Burmese Days: Along the Irrawaddy River - Northbound

Take a fascinating river cruise along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River and experience beauty, culture, and ancient history.

Your journey begins in Yangon, formerly Rangoon, where you’ll see the magnificent, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda—considered the oldest pagoda in the world. Then, fly from Yangon to Bagan to embark on your river cruise, beginning with Bagan’s exquisite temples and shrines at sunrise and sunset. Immerse yourself in the local culture and artistry of handcrafted textiles, paintings, and carvings. You’ll also visit Sagaing and Shwe Pyi Thar to see revered religious sites with stunning views across the Irrawaddy, and learn about farming traditions passed down through generations.

In Mandalay, you’ll come to know and love this gracious culture of art and spiritualism. See the tapestries, woodcarving, and gold-leaf artistry of Buddhist pagodas, and enjoy captivating song and dance performances. Continue on to Amarapura with its famed U Bein Bridge—made of teak wood and a must-see sunset vantage point.

Venture further on along your Irrawaddy River cruise to visit villages with revered traditions and remarkable craftsmanship, and spectacular spiritual monuments unlike any other in the world.

From Shwe Pyi Thar’s rural life, to the countless pagodas of Sagaing, this Southeast Asia river cruise highlights the history, warmth, and stunning beauty of the creations that remain amid the warm traditions of Myanmar.

Itinerary

Day 1 UK


Fly to Yangon where on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Yangon


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Welcome to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, the country’s largest city and former capital. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 3 Yangon

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Historic Landmarks, Hot Tea, and Harmonious Living

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

A guided walk introduces you to the city’s famous and historic landmarks, including old colonial buildings and Sule Pagoda, built during the time of Buddha. Along the way, stop for a cup of tea or coffee with the locals. Next, stop at Chaukhtatgyi to see the massive Reclining Buddha measuring 213 feet. Later in the day, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, a national symbol. Here, an enchanting scene unfolds as the sun sets on the golden stupa, and locals come to pay their respects.

Tonight, dine in one of Yangon’s best restaurants for a delicious welcome dinner.

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CHOICE

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:

Classic

Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.

Discovery

We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.

Active

Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

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