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This is a very typical Myanmar cruise. We start sailing from Mandalay through the heart of central dry plain, small villages, historical famous cities, trace back old British lifestyle in the colonial town of George Orwell’s famous book “Burmese Days”. Sail along the Scenic landscape, experience simple life style, wonder around the monuments rich in history. We will bring you to small villages and towns where time stands still and see means of agriculture and manufacturing mostly done by hand. Since its predominant religion is Buddhism and we will find old monasteries and temples, we will take time to enjoy historically valuable sites and the simple art of Myanmar.
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Day 1 Bhamo - Kathar
In the morning board Metta cruise and leave the bustling jetty, set sail the cruise to Mandalay. Soon as you leave the jetty, the first eye catching sites are the gold prospectors who do the traditional panning on the river bank. See the Second Defile, of the Ayeyawaddy Gorges, dramatic and lush scenery with steep rock faces.
Visit Sinkan, a lovely village and important transit point for teak during the British colonial era. Take a walk past the old teak monastery and some old temple ruins overgrown by grass, moss and trees. Continue your journey to Kahta. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay on board. Dock near Kathar.
Day 2 Kathar - Tagaung
After breakfast on board, visit Katha, a beautiful town with an interesting market and friendly people. Katha is well-known from the book “Burmese Days” written by George Orwell.
Visit Tagaung, one of the oldest capitals of Myanmar. The origins of Burma can be found here according to some legends. The remnants of the former palace walls of the ancient Pyu kingdom are still visible today.
Day 3 Tagaung - Moeda - Kyar Nyat
After breakfast on board, sit back in a deckchair as the ship heads through the Third Defile of the Ayeyarwaddy Gorges. Shortly after lunch, Thabeikkyin, a small town on the eastern shore of the river which seems to be built on a small cliff overlooking the Ayeyarwaddy River comes into view.
Take a guided walking tour of the small village of Kyar Nyat and you’ll spy archaeological treasures and get an authentic taste of local life.
Day 4 Kyar Nyat - Kyaukmyaung
The scenery is beautiful, the river though wider and the hills not as dramatic. Stop at the famous pottery village Nwe Nyein near Kyaukmyaung. Go ashore to learn all about the production of big earthen ceramic pots and jars. Nwe Nyein is the main pottery village of the country where thousands of large ceramic pots are traditionally crafted by masters and baked in huge kilns.
Day 5 Kyaukmyaung - Mandalay
After breakfast on board, a faous highlight of Mandalay, Mingun will come into view. A delightful stroll in Mingun village will be rewarding with its largest un-cracked bell in the world, weighing 90 tons, which was dedicated to the grandiose unfinished Mingun Pagoda. Visit and observe the beauty of Mya Thein Tan Zedi which best described the Hindu cosmologic beliefs of Mount “Meru” that was later integrated into Buddhism. Mingun village is also famous for its country’s renowned artists.
Board your boat for your final leg to Mandalay which you will reach within an hour.
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Transfer and Joining
Day 1 Bhamo Town
Meeting point at Friendship hotel Bhamo or pick up request at your desired hotel in Bhamo at 07.30am, then transfer to Jetty.
Day 5 Mandalay City
Drop off at your hotel around 17:00 hours in Mandalay. (You can adjust the time if you have to fly earlier).
River Condition Warning
The Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level. In the case of water levels being too high or low an alternative itinerary will be offered to passengers. Published itineraries are indication only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop. Though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice. The ship’s manager and captain are jointly responsible for passengers comfort and safety. Passengers must accept their decisions and instructions.