Located on the wide bend of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, Mandalay is Burma's second...Read more >
(N)Day 2: Mandalay
Arrive in Mandalay and transfer to the Mandalay Hill Resort for 1 night. (N)Day 3: Mandalay
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)Day 4:Kyauk-myaung • Third defile
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)Day 5: Khan-nyat • Tigyang
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)Day 6: Katha
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)Day 7: Kyun Daw
Transfer by local boat to visit the small village of Kyun Daw where there are numerous small pagodas. (B, L, D)Day 8: Second defile
Cruise through the most dramatic of the three gorges where cliffs tower over the narrow channel. (B, L, D)Day 9: Tagaung
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)Day 10: Mingun • Sagaing hills
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)Day 11: Ava
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)Day 12: Pagan
Disembark and spend a full day exploring the temples and pagodas of Pagan. (B, L, D)Days 13-14: Pagan • Fly home
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)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.Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.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.
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 exploration.
Mandalay Hill Resort lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill, with views of the Royal Palace walls and the city beyond. Guestrooms and suites are spacious, decorated in warm colours and fitted with modern amenities. The garden, pool and spa area are beautifully designed and maintained, and an ideal place to escape the city. Between October and March traditional dance performances with accompanying barbecue dinners are held at the Kinsana Garden Theatre within the hotel grounds. Features: 208 rooms, 2 restaurants, lounge bar, cafe, spa, outdoor pool with pool bar, fitness centre, tennis court, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Minibar, safe, air conditioning, hairdryer, coffee & tea facilities, television.
Low season from £4395 per person
High season from £4595 per person
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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.
*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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