Explore a little-visited region of northern
Burma (Myanmar), sailing from
Mandalay to Katha, once the home of
George Orwell and the setting for his
novel, Burmese Days. Highlights will be
the passage through the third and second
defiles, and visits to charming local towns
and riverside villages.
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Arrive in Mandalay and transfer to the
Mandalay Hill Resort for 2 nights. (N)
Half-day private tour to Amarapura visiting the
Mahagandayon monastery and the U Bein
Board your Pandaw vessel this morning for
the 7-night Upper Irrawaddy cruise. Visit the
potteries near Kyauk-myaung, where the famous
50-gallon water pots are made by hand. Return
to the ship and enter the dramatic third defile of
the Irrawaddy. (B, L, D)
Stop at Khan-nyat village to visit its numerous
Buddhist monasteries. Climb Pagoda Hill
at Tigyang for superb views of the Upper
Irrawaddy river. (B, L, D)
The colonial town of Katha has changed little
since George Orwell lived here. The local fire
station houses a collection of the Irrawaddy
Flotilla Company’s ships’ bells, taken from
sunken ships in the second world war. If time permits, a visit will also be made to a elephant
logging camp in the hardwood forests of the
hills that surround the town. (B, L, D)
Transfer by local boat to visit the small village
of Kyun Daw where there are numerous small
pagodas. (B, L, D)
Cruise through the most dramatic of the three
gorges where cliffs tower over the narrow
channel. (B, L, D)
Disembark for a walking tour of the ancient city
of Tagaung. See the town’s fortifications, a nat
(spirit) shrine and explore the archaeological
area. (B, L, D)
Visit the unfinished pagoda at Mingun,
home of the largest working bell in the world,
then drive to the Sagaing hills to enjoy views
over the region and the Irrawaddy river. (B, L, D)
In the morning, disembark in Mandalay and
fly home, arriving the next day. Alternatively
extend your stay with a flight south to Rangoon
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each
destination en route by a local tour guide. All
excursions on the cruise will be led by a local
cruise tour guide.
This itinerary uses a 4-star hotel
in Mandalay. Cruise accommodation, service
and facilities should also be considered as
Superior. Please visit this tour on our website to
see details of the accommodation included.
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
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on alternative accommodation standards, to
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Pandaw vessels have been custom-built for river
cruising, designed and finished as replicas of
colonial river steamers with interiors
hand-finished in brass and teak by traditionally
skilled craftsmen. Facilities typically include a
cocktail bar, a sun deck and an air-conditioned
Pandaw has long pioneered navigation on the
rivers of Burma. This continues today, Pandaw
being the only operator providing weekly
departures. Trips include classic journeys from
Rangoon (Yangon) up to Mandalay, cruises
between Pagan (Bagan) and Mandalay, and journeys to more remote destinations, such
as sailing the Chindwin river to Homalin, then
continuing further on the Upper Irrawaddy to
Katha. All these cruises are on small and brand
new vessels and can be combined to create a
full exploration of the rivers of Burma.
Mandalay Hill Resort lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill with a panoramic view of a myriad of pagodas, the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. Guest rooms and suites are decorated in warm colours and fitted with modern amenities. Facilities include a selection of restaurants and bars, an extensive spa, swimming pool, fitness centre and tennis...
The original Kindat vessel was built in 1886 by Yarrows shipbuilders in London. The current incarnation was rebuilt and refitted in 2014 to create a ship with a draft shallow enough to explore the upper reaches of Burma's (Myanmar's) rivers. The ship has 18 air-conditioned cabins: eight on the upper deck and 10 on the main deck, all with 15 sq metres of floor space, with a panoramic French window and fittings of polished teak and brass. All meals are served in an air-conditioned bistro-style dining room, with additional outside seating also available, in addition to a 24-hour hospitality bar and an onboard bakery producing daily freshly baked breads. All shore excursions are included and led by an expert local guide, while quality mountain bikes are also available for independent...
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