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The Irrawaddy in Style

Private Travel | Cruises | Non-exclusive 11 Days & 9 Nights Lead-in price: £3895 Current prices from: £3895
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 4-night cruise along the Irrawaddy river aboard the luxurious Belmond Road to Mandalay.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visits to rural riverside villages to experience local life
  • Watch the sun set over Pagan & take part in a candle lighting ceremony at one of the temples
  • Final full day at leisure to relax near Inle lake
  • 5-star de luxe hotel & cruise accommodation

Inle Lake

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2679 3086 3290 3086 2781 2781 2679 2781 2781 2577 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 948 1050 1457 1864 1966 2068 2068 2068 1966 1864 1457 1050
Sunshine hours 9 10 9 8 7 4 4 4 5 6 7 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 40 30 131 492 2008 2158 2359 26911 2409 1797 763 151
Rainy Days 3 2 2 6 15 19 22 23 19 13 7 3
Humidity VH VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH VH H
UV 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kalaw

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2781 2984 2781 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2272 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 745 846 1254 1661 1763 1763 1763 1763 1763 1559 1254 846
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 6 4 3 4 5 6 7 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 30 50 120 492 2048 2419 26610 28511 25610 2128 843 151
Rainy Days 3 2 2 6 15 19 22 23 19 13 7 3
Humidity VH VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH H
UV 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mandalay

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3290 3697 38100 3799 3493 3493 3391 3391 3290 3086 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1559 2068 2475 2679 2679 2679 2577 2577 2475 2068 1559
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 6 4 4 4 5 6 8 8
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 40 20 10 371 1406 1235 743 1305 1556 1777 392 70
Rainy Days 1 1 1 3 10 9 9 11 12 9 4 1
Humidity L M VH VH E VH VH VH VH VH H L
UV 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2475 2781 2984 2882 2679 2577 2577 2679 2577 2373 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 541 745 1152 1661 1864 1966 1966 1966 1966 1661 1254 745
Sunshine hours 8 9 8 8 6 4 3 4 5 6 7 8
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 14 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 30 70 120 622 2419 2399 1887 25710 25310 2028 934 191
Rainy Days 1 1 2 4 11 11 11 13 12 9 5 1
Humidity H VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH H
UV 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Moulmein

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3391 3493 3595 3290 2984 2882 2882 3086 3188 3290 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 2068 2373 2577 2475 2475 2373 2373 2475 2475 2272 2068
Sunshine hours 9 10 10 9 7 5 5 5 5 6 8 9
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 30 80 110 622 50620 90336 111744 124149 66626 2028 331 131
Rainy Days 1 1 2 5 18 27 28 29 22 14 4 1
Humidity VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH
UV 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 8/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2781 2781 2882 2984 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882

Ngapali Beach

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3290 3391 3493 3391 3086 2984 2984 3086 3290 3290 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1355 1864 2272 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2373 2068 1559
Sunshine hours 9 10 9 9 6 4 4 4 5 6 8 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 20 10 10 171 28211 120347 132452 128551 57022 2018 663 80
Rainy Days 0 0 0 2 14 26 29 28 21 12 5 1
Humidity M H H VH VH H H H H VH H H
UV 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH 8/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2781 2882 3086 3086 2984 2882 2984 2984 2984 2781

Pagan (Bagan)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3290 3697 38100 3697 3391 3290 3290 3290 3290 3086 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1661 2068 2475 2577 2577 2475 2475 2475 2373 2068 1661
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 6 4 3 4 5 6 8 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 0 10 50 141 944 954 492 954 1305 1024 381 80
Rainy Days 1 1 2 3 12 17 19 20 16 9 4 1
Humidity H VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH H
UV 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Rangoon (Yangon)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3595 3697 3799 3391 3086 3086 3086 3086 3290 3290 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 2272 2475 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2272 1966
Sunshine hours 9 10 10 9 7 4 4 4 5 6 8 9
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 20 60 171 30712 56722 57723 62425 38115 2068 622 70
Rainy Days 0 1 1 2 17 28 31 30 24 12 4 1
Humidity VH Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme VH VH
UV 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 8/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Luxury Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Rangoon

(N)

Day 2: Rangoon

Arrive in Rangoon (Yangon) and transfer to the Belmond Governor’s Residence for 2 nights. (N)

Day 3: Rangoon

Full-day private tour of Rangoon, including its colonial buildings, Sule pagoda, Kandawgyi lake and the Shwedagon pagoda. (B)

Day 4: Fly to Nyaung U (Pagan)

Early morning flight to Nyaung U, then transfer to Taung Be village near Pagan to board Belmond Road to Mandalay and begin your 4-night cruise (your cruise can be extended to 7 nights). Afternoon visit to the Ananda temple, then watch the sun set over the plains of Pagan (Bagan), followed by an exclusive candle-lighting ceremony at a small temple. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Pagan

This morning there is a choice of excursions, including a sunrise temple tour, a visit to a local community project, or a bicycle or horse-andcart ride around Old Pagan. A hot-air balloon flight is also available at a supplement. The rest of the day is spent on the river, with a range of onboard activities available. (B, L, D)

Day 6: To Mingun

During this morning’s sailing there is a range of activities available on board including yoga at sunrise, meditation and cookery classes. Arrive later in the day at Mingun, where you can join tours to either walk through the local villages or visit nearby historical sites. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Mandalay

Arrive in Mandalay early this morning, where there is the opportunity to join a Buddhist alms-giving ceremony ashore. After breakfast, there is a choice between two excursions: join a city tour of Mandalay including the Kuthodaw Kuthodaw pagoda, or take a tour of the city’s traditional arts and craft workshops. Afternoon excursion to the monasteries of the Sagaing hills, followed by sunset at U Bein Bridge with champagne cocktails, then a farewell dinner and entertainment back on board. (B, L, D)

Days 8-9: Inle lake

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for a flight to Heho in central Burma. On arrival, transfer by road to Inle lake then continue by boat to the Sanctum Inle for a 2-night stay. Afternoon tour of the floating gardens, pagodas and a craft village. The following day visit Indein pagoda complex or relax by the lake. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Fly to Rangoon

Morning flight to Rangoon. Transfer to the Belmond Governor’s Residence for 1 night. (B)

Day 11: Fly home

(B)

Meal basis:

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

Important information Non-exclusive cruise:

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.

Alternative Belmond cruises:

The itinerary featured above is the 4-night ‘Images of a Golden Land’ cruise from Pagan to Mandalay; similar 2- or 3-night cruise itineraries are also available. The Belmond Road to Mandalay sister ship, the Belmond Orcaella, operates on the remote ‘Discovering the Chindwin River’ 12-night cruise, an 11-night ‘Gorges of the Far North’ cruise north of Mandalay, and 8- or 7-night cruises between Rangoon and Pagan. Please speak to our Far East experts for more details.

Luxury tour

Featuring some of the most luxurious accommodation throughout the tour. Prices are based on the standard category, unless indicated otherwise.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Luxury private tour accommodation

  • Sanctum Inle Resort
    Sanctum Inle Resort

    The Sanctum Inle Resort at tranquil Inle lake is a haven of calm away from hectic city life. Arches and cloisters reference the monastic life, offering a more contemplative travel experience. Stay in one of four classes of rooms and suites, all with spacious bathrooms and garden or lake views. The resort's standard room category, the Cloister Classic, starts at 40 sq metres while larger suites include a private terrace. The Refectory restaurant serves Burmese dishes with an emphasis on Shan cuisine, using produce from the resort's organic garden. The Cloister Bar is the perfect place to enjoy an evening drink, with a wide range of locally produced beers and wines, as well as a short list of international wines in the cellars.Features: 96 rooms &amp; suites, restaurant, bar, bicycle hire, garden, library, spa, Wi-Fi, gift shop, outdoor swimming pool.<br>Room amenities: Television, safe, lake or garden views, hairdryer, air conditioning.

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  • Belmond Road to Mandalay
    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. 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 photographer.

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  • Belmond Governor's Residence
    Belmond Governor's Residence

    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 reflection.

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Dates & prices

BML2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £3895 per person

High season from £4295 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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