Bagan to Mandalay, Four-night cruise
Day 1: Bagan
Morning domestic flight from Yangon to Bagan. On arrival, transfer to the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River. At Bagan over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered over an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. After lunch, join the guide and visit the inside of some of the more significant pagodas. Late afternoon your guide takes you to watch the sun setting over a field of glowing pagodas. Dinner and local entertainment on board at Road to Mandalay Cruise.
Day 2: Bagan and cruise to Mandalay
After breakfast joins the guide to explore some of Bagan’s local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longyis and rattan goods. See Myanmar’s famous lacquerware being made. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this enchanting area on your own. Mid-morning the Road To Mandalay begins its cruise north towards Mandalay. Relax on the top deck and watch the fascinating river life glide by. Afternoon tea is served and an onboard guide lectures on local places and customs. The ship moors mid-river for the evening. A casual cocktail party is followed by dinner on board at Road to Mandalay Cruise.
Day 3: Mingun
Enjoy breakfast onboard followed by a lecture in the Observation lounge. After lunch join our Chef on Top Deck for a cookery demonstration while the ship sails past the pagoda topped hills of Sagaing and the busy river banks of Mandalay City. The ship moors late afternoon, a perfect time for disembarking for a tour of Mingun, home of the world’s largest un-cracked bell and the huge, Earthquake -ruined pagoda of King Bodawpaya. Dinner and local entertainment on board at Road to Mandalay Cruise.
Day 4: Mandalay
After a short sail across the river, Road To Mandalay moors at Mandalay City. Disembark for a guided tour of this fabled city including all the major sites. The tour will continue through Amarapura, ending at Shwe Kyet Yet village where Road To Mandalay is waiting for guests to enjoy lunch on board. In the afternoon, visit the Sagaing Hills, considered to be the living center of the Buddhist faith in Burma. Sagaing is also famous for its silver and silversmiths who still work in much the same way as their ancestors did. Dinner and local entertainment on board at Road to Mandalay Cruise.
Day 5: Mandalay
After an early breakfast, transfer to Mandalay airport for your onward flight.