Mandalay - Bagan by RV Pandaw

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Itinerary Overview

We are pleased to offer a convenient four-night cruise on the irresistible Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Pagan discovering the ancient Royal capitals, riverside villages, lively local markets and stunning scenery and sunsets!

Travel Map

Pandaw Cruise Myanmar

Detailed Itinerary

  • 1. Upstream
  • 2. Downstream

Day 1: Bagan - Embarkation

Transfer - Transfer from Pagan hotel or Pagan airport to ship on the day of embarkation will be provided. Embark your ship in Pagan before lunch.
In the afternoon, visit a Lacquerware workshop to explore the process of making lacquer handicrafts which is the specialty craft of Pagan.
Continue to the unique Payathonezu, three inter-connected temples with a narrow passage built in the late 13th century.
End the day with a visit to Dhamayangyi from AD 1170, the widest and largest temple in Pagan.
Watch the sunset from the top of Taung Guni temple before returning to the ship.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

DAY 2: Salay - Ayardaw - Tant Chi Taung

Set sail early morning to Salay, a small town which was once a bustling trading port, now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries.
Walk to Yoke-Sone Kyaung, the best-known teak carved monastery in Burma, stopping at Salay House on return.
Sail upriver to the Ayardaw charity clinic supported by Pandaw then drive up the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung mountain to visit the hill-top stupa.
Late afternoon, watch the traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villagers from Tant-Chi.
Moor overnight near Nyaung U.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

DAY 3: Pakokku

Explore Pakokku, experiencing the local market and town centre by Tuk Tuk.
Pakkoku is a city of about 100,000 inhabitants located 30 km from Bagan. Main produce are tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanatkha (traditional make-up and sun lotion) and textiles. Visit Pakokku’s main market by Tuk Tuk.
Stop at a cheroot workshop and discover how traditional cheroot cigars are made.
Moor overnight at Aung Pan Chaung near the Chindwin confluence.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

DAY 4: Yandabo

Explore Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay.
This village is well-known as the place where the first Anglo-Burmese war ended by the peace treaty signed in 1826. Morning walking tour and a visit to a pottery workshop to see first-hand the production process. This is a hands-on experience which you are welcome to try.
Visit the Pandaw supported Yandabo School (if no school holidays).
Afternoon sailing and moor overnight at Pauk-taw Pauk-myaing village near Ava.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

DAY 5: Sagaing - Disembarkation - Mandalay

Disembark after breakfast 09.00 at Sagaing Lay Kyun Man Aung Jetty. Transfer is provided to either hotel or Mandalay airport on disembarkation.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: n/a

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Day 1: Mandalay - Embarkation

Embark your ship at Sagaing at 16.00 followed by dinner.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

DAY 2: Yandabo

Explore Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay.
This village is well-known as the place where the first Anglo-Burmese war ended by the peace treaty signed in 1826. Morning walking tour and a visit to a pottery workshop to see first-hand the production process. This is a hands-on experience which you are welcome to try.
Visit the Pandaw supported Yandabo School (if no school holidays).
Moor overnight at Shwe Tan Tit village.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

DAY 3: Pakokku - Ayardaw

Explore Pakokku, experiencing the local market and town centre by Tuk Tuk. Sail to the Ayardaw charity clinic supported by Pandaw. Afternoon walk around the village.
Pakkoku is a city of about 100,000 inhabitants located 30 km from Bagan. Main produce are tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanatkha (traditional make-up and sun lotion) and textiles. Visit Pakokku’s main market by Tuk Tuk.
Stop at a cheroot workshop and discover how traditional cheroot cigars are made.
Moor overnight at Tant Chi village.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

DAY 4: Tant Chi Taung - Salay

Drive up the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung mountain to visit the hill top stupa. On the way back, watch a traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villagers from Tant-Chi.
Sail to Salay, a small town which was once a bustling trading port, now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries.
Walk from the ship to Yoke-Sone Kyaung, the best-known teak carved monastery in Burma, stopping at Salay House on return.
Moor overnight at Sala.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

DAY 5: Salay - Bagan - Disembarkation

Morning cruise upstream from Salay to Pagan.
Disembark after lunch. Transfer to the hotel or airport.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: n/a

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Important Notes:

  • Please note that water levels drop dramatically as of December and we might not be able to reach Homalin. You will be well rewarded with alternative excursions. We will be cruising up to Mawlaik and return to Kalewa where you will be flown out to Yangon or Mandalay.
  • The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

Departures

2021

2022

Upstream

Sept: 26 | Oct: 10, 24 | Nov: 7, 21 | Dec: 19

Jan: 2, 16, 30 | Feb: 13, 27 | Mar: 13, 27 | April: 10

Downstream

Oct: 3, 17, 31 | Nov: 14, 28 | Dec: 26

Jan: 9, 23 | Feb: 6, 20 | Mar: 6, 20 | April: 3

Important information

What's included ?

Transportation

River Cruise, Car

Accommodation

Accommodation on Luxury Pandaw Cruise (4 nights)

Meals

4 Breakfasts/ 4 Lunches/ 4 Dinners

Price Includes

  • Airport or hotel transfers to/from ship on DAY 1 and DAY 5
  • Overnights on Pandaw Cruise
  • Daily (group) shore-excursions & entrance fees
  • Sightseeing and transfers during the cruise
  • English speaking tour guiding on-and offshore
  • Entertainment/activities during the cruise as mentioned in the program
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Local mineral water
  • Jugged coffe, teas & tisanes
  • Complimentary usage of ship facilities (exclusive of spa treatments)

Price Excludes

  • Crew and guide gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Other beverages than those stated under inclusion
  • Medical services
  • Spa treatments
  • Port and anchorage fees
  • All other services or items not listed under inclusions

Cancellation Policy

  • From time of booking until 61 day prior to departure non-refundable deposit
  • From 60 days and less till departure, no show, late arrival or early return 100% cancellation fee

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