Call of Irrawaddy

The Call of Irrawaddy River Tour was proposed to share Burma’s charming reminders of colonial time and thousands of well-preserved pagodas with the world. Traveling overland, by air and on water; you will discover why the beautiful country is often dubbed the Golden Land. Cruise journey on Burma’s Ayeyarwaddy River will be one of your life’s great travel experiences.

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Tour Duration: 10 days 09 nights
Start: Yangon – Finish: Yangon
Tour Type: Cruise, Luxury
Tour Operates: Year round/Upon request
Activity Level: Moderate
Tour Route: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin – Pindaya – Inle Lake
Price: Contact us

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Day 1: Yangon

Upon arrival at Yangon airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Visit the Sule pagoda and the bustling downtown area, taking in the rich colonial architecture and bustling streets and markets. In the afternoon we make our way to the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which is home to a huge Colossal Reclining Buddha. The highlight of the day is a visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, the most outstanding and revered Buddhist pagoda in Burma, whose golden stupa dominates the skyline of Yangon. This is also the most ideal spot from which to watch the sunset in Yangon. Return to the hotel for rest and free to discover the city at night.
Accommodation in Yangon
Meal: Welcomed dinner

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan Temples

Fly to Bagan. Begin your tour today with the visit to the vibrant Nyaung Oo Market, the economic center of Bagan. Local people gather at this bustling market daily, to buy and sell a variety of goods, from fruit and vegetables to clothing, china, and lacquerware. Continue to the gold-plated Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan’s greatest reliquary, built to house relics of the Buddha brought from abroad. From here, drive to the small village of Wetkyi-in to see the wonderful Kubyaukgyi Temple, renowned for its ancient murals, Ananda temple, one of the most well-preserved monuments in entire Bagan. Your morning excursion also includes the Htilominlo Temple, which houses four Buddha figures on the ground floor and four more on the first floor. After lunch, continue your exploration of the city’s treasure trove of Buddhist art and architecture then a visit to the lacquarware factory. The highlight of this day is the sunset from the second highest temple the Shwenandaw.
Accommodation in Bagan
Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Balloon Ride – Cruise to Mandalay

Get up early in the morning then admire the beauty of Bagan from space when you float on a Balloon Ride. After that, being transferred to Gawwein Jetty to embark on a charming cruise, going upstream to Mandalay. As the cruise makes its way to Mandalay, you can see the myriad of spectacular scenes along the river. In the late afternoon, we stop off way to visit a local village then discover the local life. The delicious dinner will be served onboard, added with a dance and drama performance.
Accommodation on board
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Cruise to Mandalay

This day we halt enroute to visit Yandabo Pottery village to see the pottery making process at various stages. Yandabo is the place where the Peace Yandabo Treaty was signed between the British and Royal Burmese House-hold of Ava. Moor overnight at the Ywar Thit Gyi or Pauk Myaing Pauk Taw village nearby, a few miles away from Ava Bridge.
Accommodation on board
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Mandalay Sightseeing

Get up early in the morning to admire the sunrise on the river. The cruise will disembark at Sagaing Jetty (Thursday only) or Gawwein jetty (Sunday Only) at around 09.30/10.00 hrs. The highlights of this day include Mahamuni Image Pagoda. After lunchtime, we will continues with another visit to the Imperial Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery which is well known for its exquisite wood carvings, followed by Atumashi Monastery and Kuthodaw pagoda – the world’s largest book with its 729 slabs of Marble engrave with Buddha scriptures. The evening ends with a stunning view treated at Mandalay Hill.
Accommodation in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast

Day 06: Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin) Excursion

Leave Mandalay for Maymyo, the former British hill station, now called Pyin Oo Lwin, after a scenic two-hour drive. You will find out many reminders of the colonial era still present now in Pyin Oo Lwin, including brick and timber houses. Lay back on a leisurely traditional horse and carriage ride through the town and walk around to see the beautiful recently renovated Botanical Gardens. You also have chance to visit the local market in the center of the town near to the clock tower. After lunchtime, we will pay a visit to Peik Chin Myaung Cave, followed by a stop at a winemaking workshop before returning by road to Mandalay.
Accommodation in Mandalay
Meal: Breakfast

Day 07: Mandalay – Pindaya Caves – Nyaungshwe

Fly to Heho in the Shan state in the morning. Upon arrival, drive to Pindaya to visit the fascinating Pindaya caves with more than 8,000 Buddha images. Later we get to know about the method the local people in Shan state make the umbrellas from cottage material. Overnight in Pindaya. A scenic drive takes you to Nyaungshwe where you take a 30-minute private boat to the hotel. Overnight in Inle Lake
Accommodation in Pindaya
Meal: Breakfast

Day 08: Inle Lake – Indein

Skimming along the waterways in a long-tail boat, catch a first glimpse of floating gardens, stilt houses, and fishermen propelling their skiffs with one leg wrapped around an oar. Visit the infamous Phaung Daw U Pagoda, which enshrines five Buddha images believed to have been carried to this area by the widely-traveled 12thcentury King Alaungsithu. After lunch, we discover the ruined Indein, situated on the southwestern corner of the lake. Here you can wander through a typical lakeside village and observe local people in their daily activities. From the top of old Shwe Inn Dein, an impressive collection of ancient and unrestored Shan style stupas, enjoy a stunning view out across the lake and beyond.
Accommodation in Inle Lake
Meal: Breakfast

Day 09: Inle – Yangon

Return to Yangon then continue to visit Botahtaung Pagoda and the busy 79-year old Scott market with its large collection of local handicrafts, souvenirs and other items. If time permits, we will visit the White Jade Buddha temple which houses the largest marble statue in the world weighing 500 tons. Free at leisure.
Accommodation in Yangon
Meal: Breakfast

Day 10: Yangon Departure

Taking your flight back home with impressive memory of Burma.
Accommodation: Not available
Meal: Breakfast

 

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