Road to Mandalay Cruise - 4 Days/3 Nights
(Mandalay - Irrawaddy Cruise - Bagan)
Day 1: Mandalay-Irrawaddy Cruise (L, D)
Transfer to the jetty in Mandalay and board the Road to Mandalay, a luxurious river cruiser for an unforgettable journey down the Irrawaddy River to Bagan. After a buffet lunch on board visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, famous for its venerable statue of Buddha covered with gold leaf, Shwe Inn Bin Monastery and Shwenandaw monastery, noted for its exquisite woodcarving. Make a photo stop at the south of the moat around the Royal Palace, with views on Mandalay Hill and time permitting visit different handicraft workshops. Enjoy the sunset from U-Bein Bridge, made entirely of teak. Return to Road to Mandalay for dinner and a cultural show on board. Overnight on board. (L,D)
Day 2: Irrawaddy Cruise (B, L, D)
After breakfast on board, cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River to visit picturesque Sagaing Hill, the Buddhist centre of the country, dotted with numerous pagodas and monasteries. Stop to see the silversmiths producing silver alms bowls and visit the Zayar Thein Gyi Nunnery if time permits. Return to the Road to Mandalay for departure to Bagan. During the day enjoy the rural scenery from the sundeck of riverside villages, palm trees and small boats ferrying local produce and passengers. Pagodas and monasteries are also part of a landscape unchanged for centuries in the 245km between Mandalay and Bagan. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 3: Irrawaddy Cruise (B, L, D)
Breakfast on board. The Road to Mandalay arrives in Bagan around 09:30 in the morning. Start a day of sightseeing at this incredible site with the golden stupa of Shwezigon Pagoda, which is Bagan's most important temple. Visit the colourful market of Nyaung U and continue to Htilominlo, the last Bamar style temple built in Bagan, with old murals and friezes. Return to the Road to Mandalay for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Ananda Temple, a Bagan masterpiece with four standing Buddha's, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Visit the Gubyaukgyi Temple (Myinkaba village) and stop at a lacquerware shop to watch craftsmen skilfully making this well-known product of Bagan. Continue to the less frequently visited village of Minnanthu and enjoy a beautiful sunset from one of the temples of Bagan. In the evening dinner with traditional puppet show on board. Overnight on board.
Day 4: Irrawaddy Cruise-Bagan (B)
After breakfast leave the Road to Mandalay and continue sightseeing in Bagan or transfer to next destination.
Tour codes : ND-4-RTM
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