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Cruising the Irrawaddy: Belmond Road to Mandalay

Private  |  13 Days / 10 Nights
from £3295
Discover the magnificent temples and remote villages of Burma (Myanmar) in style, while staying at the Belmond Governor’s Residence hotel in Rangoon (Yangon) and cruising along the majestic Irrawaddy river aboard the luxurious Belmond Road to Mandalay. The journey begins in Rangoon, home to the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda. Continue to the last royal capital of Mandalay and embark on a 7-night cruise to Pagan. Lined with ancient palaces and pagodas, the astonishing Irrawaddy 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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  • Stay at the grand Belmond Governor’s Residence
  • Cruise aboard the luxurious Belmond Road to Mandalay
  • Optional sunrise balloon ride over Pagan

Day 1 – To Rangoon: Fly from London to Rangoon, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways. (N)

Day 2 – Rangoon: Arrive in Rangoon and transfer to the Governor’s Residence for 2 nights. (N)

Day 3 – Rangoon: Full-day tour of Rangoon, including its colonial buildings, Sule Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake and the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. (B)

Day 4 – To Mandalay: Early morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival, transfer to the 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)

Day 5 – Irrawaddy river: After an early breakfast, visit a local village for a walking tour. The ship begins its journey south in the morning. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Pagan: 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)

Day 7 – Mount Popa: A full-day excursion to Mount Popa, believed to be the sacred home of powerful nats (spirits). (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Pagan: 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 lacquer-ware factory. Alternatively, you can 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)

Day 9 – Sagaing: Continue sailing up the river and visit the small Burmese village of Shwe Kyet Yet. After lunch, take an excursion to Sagaing, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Burma. (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin): 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)

Day 11 – To Rangoon: In the morning, disembark the cruise and fly to Rangoon for an overnight stay at the Governor’s Residence. (B

Day 12 – To London: Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly back to London via Bangkok. (B)

Day 13 – London: Morning arrival. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

The Road to Mandalay 
The Road to Mandalay is a de luxe river cruiser operated by Orient-Express. The 43 en suite cabins are 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 (Bagan) and Mandalay as well as an itinerary to the sublime gorges of Bhamo.

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Flight Upgrades

DescriptionDeparture betweenPrice (£)
Thai Airways Business Class Upgrade RTN 01 Jan 2014 - 09 Jan 20141705
Thai Airways Business Class Upgrade RTN 10 Jan 2014 - 31 Mar 20141765
Thai Airways Business Class Upgrade RTN 01 Apr 2014 - 10 Jul 20141765
Thai Airways Business Class Upgrade RTN 11 Jul 2014 - 25 Aug 20141705
Thai Airways Business Class Upgrade RTN 26 Aug 2014 - 09 Dec 20141765
Thai Airways Business Class Upgrade RTN 10 Dec 2014 - 24 Dec 20141495
Thai Airways Business Class Upgrade RTN 25 Dec 2014 - 09 Jan 20151705
Thai Airways Business Class Upgrade RTN 10 Jan 2015 - 20 Mar 20151765

The above prices are 'from prices' and are subject to availability.

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