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Explore a little-visited region of northern Burma (Myanmar), sailing from Mandalay to Katha, former home of George Orwell. Visit charming local towns, Buddhist monasteries and small pagodas. All the while, marvel at beautiful riverside scenery, spectacular gorges and the dramatic landscape of the north, and learn about daily life along one of Indochina’s most important waterways, ending with an exploration of the temples of Pagan.
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Arrive in Mandalay and transfer to the Mandalay Hill Resort for 1 night. (N)
Transfer to the jetty and board your Pandaw vessel this morning for the 10-night Upper Irrawaddy cruise. Afternoon tour of Mandalay including visits to Mahamuni pagoda and U Bein Bridge. (B, L, D)
Morning cruising. Afternoon visit to the potteries near Kyauk-myaung, where the renowned 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 an 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 to 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)
Morning visit to Inwa (Ava) and explore the ruins, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a 200-year-old royal monastery made of teak with elaborate woodcarvings. In the afternoon arrive at Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the riverbank clay. (B, L, D)
Disembark and spend a full day exploring the temples and pagodas of Pagan. (B, L, D)
In the morning, disembark in Pagan and fly home, arriving the next day. Alternatively extend your stay with a flight south to Rangoon (Yangon). (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Available on request.
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UPP2020: 11 Nights
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