• Hybris Cruise

Luxury Myanmar with Belmond Tour

Explore the natural beauty of Myanmar in luxury on the Belmond Road to Mandalay cruise. Discover life on the Irrawaddy River from the comfort of your cabin and explore the spectacular sights this country has to offer, from the temples of Bagan to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. A trip which will be truly unforgettable. 

Duration
9 days
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Balloons over Bagan

Trip highlights

  • Luxurious Belmond cruise
  • Discover the temples of Bagan
  • Take a boat tour on Inle Lake

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and the rest of the morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the old colonial-style city centre, including the gilded Sule Pagoda, dating back over 2000 years, and a photo stop at the Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. Proceed to Bogyoke Market (closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) followed by a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments. The golden dome of the Shwedagon Pagoda rises 98 meters above its base and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold.

Suggested Accommodation

  • The Governor's Residence Hotel or similar

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, enjoy a short visit to Saigang Hills to take in the panoramic views over the Ayeyarwady River, transfer to the Road to Mandalay berthed on the river at Shwe Yet village. Following a welcome meeting, the ship will set sail. After lunch on board, transfer to shore by local boat for a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay, the city widely regarded as the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. Return to Road to Mandalay for dinner and local entertainment in the evening.

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January to March departures will have a different itinerary due to water levels of the river at this time:-

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. On arrival at Mandalay, visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and then stop at a local restaurant for a traditional lunch. After your meal, there is a choice of tours available. The first option takes you to witness some of Mandalay’s traditional arts, Amarapura the ancient capital, the famous U Bein Bridge and Sagaing hills. Alternatively, board a chartered boat at Htin-Win Jetty for a scenic cruise of the area, accompanied by complimentary refreshments, to meet Belmond Road to Mandalay in Myinmu. This evening once on board, dine on Asian and Western cuisine in the elegant restaurant; excellent house wines are available to accompany your meal or international labels from our extensive list.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Onboard the Road to Mandalay

Join an early morning walking tour of Shwe Yet village that will include alms giving to the monk by the ship's crew. Enjoy breakfast while the ship sails down to the ancient capital of Ava. Disembark for a tour by traditional horse and cart, including a visit to an ancient teak monastic school and the ruins of King Bagyidaw's Palace. The rest of the day is spent relaxing on board observing the local river life from the top deck. Afternoon tea is served and you may want to attend a talk from an on-board guide about the local area and customs. This evening a casual cocktail party is held before dinner.

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January to March departures will have a different itinerary due to water levels of the river at this time:-

This morning disembark to explore Myinmu, beginning with a traditional alms-giving ceremony. Then settle into a Trishaw for a ride around town, visiting a local market and learning about the area’s small cottage industries. Return to the ship in time for lunch as your journey continues towards Bagan. Take an afternoon at leisure on board, making the most of the spa facilities or unwinding beside the pool. Activities available include two fascinating talks from on-board guides, an astrology reading and a longyi-tying lesson. Savour a traditional afternoon tea on our on board ‘Burmese Tea Shop’ experience. This evening a casual cocktail party is held before dinner.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Onboard the Road to Mandalay

The ship arrives at Bagan where over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered on an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. A guided tour introduces you to the most important temples. After lunch you have the opportunity to re-join the guide and visit the inside of some of the more significant pagodas. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart and explore this fascinating area on your own. Late afternoon your guide takes you to watch the breathtaking vista of the sun setting over the plain. 

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January to March departures will have a different itinerary due to water levels of the river at this time:-

Wake early this morning for sunrise yoga or meditation classes as the ship sails into Bagan. A range of tour options are available. 'Introduction to Bagan' - exploring temples and history of the area, 'A Day in the Life' - exploring local culture, food and markets, or 'Bagan by Bicycle' - offers an action-packed tour for those seeking adventure. Re-joining the ship for lunch, then stroll through the small village that is home to Belmond’s private jetty near Old Bagan. In the afternoon, visit Ananda, one of Bagan’s most magnificent temples, continue your tour as you explore an off-the-beaten-track temple by torchlight, and round off your visit by savouring a spectacular sunset across the plains. Dine under the stars at the Road to Mandalay Grill on the Observation Deck, before enjoying a classic marionette performance.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Onboard the Road to Mandalay

Early morning, enjoy an optional balloon flight over the Bagan Temples (available October to March only, bookable prior to departure or locally at an additional cost and subject to weather conditions on the day). Later start your tour by car to Dhammayazika, built in 1196 and the largest pentagonal-based stupa in Bagan. Continue to Lemyethna Temple, topped by an Indian-style apex. Visit Tayoke Pyay and the Payathonzu complex (if open), a set of three interconnected shrines linked by passages and adorned with Mahayana-style or Tantric mural paintings. Nearby is Nanda Manya Temple, finally, wander through the village of Minnanthu to see how the local people live.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Aureum Palace Hotel or similar

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport down into the valley to Nyaungshwe on the edge of Inle Lake. En route stop at Shwe Yan Pyay Wooden Monastery. Transfer by local boat to your hotel on the lake. Continue from your hotel and travel by long-tailed boat across the lake to Indaing, at the western end of Inle. Passing through the busy village of Ywama, the largest on the lake, with many channels and tall houses on stilts, the boat takes you through a long channel where you watch the farmers cultivate their produce. Disembark at the jetty and take a short walk through Indaing village to reach the 14th-18th century pagoda ruins of Nyuang Ohak. Enjoy a walk along a path for approximately 30 minutes to the Intha village of Sema, from here continue by boat downstream past Yethar village, watching local life on the banks.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Villa Inle Resort or similar

Explore one of the 5-day markets (on market days only), to gain insight into the lifestyle of the ethnic Pa-O, Danu and Intha inhabitants who come to sell their goods. Enjoy a full day boat trip on Inle Lake, it's calm waters are dotted with floating vegetation and fishing canoes. See the lakes unique 'leg rowers', who row standing up with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State, a silk-weaving workshop and a blacksmith's forge. In the afternoon, pass endless floating gardens, where fruit and vegetables are grown. Continue by boat to visit Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Villa Inle Resort or similar

Transfer by local boat back to Nyaung Shwe and then proceed to Heho Airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and in the afternoon visit Yangon City Hall, the former Immigration Department and the High Court. Continue to Strand Road, home to the three-storey former New Law Courts, built in 1931. Next stop is Custom House, a large building with an elegant white tower and double-faced clock above the entrance. Walk past the red brick General Post Office to the luxurious Strand Hotel for a refreshment (non-alcoholic).

Suggested Accommodation

  • The Governor's Residence Hotel or similar

Transfer to Yangon Airport for your onward journey, or alternately extend your stay in Myanmar.

Included

  • Accommodation as detailed
  • Meals included as detailed
  • Internal flights as detailed
  • All entrance fees, boat trips and domestic airport taxes
  • English-speaking local driver/guide

Not included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Visa fees
  • Tips for the driver/guide
  • Drinks with meals