set high in
the mountains. Soak up the atmosphere with
its cool climate, English-style houses, colourful
market and beautiful botanical gardens. (B, L, D)
In the morning, disembark the cruise and fly to
Rangoon for an overnight stay at the Belmond
Governor’s Residence. (B)
Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly 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
For a price quote based on
alternative accommodation standards or flight
options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020
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The programme featured is the
Ayerwaddy Adventure. Please speak to your
consultant for details of other cruise itineraries
operated by Belmond Road to Mandalay.
The Belmond Road to Mandalay is a de
luxe river cruiser with 43 en suite cabins,
air-conditioned and furnished in traditional
Burmese style, with five cabin sizes and
categories available. Facilities include a
swimming pool, observation deck, restaurant,
piano bar, fitness room and spa treatments. A
range of cruise programmes and durations are
available between Pagan and Mandalay, as well
as an itinerary to the sublime gorges of Bhamo.
The Belmond sister ship, the Orcaella, is also
Arguably the best hotel in Burma, Belmond Governor's Residence is housed in an imposing luxury teak mansion dating from the 1920s and located within the elegant Embassy quarter of Rangoon. Surrounded by a verdant garden, it offers 48 beautiful guest rooms and suites luxuriously decorated with teak furniture, tropical cottons and silks. Mandalay restaurant, overlooking the private garden, serves Asian and European cuisine while the Kipling Bar, named after the country's most celebrated advocate, and Mindon Lounge offer the ideal settings and atmosphere for relaxation and...
The Belmond Road to Mandalay is a de luxe river cruiser with 43 en suite cabins, air conditioned and furnished in traditional Burmese style with five cabin sizes and categories available. Facilities include a swimming pool, observation deck, restaurant, piano bar, fitness room and spa treatments.
On selected departures, Belmond have hand-picked guest speakers to join you on board. They will accompany you on excursions, deliver insightful lectures and lead engaging discussions during the cruise. Speakers include Nadia Narain, an expert yoga instructor; General Sir Mike Jackson, the former head of the British Army; and Sue Flood, an award-winning travel and wildlife...
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...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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